Just then Saul was returning from the fields, behind his oxen, and he asked, "What is wrong with the people? Why are they weeping?" Then they repeated to him what the men of Jabesh had said.
When Saul heard their words, the Spirit1 of God came upon him in power, and he burned with anger.
He took a pair of oxen,2 cut them into pieces, and sent the pieces by messengers throughout Israel,3 proclaiming, "This is what will be done to the oxen of anyone4 who does not follow Saul and Samuel." Then the terror of the LORD fell on the people, and they turned out as one man.58
When Saul mustered6 them at Bezek,7 the men of Israel numbered three hundred thousand and the men of Judah thirty thousand.
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 surrender8 to you, and you can do to us whatever seems good to you."
The next day Saul separated his men into three divisions;9 during the last watch of the night they broke into the camp of the Ammonites10 and slaughtered them until the heat of the day. Those who survived were scattered, so that no two of them were left together.