Now there was a man of Benjamin, whose name was Kish, the son of Abiel, the son of
Zeror, the son of Bechorath, the son of Aphiah, a Benjamite, a mighty man of
And he had a son, whose name was Saul, a choice young man, and a goodly: and there
was not among the children of Israel a goodlier person than he: from his shoulders and
upward he was higher than any of the people.
And the asses of Kish Saul’s father were lost. And Kish said to Saul his son,
Take now one of the servants with thee, and arise, go seek the asses.
And he passed through mount Ephraim, and passed through the land of Shalisha, but
they found them not: then they passed through the land of Shalim, and there they were
not: and he passed through the land of the Benjamites, but they found them not.
And when they were come to the land of Zuph, Saul said to his servant that was with
him, Come, and let us return; lest my father leave caring for the asses, and take
thought for us.
And he said unto him, Behold now, there is in this city a man of God, and he is an
honourable man; all that he saith cometh surely to pass: now let us go thither;
peradventure he can shew us our way that we should go.
Then said Saul to his servant, But, behold, if we go, what shall we bring the man?
for the bread is spent in our vessels, and there is not a present to bring to the man
of God: what have we?
And the servant answered Saul again, and said, Behold, I have here at hand the
fourth part of a shekel of silver: that will I give to the man of God, to tell us our
(Beforetime in Israel, when a man went to enquire of God, thus he spake, Come, and
let us go to the seer: for he that is now called a Prophet was beforetime called a
Then said Saul to his servant, Well said; come, let us go. So they went unto the
city where the man of God was.
And as they went up the hill to the city, they found young maidens going out to
draw water, and said unto them, Is the seer here?
And they answered them, and said, He is; behold, he is before you: make haste now,
for he came to day to the city; for there is a sacrifice of the people to day in the
As soon as ye be come into the city, ye shall straightway find him, before he go up
to the high place to eat: for the people will not eat until he come, because he doth
bless the sacrifice; and afterwards they eat that be bidden. Now therefore get you up;
for about this time ye shall find him.
And they went up into the city: and when they were come into the city, behold,
Samuel came out against them, for to go up to the high place.
Now the LORD had told Samuel in his ear a day before Saul came, saying,
To morrow about this time I will send thee a man out of the land of Benjamin, and
thou shalt anoint him to be captain over my people Israel, that he may save my people
out of the hand of the Philistines: for I have looked upon my people, because their cry
is come unto me.
And when Samuel saw Saul, the LORD said unto him, Behold the man whom I spake to
thee of! this same shall reign over my people.
Then Saul drew near to Samuel in the gate, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, where
the seer’s house is.
And Samuel answered Saul, and said, I am the seer: go up before me unto the high
place; for ye shall eat with me to day, and to morrow I will let thee go, and will tell
thee all that is in thine heart.
And as for thine asses that were lost three days ago, set not thy mind on them; for
they are found. And on whom is all the desire of Israel? Is it not on thee, and on all
thy father’s house?
And Saul answered and said, Am not I a Benjamite, of the smallest of the tribes of
Israel? and my family the least of all the families of the tribe of Benjamin? wherefore
then speakest thou so to me?
And Samuel took Saul and his servant, and brought them into the parlour, and made
them sit in the chiefest place among them that were bidden, which were about thirty
And Samuel said unto the cook, Bring the portion which I gave thee, of which I said
unto thee, Set it by thee.
And the cook took up the shoulder, and that which was upon it, and set it before
Saul. And Samuel said, Behold that which is left! set it before thee, and eat: for unto
this time hath it been kept for thee since I said, I have invited the people. So Saul
did eat with Samuel that day.
And when they were come down from the high place into the city, Samuel communed
with Saul upon the top of the house.
And they arose early: and it came to pass about the spring of the day, that Samuel
called Saul to the top of the house, saying, Up, that I may send thee away. And Saul
arose, and they went out both of them, he and Samuel, abroad.
And as they were going down to the end of the city, Samuel said to Saul, Bid the
servant pass on before us, (and he passed on), but stand thou still a while, that I may
shew thee the word of God.