And it came to pass when they had arrived, that he looked at Eliab and said, “Surely Yahweh’s anointed is here before him.” Bible

“before him.” This is understood culturally as, “in His presence,” that is, in God’s presence. Samuel saw Eliab and thought that surely because of his kingly characteristics he must be God’s choice for the next king.

Commentary for: 1 Samuel 16:6