1 Samuel 11
Nahash offereth them of Jabesh-gilead a reproachful condition.
1 Samuel 11:1 Then Nahas the Ammonite came & beseged Iabes in Galaad. And al the people of Iabes sayd vnto Nahas: make a couenaunte wyth vs & we wylbe thy seruauntes. 1 Samuel 11:2 And Nahas þe Amonite said: herto will I make a couenaunt wt you, euen to thrust oute all youre ryght eyes, þt I may bring þt shame vpon al Israel. 1 Samuel 11:3 Then said the elders of Iabes: geue vs .vij. dayes respite þt we maye send messengers vnto al the coastes of Israell. And then yf there come no man to help vs, we wyll come out to the.
They send messengers, and are delivered by Saul.
1 Samuel 11:4 Then came þe messengers to Gabaah where Saul dwelte, & tolde his tidinges in the eares of the people. And al the people lyfte vp theyr voyces & wept. 1 Samuel 11:5 And behold Saul came followyng his oxen oute of the felde, & asked what ayled þe people to wepe. And they told hym þe tydynges of the men of Iabes. 1 Samuel 11:6 Then came þe spryte of God vpon Saul, when he hearde those tidinges, & he was exceding angrye. 1 Samuel 11:7 And toke a youke of oxen & hewed them in peces, & sent them thorowout al þe coastes of Israel by þe handes of messengers saying: whosoeuer cometh not forth after Saul & after Samuel, so shall hys oxen be serued. Then the feare of the Lord fel on the people, & they came out as it had ben but one man. 1 Samuel 11:8 And when they were nombred in Bezek the children of Israel were thre hundred thousand, & the men of Iuda thyrtye thousand. 1 Samuel 11:9 And they sayd vnto the messengers þt came, so say vnto the men of Iabes in Galaad: to morow by that tyme, the sunne be hote, ye shall haue helpe. And the messengers came & shewed the men of Iabes, & they were glad. 1 Samuel 11:10 And then the men of Iabes sayde: to morowe we wil come out vnto you, that ye maye do with vs al that pleaseth you. 1 Samuel 11:11 And on the morowe Saul put þe people in thre partes. And they came in vpon the host in þe morning watche, & slue the Ammonites, vntill þe heat of the day. And they þt remayned, shattered, so that two of them were not left together.
Saul thereby is confirmed, and his kingdom renewed.
1 Samuel 11:12 Then saide the people to Samuel: what are they þt sayd: shall Saule raigne ouer vs? bryng them þt we may slay them. 1 Samuel 11:13 But Saule sayde: there shal no man dye thys daye, for to daye the Lord hath saued Israel. 1 Samuel 11:14 Then sayde Samuel vnto the people: come & let vs go to Galgal, & renewe the kyngdom there. 1 Samuel 11:15 And the people went to Galgal & made Saul kyng there, before the Lorde in Galgal. And there they offered peace offerynges before the Lorde. And there Saul and all the people reioysed excedinglye.