So he said, “Bring me the burnt offering and the fellowship offerings.” And Saul offered(A) up the burnt offering. 10 Just as he finished making the offering, Samuel(B) arrived, and Saul went out to greet(C) him.

11 “What have you done?” asked Samuel.

Saul replied, “When I saw that the men were scattering, and that you did not come at the set time, and that the Philistines were assembling at Mikmash,(D) 12 I thought, ‘Now the Philistines will come down against me at Gilgal,(E) and I have not sought the Lord’s favor.(F)’ So I felt compelled to offer the burnt offering.”

13 “You have done a foolish thing,(G)” Samuel said. “You have not kept(H) the command the Lord your God gave you; if you had, he would have established your kingdom over Israel for all time.(I) 14 But now your kingdom(J) will not endure; the Lord has sought out a man after his own heart(K) and appointed(L) him ruler(M) of his people, because you have not kept(N) the Lord’s command.”

15 Then Samuel left Gilgal[a] and went up to Gibeah(O) in Benjamin, and Saul counted the men who were with him. They numbered about six hundred.(P)

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16 Saul and his son Jonathan and the men with them were staying in Gibeah[b](Q) in Benjamin, while the Philistines camped at Mikmash.

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  1. 1 Samuel 13:15 Hebrew; Septuagint Gilgal and went his way; the rest of the people went after Saul to meet the army, and they went out of Gilgal
  2. 1 Samuel 13:16 Two Hebrew manuscripts; most Hebrew manuscripts Geba, a variant of Gibeah

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