The Israelites saw that their army was in deep trouble. So they hid in caves. They hid among bushes and rocks. They also hid in pits and empty wells.
Some of them even went across the Jordan River. They went to the lands of Gad and Gilead.Saul remained at Gilgal. All the troops with him were shaking with fear.
He waited seven days, just as Samuel had told him to. But Samuel didn’t come to Gilgal. And Saul’s men began to scatter.
So he said, “Bring me the burnt offering and the friendship offerings.” Then he offered up the burnt offering.
Just as Saul finished offering the sacrifice, Samuel arrived. Saul went out to greet him.
“What have you done?” asked Samuel.Saul replied, “I saw that the men were scattering. I saw that the Philistines were gathering together at Mikmash. You didn’t come when you said you would.
So I thought, ‘Now the Philistines will come down to attack me at Gilgal. And I haven’t asked the Lord for his blessing.’ So I felt I had to sacrifice the burnt offering.”
“You have done a foolish thing,” Samuel said. “You haven’t obeyed the command the Lord your God gave you. If you had, he would have made your kingdom secure over Israel for all time to come.
But now your kingdom won’t last. The Lord has already looked for a man who is dear to his heart. He has appointed him king of his people. That’s because you haven’t obeyed the Lord’s command.”