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 1 Samuel 9:1 - 27
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   Book of 1 Samuel
   Chapter 9
9:1 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
There was a Benjamite, a man of standing, whose name was Kish son of Abiel, the son of Zeror, the son of Becorath, the son of Aphiah of Benjamin.
 
9:2 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
He had a son named Saul, an impressive young man without equal among the Israelites - a head taller than any of the others.
 
9:3 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Now the donkeys belonging to Saul's father Kish were lost, and Kish said to his son Saul, "Take one of the servants with you and go and look for the donkeys."
 
9:4 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
So he passed through the hill country of Ephraim and through the area around Shalisha, but they did not find them. They went on into the district of Shaalim, but the donkeys were not there. Then he passed through the territory of Benjamin, but they did not find them.
 
9:5 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
When they reached the district of Zuph, Saul said to the servant who was with him, "Come, let's go back, or my father will stop thinking about the donkeys and start worrying about us."
 
9:6 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
But the servant replied, "Look, in this town there is a man of God; he is highly respected, and everything he says comes true. Let's go there now. Perhaps he will tell us what way to take."
 
9:7 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Saul said to his servant, "If we go, what can we give the man? The food in our sacks is gone. We have no gift to take to the man of God. What do we have?"
 
9:8 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
The servant answered him again. "Look," he said, "I have a quarter of a shekel F28 of silver. I will give it to the man of God so that he will tell us what way to take."
 
9:9 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
(Formerly in Israel, if a man went to inquire of God, he would say, "Come, let us go to the seer," because the prophet of today used to be called a seer.)
 
9:10 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
"Good," Saul said to his servant. "Come, let's go." So they set out for the town where the man of God was.
 
9:11 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
As they were going up the hill to the town, they met some girls coming out to draw water, and they asked them, "Is the seer here?"
 
9:12 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
"He is," they answered. "He's ahead of you. Hurry now; he has just come to our town today, for the people have a sacrifice at the high place.
 
9:13 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
As soon as you enter the town, you will find him before he goes up to the high place to eat. The people will not begin eating until he comes, because he must bless the sacrifice; afterward, those who are invited will eat. Go up now; you should find him about this time."
 
9:14 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
They went up to the town, and as they were entering it, there was Samuel, coming toward them on his way up to the high place.
 
9:15 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Now the day before Saul came, the LORD had revealed this to Samuel:
 
9:16 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
"About this time tomorrow I will send you a man from the land of Benjamin. Anoint him leader over my people Israel; he will deliver my people from the hand of the Philistines. I have looked upon my people, for their cry has reached me."
 
9:17 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
When Samuel caught sight of Saul, the LORD said to him, "This is the man I spoke to you about; he will govern my people."
 
9:18 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Saul approached Samuel in the gateway and asked, "Would you please tell me where the seer's house is?"
 
9:19 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
"I am the seer," Samuel replied. "Go up ahead of me to the high place, for today you are to eat with me, and in the morning I will let you go and will tell you all that is in your heart.
 
9:20 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
As for the donkeys you lost three days ago, do not worry about them; they have been found. And to whom is all the desire of Israel turned, if not to you and all your father's family?"
 
9:21 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Saul answered, "But am I not a Benjamite, from the smallest tribe of Israel, and is not my clan the least of all the clans of the tribe of Benjamin? Why do you say such a thing to me?"
 
9:22 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Then Samuel brought Saul and his servant into the hall and seated them at the head of those who were invited - about thirty in number.
 
9:23 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Samuel said to the cook, "Bring the piece of meat I gave you, the one I told you to lay aside."
 
9:24 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
So the cook took up the leg with what was on it and set it in front of Saul. Samuel said, "Here is what has been kept for you. Eat, because it was set aside for you for this occasion, from the time I said, 'I have invited guests.'" And Saul dined with Samuel that day.
 
9:25 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
After they came down from the high place to the town, Samuel talked with Saul on the roof of his house.
 
9:26 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
They rose about daybreak and Samuel called to Saul on the roof, "Get ready, and I will send you on your way." When Saul got ready, he and Samuel went outside together.
 
9:27 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
As they were going down to the edge of the town, Samuel said to Saul, "Tell the servant to go on ahead of us" - and the servant did so - "but you stay here awhile, so that I may give you a message from God."
 

FOOTNOTES:
F28 That is, about 1/10 ounce (about 3 grams)

 
 

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