1 Samuel 9:16-17

16 "Tomorrow about this time I will send to you a man from the land of Benjamin, 1and you shall anoint him to be prince over my people Israel. He shall save my people from the hand of the Philistines. 2For I have seen[a] my people, because their cry has come to me."
17 When Samuel saw Saul, the LORD told him, 3"Here is the man of whom I spoke to you! He it is who shall restrain my people."

1 Samuel 9:16-17 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO FIRST SAMUEL 9

This chapter gives an account of Saul, the person the Lord had appointed to be king of Israel; it relates his descent, and describes his person, 1Sa 9:1,2 and how seeking his father's asses, which were lost, he providentially came to the place where Samuel dwelt, 1Sa 9:3-5 and being advised by his servant, and approving of his advice, he concluded to go to him, and inquire the way he should go, 1Sa 9:6-10 and being directed by some young maidens, they found him presently in the street going to a feast, 1Sa 9:11-14 and Samuel having some previous notice from the Lord of such a person's coming to him that day, when he met him invited him to dine with him, and obliged him to stay with him that day, 1Sa 9:15-19 satisfied him about his asses, and gave him a hint of the grandeur he was to be raised to, to which Saul made a modest reply, 1Sa 9:20,21 and Samuel treated him at the feast in a very respectable manner, 1Sa 9:22-24 and privately communed with him of things preparatory to what he was about to make known unto him, 1Sa 9:25-27.

1 Samuel 9:16-17 In-Context

14 So they went up to the city. As they were entering the city, they saw Samuel coming out toward them on his way up to the high place.
15 Now the day before Saul came, the LORD had revealed to Samuel:
16 "Tomorrow about this time I will send to you a man from the land of Benjamin, and you shall anoint him to be prince over my people Israel. He shall save my people from the hand of the Philistines. For I have seen my people, because their cry has come to me."
17 When Samuel saw Saul, the LORD told him, "Here is the man of whom I spoke to you! He it is who shall restrain my people."
18 Then Saul approached Samuel in the gate and said, "Tell me where is the house of the seer?"
19 Samuel answered Saul, "I am the seer. Go up before me to the high place, for today you shall eat with me, and in the morning I will let you go and will tell you all that is on your mind.

Cross References 3

  • 1. 1 Samuel 10:1
  • 2. Exodus 2:25; Exodus 3:7, 9
  • 3. [1 Samuel 16:12]

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Septuagint adds the affliction of
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