1 Samuel 9 ©
Saul the son of Kish is sent to seek his father's asses which were lost, and despairing to find them is counselled by his servant to apply to Samuel. He is directed by some young maidens where to meet with him. Samuel, having been told by God both of his coming and of his appointment to the kingdom, entertaineth him at a feast with great respect; and on the morrow, after a private conversation, bringeth him on his way.
And he passed through dmount Ephraim, and passed through the land of eShalisha, but they found them not: then they passed through the land of fShalim, and there they were not: and he passed through the land of the Benjamites, but they found them not.
And he said unto him, Behold now, there is in this city ia man of God, and he is an jhonourable man; kall that he saith cometh surely to pass: now let us go thither; *peradventure he can shew us our way that we should go.
And the servant answered Saul again, and said, Behold, 5I have here at hand the fourth part of a shekel of silver: that will I give to the man of God, to tell us our way.
And they answered them, and said, He is; behold, he is before you: make haste now, for he came to day to the city; for there is a 8sacrifice of the people to day in qthe high place:
As soon as ye be come into the city, ye shall straightway find him, before he go up to the high place to eat: for the people will not eat until he come, because he doth rbless the sacrifice; and afterwards they eat that be bidden. Now therefore get you up; for about 9this time ye shall find him.
And they went up into the city: and when they were come into the city, behold, Samuel came out against them, for to go up to the high place.
To morrow about this time I will send thee a man out of the land of Benjamin, and uthou shalt anoint him to be captain over my people Israel, that he may save my people out of the hand of the Philistines: for vI have looked upon my people, because their cry is come unto me.
Then Saul drew near to Samuel in the gate, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, where the seer's house is.
And Samuel answered Saul, and said, I am the seer: go up before me unto the high place; for ye shall eat with me to day, and to morrow I will let thee go, and will tell thee all that is in thine heart.
And as for xthine asses that were lost 12three days ago, set not thy mind on them; for they are found. And yon whom is all the desire of Israel? Is it not on thee, and on all thy father's house?
And the cook took up the dshoulder, and that which was upon it, and set it before Saul. And Samuel said, Behold that which is 14left! set it before thee, and eat: for unto this time hath it been kept for thee since I said, I have invited the people. So Saul did eat with Samuel that day.
And as they were going down to the end of the city, Samuel said to Saul, Bid the servant pass on before us, (and he passed on,) but stand thou still 15a while, that I may 16shew thee the word of God.