The Lord said to Samuel, “Listen to the voice of the people in regard to all that they say to you, for (A)they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me from being king over them.

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Saul Publicly Chosen King

17 Thereafter Samuel called the (A)people together to the Lord at Mizpah; 18 and he said to the sons of Israel, “(B)Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘I brought Israel up from Egypt, and I delivered you from the hand of the Egyptians and from the [a]power of all the kingdoms that were oppressing you.’ 19 But you (C)have today rejected your God, who delivers you from all your calamities and your distresses; yet you have [b]said, ‘No, but set a king over us!’ Now therefore, (D)present yourselves before the Lord by your tribes and by your clans.”

20 Thus Samuel brought all the tribes of Israel near, and the tribe of Benjamin was taken by lot. 21 Then he brought the tribe of Benjamin near by its families, and the Matrite family was taken. And Saul the son of Kish was taken; but when they looked for him, he could not be found. 22 Therefore (E)they inquired further of the Lord, “Has the man come here yet?” So the Lord said, “Behold, he is hiding himself by the baggage.” 23 So they ran and took him from there, and when he stood among the people, (F)he was taller than any of the people from his shoulders upward. 24 Samuel said to all the people, “Do you see him (G)whom the Lord has chosen? Surely there is no one like him among all the people.” So all the people shouted and said, “[c](H)Long live the king!”

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  1. 1 Samuel 10:18 Lit hand
  2. 1 Samuel 10:19 So with several mss and versions; M.T. said to Him
  3. 1 Samuel 10:24 Lit May the king live

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