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now one of the servants with thee, || go to the Seer : for he that is and arise, go seek the asses. now called a Prophet was be

4 And he passed through foretime called a Seer.) mount Ephraim, and passed 10 Then said Saul to his serthrough the land of Shalisha, vant. Well said ; come, let us but they found them not: then go : so they went unto the city they passed through the land of where the man of God was. Shalim, and there they were 11 And as they went up the not : and he passed through the hill to the city, they found land of the Benjamites, but they young maidens going out to found them not.

draw water, and said unto them, 5 And when they were come is the seer here?


12 And they answered them, to his servant that was with and said, He is ; behold, he is him, Come, and let us return, before you : make haste now, lest my father leave caring for for he came to-day to the city; the asses, and take thought for for there is a sacrifice of the

people to - day in the high 6 And he said unto him, Be- place;

there is in this city a 13 As soon as ye be come inman of God, and he is an ho to the city, ye shall straightway nourable man; all that he saith find him, before he go up to the cometh surely to pass : now, let high place to eat: for the peous go thither; peradventure he ple will not eat until he come, can shew us our way that we because he doth bless the sacri

fice; and afterwards they eat 7 Then said Saul to his ser- that be bidden. Now therefore, vant, But, behold, if we go, get you up; for about this time what shall we bring the man? ye shall find him. for the bread is spent in our 14 And they went up into the vessels, and there is not a pre- city: and when they were come sent to bring to the man of into the city, behold, Samuel God: what have we?

came out against them, for to 8 And the servant answered go up to the high place. Saul again, and said, Behold, I 15 Now the LORD had told have here at hand the fourth Samuel in his ear a day before part of a shekel of silver: that Saul came, saying, will I give to the man of God, 16 To-morrow about this time to tell us our way.

I will send thee a man out of 9 (Beforetime in Israel, when the land of Benjamin, and thou a man went to enquire of God, shalt anoint him to be captain thus he spake, Come, and let us over my people Israel, that he

should go.

may save my people out of the I gave thee, of which I said unto hand of the Philistines: for I | thee, Set it by thee. have looked upon my people, be- 24 And the cook took up the cause their cry is come unto me. || shoulder, and that which was

17 And when Samuel Saw upon it, and set it before Saul. Saul, the LORD said unto him, | And Samuel said, Behold that Behold the man whom I spake which is left! set it before thee, to thee of! this same shall reign and eat: for unto this time hath over my people.

it been kept for thee since I 18 Then Saul drew near to said, I have invited the people. Samuel in the gate, and said, || So Saul did eat with Samuel Tell me, I pray thee, where the that day. seer's house is.

25 And when they were come 19 And Samuel answered down from the high place into Saul, and said, I am the seer: the city, Samuel communed go up before me unto the high with Saul upon the top of the place; for ye shall eat with me house.

| . to-day, and to-morrow I will let 26 And they arose early: and it thee go, and will tell thee all came to pass about the spring of that is in thine heart.

the day, that Samuel called 20 And as for thine asses that Saul to the top of the house, saywere lost three days ago, set noting, Up, that I may send thee thy mind on them; for they are away. And Saul arose, and they found. And on whom is all the went out both of them, he and desire of Israel? Is it not on Samuel, abroad. thee, and on all thy father's 27 And as they were going house?

down to the end of the city, Sa21 And Saul answered and muel said to Saul, Bid the sersaid, Am not I a Benjamite, of vant pass on before us, (and he the smallest of the tribes of Is- | passed on,) but stand thou still rael? and my family the least of || a while, that I may shew thee the all the families of the tribe || word of God. of Benjamin ? wherefore then speakest thou so to me.

CHAP. X. 22 And Samuel took Saul and

SAUL ANOINTED. his servant, and brought them into the parlour, and/made them THEN Samuel took a vial of sit in the chiefest place among oil, and poured it upon his head, them that were bidden, 'which and kissed him, and said, Is it were about thirty persons.

not because the LORD hath a23 And Samuel said unto the || nointed thee to be captain over cook, Bring the portion which his inheritance?

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2 When thou art departed | thou do as occasion serve thee; from me to-day, then thou shalt for God is with thee. find two men by Rachel's se- 8 And thou shalt go down bepulchre in the border of Benja-fore me to Gilgal; and, behold, min at Zelzah; and they will say || I will come down unto thee, to unto thee, The asses which offer burnt-offerings, and to sathou wentest to seek, are found: crifice sacrifices of peace-ofand, lo, thy father hath left the ferings: seven days shalt thou care of the asses, and sorroweth tarry, till I come to thee, and for you, saying, What shall Ishew thee what thou shalt do for my son?

do. 3 Then shalt thou go on for- 9 And it was so, that when he ward from thence, and thou had turned his back to go from shalt come to the plain of Ta- Samuel, God gave him another bor, and there shall meet thee heart: and all those signs came three men going up to God to to pass that day. Beth-el, one carrying three 10 And when they came thi. kids, and another carrying three | ther to the hill, behold, a comloaves of bread, and another pany of prophets met him; and carrying a bottle of wine :

the Spirit of God came upon 4. And they will salute thee, him, and he prophesied among and give thee two loaves of them. bread; which thou shalt receive 11 And it came to pass when of their hands.

all that knew him beforetime, 5 After that thou shalt come to saw that, behold, he prophesied the hill of God, where is the gar- | among the prophets, then the rison of the Philistines: and it i people said one to another, What shall come to pass, when thou is this that is come unto the son art come thither to the city, that of Kish? Is Saul also among the thou shalt meet a company of prophets? . prophets coming down from the

12 And one of the same place high place with a psaltery, and answered and said, But who is a tabret, and a pipe, and a harp, their father? Therefore it be

, before them; and they shall pro- came a proverb, ( Is Saul also phesy:

among the prophets? A 6 And the Spirit of the Lord 13 And when he had made an will come upon thee, and thou end of prophesying, he came to shalt prophesy with them, and the high place. shalt be turned into another 14 And Saul's uncle said unto man.

him and to his servant, Whither 7 And let it be, when these went ye? And he said, To seek signs are come unto thee, that the asses: and when we saw that

they were no where, we came to the LORD further, if the man Samuel.

should yet come thither. And 15 And Saul's uncle said, Tell the Lord answered, Behold, he me, I pray thee, what Samuel hath hid himself among the said unto you.

stuff. 16 And Saul said unto his un- 23 And they ran and fetched cle, He told us plainly that the him thence: and when he stood asses were found. But of the among the people, he was highmatter of the kingdom, whereof er than any of the people from Samuel spake, he told him not. his shoulders and upward.

17 And Samuel called the peo- 24 And Samuel said to all the ple together unto the LORD to people, See ye him whom the Mizpeh; 1

LORD hath chosen, that there is 18 And said unto the children none like him among all the peoof Israel, Thus saith the Lord ple? And all the people shoutGod of Israel, I brought up Ised, and said, God save the rael out of Egypt, and deliver- | king. ed you out of the hand of the 25 Then Samuel told the peoEgyptians, and out of the handple the manner of the kingdom, of all kingdoms, and of them and wrote it in a book, and laid that oppressed you:

it up before the LORD. And 19 And ye have this day reject- Samuel sent all the people ed your God, who himself sav- away, every man to his house. ed you out of all your adversi- 26 And Saul also went home ties and your tribulations; and to Gibeah; and there went with ye have said unto him, Nay, him a band of men, whose but set a king over us.

Now hearts God had touched. therefore, present yourselves be- 27 But the children of Belial fore the LORD by your tribes, said, How shall this man save and by your thousands. us? And they despised him,

20 And when Samuel had and brought him no presents. caused all the tribes of Israel to But he held his peace. come near, the tribe of Benjamin was taken.

CHAP. XI. 21 When he had caused the

THE AMMONITES SMITTEN. tribe of Benjamin to come near by their families, the family of THEN Nahash the AmmonMatri was taken, and Saul the ite came up, and encamped

, son of Kish was taken: and against Jabesh-gilead: and all when they sought him, he could the men of Jabesh said unto not be found.

Nahash, Make a covenant with 22 Therefore they enquired of us, and we will serve thee.

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2 And Nahash the Ammonite || and the men of Judahi thirty answered them, On this condi-thousand. tion will I make a covenant with 9 And they said unto the mesyou, that I may thrust out all sengers that came, Thus shall your right eyes, and lay it for a ye say unto the men of Jabesh. reproach upon all Israel. gilead, To-morrow; by that

3 And the elders of Jabesh time the sun be hot, ye shall said unto him, Give us seven have help. And the messengers days' respite, that we may send came and shewed it to the men messengers unto all the coasts of Jabesh; and they were glad. of Israel: and then, if there be 10 Therefore the men of Ja. no man to save us, we will besh said, To-morrow we will come out to thee.

come out unto you, and ye shall

, 4 Then came the messengers do with us all that seemeth good to Gibeah of Saul, and told the unto you. tidings in the ears of the peo

11 And it was so on the morple: and all the people lifted up row, that Saul put the people in their voices, and wept.

three companies; and they came 5 And, behold, Saul came after into the midst of the host in the the herd out of the field; and morning watch, and slew the Saul said, What aileth the peo-Ammonites until the heat of the ple that they weep? And they day: and it came to pass, that told him the tidings of the men they which remained were scat. of Jabesh.

tered, so that two of them were 6 And the Spirit of God came not left together. upon Saul when he heard those 12 And the people said unto tidings, and his anger was kind. Samuel, Who is he that said, led greatly.

Shall Saul reign over us? bring 7 And he took a yoke of oxen, the men, that we may put them and hewed them in pieces, and to death. sent them throughout all the 13 And Saul said, There shall coasts of Israel by the hands of not a man be put to death this messengers, saying, Whosoever | day: for to-day the LORD hath cometh not forth after Saul and wrought salvation in Israel. after Samuel, so shall it be done 14 Then said Samuel to the unto his oxen. And the fear of people, Come, and let us go to the Lord fell on the people, Gilgal, and renew the kingdom and they came out with one there. consent.

15 And all the people went to 8 And when he numbered them Gilgal;' and there they made in Bezek, the children of Israel Saul king before the Lord in were three hundred thousand,

thousand, || Gilgal; and there they sacrificed

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