1 Samuel 9:5-22
New International Version
7 Saul said to his servant, “If we go, what can we give the man? The food in our sacks is gone. We have no gift(E) to take to the man of God. What do we have?”
8 The servant answered him again. “Look,” he said, “I have a quarter of a shekel[a] of silver. I will give it to the man of God so that he will tell us what way to take.” 9 (Formerly in Israel, if someone went to inquire(F) of God, they would say, “Come, let us go to the seer,” because the prophet of today used to be called a seer.)(G)
10 “Good,” Saul said to his servant. “Come, let’s go.” So they set out for the town where the man of God was.
11 As they were going up the hill to the town, they met some young women coming out to draw(H) water, and they asked them, “Is the seer here?”
12 “He is,” they answered. “He’s ahead of you. Hurry now; he has just come to our town today, for the people have a sacrifice(I) at the high place.(J) 13 As soon as you enter the town, you will find him before he goes up to the high place to eat. The people will not begin eating until he comes, because he must bless(K) the sacrifice; afterward, those who are invited will eat. Go up now; you should find him about this time.”
14 They went up to the town, and as they were entering it, there was Samuel, coming toward them on his way up to the high place.
15 Now the day before Saul came, the Lord had revealed this to Samuel: 16 “About this time tomorrow I will send you a man from the land of Benjamin. Anoint(L) him ruler(M) over my people Israel; he will deliver(N) them from the hand of the Philistines.(O) I have looked on my people, for their cry(P) has reached me.”
17 When Samuel caught sight of Saul, the Lord said to him, “This(Q) is the man I spoke to you about; he will govern my people.”
18 Saul approached Samuel in the gateway and asked, “Would you please tell me where the seer’s house is?”
19 “I am the seer,” Samuel replied. “Go up ahead of me to the high place, for today you are to eat with me, and in the morning I will send you on your way and will tell you all that is in your heart. 20 As for the donkeys(R) you lost three days ago, do not worry about them; they have been found. And to whom is all the desire(S) of Israel turned, if not to you and your whole family line?”
22 Then Samuel brought Saul and his servant into the hall and seated them at the head of those who were invited—about thirty in number.
- 1 Samuel 9:8 That is, about 1/10 ounce or about 3 grams