1 Samuel 11:13

13 But Saul said, “No one will be put to death today, for this day the LORD has rescued Israel.”

1 Samuel 11:13 in Other Translations

13 And Saul said, There shall not a man be put to death this day: for to day the LORD hath wrought salvation in Israel.
13 But Saul said, "Not a man shall be put to death this day, for today the LORD has worked salvation in Israel."
13 But Saul replied, “No one will be executed today, for today the LORD has rescued Israel!”
13 But Saul said, "Nobody is going to be executed this day. This is the day God saved Israel!
13 But Saul ordered, "No one will be executed this day, for today the Lord has provided deliverance in Israel."

1 Samuel 11:13 Meaning and Commentary

1 Samuel 11:13

And Saul said
Preventing Samuel from giving an answer, being ready to forgive injuries; as it was in his power as a king, and him only, to pardon those persons that treated him in so ill a manner, and it was policy so to do, especially in the beginning of his reign; and it plainly appears that this temper did not always continue with him; though there is no reason to believe otherwise, that this was now owing to his lenity as well as his prudence:

there shall not be a man put to death this day;
who by their appearance to his summons had testified their obedience, and by their courage and valour had showed their attachment to him, and to the interest of their country. Ben Gersom takes the sense to be, that it might be right after, but not on this day to put them to death; or that this was an artifice of Saul to deliver those men out of the hands of the Israelites, suggesting as if it was his intention hereafter to put them to death, though not now, for the following reason:

for today the Lord hath wrought salvation in Israel;
he does not ascribe the victory to the quick dispatch he made, to his wisdom and prudence in forming the scheme he did, and to his valour and courage, and that of his troops, but to the power and goodness of God.

1 Samuel 11:13 In-Context

11 The next day Saul separated his men into three divisions; during the last watch of the night they broke into the camp of the Ammonites and slaughtered them until the heat of the day. Those who survived were scattered, so that no two of them were left together.
12 The people then said to Samuel, “Who was it that asked, ‘Shall Saul reign over us?’ Turn these men over to us so that we may put them to death.”
13 But Saul said, “No one will be put to death today, for this day the LORD has rescued Israel.”
14 Then Samuel said to the people, “Come, let us go to Gilgal and there renew the kingship.”
15 So all the people went to Gilgal and made Saul king in the presence of the LORD. There they sacrificed fellowship offerings before the LORD, and Saul and all the Israelites held a great celebration.

Cross References 2

  • 1. 2 Samuel 19:22
  • 2. Exodus 14:13; 1 Samuel 19:5; 1 Chronicles 11:14
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