1 Samuel 10 ©

Samuel anoints Saul king over Israel, v. 1, etc. And he foretells him, what should betide him in the way, 2. Saul prophesies among the prophets, 10. He comes to his uncle, 14. Whom he tells what Samuel had said concerning the she-asses, but conceals the matter of the kingdom, 16. Samuel assembles the people at Mizpeh, 17. There he sets their ingratitude before their eyes, 18. Saul by lot is chosen king over Israel, but he hides himself, 21. His stature, 23. Saul is presented before all the people, who receive him with shouting, 24. Samuel writes the right of a king in a book, 25. All this being accomplished, Saul goes to his own house at Gibeah, 26. Some vilify and despise Saul, which he minds not, 27.


THEN Samuel took a 1viala of oil, and 2poured it upon his head, and 3kissed him, and said, Is it not because the LORD hath anointed theebto be captain 4over his inheritance?


When thou art departed from me to day, then thou shalt find two men by Rachel’s 5sepulchre in the border of Benjamin at 6Zelzah; and they will say unto thee, The asses which thou wentest to seek are found: and, lo, thy father hath left the care of the asses, and sorroweth for you, saying, What shall I do for my son?


Then shalt thou go on forward from thence, and thou shalt come to the 7plain of Tabor, and there shall meet thee three men going up to God to 8Beth-el, one carrying three kids, and another carrying three loaves of bread, and another carrying a bottle of wine:


And theyc will 9salute thee, and give thee two loaves of bread; which thou shalt receive of their hands.


After that thou shalt come 10to the hill of God, where is the 11garrison of the Philistines: and it shall come to pass, when thou art come thither to the city, that thou shalt meet a 12company of prophets coming down fromd the high place with a 13psaltery, and a tabret, and a pipe, and a harp, before them; and they shall 14prophesy:e


And the Spirit of the LORD will come upon thee, and 15thou shalt prophesy with them, and 16shalt be turned into another man.


And let it be, when these signs are come unto thee, that thou 17do as occasion serve thee; for God is with thee.


And thou shalt go down before me 18to Gilgal; and, behold, I will come down unto thee, 19to offer burnt offerings, and to sacrifice sacrifices of peace offerings: seven days shalt thou tarry, till If come to thee, and shew thee what thou shalt do.


¶And it was so, that when he had turned his 20back to go from Samuel, God gave him another heart: and all those signs came to pass that day.


And when 21they came thither tog the hill, behold, a company of 22prophets met him; and the Spirit of God came upon him, and he prophesied among them.


And it came to pass, when all that knew him 23beforetime saw that, behold, he prophesied among the prophets, then the people said 24one to another, What is this that is come unto the son of Kish? Is Saul also among the prophets?


And 25one of the same place answered and said, But 26who ish their father? Therefore it became a proverb, 27Is Saul alsoi among the prophets?


And when he had made an end of prophesying, he came 28to the high place.


¶And Saul's uncle said unto him and to his servant, Whither went ye? And he said, To seek the asses: and when we saw that they were no where, we came to Samuel.


And Saul's uncle said, Tell me, I pray thee, what Samuel said unto you.


And Saul said unto his uncle, He told us 29plainly that the asses were found. But of the matter of the kingdom, whereof Samuel spake, he 30told him not.


¶And Samuel called the people together 31unto the LORD to Mizpeh;


And said unto the children of Israel, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I brought up Israel out of Egypt, and delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of all kingdoms, and of them that oppressed you:


Andj ye have this day rejected your God, who himself saved you out of all your 32adversities and your tribulations; and ye have said 33unto him, Nay, but set a king over us. Nowk therefore present yourselves before the LORD by your tribes, and 34by your thousands.


And when Samuel 35had caused all the tribes of Israel to come near, thel tribe of Benjamin was 36taken.


When he had caused the tribe of Benjamin to come near by their families, the family of Matri was taken, and Saul the son of Kish was taken: and when they sought him, he could not be found.


Therefore they enquired of the LORD further, if the man should yet come thither. And the LORD answered, Behold, he hath hid himself among the 37stuff.


And they ran and fetched him thence: and when he stood among the people, hem was higher than any of the people from his shoulders and upward.


And Samuel said to all the people, See ye him whom the LORD hath chosen, that there is none like him among 38all the people? And all the people shouted, and said, 39God save the king.


Then Samuel told the people 40the manner of the kingdom, and wrote it 41in a book, and laid it up 42before the LORD. And Samuel sent all the people away, every man to his house.


¶And Saul also went home to Gibeah; and there went with him a bandn of men, whose hearts God had touched.


But 43the children of Belial said, How shall this man save us? Ando they despised him, and brought him 44no presents.p But he held his 45peace.