1 Samuel 10:17-11:15
New International Version
17 Samuel summoned the people of Israel to the Lord at Mizpah(A) 18 and said to them, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘I brought Israel up out of Egypt, and I delivered you from the power of Egypt and all the kingdoms that oppressed(B) you.’ 19 But you have now rejected(C) your God, who saves(D) you out of all your disasters and calamities. And you have said, ‘No, appoint a king(E) over us.’(F) So now present(G) yourselves before the Lord by your tribes and clans.”
20 When Samuel had all Israel come forward by tribes, the tribe of Benjamin was taken by lot. 21 Then he brought forward the tribe of Benjamin, clan by clan, and Matri’s clan was taken.(H) Finally Saul son of Kish was taken. But when they looked for him, he was not to be found. 22 So they inquired(I) further of the Lord, “Has the man come here yet?”
And the Lord said, “Yes, he has hidden himself among the supplies.”
23 They ran and brought him out, and as he stood among the people he was a head taller(J) than any of the others. 24 Samuel said to all the people, “Do you see the man the Lord has chosen?(K) There is no one like(L) him among all the people.”
Then the people shouted, “Long live(M) the king!”
25 Samuel explained(N) to the people the rights and duties(O) of kingship.(P) He wrote them down on a scroll and deposited it before the Lord. Then Samuel dismissed the people to go to their own homes.
26 Saul also went to his home in Gibeah,(Q) accompanied by valiant men(R) whose hearts God had touched. 27 But some scoundrels(S) said, “How can this fellow save us?” They despised him and brought him no gifts.(T) But Saul kept silent.
Saul Rescues the City of Jabesh
4 When the messengers came to Gibeah(AD) of Saul and reported these terms to the people, they all wept(AE) aloud. 5 Just then Saul was returning from the fields, behind his oxen, and he asked, “What is wrong with everyone? Why are they weeping?” Then they repeated to him what the men of Jabesh had said.
6 When Saul heard their words, the Spirit(AF) of God came powerfully upon him, and he burned with anger. 7 He took a pair of oxen,(AG) cut them into pieces, and sent the pieces by messengers throughout Israel,(AH) proclaiming, “This is what will be done to the oxen of anyone(AI) who does not follow Saul and Samuel.” Then the terror of the Lord fell on the people, and they came out together as one.(AJ) 8 When Saul mustered(AK) them at Bezek,(AL) the men of Israel numbered three hundred thousand and those of Judah thirty thousand.
9 They told the messengers who had come, “Say to the men of Jabesh Gilead, ‘By the time the sun is hot tomorrow, you will be rescued.’” When the messengers went and reported this to the men of Jabesh, they were elated. 10 They said to the Ammonites, “Tomorrow we will surrender(AM) to you, and you can do to us whatever you like.”
11 The next day Saul separated his men into three divisions;(AN) during the last watch of the night they broke into the camp of the Ammonites(AO) and slaughtered them until the heat of the day. Those who survived were scattered, so that no two of them were left together.
Saul Confirmed as King
12 The people then said to Samuel, “Who(AP) was it that asked, ‘Shall Saul reign over us?’ Turn these men over to us so that we may put them to death.”
14 Then Samuel said to the people, “Come, let us go to Gilgal(AS) and there renew the kingship.(AT)” 15 So all the people went to Gilgal(AU) and made Saul king(AV) in the presence of the Lord. There they sacrificed fellowship offerings before the Lord, and Saul and all the Israelites held a great celebration.
- 1 Samuel 11:1 Masoretic Text; Dead Sea Scrolls gifts. Now Nahash king of the Ammonites oppressed the Gadites and Reubenites severely. He gouged out all their right eyes and struck terror and dread in Israel. Not a man remained among the Israelites beyond the Jordan whose right eye was not gouged out by Nahash king of the Ammonites, except that seven thousand men fled from the Ammonites and entered Jabesh Gilead. About a month later, 1 Nahash