| 1 Samuel 14 - Versions
| 1 Samuel 14 Text (WEB)
- Now it fell on a day, that Jonathan the son of Saul said to the young man who bore his armor, "Come, and let us go over to the Philistines' garrison, that is on the other side." But he didn't tell his father.
- Saul stayed in the uttermost part of Gibeah under the pomegranate tree which is in Migron: and the people who were with him were about six hundred men;
- and Ahijah, the son of Ahitub, Ichabod's brother, the son of Phinehas, the son of Eli, the priest of Yahweh in Shiloh, wearing an ephod. The people didn't know that Jonathan was gone.
- Between the passes, by which Jonathan sought to go over to the Philistines' garrison, there was a rocky crag on the one side, and a rocky crag on the other side: and the name of the one was Bozez, and the name of the other Seneh.
- The one crag rose up on the north in front of Michmash, and the other on the south in front of Geba.
- Jonathan said to the young man who bore his armor, "Come, and let us go over to the garrison of these uncircumcised. It may be that Yahweh will work for us; for there is no restraint on Yahweh to save by many or by few."
- His armor bearer said to him, "Do all that is in your heart. Turn and, behold, I am with you according to your heart."
- Then Jonathan said, "Behold, we will pass over to the men, and we will reveal ourselves to them.
- If they say thus to us, 'Wait until we come to you!' then we will stand still in our place, and will not go up to them.
- But if they say this, 'Come up to us!' then we will go up; for Yahweh has delivered them into our hand. This shall be the sign to us."
- Both of them revealed themselves to the garrison of the Philistines: and the Philistines said, "Behold, the Hebrews are coming out of the holes where they had hidden themselves!"
- The men of the garrison answered Jonathan and his armor bearer, and said, "Come up to us, and we will show you something!" Jonathan said to his armor bearer, "Come up after me; for Yahweh has delivered them into the hand of Israel."
- Jonathan climbed up on his hands and on his feet, and his armor bearer after him: and they fell before Jonathan; and his armor bearer killed them after him.
- That first slaughter, which Jonathan and his armor bearer made, was about twenty men, within as it were half a furrow's length in an acre of land.
- There was a trembling in the camp, in the field, and among all the people; the garrison, and the spoilers, they also trembled; and the earth quaked: so there was an exceeding great trembling.
- The watchmen of Saul in Gibeah of Benjamin looked; and behold, the multitude melted away, and they went [here] and there.
- Then Saul said to the people who were with him, "Count now, and see who is missing from us." When they had counted, behold, Jonathan and his armor bearer were not there.
- Saul said to Ahijah, "Bring the ark of God here." For the ark of God was [there] at that time with the children of Israel.
- It happened, while Saul talked to the priest, that the tumult that was in the camp of the Philistines went on and increased: and Saul said to the priest, "Withdraw your hand!"
- Saul and all the people who were with him were gathered together, and came to the battle: and behold, every man's sword was against his fellow, [and there was] a very great confusion.
- Now the Hebrews who were with the Philistines as before, and who went up with them into the camp, [from the country] all around, even they also [turned] to be with the Israelites who were with Saul and Jonathan.
- Likewise all the men of Israel who had hidden themselves in the hill country of Ephraim, when they heard that the Philistines fled, even they also followed hard after them in the battle.
- So Yahweh saved Israel that day: and the battle passed over by Beth Aven.
- The men of Israel were distressed that day; for Saul had adjured the people, saying, "Cursed is the man who eats any food until it is evening, and I am avenged of my enemies." So none of the people tasted food.
- All the people came into the forest; and there was honey on the ground.
- When the people were come to the forest, behold, the honey dropped: but no man put his hand to his mouth; for the people feared the oath.
- But Jonathan didn't hear when his father commanded the people with the oath: therefore he put forth the end of the rod who was in his hand, and dipped it in the honeycomb, and put his hand to his mouth; and his eyes were enlightened.
- Then one of the people answered, and said, "Your father directly commanded the people with an oath, saying, 'Cursed is the man who eats food this day.'" The people were faint.
- Then Jonathan said, "My father has troubled the land. Please look how my eyes have been enlightened, because I tasted a little of this honey.
- How much more, if perhaps the people had eaten freely today of the spoil of their enemies which they found? For now has there been no great slaughter among the Philistines."
- They struck of the Philistines that day from Michmash to Aijalon. The people were very faint;
- and the people flew on the spoil, and took sheep, and cattle, and calves, and killed them on the ground; and the people ate them with the blood.
- Then they told Saul, saying, "Behold, the people are sinning against Yahweh, in that they eat meat with the blood." He said, "You have dealt treacherously. Roll a large stone to me this day!"
- Saul said, "Disperse yourselves among the people, and tell them, 'Bring me here every man his ox, and every man his sheep, and kill them here, and eat; and don't sin against Yahweh in eating meat with the blood.'" All the people brought every man his ox with him that night, and killed them there.
- Saul built an altar to Yahweh. This was the first altar that he built to Yahweh.
- Saul said, "Let us go down after the Philistines by night, and take spoil among them until the morning light, and let us not leave a man of them." They said, "Do whatever seems good to you." Then the priest said, "Let us draw near here to God."
- Saul asked counsel of God, "Shall I go down after the Philistines? Will you deliver them into the hand of Israel?" But he didn't answer him that day.
- Saul said, "Draw near here, all you chiefs of the people; and know and see in which this sin has been this day.
- For, as Yahweh lives, who saves Israel, though it is in Jonathan my son, he shall surely die." But there was not a man among all the people who answered him.
- Then he said to all Israel, "You be on one side, and I and Jonathan my son will be on the other side." The people said to Saul, "Do what seems good to you."
- Therefore Saul said to Yahweh, the God of Israel, "Show the right." Jonathan and Saul were chosen; but the people escaped.
- Saul said, "Cast lots between me and Jonathan my son." Jonathan was selected.
- Then Saul said to Jonathan, "Tell me what you have done!" Jonathan told him, and said, "I certainly did taste a little honey with the end of the rod that was in my hand; and behold, I must die."
- Saul said, "God do so and more also; for you shall surely die, Jonathan."
- The people said to Saul, "Shall Jonathan die, who has worked this great salvation in Israel? Far from it! As Yahweh lives, there shall not one hair of his head fall to the ground; for he has worked with God this day!" So the people rescued Jonathan, that he didn't die.
- Then Saul went up from following the Philistines; and the Philistines went to their own place.
- Now when Saul had taken the kingdom over Israel, he fought against all his enemies on every side, against Moab, and against the children of Ammon, and against Edom, and against the kings of Zobah, and against the Philistines: and wherever he turned himself, he put [them] to the worse.
- He did valiantly, and struck the Amalekites, and delivered Israel out of the hands of those who despoiled them.
- Now the sons of Saul were Jonathan, and Ishvi, and Malchishua; and the names of his two daughters were these: the name of the firstborn Merab, and the name of the younger Michal:
- and the name of Saul's wife was Ahinoam the daughter of Ahimaaz. The name of the captain of his army was Abner the son of Ner, Saul's uncle.
- Kish was the father of Saul; and Ner the father of Abner was the son of Abiel.
- There was severe war against the Philistines all the days of Saul: and when Saul saw any mighty man, or any valiant man, he took him to him.
| 1 Samuel 14 Text (Hebrew)
- ויהי היום ויאמר יונתן בן־שאול אל־הנער נשא כליו לכה ונעברה אל־מצב פלשתים אשר מעבר הלז ולאביו לא הגיד׃
- ושאול יושב בקצה הגבעה תחת הרמון אשר במגרון והעם אשר עמו כשש מאות איש׃
- ואחיה בן־אחטוב אחי איכבוד בן־פינחס בן־עלי כהן יהוה בשלו נשא אפוד והעם לא ידע כי הלך יונתן׃
- ובין המעברות אשר בקש יונתן לעבר על־מצב פלשתים שן־הסלע מהעבר מזה ושן־הסלע מהעבר מזה ושם האחד בוץץ ושם האחד סנה׃
- השן האחד מצוק מצפון מול מכמש והאחד מנגב מול גבע׃ ס
- ויאמר יהונתן אל־הנער נשא כליו לכה ונעברה אל־מצב הערלים האלה אולי יעשה יהוה לנו כי אין ליהוה מעצור להושיע ברב או במעט׃
- ויאמר לו נשא כליו עשה כל־אשר בלבבך נטה לך הנני עמך כלבבך׃ ס
- ויאמר יהונתן הנה אנחנו עברים אל־האנשים ונגלינו אליהם׃
- אם־כה יאמרו אלינו דמו עד־הגיענו אליכם ועמדנו תחתינו ולא נעלה אליהם׃
- ואם־כה יאמרו עלו עלינו ועלינו כי־נתנם יהוה בידנו וזה־לנו האות׃
- ויגלו שניהם אל־מצב פלשתים ויאמרו פלשתים הנה עברים יצאים מן־החרים אשר התחבאו־שם׃
- ויענו אנשי המצבה את־יונתן ואת־נשא כליו ויאמרו עלו אלינו ונודיעה אתכם דבר ף ויאמר יונתן אל־נשא כליו עלה אחרי כי־נתנם יהוה ביד ישראל׃
- ויעל יונתן על־ידיו ועל־רגליו ונשא כליו אחריו ויפלו לפני יונתן ונשא כליו ממותת אחריו׃
- ותהי המכה הראשנה אשר הכה יונתן ונשא כליו כעשרים איש כבחצי מענה צמד שדה׃
- ותהי חרדה במחנה בשדה ובכל־העם המצב והמשחית חרדו גם־המה ותרגז הארץ ותהי לחרדת אלהים׃
- ויראו הצפים לשאול בגבעת בנימן והנה ההמון נמוג וילך והלם׃ ף
- ויאמר שאול לעם אשר אתו פקדו־נא וראו מי הלך מעמנו ויפקדו והנה אין יונתן ונשא כליו׃
- ויאמר שאול לאחיה הגישה ארון האלהים כי־היה ארון האלהים ביום ההוא ובני ישראל׃
- ויהי עד דבר שאול אל־הכהן וההמון אשר במחנה פלשתים וילך הלוך ורב ף ויאמר שאול אל־הכהן אסף ידך׃
- ויזעק שאול וכל־העם אשר אתו ויבאו עד־המלחמה והנה היתה חרב איש ברעהו מהומה גדולה מאד׃
- והעברים היו לפלשתים כאתמול שלשום אשר עלו עםם במחנה סביב וגם־המה להיות עם־ישראל אשר עם־שאול ויונתן׃
- וכל איש ישראל המתחבאים בהר־אפרים שמעו כי־נסו פלשתים וידבקו גם־המה אחריהם במלחמה׃
- ויושע יהוה ביום ההוא את־ישראל והמלחמה עברה את־בית און׃
- ואיש־ישראל נגש ביום ההוא ויאל שאול את־העם לאמר ארור האיש אשר־יאכל לחם עד־הערב ונקמתי מאיבי ולא טעם כל־העם לחם׃ ס
- וכל־הארץ באו ביער ויהי דבש על־פני השדה׃
- ויבא העם אל־היער והנה הלך דבש ואין־משיג ידו אל־פיו כי־ירא העם את־השבעה׃
- ויונתן לא־שמע בהשביע אביו את־העם וישלח את־קצה המטה אשר בידו ויטבל אותה ביערת הדבש וישב ידו אל־פיו עיניו׃
- ויען איש מהעם ויאמר השבע השביע אביך את־העם לאמר ארור האיש אשר־יאכל לחם היום ויעף העם׃
- ויאמר יונתן עכר אבי את־הארץ ראו־נא כי־ארו עיני כי טעמתי מעט דבש הזה׃
- אף כי לוא אכל אכל היום העם משלל איביו אשר מצא כי עתה לא־רבתה מכה בפלשתים׃
- ויכו ביום ההוא בפלשתים ממכמש אילנה ויעף העם מאד׃
- העם אל־ ויקחו צאן ובקר ובני בקר וישחטו־ארצה ויאכל העם על־הדם׃
- ויגידו לשאול לאמר הנה העם חטאים ליהוה לאכל על־הדם ויאמר בגדתם גלו־אלי היום אבן גדולה׃
- ויאמר שאול פצו בעם ואמרתם להם הגישו אלי איש שורו ואיש שיהו ושחטתם בזה ואכלתם ולא־תחטאו ליהוה לאכל אל־הדם ויגשו כל־העם איש שורו בידו הלילה וישחטו־שם׃
- ויבן שאול מזבח ליהוה אתו החל לבנות מזבח ליהוה׃ ף
- ויאמר שאול נרדה אחרי פלשתים לילה ונבזה בהם עד־אור הבקר ולא־נשאר בהם איש ויאמרו כל־הטוב בעיניך עשה ס ויאמר הכהן נקרבה הלם אל־האלהים׃
- וישאל שאול באלהים הארד אחרי פלשתים התתנם ביד ישראל ולא ענהו ביום ההוא׃
- ויאמר שאול גשו הלם כל פנות העם ודעו וראו במה היתה החטאת הזאת היום׃
- כי חי־יהוה המושיע את־ישראל כי אם־ישנו ביונתן בני כי מות ימות ואין ענהו מכל־העם׃
- ויאמר אל־כל־ישראל אתם תהיו לעבר אחד ואני ויונתן בני נהיה לעבר אחד ויאמרו העם אל־שאול הטוב בעיניך עשה׃ ס
- ויאמר שאול אל־יהוה אלהי ישראל הבה תמים וילכד יונתן ושאול והעם יצאו׃
- ויאמר שאול הפילו ביני ובין יונתן בני וילכד יונתן׃
- ויאמר שאול אל־יונתן הגידה לי מה עשיתה ויגד־לו יונתן ויאמר טעם טעמתי בקצה המטה אשר־בידי מעט דבש הנני אמות׃
- ויאמר שאול כה־יעשה אלהים וכה יוסף כי־מות תמות יונתן׃
- ויאמר העם אל־שאול היונתן ימות אשר עשה הישועה הגדולה הזאת בישראל חלילה חי־יהוה אם־יפל משערת ראשו ארצה כי־עם־אלהים עשה היום הזה ויפדו העם את־יונתן ולא־מת׃ ס
- ויעל שאול מאחרי פלשתים ופלשתים הלכו למקוםם׃
- ושאול לכד המלוכה על־ישראל וילחם סביב בכל־איביו במואב ובבני־עמון ובאדום ובמלכי צובה ובפלשתים ובכל אשר־יפנה ירשיע׃
- ויעש חיל ויך את־עמלק ויצל את־ישראל מיד שסהו׃ ס
- ויהיו בני שאול יונתן וישוי ומלכי־שוע ושם שתי בנתיו שם הבכירה מרב ושם הקטנה מיכל׃
- ושם אשת שאול אחינעם בת־אחימעץ ושם שר־צבאו אבינר בן־נר דוד שאול׃
- וקיש אבי־שאול ונר אבי־אבנר בן־אביאל׃ ס
- ותהי המלחמה חזקה על־פלשתים כל ימי שאול וראה שאול כל־איש גבור וכל־בן־חיל ויאספהו אליו׃ ס
| 1 Samuel 14 Text (Latin)
- Et accidit quadam die ut diceret Jonathas filius Saul ad adolescentem armigerum suum : Veni, et transeamus ad stationem Philisthinorum, quæ est trans locum illum. Patri autem suo hoc ipsum non indicavit.
- Porro Saul morabatur in extrema parte Gabaa sub malogranato, quæ erat in Magron : et erat populus cum eo quasi sexcentorum virorum.
- Et Achias filius Achitob fratris Ichabod filii Phinees, qui ortus fuerat ex Heli sacerdote Domini in Silo, portabat ephod. Sed et populus ignorabat quo isset Jonathas.
- Erant autem inter ascensus, per quos nitebatur Jonathas transire ad stationem Philisthinorum, eminentes petræ ex utraque parte, et quasi in modum dentium scopuli hinc et inde prærupti, nomen uni Boses, et nomen alteri Sene :
- unus scopulus prominens ad aquilonem ex adverso Machmas, et alter ad meridiem contra Gabaa.
- Dixit autem Jonathas ad adolescentem armigerum suum : Veni, transeamus ad stationem incircumcisorum horum, si forte faciat Dominus pro nobis : quia non est Domino difficile salvare, vel in multis, vel in paucis.
- Dixitque ei armiger suus : Fac omnia quæ placent animo tuo : perge quo cupis, et ero tecum ubicumque volueris.
- Et ait Jonathas : Ecce nos transimus ad viros istos. Cumque apparuerimus eis,
- si taliter locuti fuerint ad nos : Manete donec veniamus ad vos : stemus in loco nostro, nec ascendamus ad eos.
- Si autem dixerint : Ascendite ad nos : ascendamus, quia tradidit eos Dominus in manibus nostris, hoc erit nobis signum.
- Apparuit igitur uterque stationi Philisthinorum : dixeruntque Philisthiim : En Hebræi egrediuntur de cavernis, in quibus absconditi fuerant.
- Et locuti sunt viri de statione ad Jonatham, et ad armigerum ejus, dixeruntque : Ascendite ad nos, et ostendemus vobis rem. Et ait Jonathas ad armigerum suum : Ascendamus, sequere me : tradidit enim Dominus eos in manus Israël.
- Ascendit autem Jonathas manibus et pedibus reptans, et armiger ejus post eum. Itaque alii cadebant ante Jonatham, alios armiger ejus interficiebat sequens eum.
- Et facta est plaga prima, qua percussit Jonathas et armiger ejus, quasi viginti virorum in media parte jugeri, quam par boum in die arare consuevit.
- Et factum est miraculum in castris, per agros : sed et omnis populus stationis eorum, qui ierant ad prædandum, obstupuit, et conturbata est terra : et accidit quasi miraculum a Deo.
- Et respexerunt speculatores Saul, qui erant in Gabaa Benjamin, et ecce multitudo prostrata, et huc illucque diffugiens.
- Et ait Saul populo, qui erat cum eo : Requirite, et videte quis abierit ex nobis. Cumque requisissent, repertum est non adesse Jonatham et armigerum ejus.
- Et ait Saul ad Achiam : Applica arcam Dei. (Erat enim ibi arca Dei in die illa cum filiis Israël.)
- Cumque loqueretur Saul ad sacerdotem, tumultus magnus exortus est in castris Philisthinorum : crescebatque paulatim, et clarius resonabat. Et ait Saul ad sacerdotem : Contrahe manum tuam.
- Conclamavit ergo Saul, et omnis populus, qui erat cum eo, et venerunt usque ad locum certaminis : et ecce versus fuerat gladius uniuscujusque ad proximum suum, et cædes magna nimis.
- Sed et Hebræi qui fuerant cum Philisthiim heri et nudiustertius, ascenderantque cum eis in castris, reversi sunt ut essent cum Israël, qui erant cum Saul et Jonatha.
- Omnes quoque Israëlitæ, qui se absconderant in monte Ephraim, audientes quod fugissent Philisthæi, sociaverunt se cum suis in prælio. Et erant cum Saul, quasi decem millia virorum.
- Et salvavit Dominus in die illa Israël : pugna autem pervenit usque ad Bethaven.
- Et viri Israël sociati sunt sibi in die illa : adjuravit autem Saul populum, dicens : Maledictus vir, qui comederit panem usque ad vesperam, donec ulciscar de inimicis meis. Et non manducavit universus populus panem :
- omneque terræ vulgus venit in saltum, in quo erat mel super faciem agri.
- Ingressus est itaque populus saltum, et apparuit fluens mel, nullusque applicuit manum ad os suum : timebat enim populus juramentum.
- Porro Jonathas non audierat cum adjuraret pater ejus populum : extenditque summitatem virgæ, quam habebat in manu, et intinxit in favum mellis : et convertit manum suam ad os suum, et illuminati sunt oculi ejus.
- Respondensque unus de populo, ait : Jurejurando constrinxit pater tuus populum, dicens : Maledictus vir, qui comederit panem hodie (defecerat autem populus).
- Dixitque Jonathas : Turbavit pater meus terram : vidistis ipsi quia illuminati sunt oculi mei, eo quod gustaverim paululum de melle isto :
- quanto magis si comedisset populus de præda inimicorum suorum, quam reperit ? nonne major plaga facta fuisset in Philisthiim ?
- Percusserunt ergo in die illa Philisthæos a Machmis usque in Aialon. Defatigatus est autem populus nimis :
- et versus ad prædam tulit oves, et boves, et vitulos, et mactaverunt in terra : comeditque populus cum sanguine.
- Nuntiaverunt autem Sauli dicentes quod populus peccasset Domino, comedens cum sanguine. Qui ait : Prævaricati estis : volvite ad me jam nunc saxum grande.
- Et dixit Saul : Dispergimini in vulgus, et dicite eis ut adducat ad me unusquisque bovem suum et arietem, et occidite super istud, et vescimini, et non peccabitis Domino comedentes cum sanguine. Adduxit itaque omnis populus unusquisque bovem in manu sua usque ad noctem : et occiderunt ibi.
- Ædificavit autem Saul altare Domino, tuncque primum cœpit ædificare altare Domino.
- Et dixit Saul : Irruamus super Philisthæos nocte, et vastemus eos usque dum illucescat mane, nec relinquamus ex eis virum. Dixitque populus : Omne quod bonum videtur in oculis tuis, fac. Et ait sacerdos : Accedamus huc ad Deum.
- Et consuluit Saul Dominum : Num persequar Philisthiim ? si trades eos in manus Israël ? Et non respondit ei in die illa.
- Dixitque Saul : Applicate huc universos angulos populi : et scitote, et videte per quem acciderit peccatum hoc hodie.
- Vivit Dominus salvator Israël, quia si per Jonatham filium meum factum est, absque retractione morietur. Ad quod nullus contradixit ei de omni populo.
- Et ait ad universum Israël : Separamini vos in partem unam, et ego cum Jonatha filio meo ero in parte altera. Responditque populus ad Saul : Quod bonum videtur in oculis tuis, fac.
- Et dixit Saul ad Dominum Deum Israël : Domine Deus Israël, da indicium : quid est quod non responderis servo tuo hodie ? Si in me, aut in Jonatha filio meo, est iniquitas hæc, da ostensionem : aut si hæc iniquitas est in populo tuo, da sanctitatem. Et deprehensus est Jonathas ad Saul, populus autem exivit.
- Et ait Saul : Mittite sortem inter me, et inter Jonatham filium meum. Et captus est Jonathas.
- Dixit autem Saul ad Jonatham : Indica mihi quid feceris. Et indicavit ei Jonathas, et ait : Gustans gustavi in summitate virgæ, quæ erat in manu mea, paululum mellis, et ecce ego morior.
- Et ait Saul : Hæc faciat mihi Deus, et hæc addat, quia morte morieris Jonatha.
- Dixitque populus ad Saul : Ergone Jonathas morietur, qui fecit salutem hanc magnam in Israël ? hoc nefas est : vivit Dominus, si ceciderit capillus de capite ejus in terram, quia cum Deo operatus est hodie. Liberavit ergo populus Jonatham, ut non moreretur.
- Recessitque Saul, nec persecutus est Philisthiim : porro Philisthiim abierunt in loca sua.
- Et Saul, confirmato regno super Israël, pugnabat per circuitum adversum omnes inimicos ejus, contra Moab, et filios Ammon, et Edom, et reges Soba, et Philisthæos : et quocumque se verterat, superabat.
- Congregatoque exercitu, percussit Amalec, et eruit Israël de manu vastatorum ejus.
- Fuerunt autem filii Saul, Jonathas, et Jessui, et Melchisua : et nomina duarum filiarum ejus, nomen primogenitæ Merob, et nomen minoris Michol.
- Et nomen uxoris Saul Achinoam filia Achimaas : et nomen principis militiæ ejus Abner, filius Ner, patruelis Saul.
- Porro Cis fuit pater Saul, et Ner pater Abner, filius Abiel.
- Erat autem bellum potens adversum Philisthæos omnibus diebus Saul. Nam quemcumque viderat Saul virum fortem, et aptum ad prælium, sociabat eum sibi.
| 1 Samuel 14 Text (KJV)
- Now it came to pass upon a day, that Jonathan the son of Saul said unto the young man that bare his armour, Come, and let us go over to the Philistines' garrison, that is on the other side. But he told not his father.
- And Saul tarried in the uttermost part of Gibeah under a pomegranate tree which is in Migron: and the people that were with him were about six hundred men;
- And Ahiah, the son of Ahitub, I-chabod'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.
- And between the passages, by which Jonathan sought to go over unto the Philistines' garrison, there was a sharp rock on the one side and a sharp rock on the other side: and the name of the one was Bozez, and the name of the other Seneh.
- The forefront of the one was situate northward over against Michmash, and the other southward over against Gibeah.
- And Jonathan said to the young man that bare his armour, Come, and let us go over unto the garrison of these uncircumcised: it may be that the LORD will work for us: for there is no restraint to the LORD to save by many or by few.
- And his armourbearer said unto him, Do all that is in thine heart: turn thee; behold, I am with thee according to thy heart.
- Then said Jonathan, Behold, we will pass over unto these men, and we will discover ourselves unto them.
- If they say thus unto us, Tarry until we come to you; then we will stand still in our place, and will not go up unto them.
- But if they say thus, Come up unto us; then we will go up: for the LORD hath delivered them into our hand: and this shall be a sign unto us.
- And both of them discovered themselves unto the garrison of the Philistines: and the Philistines said, Behold, the Hebrews come forth out of the holes where they had hid themselves.
- And the men of the garrison answered Jonathan and his armourbearer, and said, Come up to us, and we will shew you a thing. And Jonathan said unto his armourbearer, Come up after me: for the LORD hath delivered them into the hand of Israel.
- And Jonathan climbed up upon his hands and upon his feet, and his armourbearer after him: and they fell before Jonathan; and his armourbearer slew after him.
- And that first slaughter, which Jonathan and his armourbearer made, was about twenty men, within as it were an half acre of land, which a yoke of oxen might plow.
- And there was trembling in the host, in the field, and among all the people: the garrison, and the spoilers, they also trembled, and the earth quaked: so it was a very great trembling.
- And the watchmen of Saul in Gibeah of Benjamin looked; and, behold, the multitude melted away, and they went on beating down one another.
- Then said Saul unto the people that were with him, Number now, and see who is gone from us. And when they had numbered, behold, Jonathan and his armourbearer were not there.
- And Saul said unto Ahiah, Bring hither the ark of God. For the ark of God was at that time with the children of Israel.
- And it came to pass, while Saul talked unto the priest, that the noise that was in the host of the Philistines went on and increased: and Saul said unto the priest, Withdraw thine hand.
- And Saul and all the people that were with him assembled themselves, and they came to the battle: and, behold, every man's sword was against his fellow, and there was a very great discomfiture.
- Moreover the Hebrews that were with the Philistines before that time, which went up with them into the camp from the country round about, even they also turned to be with the Israelites that were with Saul and Jonathan.
- Likewise all the men of Israel which had hid themselves in mount Ephraim, when they heard that the Philistines fled, even they also followed hard after them in the battle.
- So the LORD saved Israel that day: and the battle passed over unto Beth-aven.
- And the men of Israel were distressed that day: for Saul had adjured the people, saying, Cursed be the man that eateth any food until evening, that I may be avenged on mine enemies. So none of the people tasted any food.
- And all they of the land came to a wood; and there was honey upon the ground.
- And when the people were come into the wood, behold, the honey dropped; but no man put his hand to his mouth: for the people feared the oath.
- But Jonathan heard not when his father charged the people with the oath: wherefore he put forth the end of the rod that was in his hand, and dipped it in an honeycomb, and put his hand to his mouth; and his eyes were enlightened.
- Then answered one of the people, and said, Thy father straitly charged the people with an oath, saying, Cursed be the man that eateth any food this day. And the people were faint.
- Then said Jonathan, My father hath troubled the land: see, I pray you, how mine eyes have been enlightened, because I tasted a little of this honey.
- How much more, if haply the people had eaten freely to day of the spoil of their enemies which they found? for had there not been now a much greater slaughter among the Philistines?
- And they smote the Philistines that day from Michmash to Aijalon: and the people were very faint.
- And the people flew upon the spoil, and took sheep, and oxen, and calves, and slew them on the ground: and the people did eat them with the blood.
- Then they told Saul, saying, Behold, the people sin against the LORD, in that they eat with the blood. And he said, Ye have transgressed: roll a great stone unto me this day.
- And Saul said, Disperse yourselves among the people, and say unto them, Bring me hither every man his ox, and every man his sheep, and slay them here, and eat; and sin not against the LORD in eating with the blood. And all the people brought every man his ox with him that night, and slew them there.
- And Saul built an altar unto the LORD: the same was the first altar that he built unto the LORD.
- And Saul said, Let us go down after the Philistines by night, and spoil them until the morning light, and let us not leave a man of them. And they said, Do whatsoever seemeth good unto thee. Then said the priest, Let us draw near hither unto God.
- And Saul asked counsel of God, Shall I go down after the Philistines? wilt thou deliver them into the hand of Israel? But he answered him not that day.
- And Saul said, Draw ye near hither, all the chief of the people: and know and see wherein this sin hath been this day.
- For, as the LORD liveth, which saveth Israel, though it be in Jonathan my son, he shall surely die. But there was not a man among all the people that answered him.
- Then said he unto all Israel, Be ye on one side, and I and Jonathan my son will be on the other side. And the people said unto Saul, Do what seemeth good unto thee.
- Therefore Saul said unto the LORD God of Israel, Give a perfect lot. And Saul and Jonathan were taken: but the people escaped.
- And Saul said, Cast lots between me and Jonathan my son. And Jonathan was taken.
- Then Saul said to Jonathan, Tell me what thou hast done. And Jonathan told him, and said, I did but taste a little honey with the end of the rod that was in mine hand, and, lo, I must die.
- And Saul answered, God do so and more also: for thou shalt surely die, Jonathan.
- And the people said unto Saul, Shall Jonathan die, who hath wrought this great salvation in Israel? God forbid: as the LORD liveth, there shall not one hair of his head fall to the ground; for he hath wrought with God this day. So the people rescued Jonathan, that he died not.
- Then Saul went up from following the Philistines: and the Philistines went to their own place.
- So Saul took the kingdom over Israel, and fought against all his enemies on every side, against Moab, and against the children of Ammon, and against Edom, and against the kings of Zobah, and against the Philistines: and whithersoever he turned himself, he vexed them.
- And he gathered an host, and smote the Amalekites, and delivered Israel out of the hands of them that spoiled them.
- Now the sons of Saul were Jonathan, and Ishui, and Melchi-shua: and the names of his two daughters were these; the name of the firstborn Merab, and the name of the younger Michal:
- And the name of Saul's wife was Ahinoam, the daughter of Ahimaaz: and the name of the captain of his host was Abner, the son of Ner, Saul's uncle.
- And Kish was the father of Saul; and Ner the father of Abner was the son of Abiel.
- And there was sore war against the Philistines all the days of Saul: and when Saul saw any strong man, or any valiant man, he took him unto him.