1 Samuel 10:14

14 Saul's uncle said to him and to the boy, "Where did you go?" And he replied, "To seek the donkeys; and when we saw they were not to be found, we went to Samuel."

1 Samuel 10:14 Meaning and Commentary

1 Samuel 10:14

And Saul's uncle said unto him, and to his servant, whither
went ye?
&c.] Since they had been absent so long a time. This was his father's brother, as the Targum, and so Aquila; whose name was Ner, the father of Abner, ( 1 Samuel 14:50 1 Samuel 14:51 ) who met with him at the high place, or found him in the city, in his father's house it may be. Josephus F7 says, Saul went into the house of his kinsman Abner, whom he loved above all his relations, and that it was he that discoursed with Saul, and asked him, the questions before and after related:

and he said, to seek the asses:
he first observes the end of their going, the business they went upon, in which not succeeding, then he answers more directly to the question:

and when we saw that [they were] nowhere;
could not see them, nor find them any where, or hear of them where they went:

we came to Samuel;
at Ramah, to inquire of him, if he could direct us which way to go, and what methods to take, to find the asses.


FOOTNOTES:

F7 Ut supra, (Antiqu. l. 6. c. 4.) sect. 3.

1 Samuel 10:14 In-Context

12 A man of the place answered, "And who is their father?" Therefore it became a proverb, "Is Saul also among the prophets?"
13 When his prophetic frenzy had ended, he went home.
14 Saul's uncle said to him and to the boy, "Where did you go?" And he replied, "To seek the donkeys; and when we saw they were not to be found, we went to Samuel."
15 Saul's uncle said, "Tell me what Samuel said to you."
16 Saul said to his uncle, "He told us that the donkeys had been found." But about the matter of the kingship, of which Samuel had spoken, he did not tell him anything.