The Bible in Its Traditions

1 Samuel 10:17–27

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17  And Samuel called the people together unto YHWH to Mizpah.

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18  And he said unto the children of Israel: 'Thus saith YHWH, the God of Israel: I 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.

18  And he said to the sons of Israel: “Thus says the Lord God of Israel: I led Israel away from Egypt, and I rescued you from the hand of the Egyptians, and from the hand of all the kings who were afflicting you.

18  And he said to the children of Israel, Thus says the LORD God of Israel, I brought up Israel out of the land of Egypt and later delivered you from the hand of the Philistines and from the hand of all the kingdoms that oppressed you;

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19  But ye have this day rejected your God, who Himself saveth you out of all your calamities and your distresses; and ye have said unto Him: Nay, but set a king over us. Now therefore present yourselves before YHWH by your tribes, and by your thousands.'

19  And ye have this day rejected God, who is himself your Deliverer out of all your evils and afflictions; and ye said, Nay, but thou shalt set a king over us: and now stand before the Lord according to your tribes, and according to your families.

19  But today you have rejected your God, who alone saved you from all your evils and tribulations. And you have said: ‘By no means! Instead, appoint a king over us.’ Now therefore, stand in the sight of the Lord, by your tribes and by your families.”

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20  So Samuel brought all the tribes of Israel near, and the tribe of Benjamin was taken.

20  And Samuel brought near all the tribes of Israel, and the lot fell upon the tribe of Benjamin.

20  And when Samuel had caused all the tribes of Israel to come near, the tribe of Benjamin was taken by lot.

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21  And 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 sought him, he could not be found.

21  And he brings near the tribe of Benjamin by families, and the family of Mattari is taken by lot: and they bring near the family of Mattari, man by man, and Saul the son of Kis is taken; and he sought him, but he was not found.

21  Then when he caused the tribe of Benjamin to come near by their families, the family of Matri was taken by lot, and Saul the son of Kish was taken by lot. But when they sought him, he could not be found.

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22  Therefore they asked of YHWH further: 'Is there yet a man come hither?' And the YHWH answered: 'Behold, he hath hid himself among the baggage.'

22  And Samuel asked yet again of the Lord, Will the man come hither? and the Lord said, Behold, he is hid among the stuff.

22  And after these things, they consulted the Lord as to whether he would soon arrive there. And the Lord responded, “Behold, he is hidden at home.”

23  And they ran and fetched him thence; and when he stood among the people, he was higher than any of the people from his shoulders and upward.

23  And he ran and took him thence, and he set him in the midst of the people; and he was higher than all the people by his shoulders and upwards.

23  And so they ran and brought him there. And he stood in the midst of the people, and he was taller than the entire people, from the shoulders upward.

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24  And Samuel said to all the people: 'See ye him whom YHWH hath chosen, that there is none like him among all the people?' And all the people shouted, and said: 'Long live the king.'

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25  Then Samuel told the people the manner of the kingdom, and wrote it in a book, and laid it up before YHWH. And Samuel sent all the people away, every man to his house.

25  And Samuel told the people the manner of the king, and wrote it in a book, and set it before the Lord: and Samuel sent away all the people, and each went to his place.

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26  And Saul also went to his house to Gibeah; and there went with him the men of valour, whose hearts God had touched.

26  And then Saul went away to his own house at Gibeah. And a portion of the army, whose hearts had been touched by God, went away with him.

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27  But certain base fellows said: 'How shall this man save us?' And they despised him, and brought him no present. But he was as one that held his peace.

27  But evil men said, Who is this man that shall save us? and they despised him, and brought him no gifts.

27  Yet the sons of Belial said, “How could this one be able to save us?” And they despised him, and they brought him no presents. But he pretended not to hear them.