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1 Samuel 11

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 1 Then Nahash the Ammonite came up, and encamped against Jabeshgilead; and all the men of Jabesh said to Nahash, "Make a covenant with us, and we will serve you."

 2 And Nahash the Ammonite answered them, "On this condition will I make a covenant with you, that I may thrust out all your right eyes, and lay it for a reproach upon all Israel."

 3 And the elders of Jabesh said to him, "Give us seven days' delay, that we may send messengers to all the territories of Israel; and then, if there is no man willing to save us, we will come out to you."

 4 Messengers came to Gibeah of Saul, and told the news of the Ammonite demand to the people of Jabesh; and all the people lifted up their voices and wept.

 5 And, behold, Saul came out of the field behind the herd of oxen; and Saul said, "What ails the people that they are weeping?" And they told him the news of the men of Jabesh.

 6 And the Spirit of God came upon Saul when he heard those tidings, and his anger was greatly kindled.

 7 And he took a yoke of oxen, and hewed them in pieces, and sent them throughout all the coasts of Israel by the hands of messengers, saying, "Whoever does not come to the call of Saul and Samuel, so shall his oxen be hewed in pieces." And the fear of the LORD fell on the people, and they came out with one purpose.

 8 And when he numbered them in Bezek, the children of Israel were three hundred thousand, and the men of Judah thirty thousand.

 9 And they said to the messengers that came, "Thus you will say to the men of Jabeshgilead, 'Tomorrow, by the time the sun is hot, you shall have help.'" And the messengers came and reported it to the men of Jabesh; and they were glad.

 10 Therefore the men of Jabesh said to Nahash, "Tomorrow we will come out to you, and you may do to us all that seems good to you."

 11 And it was so on the next morning that Saul put the people into three companies; and they attacked the midst of the Ammonite army in the early morning watch [while still dark], and slew the Ammonites until the heat of the day; and it came to pass, that those who remained were scattered, so that no two of them were left together.

 12 And the people said to Samuel, "Who are those who said, 'Shall Saul reign over us?' Bring those men that we may put them to death."

 13 And Saul said, "There shall not a man be put to death this day for today the LORD has wrought salvation in Israel."

 14 Then said Samuel to the people, "Come, and let us go to Gilgal, and renew the kingdom there."

 15 And all the people went to Gilgal. In Gilgal they made Saul king before the LORD. There they offered sacrifices of peace offerings before the LORD; and there Saul and all the men of Israel greatly rejoiced.

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