8:1And it came to pass when Samuel was old, that he made his sons judges over Israel.
8:2And the name of his firstborn was Joel; and the name of his second, Abijah; they judged in Beer-sheba.
8:3And his sons walked not in his ways, but turned aside after lucre, and took bribes, and perverted justice.
8:4Then all the elders of Israel gathered themselves together, and came to Samuel to Ramah,
8:5and said to him, Behold, thou art become old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: now appoint us a king to judge us, like all the nations.
8:6And the thing displeased Samuel, when they said, Give us a king to judge us. And Samuel prayed to Jehovah.
8:7And Jehovah said to 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 them.
8:8According to all the deeds that they have done since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt even unto this day, in that they have forsaken me and served other gods, so do they also unto thee.
8:9And now hearken unto their voice; only, testify solemnly unto them, and declare unto them the manner of the king that shall reign over them.
8:10And Samuel spoke all the words of Jehovah to the people that asked of him a king.
8:11And 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, on his chariot and among his horsemen, and they shall run before his chariots;
8:12and he will take them that he may appoint for himself captains over thousands, and captains over fifties, and that they may plough his ground, and reap his harvest, and make his instruments of war and instruments of his chariots.
8:13And he will take your daughters for perfumers, and cooks, and bakers.
8:14And your fields, and your vineyards, and your oliveyards, the best, will he take and give to his servants.
8:15And he will take the tenth of your seed and of your vineyards, and give to his chamberlains and to his servants.
8:16And he will take your bondmen, and your bondwomen, and your comeliest young men, and your asses, and use them for his work.
8:17He will take the tenth of your sheep. And ye shall be his servants.
8:18And ye shall cry out in that day because of your king whom ye have chosen; and Jehovah will not answer you in that day.
8:19And the people refused to hearken to the voice of Samuel; and they said, No, but there shall be a king over us,
8:20that we also may be like all the nations; and our king shall judge us, and go out before us, and conduct our wars.
8:21And Samuel heard all the words of the people, and he repeated them in the ears of Jehovah.
8:22And Jehovah said to Samuel, Hearken unto their voice, and make them a king. And Samuel said to the men of Israel, Go ye every man to his city.
9:2And he had a son whose name was Saul, choice and comely; and there was not among the children of Israel a comelier person than he; from his shoulders and upward he was higher than any of the people.
9:3And the asses of Kish Saul's father were lost; and Kish said to Saul his son, Take, I pray, one of the young men with thee, and arise, go seek the asses.
9:4And he passed through mount Ephraim, and passed through the land of Shalishah, but they found them not; and they passed through the land of Shaalim, and they were not there; and they passed through the land of Benjamin, and they found them not.
9:5They had come to the land of Zuph when Saul said to his servant that was with him, Come and let us return; lest my father give up the asses, and be anxious about us.
9:6And he said to him, Behold now, a man of God is in this city, and the man is held in honour; all that he says comes surely to pass. Let us now go thither: perhaps he will shew us the way that we should go.
9:8And 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.
9:9(In former time in Israel, when a man went to ask counsel of God, he said, Come and let us go to the seer; for he that is now called a Prophet was in former time called a Seer.)
9:10And Saul said to his servant, Well said: come, let us go. So they went to the city where the man of God was.
9:11As they went up the ascent to the city, they met maidens going forth to draw water; and they said to them, Is the seer here?
9:12And they answered them and said, He is; behold, he is before thee: make haste now, for he came to-day to the city; for the people have a sacrifice to-day in the high place.
9:13As soon as ye come into the city, ye shall straightway find him, before he goes up to the high place to eat; for the people eat not until he has come, because he blesses the sacrifice; afterwards they eat that are invited. And now go up; for this very day shall ye find him.
9:14And they went up into the city. As they were coming into the midst of the city, behold, Samuel was coming out towards them, to go up to the high place.
9:15Now Jehovah had apprised Samuel one day before Saul came, saying,
9:16To-morrow about this time I will send thee a man out of the land of Benjamin, and thou shalt anoint him prince over my people Israel; and he will save my people out of the hand of the Philistines; for I have looked upon my people, because their cry is come unto me.
9:17And as Samuel saw Saul, Jehovah answered him, Behold the man of whom I spoke to thee! this man shall rule over my people.
9:18And Saul drew near to Samuel in the midst of the gate, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, where the seer's house is.
9:19And Samuel answered Saul and said, I am the seer: go up before me to the high place, and ye shall eat with me to-day; and to-morrow I will let thee go, and will tell thee all that is in thy heart.
9:20And as for the asses that thou didst lose three days ago, set not thy heart on them; for they are found. And on whom is all the desire of Israel set? Is it not on thee, and on all thy father's house?
9:21And Saul answered and said, Am not I a Benjaminite, of the smallest of the tribes of Israel, and my family the least of all the families of the tribe of Benjamin? and why dost thou speak such words to me?
9:22And Samuel took Saul and his servant, and brought them into the chamber, and gave them a place at the head of them that were invited; and they were about thirty persons.
9:23And Samuel said to the cook, Bring the portion that I gave thee, of which I said to thee, Set it by thee.
9:24And the cook took up the shoulder, and what was on it, and set it before Saul. And he said, Behold that which has been reserved! set it before thee, eat; for against the set time has it been kept for thee, since I said, I will invite the people. So Saul ate with Samuel that day.
9:25And they came down from the high place into the city, and he spoke with Saul upon the roof.
9:26And they arose early; and when it was about the dawning of the day, Samuel called to Saul on the roof, saying, Arise, that I may send thee away. And Saul arose, and they went out both of them, he and Samuel, into the street.
9:27As they were going down to the end of the city, Samuel said to Saul, Tell the servant to pass on before us (and he passed on), but stand thou still now, that I may cause thee to hear the word of God.
10:1Then Samuel took the vial of oil, and poured it upon his head, and kissed him, and said, Is it not because Jehovah has anointed thee prince over his inheritance?
10:2When thou goest from me to-day, thou shalt meet two men by Rachel's sepulchre in the border of Benjamin at Zelzah; and they will say to thee, The asses are found which thou wentest to seek, and behold, thy father has dismissed the matter of the asses, and is anxious about you, saying, What shall I do for my son?
10:3And thou shalt go on forward from thence, and shalt come to the oak of Tabor, and there shall meet thee three men going up to God, to Bethel, one carrying three kids, and another carrying three cakes of bread, and another carrying a flask of wine.
10:4And they will ask after thy welfare, and give thee two loaves, which thou shalt receive of their hands.
10:5After that thou shalt come to the hill of God, where are the outposts of the Philistines; and it shall come to pass, when thou comest thither, into the city, that thou shalt meet a company of prophets coming down from the high place with lute and tambour and pipe and harp before them; and they themselves prophesying.
10:6And the Spirit of Jehovah will come upon thee, and thou shalt prophesy with them, and shalt be turned into another man.
10:7And it shall be, when these signs shall come to thee, thou shalt do as thy hand shall find; for God is with thee.
10:8And thou shalt go down before me to Gilgal; and behold, I will come down to thee, to offer up burnt-offerings, and to sacrifice sacrifices of peace-offerings: seven days shalt thou wait, until I come to thee and inform thee what thou shalt do.
10:9And it was so that when he turned his back to go away from Samuel, God gave him another heart; and all those signs came to pass that day.
10:10And 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.
10:11And it came to pass, when all that knew him before saw that, behold, he prophesied among the prophets, then the people said one to another, What is this that has happened to the son of Kish? Is Saul also among the prophets?
10:12And a man of that place answered and said, But who is their father? Therefore it became a proverb, Is Saul also among the prophets?
10:13And when he had ended prophesying, he came to the high place.
10:14And Saul's uncle said to him and to his servant, Whither went ye? And he said, To seek the asses; and when we saw that they were nowhere, we went to Samuel.
10:15And Saul's uncle said, Tell me, I pray thee, what Samuel said to you.
10:16And Saul said to his uncle, He told us for certain that the asses were found. But of the matter of the kingdom, of which Samuel had spoken, he told him not.
10:17And Samuel called the people together to Jehovah to Mizpah.
10:18And he said to the children of Israel, Thus saith Jehovah, the 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 the kingdoms that oppressed you;
10:19but *ye* have this day rejected your God, who himself saved you out of all your adversities and your troubles, and have said unto him, Nay, but a king shalt thou set over us. Now therefore present yourselves before Jehovah by your tribes, and by your thousands.
10:20And Samuel caused all the tribes of Israel to come near, and the tribe of Benjamin was taken.
10:21And he caused the tribe of Benjamin to come near by their families, and the family of Matri was taken; and Saul the son of Kish was taken. And they sought him, but he was not to be found.
10:22Therefore they inquired of Jehovah further, Will the man yet come hither? And Jehovah answered, Behold, he hath hid himself among the baggage.
10:23And 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.
10:24And Samuel said to all the people, See ye him whom Jehovah has chosen, that there is none like him among all the people? And all the people shouted and said, May the king live.
10:25And Samuel told the people the right of the kingdom, and wrote it in the book, and laid it before Jehovah. And Samuel sent all the people away, every man to his house.
10:26And Saul also went home to Gibeah; and with him went the band, whose hearts God had touched.
10:27But the children of Belial said, How should this man save us? And they despised him, and brought him no gifts. But he was as one deaf.