When Saul counted them at Bezek, there were 300,000 troops from Israel and 30,000 troops from Judah.
They told the messengers who had come, "This is what you are to say to the men of Jabesh Gilead: 'Tomorrow, by the time the sun gets hot, you will be rescued.'" When the men of Jabesh received the message, they were overjoyed.
They said [to Nahash], "Tomorrow we'll surrender to you, and you may do to us whatever you think is right."
The next day Saul arranged the army in three divisions. They came into the [Ammonite] camp during the morning hours and continued to defeat the Ammonites until it got hot that day. The survivors were so scattered that no two of them were left together.
Then the people asked Samuel, "Who said that Saul shouldn't rule us? Let us have them, and we'll kill them."
But Saul said, "No one will be killed today, because today the LORD saved Israel."
Samuel told the troops, "Come, let's go to Gilgal and there acknowledge [Saul's] kingship."
Then all the troops went to Gilgal, and there in the LORD's presence, they confirmed Saul as their king. There they sacrificed fellowship offerings to the LORD. Saul and all of Israel's soldiers celebrated.