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Go to Commentary on 1 Sam 11
Saul Defeats the Ammonites

1Then Nahash the Ammonite came up and encamped against Jabesh Gilead, and all the men of Jabesh said to Nahash, “Cut a covenant with us and we will serve you.”

2Nahash the Ammonite said to them, “On this condition I will make it with you: that all your right eyes be put out; and I will lay it for a reproach on all Israel.”

3The elders of Jabesh said to him, “Give us seven days, that we may send messengers through all the territory of Israel; and then, if there is no one to save us, we will come out to you.”

4Then the messengers came to Gibeah of Saul and spoke these words in the ears of the people; and all the people lifted up their voice and wept.
  5Behold, Saul came following the oxen out of the field; and Saul said, “What ails the people that they weep?” They told him the words of the men of Jabesh.

6The spirit of God rushed upon Saul when he heard those words, and his anger was kindled greatly.
  7He took a yoke of oxen and cut them in pieces and sent them throughout all the borders of Israel by the hand of messengers, saying, “Whoever doesn’t come forth after Saul and after Samuel, so will it be done to his oxen.” The dread of Yahweh fell on the people and they came out as one man.

8He numbered them in Bezek, and the children of Israel were 300,000 and the men of Judah 30,000.
  9They said to the messengers who came, “Thus you will tell the men of Jabesh Gilead: ‘Tomorrow, by the time the sun is hot, you will have deliverance.’” The messengers came and told the men of Jabesh, and they were glad.

10Therefore the men of Jabesh said, “Tomorrow we will come out to you, and you will do with us all that seems good to you.”

11It was so on the next day that Saul put the people in three companies, and they came into the middle of the camp in the morning watch and struck the Ammonites until the heat of the day: and it came to pass that those who remained were scattered, so that no two of them were left together.

Saul Confirmed as King

12The people said to Samuel, “Who is he who said, ‘Should Saul reign over us?’ Bring those men, that we may put them to death!”

13Saul said, “There will not a man be put to death this day; for today Yahweh has worked deliverance in Israel.”

14Then Samuel said to the people, “Come and let us go to Gilgal and renew the kingdom there.”
  15All the people went to Gilgal, and there they made Saul king before Yahweh in Gilgal, and there they offered sacrifices of peace offerings before Yahweh; and there Saul and all the men of Israel rejoiced greatly.

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