5 Now the Philistines assembled to fight with Israel, 30,000 * chariots and 6,000 * horsemen, and 1people like the sand which is on the seashore * in abundance; and they came up and camped in Michmash, east of 2Beth-aven.
6 When the men of Israel saw that they were in a strait (for the people were hard-pressed ), then 3the people hid themselves in caves, in thickets, in cliffs, in cellars, and in pits.
7 Also some of the Hebrews crossed the Jordan into the land of 4Gad and Gilead. But as for Saul, he was still in Gilgal, and all the people followed him trembling.
8 Now 5he waited seven days, according to the appointed time set by Samuel, but Samuel did not come to Gilgal; and the people were scattering from him.
9 So Saul said, "Bring to me the burnt offering and the peace offerings." And 6he offered the burnt offering.
10 As soon as he finished offering the burnt offering, behold, Samuel came; and 7Saul went out to meet him and to greet him.
11 But Samuel said, "What have you done?" And Saul said, "Because I saw that the people were scattering from me, and that you did not come within the appointed days, and that 8the Philistines were assembling at Michmash,
12 therefore I said, 'Now the Philistines will come down against me at Gilgal, and I have not asked the favor of the LORD.' So I forced myself and offered the burnt offering."
13 Samuel said to Saul, "9You have acted foolishly; 10you have not kept the commandment of the LORD your God, which He commanded you, for now the LORD would have established your kingdom over Israel 11forever *.
14 "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 ruler over His people, because you have not kept what the LORD commanded you."