1 Samuel 11
Nahash offereth them of Jabesh-gilead a reproachful condition.
1 Samuel 11:1 Nahas the Ammonite came, and beseged Iabes in Gilead. And all the men of Iabes sayde vnto Nahas: make a couenaunt wyth vs, and we wylbe thy seruauntes: 1 Samuel 11:2 And Nahas the Ammonite answered them: In thys will I make a couenaunt wyth you, yf I maye thrust out all youre ryght eyes, and brynge that shame vpon all Israel. 1 Samuel 11:3 To whom the elders of Iabes sayd: geue vs seuen dayes respite: that we maye sende messengers vnto all the coastes of Israel. And then yf there be no man to helpe vs, we wyll come out to the.
They send messengers, and are delivered by Saul.
1 Samuel 11:4 Then came the messengers to Gibea vnto Saul, and tolde thys tydynges in the eares of the people. And all the people lyfte vp theyr voyces and wept. 1 Samuel 11:5 And beholde, Saul came folowynge the catell out of the felde, & Saul sayde: what ayleth thys people, that they wepe? And they tolde hym the tydynges of the men of Iabes. 1 Samuel 11:6 And the sprete of God came vpon Saul, when he heard those tydinges, and he was excedyng angrye, 1 Samuel 11:7 and toke a yocke of oxen, and hewed them in peces, & sent them thorowe out all the coastes of Israel by the handes of messengers, sayeng: whosoeuer commeth not forth after Saul and after Samuel, so shall hys oxen be serued. And the feare of the Lorde fell on the people, and they cam out as it had bene but one man. 1 Samuel 11:8 And when he nombred them in Bezek, the chyldren of Israel were thre hundred thousande men, and the men of Iuda thirtye thousande. 1 Samuel 11:9 And they sayde vnto the messengers þt cam: so saye vnto the men of Iabes in Gilead: to morow by that tyme the sonne be hote, ye shal haue helpe. And the messengers cam & shewed the men of Iabes, which were glad. 1 Samuel 11:10 Therfore the men of Iabes sayde: tomorowe we wyll come out vnto you, and ye shall do wyth vs all that pleaseth you. 1 Samuel 11:11 And on the morowe it fortuned, that Saul put the people in .iij. partes. And they cam in vpon the host in the mornyng watche, & slue the Ammonites, vntyll the heat of the daye. And they that remayned, were skattered: so þt two of them were not left together.
Saul thereby is confirmed, and his kingdom renewed.
1 Samuel 11:12 And the people sayde vnto Samuel: what is he that darre saye: shall Saul raygne ouer vs? brynge those men, that we maye slaye them. 1 Samuel 11:13 And Saul sayde: there shall no man dye thys daye, for to daye þe Lord hathe saued Israel. 1 Samuel 11:14 Then sayde Samuel vnto the people: come, that we maye go to Gilgal, and renewe the kyngdome there. 1 Samuel 11:15 And all the people went to Gilgal, & made Saul kyng there, before the Lorde in Gilgal. And there they offered peaceofferynges before the Lorde. And there Saul and all the men of Israel reioysed excedyngly.