1 Samuel 9–10: Saul Anointed King

Old Testament Seminary Student Study Guide, (2002), 94


In 1 Samuel 8, the people of Israel said they wanted a king, even though the prophet Samuel counseled them against it. Chapter 9 in 1 Samuel teaches us how much the Lord loves His people when we realize that even though the people of Israel did not follow the Lord’s counsel, He still helped them by inspiring His prophet to choose and train a king for them. As you read, look for what you can learn about callings from the Lord.
Samuel anointing Saul

Understanding the Scriptures

1 Samuel 9

Goodly, goodlier (v. 2)Pleasant, agreeable 
Leave (v. 5)Quit 
Take thought for (v. 5)Worry about 
Spent (v. 7)Gone 
Bidden, bid (vv. 13, 22, 27)Invited, invite 
Communed (v. 25)Spoke 
Pass on (v. 27)Continue traveling 

1 Samuel 10

Vial (v. 1)Container 
Sepulchre (v. 2)Grave 
Left the care (v. 2)Quit worrying about 
Salute (v. 4)Greet 
Garrison (v. 5)Fort, army station 
Adversities and tribulations (v. 19)Trials and troubles 
Taken (vv. 20–21)Chosen 

1 Samuel 9–10—The Prophet Chooses a King for Israel

Following the same pattern we use in the Church today, Saul was called by one having authority from the Lord (see Articles of Faith 1:5), he was set apart by one having authority, he was trained, and he was presented to the people for their sustaining vote (see 1 Samuel 10:24).

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Studying the Scriptures

Do two of the following activities (A–C) as you study 1 Samuel 9–10.

Activity A iconWrite a News Report

Imagine that you were a faithful Israelite news reporter who followed Saul through all the experiences of 1 Samuel 9–10. Write a brief article describing why Saul is a good choice for Israel’s king. Use scripture references to support your ideas.

Activity B iconWrite a Journal Entry

Based on what you learned from 1 Samuel 9–10, write how you think Saul might have felt after his experience of being called as king in Israel. Pay special attention to 1 Samuel 9:21; 10:6, 9, 20–27.

Activity C iconApply the Words of Modern Prophets and Apostles

How does the following statement quoted by President Harold B. Lee relate to what happened in 1 Samuel 10:26–27: “That person is not truly converted until he sees the power of God resting upon the leaders of this church, and until it goes down into his heart like fire” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1972, 118; or Ensign, July 1972, 103).