THE LORD TOLD SAMUEL: “THAT IS THE MAN OF WHOM I TOLD YOU; SAUL SHALL RULE MY PEOPLE.”
Among the men of Benjamin there was a man named Kish son of Abiel, son of Zeror, son of Becorath, son of Aphiah; a Benjaminite and a man of rank. He had a son named Saul, a handsome man in the prime of life. Of all the Israelites there was no one more handsome than he; he stood head and shoulders taller than the rest of the people. Now some of the she-donkeys of Saul’s father Kish had strayed, so Kish said to Saul, “My son, take one of the servants with you and be off; go and look for the she-donkeys.” They passed through the highlands of Ephraim and passed through the land of Shalishah, but did not find them; they passed through the land of Shaalim, they were not there; they passed through the land of Benjamin, but did not find them.
When Samuel saw Saul, the Lord told him, “That is the man of whom I told you; he shall rule my people.” Saul accosted Samuel in the gateway and said, “Tell me, please, where the seer’s house is?” Samuel replied to Saul, “I am the seer. Go up ahead of me to the high place. You are to eat with me today. In the morning I shall take leave of you and tell you all that is in your heart.”
Samuel took a phial of oil and poured it on Saul’s head; then he kissed him, saying, “Has not the Lord anointed you prince over his people Israel? You are the man who must rule the Lord’s people, and who must save them from the power of the enemies surrounding them.”
V. The word of the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.