1 Samuel 9:25
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New International Version
After they came down from the high place to the town, Samuel talked with Saul on the roof of his house.

New Living Translation
When they came down from the place of worship and returned to town, Samuel took Saul up to the roof of the house and prepared a bed for him there.

English Standard Version
And when they came down from the high place into the city, a bed was spread for Saul on the roof, and he lay down to sleep.

Berean Study Bible
And after they had come down from the high place into the city, Samuel spoke with Saul on the roof of his house.

New American Standard Bible
When they came down from the high place into the city, Samuel spoke with Saul on the roof.

King James Bible
And when they were come down from the high place into the city, Samuel communed with Saul upon the top of the house.

Christian Standard Bible
Afterward, they went down from the high place to the city, and Samuel spoke with Saul on the roof.

Contemporary English Version
they went down from the place of worship and back into town. A bed was set up for Saul on the flat roof of Samuel's house,

Good News Translation
When they went down from the place of worship to the town, they fixed up a bed for Saul on the roof,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Afterward, they went down from the high place to the city, and Samuel spoke with Saul on the roof.

International Standard Version
When they had come down from the high place into town, Samuel spoke to Saul on the roof.

NET Bible
When they came down from the high place to the town, Samuel spoke with Saul on the roof.

New Heart English Bible
When they had come down from the high place into the city, they prepared a bed for Saul on the roof,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then they left the worship site for the city. They spread blankets on the roof for Saul, and he slept there.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And when they were come down from the high place into the city, he spoke with Saul upon the housetop.

New American Standard 1977
When they came down from the high place into the city, Samuel spoke with Saul on the roof.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And when they were come down from the high place into the city, he spoke with Saul upon the top of the house.

King James 2000 Bible
And when they were come down from the high place into the city, Samuel talked with Saul upon the top of the house.

American King James Version
And when they were come down from the high place into the city, Samuel communed with Saul on the top of the house.

American Standard Version
And when they were come down from the high place into the city, he communed with Saul upon the housetop.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And they went down from the high place into the town, and he spoke with Saul upon the top of the house: and he prepared a bed for Saul on the top of the house, and he slept.

Darby Bible Translation
And they came down from the high place into the city, and he spoke with Saul upon the roof.

English Revised Version
And when they were come down from the high place into the city, he communed with Saul upon the housetop.

Webster's Bible Translation
And when they had come down from the high place into the city, Samuel communed with Saul upon the top of the house.

World English Bible
When they had come down from the high place into the city, he talked with Saul on the housetop.

Young's Literal Translation
And they come down from the high place to the city, and he speaketh with Saul on the roof.
Study Bible
Saul Chosen as King
24So the cook picked up the leg and what was attached to it and set it before Saul. Then Samuel said, “Here is what was kept back. It was set apart for you. Eat, for it has been kept for you for this occasion, from the time I said, ‘I have invited the people.’ So Saul dined with Samuel that day. 25And after they had come down from the high place into the city, Samuel spoke with Saul on the roof of his house. 26They got up early in the morning, and just before dawn Samuel called to Saul on the roof, “Get ready, and I will send you on your way!” So Saul arose, and both he and Samuel went outside together.…
Cross References
Matthew 24:17
Let no one on the housetop come down to retrieve anything from his house.

Luke 5:19
but they could not find a way through the crowd. So they went up on the roof and lowered him on his mat through the tiles into the middle of the crowd, right in front of Jesus.

Acts 10:9
The next day at about the sixth hour, as the men were approaching the city on their journey, Peter went up on the roof to pray.

Deuteronomy 22:8
If you build a new house, you are to construct a railing around your roof, so that you do not bring bloodguilt on your house if someone falls from it.

1 Samuel 9:26
They got up early in the morning, and just before dawn Samuel called to Saul on the roof, "Get ready, and I will send you on your way!" So Saul arose, and both he and Samuel went outside together.

2 Samuel 11:2
One evening David got up from his bed and strolled around on the roof of the palace. And from the roof he saw a woman bathing--a very beautiful woman.

Treasury of Scripture

And when they were come down from the high place into the city, Samuel communed with Saul on the top of the house.

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(25) And when they were come down.--After the public sacrificial meal at which such signal honours had been shown to the Benjamite stranger and his servant, the prophet-judge detained Saul from continuing his journey homewards, and persuaded him to remain as his guest that night at Ramah. He conducted him to the flat roof of his house, often the favourite locality in the East for quiet conversation or rest, and where frequently the honoured guest was lodged for the night: there the prophet had a long interview with his young guest, The conversation that evening probably did not turn upon the royal dignity, so soon to be conferred on Saul; of that Samuel spoke at length, we know, on the following morning. The solemn words of the old man that evening on the house-top in "Ramah of the Watchers" referred, no doubt, to the sad religious and political decline of the people of God, from which he (Samuel) had laboured, not unsuccessfully, to rescue them, "to the opposition of the heathen nations, the causes of the impotency of Israel to oppose their enemies, the necessity of a religious change in the people, and of a leader thoroughly obedient to the Lord."--Otto von Gerlach, quoted in Lange. It has been suggested that this conversation was the connecting link between that on the height (1Samuel 9:19-20) and the communication which Samuel made to Saul the following morning. The LXX. reads here, instead of "communed with Saul on the top of the house," "they strewed a couch for Saul on the top of the house, and he lay down." But the Chaldee and Syriac Versions agree with the Hebrew text. The strange LXX. variation is apparently a correction. These Greek translators could not understand a conversation of the prophet and Saul taking place in the evening, when the announcement of the crown was made so formally on the following morning. Why did Samuel not tell Saul of God's intention during that evening spent together?

Verse 25. - When the feast was over they went down from the high place, and, having entered the city, proceeded to Samuel's dwelling, where he communed with Saul upon the top of the house. The Septuagint has a very probable reading, namely, "And they spread a bed for Saul upon the roof, and he lay down;" but the Syriac and Chaldee agree with the Hebrew. Without communicating to Saul that he was to be king, which was not revealed to him till the next day (1 Samuel 10:1), Samuel might be anxious to impress on Saul's mind the great principles of the theocratic government, and also the nature of the remedies necessary for Israel's recovery from its present misery. And when they came down from the high place into the city,.... After the feast was ended; and though Ramah itself was situated on an eminence, yet it seems this high place was higher than that, being without the city upon an hill, and therefore they are said to come down from the one to the other; or they came down from the high place, and then ascended the hill to the city:

Samuel communed with Saul upon the top of the house: of Samuel's house; when they were come thither, Samuel took Saul up to the roof of his house, which was flat, as the roofs of houses in this country were; see Deuteronomy 22:8 on which they could walk to and fro, and converse together; hence you read of preaching and praying on housetops, Matthew 10:27 what they communed about is not said, but may be guessed at, that it was about Saul's being made king; of the certainty of it, by divine designation; of the manner of executing that office wisely and justly; about the objections Saul had made of the smallness of his tribe and family; and of Samuel's willingness to resign the government to him, with other things of the like kind. 25-27. Samuel communed with Saul upon the top of the house—Saul was taken to lodge with the prophet for that night. Before retiring to rest, they communed on the flat roof of the house, the couch being laid there (Jos 2:6), when, doubtless, Samuel revealed the secret and described the peculiar duties of a monarch in a nation so related to the Divine King as Israel. Next morning early, Samuel roused his guest, and conveying him on his way towards the skirts of the city, sought, before parting, a private interview—the object of which is narrated in the next chapter. 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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