1 Samuel 9:1-27, NLT
1 Samuel 9
Saul Meets Samuel
1There was a wealthy, influential man named Kish from the tribe of Benjamin. He was the son of Abiel, son of Zeror, son of Becorath, son of Aphiah, of the tribe of Benjamin.
3One day Kish’s donkeys strayed away, and he told Saul, “Take a servant with you, and go look for the donkeys.”
5Finally, they entered the region of Zuph, and Saul said to his servant, “Let’s go home. By now my father will be more worried about us than about the donkeys!”
6But the servant said, “I’ve just thought of something! There is a man of God who lives here in this town. He is held in high honor by all the people because everything he says comes true. Let’s go find him. Perhaps he can tell us which way to go.”
7“But we don’t have anything to offer him,” Saul replied. “Even our food is gone, and we don’t have a thing to give him.”
8“Well,” the servant said, “I have one small silver piece.*9:8 Hebrew 1/4 shekel of silver, about 0.1 ounces or 3 grams in weight. We can at least offer it to the man of God and see what happens!”
10“All right,” Saul agreed, “let’s try it!” So they started into the town where the man of God lived.
11As they were climbing the hill to the town, they met some young women coming out to draw water. So Saul and his servant asked, “Is the seer here today?”
12“Yes,” they replied. “Stay right on this road. He is at the town gates. He has just arrived to take part in a public sacrifice up at the place of worship.
14So they entered the town, and as they passed through the gates, Samuel was coming out toward them to go up to the place of worship.
15Now the Lord had told Samuel the previous day,
17When Samuel saw Saul, the Lord said, “That’s the man I told you about! He will rule my people.”
18Just then Saul approached Samuel at the gateway and asked, “Can you please tell me where the seer’s house is?”
19“I am the seer!” Samuel replied. “Go up to the place of worship ahead of me. We will eat there together, and in the morning I’ll tell you what you want to know and send you on your way.
21Saul replied, “But I’m only from the tribe of Benjamin, the smallest tribe in Israel, and my family is the least important of all the families of that tribe! Why are you talking like this to me?”
22Then Samuel brought Saul and his servant into the hall and placed them at the head of the table, honoring them above the thirty special guests.
25When they came down from the place of worship and returned to town, Samuel took Saul up to the roof of the house and prepared a bed for him there.*9:25 As in Greek version; Hebrew reads and talked with him there.