Then Samuel said, “What have you done?”

And Saul said, “Because I saw that the people were scattering from me and that you did not come during the appointed days and that the Philistines were assembling themselves together at Michmash, Bible

“you did not come during the appointed days.” Here Saul makes a weak attempt to explain away his error. As Robert Bergen (The New American Commentary) notes, Samuel “did in fact arrive on the seventh day.” There are a number of incidents in Saul’s life before he was rejected as king (1 Sam. 15:23-28), that show Saul was unfit as king, and his lying about Samuel to cover up his weakness is one of them.

Commentary for: 1 Samuel 13:11