1 Samuel and Sampson lived at the same time. Sampson was wild; Samuel was full of appreciation for God. Samuel was offered as a servant to God by his pious mother Hannah, who prayed for a son. Samuel grew up listening to God while the priests were corrupted, the ark of God was lost, and the people were clamoring for a king to be like the nations. God used Samuel to anoint the first kings of Israel. He anointed Saul, who was a great disappointment. And he anointed David as king who performed great acts of war by trusting in God and who eventually had to hide from Saul who became jealous of him. At the end of this book Saul dies and David is sole king of Israel.