And Samuelcalled the people together unto the LORD to Mizpeh;18
And said unto the children of Israel, Thus saith the LORDGod of Israel, I brought upIsrael out of Egypt, and delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of all kingdoms, and of them that oppressed you:
And ye have this dayrejected your God, who himself saved you out of all your adversities and your tribulations; and ye have said unto him, Nay, but set a king over us. Now therefore present yourselves before the LORD by your tribes, and by your thousands.20
And when Samuel had caused all the tribes of Israel to come near , the tribe of Benjamin was taken .
When he had caused the tribe of Benjamin to come near by their families, the family of Matri was taken , and Saul the son of Kish was taken : and when they sought him, he could not be found .
Therefore they enquired of the LORD further, if the man should yet comethither. And the LORDanswered , Behold, he hath hid himself among the stuff.23
And they ran and fetched him thence: and when he stoodamong the people, he was higher than any of the people from his shoulders and upward.24
And Samuelsaid to all the people,See ye him whom the LORD hath chosen , that there is none like him among all the people? And all the peopleshouted , and said , God save the king.25
Then Samueltold the people the manner of the kingdom, and wrote it in a book, and laid it upbefore the LORD. And Samuelsent all the peopleaway , every man to his house.26
And Saul also wenthome to Gibeah; and there went with him a band of men, whose heartsGod had touched .
But the children of Belialsaid , How shall this man save us? And they despised him, and brought him no presents. But he held his peace .