Now the Philistinesassembled to fight with Israel, 30,000chariots and 6,000horsemen, and 1people like the sandwhich is on the seashore in abundance; and they came up and camped in Michmash, east of 2Beth-aven.
When the men of Israelsaw that they were in a strait (for the people were hard-pressed ), then 3the peoplehid themselves in caves, in thickets, in cliffs, in cellars, and in pits.
Also some of the Hebrewscrossed the Jordan into the land of 4Gad and Gilead. But as for Saul, he was still in Gilgal, and all the peoplefollowed him trembling.
Now 5he waitedsevendays, according to the appointedtimeset by Samuel, but Samuel did not come to Gilgal; and the people were scattering from him.
So Saulsaid, "Bring to me the burntoffering and the peaceofferings." And 6he offered the burntoffering.
As soon as he finishedoffering the burntoffering, behold, Samuelcame; and 7Saulwent out to meet him and to agreet him.
But Samuelsaid, "What have you done?" And Saulsaid, "Because I saw that the people were scattering from me, and that you did not come within the appointeddays, and that 8the Philistines were assembling at Michmash,
therefore I said, 'Now the Philistines will comedownagainst me at Gilgal, and I have not asked the favor of the LORD.' So I forced myself and offered the burntoffering."
13Samuelsaid to Saul, "9You have actedfoolishly; 10you have not kept the commandment of the LORD your God, which He commanded you, for now the LORD would have established your kingdomboverIsrael11forever .
"But 12now your kingdom shall not endure. 13The LORD has sought out for Himself a man after His own heart, and the LORD has appointed him as rulerover His people, because you have not keptwhat the LORDcommanded you."