1 And the men of
Kirjath-jearim came, and fetched up the ark of the LORD, and
brought it into the house of Abinadab in the hill, and sanctified
Eleazar his son to keep the ark of the LORD.
2 And it came to pass, while the ark abode in Kirjath-jearim,
that the time was long; for it was twenty years: and all the
house of Israel lamented after the LORD.
3 And Samuel spake unto all the house of Israel, saying, If
ye do return unto the LORD with all your hearts, then put away
the strange gods and Ashtaroth from among you, and prepare your
hearts unto the LORD, and serve him only: and he will deliver
you out of the hand of the Philistines.
4 Then the children of Israel did put away Baalim and Ashtaroth,
and served the LORD only.
5 And Samuel said, Gather all Israel to Mizpeh, and I will pray
for you unto the LORD.
6 And they gathered together to Mizpeh, and drew water, and
poured it out before the LORD, and fasted on that day, and said
there, We have sinned against the LORD. And Samuel judged the
children of Israel in Mizpeh.
7 And when the Philistines heard that the children of Israel
were gathered together to Mizpeh, the lords of the Philistines
went up against Israel. And when the children of Israel heard
it, they were afraid of the Philistines.
8 And the children of Israel said to Samuel, Cease not to cry
unto the LORD our God for us, that he will save us out of the
hand of the Philistines.
9 And Samuel took a sucking lamb, and offered it for a burnt
offering wholly unto the LORD: and Samuel cried unto the LORD
for Israel; and the LORD heard him.
10 And as Samuel was offering up the burnt offering, the Philistines
drew near to battle against Israel: but the LORD thundered with
a great thunder on that day upon the Philistines, and discomfited
them; and they were smitten before Israel.
11 And the men of Israel went out of Mizpeh, and pursued the
Philistines, and smote them, until they came under Beth-car.
12 Then Samuel took a stone, and set it between Mizpeh and Shen,
and called the name of it Eben-ezer, saying, Hitherto hath the
LORD helped us.
13 So the Philistines were subdued, and they came no more into
the coast of Israel: and the hand of the LORD was against the
Philistines all the days of Samuel.
14 And the cities which the Philistines had taken from Israel
were restored to Israel, from Ekron even unto Gath; and the
coasts thereof did Israel deliver out of the hands of the Philistines.
And there was peace between Israel and the Amorites.
15 And Samuel judged Israel all the days of his life.
16 And he went from year to year in circuit to Bethel, and Gilgal,
and Mizpeh, and judged Israel in all those places.
17 And his return was to Ramah; for there was his house; and
there he judged Israel; and there he built an altar unto the
1 And it came to
pass, when Samuel was old, that he made his sons judges over
2 Now the name of his firstborn was Joel; and the name of his
second, Abiah: they were judges in Beer-sheba.
3 And his sons walked not in his ways, but turned aside after
lucre, and took bribes, and perverted judgment.
4 Then all the elders of Israel gathered themselves together,
and came to Samuel unto Ramah,
5 And said unto him, Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk
not in thy ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the
6 But the thing displeased Samuel, when they said, Give us a
king to judge us. And Samuel prayed unto the LORD.
7 And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the
people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected
thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over
8 According to all the works which they have done since the
day that I brought them up out of Egypt even unto this day,
wherewith they have forsaken me, and served other gods, so do
they also unto thee.
9 Now therefore hearken unto their voice: howbeit yet protest
solemnly unto them, and shew them the manner of the king that
shall reign over them.
10 And Samuel told all the words of the LORD unto the people
that asked of him a king.
11 And he said, This will be the manner of the king that shall
reign over you: He will take your sons, and appoint them for
himself, for his chariots, and to be his horsemen; and some
shall run before his chariots.
12 And he will appoint him captains over thousands, and captains
over fifties; and will set them to ear his ground, and to reap
his harvest, and to make his instruments of war, and instruments
of his chariots.
13 And he will take your daughters to be confectionaries, and
to be cooks, and to be bakers.
14 And he will take your fields, and your vineyards, and your
oliveyards, even the best of them, and give them to his servants.
15 And he will take the tenth of your seed, and of your vineyards,
and give to his officers, and to his servants.
16 And he will take your menservants, and your maidservants,
and your goodliest young men, and your asses, and put them to
17 He will take the tenth of your sheep: and ye shall be his
18 And ye shall cry out in that day because of your king which
ye shall have chosen you; and the LORD will not hear you in
19 Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel;
and they said, Nay; but we will have a king over us;
20 That we also may be like all the nations; and that our king
may judge us, and go out before us, and fight our battles.
21 And Samuel heard all the words of the people, and he rehearsed
them in the ears of the LORD.
22 And the LORD said to Samuel, Hearken unto their voice, and
make them a king. And Samuel said unto the men of Israel, Go
ye every man unto his city.
1 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,
a mighty man of power.
2 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.
3 And the asses of Kish Saul's father were lost. And Kish said
to Saul his son, Take now one of the servants with thee, and
arise, go seek the asses.
4 And he passed through mount Ephraim, and passed through the
land of Shalisha, but they found them not: then they passed
through the land of Shalim, and there they were not: and he
passed through the land of the Benjamites, but they found them
5 And when they were come to the land of Zuph, Saul said to
his servant that was with him, Come, and let us return; lest
my father leave caring for the asses, and take thought for us.
6 And he said unto him, Behold now, there is in this city a
man of God, and he is an honourable man; all that he saith cometh
surely to pass: now let us go thither; peradventure he can shew
us our way that we should go.
7 Then said Saul to his servant, But, behold, if we go, what
shall we bring the man? for the bread is spent in our vessels,
and there is not a present to bring to the man of God: what
8 And the servant answered Saul again, and said, Behold, I have
here at hand the fourth part of a shekel of silver: that will
I give to the man of God, to tell us our way.
9 (Beforetime in Israel, when a man went to enquire of God,
thus he spake, Come, and let us go to the seer: for he that
is now called a Prophet was beforetime called a Seer.)
10 Then said Saul to his servant, Well said; come, let us go.
So they went unto 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 unto them, Is the
12 And they answered them, and said, He is; behold, he is before
you: make haste now, for he came to day to the city; for there
is a sacrifice of the people to day in the high place:
13 As soon as ye be come into the city, ye shall straightway
find him, before he go up to the high place to eat: for the
people will not eat until he come, because he doth bless the
sacrifice; and afterwards they eat that be bidden. Now therefore
get you up; for about this time ye shall find him.
14 And they went up into the city: and when they were come into
the city, behold, Samuel came out against them, for to go up
to the high place.
15 Now the LORD had told Samuel in his ear a day before Saul
16 To morrow about this time I will send thee a man out of the
land of Benjamin, and thou shalt anoint him to be captain over
my people Israel, that he may save my people out of the hand
of the Philistines: for I have looked upon my people, because
their cry is come unto me.
17 And when Samuel saw Saul, the LORD said unto him, Behold
the man whom I spake to thee of! this same shall reign over
18 Then Saul drew near to Samuel in the gate, and said, Tell
me, I pray thee, where the seer's house is.
19 And Samuel answered Saul, and said, I am the seer: go up
before me unto the high place; for ye shall eat with me to day,
and to morrow I will let thee go, and will tell thee all that
is in thine heart.
20 And as for thine asses that were lost three days ago, set
not thy mind on them; for they are found. And on whom is all
the desire of Israel? Is it not on thee, and on all thy father's
21 And Saul answered and said, 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 speakest
thou so to me?
22 And Samuel took Saul and his servant, and brought them into
the parlour, and made them sit in the chiefest place among them
that were bidden, which were about thirty persons.
23 And Samuel said unto the cook, Bring the portion which I
gave thee, of which I said unto thee, Set it by thee.
24 And the cook took up the shoulder, and that which was upon
it, and set it before Saul. And Samuel said, Behold that which
is left! set it before thee, and eat: for unto this time hath
it been kept for thee since I said, I have invited the people.
So Saul did eat with Samuel that day.
25 And when they were come down from the high place into the
city, Samuel communed with Saul upon the top of the house.
26 And they arose early: and it came to pass about the spring
of the day, that Samuel called Saul to the top of the house,
saying, Up, that I may send thee away. And Saul arose, and they
went out both of them, he and Samuel, abroad.
27 And as they were going down to the end of the city, Samuel
said to Saul, Bid the servant pass on before us, (and he passed
on,) but stand thou still a while, that I may shew thee the
word of God.