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When he had caused the tribe of Benjamin to come near by their families, the family of Matri was taken, and Saul the son of Kish was taken: and when they sought him, he could not be found.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

10:21 was taken. The people had desired a king, but would yet need to agree on who that should be. Even though Samuel knew God had designated Saul, he apparently felt it wise to assume God would confirm the selection publicly by this lottery method.

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