Samuel called all the people of Israel to meet with the Lord at Mizpah.
He said, "This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: 'I led Israel out of Egypt. I saved you from Egypt's control and from other kingdoms that were troubling you.'
But now you have rejected your God. He saves you from all your troubles and problems, but you said, 'No! We want a king to rule over us.' Now come, stand before the Lord in your tribes and family groups."
When Samuel gathered all the tribes of Israel, the tribe of Benjamin was picked.
Samuel had them pass by in family groups, and Matri's family was picked. Then he had each man of Matri's family pass by, and Saul son of Kish was picked. But when they looked for Saul, they could not find him.
They asked the Lord, "Has Saul come here yet?" The Lord said, "Yes. He's hiding behind the baggage."
So they ran and brought him out. When Saul stood among the people, he was a head taller than anyone else.
Then Samuel said to the people, "See the man the Lord has chosen. There is no one like him among all the people." Then the people shouted, "Long live the king!"
Samuel explained the rights and duties of the king and then wrote them in a book and put it before the Lord. Then he told the people to go to their homes.
Saul also went to his home in Gibeah. God touched the hearts of certain brave men who went along with him.
But some troublemakers said, "How can this man save us?" They disapproved of Saul and refused to bring gifts to him. But Saul kept quiet.