26 Saul also went to his home in Gibeah,(A) accompanied by valiant men(B) whose hearts God had touched. 27 But some scoundrels(C) said, “How can this fellow save us?” They despised him and brought him no gifts.(D) But Saul kept silent.

Saul Rescues the City of Jabesh

11 Nahash[a](E) the Ammonite went up and besieged Jabesh Gilead.(F) And all the men of Jabesh said to him, “Make a treaty(G) with us, and we will be subject to you.”

But Nahash the Ammonite replied, “I will make a treaty with you only on the condition(H) that I gouge(I) out the right eye of every one of you and so bring disgrace(J) on all Israel.”


  1. 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, Nahash

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