Exodus 3:9

Hebrew Bible

7 The Lord said, “I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt. I have heard their cry because of their taskmasters, for I know their sorrows. 8 I have come down to deliver them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up from that land to a land that is both good and spacious, to a land flowing with milk and honey, to the region of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites. 9 And now indeed the cry of the Israelites has come to me, and I have also seen how severely the Egyptians oppress them. 10 So now go, and I will send you to Pharaoh to bring my people, the Israelites, out of Egypt.” 11 Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, or that I should bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”

1 Samuel 9:16

Hebrew Bible

14 So they went up to the town. As they were heading for the middle of the town, Samuel was coming in their direction to go up to the high place. 15 Now the day before Saul arrived, the Lord had told Samuel: 16 “At this time tomorrow I will send to you a man from the land of Benjamin. You must consecrate him as a leader over my people Israel. He will save my people from the hand of the Philistines. For I have looked with favor on my people. Their cry has reached me. 17 When Samuel saw Saul, the Lord said, “Here is the man that I told you about. He will rule over my people.” 18 As Saul approached Samuel in the middle of the gate, he said, “Please tell me where the seer’s house is.”

 Notes and References

"... Richter, whose analysis of the call form differs somewhat from Habel, eliminates the problem of dislocation. He finds the closest parallels to the call of Saul in the calls of Gideon and Moses. His outline: I have seen the affliction, 9:16, compare Exodus 3:7; Their cry has come to me, 9:16, compare Exodus 3:9; The sending, 9:16, compare Judges 6:14–15 and Exodus 3:10 (but note that the sending does not really denote the mission of Saul, but only his coming to Samuel); The anointing as prince, 9:16, 10:1 (a departure from the usual call form); The savior formula, 9:16, compare Judges 6:14–15; The objection, 9:21, compare Judges 6:15, Exodus 3:11; 4:1, 10, Jeremiah 1:6; The support formula (= God is with you), 10:7b, compare Judges 6:16, Exodus 3:12; 4:12, Jeremiah 1:8; Giving of the spirit, 10:6, compare Judges 6:34 ..."

Klein, Ralph W. Word Biblical Commentary: 1 Samuel (p. 234) Zondervan, 2018

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