First Samuel 14


14:1 Now it came to pass upon a day, that Jonathan, the son of
 Saul, said to the young man that bore his armor, Come, and let
 us go over to the garrison of the Philistines, that [is] on the
 other side. But he told not his father.
14:2 And Saul tarried in the uttermost part of Gibeah under a
 pomegranate tree which [is] in Migron: and the people that
 [were] with him [were] about six hundred men;
14:3 And Ahiah, the son of Ahitub, I-chabod's brother, the son
 of Phinehas, the son of Eli, the LORD'S priest in Shiloh,
 wearing an ephod. And the people knew not that Jonathan was
 gone.
14:4 And between the passages by which Jonathan sought to go
 over to the garrison of the Philistines, [there was] a sharp
 rock on the one side, and a sharp rock on the other side: and
 the name of the one [was] Bozez, and the name of the other
 Seneh.
14:5 The front of the one [was] situated northward over against
 Michmash, and the other southward over against Gibeah.
14:6 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: for
 [there is] no restraint to the LORD to save by many or by few.
14:7 And his armor-bearer said to him, Do all that [is] in thy
 heart: turn thee; behold, I [am] with thee according to thy
 heart.
14:8 Then said Jonathan, Behold, we will pass over to [these]
 men, and we will discover ourselves to them.
14:9 If they say thus to us, Tarry until we come to you; then we
 will stand still in our place, and will not go up to them.
14:10 But if they say thus, Come up to us; then we will go up:
 for the LORD hath delivered them into our hand; and this [shall
 be] a sign to us.
14:11 And both of them discovered themselves to the garrison of
 the Philistines: and the Philistines said, Behold, the Hebrews
 come forth out of the holes where they had hid themselves.
14:12 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 hath delivered them into the hand of Israel.
14:13 And Jonathan climbed up upon his hands and upon his feet,
 and his armor-bearer after him: and they fell before Jonathan;
 and his armor-bearer slew after him.
14:14 And that first slaughter, which Jonathan and his
 armor-bearer made, was about twenty men, within as it were a
 half-acre of land, [which] a yoke [of oxen might plow].
14:15 And there was trembling in the host, in the field, and
 among all the people: the garrison, and the spoilers, they also
 trembled, and the earth quaked: so it was a very great
 trembling.
14:16 And the watchmen of Saul in Gibeah of Benjamin looked; and
 behold, the multitude melted away, and they went on beating
 down [one another].
14:17 Then said Saul to the people that [were] with him, Number
 now, and see who is gone from us. And when they had numbered,
 behold, Jonathan and his armor-bearer [were] not [there].
14:18 And Saul said to Ahiah, Bring hither the ark of God. For
 the ark of God was at that time with the children of Israel.
14:19 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 thy hand.
14:20 And Saul and all the people that [were] with him assembled
 themselves, and they came to the battle: and behold, every
 man's sword was against his fellow, [and there was] a very
 great discomfiture.
14:21 Moreover the Hebrews [that] were with the Philistines
 before that time, who went up with them into the camp [from the
 country] around, even they also [turned] to be with the
 Israelites that [were] with Saul and Jonathan.
14:22 Likewise all the men of Israel who had hid themselves in
 mount Ephraim, [when] they heard that the Philistines fled,
 even they also followed hard after them in the battle.
14:23 So the LORD saved Israel that day: and the battle passed
 over to Beth-aven.
14:24 And the men of Israel were distressed that day: for Saul
 had adjured the people, saying, Cursed [be] the man that eateth
 [any] food until evening, that I may be avenged on my enemies.
 So none of the people tasted [any] food.
14:25 And all [they of] the land came to a wood; and there was
 honey upon the ground.
14:26 And when the people had come into the wood, behold, the
 honey dropped; but no man put his hand to his mouth: for the
 people feared the oath.
14:27 But Jonathan heard not when his father charged the people
 with the oath: wherefore he put forth the end of the rod that
 [was] in his hand, and dipped it in a honey-comb, and put his
 hand to his mouth; and his eyes were enlightened.
14:28 Then answered one of the people, and said, Thy father
 strictly charged the people with an oath, saying, Cursed [be]
 the man that eateth [any] food this day. And the people were
 faint.
14:29 Then said Jonathan, My father hath troubled the land: see,
 I pray you, how my eyes have been enlightened, because I tasted
 a little of this honey.
14:30 How much more, if haply the people had eaten freely to-day
 of the spoil of their enemies which they found? for had there
 not been now a much greater slaughter among the Philistines?
14:31 And they smote the Philistines that day from Michmash to
 Ajalon: and the people were very faint.
14:32 And the people flew upon the spoil, and took sheep and
 oxen, and calves, and slew [them] on the ground: and the people
 ate [them] with the blood.
14:33 Then they told Saul, saying, Behold, the people sin
 against the LORD, in that they eat with the blood. And he said,
 Ye have transgressed: roll a great stone to me this day.
14:34 And Saul said, Disperse yourselves among the people, and
 say to them, Bring me hither every man his ox, and every man
 his sheep, and slay [them] here, and eat; and sin not against
 the LORD in eating with the blood. And all the people brought
 every man his ox with him that night, and slew [them] there.
14:35 And Saul built an altar to the LORD: the same was the
 first altar that he built to the LORD:
14:36 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 seemeth good to
 thee. Then said the priest, Let us draw near hither to God.
14:37 And Saul asked counsel of God, Shall I go down after the
 Philistines? wilt thou deliver them into the hand of Israel?
 But he answered him not that day.
14:38 And Saul said, Draw ye near hither all the chief of the
 people: and know and see wherein this sin hath been this day.
14:39 For [as] the LORD liveth, who saveth 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.
14:40 Then said he to all Israel, Be ye on one side, and I and
 Jonathan my son will be on the other side. And the people said
 to Saul, Do what seemeth good to thee.
14:41 Therefore Saul said to the LORD God of Israel, Give a
 perfect [lot]. And Saul and Jonathan were taken: but the people
 escaped.
14:42 And Saul said, Cast [lots] between me and Jonathan my son.
 And Jonathan was taken.
14:43 Then Saul said to Jonathan, Tell me what thou hast done.
 And Jonathan told him, and said, I did but taste a little honey
 with the end of the rod that [was] in my hand, [and], lo, I
 must die.
14:44 And Saul answered, God do so, and more also: for thou
 shalt surely die, Jonathan.
14:45 And the people said to Saul, Shall Jonathan die, who hath
 wrought this great salvation in Israel? By no means: [as] the
 LORD liveth, there shall not one hair of his head fall to the
 ground; for he hath wrought with God this day. So the people
 rescued Jonathan, that he died not.
14:46 Then Saul went up from following the Philistines: and the
 Philistines went to their own place.
14:47 So Saul took the kingdom over Israel, and fought against
 all his enemies on every side, against Moab, and against the
 children of Ammon, and against Edom, and against the kings of
 Zobah, and against the Philistines: and whithersoever he turned
 himself, he harassed [them].
14:48 And he gathered a host, and smote the Amalekites, and
 delivered Israel from the hands of them that spoiled them.
14:49 Now the sons of Saul were Jonathan, and Ishui, and
 Melchi-shua: and the names of his two daughters [were these];
 the name of the first-born Merab, and the name of the younger
 Michal:
14:50 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.
14:51 And Kish [was] the father of Saul; and Ner the father of
 Abner [was] the son of Abiel.
14:52 And there was violent war against the Philistines all the
 days of Saul: and when Saul saw any strong man, or any valiant
 man, he took him to himself.
 
 

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