When all the residents of Jabesh Gilead heard about everything the Philistines had done to Saul,
When the residents of Jabesh Gilead heard what the Philistines had done to Saul,
They said to the messengers who had come, “Here’s what you should say to the men of Jabesh Gilead: ‘Tomorrow deliverance will come to you when the sun is fully up.’” When the messengers went and told the men of Jabesh Gilead, they were happy.
So they asked, “Who from all the Israelite tribes did not assemble before the Lord at Mizpah?” Now it just so happened no one from Jabesh Gilead had come to the gathering. 1
They found among the inhabitants of Jabesh Gilead four hundred young girls who were virgins – they had never had sexual relations with a male. 1 They brought them back to the camp at Shiloh in the land of Canaan.
So David sent messengers to the people of Jabesh Gilead and told them, “May you be blessed by the Lord because you have shown this kindness 1 to your lord Saul by burying him.
he 1 went and took the bones of Saul and of his son Jonathan 2 from the leaders 3 of Jabesh Gilead. (They had secretly taken 4 them from the plaza at Beth Shan. It was there that Philistines 5 publicly exposed their corpses 6 after 7 they 8 had killed Saul at Gilboa.)
I gave Gilead to Machir. 1
They took the bones and buried them under the tamarisk tree at Jabesh; then they fasted for seven days.
Shallum son of Jabesh conspired against him; he assassinated him in Ibleam 1 and took his place as king.
So the young prophet 1 went to Ramoth Gilead.