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1Samuel 9
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Saul Chosen to Be King

9There was a man of Benjamin whose name was Kish son of Abiel son of Zeror son of Becorath son of Aphiah, a Benjaminite, a man of wealth.H376H1144H8034H7027H1121H22H1121H6872H1121H1064H1121H647H1145H1368H376H2428 2He had a son whose name was Saul, a handsome young man. There was not a man among the people of Israel more handsome than he; he stood head and shoulders above everyone else.H1121H8034H7586H970H2896H1121H3478H2896H376H7926H4605H1364H5971 3Now the donkeys of Kish, Saul's father, had strayed. So Kish said to his son Saul, "Take one of the boys with you; go and look for the donkeys."H860H7027H7586H1H6H7027H559H7586H1121H3947H259H5288H6965H3212H1245H860 4He passed through the hill country of Ephraim and passed through the land of Shalishah, but they did not find them. And they passed through the land of Shaalim, but they were not there. Then he passed through the land of Benjamin, but they did not find them.H5674H2022H669H5674H776H8031H4672H5674H776H8171H5674H776H1145H4672 5When they came to the land of Zuph, Saul said to the boy who was with him, "Let us turn back, or my father will stop worrying about the donkeys and worry about us."H935H776H6689H7586H559H5288H3212H7725H1H2308H860H1672 6But he said to him, "There is a man of God in this town; he is a man held in honor. Whatever he says always comes true. Let us go there now; perhaps he will tell us about the journey on which we have set out."H559H5892H376H430H3513H376H1696H935H935H3212H5046H1870H1980 7Then Saul replied to the boy, "But if we go, what can we bring the man? For the bread in our sacks is gone, and there is no present to bring to the man of God. What have we?"H559H7586H5288H3212H935H376H3899H235H3627H8670H935H376H430 8The boy answered Saul again, "Here, I have with me a quarter shekel of silver; I will give it to the man of God, to tell us our way."H5288H6030H7586H3254H559H4672H3027H7253H8255H3701H5414H376H430H5046H1870 9(Formerly in Israel, anyone who went to inquire of God would say, "Come, let us go to the seer"; for the one who is now called a prophet was formerly called a seer.)H6440H3478H376H3212H1875H430H559H3212H3212H7200H3117H5030H6440H7121H7200 10Saul said to the boy, "Good; come, let us go." So they went to the town where the man of God was.H1697H7586H5288H2896H559H3212H3212H3212H5892H376H430 11As they went up the hill to the town, they met some girls coming out to draw water, and said to them, "Is the seer here?"H5927H4608H5892H4672H5291H3318H7579H4325H559H3426H7200 12They answered, "Yes, there he is just ahead of you. Hurry; he has come just now to the town, because the people have a sacrifice today at the shrine.H6030H559H3426H6440H4116H935H3117H5892H2077H5971H3117H1116 13As soon as you enter the town, you will find him, before he goes up to the shrine to eat. For the people will not eat until he comes, since he must bless the sacrifice; afterward those eat who are invited. Now go up, for you will meet him immediately."H935H5892H3651H4672H5927H1116H398H5971H398H935H1288H2077H310H3651H398H7121H5927H3117H4672 14So they went up to the town. As they were entering the town, they saw Samuel coming out toward them on his way up to the shrine.H5927H8432H5892H935H5892H8050H3318H7125H5927H1116 15Now the day before Saul came, the LORD had revealed to Samuel:H3068H1540H8050H241H259H3117H6440H7586H935H559 16"Tomorrow about this time I will send to you a man from the land of Benjamin, and you shall anoint him to be ruler over my people Israel. He shall save my people from the hand of the Philistines; for I have seen the suffering of my people, because their outcry has come to me."H4279H6256H7971H376H776H1144H4886H5057H5971H3478H3467H5971H3027H6430H7200H5971H6818H935 17When Samuel saw Saul, the LORD told him, "Here is the man of whom I spoke to you. He it is who shall rule over my people."H8050H7200H7586H3068H6030H376H559H6113H5971 18Then Saul approached Samuel inside the gate, and said, "Tell me, please, where is the house of the seer?"H7586H5066H8050H8432H8179H559H5046H335H7200H1004 19Samuel answered Saul, "I am the seer; go up before me to the shrine, for today you shall eat with me, and in the morning I will let you go and will tell you all that is on your mind.H8050H6030H7586H559H7200H5927H6440H1116H398H3117H1242H7971H5046H3824 20As for your donkeys that were lost three days ago, give no further thought to them, for they have been found. And on whom is all Israel's desire fixed, if not on you and on all your ancestral house?"H860H6H7969H3117H3117H7760H3820H4672H2532H3478H1H1004 21Saul answered, "I am only a Benjaminite, from the least of the tribes of Israel, and my family is the humblest of all the families of the tribe of Benjamin. Why then have you spoken to me in this way?"H7586H6030H559H1145H6996H7626H3478H4940H6810H4940H7626H1144H1696H1697 22Then Samuel took Saul and his servant-boy and brought them into the hall, and gave them a place at the head of those who had been invited, of whom there were about thirty.H8050H3947H7586H5288H935H3957H5414H7218H4725H7121H7970H376 23And Samuel said to the cook, "Bring the portion I gave you, the one I asked you to put aside."H8050H559H2876H5414H4490H5414H559H7760 24The cook took up the thigh and what went with it and set them before Saul. Samuel said, "See, what was kept is set before you. Eat; for it is set before you at the appointed time, so that you might eat with the guests." So Saul ate with Samuel that day.H2876H7311H7785H7760H6440H7586H559H7604H7760H6440H398H4150H8104H559H7121H5971H7586H398H8050H3117 25When they came down from the shrine into the town, a bed was spread for Saul on the roof, and he lay down to sleep.H3381H1116H5892H1696H7586H1406 26Then at the break of dawn Samuel called to Saul upon the roof, "Get up, so that I may send you on your way." Saul got up, and both he and Samuel went out into the street.H7925H5927H7837H8050H7121H7586H1406H559H6965H7971H7586H6965H3318H8147H8050H2351

Samuel Anoints Saul

27As they were going down to the outskirts of the town, Samuel said to Saul, "Tell the boy to go on before us, and when he has passed on, stop here yourself for a while, that I may make known to you the word of God."H3381H7097H5892H8050H559H7586H559H5288H5674H6440H5674H5975H3117H8085H1697H430


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