1 Samuel 10
Samuel anointeth Saul.
1 Samuel 10:1 Then Samuel tooke a viall of oile, and powred it vpon his head, & kissed him, and said, [Is it] not because the LORD hath anoynted thee to be captain ouer his inheritance?
He confirmeth him by prediction of three signs.
1 Samuel 10:2 When thou art departed from me to day, then thou shalt find two men by Rachels sepulchre in the border of Beniamin, at Zelzah: and they will say vnto thee, The asses which thou wentest to seeke, are found: and loe, thy father hath left the care of the asses, and sorroweth for you, saying, What shall I doe for my sonne? 1 Samuel 10:3 Then shalt thou goe on forward from thence, and thou shalt come to the plaine of Tabor, and there shall meete thee three men, going vp to God to Bethel, one carying three kids, and another carying three loaues of bread, and another carying a bottle of wine. 1 Samuel 10:4 And they will salute thee, and giue thee two [loaues] of bread, which thou shalt receiue of their hands. 1 Samuel 10:5 After that thou shalt come to the hill of God, where is the garison of the Philistines: and it shall come to passe when thou art come thither to the citie, that thou shalt meet a company of prophets comming downe from the high place, with a psalterie, and a tabret, and a pipe, and a harpe before them, and they shall prophecie. 1 Samuel 10:6 And the Spirit of the LORD will come vpon thee, and thou shalt prophecie with them, and shalt be turned into another man. 1 Samuel 10:7 And let it be when these signes are come vnto thee, that thou doe as occasion serue thee, for God is with thee. 1 Samuel 10:8 And thou shalt goe downe before me to Gilgal, and behold, I will come downe vnto thee, to offer burnt offerings, [and] to sacrifice sacrifices of peace offerings: seuen dayes shalt thou tarie, till I come to thee, and shew thee what thou shalt doe.
Saul's heart is changed, and he prophesieth.
1 Samuel 10:9 And it was so that when he had turned his backe to go from Samuel, God gaue him another heart: and all those signes came to passe that day. 1 Samuel 10:10 And when they came thither to the hill, behold, a company of the prophets met him, and the spirit of God came vpon him, and hee prophesied among them. 1 Samuel 10:11 And it came to passe when all that knew him beforetime, saw, that behold, hee prophesied among the prophets, then the people said one to another, What is this that is come vnto the sonne of Kish? Is Saul also among the prophets? 1 Samuel 10:12 And one of the same place answered, and sayd, But who is their father? Therefore it became a prouerbe, Is Saul also among the Prophets? 1 Samuel 10:13 And when he had made an end of prophesying, he came to the high place.
He concealeth the matter of the kingdom from his uncle.
1 Samuel 10:14 And Sauls vncle saide vnto him, and to his seruant, Whither went ye? And he said, To seeke the asses: and when we saw that [they were] no where, we came to Samuel. 1 Samuel 10:15 And Sauls vncle said, Tell me, I pray thee, what Samuel said vnto you. 1 Samuel 10:16 And Saul sayd vnto his vncle; He told vs plainely that the asses were found. But of the matter of the kingdome, whereof Samuel spake, he told him not.
Saul is chosen at Mizpeh by lot.
1 Samuel 10:17 And Samuel called the people together vnto the LORD to Mizpeh; 1 Samuel 10:18 And said vnto the children of Israel, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I brought vp Israel out of Egypt, and deliuered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of all kingdomes, [and] of them that oppressed you. 1 Samuel 10:19 And ye haue this day reiected your God, who himselfe saued you out of all your aduersities & your tribulations: and ye haue said vnto him, [Nay], but set a king ouer vs. Now therefore present your selues before the LORD by your tribes, and by your thousands. 1 Samuel 10:20 And when Samuel had caused all the tribes of Israel to come neere, the tribe of Beniamin was taken. 1 Samuel 10:21 When he had caused the tribe of Beniamin to come neere by their families, the familie of Matri was taken, and Saul the sonne of Kish was taken: and when they sought him, he could not be found. 1 Samuel 10:22 Therefore they enquired of the LORD further, if the man should yet come thither: and the LORD answered, Behold, hee hath hid himselfe among the stuffe. 1 Samuel 10:23 And they ranne, and fetched him thence, and when he stood among the people, he was higher then any of the people, from the shoulders & vpward. 1 Samuel 10:24 And Samuel said to all the people, See ye him whome the LORD hath chosen, that there is none like him among all the people? And all the people shouted, and saide, God saue the King. 1 Samuel 10:25 Then Samuel tolde the people the maner of the kingdome, and wrote it in a booke, and layd it vp before the LORD, and Samuel sent all the people away, euery man to his house.
The different affections of his subjects.
1 Samuel 10:26 And Saul also went home to Gibeah, and there went with him a band of men, whose hearts God had touched. 1 Samuel 10:27 But the children of Belial sayd, Howe shall this man saue vs? and they despised him, and brought him no presents: but he held his peace.