1 Et erat vir de Beniamin nomine Cis filius Abiel filii Seror filii Be chorath filii Aphia, Beniaminita vir potens.
2 Et erat ei filius vocabulo Saul electus et bonus, et non erat vir de filiis Israel melior illo; ab umero et sursum eminebat super omnem populum.
3 Perierant autem asinae Cis patris Saul, et dixit Cis ad Saul filium suum: "Tolle tecum unum de pueris et consurgens vade et quaere asinas". Qui cum transissent per montem Ephraim
4 et per terram Salisa et non invenissent, transierunt etiam per terram Salim, et non erant, sed et per terram Iemini et minime reppererunt.
5 Cum autem venissent in terram Suph, dixit Saul ad puerum suum, qui erat cum eo: "Veni, et revertamur, ne forte dimiserit pater meus asinas et sollicitus sit pro nobis".
6 Qui ait ei: "Ecce est vir Dei in civitate hac, vir nobilis. Omne quod loquitur, absque ambiguitate venit. Nunc ergo eamus illuc, si forte indicet nobis de via nostra, propter quam venimus".
7 Dixitque Saul ad puerum suum: "Ecce ibimus; quid feremus ad virum? Panis defecit in sitarciis nostris, et sportulam non habemus, ut demus homini Dei. Quid habemus?".
8 Rursum puer respondit Sauli et ait: "Ecce inventa est in manu mea quarta pars sicli argenti; demus homini Dei, ut indicet nobis viam nostram". -
9 Olim in Israel sic loquebatur unusquisque vadens consulere Deum: "Venite, et eamus ad videntem"; qui enim propheta dicitur hodie, vocabatur olim videns. -
10 Et dixit Saul ad puerum suum: "Optimus sermo tuus; veni, eamus". Et ierunt in civitatem, in qua erat vir Dei.
11 Cumque ascenderent clivum civitatis, invenerunt puellas egredientes ad hauriendam aquam et dixerunt eis: "Num hic est videns?".
12 Quae respondentes dixerunt illis: "Hic est: ecce ante te, festina nunc; hodie enim venit in civitatem, quia sacrificium est hodie populo in excelso.
13 Ingredientes urbem statim invenietis eum, antequam ascendat excelsum ad vescendum; neque enim comesurus est populus, donec ille veniat, quia ipse benedicit hostiae, et deinceps comedunt, qui vocati sunt. Nunc ergo conscendite, quia statim reperietis eum".
14 Et ascenderunt in civitatem. Cumque illi intrarent in urbem, apparuit Samuel egrediens obviam eis, ut ascenderet in excelsum.
15 Dominus autem revelaverat Samuel, ante unam diem quam veniret Saul, dicens:
9:16" Hac ipsa, quae nunc est hora, cras mittam ad te virum de terra Beniamin, et unges eum ducem super populum meum Israel, et salvabit populum meum de manu Philisthinorum, quia respexi populum meum; venit enim clamor eorum ad me".
17 Cumque aspexisset Samuel Saulem, Dominus ait ei: "Ecce vir, quem dixeram tibi; iste dominabitur populo meo".
18 Accessit autem Saul ad Samuelem in medio portae et ait: "Indica, oro, mihi: Ubi est domus videntis?".
19 Et respondit Samuel Sauli dicens: "Ego sum videns. Ascende ante me in excelsum, ut comedatis mecum hodie. Et dimittam te mane et omnia, quae sunt in corde tuo, indicabo tibi;
20 et de asinis, quas perdidisti nudiustertius, ne sollicitus sis, quia inventae sunt. Et cuius erunt optima quaeque Israel? Nonne tibi et omni domui patris tui?".
21 Respondens autem Saul ait: "Numquid non Beniaminita ego sum de minima tribu Israel, et cognatio mea novissima inter omnes familias de tribu Beniamin? Quare ergo locutus es mihi sermonem istum?".
22 Assumens itaque Samuel Saulem et puerum eius introduxit eos in triclinium et dedit eis locum in capite eorum, qui fuerant invitati: erant enim quasi triginta viri.
23 Dixitque Samuel coco: "Da partem, quam dedi tibi et praecepi, ut reponeres seorsum apud te".
24 Levavit autem cocus armum et caudam et posuit ante Saul. Dixitque Samuel: "Ecce quod remansit; pone ante te et comede, quia de industria servatum est tibi, quando populum vocavi". Et comedit Saul cum Samuel in die illa.
25 Et descenderunt de excelso in oppidum. Et straverunt pro Saul in solario, et dormivit.
26 Cumque mane surrexissent, et iam elucesceret, vocavit Samuel Saul in solario dicens: "Surge, ut dimittam te". Et surrexit Saul. Egressique sunt ambo, ipse videlicet et Samuel.
27 Cumque descenderent in extrema parte civitatis, Samuel dixit ad Saul: "Dic puero, ut antecedat nos - et ille antecessit C; tu autem subsiste paulisper, ut indicem tibi verbum Domini".
King James Version
1 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 power.
2 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.
3 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.
4 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.
5 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.
6 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.
7 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?
8 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 way.
9 (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 Seer.)
10 Then said Saul to his servant, Well said; come, let us go. So they went unto the city where the man of God was.
11 ¶ 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?
12 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 high place:
13 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.
14 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.
15 ¶ Now the LORD had told Samuel in his ear a day before Saul came, saying,
16 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.
17 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.
18 Then Saul drew near to Samuel in the gate, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, where the seer's house is.
19 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.
20 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?
21 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?
22 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 persons.
23 And Samuel said unto the cook, Bring the portion which I gave thee, of which I said unto thee, Set it by thee.
24 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.
25 ¶ And when they were come down from the high place into the city, Samuel communed with Saul upon the top of the house.
26 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.
27 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.