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1Samuel 14
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Jonathan’s Daring Deed

14One day Jonathan said to the young man who carried his weapons, "Let's go across to the Philistine camp." But Jonathan did not tell his father Saul,H3117H3129H1121H7586H559H5288H5375H3627H3212H5674H6430H4673H5676H1975H5046H1 2who was camping under a pomegranate tree in Migron, not far from Gibeah; he had about six hundred men with him.H7586H3427H7097H1390H7416H4051H5971H8337H3967H376 3(The priest carrying the ephod was Ahijah, the son of Ichabod's brother Ahitub, who was the son of Phinehas and grandson of Eli, the priest of the LORD in Shiloh.) The men did not know that Jonathan had left.H281H1121H285H350H251H1121H6372H1121H5941H3068H3548H7887H5375H646H5971H3045H3129H1980 4In Michmash Pass, which Jonathan had to go through to get over to the Philistine camp, there were two large jagged rocks, one on each side of the pass: one was called Bozez and the other Seneh.H4569H3129H1245H5674H6430H4673H8127H5553H5676H8127H5553H5676H8034H259H949H8034H259H5573 5One was on the north side of the pass, facing Michmash, and the other was on the south side, facing Geba.H8127H259H4690H6828H4136H4363H259H5045H4136H1387 6Jonathan said to the young man, "Let's cross over to the camp of those heathen Philistines. Maybe the LORD will help us; if he does, nothing can keep him from giving us the victory, no matter how few of us there are."H3083H559H5288H5375H3627H3212H5674H4673H6189H3068H6213H4622H3068H3467H7227H4592 7The young man answered, "Whatever you want to do, I'm with you."H5375H3627H559H6213H3824H5186H3824 8"All right," Jonathan said. "We will go across and let the Philistines see us.H559H3083H5674H582H1540 9If they tell us to wait for them to come to us, then we will stay where we are.H559H1826H5060H5975H5927 10But if they tell us to go to them, then we will, because that will be the sign that the LORD has given us victory over them."H559H5927H5927H3068H5414H3027H226 11So they let the Philistines see them, and the Philistines said, "Look! Some Hebrews are coming out of the holes they have been hiding in!"H8147H1540H4673H6430H6430H559H5680H3318H2356H2244 12Then they called out to Jonathan and the young man, "Come on up here! We have something to tell you!" Jonathan said to the young man, "Follow me. The LORD has given Israel victory over them."H582H4675H6030H3129H5375H3627H559H5927H3045H1697H3129H559H5375H3627H5927H310H3068H5414H3027H3478 13Jonathan climbed up out of the pass on his hands and knees, and the young man followed him. Jonathan attacked the Philistines and knocked them down, and the young man killed them.H3129H5927H3027H7272H5375H3627H310H5307H6440H3129H5375H3627H4191H310 14In that first slaughter Jonathan and the young man killed about twenty men in an area of about half an acre.H7223H4347H3129H5375H3627H5221H6242H376H2677H4618H7704H6776 15All the Philistines in the countryside were terrified; the raiders and the soldiers in the camp trembled with fear; the earth shook, and there was great panic.H2731H4264H7704H5971H4673H7843H2729H776H7264H430H2731

The Defeat of the Philistines

16Saul's men on watch at Gibeah in the territory of Benjamin saw the Philistines running in confusion.H6822H7586H1390H1144H7200H1995H4127H3212H1986 17So Saul said to his men, "Count the soldiers and find out who is missing." They did so and found that Jonathan and the young man who carried his weapons were missing.H559H7586H5971H6485H7200H1980H6485H3129H5375H3627 18"Bring the ephod here," Saul said to Ahijah the priest. (On that day Ahijah was carrying it in front of the people of Israel.)H7586H559H281H5066H727H430H727H430H3117H1121H3478 19As Saul was speaking to the priest, the confusion in the Philistine camp kept getting worse, so Saul said to him, "There's no time to consult the LORD!"H7586H1696H3548H1995H4264H6430H3212H1980H7227H7586H559H3548H622H3027 20Then he and his men marched into battle against the Philistines, who were fighting each other in complete confusion.H7586H5971H2199H935H4421H376H2719H7453H3966H1419H4103 21Some Hebrews, who had been on the Philistine side and had gone with them to the camp, changed sides again and joined Saul and Jonathan.H5680H6430H865H8032H5927H4264H5439H3478H7586H3129 22Others, who had been hiding in the hills of Ephraim, heard that the Philistines were running away, so they also joined in and attacked the Philistines,H376H3478H2244H2022H669H8085H6430H5127H1692H310H4421 23fighting all the way beyond Bethaven. The LORD saved Israel that day.H3068H3467H3478H3117H4421H5674H1007

Events after the Battle

24The Israelites were weak with hunger that day, because Saul, with a solemn oath, had given the order: "A curse be on anyone who eats any food today before I take revenge on my enemies." So nobody had eaten anything all day.H376H3478H5065H3117H7586H422H5971H559H779H376H398H3899H6153H5358H341H5971H2938H3899 25They all came into a wooded area and found honey everywhere.H776H935H3293H1706H6440H7704 26The woods were full of honey, but no one ate any of it because they were all afraid of Saul's curse.H5971H935H3293H1706H1982H5381H3027H6310H5971H3372H7621 27But Jonathan had not heard his father threaten the people with a curse; so he reached out with the stick he was carrying, dipped it in a honeycomb, and ate some honey. At once he felt much better.H3129H8085H1H7650H5971H7650H7971H7097H4294H3027H2881H3295H1706H7725H3027H6310H5869H215 28But one of the men told him, "We are all weak from hunger, but your father threatened us and said, 'A curse be on anyone who eats any food today.' "H6030H376H5971H559H1H7650H7650H5971H7650H559H779H376H398H3899H3117H5971H5774 29Jonathan answered, "What a terrible thing my father has done to our people! See how much better I feel because I ate some honey!H559H3129H1H5916H776H7200H5869H215H2938H4592H1706 30How much better it would have been today if our people had eaten the food they took when they defeated the enemy. Just think how many more Philistines they would have killed!"H637H3863H5971H398H398H3117H7998H341H4672H7235H4347H6430 31That day the Israelites defeated the Philistines, fighting all the way from Michmash to Aijalon. By this time the Israelites were very weak from hunger,H5221H6430H3117H4363H357H5971H3966H5774 32and so they rushed over to what they had captured from the enemy, took sheep and cattle, slaughtered them on the spot, and ate the meat with the blood still in it.H5971H5860H6213H7998H3947H6629H1241H1121H7819H776H5971H398H1818 33Saul was told, "Look, the people are sinning against the LORD by eating meat with the blood in it." "You are traitors!" Saul cried out. "Roll a big stone over here to me."H5046H7586H559H5971H2398H3068H398H1818H559H898H1556H1419H68H3117 34Then he gave another order: "Go among the people and tell them all to bring their cattle and sheep here. They are to slaughter them and eat them here; they must not sin against the LORD by eating meat with blood in it." So that night they all brought their cattle and slaughtered them there.H7586H559H6327H5971H559H5066H376H7794H376H7716H7819H398H2398H3068H398H1818H5971H5066H376H7794H3027H3915H7819 35Saul built an altar to the LORD, the first one that he built.H7586H1129H4196H3068H2490H4196H1129H3068 36Saul said to his men, "Let's go down and attack the Philistines in the night, plunder them until dawn, and kill them all." "Do whatever you think best," they answered. But the priest said, "Let's consult God first."H7586H559H3381H310H6430H3915H962H1242H216H7604H376H559H6213H5869H2896H559H3548H7126H1988H430 37So Saul asked God, "Shall I attack the Philistines? Will you give us victory?" But God did not answer that day.H7586H7592H430H3381H310H6430H5414H3027H3478H6030H3117 38Then Saul said to the leaders of the people, "Come here and find out what sin was committed today.H7586H559H5066H1988H6438H5971H3045H7200H4100H2403H3117 39I promise by the living LORD, who gives Israel victory, that the guilty one will be put to death, even if he is my son Jonathan." But no one said anything.H3068H2416H3467H3478H3426H3129H1121H4191H4191H5971H6030 40Then Saul said to them, "All of you stand over there, and Jonathan and I will stand over here." "Do whatever you think best," they answered.H559H3478H259H5676H3129H1121H259H5676H5971H559H7586H6213H5869H2896 41Saul said to the LORD, the God of Israel, " LORD, why have you not answered me today? LORD, God of Israel, answer me by the sacred stones. If the guilt is Jonathan's or mine, answer by the Urim; but if it belongs to your people Israel, answer by the Thummim." The answer indicated Jonathan and Saul; and the people were cleared.H7586H559H3068H430H3478H3051H8549H7586H3129H3920H5971H3318 42Then Saul said, "Decide between my son Jonathan and me." And Jonathan was indicated.H7586H559H5307H3129H1121H3129H3920 43Then Saul asked Jonathan, "What have you done?" Jonathan answered, "I ate a little honey with the stick I was holding. Here I am—I am ready to die."H7586H559H3129H5046H6213H3129H5046H559H2938H2938H4592H1706H7097H4294H3027H2009H4191 44Saul said to him, "May God strike me dead if you are not put to death!"H7586H559H430H6213H3254H4191H4191H3129 45But the people said to Saul, "Will Jonathan, who won this great victory for Israel, be put to death? No! We promise by the living LORD that he will not lose even a hair from his head. What he did today was done with God's help." So the people saved Jonathan from being put to death.H5971H559H7586H3129H4191H6213H1419H3444H3478H2486H3068H2416H8185H7218H5307H776H6213H430H3117H5971H6299H3129H4191 46After that, Saul stopped pursuing the Philistines, and they went back to their own territory.H7586H5927H310H6430H6430H1980H4725

Saul’s Reign and Family

47After Saul became king of Israel, he fought all his enemies everywhere: the people of Moab, of Ammon, and of Edom, the kings of Zobah, and the Philistines. Wherever he fought he was victorious.H7586H3920H4410H3478H3898H341H5439H4124H1121H5983H123H4428H6678H6430H6437H7561 48He fought heroically and defeated even the people of Amalek. He saved the Israelites from all attacks.H6213H2428H5221H6002H5337H3478H3027H8154 49Saul's sons were Jonathan, Ishvi, and Malchishua. His older daughter was named Merab, and the younger one Michal.H1121H7586H3129H3440H4444H8034H8147H1323H8034H1067H4764H8034H6996H4324 50His wife was Ahinoam, the daughter of Ahimaaz; his army commander was his cousin Abner, the son of his uncle Ner.H8034H7586H802H293H1323H290H8034H8269H6635H74H1121H5369H7586H1730 51Saul's father Kish and Abner's father Ner were sons of Abiel.H7027H1H7586H5369H1H74H1121H22 52As long as he lived, Saul had to fight fiercely against the Philistines. So whenever he found a man who was strong or brave, he would enlist him in his army.H2389H4421H6430H3117H7586H7586H7200H1368H376H2428H1121H622


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