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Martial, Lib. II. Epigr. ac.
Moab carries his guests to hunt at Nebo; in the way falls into dis
course with David, and desires to know of him the reasons of the change of government in Israel ; how Saul came to the crown, and the story of him and Jonathan—David's speech, containing the state of the commonwealth under the Judges ; the motives for which the people desired a king ; their Deputies' speech to Samuel upon that subject, and his reply-The assembling of the people at the tabernacle, to enquire God's pleasure—God's speech—The character of Saul; his anointing by Samuel, and election by lot; the defection of his people-The war of Nahash king of Ammon against Jabesh-Gilead; Saul and Jonathan's relieving of the town— Jonathan's character; his single fight with Nahash, whom he slays, and defeats his urmy—The confirmation of Saul's kingdom at Gilgal, and the manner of Şa muel's quitting his office of Judge-The war with the Phi. listines at Macmas: their strength, and the weakness of Saul's forces; his exercising of the priestly function, and the judgment denounced by Samuel against him-Jonathan's discourse with his Esquire; their falling alone upon the enemy's out-guards at Senes, and after upon the whole army; the wonderful defeat of it-Saul's rash vow, by which Jonathan is to be put to death, but is saved by the people.
THOUGH state and kind discourse thus robb'd the