1st Samuel 8

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The First Book of Samuel

Chapter 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, a Benjamite, 3228 376 a 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.4 And Kish said4 to Saul his son, Take3 now one of the servants with thee, and arise,3 go3 seek16 the asses.


And he passed4 through mount Ephraim, and passed4 through the land of Shalisha, but they found1 [them] not: then they passed4 through the land of Shalim, and [there they were] not: and he passed4 through the land of the Benjamites, but they found1 [them] not.


[And] when they were come1 to the land of Zuph, Saul said1 to his servant that [was] with him, Come,3 and let us return;4 lest my father leave4 [caring] for the asses, and take thought1 for us.


And he said4 unto him, Behold now, [there is] in this city a man of God, and [he is] an honourable12 man; all that he saith17 cometh4 surely to pass:2 now let us go4 thither; peradventure he can shew55 us our way that we should go.1


Then said4 Saul to his servant, But, behold, [if] we go,4 what shall we bring55 the man? for the bread is spent1 in our vessels, and [there is] not a present to bring53 to the man of God: what have we?


And the servant answered2 Saul again,55 and said,4 Behold, I have here8 at hand the fourth part of a shekel of silver: [that] will I give1 to the man of God, to tell52 us our way.


(Beforetime in Israel, when a man went2 to enquire2 of God, thus he spake,1 Come,3 and let us go4 to the seer:6 for [he that is] now [called] a Prophet was beforetime called11 a Seer.)6


Then said4 Saul to his servant, Well said; come,3 let us go.4 So they went4 unto the city where the man of God [was].


[And] as they went up6 the hill to the city, they found1 young maidens going out6 to draw2 water, and said4 unto them, Is the seer6 here?


And they answered4 them, and said,4 He is; behold, [he is] before you: make haste16 now, for he came1 to day to the city; for [there is] a sacrifice of the people to day in the high place:


As soon as ye be come2 into the city, ye shall straightway find4 him, before he go up4 to the high place to eat:2 for the people will not eat4 until he come,2 because he doth bless17 the sacrifice; [and] afterwards 3651 they eat4 that be bidden.7 Now therefore get you up;3 for about this time ye shall find4 him.


And they went up4 into the city: [and] when they were come6 into the city, behold, Samuel came out6 against2 them, for to go up2 to the high place.


Now the LORD had told1 Samuel in his ear a day before Saul came,2 saying,2


To morrow about this time I will send4 thee a man out of the land of Benjamin, and thou shalt anoint1 him [to be] captain over my people Israel, that he may save52 my people out of the hand of the Philistines: for I have looked1 upon my people, because their cry is come1 unto me.


And when Samuel saw1 Saul, the LORD said1 unto him, Behold the man whom I spake1 to thee of! this same shall reign4 over my people.


Then Saul drew near4 to Samuel in the gate, and said,4 Tell54 me, I pray thee, where the seer's6 house [is].


And Samuel answered4 Saul, and said,4 I [am] the seer:6 go up3 before me unto the high place; for ye shall eat1 with me to day, and to morrow I will let thee go,14 and will tell55 thee all that [is] in thine heart.


And as for thine asses that were lost6 three days ago, set4 not thy mind on them; for they are found.8 And on whom [is] all the desire of Israel? [Is it] not on thee, and on all thy father's house?


And Saul answered4 and said,4 [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 speakest14 thou so to me?


And Samuel took4 Saul and his servant, and brought55 them into the parlour, and made4 them sit in the chiefest place among them that were bidden,7 which [were] about thirty persons.


And Samuel said4 unto the cook, Bring3 the portion which I gave1 thee, of which I said1 unto thee, Set3 it by thee.


And the cook took up55 the shoulder, and [that] which [was] upon it, and set4 [it] before Saul. And [Samuel] said,4 Behold that which is left!12 set3 [it] before thee, [and] eat:3 for unto this time hath it been kept7 for thee since I said,2 I have invited1 the people. So Saul did eat4 with Samuel that day.


And when they were come down4 from the high place into the city, [Samuel] communed17 with Saul upon the top of the house.


And they arose early:55 and it came to pass about the spring2 of the day, that Samuel called4 Saul to the top of the house, saying,2 Up,3 that I may send thee away.17 And Saul arose,4 and they went out4 both of them, he and Samuel, abroad.


[And] as they were going down6 to the end of the city, Samuel said1 to Saul, Bid3 the servant pass on4 before us, (and he passed on,)4 but stand3 thou still a while, that I may shew55 thee the word of God.

1st Samuel 10





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