1 Samuel 13:15-14:23
New American Standard Bible
15 Then Samuel set out and went up from Gilgal to Gibeah of Benjamin. And Saul [a]counted the people who were [b]present with him, about six hundred men. 16 Now Saul, his son Jonathan, and the people who were [c]present with them were staying in Geba of Benjamin while the Philistines camped at Michmash. 17 Then [d]raiders came from the camp of the Philistines in three [e]companies: one [f]company turned [g]toward Ophrah, to the land of Shual, 18 and another [h]company turned [i]toward Beth-horon, and another [j]company turned [k]toward the border that overlooks the Valley of Zeboim toward the wilderness.
19 Now no blacksmith could be found in all the land of Israel, because the Philistines said, “Otherwise the Hebrews will make [l]swords or spears.” 20 So all Israel went down to the Philistines, each to sharpen his plowshare, his mattock, his axe, and his hoe. 21 The charge was [m]two-thirds of a shekel for the plowshares, the mattocks, the forks, and the axes, and to fix the [n]cattle goads. 22 So it came about on the day of battle that neither sword nor spear was found in the hands of any of the people who were with Saul and Jonathan, but they were found with Saul and his son Jonathan. 23 And the garrison of the Philistines went out to the gorge of Michmash.
14 Now the day came that Jonathan, the son of Saul, said to the young man who was carrying his armor, “Come, and let’s cross over to the Philistines’ garrison that is on the other side.” But he did not tell his father. 2 Saul was staying on the outskirts of Gibeah under the pomegranate tree that is in Migron. And the people who were with him numbered about six hundred men; 3 and Ahijah, the son of Ahitub, Ichabod’s brother, the son of Phinehas, the son of Eli, the priest of the Lord at Shiloh, was [o]wearing an ephod. And the people did not know that Jonathan had gone. 4 Now between the gorges by which Jonathan sought to cross over to the Philistines’ garrison there was a rocky crag on the one side, and a rocky crag on the other side; and the name of the one was Bozez, and the name of the other, Seneh. 5 The one crag rose on the north opposite Michmash, and the other on the south opposite Geba.
6 Then Jonathan said to the young man who was carrying his armor, “Come, and let’s cross over to the garrison of these uncircumcised men; perhaps the Lord will work for us, because the Lord is not limited to saving by many or by few!” 7 His armor bearer said to him, “Do everything that is in your heart; turn yourself to it, and here I am with you, as your heart desires.” 8 Then Jonathan said, “Behold, we are going to cross over to the men and reveal ourselves to them. 9 If they [p]say to us, ‘Wait until we come to you’; then we will stand in our place and not go up to them. 10 But if they [q]say, ‘Come up to us,’ then we will go up, for the Lord has handed them over to us; and this shall be the sign to us.” 11 When the two of them revealed themselves to the garrison of the Philistines, the Philistines said, “Behold, Hebrews are coming out of the holes where they have kept themselves hidden.” 12 So the men of the garrison responded to Jonathan and his armor bearer and said, “Come up to us and we will inform you of something.” And Jonathan said to his armor bearer, “Come up after me, for the Lord has handed them over to Israel.” 13 Then Jonathan climbed up on his hands and feet, with his armor bearer behind him; and the men fell before Jonathan, and his armor bearer put some to death after him. 14 Now that first slaughter which Jonathan and his armor bearer inflicted was about twenty men within about half a furrow in an acre of land. 15 And there was a trembling in the camp, in the field, and among all the people. Even the garrison and the raiders trembled, and the earth quaked so that it became a [r]great trembling.
16 Now Saul’s watchmen in Gibeah of Benjamin looked, and behold, the multitude dissolved; they went here and there. 17 So Saul said to the people who were with him, “Look carefully now and see who has left us.” And when they had looked, behold, Jonathan and his armor bearer were not there. 18 Then Saul said to Ahijah, “Bring the ark of God here.” For at that time the ark of God was with the sons of Israel. 19 While Saul talked to the priest, the commotion in the camp of the Philistines continued and increased; so Saul said to the priest, “Withdraw your hand.” 20 Then Saul and all the people who were with him rallied and came to the battle; and behold, every man’s sword was against his fellow Philistine, and there was very great confusion. 21 Now the Hebrews who were with the Philistines previously, who went up with them all around in the camp, even they also returned to be with the Israelites who were with Saul and Jonathan. 22 When all the men of Israel who had kept themselves hidden in the hill country of Ephraim heard that the Philistines had fled, they also closely pursued them in the battle. 23 So the Lord saved Israel that day, and the battle [s]spread beyond Beth-aven.
1 Samuel 13:15 Lit mustered
1 Samuel 13:15 Lit found
1 Samuel 13:16 Lit found
1 Samuel 13:17 Lit destroyers
1 Samuel 13:17 Lit heads
1 Samuel 13:17 Lit head
1 Samuel 13:17 Lit to the way of
1 Samuel 13:18 Lit head
1 Samuel 13:18 Lit the way of
1 Samuel 13:18 Lit head
1 Samuel 13:18 Lit the way of
1 Samuel 13:19 Lit sword or spear
1 Samuel 13:21 Heb pim
1 Samuel 13:21 I.e., spiked sticks for driving cattle
1 Samuel 14:3 Lit carrying
1 Samuel 14:9 Lit say thus
1 Samuel 14:10 Lit say thus
1 Samuel 14:15 Lit trembling of God
1 Samuel 14:23 Lit passed over
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