1 Samuel
Chapter 11

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1 Then Nahash the Ammonite came up, and encamped against Jabeshgilead: and all the men of Jabesh said unto Nahash, Make a covenant with us, and we will serve thee.

2 And Nahash the Ammonite answered them, On this condition will I make a covenant with you, that I may thrust out all your right eyes, and lay it for a reproach upon all Israel.

3 And the elders of Jabesh said unto him, Give us seven days' respite, that we may send messengers unto all the coasts of Israel: and then, if there be no man to save us, we will come out to thee.

4 Then came the messengers to Gibeah of Saul, and told the tidings in the ears of the people: and all the people lifted up their voices, and wept.

5 And, behold, Saul came after the herd out of the field; and Saul said, What aileth the people that they weep? And they told him the tidings of the men of Jabesh.

6 And the Spirit of God came upon Saul when he heard those tidings, and his anger was kindled greatly.

7 And he took a yoke of oxen, and hewed them in pieces, and sent them throughout all the coasts of Israel by the hands of messengers, saying, Whosoever cometh not forth after Saul and after Samuel, so shall it be done unto his oxen. And the fear of the LORD fell on the people, and they came out with one consent.

8 And when he numbered them in Bezek, the children of Israel were three hundred thousand, and the men of Judah thirty thousand.

9 And they said unto the messengers that came, Thus shall ye say unto the men of Jabeshgilead, To morrow, by that time the sun be hot, ye shall have help. And the messengers came and shewed it to the men of Jabesh; and they were glad.

10 Therefore the men of Jabesh said, To morrow we will come out unto you, and ye shall do with us all that seemeth good unto you.

11 And it was so on the morrow, that Saul put the people in three companies; and they came into the midst of the host in the morning watch, and slew the Ammonites until the heat of the day: and it came to pass, that they which remained were scattered, so that two of them were not left together.

12 And the people said unto Samuel, Who is he that said, Shall Saul reign over us? bring the men, that we may put them to death.

13 And Saul said, There shall not a man be put to death this day: for to day the LORD hath wrought salvation in Israel.

14 Then said Samuel to the people, Come, and let us go to Gilgal, and renew the kingdom there.

15 And all the people went to Gilgal; and there they made Saul king before the LORD in Gilgal; and there they sacrificed sacrifices of peace offerings before the LORD; and there Saul and all the men of Israel rejoiced greatly.

Commentary for 1 Samuel 11

Jabesh-gilead delivered. (1-11) Saul confirmed in his kingdom. (12-15)1-11 The first fruit of Saul's government was the rescue of Jabesh-gilead from the Ammonites. To save their lives, men will part with liberty, and even consent to have their eyes put out; is it then no wisdom to part with that sin which is as dear to us as our right eye, rather than to be cast into hell-fire? See the faith and confidence of Saul, and, grounded thereon, his courage and resolution. See also his activity in this business. When the Spirit of the Lord comes upon men, it will make them expert, even without experience. When zeal for the glory of God, and love for the brethren, urge men to earnest efforts, and when God is pleased to help, great effects may speedily be produced.

12-15 They now honoured Saul whom they had despised; and if an enemy be made a friend, that is more to our advantage than to have him slain. The once despised Saviour will at length be acknowledged by all as the Lord's own anointed king. As yet, upon his mercy-seat, he receives the submission of rebels, and even pleads their cause; but shortly, from his righteous tribunal, he will condemn all who persist in opposing him.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for 1 Samuel 11

  • A disciple
    Michelle Ann; This was a glorious moment in the story of Saul, and speaks also of the Day when Jesus shall be once and for all reconciled to His flesh and blood Brethren the House of Israel, and will not put anyone to death for their past sins and stubbornness and unbelief; for it will be a Day of Reconciliation and Salvation! Wonderful things to think about!
  • Michelle Ann
    VERSE 13: The elders have a better experience than the younger men. Fortunetunately, advises from the elders are profitable, and help us to avoid to listen to our own understanding. Because of the elders' aid the men of Jabesh, and the covenant was unfulfilled with Ammonite.
  • Apostle grace
    one thing that grieves me is how well King Saul begun and how disastrous his end was. My prayer for those who have had an encounter with the holy spirit keep the hunger and thirst keeps the fear of God in us The backsliding Spirit took him
    Remember God had given him a new heart, but the new heart returned to the old nature later in life to the point of God rejecting him and turning him reprobate.
  • A disciple
    So much goes through our minds as we read this chapter! Samuel knew why God sent him to make Saul the king of Israel; because the People had rejected God as their King, and they envied the heathen nations around them. But the LORD gave them allowance anyway, so long as their king would be the man of God to lead them to victory over their enemies. Oh what could have been if Saul had been that man!
  • BSP
    Verse 13: Saul could have taken revenge against those who insulted him, but he was a humble king here who was grateful for the salvation of Jehovah God.
  • Anne
    God anoints those He appoints.
  • Mark verrell
    I enjoy the comments of ira and colif. Forgiveness is powerful
  • April
    I have to say,so many people were taught by GOD himself or through others but did not seek for it,only in their own convience,and so many today are seeking GOD and would have loved to have a chance to know him like they got to,it's amazing how we get use to OUR ways even when GOD was there,so what does it take now adays for people to see HIS way instead of their own?,most do NOT think he is REAL!.

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