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1 Samuel 11:4-7

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11:4 When the messengers went to Gibeah (where Saul lived) 1  and informed the people of these matters, all the people wept loudly. 2  11:5 Now Saul was walking behind the 3  oxen as he came from the field. Saul asked, “What has happened to the people? Why are they weeping?” So they told him about 4  the men of Jabesh.

11:6 The Spirit of God rushed upon Saul when he heard these words, and he became very angry. 11:7 He took a pair 5  of oxen and cut them up. Then he sent the pieces throughout the territory of Israel by the hand of messengers, who said, “Whoever does not go out after Saul and after Samuel should expect this to be done to his oxen!” Then the terror of the Lord fell on the people, and they went out as one army. 6 

1 tn Heb “to Gibeah of Saul.”

2 tn Heb “lifted their voice and wept.”

3 tn Or perhaps, “his oxen.” On this use of the definite article see Joüon 2:506-7 §137.f.

4 tn Heb “the matters of.”

5 tn Heb “yoke.”

6 tn Heb “like one man.”



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