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Bible Commentaries

Morgan's Exposition on the Whole Bible

1 Samuel 9

Verses 1-27

The king is now presented to us, and the story of his selection is told. Saul appears in every way to be a remarkable man. He was of good position, of the tribe of Benjamin; and, moreover, was wealthy. Among all the men of the nation he would appear to have been the finest in physique. He is revealed as a man living strongly, quietly at home, and interested in his father's affairs. Moreover, he was naturally a man of modest disposition, as his account of himself as a member of the least family of the smallest tribe testifies.

In pursuit of his filial duty he was led into contact with Samuel. It was a strange day of communion, that first day of their meeting. Not least among Saul's advantages was his fellowship with the prophet. "So Saul did eat with Samuel that day." The meal itself was suggestive, for Samuel had carefully provided that the shoulder, which is ever symbolic of government, should be placed before Saul. Through this day of first communion Samuel led Saul toward the great announcement which he was about to make to him.

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Morgan, G. Campbell. "Commentary on 1 Samuel 9". "Morgan's Exposition on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/gcm/1-samuel-9.html. 1857-84.