Then Samuel took a bottle1 of olive oil and poured it on Saul's head and kissed him, saying, "Has not the LORD anointed2 you ruler over his inheritance?a32
When you leave me today, you will meet two men near Rachel's tomb,4 at Zelzah on the border of Benjamin. They will say to you, 'The donkeys5 you set out to look for have been found. And now your father has stopped thinking about them and is worried6 about you. He is asking, "What shall I do about my son?" '
"Then you will go on from there until you reach the great tree of Tabor. Three men going up to God at Bethel7 will meet you there. One will be carrying three young goats, another three loaves of bread, and another a skin of wine.
They will greet you and offer you two loaves of bread,8 which you will accept from them.
"After that you will go to Gibeah9 of God, where there is a Philistine outpost.10 As you approach the town, you will meet a procession of prophets11 coming down from the high place12 with lyres, timbrels,13 pipes14 and harps15 being played before them, and they will be prophesying.166
The Spirit17 of the LORD will come on you in power, and you will prophesy with them; and you will be changed18 into a different person.
Once these signs are fulfilled, do whatever19 your hand20 finds to do, for God is with21 you.
"Go down ahead of me to Gilgal.22 I will surely come down to you to sacrifice burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, but you must wait seven23 days until I come to you and tell you what you are to do."
As Saul turned to leave Samuel, God changed24 Saul's heart, and all these signs25 were fulfilled26 that day.
When he and his servant arrived at Gibeah, a procession of prophets met him; the Spirit27 of God came on him in power, and he joined in their prophesying.2811
When all those who had formerly known him saw him prophesying with the prophets, they asked each other, "What is this29 that has happened to the son of Kish? Is Saul also among the prophets?"3012
A man who lived there answered, "And who is their father?" So it became a saying: "Is Saul also among the prophets?"3113
After Saul stopped prophesying,32 he went to the high place.
Now Saul's uncle33 asked him and his servant, "Where have you been?" "Looking for the donkeys,34" he said. "But when we saw they were not to be found, we went to Samuel."
Saul's uncle said, "Tell me what Samuel said to you."
Saul replied, "He assured us that the donkeys35 had been found." But he did not tell his uncle what Samuel had said about the kingship.
Samuel summoned the people of Israel to the LORD at Mizpah3618
and said to them, "This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: 'I brought Israel up out of Egypt, and I delivered you from the power of Egypt and all the kingdoms that oppressed37 you.'
But you have now rejected38 your God, who saves39 you out of all your disasters and calamities. And you have said, 'No, appoint a king40 over us.'41 So now present42 yourselves before the LORD by your tribes and clans."
When Samuel had all Israel come forward by tribes, the tribe of Benjamin was taken by lot.
Then he brought forward the tribe of Benjamin, clan by clan, and Matri's clan was taken.43 Finally Saul son of Kish was taken. But when they looked for him, he was not to be found.
So they inquired44 further of the LORD, "Has the man come here yet?" And the LORD said, "Yes, he has hidden himself among the supplies."
They ran and brought him out, and as he stood among the people he was a head taller45 than any of the others.
Samuel said to all the people, "Do you see the man the LORD has chosen?46 There is no one like47 him among all the people." Then the people shouted, "Long live48 the king!"
Samuel explained49 to the people the rights and duties50 of kingship.51 He wrote them down on a scroll and deposited it before the LORD. Then Samuel dismissed the people to go to their own homes.
Saul also went to his home in Gibeah,52 accompanied by valiant men53 whose hearts God had touched.
But some scoundrels54 said, "How can this fellow save us?" They despised him and brought him no gifts.55 But Saul kept silent.