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1 Samuel 10:1-3 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

Chapter 10

Then, from a flask he had with him, Samuel poured oil on Saul’s head and kissed him, saying: “The Lord anoints you ruler over his people Israel. You are the one who will govern the Lord’s people and save them from the power of their enemies all around them.

The Signs Foretold. “This will be the sign[a] for you that the Lord has anointed you ruler over his heritage: When you leave me today, you will meet two men near Rachel’s tomb[b] at Zelzah in the territory of Benjamin. They will say to you, ‘The donkeys you went to look for have been found. Now your father is no longer worried about the donkeys, but is anxious about you and says: What shall I do about my son?’ Farther on, when you arrive at the oak of Tabor,[c] three men will meet you as they go up to God at Bethel; one will be bringing three young goats, another three loaves of bread, and the third a skin of wine.


  1. 10:1 The sign: the role of the new ruler is confirmed by specific signs; cf. Ex 7:9.
  2. 10:2 Here, as in Jer 31:15, Rachel’s tomb is placed at Ramah, north of Jerusalem. Later tradition understood Ephrath (Gn 35:19–20) as Bethlehem and placed the tomb farther south (Mt 2:16–18).
  3. 10:3 Oak of Tabor: or terebinth. Such a tree often indicates a shrine.
New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

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