1 Samuel 14:35
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New International Version
Then Saul built an altar to the LORD; it was the first time he had done this.

New Living Translation
Then Saul built an altar to the LORD; it was the first of the altars he built to the LORD.

English Standard Version
And Saul built an altar to the LORD; it was the first altar that he built to the LORD.

New American Standard Bible
And Saul built an altar to the LORD; it was the first altar that he built to the LORD.

King James Bible
And Saul built an altar unto the LORD: the same was the first altar that he built unto the LORD.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then Saul built an altar to the LORD; it was the first time he had built an altar to the LORD.

International Standard Version
Saul built an altar to the LORD; it was the first altar that he built to the LORD.

NET Bible
Then Saul built an altar for the LORD; it was the first time he had built an altar for the LORD.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then Saul built an altar to the LORD; it was the first time he had built an altar to the LORD.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Saul built an altar unto the LORD; the same was the first altar that he built unto the LORD.

King James 2000 Bible
And Saul built an altar unto the LORD: the same was the first altar that he built unto the LORD.

American King James Version
And Saul built an altar to the LORD: the same was the first altar that he built to the LORD.

American Standard Version
And Saul built an altar unto Jehovah: the same was the first altar that he built unto Jehovah.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Saul built an altar to the Lord and he then first began to build an altar to the Lord.

Darby Bible Translation
And Saul built an altar to Jehovah: this was the first altar he built to Jehovah.

English Revised Version
And Saul built an altar unto the LORD: the same was the first altar that he built unto the LORD.

Webster's Bible Translation
And Saul built an altar to the LORD: the same was the first altar that he built to the LORD:

World English Bible
Saul built an altar to Yahweh. This was the first altar that he built to Yahweh.

Young's Literal Translation
And Saul buildeth an alter to Jehovah; with it he hath begun to build altars to Jehovah.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

14:24-35 Saul's severe order was very unwise; if it gained time, it lost strength for the pursuit. Such is the nature of our bodies, that daily work cannot be done without daily bread, which therefore our Father in heaven graciously gives. Saul was turning aside from God, and now he begins to build altars, being then most zealous, as many are, for the form of godliness when he was denying the power of it.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 35. - And Saul built an altar unto Jehovah as a thank offering for the Divine favour in gaining so great a victory. The same was the first altar, etc. Literally, "As to it he began to build an altar unto Jehovah." On these words the question has arisen whether the meaning be that Saul began to build an altar, but with characteristic impetuosity left off before he had completed it; or whether on that occasion he commenced the custom followed by David (2 Samuel 24:25) of erecting altars as the patriarchs had done in old time. The latter interpretation is more in accordance with the usage of the Hebrew language, and is approved by the translations of the Septuagint and Vulgate.

CHAPTER 14:36-52 JONATHAN'S DANGER AND DELIVERANCE (vers. 36-46).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And Saul built an altar unto the Lord,.... To offer peace offerings upon, in thankfulness for the victory obtained over his enemies, or sin offerings to make atonement for the sin of the people, perhaps both, however the former:

the same was the first altar that he built unto the Lord; for though he had offered sacrifice at Gilgal, there was an altar ready built for him: or "he began to build"; he laid the first stone of it, and the builders built upon it; so some others say, that he was the first of the kings that built an altar to the Lord (d); others, the first of the judges that built one; though Gideon built one, it was for his own private use, not for all Israel, as this, so R. Isaiah; but Ben Gersom, and so Abarbinel, refer this to the great stone Saul ordered to be rolled to him, and take the sense to be, that that began to be built an altar to the Lord; that was the beginning of one; for he did not now stay to finish it, being eager on his pursuit of the Philistines, as follows.

(d) See Kimchi in loc.



1 Samuel 14:35 Additional Commentaries
Context
Jonathan Eats the Honey
34Saul said, "Disperse yourselves among the people and say to them, 'Each one of you bring me his ox or his sheep, and slaughter it here and eat; and do not sin against the LORD by eating with the blood.'" So all the people that night brought each one his ox with him and slaughtered it there. 35And Saul built an altar to the LORD; it was the first altar that he built to the LORD. 36Then Saul said, "Let us go down after the Philistines by night and take spoil among them until the morning light, and let us not leave a man of them." And they said, "Do whatever seems good to you." So the priest said, "Let us draw near to God here."
Cross References
James 4:8
Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

1 Samuel 7:12
Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen. He named it Ebenezer, saying, "Thus far the LORD has helped us."

1 Samuel 7:17
But he always went back to Ramah, where his home was, and there he also held court for Israel. And he built an altar there to the LORD.

1 Samuel 14:34
Then he said, "Go out among the men and tell them, 'Each of you bring me your cattle and sheep, and slaughter them here and eat them. Do not sin against the LORD by eating meat with blood still in it.'" So everyone brought his ox that night and slaughtered it there.

2 Samuel 24:25
David built an altar to the LORD there and sacrificed burnt offerings and fellowship offerings. Then the LORD answered his prayer in behalf of the land, and the plague on Israel was stopped.
Treasury of Scripture

And Saul built an altar to the LORD: the same was the first altar that he built to the LORD.

built It is probable that Saul converted the great stone, on which the cattle had been slaughtered, into an altar, on which sacrifices were offered, before the people attempted to proceed any further. This we are told was the first he had built. Samuel, as a prophet and priest, had hitherto erected the altars, but Saul seems to have thought he had sufficient authority to erect one himself, without the prophet, as he had once offered sacrifice without him.

1 Samuel 7:9,17 And Samuel took a sucking lamb, and offered it for a burnt offering …

Judges 21:4 And it came to pass on the morrow, that the people rose early, and …

Hosea 8:14 For Israel has forgotten his Maker, and builds temples; and Judah …

2 Timothy 3:5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

the same, etc. [heb] that altar he began to build unto the Lord.

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