1 Samuel 14:48

48 He fought valiantly and defeated the Amalekites, delivering Israel from the hands of those who had plundered them.

Read 1 Samuel 14:48 Using Other Translations

And he gathered an host, and smote the Amalekites, and delivered Israel out of the hands of them that spoiled them.
And he did valiantly and struck the Amalekites and delivered Israel out of the hands of those who plundered them.
He performed great deeds and conquered the Amalekites, saving Israel from all those who had plundered them.

What does 1 Samuel 14:48 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
1 Samuel 14:48

And he gathered an host
A large army; for after the battle with the Ammonites he disbanded his army, and sent them home, retaining only 3000 men, and these deserted him to six hundred, which were all the men he had with him, when he fought last with the Philistines; but now, finding he had enemies on every side of him, he gathered a numerous host to defend his country against them, and particularly to attack the people next mentioned:

and he smote the Amalekites;
a people that Israel, by the law of God, were bound to destroy, and blot out their name; a particular account of his expedition against them is given in the following chapter:

and delivered Israel out of the hands of them that spoiled them;
the nations before mentioned, Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Syrians, and Philistines.

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