Some Hebrews even crossed the Jordan to the land of Gad1 and Gilead. Saul remained at Gilgal, and all the troops with him were quaking2 with fear.
He waited seven3 days, the time set by Samuel; but Samuel did not come to Gilgal, and Saul's men began to scatter.
So he said, "Bring me the burnt offering and the fellowship offerings.a " And Saul offered4 up the burnt offering.
Just as he finished making the offering, Samuel5 arrived, and Saul went out to greet6 him.
"What have you done?" asked Samuel. Saul replied, "When I saw that the men were scattering, and that you did not come at the set time, and that the Philistines were assembling at Micmash,712
I thought, 'Now the Philistines will come down against me at Gilgal,8 and I have not sought the LORD's favor.9' So I felt compelled to offer the burnt offering."
"You acted foolishly,10" Samuel said. "You have not kept11 the command the LORD your God gave you; if you had, he would have established your kingdom over Israel for all time.1214
But now your kingdom13 will not endure; the LORD has sought out a man after his own heart14 and appointed15 him leader16 of his people, because you have not kept17 the LORD's command."
Then Samuel left Gilgalb and went up to Gibeah18 in Benjamin, and Saul counted the men who were with him. They numbered about six hundred.19
Saul and his son Jonathan and the men with them were staying in Gibeahc20 in Benjamin, while the Philistines camped at Micmash.
Raiding21 parties went out from the Philistine camp in three detachments. One turned toward Ophrah22 in the vicinity of Shual,