1 Samuel 10
Samuel Anoints Saul
10:1 Then Samuel took a small container of olive oil and poured it on Saul’s1 head. Samuel2 kissed him and said, “The
10:3 “As you continue on from there, you will come to the tall tree of Tabor. At that point three men who are going up to God at Bethel7 will meet you. One of them will be carrying three young goats, one of them will be carrying three round loaves of bread, and one of them will be carrying a container of wine.
10:4 They will ask you how you’re doing and will give you two loaves of bread. You will accept them.
10:5 Afterward you will go to Gibeah of God, where there are Philistine officials.8 When you enter the town, you will meet a company of prophets coming down from the high place. They will have harps, tambourines, flutes, and lyres, and they will be prophesying.
10:6 Then the spirit of the
10:7 “When these signs have taken place, do whatever your hand finds to do, for God will be with you.9 10:8 You will go down to Gilgal before me. I am going to join you there to offer burnt offerings and to make peace offerings. You should wait for seven days, until I arrive and tell you what to do.”
Saul Becomes King
10:9 As Saul10 turned11 to leave Samuel, God changed his inmost person.12 All these signs happened on that very day. 10:10 When Saul and his servant13 arrived at Gibeah, a company of prophets was coming out to meet him. Then the spirit of God rushed upon Saul14 and he prophesied among them. 10:11 When everyone who had known him previously saw him prophesying with the prophets, the people all asked one another, “What on earth has happened to the son of Kish? Does even Saul belong with the prophets?”
10:12 A man who was from there replied, “And who is their father?” Therefore this became a proverb: “Is even Saul among the prophets?” 10:13 When Saul15 had finished prophesying, he went to the high place.
10:14 Saul’s uncle asked him and his servant, “Where did you go?” Saul16 replied, “To look for the donkeys. But when we realized they were lost,17 we went to Samuel.” 10:15 Saul’s uncle said, “Tell me what Samuel said to you.”18 10:16 Saul said to his uncle, “He assured us that the donkeys had been found.” But Saul19 did not tell him what Samuel had said about the matter of kingship.
10:17 Then Samuel called the people together before the
10:20 Then Samuel brought all the tribes of Israel near, and the tribe of Benjamin was chosen by lot.
10:21 Then he brought the tribe of Benjamin near by its families, and the family of Matri was chosen by lot. At last Saul son of Kish was chosen by lot. But when they looked for him, he was nowhere to be found.
10:22 So they inquired again of the
10:23 So they ran and brought him from there. When he took his position among the people, he stood head and shoulders above them all.
10:24 Then Samuel said to all the people, “Do you see the one whom the
10:25 Then Samuel talked to the people about how the kingship would work.23 He wrote it all down on a scroll and set it before the