Holding your peace when someone despises you

1 Samuel Bible Background

04.12.2018 – Old Testament: 1Sa 10.25–27

To read the Bible in a year, read First Samuel 10–12 on April 12, In the year of our Lord 2018

By Don Ruhl

What do you do when someone despises you? There is a time to speak and a time to remain silent. If you are a leader, even a new one, people will despise you before you have done anything good or bad. So it was with King Saul,

Then Samuel explained to the people the behavior of royalty, and wrote it in a book and laid it up before the LORD. And Samuel sent all the people away, every man to his house. And Saul also went home to Gibeah; and valiant men went with him, whose hearts God had touched. But some rebels said, “How can this man save us?” So they despised him, and brought him no presents. But he held his peace (1 Samuel 10.25–27).

Saul acted wisely by ignoring these people, for if he began his reign by terrorizing his critics, then no one would love him. He operated this way because of his humility, but when he became arrogant, he tried to kill those who did not even criticize him.


  • Do some people despise you?
  • How have you reacted to it?

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