1 Samuel 9
1 Now there was a man of Benjamin whose name was Kish, the son of Abiel, the son of
Zeror, the son of Bechorath, the son of Aphiah, a Benjamite, a mighty man of power.
2 And he had a choice and handsome son whose name was Saul. There was not a more
handsome person than he among the sons of Israel. From his shoulders upward he was
taller than any of the people.
3 Now the donkeys of Kish, Saul's father, were lost. And Kish said to his son Saul,
Please, take one of the servants with you, and arise, go search for the donkeys.
4 And he passed through the mountains of Ephraim and through the land of Shalisha, but
they did not find them. Then they passed through the land of Shaalim, and they were not
there. Then he passed through the land of the Benjamites, but they did not find them.
5 And when they had come to the land of Zuph, Saul said to his servant who was with
him, Come, let us return, lest my father leave the donkeys and become concerned about us.
6 And he said to him, Behold now, there is a man of God in this city, and he is an
honorable man; all that he speaks succeeds to come to pass. Now let us go there; perhaps
he can show us the way that we should go.
7 Then Saul said to his servant, But behold, if we go, what shall we bring the man? For
the bread in our vessels is all gone, and there is no present to bring to the man of God.
What do we have?
8 And the servant answered Saul again and said, Behold, I have here at hand one fourth of
a shekel of silver. I will give that to the man of God, to tell us our way.
9 (Formerly in Israel, when a man went to inquire of God, he spoke thus: Come, let us go
to the seer; for he who is now called a prophet was formerly called a seer.)
10 Then Saul said to his servant, Well said; come, let us go. So they went to the city
where the man of God was.
11 And as they went up the hill to the city, they met some young women going out to
draw water, and said to them, Is the seer here?
12 And they answered them and said, Yes, behold he is ahead of you. Hurry now; for
today he has come to this city, because there is a sacrifice of the people today at the high
13 As soon as you come into the city, you will surely find him before he goes up to the
high place to eat. For the people will not eat until he comes, because he must bless the
sacrifice; afterward those who are invited will eat. Now therefore, go up, for today you will
14 So they went up to the city; and as they were coming into the city, behold, Samuel was
coming out to meet them, to go up to the high place.
15 Now Jehovah had revealed in Samuel's ear the day before Saul came, saying,
16 Tomorrow about this time I will send you a man from the land of Benjamin, and you
shall anoint him commander over My people Israel, that he may deliver My people out of
the hand of the Philistines; for I have looked upon My people, because their cry has come
17 And when Samuel saw Saul, Jehovah said to him, Behold, the man of whom I spoke to
you. This one shall reign over My people.
18 And Saul drew near to Samuel in the gate, and said, Please tell me, where is the seer's
19 And Samuel answered Saul and said, I am the seer. Go up before me to the high place,
for you shall eat with me today; and tomorrow I will send you away and will declare to you
all that is in your heart.
20 And as for your donkeys that were lost three days ago, do not set your heart on them,
for they have been found. And on whom is all the desire of Israel? Is it not on you and on
all your father's house.
21 And Saul answered and said, Am I not a Benjamite, of the smallest of the tribes of
Israel, and my family the least of all the families of the tribe of Benjamin? Why then have
you spoken this word to me?
22 And Samuel took Saul and his servant and brought them into the hall, and had them sit
in the place at the head of those who were invited; which were about thirty men.
23 And Samuel said to the cook, Bring the portion which I gave you, of which I said to
you, Set it beside you.
24 And the cook took up the leg with what was on it and set it before Saul. And he said,
Behold here is what was reserved. Set it before you and eat; for until this appointed time it
has been kept for you, since I said I invited the people. So Saul ate with Samuel that day.
25 And when they had come down from the high place into the city, he spoke with Saul
on the top of the house.
26 And they arose early; and it was about daybreak that Samuel summoned Saul to the
top of the house, saying, Arise, that I may send you away. And Saul arose, and both of
them went outside, he and Samuel.
27 And as they were going down to the city limits, Samuel said to Saul, Command the
servant to go on ahead of us. And he went on. But you stand here a moment, that I may
proclaim to you the Word of God.