First Samuel 13


13:1 Saul reigned one year; and when he had reigned two years
 over Israel,
13:2 Saul chose him three thousand [men] of Israel; [of which]
 two thousand were with Saul in Michmash and in mount Beth-el,
 and a thousand were with Jonathan in Gibeah of Benjamin: and
 the rest of the people he sent every man to his tent.
13:3 And Jonathan smote the garrison of the Philistines that
 [was] in Geba; and the Philistines heard [of it]. And Saul blew
 the trumpet throughout all the land, saying, Let the Hebrews
 hear.
13:4 And all Israel heard it said [that] Saul had smitten a
 garrison of the Philistines, and [that] Israel also was had in
 abomination with the Philistines: and the people were called
 together after Saul to Gilgal.
13:5 And the Philistines assembled to fight with Israel, thirty
 thousand chariots, and six thousand horsemen, and people as the
 sand which [is] on the sea shore in multitude: and they came
 up, and encamped in Michmash, eastward from Beth-aven.
13:6 When the men of Israel saw that they were in a strait (for
 the people were distressed) then the people hid themselves in
 caves, and in thickets, and in rocks, and in high places, and
 in pits.
13:7 And [some of] the Hebrews went over Jordan to the land of
 Gad and Gilead. As for Saul, he [was] yet in Gilgal, and all
 the people followed him trembling.
13:8 And he tarried seven days, according to the set time that
 Samuel [had appointed]: but Samuel came not to Gilgal; and the
 people were scattered from him.
13:9 And Saul said, Bring hither a burnt-offering to me, and
 peace-offerings. And he offered the burnt-offering.
13:10 And it came to pass, that as soon as he had made an end of
 offering the burnt-offering, behold, Samuel came; and Saul went
 out to meet him, that he might salute him.
13:11 And Samuel said, What hast thou done? And Saul said,
 Because I saw that the people were scattered from me, and
 [that] thou camest not within the days appointed, and [that]
 the Philistines assembled at Michmash;
13:12 Therefore said I, the Philistines will now come down upon
 me to Gilgal, and I have not made supplication to the LORD; I
 forced myself therefore, and offered a burnt-offering.
13:13 And Samuel said to Saul, Thou hast done foolishly: thou
 hast not kept the commandment of the LORD thy God, which he
 commanded thee: for now would the LORD have established thy
 kingdom upon Israel for ever.
13:14 But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the LORD hath
 sought him a man after his own heart, and the LORD hath
 commanded him [to be] captain over his people, because thou
 hast not kept [that] which the LORD commanded thee.
13:15 And Samuel arose, and went up from Gilgal to Gibeah of
 Benjamin. And Saul numbered the people [that were] present with
 him, about six hundred men.
13:16 And Saul, and Jonathan his son, and the people [that were]
 present with them, abode in Gibeah of Benjamin: but the
 Philistines encamped in Michmash.
13:17 And the spoilers came out of the camp of the Philistines
 in three companies: one company turned to the way [that leadeth
 to] Ophrah, to the land of Shual:
13:18 And another company turned the way [to] Beth-horon: and
 another company turned [to] the way of the border that looketh
 to the valley of Zeboim towards the wilderness.
13:19 Now there was no smith found throughout all the land of
 Israel: (for the Philistines said, Lest the Hebrews make [them]
 swords or spears:)
13:20 But all the Israelites went down to the Philistines, to
 sharpen every man his share, and his colter, and his ax, and
 his mattock.
13:21 Yet they had a file for the mattocks, and for the colters,
 and for the forks, and for the axes, and to sharpen the goads.
13:22 So it came to pass in the day of battle, that there was
 neither sword nor spear found in the hand of any of the people
 that [were] with Saul and Jonathan: but with Saul and with
 Jonathan his son was there found.
13:23 And the garrison of the Philistines went out to the
 passage of Michmash.
 
 

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