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 named Kish, the son of Abiel, the son of Zeror, the son of Becorath, the son of Aphiah, a Benjamite, a man of wealth.
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 named Saul, a specially good-looking young man; there was no one better-looking among the children of Israel: he was taller by a head than any other 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 asses of Saul's father Kish had gone wandering away. And Kish said to his son Saul, Take one of the servants with you, and get up and go in search of the asses.
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
So they went through the hill-country of Ephraim and through the land of Shalishah, but they saw no sign of them: then they went through the land of Shaalim, but they were not there: and they went through the land of the Benjamites, but they did not come across them.
وَلَمَّا دَخَلَا أَرْضَ صُوفٍ قَالَ شَاوُلُ لِغُلَامِهِ ٱلَّذِي مَعَهُ: «تَعَالَ نَرْجِعْ لِئَّلَا يَتْرُكَ أَبِي ٱلْأُتُنَ وَيَهْتَمَّ بِنَا».٥5
And when they had come to the land of Zuph, Saul said to the servant who was with him, Come, let us go back, or my father may give up caring about the asses and be troubled about 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
But the servant said to him, See now, in this town there is a man of God, who is highly honoured, and everything he says comes true: let us go there now; it may be that he will give us directions about our journey.
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 if we go, what are we to take the man? all our bread is gone, and we have no offering to take to the man of God: what are we to do?
فَعَادَ ٱلْغُلَامُ وَأَجَابَ شَاوُلَ وَقَالَ: «هُوَذَا يُوجَدُ بِيَدِي رُبْعُ شَاقِلِ فِضَّةٍ فَأُعْطِيهِ لِرَجُلِ ٱللهِ فَيُخْبِرُنَا عَنْ طَرِيقِنَا».٨8
But the servant said in answer, I have here a fourth part of a shekel of silver: I will give that to the man of God, and he will give us directions about 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 the past in Israel, when a man went to get directions from God, he said, Come let us go to the Seer, for he who now is named Prophet was in those days given the name of Seer.)
فَقَالَ شَاوُلُ لِغُلَامِهِ: «كَلَامُكَ حَسَنٌ. هَلُمَّ نَذْهَبْ». فَذَهَبَا إِلَى ٱلْمَدِينَةِ ٱلَّتِي فِيهَا رَجُلُ ٱللهِ.١٠10
Then Saul said to his servant, You have said well; come, let us go. So they went to the town where the man of God was.
وَفِيمَا هُمَا صَاعِدَانِ فِي مَطْلَعِ ٱلْمَدِينَةِ صَادَفَا فَتَيَاتٍ خَارِجَاتٍ لِٱسْتِقَاءِ ٱلْمَاءِ. فَقَالَا لَهُنَّ: «أَهُنَا ٱلرَّائِي؟»١١11
And when they were on the way up to the town, they saw some young girls going out to get 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
And they said, He is; in fact he is before you: go quickly now, for he has come into the town today, for the people are making an offering in the high place today:
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
When you come into the town you will see him straight away, before he goes up to the high place for the feast: the people are waiting for his blessing before starting the feast, and after that the guests will take part in it. So go up now and you will see him.
فَصَعِدَا إِلَى ٱلْمَدِينَةِ. وَفِيمَا هُمَا آتِيَانِ فِي وَسَطِ ٱلْمَدِينَةِ إِذَا بِصَمُوئِيلَ خَارِجٌ لِلِقَائِهِمَا لِيَصْعَدَ إِلَى ٱلْمُرْتَفَعَةِ.١٤14
So they went up to the town, and when they came inside the town, Samuel came face to face with them on his way to the high place.
وَٱلرَّبُّ كَشَفَ أُذُنَ صَمُوئِيلَ قَبْلَ مَجِيءِ شَاوُلَ بِيَوْمٍ قَائِلًا:١٥15
Now the day before Saul came, the word of God had come to Samuel, 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 from the land of Benjamin, and on him you are to put the holy oil, making him ruler over my people Israel, and he will make my people safe from the hands of the Philistines: for I have seen the sorrow of my people, whose cry has come up to me.
فَلَمَّا رَأَى صَمُوئِيلُ شَاوُلَ أَجَابَهُ ٱلرَّبُّ: «هُوَذَا ٱلرَّجُلُ ٱلَّذِي كَلَّمْتُكَ عَنْهُ. هَذَا يَضْبِطُ شَعْبِي».١٧17
And when Samuel saw Saul, the Lord said to him, This is the man of whom I gave you word! he it is who is to have authority over my people.
فَتَقَدَّمَ شَاوُلُ إِلَى صَمُوئِيلَ فِي وَسَطِ ٱلْبَابِ وَقَالَ: «أَطْلُبُ إِلَيْكَ: أَخْبِرْنِي أَيْنَ بَيْتُ ٱلرَّائِي؟»١٨18
Then Saul came up to Samuel in the doorway of the town and said, Give me directions, if you will be so good, to the house of the seer.
فَأَجَابَ صَمُوئِيلُ شَاوُلَ وَقَالَ: «أَنَا ٱلرَّائِي. اِصْعَدَا أَمَامِي إِلَى ٱلْمُرْتَفَعَةِ فَتَأْكُلَا مَعِيَ ٱلْيَوْمَ، ثُمَّ أُطْلِقَكَ صَبَاحًا وَأُخْبِرَكَ بِكُلِّ مَا فِي قَلْبِكَ.١٩19
Then Samuel said to Saul, I am the seer; go up before me to the high place and take food with me today: and in the morning I will let you go, after opening to you all the secrets of 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 asses which have been wandering for three days, give no thought to them, for they have come back. And for whom are all the desired things in Israel? are they not for you and your father's family?
فَأَجَابَ شَاوُلُ وَقَالَ: «أَمَا أَنَا بَنْيَامِينِيٌّ مِنْ أَصْغَرِ أَسْبَاطِ إِسْرَائِيلَ، وَعَشِيرَتِي أَصْغَرُ كُلِّ عَشَائِرِ أَسْبَاطِ بَنْيَامِينَ؟ فَلِمَاذَا تُكَلِّمُنِي بِمِثْلِ هَذَا ٱلْكَلَامِ؟».٢١21
And Saul said, Am I not a man of Benjamin, the smallest of all the tribes of Israel? and my family the least of the families of Benjamin? why then do you say these words to me?
فَأَخَذَ صَمُوئِيلُ شَاوُلَ وَغُلَامَهُ وَأَدْخَلَهُمَا إِلَى ٱلْمَنْسَكِ وَأَعْطَاهُمَا مَكَانًا فِي رَأْسِ ٱلْمَدْعُوِّينَ، وَهُمْ نَحْوُ ثَلَاثِينَ رَجُلًا.٢٢22
Then Samuel took Saul and his servant into the guest room, and made them take the chief place among all the guests who were there, about thirty persons.
وَقَالَ صَمُوئِيلُ لِلطَّبَّاخِ: «هَاتِ ٱلنَّصِيبَ ٱلَّذِي أَعْطَيْتُكَ إِيَّاهُ، ٱلَّذِي قُلْتُ لَكَ عَنْهُ ضَعْهُ عِنْدَكَ».٢٣23
And Samuel said to the cook, Give me that part which I gave you orders to keep by you.
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
And the cook took up the leg with the fat tail on it, and put it before Saul. And Samuel said, This is the part which has been kept for you: take it as your part of the feast; because it has been kept for you till the right time came and till the guests were present. So that day Saul took food with Samuel.
وَلَمَّا نَزَلُوا مِنَ ٱلْمُرْتَفَعَةِ إِلَى ٱلْمَدِينَةِ تَكَلَّمَ مَعَ شَاوُلَ عَلَى ٱلسَّطْحِ.٢٥25
And when they had come down from the high place into the town, where a bed was made ready for Saul, he went to rest.
وَبَكَّرُوا. وَكَانَ عِنْدَ طُلُوعِ ٱلْفَجْرِ أَنَّ صَمُوئِيلَ دَعَا شَاوُلَ عَنِ ٱلسَّطْحِ قَائِلًا: «قُمْ فَأَصْرِفَكَ». فَقَامَ شَاوُلُ وَخَرَجَا كِلَاهُمَا، هُوَ وَصَمُوئِيلُ إِلَى خَارِجٍ.٢٦26
And about dawn Samuel said to Saul on the roof, Get up so that I may send you away. So Saul got up, and he and Samuel went out together.
وَفِيمَا هُمَا نَازِلَانِ بِطَرَفِ ٱلْمَدِينَةِ قَالَ صَمُوئِيلُ لِشَاوُلَ: «قُلْ لِلْغُلَامِ أَنْ يَعْبُرَ قُدَّامَنَا». فَعَبَرَ. «وَأَمَّا أَنْتَ فَقِفِ ٱلْآنَ فَأُسْمِعَكَ كَلَامَ ٱللهِ».٢٧27
And on their way down to the end of the town, Samuel said to Saul, Give your servant orders to go on in front of us, (so he went on, ) but you keep here, so that I may give you the word of God.