1Then Samuel took the vial of oil and poured it on his head, and kissed him and said, “Is it not that Yahweh has anointed you to be ruler over his inheritance?
2When you have departed from me today, then you will find two men by Rachel’s tomb in the territory of Benjamin at Zelzah, and they will tell you, ‘The donkeys that you went to seek have been found; and behold, your father has stopped caring about the donkeys and is anxious about you, saying, “What should I do about my son?”’
3“Then you will go on forward from there, and you will come to the oak of Tabor; and three men will meet you there going up to God to Bethel, one carrying three young goats and another carrying three loaves of bread and another carrying a skin-bottle of wine,
4and they will greet you and give you two loaves of bread that you will accept from their hand.
5“After that you will come to Gibeah-elohim where there is a garrison of the Philistines. And when you have come there to the city, you will meet a group of prophets coming down from the high place, and they will be prophesying and have people with lyres and tambourines and lutes and harps going before them,
6and the spirit of Yahweh will rush upon you, and you will prophesy with them and will be turned into another man.
7And let it be that when these signs have come to pass for you, that you do whatever your hand finds to do, because God is with you.
8You are to go down before me to Gilgal, and behold, I will come down to you to offer burnt offerings and to sacrifice sacrifices of peace offerings: you are to wait seven days until I come to you and show you what you are to do.”
9And so it was that as he turned his shoulder to go from Samuel, God changed his heart. And all those signs came to pass that day.
10When they came to Gibeah, behold, a group of prophets met him, and the spirit of God rushed upon him and he prophesied along with them.
11And when everyone who knew him previously saw that, behold, he prophesied with the prophets, then the people said to one another, “What is this that has happened to the son of Kish? Is Saul also among the prophets?”
So it became a proverb, “Is Saul also among the prophets?”
13When he had finished prophesying, he came to the high place.
And he said, “To look for the donkeys. When we saw that they were not there, we went to Samuel.”
17And Samuel called the people together to Yahweh to Mizpah,
18and he said to the children of Israel, “This is what Yahweh the God of Israel says: ‘I myself brought up Israel out of Egypt and I delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians and out of the hand of all the kingdoms that oppressed you,’
19but today you have rejected your God, who himself saves you out of all your calamities and your distresses, and you have said to him, ‘Set a king over us!’ So now present yourselves before Yahweh by your tribes and by your thousands.”
20So Samuel brought all the tribes of Israel near, and the tribe of Benjamin was taken.
21Then he brought the tribe of Benjamin near by their families, and the family of the Matrites was taken; and Saul the son of Kish was taken; but when they looked for him, he could not be found.
22So they inquired further of Yahweh, “Is the man here yet?”
Yahweh answered, “Behold, he has hidden himself among the equipment.”
23So they ran and took him from there, and when he stood among the people he was taller than any of the people from his shoulders upward.
24And Samuel said to all the people, “Do you see the one whom Yahweh has chosen? There is none like him among all the people.”
And all the people shouted and said, “Long live the king!”
26Saul also went to his house, to Gibeah, and the valiant ones whose hearts God had touched went with him.
27But certain sons of Belial said, “How can this man save us?” They treated him with contempt and brought him no gifts. But he kept silent.