Samuel summoned the people to the Lord at Mizpah
and said to the Israelites, "This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: 'I brought Israel out of Egypt, and I rescued you from the power of the Egyptians and all the kingdoms that were oppressing you.'
But today you have rejected your God, who saves you from all your troubles and afflictions. You said to Him, 'Youa must set a king over us.'b Now therefore present yourselves before the Lord by your tribes and clans."
Samuel had all the tribes of Israel come forward, and the tribe of Benjamin was selected.
Then he had the tribe of Benjamin come forward by its clans, and the Matrite clan was selected.c Finally, Saul son of Kish was selected.d But when they searched for him, they could not find him.
They again inquired of the Lord, "Has the man come here yet?" The Lord replied, "There he is, hidden among the supplies."
They ran and got him from there. When he stood among the people, he stood a head taller than anyone else.e24
Samuel said to all the people, "Do you see the one the Lord has chosen? There is no one like him among the entire population." And all the people shouted,f "Long live the king!"g25
Samuel proclaimed to the people the rights of kingship.h He wrote them on a scroll, which he placed in the presence of the Lord.i Then, Samuel sent all the people away, each to his home.
Saul also went to his home in Gibeah, and brave men whose hearts God had touched went with him.
But some wicked men said, "How can this guy save us?" They despised him and did not bring him a gift, but Saul said nothing.jk