Now 1Nahash the Ammonitecame up and abesieged2Jabesh-gilead ; and all the men of Jabeshsaid to Nahash, "Make3a covenant with us and we will serve you."
But Nahash the Ammonitesaid to them, "I will make it with you on this condition, 4that I will gouge out the righteye of everyone of you, thus I will make it 5a reproach on allIsrael."
36The elders of Jabeshsaid to him, "Let us alone for sevendays, that we may sendmessengersthroughout the territory of Israel. Then, ifthere is noone to deliver us, we will come out to you."
Then the messengerscame7to Gibeah of Saul and spoke these words in the hearing of the people, and all the people8lifted up their voices and wept.
Now behold, Saul was coming from the field9behind the oxen, and bhe said, "What is the matter with the people that they weep?" So they related to him the words of the men of Jabesh.
Then 10the Spirit of Godcame upon Saulmightily when he heardthesewords, and che becameveryangry .
He took a yoke of oxen and 11cut them in pieces, and sent them throughout the territory of Israel by the hand of messengers, saying, "12Whoever does not come out afterSaul and afterSamuel, so shall it be done to his oxen." Then the dread of the LORDfell on the people, and they came out 13as oneman.
He dnumbered them in 14Bezek; and the 15sons of Israel were 300,000 , and the men of Judah30,000 .
They said to the messengers who had come, "Thus you shall say to the men of Jabesh-gilead , 'Tomorrow, by the time the sun is hot, you will havedeliverance.' " So the messengerswent and told the men of Jabesh; and they were glad.
Then the men of Jabeshsaid, "16Tomorrow we will come out to you, and you may do to us whatever seems goodeto you."
The nextmorningSaulput the people17in threecompanies; and they came into the midst of the camp at the morningwatch and struckdown the Ammonitesuntil the heat of the day. Those who survived were scattered, so that notwo of them were lefttogether.
Then the peoplesaid to Samuel, "18Who is he that said, 'Shall Saulreignover us?' f19Bring the men, that we may put them to death."
But Saulsaid, "20Not a man shall be put to deaththisday, for today21the LORD has accomplisheddeliverance in Israel."