1 Samuel 9:21
New International Version
Saul answered, "But am I not a Benjamite, from the smallest tribe of Israel, and is not my clan the least of all the clans of the tribe of Benjamin? Why do you say such a thing to me?"

New Living Translation
Saul replied, "But I'm only from the tribe of Benjamin, the smallest tribe in Israel, and my family is the least important of all the families of that tribe! Why are you talking like this to me?"

English Standard Version
Saul answered, “Am I not a Benjaminite, from the least of the tribes of Israel? And is not my clan the humblest of all the clans of the tribe of Benjamin? Why then have you spoken to me in this way?”

Berean Study Bible
Saul replied, “Am I not a Benjamite from the smallest tribe of Israel, and is not my clan the least of all the clans of Benjamin? So why would you say such a thing to me?”

New American Standard Bible
Saul replied, "Am I not a Benjamite, of the smallest of the tribes of Israel, and my family the least of all the families of the tribe of Benjamin? Why then do you speak to me in this way?"

King James Bible
And Saul answered and said, Am not I a Benjamite, of the smallest of the tribes of Israel? and my family the least of all the families of the tribe of Benjamin? wherefore then speakest thou so to me?

Christian Standard Bible
Saul responded, "Am I not a Benjaminite from the smallest of Israel's tribes and isn't my clan the least important of all the clans of the Benjaminite tribe? So why have you said something like this to me?"

Contemporary English Version
"Why are you telling me this?" Saul asked. "I'm from Benjamin, the smallest tribe in Israel, and my clan is the least important in the tribe."

Good News Translation
Saul answered, "I belong to the tribe of Benjamin, the smallest tribe in Israel, and my family is the least important one in the tribe. Why, then, do you talk like this to me?"

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Saul responded, "Am I not a Benjaminite from the smallest of Israel's tribes and isn't my clan the least important of all the clans of the Benjaminite tribe? So why have you said something like this to me?"

International Standard Version
Saul answered: "Am I not a descendant of Benjamin from the least of the tribes of Israel? Isn't my family the least important of all the families of the tribe of Benjamin? Why have you spoken to me like this?"

NET Bible
Saul replied, "Am I not a Benjaminite, from the smallest of Israel's tribes, and is not my family clan the smallest of all the tribes of Benjamin? Why do you speak to me in this way?"

New Heart English Bible
Saul answered, "Am I not a Benjamite, of the smallest of the tribes of Israel? And my family the least of all the families of the tribe of Benjamin? Why then do you speak to me like this?"

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Saul replied, "I am a man from the tribe of Benjamin, the smallest tribe of Israel. My family is the most insignificant of all the families of the tribe of Benjamin. So why are you saying such things to me?"

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Saul answered and said: 'Am not I a Benjamite, of the smallest of the tribes of Israel? and my family the least of all the families of the tribe of Benjamin? wherefore then speakest thou to me after this manner?'

New American Standard 1977
And Saul answered and said, “Am I not a Benjamite, of the smallest of the tribes of Israel, and my family the least of all the families of the tribe of Benjamin? Why then do you speak to me in this way?”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Saul answered and said, Peradventure am I not of Jemini, of the smallest of the tribes of Israel? And is my family not the least of all the families of the tribe of Benjamin? Why, therefore, dost thou speak so to me?

King James 2000 Bible
And Saul answered and said, Am not I a Benjamite, of the smallest of the tribes of Israel? and my family the least of all the families of the tribe of Benjamin? why then speak you so to me?

American King James Version
And Saul answered and said, Am not I a Benjamite, of the smallest of the tribes of Israel? and my family the least of all the families of the tribe of Benjamin? why then speak you so to me?

American Standard Version
And Saul answered and said, Am not I a Benjamite, of the smallest of the tribes of Israel? and my family the least of all the families of the tribe of Benjamin? wherefore then speakest thou to me after this manner?

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Saul answering, said: Am not I a son of Jemini of the least tribe of Israel, and my kindred the last among all the families of the tribe of Benjamin? Why then hast thou spoken this word to me?

Darby Bible Translation
And Saul answered and said, Am not I a Benjaminite, of the smallest of the tribes of Israel, and my family the least of all the families of the tribe of Benjamin? and why dost thou speak such words to me?

English Revised Version
And Saul answered and said, Am not I a Benjamite, of the smallest of the tribes of Israel? and my family the least of all the families of the tribe of Benjamin? wherefore then speakest thou to me after this manner?

Webster's Bible Translation
And Saul answered and said, Am not I a Benjaminite, of the smallest of the tribes of Israel? and my family the least of all the families of the tribe of Benjamin? Why then speakest thou so to me?

World English Bible
Saul answered, "Am I not a Benjamite, of the smallest of the tribes of Israel? And my family the least of all the families of the tribe of Benjamin? Why then do you speak to me like this?"

Young's Literal Translation
And Saul answereth and saith, 'Am not I a Benjamite -- of the smallest of the tribes of Israel? and my family the least of all the families of the tribe of Benjamin? and why hast thou spoken unto me according to this word?'
Study Bible HEB ▾ 
Saul Chosen as King
20As for the donkeys you lost three days ago, do not worry about them, for they have been found. And upon whom is all the desire of Israel, if not upon you and on all your father's house?” 21Saul replied, “Am I not a Benjamite from the smallest tribe of Israel, and is not my clan the least of all the clans of Benjamin? So why would you say such a thing to me?” 22Then Samuel took Saul and his servant, brought them into the hall, and seated them in the place of honor among those who were invited—about thirty in all.…
Cross References
Judges 20:46
That day 25,000 Benjamite swordsmen fell, all valiant warriors.

1 Samuel 9:22
Then Samuel took Saul and his servant, brought them into the hall, and seated them in the place of honor among those who were invited--about thirty in all.

1 Samuel 14:51
Saul's father Kish and Abner's father Ner were sons of Abiel.

1 Samuel 15:17
And Samuel said, "Although you were once small in your own eyes, have you not become the head of the tribes of Israel? The LORD anointed you king over Israel

1 Samuel 18:18
And David said to Saul, "Who am I, and what is my family or my father's clan in Israel, that I should become the son-in-law of the king?"

Psalm 68:27
There is Benjamin, the youngest, ruling them, the princes of Judah in their company, the princes of Zebulun and of Naphtali.

Treasury of Scripture

And Saul answered and said, Am not I a Benjamite, of the smallest of the tribes of Israel? and my family the least of all the families of the tribe of Benjamin? why then speak you so to me?

a Benjamite

Judges 20:46-48 So that all which fell that day of Benjamin were twenty and five …

Psalm 68:27 There is little Benjamin with their ruler, the princes of Judah and …

my family

1 Samuel 10:27 But the children of Belial said, How shall this man save us? And …

1 Samuel 15:17 And Samuel said, When you were little in your own sight, were you …

1 Samuel 18:18,23 And David said to Saul, Who am I? and what is my life, or my father's …

Judges 6:14,15 And the LORD looked on him, and said, Go in this your might, and …

Hosea 13:1 When Ephraim spoke trembling, he exalted himself in Israel; but when …

Luke 14:11 For whoever exalts himself shall be abased; and he that humbles himself …

Ephesians 3:8 To me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given…

so to me [heb] according to his word.







Lexicon
Saul
שָׁא֜וּל (šā·’ūl)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7586: Saul -- first king of Israel, also an Edomite and two Israelites

replied,
וַיַּ֨עַן (way·ya·‘an)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6030: To answer, respond

“Am I
אָ֙נֹכִי֙ (’ā·nō·ḵî)
Pronoun - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 595: I

not
הֲל֨וֹא (hă·lō·w)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

a Benjamite
יְמִינִ֤י (yə·mî·nî)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1145: Benjamite -- a Benjaminite

from the smallest
מִקַּטַנֵּי֙‪‬ (miq·qa·ṭan·nê)
Preposition-m | Adjective - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 6996: Small, young, unimportant

tribe
שִׁבְטֵ֣י (šiḇ·ṭê)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 7626: Rod, staff, club, scepter, tribe

of Israel,
יִשְׂרָאֵ֔ל (yiś·rā·’êl)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3478: Israel -- 'God strives', another name of Jacob and his desc

and is not my clan
וּמִשְׁפַּחְתִּי֙ (ū·miš·paḥ·tî)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 4940: A family, circle of relatives, a class, a species, sort, a tribe, people

the least
הַצְּעִרָ֔ה (haṣ·ṣə·‘i·rāh)
Article | Adjective - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6810: Little, insignificant, young

of all
מִכָּֽל־ (mik·kāl)
Preposition-m | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 3605: The whole, all, any, every

the clans
מִשְׁפְּח֖וֹת (miš·pə·ḥō·wṯ)
Noun - feminine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 4940: A family, circle of relatives, a class, a species, sort, a tribe, people

of Benjamin?
בִנְיָמִ֑ן (ḇin·yā·min)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1144: Benjamin -- 'son of the right hand', youngest son of Jacob, also the name of two other Israelites

So why
וְלָ֙מָּה֙ (wə·lām·māh)
Conjunctive waw | Interrogative
Strong's Hebrew 4100: What?, what!, indefinitely what

would you say
דִּבַּ֣רְתָּ (dib·bar·tā)
Verb - Piel - Perfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1696: To arrange, to speak, to subdue

such a thing
כַּדָּבָ֖ר (kad·dā·ḇār)
Preposition-k, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1697: A word, a matter, thing, a cause

to me?”
אֵלַ֔י (’ê·lay)
Preposition | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 413: Near, with, among, to
Verse 21. - Wherefore then speakest thou so to me? Though Samuel's words contained the promise of supreme power, - for to whom less than a king could all that was desirable in Israel belong? - yet Saul probably regarded them as a high-flown compliment, such as Orientals love to use, and gave a modest and proper answer. Benjamin, already the smallest tribe, had been so crushed that its power must have been very small, and Soul's house, though opulent, was not a leading one; how then could one of its members expect so high a dignity? For families of the tribe of Benjamin the Hebrew has "tribes," probably owing to some confusion with the words "tribes of Israel" just before. 9:18-27 Samuel, that good prophet, was so far from envying Saul, or bearing him any ill-will, that he was the first and most forward to do him honour. Both that evening and early the next morning, Samuel communed with Saul upon the flat roof of the house. We may suppose Samuel now convinced Saul that he was the person God had fixed upon for the government, and of his own willingness to resign. How different are the purposes of the Lord for us, from our intentions for ourselves! Perhaps Saul was the only one who ever went out to seek asses, and literally found a kingdom; but many have set out and moved their dwellings to seek riches and pleasures, who have been guided to places where they found salvation for their souls. Thus they have met with those who addressed them as if aware of the secrets of their lives and hearts, and have been led seriously to regard the word of the Lord. If this has been our case, though our worldly plans have not prospered, let us not care for that; the Lord has given us, or has prepared us for, what is far better.
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