1 Samuel 9
Saul despairing to find his father's asses,
1 Samuel 9:1 Now there was a man of Beniamin named Cis the sonne of Abiel, the sonne of Zeror, the sonne of Bechorath, the sonne of Aphiah, the sonne of a man þt was a Ieminite, a man of myght, 1 Samuel 9:2 the same had a sonne called Saul, a goodly young man, so þt among the children of Israel, there was none goodlier then he, & was therto from the shoulders vpwarde hyer then all the other people. 1 Samuel 9:3 And it chaunsed þt the Asses of thys Cis Sauls father were lost. Then said Cis to Saule his sonne: take one of the laddes with the, & vp, & go seke the Asses. 1 Samuel 9:4 And they went thorow mount Ephraim, & thorow the lande of Salisia, & founde them not. Then they went thorow the lande of Salim, & there they were not. Then they went also thorow the land of Iemini, and they found them not. 1 Samuel 9:5 Then when they were come to the lande of Zuph, Saule sayde to the youngeman þt was with hym: come, let vs returne, lest my father leue caring for the asses, & take thought for vs.
by the counsel of his servant,
1 Samuel 9:6 And he answered him: behold, there is in this cytie a worshipful man of God, & all þt he sayth, cometh to passe. Now then let vs go thether, paraduenture he shall shew vs what waye we may go. 1 Samuel 9:7 Then said Saul to his lad yf we go what shall we bryng the man? For our bread is all spent out of our hampers, and there is no nother present to bryng the man of God, what haue we? 1 Samuel 9:8 And the young man aunswered Saul agayne & sayde: I haue found about me the fourth part of a Sicle, þt will we geue the man of God to tell vs oure waye. 1 Samuel 9:9 Before tyme in Israel when a man went to seke an answere of God, thus wyse he spake: come & let vs go to the Sear. For he that is now called a Prophet, was in the olde tyme called a Sear. 1 Samuel 9:10 Then sayde Saul to his young man: well said of the: come let vs go. And so they went vnto the cytie where the man of god was.
and direction of young maidens,
1 Samuel 9:11 And as they were goyng vp into þe citie, they met with damoselles that came oute to draw water, & sayde vnto them: is there here a sear. 1 Samuel 9:12 And the maydens answered them: yee: beholde, he goeth before you. Make hast nowe, for he came thys day to the cytie, for þe people must offer thys day in þe hil. 1 Samuel 9:13 When ye be come into the citie, so shall you fynd hym, yer he go vp to the hil to eate: for the people wyll not eate vntyll he come, because he must blesse the offeryng. And then eate they that be bidden to the feaste. Nowe therfore get you vp for euen now shal ye fynd hym. 1 Samuel 9:14 And they went vp into the cyty. And when they were come into the myddes of the cytye: beholde, Samuel came out agaynst them, for to go vp to the hyl.
according to God's revelation,
1 Samuel 9:15 But the Lorde had tolde Samuel a daye before Saul came, sayinge: 1 Samuel 9:16 to morowe thys tyme I wyl sende the a man out of the lande of Beniamin, him shalt thou anoynt to be captayne ouer my people Israel, that he maye saue my people out of the hande of the Philistines, for I haue loked vpon my people, and theyr crye is come vnto me. 1 Samuel 9:17 When Samuel saw Saule, the Lorde aunswered hym: se, this is the man whome I spake to the of. Thys same shall raygne ouer my people.
cometh to Samuel.
1 Samuel 9:18 Then went Saul to Samuel in the myddle of the gate, & sayd: tell me, I praye the, where about the sears house is,
Samuel entertaineth Saul at the feast.
1 Samuel 9:19 and Samuel answered Saul and sayde: I am the sear, go vp before me vnto the hyll, for ye shall eate wyth me to daye. And to morowe I wyll let the go erlye, & wyll tell the all that is in thyne herte, 1 Samuel 9:20 and as for thyne asses that were loste this day thre dayes, care not for them, for they are founde And moreouer whose shall þe bewtyfull thynges of Israel be? belonge they not to the, and vnto all thy fathers house? 1 Samuel 9:21 But Saul answered, & sayde: am not I the sonne of a Ieminite of the smallest trybe of Israel, and my kinred the least of al the kynredes of the trybe of Beniamin, wherfore then speakest thou so to me? 1 Samuel 9:22 And Samuel toke Saul and his ladde and brought them into the parler, and made them sit in the chyefest place among them that were bidden: which were vpon a thyrtye persones. 1 Samuel 9:23 Then sayde Samuel vnto the cooke: brynge forth the porcyon which I gaue the: & of whiche I sayde kepe it wyth the. 1 Samuel 9:24 And the cooke toke vp the shoulder and broughte it, and set it before Saul. And Samuel sayd: beholde, that whiche is lefte: putte it before the & eate, for I kept it for the of purpose, when I called the people. And so Saul dyd eate wyth Samuell that daye.
Samuel, after secret communication, bringeth Saul on his way.
1 Samuel 9:25 And when they were come doune from the hyl into the cytye, Samuel comuned with Saul vpon the toppe of the house: 1 Samuel 9:26 & they arose erlye. And about the spryng of the daye Samuel called vpon the toppe of the house saying: vp that I maye sende the awaye. And Saul arose. And they wente out at the dores both of them, both he and Samuell. 1 Samuel 9:27 And when they were come almoste oute of the toune, Samuel sayde to Saul: byd the lad go before vs, and he wente, but stande thou styll a whyle euen nowe, that I maye shewe the what God sayeth.