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Bible Commentaries

Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures

1 Samuel 11

Verses 1-15

1 Samuel 11:1-15 Saul Delivers Jabeshgilead - Note that in 1 Samuel 31:11-13, these men of Jabesh-gilead will return Saul’s favour by rescuing his body from the Philistines.

1 Samuel 31:11-13, “And when the inhabitants of Jabeshgilead heard of that which the Philistines had done to Saul; All the valiant men arose, and went all night, and took the body of Saul and the bodies of his sons from the wall of Bethshan, and came to Jabesh, and burnt them there. And they took their bones, and buried them under a tree at Jabesh, and fasted seven days.”

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

1 Samuel 11:14 “and renew the kingdom there” - Comments - This phrase means to unify the kingdom of Israel. Within a few short years, Saul's efforts paid off. In 1 Samuel 14:47 the kingdom of Israel was reunited. This unity had not existed since the days of Joshua.

1 Samuel 14:47, “ So Saul took the kingdom over Israel , and fought against all his enemies on every side, against Moab, and against the children of Ammon, and against Edom, and against the kings of Zobah, and against the Philistines: and whithersoever he turned himself, he vexed them.”

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Everett, Gary H. "Commentary on 1 Samuel 11". Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures. 2013.