The Covenant – 1st Samuel 11

1 Samuel 11:1 Then Nahash the  Ammonite came up, and encamped against Jabesh-gilead:  and all the men of Jabesh said unto Nahash, Make a  covenant with us, and we will serve thee. 

1 Samuel 11:2 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.  

1 Samuel 11:3 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.  

1 Samuel 11:4 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. 

1 Samuel 11:5 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. 

1 Samuel 11:6 And the Spirit of God  came upon Saul when he heard those tidings, and his anger  was kindled greatly. 

1 Samuel 11:7 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.   

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1 Samuel 11:8 And when he numbered them in Bezek, the children  of Israel were three hundred thousand, and the men of Judah  thirty thousand. 

1 Samuel 11:9 And they said unto the messengers  that came, Thus shall ye say unto the men of Jabesh-gilead,  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. 

1 Samuel 11:10 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. 

1 Samuel 11:11  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.  

1 Samuel 11:12 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. 

1 Samuel 11:13 And Saul said, There shall  not a man be put to death this day: for to day the LORD  hath wrought salvation in Israel. 

1 Samuel 11:14 Then said Samuel  to the people, Come, and let us go to Gilgal, and renew the  kingdom there. 

1 Samuel 11:15 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.  KJV

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