New International Version

1 Samuel 9

Samuel Anoints Saul

1There was a Benjamite, a man of standing, whose name was Kish son of Abiel, the son of Zeror, the son of Bekorath, the son of Aphiah of Benjamin. Kish had a son named Saul, as handsome a young man as could be found anywhere in Israel, and he was a head taller than anyone else.

Now the donkeys belonging to Saul’s father Kish were lost, and Kish said to his son Saul, “Take one of the servants with you and go and look for the donkeys.” So he passed through the hill country of Ephraim and through the area around Shalisha, but they did not find them. They went on into the district of Shaalim, but the donkeys were not there. Then he passed through the territory of Benjamin, but they did not find them.

When they reached the district of Zuph, Saul said to the servant who was with him, “Come, let’s go back, or my father will stop thinking about the donkeys and start worrying about us.”

But the servant replied, “Look, in this town there is a man of God; he is highly respected, and everything he says comes true. Let’s go there now. Perhaps he will tell us what way to take.”

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 to take to the man of God. What do we have?”

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.” (Formerly in Israel, if someone went to inquire of God, they would say, “Come, let us go to the seer,” because the prophet of today used to be called a seer.)

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 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 at the high place. 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 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 him ruler over my people Israel; he will deliver them from the hand of the Philistines. I have looked on my people, for their cry has reached me.”

17 When Samuel caught sight of Saul, the Lord said to him, “This 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 you lost three days ago, do not worry about them; they have been found. And to whom is all the desire of Israel turned, if not to you and your whole family line?”

21 Saul answered, “But am I not a Benjamite, from the smallest tribe of Israel, and is not my clan the least of all the clans of the tribe of Benjamin? Why do you say such a thing to me?”

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. 23 Samuel said to the cook, “Bring the piece of meat I gave you, the one I told you to lay aside.”

24 So the cook took up the thigh with what was on it and set it in front of Saul. Samuel said, “Here is what has been kept for you. Eat, because it was set aside for you for this occasion from the time I said, ‘I have invited guests.’” And Saul dined with Samuel that day.

25 After they came down from the high place to the town, Samuel talked with Saul on the roof of his house. 26 They rose about daybreak, and Samuel called to Saul on the roof, “Get ready, and I will send you on your way.” When Saul got ready, he and Samuel went outside together. 27 As they were going down to the edge of the town, Samuel said to Saul, “Tell the servant to go on ahead of us”—and the servant did so—“but you stay here for a while, so that I may give you a message from God.”

Notas al pie

  1. 1 Samuel 9:8 That is, about 1/10 ounce or about 3 grams

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

撒母耳記上 9

掃羅尋驢

1有一個便雅憫人名叫基士,很有威望,是亞斐亞的玄孫、比歌拉的曾孫、洗羅的孫子、亞別的兒子。 他的兒子掃羅年輕英俊,在以色列人中無人能比,高出其他人一個頭。 一天,基士丟失了幾頭驢,他就對兒子掃羅說:「你帶一個僕人去找驢吧。」 他們找遍了以法蓮的山區、沙利沙地區、沙琳地區和便雅憫地區,都找不著。

最後,他們來到蘇弗,掃羅對僕人說:「我們還是回家去吧,恐怕我父親不再為驢擔心,反而為我們擔心。」 但僕人答道:「且慢,這城裡有一位上帝的僕人,很受人敬重,他所說的都會應驗。我們去找他吧,也許他會告訴我們該到哪裡去找驢。」 掃羅答道:「如果去,我們有什麼可以送給他呢?我們袋裡的食物也吃完了,我們還有什麼可以送給上帝的僕人呢?」 僕人說:「我這裡還有三克銀子,我們可以送給上帝的僕人,請他告訴我們去哪裡找驢。」 從前在以色列,如果人們要求問上帝,他們會說:「讓我們去找先見吧。」當時「先知」被稱為「先見」。 10 掃羅說:「好,我們去吧。」於是,他們前往上帝僕人住的城。 11 他們走上山坡,正要進城的時候,遇見一些少女出來打水,就問:「先見在這裡嗎?」 12 她們答道:「他在這裡,就在你們前面。你們快去吧,他今天剛到城裡來,因為今天人們在邱壇獻祭。 13 你們一進城,就會在他上邱壇吃祭物之前遇見他。因為他不來,人們不能吃,他要先為祭物祝謝後,人們才可以吃。你們現在上去吧,一定會遇見他。」 14 他們就趕往城內,剛走進城,就看見撒母耳迎面而來,要上邱壇去。

15 在掃羅來的前一天,耶和華已經啟示撒母耳說: 16 「明天這個時候,我會從便雅憫境內差遣一個人到你這裡,你要膏立他做我以色列子民的首領,他會從非利士人手中把我的子民拯救出來,因為我已聽到我子民的呼求,我要施恩給他們。」

17 撒母耳看見掃羅的時候,耶和華就對他說:「這就是我對你說的那個人,他將統治我的子民。」 18 掃羅來到在城門口的撒母耳面前,問道:「請你告訴我先見住在哪裡?」 19 撒母耳答道:「我就是先見。你先上邱壇去,今天你要和我一起吃飯。明天早上我會送你上路,並把你想知道的事告訴你。 20 不要再掛念三天前丟失的驢了,已經找到了。以色列人所仰慕的人是誰呢?不是你和你父親全家嗎?」 21 掃羅答道:「我來自以色列最小的便雅憫支派,我的家族在便雅憫支派中最小,你何出此言?」

22 撒母耳帶著掃羅和他的僕人來到一個大廳,讓他們在請來的三十位客人中坐上座。 23 撒母耳對廚師說:「把我交給你的那份祭肉拿來。」 24 廚師就拿來那塊腿肉,擺在掃羅面前。撒母耳說:「這是為你留的,請吃吧。這是我在請客人時特意為你留的。」於是,掃羅和撒母耳一起吃飯。 25 他們從邱壇下來,回到城裡後,撒母耳把掃羅帶到屋頂上談話。 26 次日黎明時分,撒母耳呼喚屋頂上的掃羅:「起來吧,我該送你上路了。」於是掃羅起床後,與撒母耳一起往外走。 27 他們來到城邊的時候,撒母耳讓掃羅吩咐僕人先走。僕人離去後,他對掃羅說:「你在這裡留一會兒,我要把上帝的話告訴你。」