1 Samuel 10

Then Samuel took the vial of oil, and poured it on his head, and kissed him, and said, Has not Allah anointed you to be prince over his inheritance? 2When you are departed from me today, then you shall find two men by Rachel’s tomb, in the region of Binyamin at Zelzah; and they will tell you, The donkeys which you went to seek are found; and, behold, your father has stopped worrying about the donkeys, and is anxious for you, saying, What shall I do for my son? 3Then you shall go on forward from there, and you shall come to the oak of Tabor; and there three men going up to God at Bethel shall meet you, one carrying three kids, and another carrying three loaves of bread, and another carrying a bottle of wine: 4and they will greet you, and give you two loaves of bread, which you shall receive from their hand. 5After that you shall come to the hill of God, where there is a garrison of the Philistines: and it shall happen, when you are come there to the city, that you shall meet a band of prophets coming down from the high place with a lyre, and a tambourine, and a pipe, and a harp; and they will be prophesying: 6and the Spirit of Allah will come mightily on you, and you shall prophesy with them, and shall be turned into another man. 7Let it be, when these signs are come to you, that you do as occasion shall serve you; for God is with you. 8You shall go down before me to Gilgal; and, behold, I will come down to you, to offer burnt offerings, and to sacrifice peace-offerings: seven days shall you wait, until I come to you, and show you what you shall do. 9So it happened that when Talut had turned his back to go from Samuel, God gave him another heart: and all those signs happened that day. 10When they came there to the hill, a band of prophets met him; and the Spirit of God came mightily on him, and he prophesied among them. 11It happened that when all who knew him before saw Talut prophesying with the prophets, they said one to another, What is this that is come to Ibn Kish? Is Talut also among the prophets? 12One of the same place answered, Who is their father? Therefore it became a proverb, Is Talut also among the prophets? 13When Talut had stopped prophesying, he came to the high place. 14Talut’s uncle said to him and to his servant, Where did you go? He said, To seek the donkeys; and when we saw that they were not found, we came to Samuel. 15Talut’s uncle said, Tell me, Please, what Samuel said to you. 16Talut said to his uncle, He told us plainly that the donkeys were found. But concerning the matter of the kingship, of which Samuel spoke, Talut did not tell him. 17Samuel called the people together to Allah at Mizpah; 18and he said to Bani-Israel, Thus says Allah, the God 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: 19but you have this day rejected your God, who himself saves you out of all your calamities and your distresses; and you have said to him, No, but set a king over us. Now therefore present yourselves before Allah by your tribes, and by your thousands. 20So Samuel brought all the tribes of Israel near, and the tribe of Binyamin was chosen. 21He brought the tribe of Binyamin near by their families; and the family of the Matrites was chosen; and Talut IbnKish was chosen: but when they sought him, he could not be found. 22Therefore they asked of Allah further, Is there yet a man to come here? Allah answered, Look, he has hidden himself among the equipment. 23They ran and fetched him there; and when he stood among the people, he was higher than any of the people from his shoulders and upward. 24Samuel said to all the people, You see him whom Allah has chosen, that there is none like him among all the people?

All the people shouted, and said, Long live the king. 25Then Samuel told the people the manner of the kingdom, and wrote it in a book, and laid it up before Allah. Samuel sent all the people away, every man to his house. 26Talut also went to his house to Gibeah; and there went with him a band of men, whose hearts God had touched. 27But certain worthless fellows said, How shall this man save us? They despised him, and brought him no present. But he held his peace.


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