1 Samuel 13
Saul Fights the Philistines1Saul 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 years2Saul chose three thousand men of Israel. Two thousand were with Saul in bMichmash and the hill country of Bethel, and a thousand were with Jonathan in cGibeah of Benjamin. The rest of the people he sent home, every man to his tent. 3Jonathan defeated dthe garrison of the Philistines that was eat Geba, and the Philistines heard of it. And Saul fblew 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 glike the sand on the seashore in multitude. They came up and encamped in Michmash, to the east of hBeth-aven. 6When the men of Israel saw that they were in trouble (for the people were hard pressed), the people hid themselves iin caves and in holes and in rocks and in tombs and in cisterns, 7and some Hebrews crossed the fords of the Jordan to the land of Gad and Gilead. Saul was still at Gilgal, and all the people followed him trembling.
Saul’s Unlawful Sacrifice8 jHe waited seven days, the time appointed by Samuel. But Samuel did not come to Gilgal, and the people were scattering from him. 9So Saul said, “Bring the burnt offering here to me, and the peace offerings.” And he offered the burnt offering. 10As soon as he had finished offering the burnt offering, behold, Samuel came. And Saul went out to meet him and greet him. 11Samuel said, “What have you done?” And Saul said, “When I saw that the people were scattering from me, and that you did not come within the days appointed, and that the Philistines had mustered at Michmash, 12I said, ‘Now the Philistines will come down against me at Gilgal, and I have not sought the favor of the Lord.’ So I forced myself, and offered the burnt offering.” 13And Samuel said to Saul, k“You have done foolishly. lYou have not kept the command of the Lord your God, with which he commanded you. For then the Lord would have established your kingdom over Israel forever. 14But now myour kingdom shall not continue. The Lord has sought out a man nafter his own heart, and the Lord has commanded him to be prince ▼
▼Or leaderover his people, because you have not kept what the Lord commanded you.” 15And Samuel arose and went up from Gilgal. The rest of the people went up after Saul to meet the army; they went up from Gilgal ▼
▼Septuagint; Hebrew lacks The rest of the people . . . from Gilgalto qGibeah of Benjamin.
And Saul numbered the people who were present with him, rabout six hundred men. 16And Saul and Jonathan his son and the people who were present with them stayed in sGeba of Benjamin, but the Philistines encamped in Michmash. 17And traiders came out of the camp of the Philistines in three companies. One company turned toward Ophrah, to the land of Shual; 18another company turned toward uBeth-horon; and another company turned toward the border that looks down on the Valley of vZeboim toward the wilderness.
19 wNow there was no blacksmith to be found throughout all the land of Israel, for the Philistines said, “Lest the Hebrews make themselves swords or spears.” 20But every one of the Israelites went down to the Philistines to sharpen his plowshare, his mattock, his axe, or his sickle, ▼
▼Septuagint; Hebrew plowshare21and the charge was two-thirds of a shekel ▼
▼Hebrew was a pimfor the plowshares and for the mattocks, and a third of a shekel ▼
▼A shekel was about 2/5 ounce or 11 gramsfor sharpening the axes and for setting the goads. ▼
▼The meaning of the Hebrew verse is uncertain22So on the day of the battle abthere was neither sword nor spear found in the hand of any of the people with Saul and Jonathan, but Saul and Jonathan his son had them. 23And acthe garrison of the Philistines went out to the adpass of aeMichmash.
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