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1 Samuel 10

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 1 Then Samuel took a vial of oil, poured it upon his head, kissed him, and said, "Is it not because the LORD has anointed you to be captain over his inheritance?

 2 When you have departed from me today, then you will find two men by Rachel's sepulcher in the border of Benjamin at Zelzah; and they will say to you, 'The asses which you went to seek have been found; and, lo, your father has forgotten about the asses, and is in sorrow for you, saying, "What shall I do about my son?"'

 3 Then shall you go on forward from there, and you will come to the plain of Tabor, and there you shall meet three men going up to God at Bethel, one carrying three kids, and another carrying three loaves of bread, and another carrying a bottle of wine.

 4 They will salute you and give you two loaves of bread, which you will receive from their hands.

 5 After that you will come to the hill of God, where there is the garrison of the Philistines; and it shall come to pass, when you have come there to the city, that you will meet a company of prophets coming down from the high place with a psaltery, and a small drum, and a pipe, and a harp, leading them; and they will prophesy.

 6 And the Spirit of the LORD will come upon you, and you will prophesy with them, and shall be turned into another man.

 7 And let it be, when these signs have come to you, that you do as you see fit to do; for God is with you.

 8 And you will go down before me to Gilgal; and, behold, I will come down to you, to offer burnt offerings, and to sacrifice sacrifices of peace offerings. You will remain there for seven days until I come to you and show you what you will do."

 9 And it was so, that when he had turned his back to go from Samuel, God gave him another heart;1 and all those signs came to pass that day.

 10 And when they came to the hill of God, behold, a company of prophets met him; and the Spirit of God came upon him, and he prophesied among them.

 11 And it came to pass, when all who had known him before saw that he prophesied among the prophets, then the people said to one another, "What is this that has come to the son of Kish? Is Saul also among the prophets?"

 12 And one in the same place answered and said, "But who is the father of the other prophets [naming Saul a prophet]? Therefore it became a proverb, Is Saul also among the prophets?

 13 And when he had finished prophesying, he came to the high place.

 14 And Saul's uncle said to him and to his servant, "Where have you been? And he said, "Looking for the asses; and when we saw that they were nowhere to be found, we went to Samuel."

 15 And Saul's uncle said, "Tell me, please, what did Samuel say to you."

 16 And Saul said to his uncle, "He told us plainly that the asses were found." But as to the matter of the kingdom, of which Samuel spoke, Saul did not tell him that.

 17 And Samuel called the people together to the LORD to Mizpeh;

 18 And said to the children of Israel, "Thus says the Lord God of Israel, I brought up Israel out of Egypt, and delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of all kingdoms, and of those who oppressed you.

 19 This day you have rejected your God, who himself saved you out of all your adversities and your tribulations; and you have said to him, 'No, 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 of Benjamin was chosen.

 21 When he had caused the tribe of Benjamin to come near by their families, the family of Matri was chosen, and Saul the son of Kish was chosen; and when they sought him, he could not be found.

 22 Therefore they inquired of the LORD further, if the man might yet come back there. And the LORD answered, "Behold he has hidden himself among the baggage."

 23 And they ran and brought him back there; and when he stood among the people, he was higher than any of the people from his shoulders and upward.

 24 And Samuel said to all the people, "See him whom the LORD has chosen, that there is none like him among all the people? And all the people shouted, "Long live the king."

 25 Then Samuel told the people the manner of the kingdom, and wrote it in a book, and laid it up before the LORD. And Samuel sent all the people away, every man to his house.

 26 And Saul also went home to Gibeah; and there went with him a band of men, whose hearts God had touched.

 27 But the children of Belial said, "How shall this man save us?" And they despised him, and brought no presents. But he held his peace.


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1 God gave him another heart. Because Saul was the new king, God shortened the process of a new heart dramatically for Saul. Normally God shows a man his sins, not removing those he has shown him immediately; but as the man becomes aware of sin, and he sees how filthy and unworthy he is — like a selfish beast with a terrible, profane, hateful, lusting mind — so a man learns to hate the evil within his heart and mind, longing to be cleansed. And then when his is finally cleansed, he remembers his hatred of evil so deeply that he would never drift back into his evil, selfish habits.

2 the children of Belial said. Note! Every man is a child of the devil, with the devil's selfish spirit in his heart, until the Lord destroys it by the Word of God within a man's heart.

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