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"A Man After His Own Heart"

(Magill's Quotations in Context)

Context: When the high priest Samuel becomes old, the Israelites seek to be like other nations by having a king. Although God warns the people that trouble will come if they have a king, He finds them determined; He therefore leads Samuel to select Saul, a tall, handsome, and promising young man. After anointing Saul, Samuel tells him to wait seven days in Gilgal until he comes to offer a sacrifice and show him what to do. A tremendous Philistine army gathers, the frightened Israelites are left in disorder, and still Saul waits for Samuel. After waiting seven days, Saul assembles the people and offers a sacrifice. Samuel comes immediately and says to Saul that, since he has not kept the Lord's commandment:

. . . thy kingdom shall not continue: the Lord hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the Lord hath commanded him to be captain over his people, because thou hast not kept that which the Lord commanded thee.