1 Samuel 11 TNIV

Saul Rescues the City of Jabesh

1 Nahasha1 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."

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    • a 11:1 - Masoretic Text; Dead Sea Scrolls "gifts. Now Nahash king of the Ammonites oppressed the Gadites and Reubenites severely. He gouged out all their right eyes and struck terror and dread in Israel. Not a man remained among the Israelites beyond the Jordan whose right eye was not gouged out by Nahash king of the Ammonites, except that seven thousand men fled from the Ammonites and entered Jabesh Gilead. About a month later, 1 Nahash"
      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."

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      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."

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          4 When the messengers came to Gibeah10 of Saul and reported these terms to the people, they all wept11 aloud.

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          5 Just then Saul was returning from the fields, behind his oxen, and he asked, "What is wrong with everyone? Why are they weeping?" Then they repeated to him what the men of Jabesh had said.
          6 When Saul heard their words, the Spirit12 of God came on him in power, and he burned with anger.

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          7 He took a pair of oxen,13 cut them into pieces, and sent the pieces by messengers throughout Israel,14 proclaiming, "This is what will be done to the oxen of anyone15 who does not follow Saul and Samuel." Then the terror of the LORD fell on the people, and they turned out with one accord.16

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          8 When Saul mustered17 them at Bezek,18 the men of Israel numbered three hundred thousand and those of Judah thirty thousand.

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          9 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 rescued.' " When the messengers went and reported this to the men of Jabesh, they were elated.
          10 They said to the Ammonites, "Tomorrow we will surrender19 to you, and you can do to us whatever you like."

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              11 The next day Saul separated his men into three divisions;20 during the last watch of the night they broke into the camp of the Ammonites21 and slaughtered them until the heat of the day. Those who survived were scattered, so that no two of them were left together.

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              Saul Confirmed as King

              12 The people then said to Samuel, "Who22 was it that asked, 'Shall Saul reign over us?' Turn these men over to us so that we may put them to death."

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              13 But Saul said, "No one will be put to death today,23 for this day the LORD has rescued24 Israel."

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              14 Then Samuel said to the people, "Come, let us go to Gilgal25 and there renew the kingship.26"

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              15 So all the people went to Gilgal27 and made Saul king28 in the presence of the LORD. There they sacrificed fellowship offerings before the LORD, and Saul and all the Israelites held a great celebration.

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