1 H5176 Then Nahash H5984 the Ammonite H5927 [H8799] came up H2583 [H8799] , and encamped H3003 H1568 against Jabeshgilead H582 : and all the men H3003 of Jabesh H559 [H8799] said H5176 to Nahash H3772 [H8798] , Make H1285 a covenant H5647 [H8799] with us, and we will serve thee.
2 H5176 And Nahash H5984 the Ammonite H559 [H8799] answered H2063 them, On this H3772 [H8799] condition will I make H5365 [H8800] a covenant with you, that I may thrust out H3225 all your right H5869 eyes H7760 [H8804] , and lay H2781 it for a reproach H3478 upon all Israel.
3 H2205 And the elders H3003 of Jabesh H559 [H8799] said H7651 to him, Give us seven H3117 days H7503 [H8685] ' respite H7971 [H8799] , that we may send H4397 messengers H1366 to all the land H3478 of Israel H3467 [H8688] : and then, if there is no man to save H3318 [H8804] us, we will come out to thee.
4 H935 [H8799] Then came H4397 the messengers H1390 to Gibeah H7586 of Saul H1696 [H8762] , and told H1697 the tidings H241 in the ears H5971 of the people H5971 : and all the people H5375 [H8799] lifted up H6963 their voices H1058 [H8799] , and wept.
5 H7586 And, behold, Saul H935 [H8804] came H310 after H1241 the herd H7704 out of the field H7586 ; and Saul H559 [H8799] said H5971 , What aileth the people H1058 [H8799] that they weep H5608 [H8762] ? And they told H1697 him the tidings H582 of the men H3003 of Jabesh.
6 H7307 And the Spirit H430 of God H6743 [H8799] came H7586 upon Saul H8085 [H8800] when he heard H1697 those tidings H639 , and his anger H2734 [H8799] was kindled H3966 greatly.
7 H3947 [H8799] And he took H6776 a yoke H1241 of oxen H5408 [H8762] , and hewed them in pieces H7971 [H8762] , and sent H1366 them throughout all the land H3478 of Israel H3027 by the hands H4397 of messengers H559 [H8800] , saying H3318 [H8802] , Whoever cometh not forth H310 after H7586 Saul H310 and after H8050 Samuel H6213 [H8735] , so shall it be done H1241 to his oxen H6343 . And the fear H3068 of the LORD H5307 [H8799] fell H5971 on the people H3318 [H8799] , and they came out H259 with one H376 consent.
8 H6485 [H8799] And when he numbered H966 them in Bezek H1121 , the children H3478 of Israel H7969 were three H3967 hundred H505 thousand H376 , and the men H3063 of Judah H7970 thirty H505 thousand.
9 H559 [H8799] And they said H4397 to the messengers H935 [H8802] that came H559 [H8799] , Thus shall ye say H376 to the men H3003 H1568 of Jabeshgilead H4279 , To morrow H8121 , by the time the sun H2527 is hot H8668 , ye shall have help H4397 . And the messengers H935 [H8799] came H5046 [H8686] and told H582 it to the men H3003 of Jabesh H8055 [H8799] ; and they were glad.
10 H582 Therefore the men H3003 of Jabesh H559 [H8799] said H4279 , To morrow H3318 [H8799] we will come out H6213 [H8804] to you, and ye shall do H5869 with us all that seemeth H2896 good to you.
11 H4283 And it was so on the next morning H7586 , that Saul H7760 [H8799] put H5971 the people H7969 in three H7218 companies H935 [H8799] ; and they came H8432 into the midst H4264 of the host H1242 in the morning H821 watch H5221 [H8686] , and slew H5983 the Ammonites H2527 until the heat H3117 of the day H7604 [H8737] : and it came to pass, that they who remained H6327 [H8799] were scattered H8147 , so that two H7604 [H8738] of them were not left H3162 together.
12 H5971 And the people H559 [H8799] said H8050 to Samuel H559 [H8802] , Who is he that said H7586 , Shall Saul H4427 [H8799] reign H5414 [H8798] over us? bring H582 the men H4191 [H8686] , that we may put them to death.
13 H7586 And Saul H559 [H8799] said H376 , There shall not a man H4191 [H8714] be put to death H3117 this day H3117 : for to day H3068 the LORD H6213 [H8804] hath wrought H8668 salvation H3478 in Israel.
14 H559 [H8799] Then said H8050 Samuel H5971 to the people H3212 [H8798] , Come H3212 [H8799] , and let us go H1537 to Gilgal H2318 [H8762] , and renew H4410 the kingdom there.
15 H5971 And all the people H3212 [H8799] went H1537 to Gilgal H7586 ; and there they made Saul H4427 [H8686] king H6440 before H3068 the LORD H1537 in Gilgal H2076 [H8799] ; and there they sacrificed H2077 sacrifices H8002 of peace offerings H6440 before H3068 the LORD H7586 ; and there Saul H582 and all the men H3478 of Israel H8055 [H8799] rejoiced H3966 greatly.