10:1 Then Samuel took a vial of a oil, and poured [it] upon his head, and kissed him, and said, [Is it] not because the LORD hath anointed thee [to be] captain over his inheritance?
(a) In the Law this anointing signified the gifts
of the Holy Spirit, which were necessary for those who would rule.
10:2 When thou art departed from me to day, then
thou shalt find two men by Rachel's sepulchre in the border of Benjamin at
Zelzah; and they will say unto thee, The b
asses which thou wentest to seek are found: and, lo, thy father hath left the
care of the asses, and sorroweth for you, saying, What shall I do for my son?
(b) Samuel confirms him by these signs, that God
has appointed him king.
After that thou shalt come to the c hill
of God, where [is] the garrison of the Philistines: and it shall come to pass,
when thou art come thither to the city, that thou shalt meet a company of
prophets coming down from the high place with a psaltery, and a tabret, and a
pipe, and a harp, before them; and they shall prophesy:
(c) Which was a high place in the city
Kirjath-jearim, where the ark was, (1 Samuel
And it was [so], that when he had turned his back to go from Samuel, God gave
him another d heart: and all those signs
came to pass that day.
(d) He gave him such virtues as were fitting for
And one of the same place answered and said, But who [is] their e
father? Therefore it became a proverb, [Is] Saul also among the f
(e) Meaning, that prophecy comes not by
succession, but is given to whom it pleases God.
(f) Noting by it him that from low degree comes
suddenly to honour.
And Samuel g called the people together
unto the LORD to Mizpeh;
(g) Both to declare to them their fault in asking
a king, and also to show God's sentence in it.
And when Samuel had caused all the tribes of Israel to come near, the tribe of
Benjamin was h taken.
(h) That is, by casting of lot.
they enquired of the LORD further, if the man should yet come thither. And the
LORD answered, Behold, he i hath hid
himself among the stuff.
(i) As though he were unworthy and unwilling.
Then Samuel told the people k the manner
of the kingdom, and wrote [it] in a book, and laid [it] up before the LORD. And
Samuel sent all the people away, every man to his house.
(k) As it is written in (Deuteronomy
10:27 But the children
of Belial said, How shall this man save us? And they despised him, and brought
him no presents. But he l held his
(l) Both to avoid disputing and also to win them