10Then Samuel took a flask of olive oil and poured it over Saul's head. He kissed Saul and said, "I am doing this because the LORD has appointed you to be the ruler over Israel, his special possession.H8050H3947H6378H8081H3332H7218H5401H559H3068H4886H5057H5159 2When you leave me today, you will see two men beside Rachel's tomb at Zelzah, on the border of Benjamin. They will tell you that the donkeys have been found and that your father has stopped worrying about them and is now worried about you. He is asking, 'Have you seen my son?'H3212H5978H3117H4672H8147H582H7354H6900H1366H1144H6766H559H860H1980H1245H4672H1H5203H1697H860H1672H559H6213H1121 3"When you get to the oak of Tabor, you will see three men coming toward you who are on their way to worship God at Bethel. One will be bringing three young goats, another will have three loaves of bread, and the third will be carrying a wineskin full of wine.H2498H1973H935H436H8396H4672H7969H582H5927H430H1008H259H5375H7969H1423H259H5375H7969H3603H3899H259H5375H5035H3196 4They will greet you and offer you two of the loaves, which you are to accept.H7592H7965H5414H8147H3899H3947H3027 5"When you arrive at Gibeah of God, where the garrison of the Philistines is located, you will meet a band of prophets coming down from the place of worship. They will be playing a harp, a tambourine, a flute, and a lyre, and they will be prophesying.H310H935H1389H430H5333H6430H935H5892H6293H2256H5030H3381H1116H5035H8596H2485H3658H6440H5012 6At that time the Spirit of the LORD will come powerfully upon you, and you will prophesy with them. You will be changed into a different person.H7307H3068H6743H5012H2015H312H376 7After these signs take place, do what must be done, for God is with you.H226H935H6213H4672H3027H430 8Then go down to Gilgal ahead of me. I will join you there to sacrifice burnt offerings and peace offerings. You must wait for seven days until I arrive and give you further instructions."H3381H6440H1537H3381H5927H5930H2076H2077H8002H7651H3117H3176H935H3045H6213 9As Saul turned and started to leave, God gave him a new heart, and all Samuel's signs were fulfilled that day.H6437H7926H3212H8050H430H2015H312H3820H226H935H3117 10When Saul and his servant arrived at Gibeah, they saw a group of prophets coming toward them. Then the Spirit of God came powerfully upon Saul, and he, too, began to prophesy.H935H1389H2256H5030H7125H7307H430H6743H5012H8432 11When those who knew Saul heard about it, they exclaimed, "What? Is even Saul a prophet? How did the son of Kish become a prophet?"H3045H865H8032H7200H5012H5030H5971H559H376H7453H1121H7027H7586H5030 12And one of those standing there said, "Can anyone become a prophet, no matter who his father is?" So that is the origin of the saying "Is even Saul a prophet?"H376H6030H559H1H4912H7586H5030 13When Saul had finished prophesying, he went up to the place of worship.H3615H5012H935H1116 14"Where have you been?" Saul's uncle asked him and his servant. "We were looking for the donkeys," Saul replied, "but we couldn't find them. So we went to Samuel to ask him where they were."H7586H1730H559H5288H575H1980H559H1245H860H7200H369H935H8050 15"Oh? And what did he say?" his uncle asked.H7586H1730H559H5046H8050H559 16"He told us that the donkeys had already been found," Saul replied. But Saul didn't tell his uncle what Samuel said about the kingdom.H7586H559H1730H5046H5046H860H4672H1697H4410H8050H559H5046 17Later Samuel called all the people of Israel to meet before the LORD at Mizpah.H8050H6817H5971H3068H4709 18And he said, "This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, has declared: I brought you from Egypt and rescued you from the Egyptians and from all of the nations that were oppressing you.H559H1121H3478H559H3068H430H3478H5927H3478H4714H5337H3027H4714H3027H4467H3905 19But though I have rescued you from your misery and distress, you have rejected your God today and have said, 'No, we want a king instead!' Now, therefore, present yourselves before the LORD by tribes and clans."H3117H3988H430H3467H7451H6869H559H7760H4428H3320H6440H3068H7626H505 20So Samuel brought all the tribes of Israel before the LORD, and the tribe of Benjamin was chosen by lot.H8050H7626H3478H7126H7626H1144H3920 21Then he brought each family of the tribe of Benjamin before the LORD, and the family of the Matrites was chosen. And finally Saul son of Kish was chosen from among them. But when they looked for him, he had disappeared!H7626H1144H7126H4940H4940H4309H3920H7586H1121H7027H3920H1245H4672 22So they asked the LORD, "Where is he?" And the LORD replied, "He is hiding among the baggage."H7592H3068H376H935H1988H3068H559H2244H3627 23So they found him and brought him out, and he stood head and shoulders above anyone else.H7323H3947H3320H8432H5971H1361H5971H7926H4605 24Then Samuel said to all the people, "This is the man the LORD has chosen as your king. No one in all Israel is like him!" And all the people shouted, "Long live the king!"H8050H559H5971H7200H3068H977H5971H5971H7321H559H2421H4428 25Then Samuel told the people what the rights and duties of a king were. He wrote them down on a scroll and placed it before the LORD. Then Samuel sent the people home again.H8050H1696H5971H4941H4410H3789H5612H3240H6440H3068H8050H7971H5971H7971H376H1004 26When Saul returned to his home at Gibeah, a group of men whose hearts God had touched went with him.H7586H1980H1004H1390H3212H2428H3820H430H5060 27But there were some scoundrels who complained, "How can this man save us?" And they scorned him and refused to bring him gifts. But Saul ignored them.[Nahash, king of the Ammonites, had been grievously oppressing the people of Gad and Reuben who lived east of the Jordan River. He gouged out the right eye of each of the Israelites living there, and he didn't allow anyone to come and rescue them. In fact, of all the Israelites east of the Jordan, there wasn't a single one whose right eye Nahash had not gouged out. But there were 7,000 men who had escaped from the Ammonites, and they had settled in Jabesh-gilead.]H1121H1100H559H3467H959H935H4503H2790
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