1 Samuel 14

VIN(i) 1 One day Jonathan the son of Saul said to the young man who carried his armour, Come, let us go over to the Philistines' garrison on the other side. But he didn't tell his father. 2 Saul stayed on the edge of Gibeah under a pomegranate tree in Migron. There were about six hundred men with him. 3 And Ahiah, the son of Ahitub, Ichabod's brother, the son of Phinehas, the son of Eli, the LORD's priest in Shiloh, wearing an ephod. And the people knew not that Jonathan was gone. 4 On each side of the pass by which Jonathan intended to go over to the Philistines' garrison there was a rocky crag; one was called Bozez and the other Seneh. 5 One crag rose on the north opposite Michmash, and the other on the south opposite Geba. 6 Jonathan said to his armor bearer, "Come, let's go over to the garrison of these uncircumcised ones. Perhaps the LORD will work for us, since nothing prevents the LORD from delivering, whether by many or by a few." 7 His armor bearer answered him: »Do whatever you have in mind. Go ahead! I agree with you.« 8 Then Jonathan said, Now we will go over to these men and let them see us. 9 If they say to us, 'Stay there until we come to you,' then we will stay where we are and not go up to them. 10 But if they say, 'Come up to us,' then we will go up, for Yahweh has given them into our hand, and this will be the sign for us." 11 So they revealed themselves to the garrison of the Philistines, and the Philistines said, Look, the Hebrews are crawling out of the holes they were hiding in! 12 The men of the garrison shouted to Jonathan and his armour bearer, Come up to us and we will show you something! Jonathan said to his armour bearer, Come up after me, for the LORD has delivered them into the hand of Israel. 13 Jonathan climbed up on his hands and feet and his armour bearer followed, and the Philistines fell before Jonathan, and his armour bearer followed and killed behind him. 14 That first slaughter by Jonathan and his armour bearer killed about twenty men in an area of about half an acre. 15 Then panic struck the whole Philistine army, those in the camp, in the field, and among all the outposts and raiding parties, and the ground shook. There was panic. 16 Saul's watchmen in Gibeah of Benjamin saw that the army had melted away and scattered. 17 Saul said to the people who were with him, "Do a roll call and see who has left us." They did a roll call, and Jonathan and his armor bearer were not there. 18 Then Saul said to Ahijah: "Bring the Ark of God here." At that time it was with the Israelites. 19 While Saul was still speaking to the priest, the commotion in the Philistine camp increased more and more, and Saul said to the priest, "Remove your hand." 20 Then Saul and all the people who were with him assembled and went into battle. Now the swords of all the Philistines were against each other, and there was very great confusion. 21 The Hebrews who had been with the Philistines for some time went to their camp. They joined the Israelites who were with Saul and Jonathan. 22 All the Israelites who had been hiding in the hill country of Ephraim heard that the Philistines were fleeing, and even they pursued the Philistines in the battle. 23 So the LORD saved Israel that day, and the battle moved beyond Beth Aven. 24 The men of Israel were in distress that day because Saul had bound the people with an oath saying, Cursed is the man who eats any food before evening, and I have been avenged of my enemies. So none of the people ate any food. 25 All the army came into the forest, and there was honey on the ground. 26 And when the people came into the forest, behold the honey dropped, but no man put his hand to his mouth. For the people feared the oath. 27 But Jonathan did not hear when his father commanded the people with the oath, so he put forth the end of the staff that was in his hand, and dipped it in the honeycomb, and raised his hand to his mouth, and his eyes brightened. 28 Then one of the people told him: "Your father forced the people to take a solemn oath, saying: 'Cursed is anyone who eats food today.'" That is why the people were exhausted. 29 Jonathan answered: "My father brought trouble to the country. See how my eyes lit up when I tasted a little of this honey? 30 How much better it would have been if the people had eaten freely today of the spoil of their enemies? Would not the slaughter among the Philistines have been greater? 31 That day they struck down the Philistines from Michmash to Aijalon, and the army was very weary. 32 and they pounced on the spoil, and took sheep, cattle and calves and killed them on the ground and ate them with the blood. 33 Then they told Saul, Look, the people are sinning against the LORD, eating meat with the blood. He said, You have broken faith. Roll a large stone here at once! 34 Saul said, Go out among the people and tell them, 'Each man bring to me here his ox and sheep; kill them here and eat; don't sin against the LORD by eating meat with the blood'. So each of them brought his ox with him that night, and killed them there. 35 Then Saul built an altar to the LORD; it was the first altar he built to the LORD. 36 Saul said, Let us go down after the Philistines by night and plunder them until the morning, and let us not leave any of them alive. They said, Do whatever seems good to you. But the priest said, Let us enquire of God. 37 Saul inquired of God, "Shall I go down after the Philistines? Will you give them into the hand of Israel?" But God did not answer him that day. 38 Saul said, Come here, all you chiefs of the people and let us find out which of us has sinned today. 39 Indeed, as the LORD who delivers Israel lives, even if the sin is with my son Jonathan, he shall surely die!" Not a single one of the soldiers answered him. 40 Then Saul said to them: "All of you stand over there. Jonathan and I will stand over here." "Do whatever you think best," they answered. 41 Therefore Saul said to the LORD, the God of Israel, Show the right. And Jonathan and Saul were taken by lot, but the people escaped. 42 And Saul said: (Cast lots between me, and Jonathan, my son. And Jonathan was taken. 43 Then Saul said to Jonathan, Tell me what you have done! Jonathan told him, I only tasted a little honey with the end of the rod that was in my hand, and now must I die? 44 Saul said, God deal with me, be it ever so severely, if you do not die, Jonathan. 45 And the people said to Saul, Shall Jonathan die, who has worked out this great salvation in Israel? Far be it! As the LORD lives, not one hair of his head shall fall to the ground, for he has worked with God this day. So the people rescued Jonathan, so that he did not die. 46 Then Saul stopped pursuing the Philistines, and the Philistines went to their own land. 47 After Saul had taken the kingship over Israel, he fought against all his enemies on every side: Moab, the Ammonites, Edom, the kings of Zobah and the Philistines; wherever he turned he defeated them. 48 He fought valiantly and defeated the Amalekites, and delivered Israel out of the hands of those who plundered them. 49 Saul's sons were Jonathan, Ishvi, and Malchishua. The names of his two daughters were Merab the firstborn daughter and Michal the younger daughter. 50 The name of Saul's wife was Ahinoam daughter of Ahimaaz. The name of the commander of his army was Abner son of Saul's uncle Ner. 51 Saul's father Kish and Abner's father Ner were sons of Abiel. 52 All through the life of Saul there was bitter war against the Philistines; and whenever Saul saw any strong man or any good fighting man, he kept him near himself.