1 Samuel 11

Saul Defeats the Ammonites

1 Then a Nahash the Ammonite came up and 1 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." 2 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." 3 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 2 save us, we will come out to you." 4 So the messengers came e to Gibeah of Saul and told the news in the hearing of the people. And f all the people lifted up their voices and wept.

5 Now there was Saul, coming behind the herd from the field; and Saul said, "What troubles the people, that they weep?" And they told him the words of the men of Jabesh. 6 g Then the Spirit of God came upon Saul when he heard this news, and his anger was greatly aroused. 7 So he took a yoke of oxen and h cut them in pieces, and sent them throughout all the territory of Israel by the hands of messengers, saying, i "Whoever does not go out with Saul and Samuel to battle, so it shall be done to his oxen." And the fear of the LORD fell on the people, and they came out 3 with one consent. 8 When he numbered them in j Bezek, the children k of Israel were three hundred thousand, and the men of Judah thirty thousand. 9 And they said to the messengers who came, "Thus you shall say to the men of Jabesh Gilead: 'Tomorrow, by the time the sun is hot, you shall have help.' " Then the messengers came and reported it to the men of Jabesh, and they were glad. 10 Therefore the men of Jabesh said, "Tomorrow we will come out to you, and you may do with us whatever seems good to you." 11 So it was, on the next day, that l Saul put the people m in three companies; and they came into the midst of the camp in the morning watch, and killed Ammonites until the heat of the day. And it happened that those who survived were scattered, so that no two of them were left together.

The Kingdom Is Renewed

12 Then the people said to Samuel, n "Who is he who said, 'Shall Saul reign over us?' o Bring the men, that we may put them to death." 13 But Saul said, p "Not a man shall be put to death this day, for today q the LORD has accomplished salvation in Israel." 14 Then Samuel said to the people, "Come, let us go r to Gilgal and renew the kingdom there." 15 So all the people went to Gilgal, and there they made Saul king s before the LORD in Gilgal. t There they made sacrifices of peace offerings before the LORD, and there Saul and all the men of Israel rejoiced greatly.

  1. Cross References
    2 Samuel 8:2
    Then he defeated Moab. Forcing them down to the ground, he measured them off with a line. With two lines he measured off those to be put to death, and with one full line those to be kept alive. So the Moabites became David's servants, and brought tribute.
    1 Kings 4:21
    So Solomon reigned over all kingdoms from the River to the land of the Philistines, as far as the border of Egypt. They brought tribute and served Solomon all the days of his life.
    1 Kings 10:25
    Each man brought his present: articles of silver and gold, garments, armor, spices, horses, and mules, at a set rate year by year.
    2 Chronicles 17:5
    Therefore the LORD established the kingdom in his hand; and all Judah gave presents to Jehoshaphat, and he had riches and honor in abundance.
    Matthew 2:11
    And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
  2. Cross References
    1 Samuel 12:12
    And when you saw that Nahash king of the Ammonites came against you, you said to me, 'No, but a king shall reign over us,' when the LORD your God was your king.
  3. Cross References
    Judges 21:8
    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 Jabesh Gilead to the assembly.
    1 Samuel 31:11
    Now when the inhabitants of Jabesh Gilead heard what the Philistines had done to Saul.
  4. Cross References
    Genesis 26:28
    But they said, "We have certainly seen that the LORD is with you. So we said, 'Let there now be an oath between us, between you and us; and let us make a covenant with you.
    1 Kings 20:34
    So BenHadad said to him, "The cities which my father took from your father I will restore; and you may set up marketplaces for yourself in Damascus, as my father did in Samaria." Then Ahab said, "I will send you away with this treaty." So he made a treaty with him and sent him away.
    Job 41:4
    Will he make a covenant with you? Will you take him as a servant forever?
    Ezekiel 17:13
    And he took the king's offspring, made a covenant with him, and put him under oath. He also took away the mighty of the land.
  5. Cross References
    Genesis 34:14
    And they said to them, "We cannot do this thing, to give our sister to one who is uncircumcised, for that would be a reproach to us.
    1 Samuel 17:26
    Then David spoke to the men who stood by him, saying, "What shall be done for the man who kills this Philistine and takes away the reproach from Israel? For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?
    Psalms 44:13
    You make us a reproach to our neighbors, A scorn and a derision to those all around us.
  6. Cross References
    1 Samuel 10:26
    And Saul also went home to Gibeah; and valiant men went with him, whose hearts God had touched.
    1 Samuel 15:34
    Then Samuel went to Ramah, and Saul went up to his house at Gibeah of Saul.
    2 Samuel 21:6
    "let seven men of his descendants be delivered to us, and we will hang them before the LORD in Gibeah of Saul, whom the LORD chose." And the king said, "I will give them."
  7. Cross References
    Genesis 27:38
    And Esau said to his father, "Have you only one...
    Judges 2:4
    So it was, when the Angel of the LORD spoke the...
    Judges 20:23
    Then the children of Israel went up and wept be...
    Judges 20:26
    Then all the children of Israel, that is, all t...
    Judges 21:2
    Then the people came to the house of God, and r...
    1 Samuel 30:4
    Then David and the people who were with him lif...
  8. Cross References
    Judges 3:10
    The Spirit of the LORD came upon him, and he ju...
    Judges 6:34
    But the Spirit of the LORD came upon Gideon; th...
    Judges 11:29
    Then the Spirit of the LORD came upon Jephthah,...
    Judges 13:25
    And the Spirit of the LORD began to move upon h...
    Judges 14:6
    And the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon h...
    1 Samuel 10:10
    When they came there to the hill, there was a g...
    1 Samuel 16:13
    Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed h...
  9. Cross References
    Judges 19:29
    When he entered his house he took a knife, laid hold of his concubine, and divided her into twelve pieces, limb by limb, and sent her throughout all the territory of Israel.
  10. Cross References
    Judges 21:5
    The children of Israel said, "Who is there among all the tribes of Israel who did not come up with the assembly to the LORD?" For they had made a great oath concerning anyone who had not come up to the LORD at Mizpah, saying, "He shall surely be put to death.
    Judges 21:8
    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 Jabesh Gilead to the assembly.
    Judges 21:10
    So the congregation sent out there twelve thousand of their most valiant men, and commanded them, saying, "Go and strike the inhabitants of Jabesh Gilead with the edge of the sword, including the women and children.
  11. Cross References
    Judges 1:5
    And they found AdoniBe'zek in Bezek, and fought against him; and they defeated the Canaanites and the Perizzites.
  12. Cross References
    2 Samuel 24:9
    Then Joab gave the sum of the number of the people to the king. And there were in Israel eight hundred thousand valiant men who drew the sword, and the men of Judah were five hundred thousand men.
  13. Cross References
    1 Samuel 31:11
    Now when the inhabitants of Jabesh Gilead heard what the Philistines had done to Saul.
  14. Cross References
    Judges 7:16
    Then he divided the three hundred men into three companies, and he put a trumpet into every man's hand, with empty pitchers, and torches inside the pitchers.
    Judges 7:20
    Then the three companies blew the trumpets and broke the pitchers - they held the torches in their left hands and the trumpets in their right hands for blowing - and they cried, "The sword of the LORD and of Gideon!
  15. Cross References
    1 Samuel 10:27
    But some rebels said, "How can this man save us?" So they despised him, and brought him no presents. But he held his peace.
  16. Cross References
    Luke 19:27
    'But bring here those enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, and slay them before me.'"
  17. Cross References
    1 Samuel 10:27
    But some rebels said, "How can this man save us?" So they despised him, and brought him no presents. But he held his peace.
    2 Samuel 19:22
    And David said, "What have I to do with you, you sons of Zeruiah, that you should be adversaries to me today? Shall any man be put to death today in Israel? For do I not know that today I am king over Israel?
  18. Cross References
    Exodus 14:13
    And Moses said to the people, "Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever.
    Exodus 14:30
    So the LORD saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore.
    1 Samuel 19:5
    "For he took his life in his hands and killed the Philistine, and the LORD brought about a great deliverance for all Israel. You saw it and rejoiced. Why then will you sin against innocent blood, to kill David without a cause?"
  19. Cross References
    1 Samuel 7:16
    He went from year to year on a circuit to Bethel, Gilgal, and Mizpah, and judged Israel in all those places.
    1 Samuel 10:8
    "You shall go down before me to Gilgal; and surely I will come down to you to offer burnt offerings and make sacrifices of peace offerings. Seven days you shall wait, till I come to you and show you what you should do."
  20. Cross References
    1 Samuel 10:17
    Then Samuel called the people together to the LORD at Mizpah.
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