Saul reigned one year; and when he had reigned two years over Israel,
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George Leo Haydock
Of one year. That is, he was good, and like an innocent child, and for two years continued in that innocency. (Challoner) (St. Gregory) (Worthington)
Israel. This verse is omitted in some copies of the Septuagint. It is extremely difficult to explain. Some translate Hebrew, "Saul was a son of one year old "(Symmachus) Others, "Saul begot a son the first year of his reign, (Raban) Isboseth, who was 40 years old when his father died, after governing all that while. (Serarius)
Syriac and Arabic, "In the first or second year of the reign of Saul. He chose "Hardouin supposes that the people dated their years by his reign only so long. Some think that the Hebrew is imperfect; and an ancient interpreter has, "Saul was 30 years old, when he began "(Calmet)
The Rabbins and many commentators assert, that the reign of Saul lasted only two years. (Tirinus)
But some of them explain this, as if he reigned alone only that term before he was rejected, when he could only be regarded as an usurper. ...