1 Samuel 9
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,
a Benjamite, a mighty man of power.
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.
3And the asses of Kish Saul's father were lost. And Kish said to Saul his son, Take now one of the
servants with thee, and arise, go seek the asses.
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 them not.
5And 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 for the asses, and take thought for us.
6And 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 shew us our way that
we should go.
7Then said Saul to his servant,
But, behold, if we go, what shall we bring the man? for the bread is spent in our vessels, and there is not a present to bring
to the man of God: what have we?
servant answered Saul again, and said, Behold, 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.
in Israel, when a man went to enquire of God, thus he spake, Come, and let us go to the seer: for he that is now called a
Prophet was beforetime called a Seer.)
said Saul to his servant, Well said; come, let us go. So they went unto the city where the man of God was.
11And as they went up the hill to the city, they found young maidens going out
to draw water, and said unto them, Is the seer here?
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 place:
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. Now therefore get
you up; for about this time ye shall find him.
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
15Now the LORD had told Samuel
in his ear a day before Saul came, saying,
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 people, because their
cry is come unto me.
17And when Samuel saw
Saul, the LORD said unto him, Behold the man whom I spake to thee of! this same shall reign over my people.
18Then Saul drew near to Samuel in the gate, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, where
the seer's house is.
19And 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.
as for thine asses that were lost 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, and on all thy father's house?
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 so to me?
22And 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 about thirty persons.
23And Samuel said unto the cook, Bring the portion which I gave thee, of which I said unto thee, Set
it by thee.
24And the cook took up the shoulder,
and that which was upon it, and set it before Saul. And Samuel 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.
25And when they were come down from the high
place into the city, Samuel communed with Saul upon the top of the house.
26And 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,
27And 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,
that I may shew thee the word of God.