17 Then Samuel called the people together xto the Lord yat Mizpah, 18 and said to the children of Israel, z“Thus says the Lord God of Israel: ‘I brought up Israel out of Egypt, and delivered you from the hand of the Egyptians and from the hand of all kingdoms and from those who oppressed you.’ 19 aBut you have today rejected your God, who Himself saved you from all your adversities and your tribulations; and you have said to Him, ‘No, set a king over us!’ Now therefore, present yourselves before the Lord by your tribes and by your 4clans.”
20 And when Samuel had bcaused all the tribes of Israel to come near, the tribe of Benjamin was chosen. 21 When he had caused the tribe of Benjamin to come near by their families, the family of Matri was chosen. And Saul the son of Kish was chosen. But when they sought him, he could not be found. 22 Therefore they cinquired of the Lord further, “Has the man come here yet?”
And the Lord answered, “There he is, hidden among the equipment.”
23 So they ran and brought him from there; and when he stood among the people, dhe was taller than any of the people from his shoulders upward. 24 And Samuel said to all the people, “Do you see him ewhom the Lord has chosen, that there is no one like him among all the people?”
25 Then Samuel explained to the people gthe behavior of royalty, 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 hto Gibeah; and valiant men went with him, whose hearts God had touched. 27 iBut some jrebels said, “How can this man save us?” So they despised him, kand brought him no presents. But he 6held his peace.
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