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Jehovah’s Witnesses


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1 Samuel 11:1-15

11  And Na′hash the Am′mon·ite+ proceeded to go up and camp against Ja′besh+ in Gil′e·ad.* At that all the men of Ja′besh said to Na′hash: “Conclude a covenant with us that we may serve you.”+  Then Na′hash the Am′mon·ite said to them: “On this condition I shall conclude it with YOU, on the condition of boring+ out every right eye of YOURS, and I must put it as a reproach upon all Israel.”+  In turn the older men of Ja′besh said to him: “Give us seven days’ time, and we will send messengers into all the territory of Israel and, if there is no savior+ of us, we must then go out to you.”  In time the messengers came to Gib′e·ah+ of Saul and spoke the words in the ears of the people, and all the people began raising their voice and weeping.+  But here is Saul coming after the herd from the field, and Saul proceeded to say: “What is the matter with the people, that they should weep?” And they began relating to him the words of the men of Ja′besh.  And the spirit+ of God* became operative upon Saul on his hearing these words, and his anger got very hot.+  So he took a pair of bulls and cut them in pieces and sent these into all the territory of Israel+ by the hand of the messengers, saying: “Whoever of us is not going out as a follower of Saul and of Samuel, this is the way it will be done to his cattle!”+ And the dread+ of Jehovah+ began to fall upon the people so that they came out as one man.+  Then he took the sum+ of them in Be′zek, and the sons of Israel amounted to three hundred thousand, and the men of Judah thirty thousand.  They* now said to the messengers that had come: “This is what YOU will say to the men of Ja′besh in Gil′e·ad, ‘Tomorrow salvation will take place for YOU when the sun gets hot.’”+ With that the messengers came and told the men of Ja′besh, and they gave way to rejoicing. 10  Accordingly the men of Ja′besh said: “Tomorrow we shall come out to YOU people, and YOU must do to us in harmony with all that is good in YOUR eyes.”+ 11  And it came about on the next day that Saul+ proceeded to put the people into three bands;+ and they made their way into the middle of the camp during the morning watch*+ and went striking down the Am′mon·ites*+ till the day grew hot. When there proved to be some that were left over, then they were sent scattering and there were not left over among them two together.+ 12  And the people began to say to Samuel: “Who is it saying, ‘Saul—is he to be king* over us?’+ GIVE the men over, that we may put them to death.”+ 13  However, Saul* said: “Not a man should be put to death on this day,+ because today Jehovah has performed salvation in Israel.”+ 14  Later Samuel said to the people: “Come and let us go to Gil′gal+ that we may there make the kingship anew.”+ 15  So all the people went to Gil′gal, and there they proceeded to make Saul king* before Jehovah in Gil′gal. Then they rendered up communion sacrifices there before Jehovah,+ and there Saul and all the men of Israel continued rejoicing to a great degree.+


Or, “Jabesh-gilead.”
“Spirit of God.” Heb., ru·ach-ʼElo·him′; TLXXVg and two Heb. mss, “spirit of Jehovah.”
“They,” MVg; LXXSy, “He.”
See Ex 14:24 ftn.
“Ammon,” MVg; TLXXSy and three Heb. mss, “the sons of Ammon.”
“Saul—is he to be king?” MVgc; LXXSy, “Saul—he should not be king.”
“Saul,” MSyVg; LXXB and other Gr. mss, “Samuel.”
“And there Samuel anointed Saul to be king,” LXX.