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1 Samuel 9

Saul procura Samuel

11/2 Cis era um homem rico e influente da tribo de Benjamim. Era filho de Abiel, neto de Zeror e bisneto de Becorate e ainda trineto de Afias. Tinha um filho, Saul, que era o moço mais bem parecido que havia em Israel. Em altura, ultrapassava acima dos ombros fosse quem fosse de entre os seus concidadãos.

3/5 Um dia aconteceu que os jumentos de Cis se extraviaram; então mandou Saul com um criado à procura deles. Percorreram toda a zona das colinas de Efraim, mais a terra de Salisa, e ainda a área de Saalim, assim como todo o território de Benjamim, mas não os encontraram. Finalmente, depois de os terem procurado na terra de Zufe, Saul disse para o criado: “Vamos embora; a esta hora meu pai deve estar mais preocupado connosco do que com os jumentos!”

Mas o moço respondeu-lhe: “Eu pensei numa coisa! Há um profeta que vive aqui nesta terra; é tido em grande consideração por todo o povo, porque tudo quanto diz é verdade; vamos ter com ele, talvez possa indicar-nos alguma pista para encontrarmos os animais.”

“Mas é que não temos aqui nada com que lhe pagar”, replicou Saul. “Até a comida que trazíamos se acabou já; não temos mais nada.”

“Bom, eu tenho aqui uma moeda de prata; podemos ao menos oferecer-lhe isto, e logo se vê o que acontece.”

9/11 “Está bem”, concordou Saul, “vamos tentar.” E dirigiram-se para a povoação onde vivia o profeta. Enquanto subiam a encosta em direcção à localidade, viram umas raparigas que saíam da povoação à procura de água, e perguntaram-lhe se o vidente estava na cidade. (Naqueles dias os profetas eram chamados videntes. As pessoas diziam que iam consultar o vidente, e não consultar o profeta, como dizemos hoje.)

12/13 “Sim”, responderam elas, “vão sempre por esse caminho, porque vai direito à casa dele. Ele mora mesmo da parte de dentro da entrada da povoação. Acabou agora mesmo de chegar de fora e tem de estar presente num sacrifício público, no alto da colina. Por isso despachem-se porque deve estar mesmo a sair de casa; os convidados habitualmente não começam a comer sem que ele chegue e abençoe os alimentos.”

14 Entraram na cidade e, ao passarem a entrada, viram precisamente Samuel que saía para ir ao alto da colina. 15 Samuel aliás estava prevenido. O Senhor tinha dito no dia anterior: 16 “Amanhã, por esta altura, vou-te mandar um homem da terra de Benjamim. Deverás ungi-lo como chefe do meu povo. Ele livrá-lo-á dos filisteus. Olhei para o meu povo com misericórdia, e ouvi o seu choro.”

17 Quando Samuel viu Saul, o Senhor disse-lhe: “É este o homem de quem te falei! Ele regerá o meu povo.”

18 Nesse preciso momento Saul aproximou-se de Samuel e perguntou-lhe: “Diz-me por favor onde é a casa do vidente.”

19/20 “Sou eu o vidente”, replicou Samuel. “Sobe a colina à minha frente e comeremos juntos; amanhã dir-te-ei o que pretendes saber e poderás ir-te embora. Entretanto não te preocupes mais com os jumentos que se perderam há já três dias, porque já foram achados. De qualquer maneira, és tu que tens na mão os destinos de Israel, a partir de agora!”

21 “Perdão, senhor”, replicou Saul. “Eu sou da tribo de Benjamim, a mais pequena de Israel, e a minha família é a menos importante de todas as tribos. Deves ter-te enganado!”

22 Contudo Samuel levou Saul e o moço para a sala do banquete e fê-los sentarem-se à cabeceira da mesa, dando-lhe um lugar de honra acima dos outros trinta convidados especiais. 23 Samuel entretanto tinha já dado ordens ao cozinheiro para reservar o melhor pedaço da carne, destinada ao convidado de honra. 24 O cozinheiro trouxe-a então e pô-la diante de Saul. “Vá, come”, disse-lhe Samuel, “foi para ti que a mandei reservar, mesmo antes de ter convidado estes outros.” Saul comeu na companhia de Samuel.

25 Depois daquela celebração, quando regressavam à cidade, Samuel trouxe Saul para o terraço sobre a casa e esteve ali a conversar com ele. 26 Ao romper do dia seguinte, chamou-o: “Levanta-te; tens de te pôr já a caminho.” Saul levantou-se e preparou-se, e Samuel acompanhou-o até à saída da cidade. 27 Quando chegaram às muralhas disse a Saul que mandasse o criado à frente, e dirigiu-se-lhe nestes termos: “Recebi da parte do Senhor uma mensagem especial para ti.”

New International Reader's Version

1 Samuel 9

Samuel Anoints Saul to Be Israel’s King

1There was a man named Kish from the tribe of Benjamin. Kish was a very important person. He was the son of Abiel, the son of Zeror. Zeror was the son of Bekorath, the son of Aphiah from the tribe of Benjamin. Kish had a son named Saul. Saul was a handsome young man. He was more handsome than anyone in Israel. And he was a head taller than anyone else.

The donkeys that belonged to Saul’s father Kish were lost. So Kish spoke to his son Saul. He said, “Go and look for the donkeys. Take one of the servants with you.” Saul and his servant went through the hill country of Ephraim. They also went through the area around Shalisha. But they didn’t find the donkeys. So they went on into the area of Shaalim. But the donkeys weren’t there either. Then Saul went through the territory of Benjamin. But they still didn’t find the donkeys.

When Saul and the servant with him reached the area of Zuph, Saul spoke to the servant. He said, “Come on. Let’s go back. If we don’t, my father will stop thinking about the donkeys. Instead, he’ll start worrying about us.”

But the servant replied, “There’s a man of God here in Ramah. People have a lot of respect for him. Everything he says comes true. So let’s go and see him now. Perhaps he’ll tell us which way to go.”

Saul said to his servant, “If we go to see the man, what can we give him? There isn’t any food in our sacks. We don’t have a gift for the man of God. So what can we give him?”

The servant answered Saul again. “Look,” he said. “I’ve got a tenth of an ounce of silver. I’ll give it to the man of God. Then maybe he’ll tell us which way to go.” In Israel, prophets used to be called seers. So if someone wanted to ask God for advice, they would say, “Come on. Let’s go to the seer.”

10 Saul said to his servant, “That’s a good idea. Come on. Let’s go and ask the seer.” So they started out for the town where the man of God lived.

11 They were going up the hill toward the town. Along the way they met some young women who were coming out to get water from the well. Saul and his servant asked them, “Is the seer here?”

12 “Yes, he is,” they answered. “In fact, he’s just up ahead of you. So hurry along. He has just come to our town today. The people are going to offer a sacrifice at the high place where they worship. 13 As soon as you enter the town, you will find him. He’ll be there until he goes up to the high place to eat. The people won’t start eating until he gets there. He must bless the sacrifice first. After that, those who are invited will eat. So go on up. You should find him there just about now.”

14 They went up to the town. As they were entering it, they saw Samuel. He was coming toward them. He was on his way up to the high place.

15 The Lord had spoken to Samuel the day before Saul came. He had said, 16 “About this time tomorrow I will send you a man. He is from the land of Benjamin. Anoint him to be the king of my people Israel. He will save them from the power of the Philistines. I have seen how much my people are suffering. Their cry for help has reached me.”

17 When Samuel saw a man coming toward him, the Lord spoke to Samuel again. He said, “He is the man I told you about. His name is Saul. He will govern my people.”

18 Saul approached Samuel at the gate of the town. He asked Samuel, “Can you please show me the seer’s house?”

19 “I’m the seer,” Samuel replied. “Go on up to the high place ahead of me. I want you and your servant to eat with me today. Tomorrow morning I’ll tell you what’s on your mind. Then I’ll send you on your way. 20 Don’t worry about the donkeys you lost three days ago. They’ve already been found. But who do all the Israelites want? You and your father’s whole family!”

21 Saul answered, “But I’m from the tribe of Benjamin. It’s the smallest tribe in Israel. And my family group is the least important in the whole tribe of Benjamin. So why are you saying that to me?”

22 Then Samuel brought Saul and his servant into the room where they would be eating. He seated them at the head table. About 30 people had been invited. 23 Samuel said to the cook, “Bring the piece of meat I gave you. It’s the one I told you to put to one side.”

24 So the cook went and got a choice piece of thigh. He set it in front of Saul. Samuel said, “Here is what has been kept for you. Eat it. It was put to one side for you for this special occasion. We’ve saved it for you ever since I invited the guests.” And Saul ate with Samuel that day.

25 They came down from the high place to the town. After that, Samuel talked with Saul on the roof of Samuel’s house. 26 The next day they got up at about the time the sun was rising. Samuel called out to Saul on the roof. He said, “Get ready. Then I’ll send you on your way.” So Saul got ready. And he and Samuel went outside together. 27 As they were on their way down to the edge of town, Samuel spoke to Saul. He said, “Tell the servant to go ahead of us.” So the servant went on ahead. Then Samuel continued, “Stay here for a while. I’ll give you a message from God.”