1 Samuel 10:27
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New International Version
But some scoundrels said, "How can this fellow save us?" They despised him and brought him no gifts. But Saul kept silent.

New Living Translation
But there were some scoundrels who complained, "How can this man save us?" And they scorned him and refused to bring him gifts. But Saul ignored them. [Nahash, king of the Ammonites, had been grievously oppressing the people of Gad and Reuben who lived east of the Jordan River. He gouged out the right eye of each of the Israelites living there, and he didn't allow anyone to come and rescue them. In fact, of all the Israelites east of the Jordan, there wasn't a single one whose right eye Nahash had not gouged out. But there were 7,000 men who had escaped from the Ammonites, and they had settled in Jabesh-gilead.]

English Standard Version
But some worthless fellows said, “How can this man save us?” And they despised him and brought him no present. But he held his peace.

New American Standard Bible
But certain worthless men said, "How can this one deliver us?" And they despised him and did not bring him any present. But he kept silent.

King James Bible
But the children of Belial said, How shall this man save us? And they despised him, and brought him no presents. But he held his peace.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But some wicked men said, "How can this guy save us?" They despised him and did not bring him a gift, but Saul said nothing.

International Standard Version
But some troublemakers said, "How can this man deliver us?" They despised him and did not bring him a gift. But Saul remained silent. [28] Meanwhile, Nahash, king of the Ammonites, had been severely oppressing the descendants of Gad and descendants of Reuben, gouging out their right eyes and not allowing Israel to have a deliverer. No one was left among the Israelis across the Jordan whose right eye Nahash, king of the Ammonites, had not gouged out. However, 7,000 men had escaped from the Ammonites and entered Jabesh-gilead.

NET Bible
But some wicked men said, "How can this man save us?" They despised him and did not even bring him a gift. But Saul said nothing about it.

New Heart English Bible
But certain worthless fellows said, "How shall this man save us?" So they despised him, and brought him no present. Now Nahash, king of the Ammonites, was severely oppressing the Gadites and the Reubenites. He put out the right eye of all of them, and he would not allow anyone to rescue Israel. Not one was left of the children of Israel beyond the Jordan whose right eye Nahash, king of the Ammonites, did not put out, except for seven thousand men who had escaped from the Ammonites and went to Jabesh Gilead.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
However, some good-for-nothing people asked, "How can this man save us?" They despised him and wouldn't bring him presents, but he didn't respond.

JPS Tanakh 1917
But certain base fellows said: 'How shall this man save us?' And they despised him, and brought him no present. But he was as one that held his peace.

New American Standard 1977
But certain worthless men said, “How can this one deliver us?” And they despised him and did not bring him any present. But he kept silent.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But the sons of Belial said, How shall this man save us? And they despised him and brought him no presents. But he pretended not to notice.

King James 2000 Bible
But some worthless fellows said, How shall this man save us? And they despised him, and brought him no presents. But he held his peace.

American King James Version
But the children of Belial said, How shall this man save us? And they despised him, and brought no presents. But he held his peace.

American Standard Version
But certain worthless fellows said, How shall this man save us? And they despised him, and brought him no present. But he held his peace.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But the children of Belial said: Shall this fellow be able to save us? And they despised him, and brought him no presents, but he dissembled as though he heard not.

Darby Bible Translation
But the children of Belial said, How should this man save us? And they despised him, and brought him no gifts. But he was as one deaf.

English Revised Version
But certain sons of Belial said, How shall this man save us? And they despised him, and brought him no present. But he held his peace.

Webster's Bible Translation
But the children of Belial said, How shall this man save us? And they despised him, and brought him no presents. But he held his peace.

World English Bible
But certain worthless fellows said, "How shall this man save us?" They despised him, and brought him no present. But he held his peace.

Young's Literal Translation
and the sons of worthlessness have said, 'What! this one doth save us!' and they despise him, and have not brought to him a present; and he is as one deaf.
Study Bible
Saul Proclaimed King
26Saul also went to his house at Gibeah; and the valiant men whose hearts God had touched went with him. 27But certain worthless men said, "How can this one deliver us?" And they despised him and did not bring him any present. But he kept silent.
Cross References
Deuteronomy 13:13
some worthless men have gone out from among you and have seduced the inhabitants of their city, saying, 'Let us go and serve other gods ' (whom you have not known),

1 Samuel 11:12
Then the people said to 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
But Saul said, "Not a man shall be put to death this day, for today the LORD has accomplished deliverance in Israel."

1 Samuel 16:20
Jesse took a donkey loaded with bread and a jug of wine and a young goat, and sent them to Saul by David his son.

1 Samuel 25:17
"Now therefore, know and consider what you should do, for evil is plotted against our master and against all his household; and he is such a worthless man that no one can speak to him."

1 Kings 10:25
They brought every man his gift, articles of silver and gold, garments, weapons, spices, horses, and mules, so much year by year.

2 Chronicles 17:5
So the LORD established the kingdom in his control, and all Judah brought tribute to Jehoshaphat, and he had great riches and honor.
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But the children of Belial said, How shall this man save us? And they despised him, and brought no presents. But he held his peace.

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1 Kings 10:25 And they brought every man his present, vessels of silver, and vessels …

2 Chronicles 17:5 Therefore the LORD established the kingdom in his hand; and all Judah …

Psalm 72:10 The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall bring presents: the …

Matthew 2:11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child …

he held his peace. or, he was as though he had been deaf

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Isaiah 36:21 But they held their peace, and answered him not a word: for the king's …

Matthew 27:12-14 And when he was accused of the chief priests and elders, he answered nothing…

(27) The children of Belial.--More accurately, worthless men. (See Note on 1Samuel 2:12.)

And they despised him.--As above suggested, these malcontents were probably princes and leading men of the great tribes of Judah and Ephraim, displeased that the new king should be selected from the small unimportant tribe of Benjamin. It will be remembered that the tribe of Benjamin had been almost entirely destroyed in the civil war related in the concluding chapters of Judges. "They despised him," because in no way had he made his mark, either in the arts of war or peace. From what has gone before (see 1Samuel 10:11-12 of this 1Sam) it is evident that Saul was a man of no special culture; his early years had been spent in agriculture and work on his father's lands in the neighbourhood of Gibeah.

And brought him no presents.--These gifts were, in the East, the token of submission and homage; not to offer them to Saul was almost the same thing as to ignore his authority. Although not stated, it is clear that these malcontents were among the chiefs of the greater tribes who had assisted at the election.

But he held his peace.--Literally, he was a deaf man, acting as though he had not heard the murmurs. This prudent conduct showed great self-control and self-denial on the part of the new king and his counsellors.

But the children of Belial said,.... Wicked, dissolute, lawless persons; men without a yoke, as the word signifies, who did not care to be under the yoke of government, at least not under the yoke of Saul; and these might be men of wealth, and of larger tribes, and better families than Saul was of, and therefore envied him, and thought themselves better for government than he was; and in a jeering scornful manner said:

how shall this man save us? whose family is so mean, and whose tribe is so small, that they can give but little assistance to deliver us out of the hands of our enemies, the Philistines and Ammonites; intimating, that a king ought to have been of a rich family, and a large tribe, and a prince in it, whose interest and influence were great, not only in his own tribe, but in others, which would enable him to engage in war with an enemy, and protect the people; but what, as if they should say, can be expected from "this man?", this mean contemptible man, of no birth nor fortune, brought up in an obscure manner, and altogether inexpert in things civil and military?

and they despised him; on account of the above things, not only in their hearts, but spared not to speak out, and use opprobrious language, and with which their actions and conduct agreed:

and brought him no presents; as others did, and as it was usual when a king came to the throne; nor were any visits made unto him, in token of their subjection to him, and complacency in him, and by way of congratulation of him, see 1 Kings 4:21 the Targum is, they did not salute him, or ask of his welfare:

but he held his peace, or "was as one that is deaf and dumb" (o); took no notice of what they said, as if he was deaf and heard it not, and was as silent as if he had been a dumb man, which showed his wisdom and prudence; for had he taken notice of them, he must have punished them, and he judged it more advisable to use lenity and mildness, and not begin his reign with contention and bloodshed.

(o) "et fuit veluti surdus", Pagninus, Montanus, Vatablus; "fuit quasi obmutescens", Drusius; "veluti tacens aut silens", so some in Vatablus; so the Targum. 27. the children of Belial said, How shall this man save us? And they despised him, and brought him no presents—In Eastern countries, the honor of the sovereign and the splendor of the royal household are upheld, not by a fixed rate of taxation, but by presents brought at certain seasons by officials, and men of wealth, from all parts of the kingdom, according to the means of the individual, and of a customary registered value. Such was the tribute which Saul's opponents withheld, and for want of which he was unable to set up a kingly establishment for a while. But "biding his time," he bore the insult with a prudence and magnanimity which were of great use in the beginning of his government. 10:17-27 Samuel tells the people, Ye have this day rejected your God. So little fond was Saul now of that power, which soon after, when he possessed it, he could not think of parting with, that he hid himself. It is good to be conscious of our unworthiness and insufficiency for the services to which we are called; but men should not go into the contrary extreme, by refusing the employments to which the Lord and the church call them. The greater part of the people treated the matter with indifference. Saul modestly went home to his own house, but was attended by a band of men whose hearts God disposed to support his authority. If the heart bend at any time the right way, it is because He has touched it. One touch is enough when it is Divine. Others despised him. Thus differently are men affected to our exalted Redeemer. There is a remnant who submit to him, and follow him wherever he goes; they are those whose hearts God has touched, whom he has made willing. But there are others who despise him, who ask, How shall this man save us? They are offended in him, and they will be punished.
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