Now the day before Saul came, the LORD had revealed this to Samuel:
"About this time tomorrow I will send you a man from the land of Benjamin. Anoint1 him leader2 over my people Israel; he will deliver3 my people from the hand of the Philistines.4 I have looked upon my people, for their cry5 has reached me."
When Samuel caught sight of Saul, the LORD said to him, "This6 is the man I spoke to you about; he will govern my people."
Saul approached Samuel in the gateway and asked, "Would you please tell me where the seer's house is?"
"I am the seer," Samuel replied. "Go up ahead of me to the high place, for today you are to eat with me, and in the morning I will let you go and will tell you all that is in your heart.
As for the donkeys7 you lost three days ago, do not worry about them; they have been found. And to whom is all the desire8 of Israel turned, if not to you and all your father's family?"
Saul answered, "But am I not a Benjamite, from the smallest tribe9 of Israel, and is not my clan the least10 of all the clans of the tribe of Benjamin?11 Why do you say such a thing to me?"
Then Samuel brought Saul and his servant into the hall and seated them at the head of those who were invited--about thirty in number.
Samuel said to the cook, "Bring the piece of meat I gave you, the one I told you to lay aside."
So the cook took up the leg12 with what was on it and set it in front of Saul. Samuel said, "Here is what has been kept for you. Eat, because it was set aside for you for this occasion, from the time I said, 'I have invited guests.' " And Saul dined with Samuel that day.
After they came down from the high place to the town, Samuel talked with Saul on the roof13 of his house.
They rose about daybreak and Samuel called to Saul on the roof, "Get ready, and I will send you on your way." When Saul got ready, he and Samuel went outside together.
As they were going down to the edge of the town, Samuel said to Saul, "Tell the servant to go on ahead of us"--and the servant did so--"but you stay here awhile, so that I may give you a message from God."