1 SAMUEL 8:16 – 9:11
8:16 And he will take your male servants and your female servants and your best young men and your donkeys, and put them to his work.
8:17 He will exact a tenth of your flocks, and you will be his servants.
8:18 And you will cry out in that day on account of your king, whom you have chosen for yourselves; but Jehovah will not answer you in that day.
8:19 But the people refused to listen to the voice of Samuel, and they said, No; but there will be a king over us,
8:20 That we also may be like all the nations, and that our king may judge us and go out before us and fight our battles.
8:21 And Samuel heard all the words of the people, and he spoke them in the hearing of Jehovah.
8:22 Then Jehovah said to Samuel, Listen to their voice, and appoint a king to them. And Samuel said to the men of Israel, Go, each one to his city.
9:1 Now there was a man from Benjamin whose name was Kish, the son of Abiel, the son of Zeror, the son of Becorath, the son of Aphiah, a Benjaminite, a man of wealth.
9:2 And he had a son whose name was Saul, a choice and handsome man; and there was not a man among the children of Israel more handsome than he; from his shoulders and up he was taller than all the people.
9:3 Now the donkeys of Kish, Saul’s father, were lost; and Kish said to Saul his son, Take with you one of the servants, and rise up and go to search for the donkeys.
9:4 And he passed through the hill country of Ephraim, and he passed through the land of Shalishah; but they did not find them. Then they passed through the land of Shaalim, but they were not there. Then he passed through the land of Benjamin, but they did not find them.
9:5 When they came to the land of Zuph, Saul said to his servant who was with him, Come, and let us return; otherwise, my father will stop worrying about the donkeys and will worry about us.
9:6 But he said to him, There is a man of God here in this city, and he is a man held in honor; all that he says happens without fail. Let us now go there; perhaps he will tell us about our journey that we have set out on.
9:7 And Saul said to his servant, But if we go, what will we bring the man? For the food is gone from our bags, and there is no present to bring the man of God. What do we have?
9:8 And the servant answered Saul again and said, Here in my hand is a quarter shekel of silver, and I can give it to the man of God; then he will tell us our way.
9:9 (Formerly in Israel a man spoke this way when he went to inquire of God, Come, and let us go to the seer; for today’s prophet was formerly called a seer.)
9:10 Then Saul said to his servant, Well said; come, let us go. So they went to the city where the man of God was.
9:11 As they went up the ascent into the city, they found some girls coming out to draw water; and they said to them, Is the seer here?
1 SAMUEL 8:16 – 9:11