They told the messengers who had come, "Say to the men of Jabesh Gilead, 'By the time the sun is hot tomorrow, you will be delivered.' " When the messengers went and reported this to the men of Jabesh, they were elated.
They said to the Ammonites, "Tomorrow we will surrender1 to you, and you can do to us whatever seems good to you."
The next day Saul separated his men into three divisions;2 during the last watch of the night they broke into the camp of the Ammonites3 and slaughtered them until the heat of the day. Those who survived were scattered, so that no two of them were left together.
The people then said to Samuel, "Who4 was it that asked, 'Shall Saul reign over us?' Bring these men to us and we will put them to death."
But Saul said, "No one shall be put to death today,5 for this day the LORD has rescued6 Israel."
Then Samuel said to the people, "Come, let us go to Gilgal7 and there reaffirm the kingship.8"
So all the people went to Gilgal9 and confirmed Saul as king10 in the presence of the LORD. There they sacrificed fellowship offeringsa before the LORD, and Saul and all the Israelites held a great celebration.