1 Then Samuel took
a vial of oil, and poured it upon his head, and kissed him,
and said, Is it not because the LORD hath anointed thee to be
captain over his inheritance?
2 When thou art departed from me to day, then thou shalt find
two men by Rachel's sepulchre in the border of Benjamin at Zelzah;
and they will say unto thee, The asses which thou wentest to
seek are found: and, lo, thy father hath left the care of the
asses, and sorroweth for you, saying, What shall I do for my
3 Then shalt thou go on forward from thence, and thou shalt
come to the plain of Tabor, and there shall meet thee three
men going up to God to Bethel, one carrying three kids, and
another carrying three loaves of bread, and another carrying
a bottle of wine:
4 And they will salute thee, and give thee two loaves of bread;
which thou shalt receive of their hands.
5 After that thou shalt come to the hill of God, where is the
garrison of the Philistines: and it shall come to pass, when
thou art come thither to the city, that thou shalt meet a company
of prophets coming down from the high place with a psaltery,
and a tabret, and a pipe, and a harp, before them; and they
6 And the Spirit of the LORD will come upon thee, and thou shalt
prophesy with them, and shalt be turned into another man.
7 And let it be, when these signs are come unto thee, that thou
do as occasion serve thee; for God is with thee.
8 And thou shalt go down before me to Gilgal; and, behold, I
will come down unto thee, to offer burnt offerings, and to sacrifice
sacrifices of peace offerings: seven days shalt thou tarry,
till I come to thee, and shew thee what thou shalt do.
9 And it was so, that when he had turned his back to go from
Samuel, God gave him another heart: and all those signs came
to pass that day.
10 And when they came thither to the hill, 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 that knew him beforetime saw
that, behold, he prophesied among the prophets, then the people
said one to another, What is this that is come unto the son
of Kish? Is Saul also among the prophets?
12 And one of the same place answered and said, But who is their
father? Therefore it became a proverb, Is Saul also among the
13 And when he had made an end of prophesying, he came to the
14 And Saul's uncle said unto him and to his servant, Whither
went ye? And he said, To seek the asses: and when we saw that
they were no where, we came to Samuel.
15 And Saul's uncle said, Tell me, I pray thee, what Samuel
said unto you.
16 And Saul said unto his uncle, He told us plainly that the
asses were found. But of the matter of the kingdom, whereof
Samuel spake, he told him not.
17 And Samuel called the people together unto the LORD to Mizpeh;
18 And said unto the children of Israel, Thus saith 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 them that oppressed you:
19 And ye have this day rejected your God, who himself saved
you out of all your adversities and your tribulations; and ye
have said unto him, Nay, but set a king over us. Now therefore
present yourselves before the LORD by your tribes, and by your
20 And when Samuel had caused all the tribes of Israel to come
near, the tribe of Benjamin was taken.
21 When he had caused the tribe of Benjamin to come near by
their families, the family of Matri was taken, and Saul the
son of Kish was taken: and when they sought him, he could not
22 Therefore they enquired of the LORD further, if the man should
yet come thither. And the LORD answered, Behold, he hath hid
himself among the stuff.
23 And they ran and fetched him thence: and when he stood among
the people, he was higher than any of the people from his shoulders
24 And Samuel said to all the people, See ye him whom the LORD
hath chosen, that there is none like him among all the people?
And all the people shouted, and said, God save 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 him no presents. But
he held his peace.
1 Then Nahash the
Ammonite came up, and encamped against Jabesh-gilead: and all
the men of Jabesh said unto Nahash, Make a covenant with us,
and we will serve thee.
2 And Nahash the Ammonite answered them, On this condition will
I make a covenant with you, that I may thrust out all your right
eyes, and lay it for a reproach upon all Israel.
3 And the elders of Jabesh said unto him, Give us seven days'
respite, that we may send messengers unto all the coasts of
Israel: and then, if there be no man to save us, we will come
out to thee.
4 Then came the messengers to Gibeah of Saul, and told the tidings
in the ears of the people: and all the people lifted up their
voices, and wept.
5 And, behold, Saul came after the herd out of the field; and
Saul said, What aileth the people that they weep? And they told
him the tidings of the men of Jabesh.
6 And the Spirit of God came upon Saul when he heard those tidings,
and his anger was kindled greatly.
7 And he took a yoke of oxen, and hewed them in pieces, and
sent them throughout all the coasts of Israel by the hands of
messengers, saying, Whosoever cometh not forth after Saul and
after Samuel, so shall it be done unto his oxen. And the fear
of the LORD fell on the people, and they came out with one consent.
8 And when he numbered them in Bezek, the children of Israel
were three hundred thousand, and the men of Judah thirty thousand.
9 And they said unto the messengers that came, Thus shall ye
say unto the men of Jabesh-gilead, To morrow, by that time the
sun be hot, ye shall have help. And the messengers came and
shewed it to the men of Jabesh; and they were glad.
10 Therefore the men of Jabesh said, To morrow we will come
out unto you, and ye shall do with us all that seemeth good
11 And it was so on the morrow, that Saul put the people in
three companies; and they came into the midst of the host in
the morning watch, and slew the Ammonites until the heat of
the day: and it came to pass, that they which remained were
scattered, so that two of them were not left together.
12 And the people said unto Samuel, Who is he that said, Shall
Saul reign over us? bring the men, that we may put them to death.
13 And Saul said, There shall not a man be put to death this
day: for to day the LORD hath wrought salvation in Israel.
14 Then said Samuel to the people, Come, and let us go to Gilgal,
and renew the kingdom there.
15 And all the people went to Gilgal; and there they made Saul
king before the LORD in Gilgal; and there they sacrificed sacrifices
of peace offerings before the LORD; and there Saul and all the
men of Israel rejoiced greatly.
1 And Samuel said
unto all Israel, Behold, I have hearkened unto your voice in
all that ye said unto me, and have made a king over you.
2 And now, behold, the king walketh before you: and I am old
and grayheaded; and, behold, my sons are with you: and I have
walked before you from my childhood unto this day.
3 Behold, here I am: witness against me before the LORD, and
before his anointed: whose ox have I taken? or whose ass have
I taken? or whom have I defrauded? whom have I oppressed? or
of whose hand have I received any bribe to blind mine eyes therewith?
and I will restore it you.
4 And they said, Thou hast not defrauded us, nor oppressed us,
neither hast thou taken ought of any man's hand.
5 And he said unto them, The LORD is witness against you, and
his anointed is witness this day, that ye have not found ought
in my hand. And they answered, He is witness.
6 And Samuel said unto the people, It is the LORD that advanced
Moses and Aaron, and that brought your fathers up out of the
land of Egypt.
7 Now therefore stand still, that I may reason with you before
the LORD of all the righteous acts of the LORD, which he did
to you and to your fathers.
8 When Jacob was come into Egypt, and your fathers cried unto
the LORD, then the LORD sent Moses and Aaron, which brought
forth your fathers out of Egypt, and made them dwell in this
9 And when they forgat the LORD their God, he sold them into
the hand of Sisera, captain of the host of Hazor, and into the
hand of the Philistines, and into the hand of the king of Moab,
and they fought against them.
10 And they cried unto the LORD, and said, We have sinned, because
we have forsaken the LORD, and have served Baalim and Ashtaroth:
but now deliver us out of the hand of our enemies, and we will
11 And the LORD sent Jerubbaal, and Bedan, and Jephthah, and
Samuel, and delivered you out of the hand of your enemies on
every side, and ye dwelled safe.
12 And when ye saw that Nahash the king of the children of Ammon
came against you, ye said unto me, Nay; but a king shall reign
over us: when the LORD your God was your king.
13 Now therefore behold the king whom ye have chosen, and whom
ye have desired! and, behold, the LORD hath set a king over
14 If ye will fear the LORD, and serve him, and obey his voice,
and not rebel against the commandment of the LORD, then shall
both ye and also the king that reigneth over you continue following
the LORD your God:
15 But if ye will not obey the voice of the LORD, but rebel
against the commandment of the LORD, then shall the hand of
the LORD be against you, as it was against your fathers.
16 Now therefore stand and see this great thing, which the LORD
will do before your eyes.
17 Is it not wheat harvest to day? I will call unto the LORD,
and he shall send thunder and rain; that ye may perceive and
see that your wickedness is great, which ye have done in the
sight of the LORD, in asking you a king.
18 So Samuel called unto the LORD; and the LORD sent thunder
and rain that day: and all the people greatly feared the LORD
19 And all the people said unto Samuel, Pray for thy servants
unto the LORD thy God, that we die not: for we have added unto
all our sins this evil, to ask us a king.
20 And Samuel said unto the people, Fear not: ye have done all
this wickedness: yet turn not aside from following the LORD,
but serve the LORD with all your heart;
21 And turn ye not aside: for then should ye go after vain things,
which cannot profit nor deliver; for they are vain.
22 For the LORD will not forsake his people for his great name's
sake: because it hath pleased the LORD to make you his people.
23 Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against
the LORD in ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach you the
good and the right way:
24 Only fear the LORD, and serve him in truth with all your
heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you.
25 But if ye shall still do wickedly, ye shall be consumed,
both ye and your king.