NASB — 1 Samuel 10 — KJV

Saul among Prophets

1 Then aSamuel took the flask of oil, poured it on his head, bkissed him and said, “Has not cthe LORD anointed you a ruler over dHis inheritance? 2 When you go from me today, then you will find two men close to aRachel’s tomb in the territory of Benjamin at Zelzah; and they will say to you, ‘bThe donkeys which you went to look for have been found. Now behold, your father has Iceased to be concerned about the donkeys and is anxious for you, saying, “What shall I do about my son?”’ 3 Then you will go on further from there, and you will come as far as the Iaoak of Tabor, and there three men going up bto God at Bethel will meet you, one carrying three young goats, another carrying three loaves of bread, and another carrying a jug of wine; 4 and they will greet you and give you two [loaves] of bread, which you will accept from their hand. 5 Afterward you will come to Iathe hill of God where the Philistine garrison is; and it shall be as soon as you have come there to the city, that you will meet ba group of prophets coming down from the high place with harp, tambourine, flute, and a lyre before them, and cthey will be prophesying. 6 Then athe Spirit of the LORD will come upon you mightily, and byou shall prophesy with them and be changed into another man. 7 It shall be when these signs come to you, ado for yourself what Ithe occasion requires, for bGod is with you. 8 And ayou shall go down before me to Gilgal; and behold, I will come down to you to offer burnt offerings and bsacrifice peace offerings. cYou shall wait seven days until I come to you and show you what you should do.”

[1] aEx 30:23-33; 1S 16:13; 2K 9:3, 6 bPs 2:12 c1S 16:13; 26:9; 2S 1:14 dDt 32:9; Ps 78:71
[2] ILit abandoned the matter of aGn 35:16-20; 48:7 b1S 9:3-5
[3] IOr terebinth aGn 35:8 bGn 28:19; 35:1, 3, 7
[5] IOr Gibeath-haelohim a1S 13:2, 3 b1S 19:20; 2K 2:3, 5, 15 c2K 3:15; 1Ch 25:1-6; 1Co 14:1
[6] aNu 11:25, 29; Jg 14:6 b1S 10:10; 19:23, 24
[7] ILit your hand finds aEc 9:10 bJsh 1:5; Jg 6:12; He 13:5
[8] a1S 11:14; 13:8 b1S 11:15 c1S 13:8

9 ¶ Then it happened when he turned his back to leave Samuel, God achanged Ihis heart; and all those signs came about on that day. 10 aWhen they came to Ithe hill there, behold, a group of prophets met him; and the Spirit of God came upon him mightily, so that he prophesied among them. 11 It came about, when all who knew him previously saw that he prophesied now with the prophets, that the people said to one another, “What has happened to the son of Kish? aIs Saul also among the prophets?” 12 A man there said, “Now, who is their father?” Therefore it became a proverb: “aIs Saul also among the prophets?” 13 When he had finished prophesying, he came to the high place.

[9] ILit for him another heart a1S 10:6
[10] IOr Gibeath a1S 10:5, 6; 19:20
[11] a1S 19:24; Am 7:14, 15; Mt 13:54-57; Jn 7:15
[12] a1S 19:23, 24

14 ¶ Now aSaul’s uncle said to him and his servant, “Where did you go?” And he said, “bTo look for the donkeys. When we saw that they could not be found, we went to Samuel.” 15 Saul’s uncle said, “Please tell me what Samuel said to you.” 16 So Saul said to his uncle, “aHe told us plainly that the donkeys had been found.” But he did not tell him about the matter of the kingdom which Samuel had mentioned.

[14] a1S 14:50 b1S 9:3-6
[16] a1S 9:20

Saul Publicly Chosen King

17 ¶ Thereafter Samuel called the apeople together to the LORD at Mizpah; 18 and he said to the sons of Israel, “aThus says the LORD, the God of Israel, ‘I brought Israel up from Egypt, and I delivered you from the hand of the Egyptians and from the Ipower of all the kingdoms that were oppressing you.’ 19 But you ahave today rejected your God, who delivers you from all your calamities and your distresses; yet you have Isaid, ‘No, but set a king over us!’ Now therefore, bpresent yourselves before the LORD by your tribes and by your clans.”

[17] aJg 20:1; 1S 7:5
[18] ILit hand aJg 6:8, 9
[19] ISo with several mss and versions; M.T. said to Him a1S 8:6, 7; 12:12 bJsh 7:14-18; 24:1; Pv 16:33

20 ¶ Thus Samuel brought all the tribes of Israel near, and the tribe of Benjamin was taken by lot. 21 Then he brought the tribe of Benjamin near by its families, and the Matrite family was taken. And Saul the son of Kish was taken; but when they looked for him, he could not be found. 22 Therefore athey inquired further of the LORD, “Has the man come here yet?” So the LORD said, “Behold, he is hiding himself by the baggage.” 23 So they ran and took him from there, and when he stood among the people, ahe was taller than any of the people from his shoulders upward. 24 Samuel said to all the people, “Do you see him awhom the LORD has chosen? Surely there is no one like him among all the people.” So all the people shouted and said, “Ib[Long] live the king!”

[22] a1S 23:2, 4
[23] a1S 9:2
[24] ILit May the king live aDt 17:15; 2S 21:6 b1K 1:25, 34, 39

25 ¶ Then Samuel told the people athe ordinances of the kingdom, and wrote [them] in the book and bplaced [it] before the LORD. And Samuel sent all the people away, each one to his house. 26 Saul also went ato his house at Gibeah; and the valiant [men] whose hearts God had touched went with him. 27 But certain Iaworthless men said, “How can this one deliver us?” And they despised him and bdid not bring him any present. But he kept silent.

[25] aDt 17:14-20; 1S 8:11-18 bDt 31:26
[26] a1S 11:4; 15:34
[27] ILit sons of Belial, cf 2Co 6:15 aDt 13:13; 1S 25:17 b1K 10:25; 2Ch 17:5


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Samuel anointeth Saul.

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?

[1] Ex 19:5; Dt 32:9; Jsh 5:14; 1S 2:10; 8:9, 19; 9:16; 13:14; 16:13; 24:6; 26:11; 2S 5:2; 19:39; 1K 19:18; 2K 9:3; 20:5; Ps 2:12; 78:71; 135:4; Jr 10:16; Ho 13:2; Ac 13:21; 1Th 5:26; He 2:10; Rv 5:8.

He confirmeth him by prediction of three signs.

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 son? 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 shall prophesy: 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.

[2] Gn 35:19; Jsh 18:28; 1S 9:3; 10:16; Jr 31:15.
[3] Gn 28:19, 22; 35:1, 3, 6; Lv 1:10; 3:6, 12; 7:13; 23:13; Nu 15:5; Jsh 19:12, 22; Jg 4:6, 12; 8:18; Ps 89:12.
[4] Jg 18:15.
[5] Ex 15:20; 1S 10:10; 13:3; 19:20; 2K 2:3, 5, 15; 3:15; 4:38; 6:1; 1Ch 13:8; 15:19, 27; 16:5, 42; 25:1; 2Ch 29:25; Ps 49:4; 150:3.
[6] Nu 11:25; Jg 3:10; 1S 10:9, 10; 16:13; 19:23; Mt 7:22.
[7] Gn 21:20; Ex 4:8; Dt 20:1; Jg 6:12; 9:33; Is 7:14; 45:1; Mt 1:23; 28:20; Lk 2:12; Jn 6:14.
[8] 1S 11:14; 13:4, 8; 15:33.

Saul's heart is changed, and he prophesieth.

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 prophets? 13 And when he had made an end of prophesying, he came to the high place.

[9] Jg 6:21, 36; 7:11; 1S 10:2, 6; Is 38:7; Mk 14:16.
[10] 1S 10:5; 19:20.
[11] 1S 19:24; Mt 13:54; Jn 7:15; 9:8; Ac 2:7; 3:10; 4:13; 9:21.
[12] Is 54:13; Jn 6:45; 7:16; Jm 1:17.

He concealeth the matter of the kingdom from his uncle.

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.

[14] 1S 9:3; 2K 5:25.
[16] Ex 4:18; Jg 14:6; 1S 9:27; Pv 29:11.

Saul is chosen at Mizpeh by lot.

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 thousands. 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 be found. 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 and upward. 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.

[17] Jg 20:1; 1S 7:5.
[18] Jg 2:1; 6:8; Ne 9:9, 27.
[19] Nu 17:2; Jsh 7:14; 1S 8:7, 19; 12:12, 17; Mi 5:2.
[20] Jsh 7:16; 1S 14:41; Ac 1:24.
[22] Nu 27:21; Jg 1:1; 20:18, 23, 28; 1S 9:21; 15:17; 23:2, 11; Lk 14:11.
[23] 1S 9:2; 16:7; 17:4.
[24] Dt 17:15; 2S 21:6; 1K 1:21, 25, 39; 2K 11:12; Mt 21:9.
[25] Dt 17:14; 1S 8:11; Ezk 45:9; 46:16; Ro 13:1; 1Ti 2:2; Tit 3:1; 1P 2:13.

The different affections of his subjects.

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.

[26] Jsh 18:28; Jg 19:12; 20:14; 1S 11:4; 15:34; 2S 21:6; Ezr 1:5; Ps 110:3; Ac 7:10; 13:48.
[27] Dt 13:13; 1S 2:12; 11:12; 2S 8:2; 20:1; 1K 4:21; 10:25; 2Ch 13:7; 17:5; Ps 38:13; 72:10; Is 36:21; Mt 2:11; 27:12; Ac 7:35, 51.


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