Then Samuel took the vial of oil, and poured it upon his head, and kissed him, and said, Is it not that Yahweh has anointed you to be prince over his inheritance? 2 When you have departed from me today, then you shall find two men by Rachel’s sepulchre, in the border of Benjamin at Zelzah; and they will say to you, The asses which you went to seek are found; and, lo, your father has stopped caring for the asses, and is anxious for you, saying, What shall I do for my son? 3 Then shall you go on forward from there, and you shall come to the oak of Tabor; and there you shall meet three men going up to Elohim to Beth-el, one carrying three kids, and another carrying three loaves of bread, and another carrying a bottle of wine: 4 and they will salute you, and give you two loaves of bread, which you shall receive of their hand. 5 After that you shall come to the hill of Elohim, where is the garrison of the Philistines: and it shall come to pass, when you have come there to the city, that you shall meet a band of prophets coming down from the high place with a psaltery, and a timbrel, and a pipe, and a harp, fore them; and they will be prophesying: 6 and the Spirit of Yahweh will come mightily upon you, and you shall prophesy with them, and shall be turned into another man. 7 And let it be, when these signs have come to you, that you do as occasion shall serve you; for Elohim is with you. 8 And you shall go down before me to Gilgal; and, behold, I will come down to you, to offer burnt-offerings, and to sacrifice sacrifices of peace-offerings: seven days shall you wait, till I come to you, and show you what you shall do.
9 And it was so, that, when he had turned his back to go from Samuel, Elohim gave him another heart: and all those signs came to pass that day. 10 And when they came to the hill, behold, a band of prophets met him; and the Spirit of Elohim came mightily on him, and he prophesied among them. 11 And it came to pass, when all that knew him before saw that, behold, he prophesied with the prophets, then the people said one to another, What is this that has come to the son of Kish? Is Saul also among the prophets? 12 And one of the same place answered and said, And who is their father? Therefore it became a proverb, Is Saul also among the prophets? 13 And when he had made an end of prophesying, he came to the high place.
14 And Saul’s uncle said to him and to his servant, Where did you go? And he said, To seek the asses; and when we saw that they were not found, we came to Samuel. 15 And Saul’s uncle said, Tell me, I pray you, what Samuel said to you. 16 And Saul said to his uncle, He told us plainly that the asses were found. But concerning the matter of the kingdom, of which Samuel spoke, he told him not.
17 And Samuel called the people together to Yahweh to Mizpah; 18 and he said to the children of Israel, In this manner says Yahweh, the Elohim of Israel, I brought up Israel out of Egypt, and I delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of all the kingdoms that oppressed you: 19 but you have this day rejected your Elohim, who himself saves you out of all your calamities and your distresses; and you have said unto him, No, but set a king over us. Now therefore present yourselves before Yahweh by your tribes, and by your thousands. 20 So Samuel brought all the tribes of Israel near, and the tribe of Benjamin was taken. 21 And he brought the tribe of Benjamin near by their families; and the family of the Matrites was taken; and Saul the son of Kish was taken: but when they sought him, he could not be found. 22 Therefore they asked of Yahweh further, Is there yet a man to come here? And Yahweh answered, Behold, he has hid himself among the baggage. 23 And they ran and fetched him from there; and when he stood among the people, he was higher than any of the people from his shoulders and upward. 24 And Samuel said to all the people, Do you see him whom Yahweh has chosen, that there is none like him among all the people? And all the people shouted, and said, Long live the king!
25 Then Samuel told the people the manner of the kingdom, and wrote it in a book, and placed it before Yahweh. And Samuel sent all the people away, every man to his house. 26 And Saul also went to his house to Gibeah; and there went with him the host, whose hearts Elohim had touched. 27 But certain worthless fellows said, How shall this man save us? And they despised him, and brought him no present. But he held his peace.
Then Nahash the Ammonite came up, and encamped against Jabesh-gilead: and all the men of Jabesh said unto Nahash, Make a covenant with us, and we will serve you. 2 And Nahash the Ammonite said to them, On this condition will I make it with you, that all your right eyes be Put out; and I will lay it for a reproach upon all Israel. 3 And the elders of Jabesh said to him, Give us seven days’ respite, that we may send messengers unto all the borders of Israel; and then, if there are none to save us, we will come out to you. 4 Then the messengers came to Gibeah of Saul, and spoke these words in the ears of the people: and all the people lifted up their voice, and wept. 5 And, behold, Saul came following the oxen out of the field; and Saul said, What ails the people that they weep? And they told him the words of the man of Jabesh.
6 And the Spirit of Elohim came mightily, upon Saul when he heard those words, and his, anger was kindled greatly. 7 And he took a team of oxen, and cut them in pieces, and sent them throughout all the borders of Israel by the hand of messengers, saying, Whoever comes not forth after Saul and after Samuel, so shall it be done to his oxen. And the dread of Yahweh fell on the people, and they came out as one man. 8 And he numbered them in Bezek; and the children of Israel were three hundred thousand, and the men of Judah thirty thousand. 9 And they said to the messengers that came, In this manner shall you say unto the men of Jabesh-gilead, Tomorrow, by the time the sun is hot, you shall have deliverance. And the messengers came and told the men of Jabesh; and they were glad. 10 Therefore the men of Jabesh said, Tomorrow we will come out to you, and you shall do with us all that seems good to you. 11 And it was so on the next day, that Saul put the people in three companies; and they came into the camp in the morning watch, and smote the Ammonites until the heat of the day: and it came to pass, that they that remained were scattered, so that not two of them were left together.
12 And the people said to Samuel, Who is he that said, Shall Saul reign over us? Bring the men, that we may put them to death. 13 And Saul said, There shall not a man be put to death today; for today Yahweh has wrought deliverance in Israel.
14 Then Samuel said to the people, Come, and let us go to Gilgal, and renew the kingdom there. 15 And all the people went to Gilgal; and there they made Saul king before Yahweh in Gilgal; and there they offered sacrifices of peace-offerings before Yahweh; and there Saul and all the men of Israel rejoiced greatly.
And Samuel said to all Israel, Behold, I have listened to your voice in all that you said to me, and have made a king over you. 2 And now, behold, the king walks before you; and I am old and grayheaded; and, behold, my sons are with you: and I have walked before you from my youth to this day. 3 Here I am: witness against me before Yahweh, and before his anointed: whose ox have I taken? Or whose ass have I taken? Whom have I defrauded? Whom have I oppressed? Of whose hand have I taken a ransom to blind my eyes with it? I will restore it to you. 4 And they said, You have not defrauded us, nor oppressed us, neither have you taken anything from any man’s hand. 5 And he said to them, Yahweh is witness against you, and his anointed is witness this day, that you have not found anything in my hand. And they said, He is witness.
6 And Samuel said to the people, It is Yahweh that appointed Moses and Aaron, and that brought your fathers up out of the land of Egypt. 7 Now therefore stand still, that I may plead with you before Yahweh concerning all the righteous acts of Yahweh, which he did to you and to your fathers. 8 When Jacob had gone into Egypt, and your fathers cried to Yahweh, then Yahweh sent Moses and Aaron, who brought forth your fathers out of Egypt, and made them to dwell in this place. 9 But they forgot Yahweh their Elohim; and he sold them into the hand of Sisera, captain of the host of Hazor, and into the hand of the Philistines, and into the hand of the king of Moab; and they fought against them. 10 And they cried to Yahweh, and said, We have sinned, because we have forsaken Yahweh, and have served the Baalim and the Ashtaroth: but now deliver us out of the hand of our enemies, and we will serve you. 11 And Yahweh sent Jerubbaal, and Bedan, and Jephthah, and Samuel, and delivered you out of the hand of your enemies on every side; and you dwelt in safety. 12 And when you saw that Nahash the king of the children of Ammon came against you, you said to me, No, but a king shall reign over us; when Yahweh your Elohim was your king. 13 Now therefore behold the king whom you have chosen, and whom you have asked for: and, behold, Yahweh has set a kin over you. 14 If you will fear Yahweh, and serve him, and listen to his voice, and not rebel against the commandment of Yahweh, and both you and also the king that reigns over you be followers of Yahweh your Elohim, well: 15 but if you will not listen to the voice of Yahweh, but rebel against the commandment of Yahweh, then will the hand of Yahweh be against you, as it was against your fathers. 16 Now therefore stand still and see this great thing, which Yahweh will do before your eyes. 17 Is it not wheat harvest to-day? I will call to Yahweh, that he may send thunder and rain; and you shall know and see that your wickedness is great, which you have done in the sight of Yahweh, in asking for yourselves a king. 18 So Samuel called to Yahweh; and Yahweh sent thunder and rain that day: and all the people greatly feared Yahweh and Samuel.
19 And all the people said to Samuel, Pray for your servants unto Yahweh your Elohim, that we do not die; for we have added to all our sins this evil, to ask us a king. 20 And Samuel said to the people, Fear not: you have indeed done all this evil; yet turn not aside from following Yahweh, but serve Yahweh with all your heart: 21 and turn not aside; for then would you go after vain things which cannot profit nor deliver, for they are vain. 22 For Yahweh will not forsake his people for his great name’s sake, because it has pleased Yahweh to make you a people to himself. 23 Moreover as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against Yahweh in ceasing to pray for you: but I will instruct you in the good and the right way. 24 Only fear Yahweh, and serve him in truth with all your heart; for consider how great things he has done for you. 25 But if you shall still do wickedly, you shall be consumed, both you and your king.