1 About a month later, Nahash the Ammonite marched up and laid siege to Jabesh in Gilead. All the men of Jabesh said to Nahash, 'Make a treaty with us and we will be your subjects.'
1Kgs 20:34 1Sam 12:12 Ezek 17:13 Gen 26:28 Judg 21:8 Exod 23:32 Job 41:4
2 Nahash the Ammonite replied, 'I shall make a treaty with you only on this condition, that I put out all your right eyes, and I will make it a taunt to the whole of Israel.'
1Sam 17:26 Gen 34:14 Num 16:14 2Kgs 18:31 Exod 3:6 Jer 39:7 Judg 16:21
3 The elders of Jabesh said to him, 'Give us seven days' grace while we send messengers throughout the territory of Israel, and if no one comes to our help, we will come out to you.'
4 The messengers came to Gibeah of Saul, and reported this to the people, and all the people wept aloud.
1Sam 10:26 Judg 2:4 1Sam 15:34 1Sam 30:4 Judg 21:2 1Cor 12:26 1Sam 14:2
5 Now Saul was just then coming in from the fields behind his oxen, and he said, 'What is wrong? Why are the people weeping?' They explained to him what the men of Jabesh had said.
1Kgs 19:19 1Sam 9:1 Gen 21:17 Isa 22:1 Judg 18:23 Ps 78:71
6 And the spirit of Yahweh seized on Saul when he heard these words, and he fell into a fury.
1Sam 10:10 1Sam 16:13 Judg 3:10 Judg 6:34 Judg 13:25 Judg 14:6 Judg 11:29
7 He took a yoke of oxen, cut them into pieces and sent these by messengers throughout the territory of Israel with these words, 'Anyone who will not march with Saul will have the same done to his oxen!' At this, a panic from Yahweh swept on the people and they marched out as one man.
Judg 19:29 Judg 20:1 2Chr 14:14 2Chr 17:10 Gen 35:5 Judg 21:5-11
8 Saul inspected them at Bezek; there were three hundred thousand of Israel and thirty thousand of Judah.
2Sam 24:9 Judg 1:4-5 1Sam 13:15 1Sam 15:4 2Chr 17:12-19 Judg 20:2
9 Then he said to the messengers who had come, 'This is what you are to say to the people of Jabesh in Gilead, "Tomorrow, by the time that the sun is hot, help will reach you." ' The messengers went and reported this to the people of Jabesh who were overjoyed;
10 they said to Nahash, 'Tomorrow we shall come out to you and you can do whatever you like to us.'
11 The next day, Saul disposed the army in three contingents, which burst into the middle of the camp during the dawn watch and slaughtered the Ammonites until high noon. The survivors were so scattered that no two of them were left together.
Judg 7:16 1Sam 11:2 1Sam 30:17-18 Exod 14:24 Gen 22:14 Jas 2:13 Judg 1:7
12 The people then said to Samuel, 'Who said, "Must we have Saul reigning over us?" Hand the men over, for us to put them to death.'
1Sam 10:27 Luke 19:27 Ps 21:8
13 'No one must be put to death today,' Saul said, 'for today Yahweh has intervened to rescue Israel.'
1Sam 19:5 2Sam 19:22 Exod 14:13 Exod 14:30 1Cor 15:10 1Sam 14:45 Isa 59:16
14 Samuel then said to the people, 'Let us now go to Gilgal and reaffirm the monarchy there.'
1Sam 10:8 1Sam 7:16 1Chr 12:38-39 1Sam 5:3 1Sam 10:24-25
15 The people then all went to Gilgal. And there, at Gilgal, they proclaimed Saul king before Yahweh; they offered communion sacrifices before Yahweh, and there Saul and all the people of Israel gave themselves over to great rejoicing.
1Sam 10:8 1Sam 10:17 1Chr 29:21-24 1Sam 8:19 1Sam 12:13-15 1Sam 12:17 Exod 24:5