Now when Saul had taken the kingship over Israel, he fought against all his enemies on every side, against Moab and against the children of Ammon and against Edom and against the kings of Zobah and against the Philistines, and wherever he turned, he was victorious. Bible other translations

“taken the kingship.” The Hebrew is more literally, “captured the kingship.” The emphasis seems to be on Saul’s work, not God’s gift.

“he was victorious.” This translation closely follows the Septuagint, but the Hebrew text can have the same basic meaning (cp. D. Tsumura, The New International Commentary on the Old Testament: The First Book of Samuel).

Commentary for: 1 Samuel 14:47