وَكَانَ رَجُلٌ مِنْ بَنْيَامِينَ ٱسْمُهُ قَيْسُ بْنُ أَبِيئِيلَ بْنِ صَرُورَ بْنِ بَكُورَةَ بْنِ أَفِيحَ، ٱبْنُ رَجُلٍ بَنْيَامِينِيٍّ جَبَّارَ بَأْسٍ.١1
There was a rich and influential man whose name was Kish. He belonged to the tribe descended from Benjamin. Kish was the son of Abiel and the grandson of Zeror. He was from the family of Becorath and from the clan of Aphiah.
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
Kish had a son whose name was Saul. He was more handsome than any of the other Israeli men, and he was a head/foot taller than any of the other Israeli men.
فَضَلَّتْ أُتُنُ قَيْسَ أَبِي شَاوُلَ. فَقَالَ قَيْسُ لِشَاوُلَ ٱبْنِهِ: «خُذْ مَعَكَ وَاحِدًا مِنَ ٱلْغِلْمَانِ وَقُمِ ٱذْهَبْ فَتِّشْ عَلَى ٱلْأُتُنِ».٣3
One day, some of Kish's female donkeys wandered off. So Kish told Saul, “Take one of my servants with you, and go and search for the donkeys!”
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 Saul did that. He took a servant, and they walked through the hilly area where the descendants of Ephraim lived, and then they went through the areas named Shalishah and Shaalim, and then they went through all the area where the descendants of Benjamin lived, but they could not find the donkeys.
وَلَمَّا دَخَلَا أَرْضَ صُوفٍ قَالَ شَاوُلُ لِغُلَامِهِ ٱلَّذِي مَعَهُ: «تَعَالَ نَرْجِعْ لِئَّلَا يَتْرُكَ أَبِي ٱلْأُتُنَ وَيَهْتَمَّ بِنَا».٥5
Finally, they came to the area of Zuph. Then Saul said to the servant, “Let's go back home. If we do not do that, my father will stop worrying about the donkeys and start worrying 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, “I have another idea [IDM]. There is one of God's prophets who lives in this town. People respect him very much, because everything he predicts comes true. Let's go [talk] to him. Perhaps he can tell us where we can go [to find the donkeys].”
فَقَالَ شَاوُلُ لِلْغُلَامِ: «هُوَذَا نَذْهَبُ، فَمَاذَا نُقَدِّمُ لِلرَّجُلِ؟ لِأَنَّ ٱلْخُبْزَ قَدْ نَفَدَ مِنْ أَوْعِيَتِنَا وَلَيْسَ مِنْ هَدِيَّةٍ نُقَدِّمُهَا لِرَجُلِ ٱللهِ. مَاذَا مَعَنَا؟»٧7
Saul replied to the servant, “If we go talk with him, [we should give a gift to him], but what can we give to him? We have no more food in our sacks. Do we have anything else to give to him?”
فَعَادَ ٱلْغُلَامُ وَأَجَابَ شَاوُلَ وَقَالَ: «هُوَذَا يُوجَدُ بِيَدِي رُبْعُ شَاقِلِ فِضَّةٍ فَأُعْطِيهِ لِرَجُلِ ٱللهِ فَيُخْبِرُنَا عَنْ طَرِيقِنَا».٨8
The servant replied, “Look [at this]! I have a small silver coin. I can give this to him, and then he will tell us where to go [to find the donkeys].”
سَابِقًا فِي إِسْرَائِيلَ هَكَذَا كَانَ يَقُولُ ٱلرَّجُلُ عِنْدَ ذَهَابِهِ لِيَسْأَلَ ٱللهَ: «هَلُمَّ نَذْهَبْ إِلَى ٱلرَّائِي». لِأَنَّ ٱلنَّبِيَّ ٱلْيَوْمَ كَانَ يُدْعَى سَابِقًا ٱلرَّائِيَ.٩9
Saul said, “Okay, let's go [talk to him.”] So they went to the town where the prophet lived. As they were going up the hill into the town, they met some young women who were coming out of the town to get some water [from a well]. One of them asked the women, “Is the seer in the town [today]?” [They said that because] previously, if people [in Israel] wanted a message from God, they would say, “Let's go to the seer,” and people who now are called prophets were at that time called ‘those who see [(visions from God/all that God sees)]. ‘
فَقَالَ شَاوُلُ لِغُلَامِهِ: «كَلَامُكَ حَسَنٌ. هَلُمَّ نَذْهَبْ». فَذَهَبَا إِلَى ٱلْمَدِينَةِ ٱلَّتِي فِيهَا رَجُلُ ٱللهِ.١٠10
وَفِيمَا هُمَا صَاعِدَانِ فِي مَطْلَعِ ٱلْمَدِينَةِ صَادَفَا فَتَيَاتٍ خَارِجَاتٍ لِٱسْتِقَاءِ ٱلْمَاءِ. فَقَالَا لَهُنَّ: «أَهُنَا ٱلرَّائِي؟»١١11
فَأَجَبْنَهُمَا وَقُلْنَ: «نَعَمْ. هُوَذَا هُوَ أَمَامَكُمَا. أَسْرِعَا ٱلْآنَ، لِأَنَّهُ جَاءَ ٱلْيَوْمَ إِلَى ٱلْمَدِينَةِ لِأَنَّهُ ٱلْيَوْمَ ذَبِيحَةٌ لِلشَّعْبِ عَلَى ٱلْمُرْتَفَعَةِ.١٢12
The women replied, “Yes, he is in the town. In fact, he is [walking on the road] ahead of you. He has just arrived in the town, because the people are going to offer a sacrifice on the altar where the people gather [to worship God].
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
If you go quickly, you will [have time to talk to him] before he goes there. The people who have been invited will not start eating until he arrives there and (blesses/asks God to bless) the sacrifice.”
فَصَعِدَا إِلَى ٱلْمَدِينَةِ. وَفِيمَا هُمَا آتِيَانِ فِي وَسَطِ ٱلْمَدِينَةِ إِذَا بِصَمُوئِيلَ خَارِجٌ لِلِقَائِهِمَا لِيَصْعَدَ إِلَى ٱلْمُرْتَفَعَةِ.١٤14
So Saul and the servant entered the town. As they went through the gates, they saw Samuel as he was coming toward them, on the way to where people were going to offer sacrifices.
وَٱلرَّبُّ كَشَفَ أُذُنَ صَمُوئِيلَ قَبْلَ مَجِيءِ شَاوُلَ بِيَوْمٍ قَائِلًا:١٥15
On the previous day, Yahweh had told Samuel,
«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
“At this time tomorrow, I will send to you a man from the land where the descendants of Benjamin live. Pour olive oil [on his head to indicate that he will] be the leader of my Israeli people. I have seen that my people are suffering [because the Philistine people are oppressing them], and I have heard my people as they have called out to me [for help]. The man whom you anoint will rescue my people from the [MTY] Philistine people.”
فَلَمَّا رَأَى صَمُوئِيلُ شَاوُلَ أَجَابَهُ ٱلرَّبُّ: «هُوَذَا ٱلرَّجُلُ ٱلَّذِي كَلَّمْتُكَ عَنْهُ. هَذَا يَضْبِطُ شَعْبِي».١٧17
When Samuel saw Saul, Yahweh said to him, “This is the man I told you about yesterday! He is the one who will rule my people!”
فَتَقَدَّمَ شَاوُلُ إِلَى صَمُوئِيلَ فِي وَسَطِ ٱلْبَابِ وَقَالَ: «أَطْلُبُ إِلَيْكَ: أَخْبِرْنِي أَيْنَ بَيْتُ ٱلرَّائِي؟»١٨18
Saul saw Samuel as he was sitting at the town gateway [but he did not know that it was Samuel]. He went over to him and asked him, “Can you tell me, where is the house of the man who sees [(visions from God/all that God sees)]?”
فَأَجَابَ صَمُوئِيلُ شَاوُلَ وَقَالَ: «أَنَا ٱلرَّائِي. اِصْعَدَا أَمَامِي إِلَى ٱلْمُرْتَفَعَةِ فَتَأْكُلَا مَعِيَ ٱلْيَوْمَ، ثُمَّ أُطْلِقَكَ صَبَاحًا وَأُخْبِرَكَ بِكُلِّ مَا فِي قَلْبِكَ.١٩19
Samuel replied, “I am that man. Go ahead of me with your servant to the place where the people make sacrifices. Both of you will eat with me today. Tomorrow morning I will tell you what you are wanting to know, and then I will send you home.
وَأَمَّا ٱلْأُتُنُ ٱلضَّالَّةُ لَكَ مُنْذُ ثَلَاثَةِ أَيَّامٍ فَلَا تَضَعْ قَلْبَكَ عَلَيْهَا لِأَنَّهَا قَدْ وُجِدَتْ. وَلِمَنْ كُلُّ شَهِيِّ إِسْرَائِيلَ؟ أَلَيْسَ لَكَ وَلِكُلِّ بَيْتِ أَبِيكَ؟»٢٠20
Also, do not worry anymore about those donkeys that wandered away three days ago. (Someone has found them/They have been found). But [what you need to know is that] it is you and your family that all the Israeli people are wanting!” [RHQ]
فَأَجَابَ شَاوُلُ وَقَالَ: «أَمَا أَنَا بَنْيَامِينِيٌّ مِنْ أَصْغَرِ أَسْبَاطِ إِسْرَائِيلَ، وَعَشِيرَتِي أَصْغَرُ كُلِّ عَشَائِرِ أَسْبَاطِ بَنْيَامِينَ؟ فَلِمَاذَا تُكَلِّمُنِي بِمِثْلِ هَذَا ٱلْكَلَامِ؟».٢١21
Saul replied, “I am from the tribe of Benjamin [RHQ]. That is the smallest tribe in Israel [RHQ]! And my family is the least important family in our tribe! So why are you talking to me like this, [about the Israeli people wanting me and my family]?”
فَأَخَذَ صَمُوئِيلُ شَاوُلَ وَغُلَامَهُ وَأَدْخَلَهُمَا إِلَى ٱلْمَنْسَكِ وَأَعْطَاهُمَا مَكَانًا فِي رَأْسِ ٱلْمَدْعُوِّينَ، وَهُمْ نَحْوُ ثَلَاثِينَ رَجُلًا.٢٢22
Then Samuel brought Saul and the servant into the big dining room, and told them to sit at the head [of the table, indicating that he was] honoring them more than he was honoring the thirty people who had been invited.
وَقَالَ صَمُوئِيلُ لِلطَّبَّاخِ: «هَاتِ ٱلنَّصِيبَ ٱلَّذِي أَعْطَيْتُكَ إِيَّاهُ، ٱلَّذِي قُلْتُ لَكَ عَنْهُ ضَعْهُ عِنْدَكَ».٢٣23
Then Samuel told the cook, “Bring to me the special piece [of meat] that 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
So the cook brought the leg and the meat that was on it, and set it in front of Saul, [even though those portions were for only the priest to eat]. Samuel said to Saul, “Start eating it. I told the cook to save this for you, so that you could eat it at this time, when all these people whom I invited are here.” So Saul and Samuel ate together.
وَلَمَّا نَزَلُوا مِنَ ٱلْمُرْتَفَعَةِ إِلَى ٱلْمَدِينَةِ تَكَلَّمَ مَعَ شَاوُلَ عَلَى ٱلسَّطْحِ.٢٥25
After they finished eating, they returned to the town. Then Samuel took Saul up to the [flat] roof [of his house], and fixed a bed for him.
وَبَكَّرُوا. وَكَانَ عِنْدَ طُلُوعِ ٱلْفَجْرِ أَنَّ صَمُوئِيلَ دَعَا شَاوُلَ عَنِ ٱلسَّطْحِ قَائِلًا: «قُمْ فَأَصْرِفَكَ». فَقَامَ شَاوُلُ وَخَرَجَا كِلَاهُمَا، هُوَ وَصَمُوئِيلُ إِلَى خَارِجٍ.٢٦26
As the sun was rising the next morning, Samuel called up to Saul, “Get up! It is time for me to send you on the road back home.” So Saul got up, and [later] Samuel and Saul left the house together.
وَفِيمَا هُمَا نَازِلَانِ بِطَرَفِ ٱلْمَدِينَةِ قَالَ صَمُوئِيلُ لِشَاوُلَ: «قُلْ لِلْغُلَامِ أَنْ يَعْبُرَ قُدَّامَنَا». فَعَبَرَ. «وَأَمَّا أَنْتَ فَقِفِ ٱلْآنَ فَأُسْمِعَكَ كَلَامَ ٱللهِ».٢٧27
When they got to the edge of the town, Samuel told Saul to send his servant ahead. After the servant left, Samuel said to Saul, “Stay here for a few minutes, in order that I can give you a message I received from God.”