9There was a man of Benjamin whose name was Kish son of Abiel son of Zeror son of Becorath son of Aphiah, a Benjaminite, a man of wealth. 2He had a son whose name was Saul, a handsome young man. There was not a man among the people of Israel more handsome than he; he stood head and shoulders above everyone else.
3 Now the donkeys of Kish, Sauls father, had strayed. So Kish said to his son Saul, Take one of the boys with you; go and look for the donkeys. 4He passed through the hill country of Ephraim and passed through the land of Shalishah, but they did not find them. And they passed through the land of Shaalim, but they were not there. Then he passed through the land of Benjamin, but they did not find them.
5 When they came to the land of Zuph, Saul said to the boy who was with him, Let us turn back, or my father will stop worrying about the donkeys and worry about us. 6But he said to him, There is a man of God in this town; he is a man held in honour. Whatever he says always comes true. Let us go there now; perhaps he will tell us about the journey on which we have set out. 7Then Saul replied to the boy, But if we go, what can we bring the man? For the bread in our sacks is gone, and there is no present to bring to the man of God. What have we? 8The boy answered Saul again, Here, I have with me a quarter-shekel of silver; I will give it to the man of God, to tell us our way. 9(Formerly in Israel, anyone who went to inquire of God would say, Come, let us go to the seer; for the one who is now called a prophet was formerly called a seer.) 10Saul said to the boy, Good; come, let us go. So they went to the town where the man of God was.
11 As they went up the hill to the town, they met some girls coming out to draw water, and said to them, Is the seer here? 12They answered, Yes, there he is just ahead of you. Hurry; he has come just now to the town, because the people have a sacrifice today at the shrine. 13As soon as you enter the town, you will find him, before he goes up to the shrine to eat. For the people will not eat until he comes, since he must bless the sacrifice; afterwards those eat who are invited. Now go up, for you will meet him immediately. 14So they went up to the town. As they were entering the town, they saw Samuel coming out towards them on his way up to the shrine.