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1 Samuel 9:15-17 Contemporary English Version (CEV)

15 The day before Saul came, the Lord had told Samuel, 16 “I’ve seen how my people are suffering, and I’ve heard their call for help. About this time tomorrow I’ll send you a man from the tribe of Benjamin, who will rescue my people from the Philistines. I want you to pour olive oil[a] on his head to show that he will be their leader.”

17 Samuel looked at Saul, and the Lord told Samuel, “This is the man I told you about. He’s the one who will rule Israel.”


  1. 9.16 olive oil: Olive oil was poured on the head of someone who was chosen to be a priest, a prophet, or a king.

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