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1 Samuel 9

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 1 Now there was a man of the tribe Benjamin, whose name was Kish, the son of Abiel, the son of Zeror, the son of Bechorath, the son of Aphiah; he was a Benjamite, a mighty man of power.

 2 He had a son, whose name was Saul, who a choice young man and most handsome; and there was not among the children of Israel a more handsome man than he; from his shoulders and upward he was [a head] taller than any of the people.

 3 The asses of Kish Saul's father had been lost. And Kish said to Saul his son, "Now take one of the servants with you and go to find the asses."

 4 He passed through mount Ephraim, and passed through the land of Shalisha, but they did not find them. Then they passed through the land of Shalim, but they were not found there. He next passed through the land of the Benjamites, but they were not found there either.

 5 When they had come to the land of Zuph, Saul said to his servant who was with him, "Come, and let us return; or my father will forget his concerns about the asses, and begin to worry about us."

 6 And the servant said to Saul, "Behold now, in this city there is a man of God, and he is an honorable man; all that he has said, surely comes to pass. Let us now go there, and perhaps he can show us our way that we should go [to find the asses]."

 7 Then said Saul to his servant, "But, behold, if we go, what shall we bring the man? Since the bread has been consumed in our vessels, there is not a present to bring to the man of God; what do we have?"

 8 And the servant answered Saul again, and said, "Behold, I have here in my possession the fourth part of a shekel of silver; I will give that to the man of God, so he will tell us the way to go.

 9 (In times past in Israel, when a man went to inquire of God, he spoke in this manner: "Come, and let us go to the seer;" because the one who is now called a Prophet was previously called a Seer.)

 10 Then said Saul to his servant, "Well said; come, let us go." So they went to the city where the man of God was.

 11 And as they went up the hill to the city, they found young maidens going out to draw water, and said to them, "Is the seer here?"

 12 And they answered them and said, "He is; behold, he is ahead of you; make haste now for he came to the city today because there is a sacrifice of the people today in the high place.

 13 As soon as you have come into the city, you must quickly find him, before he goes up to the high place to eat. For the people will not eat until he comes and blesses the sacrifice; and afterwards those who were invited, do eat. Therefore go on up now because at about this time you will find him.

 14 And they went up into the city; and when they had entered the city, behold, Samuel came towards them on his way up to the high place.

 15 Now the day before Saul had come, the LORD had told Samuel in his ear, saying,

 16 "Tomorrow about this time I will send you a man out of the land of Benjamin, and you shall anoint him to be captain over my people Israel, that he may save my people out of the hand of the Philistines. I have looked upon my people because their cry has come to me."

 17 When Samuel saw Saul, the LORD said to him, "Behold the man of whom I spoke to you! This same man shall reign over my people."

 18 Then Saul drew near to Samuel in the gate, and said, "Tell me, I beg of you, where is the seer's house?"

 19 And Samuel answered Saul, and said, "I am the seer; go up with me to the high place for you shall eat with me today, and tomorrow I will let you go, and I will tell you all that is in your heart.

 20 As for your asses that were lost three days ago, do not set your mind on them for they are found. And on whom is all the desire of Israel? Is it not on you, and on all your father's house?"

 21 And Saul answered and said, "Am not I a Benjamite, of the smallest of the tribes of Israel? And my family is the least of all the families of the tribe of Benjamin? Why then do you speak this way to me?"

 22 And Samuel took Saul and his servant, brought them into the parlor, and made them sit in the best place among those who were invited, who numbered about thirty persons.

 23 And Samuel said to the cook, "Bring the portion that I gave you, and which I said to you, 'Set it aside by you [to save it].'"

 24 And the cook lifted up the shoulder, along with what was upon it [to show it was the priest's best portion], and set it before Saul. And Samuel said, "Behold what has been saved! Put it on your plate and eat, for until now it has been saved for you since I said, 'I have invited the people.'" So Saul ate with Samuel that day.

 25 And when they had come down from the high place into the city, Samuel conversed with Saul upon the top of Samuel's house.

 26 The next morning they arose early; and at about dawn Samuel called Saul on the top of the house, saying, "Get up, that I may send you away." Saul arose and both he and Samuel went out into the city's streets.

 27 And as they were going down to the end of the city, Samuel said to Saul, "Tell your servant to go on ahead of us, (and he continued on), but you delay awhile so that I may reveal to you the word of God."


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