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Now some of the Hebrews had crossed over the Jordan to the land of Gad and Gilead. But as for Saul, he was still in Gilgal, and all the people followed him trembling. Bible other translations

“the Hebrews had crossed over.” The Hebrew text seems to include an intentional image of a reversal of God’s purpose for them. The word “Hebrew” and “cross over” come from the same root. The Hebrews were likely so named because they were the ones who “crossed over” into Israel from the east, and now the “ones who crossed over” are crossing back, reversing God’s plan for them.

“he was still in Gilgal.” Saul had gone to Gilgal by the Jordan River, abandoning the central hill country and leaving it to the Philistines.

“all the people.” That is, all the people who were with Saul, i.e., his army.


Commentary for: 1 Samuel 13:7