1 Samuel 13:1-5

Saul Fights the Philistines

1Saul lived for one year and then became king, and when he had reigned for two years over Israel
Hebrew Saul was one year old when he became king, and he reigned two years over Israel (see 1 Samuel 10:6); some Greek manuscripts give Saul’s age when he began to reign as thirty years
2Saul chose three thousand men of Israel. Two thousand were with Saul in b  Michmash and the hill country of Bethel, and a thousand were with Jonathan in c  Gibeah of Benjamin. The rest of the people he sent home, every man to his tent. 3Jonathan defeated d  the garrison of the Philistines that was e  at Geba, and the Philistines heard of it. And Saul f  blew the trumpet throughout all the land, saying, “Let the Hebrews hear.” 4And all Israel heard it said that Saul had defeated the garrison of the Philistines, and also that Israel had become a stench to the Philistines. And the people were called out to join Saul at Gilgal.

5And the Philistines mustered to fight with Israel, thirty thousand chariots and six thousand horsemen and troops g  like the sand on the seashore in multitude. They came up and encamped in Michmash, to the east of h  Beth-aven.
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