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9 NOW there was a man of Benjamin, whose name was Kish, the son of Abiel,
the son of Zeror, the son of Bechorath, the son of Aphiah, la Benjamite, a 2 mighty man of : power. And he had a son, whose name was Saul, a choice
young man, and a goodly: and there was not among the children of Israel a goodlier person than he: from his shoulders and upward he was higher than any of the people.
And the asses of Kish Saul's father were lost. And Kish said to Saul his 4 son, Take now one of the servants with thee, and arise, go seek the asses. And
he passed through mount Ephraim, and passed through the land of Shalisha, but they found them not: then they passed through the land of Shalim, and there
they were not: and he passed through the land of the Benjamites, but they found 5 them not. And when they were come to the land of Zuph, Saul said to his
servant that was with him, Come, and let us return; lest my father leave caring 6 for the asses, and take thought for us. And he said unto him, Behold now,
there is in this city a man of God, and he is an honourable man; all that he saith
cometh surely to pass : now let us go thither; peradventure he can show us our 7 way that we should go. Then said Saul to his servant, But, behold, if we go,
what shall we bring the man? for the bread S is spent in our vessels, and there 8 is not a present to bring to the man of God: what's have we? And the servant
answered Saul again, and said, Behold, 5 I 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. 9 (Beforetime in Israel, when a man went to inquire of God, thus he spake,
Come, and let us go to the seer: for he that is now called a Prophet was before10 time called a Seer.) Then said Saul to his servant, 6 Well said; come, let us go.
So they went unto the city where the man of God was. 11
And as they went up 7 the hill to the city, they found young maidens going 12 out to draw water, and said unto them, Is the seer here? 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 & sacrifice of the people to-day in the high 13 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 bless the sacrifice; and afterwards they eat that be bidden. 14 Now therefore get you up; for about 9 this 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. 15 Now the Lord had 10 told Samuel in his ear a day before Saul came, saying, 16 To-morrow about this time I will send thee a man out of the land of Benjamin,
and thou shalt anoint him to be captain over my people Israel, that he may save
my people out of the hand of the Philistines : for I have looked upon my 17 people, because their cry is come unto me. And when Samuel saw Saul, the
LORD said unto him, Behold the man whom I spake to thee of! this same shall
11 reign over my people. 18 Then Saul drew near to Samuel in the gate, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, 19 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 to20 morrow I will let thee go, and will tell thee all that is in thine heart. And as
for thine asses that were lost 12 three days ago, set not thy mind on them; for
they are found. And on whom is all the desire of Israel? Is it not on thee, 21 and on all thy father's house ? And Saul answered and said, Am not I a
Benjamite, of the smallest of the tribes of Israel? and my family the least of all the families of the tribe of Benjamin? wherefore then speakest thou 13 to me?
And Samuel took Saul and his servant, and brought them into the parlour, and made them sit in the chiefest place among them that were bidden, which were 23 about thirty persons. And Samuel said unto the cook, Bring the portion which 24 I gave thee, of which I said unto thee, Set it by thee. And the cook took up
the shoulder, and that which was upon it, and set it before Saul. And Samuel
1 Or, the son of a man of
5 Heb. there is found in my hand.
10 Heb. revealed the ear of
Samuel. 11 Heb. restrain in. 12 Heb. to-day three days. 13 Heb. according to this word.
said, Behold that which is ' left! 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. 25 And when they were come down from the high place into the city, Samuel 26 communed with Saul upon the top of the house. And they arose early: and it
came to pass about the spring of the day, that Samuel called Saul to the top of the house, saying, Up, that I may send thee away. And Saul arose, and they
went out both of them, he and Samuel, abroad. 27 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 ? a while, 10 that I may show thee the word of God. Then Samuel took a vial of oil, and
poured it upon his head, and kissed him, and said, Is it not because the LORD 2 hath anointed thee to be captain over his inheritance? When thou art departed
from me to-day, then thou shalt find two men by Rachel's sepulchre in the border of Benjamin at Zelzah ; and they will say unto thee, The asses which
thou wentest io seek are found : and, ló, thy father hath left the care of the 3 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 plain of Tabor, and there shall meet thee three men going up to God to Beth-el, one carrying three
kids, and another carrying three loaves of bread, and another carrying a bottle 4 of wine: and they will + salute thee, and give thee two loaves of bread; which 5 thou shalt receive of their hands. After that thou shalt come to the hill of God,
where is the garrison of the Philistines : and it shall come to pass, when thou ari come thither to the city, that thou shalt meet a company of prophets coming
down from the high place with a psaltery, and a tabret, and a pipe, and a harp, 6 before them; and they shall prophesy: and the Spirit of the Lord will come
upon thee, and thou shalt prophesy with them, and shalt be turned into another 7 man. And 5 let it be, when these signs are come unto thee, that thou do as 8 occasion serve thee; for God is with thee. And thou shalt go down before me
to Gilgal; and, behold, I will come down unto thee, to offer burnt oflerings, and to sacrifice sacrifices of peace offerings : seven days shalt thou tarry, till i come to thee, and show thee what thou shalt do.
And it was so, that when he had turned his 7 back to go from Samuel, God 10 8 gave him another heart: and all those signs came to pass that day. And when
they came thither to the hill, behold, a company of prophets met him ; and 11 the Spirit of God came upon him, and he prophesied among them. And it
came to pass, when all that knew him beforetime saw that, behold, he pro
phesied among the prophets, then the people said 9 one to another, What is this 12 that is come unto the son of Kish? Is Saul also among the prophets? And
one 10 of the same place answered and said, But who is their father? Therefore 13 it became a proverb, Is Saul also among the prophets? And when he had
made an end of prophesying, he came to the high place. 14 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 15 to Samuel.
And Saul's uncle said, Tell me, I pray thee, what Samuel said 16 unto you. And Saul said unto his uncle, He told us plainly that the asses were
found. But of the matter of the kingdom, whereof Samuel spake, he told
him not. 17, 18
And Samuel called the people together unto 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 19 out of the hand of all kingdoms, and of them that oppressed you : and ye have
this day rejected your God, who himself saved you out of all your adversities and your tribulations; and ye have said unto him, Nay, but set a king over us. Now therefore present yourselves before the Lord by your tribes, and by your
thousands. 20 And when Samuel had caused all the tribes of Israel to come near, the tribe 21 of Benjamin was taken. When he had caused the tribe of Benjamin to come
1 Or, reserved.
5 Heb. it shall come to pass, that 7 Heb. shoulder.
8 Heb, turned.
10 Heb. from thence,
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 inquired of the Lord further, if the man should yet come thither. And the LORD answered, Behold, he hath hid himself among the 23 stuff. And they ran and fetched him thence; and when he stood
the people, he 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 all the people? And all the people 25 shouted, and said, 'God save the king. Then Samuel told the people the
manner of the kingdom, and wrote it in a book, and laid it up before the
Lord. 26 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 band of men, whose 27 hearts God had touched. But the children of Belial said, How shall this man
save us? And they despised him, and brought him no presents. But ? he held
his peace. 11 THEN Nahash the Ammonite çame up, and encamped against Jabesh
gilead : and all the men of Jabesh said unto Nahash, Make a covenant with us, 2 and we will serve thee. And Nahash the Ammonite answered them, On this
condition will I make a covenant with you, that I may thrust out all your right eyes, and lay it for a reproach upon all Israel.
And the elders of Jabesh said unto him, 3 Give us seven days' respite, that we may send messengers unto all the coasts of Israel : and then, if there be no man 4 to save us, we will come out to thee. Then came the messengers to Gibeah of
Saul, and told the tidings in the ears of the people: and all the people lifted up 5 their voices, and wept. And, behold, Saul came after the herd out of the field;
and Saul said, What aileth the people that they weep? And they told him the 6 tidings of the men of Jabesh. And the Spirit of God came upon Saul when he 7 heard those tidings, and his anger was kindled greatly. And he took a yoke of
oxen, and hewed them in pieces, and sent them throughout all the coasts of Israel by the hands of messengers, saying, Whosoever cometh not forth after Saul and
after Samuel, so shall iť be done unto his oxen. And the fear of the Lord fell 8 on the people, and they came out * with one consent. And when he numbered
them in Bezek, the children of Israel were three hundred thousand, and the
men of Judah thirty thousand. 9 And they said unto the messengers that came, Thus shall ye say unto the
men of Jabesh-gilead, To-morrow, by that time the sun be hot, ye shall have
5 help. And the messengers came and showed it to the men of 'Jabesh; and 10 they were glad. Therefore the men of Jabesh said, To-morrow we will come
out unto you, and ye shall do with us all that seemeth good unto you. 11 And it was so on the morrow, that Saul put the people in three companies ;
and they came into the midst of the host in the morning watch, and slew the Ammonites until the heat of the day: and it came to pass, that they which
remained were scattered, so that two of them were not left together. 12 And the people said unto Samuel, Who is he that said, Shall Saul reign over 13 us? bring the men, that we may put them to death. And Saul said, There
shall not a man be put to death this day: for to-day the Lord hath wrought
salvation in Israel. 14 Then said Samuel to the people, Come, and let us go to Gilgal, and renew 15 the kingdom there. And all the people went to Gilgal; and there they made
Saul king before the Lord in Gilgal; and there they sacrificed sacrifices of peace offerings before the LORD; and there Saul and all the men of Israel
rejoiced greatly. 12 AND Samuel said unto all
, Behold, I have hearkened unto your voice in all that ye said unto me, and have made a king over you. And now, 2 behold, the king walketh before you : and I am old and grayheaded ; and,
behold, my sons are with you : and I have walked before you from my child 3 hood unto this day. Behold, here I am: witness against me before the Lord,
1 Heb. Let the king live.
3 Heb. Forbear us.
and before his anointed: whose ox have I taken? or whose ass have I taken? or whom have I defrauded ? whom have I oppressed? or of whose hand have I
received any 'bribe to blind mine eyes therewith ? and I will restore it you. 4 And they said, Thou hast not defrauded us, nor oppressed us, neither hast thou 5 taken aught of any man's hand. And he said unto them, The Lord is witness
against you, and his anointed is witness this day, that ye have not found aught in my hand. And they answered, He is witness.
And Samuel said unto the people, It is the Lord that S advanced Moses and 7 Aaron, and that brought your fathers up out of the land of Egypt. Now there
fore stand still, that I may reason with you before the Lord of all the 4 righteous 8 acts of the Lord, which he did 5 to you and to your fathers. When Jacob was
come into Egypt, and your fathers cried unto the LORD, then the Lord sent
Moses and Aaron, which brought forth your fathers out of Egypt, and made 9 them dwell in this place. And when they forgat the Lord their God, he sold
them into the hand of Sisera, captain of the host of Hazor, and into the hand
of the Philistines, and into the hand of the king of Moab, and they fought 10 against them. And they cried unto the Lord, and said, We have sinned,
because we have forsaken the Lord, and have served Baalim and Ashtaroth : 11 but now deliver us out of the hand of our enemies, and we will serve thee. And
the Lord sent Jerubbaal, and Bedan, and Jephthah, and Samuel, and delivered 12 you out of the hand of your enemies on every side, and ye dwelled safe. And
when ye saw that Nahash the king of the children of Ammon came against you,
ye said unto me, Nay; but a king shall reign over us : when the Lord your 13 God was your king. Now therefore behold the king whom ye have chosen, and 14 whom ye have desired! and, behold, the Lord hath set a king over you.
will fear the Lord, and serve him, and obey his voice, and not rebel against the
6 commandment of the Lord, then shall both ye and also the king that reigneth 15 over you 7 continue following the Lord your God: but if ye will not obey
the voice of the Lord, but rebel against the commandment of the LORD, then 16 shall the hand of the Lord be against you, as it was against your fathers. Now
therefore stand and see this great thing, which the Lord will do before your 17 eyes.
Is it not wheat harvest to-day? I will call unto the Lord, and he shall send thunder and rain; that ye may perceive and see that your wickedness is great, which ye have done in the sight of the LORD, in asking you a king.
So Samuel called unto the Lord; and the Lord sent thunder and rain that 19 day: and all the people greatly feared the Lord and Samuel. And all the
people said unto Samuel, Pray for thy rvants unto the Lord thy God, that
we die not: for we have added unto all our sins this evil, to ask us a king. 20 And Samuel said unto the people, Fear not : ye have done all this wickedness:
yet turn not aside from following the Lord, but serve the LORD with all your 21 heart; and turn ye not aside: for then should ye go after vain things, which 22 cannot profit nor deliver; for they are vain. For the Lord will not forsake
his people for his great name's sake: because it hath pleased the Lord to make 23 you his people. Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the
Lord & in ceasing to pray for you : but I will teach you the good and the right 24 way: only fear the Lord, and serve him in truth with all your heart : for con25 sider 9 how great things he hath done for you. But if ye shall still do wickedly, ye shall be consumed, both ye and your king:
SAUL 10 reigned one year; and when he had reigned two years over Israel, Saul chose him three thousand men of Israel; whereof two thousand were with 2 Saul in Michmash and in mount Beth-el, and a thousand were with Jonathan in Gibeah of Benjamin: and the rest of the people be sent every man to his
And Jonathan smote the garrison of the Philistines that was in 11 Geba, and the Philistines heard of it. And Saul blew the trumpet throughout all the 4 land, saying, Let the Hebrews hear. And all Israel heard say that Saul had
1 Heb. ransom.
cyes at him.
4 Heb. righteousnesses, or,
8 Heb. from ceasing.
kis reigning. 11 Or, the hill.
3 Or, made.
smitten a garrison of the Philistines, and that Israel also I was had in abomin
ation with the Philistines. And the people were called together after Saul to 5 Gilgal. And the Philistines gathered themselves together to fight with Israel,
thirty thousand chariots, and six thousand horsemen, and people as the sand which is on the sea shore in multitude : and they came up, and pitched in
Michmash, eastward from Beth-aven. 6 When the men of Israel saw that they were in a strait, (for the people were
distressed,) then the people did hide themselves in caves, and in thickets, and 7 in rocks, and in high places, and in pits. And some of the Hebrews went over
Jordan to the land of Gad and Gilead. As for Saul, he was yet in Gilgal, and 8 all the people 2 followed him trembling. And he tarried seven days, according
to the set time that Samuel had appointed : but Samuel came not to Gilgal; 9 and the people were scattered from him. And Saul said, Bring hither a
burnt offering to me, and peace offerings. And he offered the burnt offering. 10 And it came to pass, that as soon as he had made an end of offering the
burnt offering, behold, Samuel came; and Saul went out to meet him, that he 11 might S salute him. And Samuel said, What hast thou done? And Saul
said, Because I saw that the people were scattered from me, and that thou
camest not within the days appointed, and that the Philistines gathered them. 12 selves together at Michmash; therefore said I, The Philistines will come down
now upon me to Gilgal, and I have not 4 made supplication unto the Lord: I 13 forced myself therefore, and offered a burnt offering. And Samuel said to Saul,
Thou hast done foolishly : thou hast not kept the commandment of the LORD
thy God, which he commanded thee: for now would the Lord have established 14 thy kingdom upon Israel for ever. But now thy kingdom shall not continue :
the Lord hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the Lord hath commanded him to be captain over his people, because thou hast not kept that
which the LORD commanded thee. 15 And Samuel arose, and gat him up from Gilgal unto Gibeah of Benjamin.
And Saul numbered the people that were 5 present with him, about six hundred 16 men. And Saul, and Jonathan his son, and the people that were present with
them, abode in Gibeah of Benjamin: 17 But the Philistines encamped in Michmash. And the spoilers came out
of the camp of the Philistines in three companies: one company turned unto 18 the way that leadeth to Ophrah, unto the land of Shual: and another com.
pany turned the way to Beth-horon : and another company turned to the
way of the border that looketh to the valley of Zeboim toward the wilder19 Now there was no smith found throughout all the land of Israel: for the 20 Philistines said, Lest the Hebrews make them swords or spears : but all the
Israelites went down to the Philistines, to sharpen every man his share, and his 21 coulter, and his ax, and his mattock. Yet they had 7 a file for the mattocks, and
for the coulters, and for the forks, and for the axes, and 8 to sharpen the goads. 22 So it came to pass in the day of battle, that there was neither sword nor spear
found in the hand of any of the people that were with Saul and Jonathan : but with Saul and with Jonathan his son was there found.
And the 'garrison of the Philistines went out to the passage of Michmash. 14 Now 10 it came to pass upon a day, that Jonathan the son of Saul said unto the
young man that bare his armour, Come, and let us go over to the Philistines' 2 garrison, that is on the other side. But he told not his father. And Saul
tarried in the uttermost part of Gibeah under a pomegranate tree which is in 3 Migron: and the people that were with him were about six hundred men; and
11 Xhiah, the son of Abitub, l-chabod's brother, the son of Phinehas, the son of
Eli, the Lord's priest in Shiloh, wearing an ephod. And the people knew not 4 that Jonathan was gone. And between the passages, by which Jonathan sought
to go over unto the Philistines' garrison, there was a sharp rock on the one side,
and a sharp rock on the other side : and the name of the one was Bozez, 5 and the name of the other Seneh. The 12 forefront of the one was situate
1 Heb. did stink.
5 Heb. found.
9 Heb. standing camp, 2 Heb. trembled after him. 6 Heb. Geba, ver. 3. 10 Or, there was a day. 3 Heb. bless him.
7 Heb. a file with mouths. 11 Ch. xxii. 9, 11, 20, called Ahimelech. 4 Heb. intreated the face. 8 Heb. to set.
12 Heb. tooth.