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1 Samuel 11:1-4 (New International Version)

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Saul Rescues the City of Jabesh

1 Nahash1 the Ammonite went up and besieged Jabesh Gilead.2 And all the men of Jabesh said to him, "Make a treaty3 with us, and we will be subject to you." 2 But Nahash the Ammonite replied, "I will make a treaty with you only on the condition4 that I gouge5 out the right eye of every one of you and so bring disgrace6 on all Israel." 3 The elders7 of Jabesh said to him, "Give us seven days so we can send messengers throughout Israel; if no one comes to rescue8 us, we will surrender9 to you." 4 When the messengers came to Gibeah10 of Saul and reported these terms to the people, they all wept11 aloud.
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