1 Samuel 11


War with the Ammonites

1And [4ascended 1Nahash 2the 3Ammonite], and camped against Jabish Gilead. And [5said 1all 2the 3men 4of Jabish] to Nahash the Ammonite, Ordain with us a covenant! and we will serve you. 2And [4said 5to 6them 1Nahash 2the 3Ammonite], By this I will ordain with you a covenant, in the gouging out of all of you [2eye 1the right], and I will make it for scorn upon all Israel. 3And [4spoke 5to him 1the 2men 3of Jabish], saying, Spare us seven days, and we will send messengers unto every border of Israel. And if there might not be one delivering us, then we will come forth to you. 4And [3came 1the 2messengers] into Gibeah to Saul, and they spoke these words into the ears of the people; and [4lifted up 1all 2the 3people] their voice, and they wept. 5And behold, Saul came from behind the oxen from out of the field. And Saul said, Why is it that [3weep 1the 2people]? And they described to him the words of the men of Jabish. 6And [3sprang up 1spirit 2of the  lord] upon Saul, as he heard these words, and [3enraged 4over 5them 1his anger 2was exceedingly]. 7And he took two oxen, and dismembered them, and sent them unto every border of Israel by the hand of messengers, saying, Whosoever is not going forth after Saul and after Samuel, according to thus they shall do to his oxen. And there fell a change of state of the  lord upon the people, and they yelled as [2man 1one]. 8And he numbered them in Bezek, all the men of Israel -- three hundred thousand, and the men of Judah -- thirty thousand. 9And he said to the messengers, to the ones coming, Thus you shall say to the men of Jabish Gilead, Tomorrow there will be deliverance to you at the warming through of the sun. And [3came 1the 2messengers] into the city, and they reported to the men of Jabish, and they were glad. 10And [4said 1the 2men 3of Jabish] to Nahash the Ammonite, Tomorrow we shall come forth to you, and you shall do to us what is good before you. 11And it came to pass with the morning, that Saul put the people into three companies, and they entered into the midst of the camp in the early morning watch, and they struck the sons of Ammon until [3warmed through 1the 2day]. And it came to pass, the ones being left behind were scattered, and there was not left behind among them two together. 12And [3said 1the 2people] to Samuel, Who is the one saying, Saul shall not reign over us? Deliver up the men! and we will kill them. 13And Saul said, Not shall [2die 1any one] in this day, for today the  lord produced deliverance in Israel. 14And Samuel said to the people, saying, Come, we should go unto Gilgal, and we should renew there the kingdom. 15And [4went 1all 2the 3people] unto Gilgal; and Samuel anointed Saul there as king before the  lord in Gilgal. And he sacrificed there sacrifice offerings and peace offerings before the  lord. And [2was glad 3there 1Saul] and all the men of Israel greatly.
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