As Saul turned to leave Samuel, God changed1 Saul's heart, and all these signs2 were fulfilled3 that day.
When they arrived at Gibeah, a procession of prophets met him; the Spirit4 of God came upon him in power, and he joined in their prophesying.511
When all those who had formerly known him saw him prophesying with the prophets, they asked each other, "What is this6 that has happened to the son of Kish? Is Saul also among the prophets?"712
A man who lived there answered, "And who is their father?" So it became a saying: "Is Saul also among the prophets?"813
After Saul stopped prophesying,9 he went to the high place.
Now Saul's uncle10 asked him and his servant, "Where have you been?" "Looking for the donkeys,11" he said. "But when we saw they were not to be found, we went to Samuel."
Saul's uncle said, "Tell me what Samuel said to you."
Saul replied, "He assured us that the donkeys12 had been found." But he did not tell his uncle what Samuel had said about the kingship.
Samuel summoned the people of Israel to the LORD at Mizpah1318
and said to them, "This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: 'I brought Israel up out of Egypt, and I delivered you from the power of Egypt and all the kingdoms that oppressed14 you.'
But you have now rejected15 your God, who saves16 you out of all your calamities and distresses. And you have said, 'No, set a king17 over us.'18 So now present19 yourselves before the LORD by your tribes and clans."
When Samuel brought all the tribes of Israel near, the tribe of Benjamin was chosen.
Then he brought forward the tribe of Benjamin, clan by clan, and Matri's clan was chosen.20 Finally Saul son of Kish was chosen. But when they looked for him, he was not to be found.
So they inquired21 further of the LORD, "Has the man come here yet?" And the LORD said, "Yes, he has hidden himself among the baggage."
They ran and brought him out, and as he stood among the people he was a head taller22 than any of the others.
Samuel said to all the people, "Do you see the man the LORD has chosen?23 There is no one like24 him among all the people." Then the people shouted, "Long live25 the king!"
Samuel explained26 to the people the regulations27 of the kingship.28 He wrote them down on a scroll and deposited it before the LORD. Then Samuel dismissed the people, each to his own home.
Saul also went to his home in Gibeah,29 accompanied by valiant men30 whose hearts God had touched.
But some troublemakers31 said, "How can this fellow save us?" They despised him and brought him no gifts.32 But Saul kept silent.