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1 Samuel 10:17-27 (New American Standard)

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Saul Publicly Chosen King

17 Thereafter Samuel called the 1people together to the LORD at Mizpah; 18 and he said to the sons of Israel, "2Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, 'I brought Israel up from Egypt, and I delivered you from the hand of the Egyptians and from the apower of all the kingdoms that were oppressing you.' 19 "But you 3have today rejected your God, who delivers you from all your calamities and your distresses; yet you have bsaid, 'No, but set a king over us!' Now therefore, 4present yourselves before the LORD by your tribes and by your clans." 20 Thus Samuel brought all the tribes of Israel near, and the tribe of Benjamin was taken by lot. 21 Then he brought the tribe of Benjamin near by its families, and the Matrite family was taken. And Saul the son of Kish was taken; but when they looked for him, he could not be found. 22 Therefore 5they inquired further of the LORD, "Has the man come here yet?" So the LORD said, "Behold, he is hiding himself by the baggage." 23 So they ran and took him from there, and when he stood among the people, 6he was taller than any of the people from his shoulders upward. 24 Samuel said to all the people, "Do you see him 7whom the LORD has chosen? Surely there is no one like him among all the people." So all the people shouted and said, "c8Long live the king!" 25 Then Samuel told the people 9the ordinances of the kingdom, and wrote them in the book and 10placed it before the LORD. And Samuel sent all the people away, each one to his house. 26 Saul also went 11to his house at Gibeah; and the valiant men whose hearts God had touched went with him. 27 But certain d12worthless men said, "How can this one deliver us?" And they despised him and 13did not bring him any present. But he kept silent.
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