1 Tulit autem Samuel lenticulam olei et effudit super caput eius et deosculatus eum ait: "Ecce unxit te Dominus in principem super populum suum, super Israel. Et tu dominaberis populo Domini et tu liberabis eum de manu inimicorum eius, qui in circuitu eius sunt. Et hoc tibi signum quia unxit te Deus in principem super hereditatem suam:
2 cum abieris hodie a me, invenies duos viros iuxta sepulcrum Rachel in finibus Beniamin, dicentque tibi: "Inventae sunt asinae, ad quas ieras perquirendas; et intermissis pater tuus asinis sollicitus est pro vobis et dicit: Quid faciam de filio meo?".
3 Cumque abieris inde et ultra transieris et veneris ad quercum Thabor, invenient te ibi tres viri ascendentes ad Deum in Bethel: unus portans tres haedos et alius tres tortas panis et alius portans utrem vini.
4 Cumque te salutaverint, dabunt tibi duos panes, et accipies de manu eorum.
5 Post haec venies in Gabaa Dei, ubi est statio Philisthinorum; et, cum ingressus fueris ibi urbem, obviam habebis gregem prophetarum descendentium de excelso et ante eos psalterium et tympanum et tibiam et citharam ipsosque prophetantes.
6 Et insiliet in te spiritus Domini, et prophetabis cum eis et mutaberis in virum alium.
7 Quando ergo evenerint signa haec omnia tibi, fac, quaecumque invenerit manus tua, quia Dominus tecum est.
8 Et descendes ante me in Galgala. Ego quippe descendam ad te, ut offeram oblationem et immolem victimas pacificas. Septem diebus exspectabis, donec veniam ad te et ostendam tibi, quae facias".
9 Itaque, cum avertisset umerum suum, ut abiret a Samuele, immutavit ei Deus cor aliud, et venerunt omnia signa haec in die illa.
10 Veneruntque inde in Gabaa, et ecce grex prophetarum obvius ei; et insiluit super eum spiritus Dei, et prophetavit in medio eorum.
11 Videntes autem omnes, qui noverant eum heri et nudiustertius, quod esset cum prophetis et prophetaret, dixerunt ad invicem: "Quaenam res accidit filio Cis? Num et Saul inter prophetas?".
12 Responditque vir loci illius dicens: "Et quis pater eorum?". Propterea versum est in proverbium: "Num et Saul inter prophetas?".
13 Cessavit autem prophetare et venit in Gabaa;
14 dixitque patruus Saul ad eum et ad puerum eius: "Quo abistis?". Qui respondit: "Quaerere asinas; quas cum non repperissemus, venimus ad Samuelem".
15 Et dixit ei patruus suus: "Indica mihi quid dixerit tibi Samuel".
16 Et ait Saul ad patruum suum: "Indicavit nobis quia inventae essent asinae". De sermone autem regni non indicavit ei, quem locutus illi fuerat Samuel.
17 Et convocavit Samuel populum ad Dominum in Maspha
18 et ait ad filios Israel: "Haec dicit Dominus, Deus Israel: Ego eduxi Israel de Aegypto et erui vos de manu Aegyptiorum et de manu omnium regnorum, quae affligebant vos.
19 Vos autem hodie proiecistis Deum vestrum, qui solus salvavit vos de universis malis et tribulationibus vestris, et dixistis: "Nequaquam, sed regem constitue super nos!". Nunc ergo state coram Domino per tribus vestras et per familias".
20 Et applicuit Samuel omnes tribus Israel; et cecidit sors in tribum Beniamin.
21 Et applicuit tribum Beniamin et cognationes eius; et cecidit in cognationem Metri et pervenit usque ad Saul filium Cis. Quaesierunt ergo eum, et non est inventus.
22 Et consuluerunt post haec Dominum, utrumnam venisset illuc vir. Responditque Dominus: "Ecce absconditus est inter sarcinas".
23 Cucurrerunt itaque et tulerunt eum inde; stetitque in medio populi et altior fuit universo populo ab umero et sursum.
24 Et ait Samuel ad omnem populum: "Certe videtis, quem elegit Dominus, quoniam non sit similis ei in omni populo". Et clamavit cunctus populus et ait: "Vivat rex!".
25 Locutus est autem Samuel ad populum legem regni et scripsit in libro et reposuit coram Domino; et dimisit Samuel omnem populum, singulos in domum suam.
26 Sed et Saul abiit in domum suam in Gabaa; et abierunt cum eo viri fortes, quorum tetigerat Deus corda.
27 Filii vero Belial dixerunt: "Num salvare nos poterit iste?". Et despexerunt eum et non attulerunt ei munera; ille vero dissimulabat se audire.
King James Version
1 Then Samuel took a vial of oil, and poured it upon his head, and kissed him, and said, Is it not because the LORD hath anointed thee to be captain over his inheritance?
2 When thou art departed from me to day, then thou shalt find two men by Rachel's sepulchre in the border of Benjamin at Zelzah; and they will say unto thee, The asses which thou wentest to seek are found: and, lo, thy father hath left the care of the asses, and sorroweth for you, saying, What shall I do for my son?
3 Then shalt thou go on forward from thence, and thou shalt come to the plain of Tabor, and there shall meet thee three men going up to God 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 thee, and give thee two loaves of bread; which thou shalt receive of their hands.
5 After that thou shalt come to the hill of God, where is the garrison of the Philistines: and it shall come to pass, when thou art come thither to the city, that thou shalt meet a company of prophets coming down from the high place with a psaltery, and a tabret, and a pipe, and a harp, before them; and they shall prophesy:
6 And the Spirit of the LORD will come upon thee, and thou shalt prophesy with them, and shalt be turned into another man.
7 And let it be, when these signs are come unto thee, that thou do as occasion serve thee; for God is with thee.
8 And thou shalt go down before me to Gilgal; and, behold, I will come down unto thee, to offer burnt offerings, and to sacrifice sacrifices of peace offerings: seven days shalt thou tarry, till I come to thee, and shew thee what thou shalt do.
9 ¶ And it was so, that when he had turned his back to go from Samuel, God gave him another heart: and all those signs came to pass that day.
10 And when they came thither to the hill, behold, a company of prophets met him; and the Spirit of God came upon him, and he prophesied among them.
11 And it came to pass, when all that knew him beforetime saw that, behold, he prophesied among the prophets, then the people said one to another, What is this that is come unto the son of Kish? Is Saul also among the prophets?
12 And one of the same place answered and said, But 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 unto him and to his servant, Whither went ye? And he said, To seek the asses: and when we saw that they were no where, we came to Samuel.
15 And Saul's uncle said, Tell me, I pray thee, what Samuel said unto you.
16 And Saul said unto his uncle, He told us plainly that the asses were found. But of the matter of the kingdom, whereof Samuel spake, he told him not.
17 ¶ And Samuel called the people together unto the LORD to Mizpeh;
18 And said unto the children of Israel, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I brought up Israel out of Egypt, and delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of all kingdoms, and of them that oppressed you:
19 And ye have this day rejected your God, who himself saved you out of all your adversities and your tribulations; and ye have said unto him, Nay, but set a king over us. Now therefore present yourselves before the LORD by your tribes, and by your thousands.
20 And when Samuel had caused all the tribes of Israel to come near, the tribe of Benjamin was taken.
21 When he had caused the tribe of Benjamin to come near by their families, the family of Matri was taken, and Saul the son of Kish was taken: and when they sought him, he could not be found.
22 Therefore they enquired of the LORD further, if the man should yet come thither. And the LORD answered, Behold, he hath hid himself among the stuff.
23 And they ran and fetched him thence: 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, See ye him whom the LORD hath chosen, that there is none like him among all the people? And all the people shouted, and said, God save the king.
25 Then Samuel told the people the manner of the kingdom, and wrote it in a book, and laid it up before the LORD. And Samuel sent all the people away, every man to his house.
26 ¶ And Saul also went home to Gibeah; and there went with him a band of men, whose hearts God had touched.
27 But the children of Belial said, How shall this man save us? And they despised him, and brought him no presents. But he held his peace.