1 Samuel 14

CHAPTER 14

Jonathan Pursues the Philistines

And came to pass a day, that [4said 1Jonathan 2the son 3of Saul] to the servant-lad carrying his weapons, Come, for we should pass over unto the support camp of the Philistines, the one on that other side; but [3to 4his father 1he did not 2report]. And Saul settled upon the hill under the pomegranate, the one in Migron. And the people, the one with him, was about six hundred men. And Ahijah son of Ahitub, brother of Ichabod, son of Phinehas, son of Eli the priest of the  lord in Shiloh was carrying the ephod. And the people did not know that Jonathan was gone. And in the midst of the ford of which Jonathan sought to pass over into the support camp of the Philistines was an extremity rock from here and an extremity rock from there; the name given to the one was Bozez, and the name given to the other was Seneh. The [2extremity 1one] from the north was going to Michmash, and the [2extremity 1other] from the south was going to Gibeah. And Jonathan said to the servant-lad carrying his weapons, Come, and we should pass over into the support camp of these uncircumcised, if perchance the  lord may commit to us; for [3is not 1the 2  lord] holding back to deliver by many or by few. And [4said 5to him 1the one 2carrying 3his weapons], You do all what ever your heart should will, turn yourself! Behold, I [2with 3you 1am]. As your heart my heart. And Jonathan said, Behold, we pass over to the men, and we will roll down upon them. If thus they should say to us, Abstain there until whenever we should approach to you. Then we shall stand by ourselves, and in no way shall we ascend unto them. 10 And If thus they should say to us, Ascend to us! then we will ascend, for [2has delivered 3them 1the  lord] into our hands. This will be to us the sign. 11 And they entered both unto the support camp of the Philistines. And [3said 1the 2Philistines], Behold, [3come forth 1the 2Hebrews] from out of their burrows where they hide there. 12 And [5responded 1the 2men 3of the 4support camp] to Jonathan and to the one carrying his weapons, and they say, Ascend to us! and we will make known to you a thing. And Jonathan said to the one carrying his weapons, You ascend after me! for [2has delivered 3them 1the  lord] into the hands of Israel. 13 And Jonathan ascended upon his hands and upon his feet, and the one carrying his weapons after him. And they looked upon the person of Jonathan, and he struck among them, and the one carrying his weapons gave over after him. 14 And came to pass the [2beating 1first] which Jonathan struck and the one carrying his weapons, was about twenty men by arrows, and by rock slinging, and by pebbles of the plain. 15 And came to pass a change of state in the camp, and in the field. And all the people, the one in the support camp, and the ones being utterly destroyed, [3were startled 1even 2they]. And [3was distraught 1the 2land], and there took place a change of state because of the  lord. 16 And [4beheld 1the 2watchmen 3of Saul] in Gibeah of Benjamin. And behold, the camp was disturbed on this side and that side. 17 And Saul said to the people with him, You number yourselves indeed, and see who has gone out from us! And they numbered. And behold, [2was not 3found 1Jonathan] and the one carrying his weapons. 18 And Saul said to Ahijah, Bring the ephod! for [4was 1the 2ark 3of God] in that day before Israel 19 And it came to pass as Saul spoke to the priest, that the sound in the camp of the Philistines [2going louder 1went out], and it multiplied. And Saul said to the priest, Gather together your hands!

God Rescues Israel from the Philistines

20 And Saul ascended, and all the people with him, and they came unto the battle. And behold, [3was 2broadsword 1every man's] upon his neighbor, and [3confusion 2great 1an exceedingly]. 21 And the servants being yesterday and the third day before with the Philistines, the ones ascending into the camp, turned themselves also to be with Israel, of the ones with Saul and Jonathan. 22 And every man of Israel, the ones hiding in mount Ephraim, heard that [3have fled 1the 2Philistines]. And they joined together also themselves after them to battle. And the  lord delivered [2in 3that day 1Israel]. And the war went through Beth-aven. And all the people being with Saul were about ten thousand men. 23 And [3was 1the 2war] dispersing into every city in mount Ephraim.

Saul's Foolish Oath

24 And Saul knew not [2ignorance 1through great] in that day, and he curses the people, saying, Accursed is the man who shall eat bread until evening -- so I will punish for my enemy. And not [4tasted 1any 2of the 3people] bread, and all the land went unto Grove. 25 And at Grove was an apiary by the face of the field. 26 And [3entered 1the 2people] into the apiary, and behold, [2went forth 1honey]. And there was not the one turning his hand to his mouth, for [3feared 1the 2people] the oath of the  lord. 27 And Jonathan did not hear in the binding [3by an oath 4by 5his father 1the 2people]. And he stretched out the tip of his staff, of the one in his hand, and he dipped it into the honeycomb of the honey, and he returned his hand to his mouth, and [2looked up 1his eyes]. 28 And [5responded 1one 2of 3the 4people] and said, By an oath [2bound 1your father] the people, saying, Accursed be the man who shall eat bread today; and [3were faint 1the 2people]. 29 And Jonathan knew, and said, [3rids 2father 1My] the land; [2behold 1for 4see 3my eyes] now that I tasted a little something of this honey. 30 But that if also [4ate 3in eating 5today 1the 2people] of the spoils of their enemies which they found, now even greater would have been the calamity among the Philistines. 31 And he struck in that day of the Philistines many in Michmash, and [3tired 1the 2people] exceedingly. 32 And [3advanced 1the 2people] unto the spoils. And [3took 1the 2people] flocks, and herds, and offspring of oxen, and slew them upon the ground, and [3ate them 1the 2people] with the blood. 33 And they reported to Saul, saying, [3sin 1the 2people] against the  lord, to eat with the blood. And Saul said, You sinned. Roll indeed to me here [2stone 1a great]. 34 And Saul said, Be dispersed among the people! And tell them, Bring here each his calf, and each his sheep, and slay upon this stone and eat! and in no way should they sin against the  lord to eat with the blood. And [4brought 1all 2the 3people] each the thing in his hand in the night, and they slew there. 35 And [2built 1Saul] to the  lord an altar; in this Saul began to build an altar to the  lord. 36 And Saul said, Let us go down after the Philistines this night, and we shall tear them into pieces until it should illuminate in the morning; and we should not leave behind among them a man. And they said, All that is good before you, you do! And [3said 1the 2priest], We should come forward here to God. 37 And Saul asked God, Shall I go down after the Philistines? Shall you deliver them into the hands of Israel? And he did not answer him in that day. 38 And Saul said, Bring here all the corners of Israel, and know and behold by whom [2has taken place 1this sin] today! 39 For as the  lord lives, the one delivering Israel, that if the answer be against Jonathan my son, to death he shall die. And there was no one answering of all the people. 40 And he said to every man of Israel, You will be for one part, and I and Jonathan my son will be for one part. And [3said 1the 2people] to Saul, [2the 3good thing 4before 5you 1Do]! 41 And Saul said, O  lord God of Israel, give manifestations! And Saul was chosen by lot and Jonathan, and [3went forth free 1the 2people].

The Lot Falls to Jonathan

42 And Saul said, Throw the lot between me and between Jonathan my son, whomever the  lord should choose by lot let him die! And they threw lots between him and between Jonathan, and Jonathan was chosen by lot. 43 And Saul said to Jonathan, Report to me what you have done! And [2reported 3to him 1Jonathan], saying, In tasting, I tasted with the tip of the staff, the one in my hand, a little honey; and behold, I die. 44 And [2said 3to him 1Saul], Thus [2do 3to me 1God], and thus add yet again, that in death [2shall die 3today 1Jonathan]. 45 And [3said 1the 2people] to Saul, Shall today [8die 9to death 1the one 2executing 5deliverance 4great 3this 6in 7Israel]? Kindness, as lives the  lord, there shall not fall of the hair of his head upon the ground, for the mercy of God was performed in this day. And [3prayed 1the 2people] for Jonathan in that day, and he did not die. 46 And Saul ascended from going after the Philistines. And the Philistines went forth unto their place. 47 And Saul obtained by lot to reign over Israel. And he waged war round about with all his enemies -- against Moab, and against the sons of Ammon, and against the sons of Edom, and against the kings of Zobah, and against the Philistines. Wherever he turned, he was delivered. 48 And he acted powerfully, and he struck Amalek, and he delivered Israel from out of the hand of the ones trampling him. 49 And [4were 1the 2sons 3of Saul] Jonathan, and Ishui, and Melchi-shua. And the names [2two 3daughters 1of his] -- the name of the first-born was Merab, and the name of the second was Michal. 50 And the name of Saul's wife was Ahinoam daughter of Ahimaaz. And the name to his commander-in-chief was Abner son of Ner, son of a member of the family of Saul. 51 And Kish was the father of Saul, and Ner the father of Abner son of of Abiel. 52 And [3was 1the 2war] strong against the Philistines all the days of Saul. And Saul in beholding any [2man 1mighty], and any man being a son of power, that he gathered them to himself.
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