And they said, “What one is there from the tribes of Israel who did not come up to Mizpah to the Lord?” And, in fact, no one had come to the camp from (A)Jabesh Gilead to the assembly.

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11 (A)Now when the inhabitants of Jabesh Gilead heard what the Philistines had done to Saul, 12 (B)all the valiant men arose and traveled all night, and took the body of Saul and the bodies of his sons from the wall of Beth Shan; and they came to Jabesh and (C)burned them there. 13 Then they took their bones and (D)buried them under the tamarisk tree at Jabesh, (E)and fasted seven days.

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So David sent messengers to the men of Jabesh Gilead, and said to them, (A)“You are blessed of the Lord, for you have shown this kindness to your lord, to Saul, and have buried him. And now may (B)the Lord show kindness and truth to you. I also will repay you this kindness, because you have done this thing.

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Saul Saves Jabesh Gilead

11 Then (A)Nahash the Ammonite came up and [a]encamped against (B)Jabesh Gilead; and all the men of Jabesh said to Nahash, (C)“Make a covenant with us, and we will serve you.”

And Nahash the Ammonite answered them, “On this condition I will make a covenant with you, that I may put out all your right eyes, and bring (D)reproach on all Israel.”

Then the elders of Jabesh said to him, “Hold off for seven days, that we may send messengers to all the territory of Israel. And then, if there is no one to [b]save us, we will come out to you.”

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Samuel 11:1 besieged
  2. 1 Samuel 11:3 deliver

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