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1 Samuel 10:27 ASV
But certain worthless fellows said, How shall this man save us? And they despised him, and brought him no present. But he held his peace.
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1 Samuel 10:27 BBE
But certain good-for-nothing persons said, How is this man to be our saviour? And having no respect for him, they gave him no offering.
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1 Samuel 10:27 CEB
But some despicable people said, "How can this man save us?" They despised Saul and didn't bring him gifts, but Saul didn't say anything. Nahash the Ammonite king had been severely oppressing the Gadites and the Reubenites. He gouged out everyone's right eye, thereby not allowing Israel to have a deliverer. There wasn't a single Israelite left across the Jordan River who hadn't had their right eye gouged out by the Ammonite king Nahash. But seven thousand people had escaped from the Ammonites' power and fled to Jabesh-gilead.
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1 Samuel 10:27 CJB
True, there were some scoundrels who said, "How can this man save us?"They showed him no respect and brought him no gift, but he held his peace.
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1 Samuel 10:27 RHE
But the children of Belial said: Shall this fellow be able to save us? And they despised him, and brought him no presents; but he dissembled as though he heard not.
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1 Samuel 10:27 ESV
But some worthless fellows said, "How can this man save us?" And they despised him and brought him no present. But he held his peace.
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1 Samuel 10:27 GW
However, some good-for-nothing people asked, "How can this man save us?" They despised him and wouldn't bring him presents, but he didn't respond.
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1 Samuel 10:27 GNT
But some worthless people said, "How can this fellow do us any good?" They despised Saul and did not bring him any gifts.
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1 Samuel 10:27 HNV
But certain worthless fellows said, How shall this man save us? They despised him, and brought him no present. But he held his shalom.
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1 Samuel 10:27 CSB
But some wicked men said, "How can this guy save us?" They despised him and did not bring him a gift, but Saul said nothing.
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1 Samuel 10:27 KJV
But the children of Belial said , How shall this man save us? And they despised him, and brought him no presents. But he held his peace .
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1 Samuel 10:27 LEB
However, some {worthless men} said, "How can this [man] deliver us?" So they despised him and brought no gift to him, but he kept silent.
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1 Samuel 10:27 NAS
But certain worthless men said, "How can this one deliver us?" And they despised him and did not bring him any present. But he kept silent.
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1 Samuel 10:27 NCV
But some troublemakers said, "How can this man save us?" They disapproved of Saul and refused to bring gifts to him. But Saul kept quiet.
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1 Samuel 10:27 NIRV
But some evil people who wanted to stir up trouble said, "How can this fellow save us?" They looked down on him. They didn't bring him any gifts. But Saul kept quiet about it.
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1 Samuel 10:27 NIV
But some troublemakers said, "How can this fellow save us?" They despised him and brought him no gifts. But Saul kept silent.
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1 Samuel 10:27 NKJV
But some rebels said, "How can this man save us?" So they despised him, and brought him no presents. But he held his peace.
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1 Samuel 10:27 NLT
But there were some wicked men who complained, "How can this man save us?" And they despised him and refused to bring him gifts. But Saul ignored them.
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1 Samuel 10:27 NRS
But some worthless fellows said, "How can this man save us?" They despised him and brought him no present. But he held his peace. Now Nahash, king of the Ammonites, had been grievously oppressing the Gadites and the Reubenites. He would gouge out the right eye of each of them and would not grant Israel a deliverer. No one was left of the Israelites across the Jordan whose right eye Nahash, king of the Ammonites, had not gouged out. But there were seven thousand men who had escaped from the Ammonites and had entered Jabesh-gilead.
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1 Samuel 10:27 RSV
But some worthless fellows said, "How can this man save us?" And they despised him, and brought him no present. But he held his peace.
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1 Samuel 10:27 DBY
But the children of Belial said, How should this man save us? And they despised him, and brought him no gifts. But he was as one deaf.
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1 Samuel 10:27 MSG
But the riff-raff went off muttering, "'Deliverer'? Don't make me laugh!" They held him in contempt and refused to congratulate him. But Saul paid them no mind. Saul Is Crowned King Nahash, king of the Ammonites, was brutalizing the tribes of Gad and Reuben, gouging out their right eyes and intimidating anyone who would come to Israel's help. There were very few Israelites living on the east side of the Jordan River who had not had their right eyes gouged out by Nahash. But seven thousand men had escaped from the Ammonites and were now living safely in Jabesh.
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1 Samuel 10:27 WBT
But the children of Belial said, How shall this man save us? And they despised him, and brought him no presents. But he held his peace.
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1 Samuel 10:27 TMB
But the children of Belial said, "How shall this man save us?" And they despised him, and brought him no presents. But he held his peace.
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1 Samuel 10:27 TNIV
But some scoundrels said, "How can this fellow save us?" They despised him and brought him no gifts. But Saul kept silent.
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1 Samuel 10:27 WEB
But certain worthless fellows said, How shall this man save us? They despised him, and brought him no present. But he held his peace.
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1 Samuel 10:27 WYC
And the sons of Belial said, Whether this man may save us? And they despised him, and brought not gifts, that is, presents, to him; and he let (it go) as though he heard (it) not. (But the sons of Belial said, Can this man truly save us? And they despised him, and did not bring him any gifts; but he held his peace.)
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1 Samuel 10:27 YLT
and the sons of worthlessness have said, `What! this one doth save us!' and they despise him, and have not brought to him a present; and he is as one deaf.
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1 Samuel 10 Commentary - Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise)

Chapter 10

Samuel anoints Saul. (1-8) Saul prophesies. (9-16) Saul chosen king. (17-27)

Verses 1-8 The sacred anointing, then used, pointed at the great Messiah, or Anointed One, the King of the church, and High Priest of our profession, who was anointed with the oil of the Spirit, not by measure, but without measure, and above all the priests and princes of the Jewish church. For Saul's further satisfaction, Samuel gives him some signs which should come to pass the same day. The first place he directs him to, was the sepulchre of one of his ancestors; there he must be reminded of his own mortality, and now that he had a crown before him, must think of his grave, in which all his honour would be laid in the dust. From the time of Samuel there appears to have been schools, or places where pious young men were brought up in the knowledge of Divine things. Saul should find himself strongly moved to join with them, and should be turned into another man from what he had been. The Spirit of God changes men, wonderfully transforms them. Saul, by praising God in the communion of saints, became another man, but it may be questioned if he became a new man.

Verses 9-16 The signs Samuel had given Saul, came to pass punctually; he found that God had given him another heart, another disposition of mind. Yet let not an outward show of devotion, and a sudden change for the present, be too much relied on; Saul among the prophets was Saul still. His being anointed was kept private. He leaves it to God to carry on his own work by Samuel, and sits still, to see how the matter will fall.

Verses 17-27 Samuel tells the people, Ye have this day rejected your God. So little fond was Saul now of that power, which soon after, when he possessed it, he could not think of parting with, that he hid himself. It is good to be conscious of our unworthiness and insufficiency for the services to which we are called; but men should not go into the contrary extreme, by refusing the employments to which the Lord and the church call them. The greater part of the people treated the matter with indifference. Saul modestly went home to his own house, but was attended by a band of men whose hearts God disposed to support his authority. If the heart bend at any time the right way, it is because He has touched it. One touch is enough when it is Divine. Others despised him. Thus differently are men affected to our exalted Redeemer. There is a remnant who submit to him, and follow him wherever he goes; they are those whose hearts God has touched, whom he has made willing. But there are others who despise him, who ask, How shall this man save us? They are offended in him, and they will be punished.

1 Samuel 10 Commentary - Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

CHAPTER 10

1 Samuel 10:1-27 . SAMUEL ANOINTS SAUL, AND CONFIRMS HIM BY THE PREDICTION OF THREE SIGNS.

1. Then Samuel took a vial of oil--This was the ancient ( Judges 9:8 ) ceremony of investiture with the royal office among the Hebrews and other Eastern nations. But there were two unctions to the kingly office; the one in private, by a prophet ( 1 Samuel 16:13 ), which was meant to be only a prophetic intimation of the person attaining that high dignity--the more public and formal inauguration ( 2 Samuel 2:4 , 5:3 ) was performed by the high priest, and perhaps with the holy oil, but that is not certain. The first of a dynasty was thus anointed, but not his heirs, unless the succession was disputed ( 1 Kings 1:39 , 2 Kings 11:12 , 23:30 , 2 Chronicles 23:11 ).
kissed him--This salutation, as explained by the words that accompanied it, was an act of respectful homage, a token of congratulation to the new king ( Psalms 2:12 ).

2. When thou art departed from me to-day--The design of these specific predictions of what should be met with on the way, and the number and minuteness of which would arrest attention, was to confirm Saul's reliance on the prophetic character of Samuel, and lead him to give full credence to what had been revealed to him as the word of God.
Rachel's sepulchre--near Beth-lehem
Zelzah--or Zelah, now Bet-jalah, in the neighborhood of that town.

3. the plain--or, "the oak of Tabor," not the celebrated mount, for that was far distant.
three men going up to God to Beth-el--apparently to offer sacrifices there at a time when the ark and the tabernacle were not in a settled abode, and God had not yet declared the permanent place which He should choose. The kids were for sacrifice, the loaves for the offering, and the wine for the libations.

5. the hill of God--probably Geba ( 1 Samuel 13:3 ), so called from a school of the prophets being established there. The company of prophets were, doubtless, the pupils at this seminary, which had probably been instituted by Samuel, and in which the chief branches of education taught were a knowledge of the law, and of psalmody with instrumental music, which is called "prophesying" (here and in 1 Chronicles 25:1 1 Chronicles 25:7 ).

6. the Spirit of the Lord will come upon thee--literally, "rush upon thee," suddenly endowing thee with a capacity and act in a manner far superior to thy previous character and habits; and instead of the simplicity, ignorance, and sheepishness of a peasant, thou wilt display an energy, wisdom, and magnanimity worthy of a prince.

8. thou shalt go down before me to Gilgal--This, according to JOSEPHUS, was to be a standing rule for the observance of Saul while the prophet and he lived; that in every great crisis, such as a hostile incursion on the country, he should repair to Gilgal, where he was to remain seven days, to afford time for the tribes on both sides Jordan to assemble, and Samuel to reach it.

9-11. when he had turned his back to go from Samuel, God gave him another heart--Influenced by the words of Samuel, as well as by the accomplishment of these signs, Saul's reluctance to undertake the onerous office was overcome. The fulfilment of the two first signs [ 1 Samuel 10:7 1 Samuel 10:8 ] is passed over, but the third is specially described. The spectacle of a man, though more fit to look after his father's cattle than to take part in the sacred exercises of the young prophets--a man without any previous instruction, or any known taste, entering with ardor into the spirit, and skilfully accompanying the melodies of the sacred band, was so extraordinary a phenomenon, that it gave rise to the proverb, "Is Saul also among the prophets?" (see 1 Samuel 19:24 ). The prophetic spirit had come upon him; and to Saul it was as personal and experimental an evidence of the truth of God's word that had been spoken to him, as converts to Christianity have in themselves from the sanctifying power of the Gospel.

12. But who is their father?--The Septuagint reads, "Who is his father?" referring to Saul the son of Kish.

17-25. Samuel called the people together . . . at Mizpeh--a shaft-like hill near Hebron, five hundred feet in height. The national assemblies of the Israelites were held there. A day having been appointed for the election of a king, Samuel, after having charged the people with a rejection of God's institution and a superseding of it by one of their own, proceeded to the nomination of the new monarch. As it was of the utmost importance that the appointment should be under the divine direction and control, the determination was made by the miraculous lot, tribes, families, and individuals being successively passed until Saul was found. His concealment of himself must have been the result either of innate modesty, or a sudden nervous excitement under the circumstances. When dragged into view, he was seen to possess all those corporeal advantages which a rude people desiderate in their sovereigns; and the exhibition of which gained for the prince the favorable opinion of Samuel also. In the midst of the national enthusiasm, however, the prophet's deep piety and genuine patriotism took care to explain "the manner of the kingdom," that is, the royal rights and privileges, together with the limitations to which they were to be subjected; and in order that the constitution might be ratified with all due solemnity, the charter of this constitutional monarchy was recorded and laid up "before the Lord," that is, deposited in the custody of the priests, along with the most sacred archives of the nation.

26. And Saul also went home to Gibeah--near Geba. This was his place of residence (see Judges 20:20 ), about five miles north of Jerusalem.
there went . . . a band of men, whose hearts God had touched--who feared God and regarded allegiance to their king as a conscientious duty. They are opposed to "the children of Belial."

27. the children of Belial said, How shall this man save us? And they despised him, and brought him no presents--In Eastern countries, the honor of the sovereign and the splendor of the royal household are upheld, not by a fixed rate of taxation, but by presents brought at certain seasons by officials, and men of wealth, from all parts of the kingdom, according to the means of the individual, and of a customary registered value. Such was the tribute which Saul's opponents withheld, and for want of which he was unable to set up a kingly establishment for a while. But "biding his time," he bore the insult with a prudence and magnanimity which were of great use in the beginning of his government.