1 Samuel 10:12
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New International Version
A man who lived there answered, "And who is their father?" So it became a saying: "Is Saul also among the prophets?"

New Living Translation
And one of those standing there said, "Can anyone become a prophet, no matter who his father is?" So that is the origin of the saying "Is even Saul a prophet?"

English Standard Version
And a man of the place answered, “And who is their father?” Therefore it became a proverb, “Is Saul also among the prophets?”

New American Standard Bible
A man there said, "Now, who is their father?" Therefore it became a proverb: "Is Saul also among the prophets?"

King James Bible
And one of the same place answered and said, But who is their father? Therefore it became a proverb, Is Saul also among the prophets?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then a man who was from there asked, "And who is their father?" As a result, "Is Saul also among the prophets?" became a popular saying.

International Standard Version
A man from there answered: "Now who is their father?" Therefore it became a proverb, "Is Saul also among the prophets?"

NET Bible
A man who was from there replied, "And who is their father?" Therefore this became a proverb: "Is even Saul among the prophets?"

New Heart English Bible
One of the same place answered, "Who is their father?" Therefore it became a proverb, "Is Saul also among the prophets?"

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But a man from that place asked, "But who's the chief prophet?" So it became a proverb: "Is Saul one of the prophets?"

JPS Tanakh 1917
And one of the same place answered and said: 'And who is their father?' Therefore it became a proverb: 'Is Saul also among the prophets?'

New American Standard 1977
And a man there answered and said, “Now, who is their father?” Therefore it became a proverb: “Is Saul also among the prophets?”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And one of the same place answered and said, But who is their father? Therefore, it became a proverb, Is Saul also among the prophets?

King James 2000 Bible
And one of the same place answered and said, But who is their father? Therefore it became a proverb, Is Saul also among the prophets?

American King James Version
And one of the same place answered and said, But who is their father? Therefore it became a proverb, Is Saul also among the prophets?

American Standard Version
And one of the same place answered and said, And who is their father? Therefore it became a proverb, Is Saul also among the prophets?

Douay-Rheims Bible
And one answered another, saying: And who is their father? therefore it became a proverb: Is Saul also among the prophets?

Darby Bible Translation
And a man of that place answered and said, But who is their father? Therefore it became a proverb, Is Saul also among the prophets?

English Revised Version
And one of the same place answered and said, And who is their father? Therefore it became a proverb, Is Saul also among the prophets?

Webster's Bible Translation
And one of the same place answered and said, But who is their father? Therefore it became a proverb, Is Saul also among the prophets?

World English Bible
One of the same place answered, "Who is their father?" Therefore it became a proverb, "Is Saul also among the prophets?"

Young's Literal Translation
And a man thence answereth and saith, 'And who is their father?' therefore it hath been for a simile, 'Is Saul also among the prophets?'
Study Bible
Samuel's Signs Fulfilled
11It came about, when all who knew him previously saw that he prophesied now with the prophets, that the people said to one another, "What has happened to the son of Kish? Is Saul also among the prophets?" 12A man there said, "Now, who is their father?" Therefore it became a proverb: "Is Saul also among the prophets?" 13When he had finished prophesying, he came to the high place.…
Cross References
1 Samuel 10:13
When he had finished prophesying, he came to the high place.

1 Samuel 19:23
He proceeded there to Naioth in Ramah; and the Spirit of God came upon him also, so that he went along prophesying continually until he came to Naioth in Ramah.

1 Samuel 19:24
He also stripped off his clothes, and he too prophesied before Samuel and lay down naked all that day and all that night. Therefore they say, "Is Saul also among the prophets?"
Treasury of Scripture

And one of the same place answered and said, But who is their father? Therefore it became a proverb, Is Saul also among the prophets?

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Isaiah 54:13 And all your children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall …

John 6:45 It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. …

John 7:16 Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me.

James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down …

(12) Who is their father?--As an instance of the extreme surprise with which the association of Saul with the sons of the prophets was witnessed by the inhabitants of Gibeah--an association apparently very foreign to his old habits and to the manner of life of his family--a short dialogue between two of the citizens of Gibeah is here related: a conversation important, owing to the words uttered by the second citizen in reply to the amazed question, "What is this that is come unto the son of Kish?" The reply gives us some insight into the deep conviction entertained by the ordinary Israelite of the days of Samuel that the invisible God was ever present, working in the midst of His chosen people.

The reply of the second citizen has been well explained by Von Bunsen:--"Is the son of Kish, then, a prophet?' asks the first citizen, surprised, apparently, that one so undistinguished, that one so unlikely to train up a "son of the prophets," should have a son associated in this peculiar and sudden manner with a chosen band of scholars and teachers. To this question the second citizen replied--no doubt, pointing to the honoured group from the prophet schools of Gibeah--"Do you wonder that the son of so rough and uncultivated a man as Kish should receive the Divine gift which we all love so well and admire so greatly? Who," pointing to the group singing on the hill-side, "who is their father?" They owe their power of persuasive speech, their gift of holy song, to no accident of birth. Surely Saul, like them, may have received the same power as a gift of the Eternal, not as a patrimony. Owing to this obvious meaning not having occurred to them, the LXX., "Vulgate, and Syriac Versions alter the original into, "Who is his (instead of their) father?" in other words, "Who is Saul? and who is his father, Kish?" But the Hebrew text and the English Version, as explained above, gives an admirable sense, and teaches besides a great spiritual lesson.

Verse 12. - One of the same place - i.e. Gibeah - answered and said, But who is their father? The Septuagint, Syriac, and Vulgate read, But who is his father? But this would be a foolish reply to the question, "What has happened to the son of Kish?" The meaning rather must be, You ask about the son of Kish; but what has birth to do with prophecy? None of these young men have inherited these gifts, and if Saul can take part in their prophesyings, why should he not? Kish, his father, is no worse than theirs. Is Saul also among the prophets? Under very different circumstances Saul once again took part in the exercises of these youthful prophets (1 Samuel 19:24), and evidently on both occasions with such skill and success as prove the readiness of his genius; and so struck were the people at the strange power which he thus evinced, that their expression of wonder became fixed in the national mind as a proverb. Saul was a man of great natural ability, and yet not the sort of person whom the people expected would be made king. He probably could neither read nor write, and from his extreme height was perhaps awkward and bashful; as he suffered afterwards from fits of insanity (1 Samuel 16:14), he may always have been flighty and wilful; and altogether, though possessed of marvellous gifts, was certainly the very opposite of Samuel's well trained and orderly scholars. And one of the same place answered, and said,.... One of the same city, and in the same company, that expressed their admiration at what was come to Saul, and at what he did, and wondering how he came into such company, and to have such a gift, who was of so mean an education:

but who is their father? the father of the prophets; their fathers were not prophets, no more than Saul's was; their Father that taught them is the Lord, and he was able to teach Saul, and bestow on him the gift of prophecy, as well as on them; and so the Targum, who is their master or teacher; for though they might have an undermaster or teacher, as Samuel, or another prophet, yet their chief teacher was God; who could and did give men the gift of prophecy, and even in the highest sense, who had neither prophets for their fathers, nor were indeed trained up in any of the schools of the prophets, which was the case of Amos:

therefore it became a proverb, is Saul also among the prophets? that when a person of a mean parentage, and of a low life and education, was raised up to any degree of dignity in sacred and civil things, they used to apply this proverbial expression to him, or speak of him in this manner, is Saul among the prophets? 12. But who is their father?—The Septuagint reads, "Who is his father?" referring to Saul the son of Kish.10:9-16 The signs Samuel had given Saul, came to pass punctually; he found that God had given him another heart, another disposition of mind. Yet let not an outward show of devotion, and a sudden change for the present, be too much relied on; Saul among the prophets was Saul still. His being anointed was kept private. He leaves it to God to carry on his own work by Samuel, and sits still, to see how the matter will fall.
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