1 Samuel 10:20
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When Samuel had all Israel come forward by tribes, the tribe of Benjamin was taken by lot.

King James Bible
And when Samuel had caused all the tribes of Israel to come near, the tribe of Benjamin was taken.

Darby Bible Translation
And Samuel caused all the tribes of Israel to come near, and the tribe of Benjamin was taken.

World English Bible
So Samuel brought all the tribes of Israel near, and the tribe of Benjamin was taken.

Young's Literal Translation
And Samuel bringeth near the whole tribes of Israel, and the tribe of Benjamin is captured,

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Present yourselves - by your tribes - It appears that, in order to find out the proper person who should be made their king, they must determine by lot:

1. The tribe.

2. The thousands or grand divisions by families.

3. The smaller divisions by families. And,

4. The individual.

When the lot was cast for the tribe, Benjamin was taken; when for the thousand, the division of Matri was taken; when for the family, the family of Kish was taken; when for the individual, Saul, the son of Kish, was taken.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


1 Samuel 14:41 Therefore Saul said to the LORD God of Israel, Give a perfect lot. And Saul and Jonathan were taken: but the people escaped.

Joshua 7:16-18 So Joshua rose up early in the morning, and brought Israel by their tribes; and the tribe of Judah was taken...

Acts 1:24-26 And they prayed, and said, You, Lord, which know the hearts of all men, show whether of these two you have chosen...

The King after Man's Heart
'And Samuel called the people together unto the Lord to Mizpeh; 18. And said unto the children of Israel, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, I brought up Israel out of Egypt, and delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of all kingdoms, and of them that oppressed you; 19. And ye have this day rejected your God, who Himself saved you out of all your adversities and your tribulations; and ye have said unto Him, Nay, but set a king over us. Now therefore present yourselves
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

The Earliest Chapters in Divine Revelation
[Sidenote: The nature of inspiration] Since the days of the Greek philosophers the subject of inspiration and revelation has been fertile theme for discussion and dispute among scholars and theologians. Many different theories have been advanced, and ultimately abandoned as untenable. In its simplest meaning and use, inspiration describes the personal influence of one individual upon the mind and spirit of another. Thus we often say, "That man inspired me." What we are or do under the influence
Charles Foster Kent—The Origin & Permanent Value of the Old Testament

Cross References
1 Samuel 10:19
But you have now rejected your God, who saves you out of all your disasters and calamities. And you have said, 'No, appoint a king over us.' So now present yourselves before the LORD by your tribes and clans."

1 Samuel 10:21
Then he brought forward the tribe of Benjamin, clan by clan, and Matri's clan was taken. Finally Saul son of Kish was taken. But when they looked for him, he was not to be found.

1 Samuel 14:38
Saul therefore said, "Come here, all you who are leaders of the army, and let us find out what sin has been committed today.

2 Samuel 3:19
Abner also spoke to the Benjamites in person. Then he went to Hebron to tell David everything that Israel and the whole tribe of Benjamin wanted to do.

Jonah 1:7
Then the sailors said to each other, "Come, let us cast lots to find out who is responsible for this calamity." They cast lots and the lot fell on Jonah.

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