Saul Anointed King
1There was a prominent man of Benjamin named Kish9:1 1Sm 14:51; 1Ch 9:36–39 son of Abiel, son of Zeror, son of Becorath, son of Aphiah, son of a Benjaminite.
3One day the donkeys of Saul’s father Kish wandered off. Kish said to his son Saul, “Take one of the servants with you and go look for the donkeys.”
8The servant answered Saul, “Here, I have a little9:8 Lit a quarter of a shekel (about a tenth of an ounce) silver. I’ll give it to the man of God, and he will tell us which way we should go.”
10“Good,” Saul replied to his servant. “Come on, let’s go.” So they went to the city where the man of God was.
12The women answered, “Yes, he is ahead of you. Hurry, he just now entered the city, because there’s a sacrifice9:12 Nm 28:11–15 for the people at the high place9:12 1Sm 7:17; 10:5 today.
13As soon as you enter the city, you will find him before he goes to the high place to eat. The people won’t eat until he comes because he must bless the sacrifice; after that, the guests can eat. Go up immediately — you can find him now.”
14So they went up toward the city.
Saul and his servant were entering the city when they saw Samuel coming toward them on his way to the high place.
16“At this time tomorrow I will send you a man from the land of Benjamin. Anoint him ruler over my people Israel.9:16 1Sm 10:1 He will save them from the Philistines because I have seen the affliction of my people,9:16 Ex 3:7,9 for their cry has come to me.”
18Saul approached Samuel in the city gate and asked, “Would you please tell me where the seer’s house is?”
19“I am the seer,” Samuel answered.9:19 Lit answered Saul “Go up ahead of me to the high place and eat with me today. When I send you off in the morning, I’ll tell you everything that’s in your heart.
22Samuel took Saul and his servant, brought them to the banquet hall, and gave them a place at the head of the thirty9:22 LXX reads 70 or so men who had been invited.
23Then Samuel said to the cook, “Get the portion of meat that I gave you and told you to set aside.”
24The cook picked up the thigh9:24 Ex 29:22,27; Lv 7:32–33; Nm 18:18 and what was attached to it and set it before Saul. Then Samuel said, “Notice that the reserved piece is set before you. Eat it because it was saved for you for this solemn event at the time I said, ‘I’ve invited the people.’” So Saul ate with Samuel that day.
26They got up early, and just before dawn, Samuel called to Saul on the roof, “Get up, and I’ll send you on your way!” Saul got up, and both he and Samuel went outside.
27As they were going down to the edge of the city, Samuel said to Saul, “Tell the servant to go on ahead of us, but you stay for a while, and I’ll reveal the word of God to you.” So the servant went on.