1 Samuel 10
Samuel Tells Saul He Will Be King
After the servant had gone,
- 1 Samuel took a small jar of olive oil and poured it on Sauls
head. Then he kissed Saul and told him:
- The Lord has chosen you to be the
leader and ruler of his people. 2 When you leave me today, youll
meet two men near Rachels tomb at Zelzah in the territory
of Benjamin. Theyll tell you, The donkeys youve
been looking for have been found. Your father has forgotten about
them, and now hes worrying about you! Hes wondering
how he can find you.
3 Go on from there until you reach the
big oak tree at Tabor, where youll meet three men on their
way to worship God at Bethel. One of them will be leading three
young goats, another will be carrying three round loaves of bread,
and the last one will be carrying a clay jar of wine. 4 After
they greet you, theyll give you two loaves of bread.
5 Next, go to Gibeah, where the Philistines
have an army camp. As youre going into the town, youll
meet a group of prophets coming down from the place of worship.
Theyll be going along prophesying while others are walking
in front of them, playing small harps, small drums, and flutes.
6 The Spirit of the Lord will suddenly
take control of you. Youll become a different person and
start prophesying right along with them. 7 After these things
happen, do whatever you think is right! God will help you.
8 Then you should go to Gilgal. Ill
come a little later, so wait for me. It may even take a week
for me to get there, but when I come, Ill offer sacrifices
and offerings to the Lord. Ill also tell you what to do
Saul Goes Back Home
- 9 As Saul turned around to leave
Samuel, God made Saul feel like a different person. That same
day, everything happened just as Samuel had said. 10 When Saul
arrived at Gibeah, a group of prophets met him. The Spirit of
God suddenly took control of him, and right there in the middle
of the group he began prophesying.
11 Some people who had known Saul for
a long time saw that he was speaking and behaving like a prophet.
They said to each other, Whats happened? How can
Saul be a prophet?
12 Why not? one of them answered.
Saul has as much right to be a prophet as anyone else!
Thats why everyone started saying, How can Saul
be a prophet?
13 After Saul stopped prophesying, he
went to the place of worship.
14 Later, Sauls uncle asked him,
Where have you been?
Saul answered, Looking for the
donkeys. We couldnt find them, so we went to talk with
15 And what did he tell you?
Sauls uncle asked.
16 Saul answered, He told us the
donkeys had been found. But Saul didnt mention that
Samuel had chosen him to be king.
The Lord Shows Israel that Saul Will Be King
- 17 Samuel sent messengers to tell the Israelites
to come to Mizpah and meet with the Lord. 18 When everyone had arrived, Samuel
- The Lord God of Israel told me to remind you that
he had rescued you from the Egyptians and from the other nations that abused
19 God has rescued you from your troubles and hard
times. But you have rejected your God and have asked for a king. Now each
tribe and clan must come near the place of worship so the Lord can choose
- 20 Samuel brought each tribe, one after the other,
to the altar, and the Lord chose the Benjamin tribe. 21 Next, Samuel brought
each clan of Benjamin there, and the Lord chose the Matri clan. Finally, Saul
the son of Kish was chosen. But when they looked for him, he was nowhere to
22 The people prayed, Our Lord, is Saul here?
Yes, the Lord answered, he is hiding
behind the baggage.
23 The people ran and got Saul and brought him into
the middle of the crowd. He was more than a head taller than anyone else.
24 Look closely at the man the Lord has chosen! Samuel told the
crowd. There is no one like him!
The crowd shouted, Long live the king!
25 Samuel explained the rights and duties of a king
and wrote them all in a book. He put the book in a temple building at one
of the places where the Lord was worshiped. Then Samuel sent everyone home.
26 God had encouraged some young men to become followers
of Saul, and when he returned to his hometown of Gibeah, they went with him.
27 But some worthless fools said, How can someone like Saul rescue us
from our enemies? They did not want Saul to be their king, and so they
didnt bring him any gifts. But Saul kept calm.
The Contemporary English Version, c1995 by the American Bible Society.
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