And the war against the Philistines was strong all the days of Saul, and when Saul saw any mighty man or any valiant man, he took him to himself. Bible see other translations

“he took him to himself.” That is, Saul drafted him into his army. Saul’s constant battles with the Philistines meant he had to keep his army manned and ready.

Commentary for: 1 Samuel 14:52