Saul’s Deliverance of Jabesh-gilead
3“Don’t do anything to us for seven days,” the elders of Jabesh said to him, “and let us send messengers throughout the territory of Israel. If no one saves us, we will surrender to you.”
4When the messengers came to Gibeah,11:4 1Sm 10:26; 15:34 Saul’s hometown, and told the terms to the people, all wept aloud.11:4 Gn 27:38; Jdg 2:4
5Just then Saul was coming in from the field behind his oxen. “What’s the matter with the people? Why are they weeping?” Saul inquired, and they repeated to him the words of the men from Jabesh.
6When Saul heard these words, the Spirit of God suddenly came powerfully on him,11:6 Jdg 14:6; 1Sm 10:10 and his anger burned furiously.
7He took a team of oxen, cut them in pieces,11:7 Jdg 19:29 and sent them throughout the territory of Israel by messengers who said, “This is what will be done to the ox of anyone who doesn’t march behind Saul and Samuel.”11:7 Gn 15:10,17–18; Jdg 21:5,8,10; Jr 34:18 As a result, the terror of the Lord fell on the people, and they went out united.11:7 Jdg 20:1
8Saul counted them at Bezek.11:8 Jdg 1:5 There were three hundred thousand11:8 LXX reads 600,00011:8 Jdg 20:2 Israelites and thirty thousand11:8 DSS, LXX read 70,000 men from Judah.
9He told the messengers who had come, “Tell this to the men of Jabesh-gilead: ‘Deliverance will be yours tomorrow by the time the sun is hot.’” So the messengers told the men of Jabesh, and they rejoiced.
10Then the men of Jabesh said to Nahash, “Tomorrow we will come out, and you can do whatever you want to us.”
Saul’s Confirmation as King
14Then Samuel said to the people, “Come, let’s go to Gilgal, so we can renew the kingship there.”
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