1 Samuel 10:27
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.

Berean Study Bible
But some worthless men said, “How can this man deliver us?” So they despised him and brought him no gifts; but Saul 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.

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.

Contemporary English Version
But some worthless fools said, "How can someone like Saul rescue us from our enemies?" They did not want Saul to be their king, and so they didn't bring him any gifts. But Saul kept calm.

Good News Translation
But some worthless people said, "How can this fellow do us any good?" They despised Saul and did not bring him any gifts.

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.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
But evil men said, Who is this man that shall save us? and they despised him, and brought him no gifts.

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 home in Gibeah, and the men of valor whose hearts God had touched went with him. 27But some worthless men said, “How can this man deliver us?” So they despised him and brought him no gifts; but Saul held his peace.
Cross References
Deuteronomy 13:13
that wicked men have arisen from among you and led the people of their city astray, saying, "Let us go and serve other gods" (which you have not known),

1 Samuel 11:12
Then the people said to Samuel, "Who said that Saul should not reign over us? Bring those men here, so that we can kill them!"

1 Samuel 11:13
But Saul ordered, "No one shall be put to death this day, for today the LORD has worked salvation in Israel."

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

1 Samuel 25:17
Now consider carefully what you must do, because disaster looms over our master and all his household. For he is such a scoundrel that nobody can speak to him!"

1 Kings 10:25
Year after year, each visitor would bring his tribute: articles of silver and gold, clothing, weapons, spices, horses, and mules.

2 Chronicles 17:5
So the LORD established the kingdom in his hand, and all Judah brought him tribute, so that he had an abundance of riches and honor.

Treasury of Scripture

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.

children

1 Samuel 2:12
Now the sons of Eli were sons of Belial; they knew not the LORD.

1 Samuel 11:12
And the people said unto Samuel, Who is he that said, Shall Saul reign over us? bring the men, that we may put them to death.

Deuteronomy 13:13
Certain men, the children of Belial, are gone out from among you, and have withdrawn the inhabitants of their city, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which ye have not known;

brought him

2 Samuel 8:2
And he smote Moab, and measured them with a line, casting them down to the ground; even with two lines measured he to put to death, and with one full line to keep alive. And so the Moabites became David's servants, and brought gifts.

1 Kings 4:21
And Solomon reigned over all kingdoms from the river unto the land of the Philistines, and unto the border of Egypt: they brought presents, and served Solomon all the days of his life.

1 Kings 10:25
And they brought every man his present, vessels of silver, and vessels of gold, and garments, and armour, and spices, horses, and mules, a rate year by year.

he held his peace.

Psalm 38:13
But I, as a deaf man, heard not; and I was as a dumb man that openeth not his mouth.

Isaiah 36:21
But they held their peace, and answered him not a word: for the king's commandment was, saying, Answer him not.

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







Lexicon
But some worthless
בְלִיַּ֣עַל (ḇə·lî·ya·‘al)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1100: Without profit, worthlessness, destruction, wickedness

men
וּבְנֵ֧י (ū·ḇə·nê)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 1121: A son

said,
אָמְר֗וּ (’ā·mə·rū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 559: To utter, say

“How
מַה־ (mah-)
Interrogative
Strong's Hebrew 4100: What?, what!, indefinitely what

can this [man]
זֶ֔ה (zeh)
Pronoun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2088: This, that

deliver us?”
יֹּשִׁעֵ֙נוּ֙ (yō·ši·‘ê·nū)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - third person masculine singular | first person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 3467: To be open, wide, free, to be safe, to free, succor

So they despised him
וַיִּבְזֻ֕הוּ (way·yiḇ·zu·hū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine plural | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 959: To disesteem

and brought
הֵבִ֥יאוּ (hê·ḇî·’ū)
Verb - Hifil - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 935: To come in, come, go in, go

him
ל֖וֹ (lōw)
Preposition | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew

no
וְלֹֽא־ (wə·lō-)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

gifts;
מִנְחָ֑ה (min·ḥāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4503: A donation, tribute, a sacrificial offering

but [Saul] held
וַיְהִ֖י (way·hî)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

his peace.
כְּמַחֲרִֽישׁ׃ (kə·ma·ḥă·rîš)
Preposition-k | Verb - Hifil - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2790: To cut in, engrave, plow, devise
(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.

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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