وَكَانَ رَجُلٌ مِنْ بَنْيَامِينَ ٱسْمُهُ قَيْسُ بْنُ أَبِيئِيلَ بْنِ صَرُورَ بْنِ بَكُورَةَ بْنِ أَفِيحَ، ٱبْنُ رَجُلٍ بَنْيَامِينِيٍّ جَبَّارَ بَأْسٍ.١1
Now there was a man of Benjamin, whose name was Kish, the son of Abiel, the son of Zeror, the son of Becorath, the son of Aphiah, the son of a Benjamite, a mighty man of valor.
وَكَانَ لَهُ ٱبْنٌ ٱسْمُهُ شَاوُلُ، شَابٌّ وَحَسَنٌ، وَلَمْ يَكُنْ رَجُلٌ فِي بَنِي إِسْرَائِيلَ أَحْسَنَ مِنْهُ. مِنْ كَتِفِهِ فَمَا فَوْقُ كَانَ أَطْوَلَ مِنْ كُلِّ ٱلشَّعْبِ.٢2
He had a son, whose name was Saul, an impressive young man; and there was not among the children of Israel a better person than he. From his shoulders and upward he was higher than any of the people.
فَضَلَّتْ أُتُنُ قَيْسَ أَبِي شَاوُلَ. فَقَالَ قَيْسُ لِشَاوُلَ ٱبْنِهِ: «خُذْ مَعَكَ وَاحِدًا مِنَ ٱلْغِلْمَانِ وَقُمِ ٱذْهَبْ فَتِّشْ عَلَى ٱلْأُتُنِ».٣3
Now the donkeys of Kish, Saul's father, were lost. And Kish said to Saul his son, "Take now one of the servants with you, and arise, go and look for the donkeys." So Saul got up and took one of the servants of his father with him and went to look for the donkeys of his father Kish.
فَعَبَرَ فِي جَبَلِ أَفْرَايِمَ، ثُمَّ عَبَرَ فِي أَرْضِ شَلِيشَةَ فَلَمْ يَجِدْهَا. ثُمَّ عَبَرَا فِي أَرْضِ شَعَلِيمَ فَلَمْ تُوجَدْ. ثُمَّ عَبَرَا فِي أَرْضِ بَنْيَامِينَ فَلَمْ يَجِدَاهَا.٤4
He passed through the hill country of Ephraim and passed through the land of Shalishah, but they did not find them. Then they passed through the land of Shaalim, but they weren't there. Then he passed through the land of the Jaminites, but they did not find them.
وَلَمَّا دَخَلَا أَرْضَ صُوفٍ قَالَ شَاوُلُ لِغُلَامِهِ ٱلَّذِي مَعَهُ: «تَعَالَ نَرْجِعْ لِئَّلَا يَتْرُكَ أَبِي ٱلْأُتُنَ وَيَهْتَمَّ بِنَا».٥5
When they had come to the land of Zuph, Saul said to his servant who was with him, "Come, and let us return, lest my father stop caring about the donkeys, and be anxious for us."
فَقَالَ لَهُ: «هُوَذَا رَجُلُ ٱللهِ فِي هَذِهِ ٱلْمَدِينَةِ، وَٱلرَّجُلُ مُكَرَّمٌ، كُلُّ مَا يَقُولُهُ يَصِيرُ. لِنَذْهَبِ ٱلْآنَ إِلَى هُنَاكَ لَعَلَّهُ يُخْبِرُنَا عَنْ طَرِيقِنَا ٱلَّتِي نَسْلُكُ فِيهَا».٦6
He said to him, "See now, there is in this city a man of God, and he is a man who is held in honor. All that he says surely comes to pass. Now let us go there. Perhaps he can tell us concerning our journey on which we have set out."
فَقَالَ شَاوُلُ لِلْغُلَامِ: «هُوَذَا نَذْهَبُ، فَمَاذَا نُقَدِّمُ لِلرَّجُلِ؟ لِأَنَّ ٱلْخُبْزَ قَدْ نَفَدَ مِنْ أَوْعِيَتِنَا وَلَيْسَ مِنْ هَدِيَّةٍ نُقَدِّمُهَا لِرَجُلِ ٱللهِ. مَاذَا مَعَنَا؟»٧7
Then Saul said to his servant, "But look, if we go, what shall we bring the man? For the bread is gone in our vessels, and there is no gift to bring to the man of God. What do we have?"
فَعَادَ ٱلْغُلَامُ وَأَجَابَ شَاوُلَ وَقَالَ: «هُوَذَا يُوجَدُ بِيَدِي رُبْعُ شَاقِلِ فِضَّةٍ فَأُعْطِيهِ لِرَجُلِ ٱللهِ فَيُخْبِرُنَا عَنْ طَرِيقِنَا».٨8
The servant answered Saul again, and said, "Look, I have in my hand the fourth part of a shekel of silver. I will give that to the man of God, to tell us our way."
سَابِقًا فِي إِسْرَائِيلَ هَكَذَا كَانَ يَقُولُ ٱلرَّجُلُ عِنْدَ ذَهَابِهِ لِيَسْأَلَ ٱللهَ: «هَلُمَّ نَذْهَبْ إِلَى ٱلرَّائِي». لِأَنَّ ٱلنَّبِيَّ ٱلْيَوْمَ كَانَ يُدْعَى سَابِقًا ٱلرَّائِيَ.٩9
(In earlier times in Israel, when a man went to inquire of God, he would say, "Come, and let us go to the seer"; for he who is now called a prophet was formerly called a seer.)
فَقَالَ شَاوُلُ لِغُلَامِهِ: «كَلَامُكَ حَسَنٌ. هَلُمَّ نَذْهَبْ». فَذَهَبَا إِلَى ٱلْمَدِينَةِ ٱلَّتِي فِيهَا رَجُلُ ٱللهِ.١٠10
Then Saul said to his servant, "Well said. Come, let us go." So they went to the city where the man of God was.
وَفِيمَا هُمَا صَاعِدَانِ فِي مَطْلَعِ ٱلْمَدِينَةِ صَادَفَا فَتَيَاتٍ خَارِجَاتٍ لِٱسْتِقَاءِ ٱلْمَاءِ. فَقَالَا لَهُنَّ: «أَهُنَا ٱلرَّائِي؟»١١11
As they went up the ascent to the city, they found young maidens going out to draw water, and said to them, "Is the seer here?"
فَأَجَبْنَهُمَا وَقُلْنَ: «نَعَمْ. هُوَذَا هُوَ أَمَامَكُمَا. أَسْرِعَا ٱلْآنَ، لِأَنَّهُ جَاءَ ٱلْيَوْمَ إِلَى ٱلْمَدِينَةِ لِأَنَّهُ ٱلْيَوْمَ ذَبِيحَةٌ لِلشَّعْبِ عَلَى ٱلْمُرْتَفَعَةِ.١٢12
They answered them, and said, "He is. Look, he is ahead of you. Hurry now, for he has come today into the city; for the people have a sacrifice today in the high place.
عِنْدَ دُخُولِكُمَا ٱلْمَدِينَةَ لِلْوَقْتِ تَجِدَانِهِ قَبْلَ صُعُودِهِ إِلَى ٱلْمُرْتَفَعَةِ لِيَأْكُلَ، لِأَنَّ ٱلشَّعْبَ لَا يَأْكُلُ حَتَّى يَأْتِيَ لِأَنَّهُ يُبَارِكُ ٱلذَّبِيحَةَ. بَعْدَ ذَلِكَ يَأْكُلُ ٱلْمَدْعُوُّونَ. فَٱلْآنَ ٱصْعَدَا لِأَنَّكُمَا فِي مِثْلِ ٱلْيَوْمِ تَجِدَانِهِ».١٣13
As soon as you have come into the city, you shall immediately find him, before he goes up to the high place to eat; for the people will not eat until he comes, because he blesses the sacrifice; afterward those who are invited eat. Now therefore go up; for at this time you shall find him."
فَصَعِدَا إِلَى ٱلْمَدِينَةِ. وَفِيمَا هُمَا آتِيَانِ فِي وَسَطِ ٱلْمَدِينَةِ إِذَا بِصَمُوئِيلَ خَارِجٌ لِلِقَائِهِمَا لِيَصْعَدَ إِلَى ٱلْمُرْتَفَعَةِ.١٤14
They went up to the city. As they came within the city, look, Samuel came out toward them, to go up to the high place.
وَٱلرَّبُّ كَشَفَ أُذُنَ صَمُوئِيلَ قَبْلَ مَجِيءِ شَاوُلَ بِيَوْمٍ قَائِلًا:١٥15
Now the LORD had revealed to Samuel a day before Saul came, saying,
«غَدًا فِي مِثْلِ ٱلْآنَ أُرْسِلُ إِلَيْكَ رَجُلًا مِنْ أَرْضِ بَنْيَامِينَ، فَٱمْسَحْهُ رَئِيسًا لِشَعْبِي إِسْرَائِيلَ، فَيُخَلِّصَ شَعْبِي مِنْ يَدِ ٱلْفِلِسْطِينِيِّينَ، لِأَنِّي نَظَرْتُ إِلَى شَعْبِي لِأَنَّ صُرَاخَهُمْ قَدْ جَاءَ إِلَيَّ».١٦16
"Tomorrow about this time I will send you a man out of the land of Benjamin, and you shall anoint him to be prince over my people Israel; and he shall save my people out of the hand of the Philistines; for I have seen the suffering of my people, because their cry has come to me."
فَلَمَّا رَأَى صَمُوئِيلُ شَاوُلَ أَجَابَهُ ٱلرَّبُّ: «هُوَذَا ٱلرَّجُلُ ٱلَّذِي كَلَّمْتُكَ عَنْهُ. هَذَا يَضْبِطُ شَعْبِي».١٧17
When Samuel saw Saul, the LORD said to him, "Look, the man of whom I spoke to you. This one shall have authority over my people."
فَتَقَدَّمَ شَاوُلُ إِلَى صَمُوئِيلَ فِي وَسَطِ ٱلْبَابِ وَقَالَ: «أَطْلُبُ إِلَيْكَ: أَخْبِرْنِي أَيْنَ بَيْتُ ٱلرَّائِي؟»١٨18
Then Saul drew near to Samuel in the gate, and said, "Please tell me where the seer's house is."
فَأَجَابَ صَمُوئِيلُ شَاوُلَ وَقَالَ: «أَنَا ٱلرَّائِي. اِصْعَدَا أَمَامِي إِلَى ٱلْمُرْتَفَعَةِ فَتَأْكُلَا مَعِيَ ٱلْيَوْمَ، ثُمَّ أُطْلِقَكَ صَبَاحًا وَأُخْبِرَكَ بِكُلِّ مَا فِي قَلْبِكَ.١٩19
And Samuel answered Saul, and said, "I am he. Go up before me to the high place, for you will eat with me today. In the morning I will let you go, and will tell you all that is in your heart.
وَأَمَّا ٱلْأُتُنُ ٱلضَّالَّةُ لَكَ مُنْذُ ثَلَاثَةِ أَيَّامٍ فَلَا تَضَعْ قَلْبَكَ عَلَيْهَا لِأَنَّهَا قَدْ وُجِدَتْ. وَلِمَنْ كُلُّ شَهِيِّ إِسْرَائِيلَ؟ أَلَيْسَ لَكَ وَلِكُلِّ بَيْتِ أَبِيكَ؟»٢٠20
As for your donkeys who were lost three days ago, do not set your mind on them; for they have been found. And for whom does all Israel desire? Is it not for you, and for all your father's house?"
فَأَجَابَ شَاوُلُ وَقَالَ: «أَمَا أَنَا بَنْيَامِينِيٌّ مِنْ أَصْغَرِ أَسْبَاطِ إِسْرَائِيلَ، وَعَشِيرَتِي أَصْغَرُ كُلِّ عَشَائِرِ أَسْبَاطِ بَنْيَامِينَ؟ فَلِمَاذَا تُكَلِّمُنِي بِمِثْلِ هَذَا ٱلْكَلَامِ؟».٢١21
Saul answered, "Am I not a Benjamite, of the smallest of the tribes of Israel? And my family the least of all the families of the tribe of Benjamin? Why then do you speak to me like this?"
فَأَخَذَ صَمُوئِيلُ شَاوُلَ وَغُلَامَهُ وَأَدْخَلَهُمَا إِلَى ٱلْمَنْسَكِ وَأَعْطَاهُمَا مَكَانًا فِي رَأْسِ ٱلْمَدْعُوِّينَ، وَهُمْ نَحْوُ ثَلَاثِينَ رَجُلًا.٢٢22
Samuel took Saul and his servant, and brought them into the guest room, and made them sit in the best place among those who were invited, who were about thirty persons.
وَقَالَ صَمُوئِيلُ لِلطَّبَّاخِ: «هَاتِ ٱلنَّصِيبَ ٱلَّذِي أَعْطَيْتُكَ إِيَّاهُ، ٱلَّذِي قُلْتُ لَكَ عَنْهُ ضَعْهُ عِنْدَكَ».٢٣23
And Samuel said to the cook, "Bring the portion which I gave you, of which I told you to set aside."
فَرَفَعَ ٱلطَّبَّاخُ ٱلسَّاقَ مَعَ مَا عَلَيْهَا وَجَعَلَهَا أَمَامَ شَاوُلَ. فَقَالَ: «هُوَذَا مَا أُبْقِيَ. ضَعْهُ أَمَامَكَ وَكُلْ. لِأَنَّهُ إِلَى هَذَا ٱلْمِيعَادِ مَحْفُوظٌ لَكَ مِنْ حِينٍ قُلْتُ دَعَوْتُ ٱلشَّعْبَ». فَأَكَلَ شَاوُلُ مَعَ صَمُوئِيلَ فِي ذَلِكَ ٱلْيَوْمِ.٢٤24
The cook took up the thigh, and that which was on it, and set it before Saul. And he said, "Look, that which has been reserved. Set it before yourself and eat; because for the appointed time has it been kept for you, for I said, 'I have invited the people.'" So Saul ate with Samuel that day.
وَلَمَّا نَزَلُوا مِنَ ٱلْمُرْتَفَعَةِ إِلَى ٱلْمَدِينَةِ تَكَلَّمَ مَعَ شَاوُلَ عَلَى ٱلسَّطْحِ.٢٥25
When they had come down from the high place into the city, they prepared a bed for Saul on the roof,
وَبَكَّرُوا. وَكَانَ عِنْدَ طُلُوعِ ٱلْفَجْرِ أَنَّ صَمُوئِيلَ دَعَا شَاوُلَ عَنِ ٱلسَّطْحِ قَائِلًا: «قُمْ فَأَصْرِفَكَ». فَقَامَ شَاوُلُ وَخَرَجَا كِلَاهُمَا، هُوَ وَصَمُوئِيلُ إِلَى خَارِجٍ.٢٦26
and he slept. And it happened about daybreak that Samuel called to Saul on the roof, saying, "Get up, that I may send you away." So Saul arose, and they went out, both of them, he and Samuel, outside.
وَفِيمَا هُمَا نَازِلَانِ بِطَرَفِ ٱلْمَدِينَةِ قَالَ صَمُوئِيلُ لِشَاوُلَ: «قُلْ لِلْغُلَامِ أَنْ يَعْبُرَ قُدَّامَنَا». فَعَبَرَ. «وَأَمَّا أَنْتَ فَقِفِ ٱلْآنَ فَأُسْمِعَكَ كَلَامَ ٱللهِ».٢٧27
As they were going down at the edge of the city, Samuel said to Saul, "Tell the servant that he should pass on before us and cross over. But you remain here awhile, that I may make known to you the word of God."