1And Samuel took a vial of oil, and poured it on his head, and kissed him, and said to him, Has not the Lord anointed you for a ruler over his people, over Israel? and you shall rule amongst the people of the Lord, and you shall save them out of the hand of their enemies; and this shall be the sign to you that the Lord has anointed you for a ruler over his inheritance.
2As soon as you shall have departed this day from me, you shall find two men by the burial-place of Rachel on the mount of Benjamin, exulting greatly; and they shall say to you, The asses are found which you° went to seek; and, behold, your father has given up the matter of the asses, and he is anxious for you, saying, What shall I do for my son?
3And you shall depart thence, and shall go beyond that as far as the oak of Thabor, and you shall find there three men going up to God to Baethel, one bearing three kids, and another bearing three vessels of bread, and another bearing a bottle of wine.
4And they shall ask you how you do, and shall give you two presents of bread, and you shall receive them of their hand.
5And afterward you shall go to the hill of God, where is the encampment of the Philistines; there is Nasib the Philistine: an it shall come to pass when you° shall have entered into the city, that you shall meet a band of prophets coming down from the Bama; and before them will be lutes, and a drum, and a pipe, and a harp, and they shall prophesy.
6And the Spirit of the Lord shall come upon you, and you shall prophesy with them, and shall be turned into another man.
7And it shall come to pass when these signs shall come upon you, —then do you whatever your hand shall find, because God is with you.
8And you shall go down in front of Galgal, and behold, I come down to you to offer a whole burnt offering and peace-offerings: seven days shall you wait until I shall come to you, and I will make known to you what you shall do.
9And it came to pass when he turned his back to depart from Samuel, God gave him another heart; and all these signs came to pass in that day.
10And he comes thence to the hill, and behold a band of prophets opposite to him; and the Spirit of God came upon him, and he prophesied in the midst of them.
11And all that had known him before came, and saw, and behold, he was in the midst of the prophets: and the people said every one to his neighbour, What is this that has happened to the son of Kis? is Saul also amongst the prophets?
12And one of them answered and said, And who is his father? and therefore it became a proverb, Is Saul also amongst the prophets?
13And he ceased prophesying, and comes to the hill.
14And his kinsman said to him and to his servant, Whither went you°? and they said, To seek the asses; and we saw that they were lost, and we went in to Samuel.
15And his kinsman said to Saul, Tell me, I pray you, What did Samuel say to you?
16And Saul said to his kinsman, he verily told me that the asses were found. But the matter of the kingdom he told him not.
17And Samuel summoned all the people before the Lord to Massephath.
18And he said to the children of Israel, Thus has the Lord God of Israel spoken, saying, I brought up the children of Israel out of Egypt, and I rescued you out of the hand of Pharao king of Egypt, and out of all the kingdoms that afflicted you.
19And you° have this day rejected God, who is himself your Deliverer out of all your evils and afflictions; and you° said, Nay, but you shall set a king over us: and now stand before the Lord according to your tribes, and according to your families.
20And Samuel brought near all the tribes of Israel, and the tribe of Benjamin is taken by lot.
21And he brings near the tribe of Benjamin by families, and the family of Mattari is taken by lot: and they bring near the family of Mattari, man by man, and Saul the son of Kis is taken; and he sought him, but he was not found.
22And Samuel asked yet again of the Lord, Will the man come here? and the Lord said, Behold, he is hid amongst the stuff.
23And he ran and took him thence, and he set him in the midst of the people; and he was higher than all the people by his shoulders and upwards.
24And Samuel said to all the people, Have you° seen whom the Lord has chosen to himself, that there is none like to him amongst you all? And all the people took notice, and said, Let the king live!
25And Samuel told the people the manner of the king, and wrote it in a book, and set it before the Lord: and Samuel sent away all the people, and each went to his place.
26And Saul departed to his house to Gabaa; and there went with Saul mighty men whose hearts God had touched.
27But evil men said, Who is this man that shall save us? and they despised him, and brought him no gifts.