|1 Samuel 14 |
1 One day Jonathan, the son of Saul, said to the young man that bore his armor, "Come, and let us go over to the Philistines' garrison, that is on the other side." But he did not tell his father.
2 And Saul remained in the most remote part of Gibeah under a pomegranate tree in Migron; and the people that were with him were about six hundred men;
3 And Ahiah, the son of Ahitub, Ichabod's brother, the son of Phinehas, the son of Eli, the LORD's priest in Shiloh, was wearing an ephod. The people did not know that Jonathan was gone.
4 And between the passages, by which Jonathan sought to go over to the Philistines' garrison, there was a sharp rock on the one side, and a sharp rock on the other side, which rocks were named Bozez and Seneh.
5 The forefront of the one was situated northward over against Michmash, and the other southward over against Gibeah.
6 And Jonathan said to the young man that bore his armor, "Come, and let us go over to the garrison of these uncircumcised; it may be that the LORD will work for us because there is no restraint to the LORD to save by many, or by few."
7 And his armor bearer said to him, "Do all that is in your heart; proceed, I am with you according to your heart."
8 Then said Jonathan, "Behold, we will pass over to these men, and we will show ourselves to them."
9 If they say thus to us, 'Stay there until we come to you;' then we will stand still in our place, and will not go up to them."
10 But if they say thus, 'Come up to us;' then this shall be a sign to us that the Lord has delivered them into our hand, and we will attack them."
11 And they both showed themselves to the garrison of the Philistines, and the Philistines said, "Behold, the Hebrews come forth out of the holes where they had hidden themselves."
12 And the men of the garrison answered Jonathan and his armor bearer, and said, "Come up to us, and we will show you a thing." And Jonathan said to his armor bearer, "Come up after me for the LORD has delivered them into the hand of Israel."
13 And Jonathan climbed up upon his hands and upon his feet, and his armor bearer after him; and the Philistines fell before Jonathan and his armor bearer, who followed behind him, also slaying the Philistines .
14 That first slaughter, which Jonathan and his armor bearer made, was about twenty men, within about a half acre of land, which a yoke of oxen might plow.
15 And there was trembling in the Philistine host, in the field, and among all the people; the garrison and the spoilers also trembled, and the earth quaked; so it was a very great trembling and fear.
16 And the watchmen of Saul in Gibeah of Benjamin looked; and, behold, the multitude melted away, and they went on beating down one another.
17 Then said Saul to the people that were with him, "Now call the roll and see who is missing from us." And when they had finished, behold, Jonathan and his armor bearer were not there.
18 And Saul said to Ahiah, "Bring the ark of God here." For the ark of God was at that time with the children of Israel.
19 And it came to pass, while Saul talked to the priest, that the noise that was in the host of the Philistines went on and increased; and Saul said to the priest, "Withdraw your hand."
20 And Saul and all the people that were with him assembled themselves, and they joined to the battle; and they found every man's sword of the Philistines was against his fellow Philistine, and there was a very great confusion among them.
21 In addition the Hebrews from around the country, who had deserted to the Philistines before that time and had gone with them into the camp, even they turned to be with the Israelites that were with Saul and Jonathan.
22 Likewise even all the men of Israel who had fled and hidden themselves in mount Ephraim, when they heard about the Philistine retreat, also followed hard after them in the battle.
23 So the LORD saved Israel that day; and the battle passed over to Bethaven.
24 The men of Israel had been fasting that day because Saul had adjured the people, saying, "Cursed is the man who eats any food until evening, that I may be avenged on my enemies." So none of the people tasted any food.
25 As those on the battleground pursuing the Philistines came to a forest, there was honey upon the ground.
26 And when the people had come into the woods, behold, the honey dropped; but no man put reached to put the honey in his mouth because the people feared the oath.
27 But Jonathan had not heard when his father charged the people with the oath; therefore he put forth the end of the rod that was in his hand, dipped it in a honeycomb, and put his hand to his mouth; and his eyes were enlightened.
28 Then one of the people said, "Your father strictly charged the people with an oath, saying, 'Cursed is the man who eats any food this day.' And the people were faint."
29 Then Jonathan said, "My father has troubled the land; see, please, how my eyes have been enlightened, because I tasted a little of this honey.
30 How much more, if haply the people had eaten freely today of the spoil of their enemies that they had found? If so, would there now not have been a much larger slaughter among the Philistines?"
31 That day they slew the Philistines from Michmash to Aijalon, and the people were very exhausted.
32 And the people flew upon the spoil, and took sheep, and oxen, and calves, and butchered them on the battle ground; and the people ate them with the blood.
33 Then they told Saul, saying, "Behold, the people sin against the LORD, in that they eat with the blood." And he said, "You have transgressed; roll a great stone over to me this day."
34 And Saul said, "Disperse yourselves among the people, and say to them, 'Every man here bring his ox, and every man his sheep, and slay them here, and eat; and do not sin against the LORD in eating with the blood.'" And every man of all the people brought his ox with him that night, and slew them there.
35 And Saul built an altar to the LORD; this was the first altar that he built to the LORD.
36 And Saul said, "Let us go down after the Philistines by night, and spoil them until the morning light, and let us not leave a man of them." And they said, "Do whatever seems good to you." Then the priest said, "Let us draw near here to God."
37 And Saul asked counsel of God, "Shall I go down after the Philistines? Will you deliver them into the hand of Israel?" But God did not answer him that day.
38 And Saul said, "Draw near here, all the heads of the people; and know and see in which this sin has been this day.
39 For, as the LORD lives, which saves Israel, though it is in Jonathan my son, he shall surely die." But there was not a man among all the people that answered him.
40 Then he said to all Israel, "Be on one side, and I and Jonathan my son will be on the other side." And the people said to Saul, "Do what seems good to you."
41 Therefore Saul said to the LORD God of Israel, "Give a perfect lot." And Saul and Jonathan were selected, but the people escaped.
42 And Saul said, "Cast lots between me and Jonathan, my son." And Jonathan was selected.
43 Then Saul said to Jonathan, "Tell me what you have done." And Jonathan told him, and said, "I only tasted a little honey with the end of the rod that was in my hand, and, lo, I must die?"
44 And Saul answered, "God do so and more also for you shall surely die, Jonathan."
45 And the people said to Saul, "Shall Jonathan die, who has wrought this great salvation in Israel? God forbid. As the LORD lives, there shall not one hair of his head fall to the ground; for he has won a great victory and deliverance with the help of God this day." So the people rescued Jonathan, and he did not die.
46 Then Saul ceased from pursuing the Philistines; and the Philistines retreated to their own place.
47 So Saul took the kingdom over Israel, and fought against all his enemies on every side against Moab, against the children of Ammon, against Edom, against the kings of Zobah, and against the Philistines; and wherever he turned himself, he plundered them.
48 And he gathered a host, and smote the Amalekites, and delivered Israel out of the hands of those who spoiled them.
49 Now the sons of Saul were Jonathan, and Ishui, and Melchishua; and the names of his two daughters were these: the name of the firstborn, Merab; and the name of the younger, Michal.
50 And the name of Saul's wife was Ahinoam, the daughter of Ahimaaz; and the name of the captain of his host was Abner, the son of Ner, Saul's uncle.
51 And Kish was the father of Saul; and Ner, the father of Abner, was the son of Abiel.
52 There was severe war against the Philistines all the days of Saul; and when Saul saw any strong man, or any valiant man, he took him into his army.
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