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1Samuel 10
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“You’ll Be a New Person”

10Then Samuel took a flask of oil, poured it on Saul's head, and kissed him. He said, "Do you see what this means? GOD has anointed you prince over his people. "This sign will confirm GOD's anointing of you as prince over his inheritance:H8050H3947H6378H8081H3332H7218H5401H559H3068H4886H5057H5159 2After you leave me today, as you get closer to your home country of Benjamin, you'll meet two men near Rachel's Tomb. They'll say, 'The donkeys you went to look for are found. Your father has forgotten about the donkeys and is worried about you, wringing his hands—quite beside himself!'H3212H5978H3117H4672H8147H582H7354H6900H1366H1144H6766H559H860H1980H1245H4672H1H5203H1697H860H1672H559H6213H1121 3"Leaving there, you'll arrive at the Oak of Tabor. There you'll meet three men going up to worship God at Bethel. One will be carrying three young goats, another carrying three sacks of bread, and the third a jug of wine.H2498H1973H935H436H8396H4672H7969H582H5927H430H1008H259H5375H7969H1423H259H5375H7969H3603H3899H259H5375H5035H3196 4They'll say, 'Hello, how are you?' and offer you two loaves of bread, which you will accept.H7592H7965H5414H8147H3899H3947H3027 5"Next, you'll come to Gibeah of God, where there's a Philistine garrison. As you approach the town, you'll run into a bunch of prophets coming down from the shrine, playing harps and tambourines, flutes and drums. And they'll be prophesying.H310H935H1389H430H5333H6430H935H5892H6293H2256H5030H3381H1116H5035H8596H2485H3658H6440H5012 6Before you know it, the Spirit of GOD will come on you and you'll be prophesying right along with them. And you'll be transformed. You'll be a new person!H7307H3068H6743H5012H2015H312H376 7"When these confirming signs are accomplished, you'll know that you're ready: Whatever job you're given to do, do it. God is with you!H226H935H6213H4672H3027H430 8"Now, go down to Gilgal and I will follow. I'll come down and join you in worship by sacrificing burnt offerings and peace offerings. Wait seven days. Then I'll come and tell you what to do next."H3381H6440H1537H3381H5927H5930H2076H2077H8002H7651H3117H3176H935H3045H6213 9Saul turned and left Samuel. At that very moment God transformed him—made him a new person! And all the confirming signs took place the same day.H6437H7926H3212H8050H430H2015H312H3820H226H935H3117

Saul Among the Prophets

10When Saul and his party got to Gibeah, there were the prophets, right in front of them! Before he knew it, the Spirit of God came on Saul and he was prophesying right along with them.H935H1389H2256H5030H7125H7307H430H6743H5012H8432 11When those who had previously known Saul saw him prophesying with the prophets, they were totally surprised. "What's going on here? What's come over the son of Kish? How on earth did Saul get to be a prophet?"H3045H865H8032H7200H5012H5030H5971H559H376H7453H1121H7027H7586H5030 12One man spoke up and said, "Who started this? Where did these people ever come from?" That's how the saying got started, "Saul among the prophets! Who would have guessed?!"H376H6030H559H1H4912H7586H5030 13When Saul was done prophesying, he returned home.H3615H5012H935H1116 14His uncle asked him and his servant, "So where have you two been all this time?" "Out looking for the donkeys. We looked and looked and couldn't find them. And then we found Samuel!"H7586H1730H559H5288H575H1980H559H1245H860H7200H369H935H8050 15"So," said Saul's uncle, "what did Samuel tell you?"H7586H1730H559H5046H8050H559 16Saul said, "He told us not to worry—the donkeys had been found." But Saul didn't breathe a word to his uncle of what Samuel said about the king business.H7586H559H1730H5046H5046H860H4672H1697H4410H8050H559H5046

“We Want a King!”

17Samuel called the people to assemble before GOD at Mizpah.H8050H6817H5971H3068H4709 18He addressed the children of Israel, "This is GOD's personal message to you: "I brought Israel up out of Egypt. I delivered you from Egyptian oppression—yes, from all the bullying governments that made your life miserable.H559H1121H3478H559H3068H430H3478H5927H3478H4714H5337H3027H4714H3027H4467H3905 19And now you want nothing to do with your God, the very God who has a history of getting you out of troubles of all sorts. "And now you say, 'No! We want a king; give us a king!' "Well, if that's what you want, that's what you'll get! Present yourselves formally before GOD, ranked in tribes and families."H3117H3988H430H3467H7451H6869H559H7760H4428H3320H6440H3068H7626H505 20After Samuel got all the tribes of Israel lined up, the Benjamin tribe was picked.H8050H7626H3478H7126H7626H1144H3920 21Then he lined up the Benjamin tribe in family groups, and the family of Matri was picked. The family of Matri took its place in the lineup, and the name Saul, son of Kish, was picked. But when they went looking for him, he was nowhere to be found.H7626H1144H7126H4940H4940H4309H3920H7586H1121H7027H3920H1245H4672 22Samuel went back to GOD: "Is he anywhere around?" GOD said, "Yes, he's right over there—hidden in that pile of baggage."H7592H3068H376H935H1988H3068H559H2244H3627 23They ran and got him. He took his place before everyone, standing tall—head and shoulders above them.H7323H3947H3320H8432H5971H1361H5971H7926H4605 24Samuel then addressed the people, "Take a good look at whom GOD has chosen: the best! No one like him in the whole country!" Then a great shout went up from the people: "Long live the king!"H8050H559H5971H7200H3068H977H5971H5971H7321H559H2421H4428 25Samuel went on to instruct the people in the rules and regulations involved in a kingdom, wrote it all down in a book, and placed it before GOD. Then Samuel sent everyone home.H8050H1696H5971H4941H4410H3789H5612H3240H6440H3068H8050H7971H5971H7971H376H1004

Saul Is Crowned King

26Saul also went home to Gibeah, and with him some true and brave men whom GOD moved to join him.H7586H1980H1004H1390H3212H2428H3820H430H5060 27But the riff-raff went off muttering, "'Deliverer'? Don't make me laugh!" They held him in contempt and refused to congratulate him. But Saul paid them no mind. Nahash, king of the Ammonites, was brutalizing the tribes of Gad and Reuben, gouging out their right eyes and intimidating anyone who would come to Israel's help. There were very few Israelites living on the east side of the Jordan River who had not had their right eyes gouged out by Nahash. But seven thousand men had escaped from the Ammonites and were now living safely in Jabesh.H1121H1100H559H3467H959H935H4503H2790


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