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Saul, seeking the asses,


because of your king which ye shall have chosen you; and the LORD "will not hear you in that day.

1 Heb.
Thy word
is good.

a Mi. 3. 4.
See Pro. 1.

2 Heb. in
the ascent
of the city.

19 T Nevertheless the people refused to
obey the voice of Samuel; and they said,
Nay but we will have a king over us;
20 That we also may be like all the
nations; and that our king may judge Ge. 21. 11.
us, and go out before us, and fight our

21 And Samuel heard all the words of the people, and he rehearsed them in the ears of the LORD.

22 And the LORD said to Samuel, Hearken unto their voice, and make them a king. And Samuel said unto the men of Israel, Go ye every man unto his city.

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c ver. 5.

3 Or, feast.
ch. 20. 6.
Cp. ch. 7.
9, 17

& 13. 12
& 16. 2
& 20. 29.
d1 Ki. 3. 2-4.
So ch. 10. 5.
e ver. 7.
Hos. 13. 11.
4 Heb. to day.
So ver. 27.

whose name was f Kish, the son of ƒ ch. 14. 51. Abiel, the son of Zeror, the son of Bechorath, the son of Aphiah, 5 a Benjamite, 5 Or, the son a mighty man of 6 power.

of a man
of Jemini.
6 Or,
Cp. Ru. 4. 11.

2 And he had a son, whose name was
Saul, a choice young man, and a goodly:
and there was not among the children of
Israel a goodlier person than he: from eh. 15. 1.
his shoulders and upward he was higher
than any of the people.

3 And the asses of Kish Saul's father
were lost. And Kish said to Saul his
son, Take now one of the servants with
thee, and arise, go seek the asses.
4 And he passed through kmount E-
phraim, and passed through the land of
Shalisha, but they found them not:
then they passed through the land of
Shalim, and there they were not: and
he passed through the land of the Ben-
jamites, but they found them not.

5 And when they were come to the land of Zuph, Saul said to his servant that was with him, Come, and let us return; lest my father leave caring for the asses, and take thought for us.

6 And he said unto him, Behold now, there is in this city Pa man of God, and he is an honourable man; all that he saith cometh surely to pass: now let us go thither; peradventure he can shew us our way that we should go.

Ac. 13. 21.
7 Heb.

the ear of

ch. 10. 23.

i ch. 10. 1.
j So Ex. 2. 25
& 3. 7, 9.
Jos. 24. 33.
Cp. ch. 16. 12.

m So 2 Ki. 4.

8 Heb.

restrain in.
n Cp. Mt. 6.
27, 31, 34.
o ver. 3.
p Judg. 13. 6.
9 Heb. to day
three days.
7 ch. 3. 19.
r Judg. 20.


So 1 Ki. 14. 3.
2 Ki. 4. 42
& 8.8.

t ch. 15. 17.
10 Heb.

is gone out
of, &c.

7 Then said Saul to his servant, But, behold, if we go, "what shall we bring 11 Heb. the man? for the bread 10 is spent in our vessels, and there is not a present to bring to the man of God: what 11 have we?

8 And the servant answered Saul again, and said, Behold, 13 I have here at hand the fourth part of a shekel of silver: that will I give to the man of God, to tell us our way.

9 (Beforetime in Israel, when a man "went to inquire of God, thus he spake, Come, and let us go to the seer: for he that is now called a Prophet was beforetime called a Seer.)

is with us?
12 Heb.

according to
this word?
u 2 Ki. 23. 11.
13 Heb.

there is
found in
my hand.

is entertained by Samuel,

10 Then said Saul to his servant, 1 Well said; come, let us go. So they went unto the city where the man of God was.

11 And as they went up 2 the hill to the city, they found young maidens going out to draw water, and said unto them, Is the seer here?

12 And they answered them, and said, He is; behold, he is before you: make haste now, for he came to day to the city; for there is a 3sacrifice of the people to day in the high place:

13 As soon as ye be come into the city, ye shall straightway find him, before he go up to the high place to eat: for the people will not eat until he come, because he doth bless the sacrifice; and afterwards they eat that be bidden. Now therefore get you up; for about 4 this time ye shall find him.

14 And they went up into the city: and when they were come into the city, behold, Samuel came out against them, for to go up to the high place.

15 Now the LORD had 7 told Samuel in his ear a day before Saul came, saying, 16 To morrow about this time I will send thee a man out of the land of Benjamin, and thou shalt anoint him to be captain over my people Israel, that he may save my people out of the hand of the Philistines: for I have looked upon my people, because their cry is come unto me.

17 And when Samuel saw Saul, the LORD said unto him, Behold the man whom I spake to thee of this same shall reign over my people.

18 Then Saul drew near to Samuel in the gate, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, where the seer's house is.

19 And Samuel answered Saul, and said, I am the seer: go up before me unto the high place; for ye shall eat with me to day, and to morrow I will let thee go, and will tell thee all that is in thine heart.

20 And as for thine asses that were lost 9 three days ago, set not thy mind on them; for they are found. And on whom is all the desire of Israel? Is it not on thee, and on all thy father's house? 21 And Saul answered and said, Am not I a Benjamite, of the smallest of the tribes of Israel? and my family the least of all the families of the tribe of Benjamin? wherefore then speakest thou 12 so to me?

22 And Samuel took Saul and his servant, and brought them into the "parlour, and made them sit in the chiefest place among them that were bidden, which were about thirty persons. 23 And Samuel said unto the cook, Bring the portion which I gave thee, of which I said unto thee, Set it by thee. 24 And the cook took up "the shoulder, 2 Ch. 16.7, 10. and that which was upon it, and set it Isa. 30. 10. before Saul. And Samuel said, Behold

v Ge. 25. 22.
w Ex. 29. 22,

Lev. 7. 32, 33.
r 2 Sa. 15. 27.

1 Ch. 26. 28.

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that which is left! set it before thee, and eat: for unto this time hath it been kept for thee since I said, I have invited the people. So Saul did eat with Samuel that day.

25 And when they were come down from the high place into the city, Samuel communed with Saul upon the top of the house.

1 Or, reserved. 2 Heb. shoulder.

3 Heb. turned,

a ver, 5.

6 So ch. 19. 20.

2 Sa. 11. 2.

4 Heb. a man to his ch. 1. 24. neighbour. Cp. Mt. 13.

54, 55.

5 Heb. from


26 And they arose early and it came to pass about the spring of the day, that Samuel called Saul to the top of the house, saying, Up, that I may send thee away. And Saul arose, and they went out both of them, he and Samuel, abroad. 27 And as they were going down to the end of the city, Samuel said to Saul, Bid the servant pass on before us, (and hech. 14. 50. passed on,) but stand thou still 6a while, 9 ch. 9. 16 that I may shew thee the word of God.



HEN Samuel took a vial of oil, and poured it upon his head, and kissed him, and said, Is it not because the LORD hath anointed thee to be captain over his inheritance?

2 When thou art departed from me to day, then thou shalt find two men by Rachel's sepulchre in the border of Benjamin at Zelzah; and they will say unto thee, The asses which thou wentest to seek are found: and, lo, thy father hath left the 7care of the asses, and sorroweth for you, saying, What shall I do for my son?

3 Then shalt thou go on forward from thence, and thou shalt come to the "plain of Tabor, and there shall meet thee three men going up to God to Beth-el, one carrying three kids, and another carrying three loaves of bread, and another carrying a bottle of wine:

e So Isa. 54. 13.

6 Heb. to day.

So ver. 13.

& 16. 13.
2 Sa. 2. 4
& 5. 3.

1 Ki. 1. 39
& 19. 16.
2 Ki. 9. 1,

& 11. 12 Deu. 32. 9. Ps. 78. 71. eh. 9. 20. i Ge. 35. 19, 20. 7 Heb. business.

ch. 9. 5. ch. 11. 15.

1 ch. 7. 5, 6. See Jos. 18. 26.

Ge. 13. 18.

o Judg. 20. 31. P ch. 8. 7, 19 & 12. 12. 8 Heb. ask thee of peace. ver. 10. ch. 13, 3, 4.

4 And they will 8salute thee, and givet thee two loaves of bread; which thou shalt receive of their hands.

5 After that thou shalt come to the hill of God, where is the garrison of the Philistines: and it shall come to pass, when thou art come thither to the city, that thou shalt meet a company of prophets coming down "from the high place with a psaltery, and a "tabret, and a pipe, and a harp, before them; and they shall prophesy:

6 And the Spirit of the LORD will come upon thee, and thou shalt prophesy with them, and shalt be turned into an-9 other man.

7 9 And let it be, when these signs are come unto thee, 10that thou do as occasion serve thee; for God is with thee.

8 And thou shalt go down before me to Gilgal; and, behold, I will come down unto thee, to offer burnt offerings, and to sacrifice sacrifices of peace offer ings: seven days shalt thou tarry, till I come to thee, and shew thee what thou shalt do.

Jos. 24. 1.

2 Sa. 8 6, 14. 1 Ch. 11. 16 Jos. 7. 14,

16, 17. Judg. 20. 9. u So ch. 9. 12. Ex. 15. 20. Cp. 2 Ki. 3. 15.

w ch. 11. 6

& 16. 13. Judg. 14. 6, 19. See Judg. 3. 10. Cp. Nu. 11. 25.

ch. 19. 23, 24. ch. 23. 2, 4, 9, 10, 11.

Heb. And it to pass, that when these signs, fc. 10 Heb. do

shall come

for thee as thine hand shall find. Judg. 9. 33. ch. 11. 14, 15

& 13. 4. a ch. 9, 2.

6 ch. 13. 8.

⚫ 2 Sa. 21. 6.

Saul chosen king by lot.

9 And it was so, that when he had turned his 2back to go from Samuel, God 3gave him another heart and all those signs came to pass that day.

10 And "when they came thither to the hill, behold, a company of prophets met him; and the Spirit of God came upon him, and he prophesied among them.

11 And it came to pass, when all that knew him beforetime saw that, behold, he prophesied among the prophets, then the people said 4one to another, What is this that is come unto the son of Kish? d Is Saul also among the prophets?

12 And one 5 of the same place answered and said, But who is their father? Therefore it became a proverb, d Is Saul also among the prophets?

13 And when he had made an end of prophesying, he came to the high place. 14 And Saul's uncle said unto him and to his servant, Whither went ye? And he said, To seek the asses: and when we saw that they were no where, we came to Samuel.

15 And Saul's uncle said, Tell me, I pray thee, what Samuel said unto you.

16 And Saul said unto his uncle, He told us plainly that the asses were found. But of the matter of the kingdom, whereof Samuel spake, he told him not.

17 And Samuel called the people together unto the LORD to "Mizpeh; 18 And said unto the children of Israel, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I brought up Israel out of Egypt, and delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of all kingdoms, and of them that oppressed


19 And ye have this day rejected your God, who himself saved you out of all your adversities and your tribulations; and ye have said unto him, Nay, but set a king over us. Now therefore present yourselves before the LORD by your tribes, and by your thousands. 20 And when Samuel had caused all the tribes of Israel to come near, the tribe of Benjamin was taken.

21 When he had caused the tribe of Benjamin to come near by their families, the family of Matri was taken, and Saul the son of Kish was taken: and when they sought him, he could not be found.

22 Therefore they inquired of the LORD further, if the man should yet come thither. And the LORD answered, Behold, he hath hid himself among the stuff.

23 And they ran and fetched him thence: and when he stood among the people, he was higher than any of the people from his shoulders and upward.

24 And Samuel said to all the people, See ye him whom the LORD hath cho sen, that there is none like him among

The men of Jabesh


shout-Heh. Let the king live.

all the people? And all the people ed, and said, 1 God save the king. 25 Then Samuel told the people the manner of the kingdom, and wrote it in a book, and laid it up before the LORD. And Samuel sent all the people away, every man to his house.

26 And Saul also went home to "Gi-e beah; and there went with him a band of men, whose hearts God had touched. 27 But the children of Belial said, How shall this man save us? And they despised him, and brought him no presents. But he 2 held his peace.



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HEN Nahash the k Ammonite came up, and encamped against Jabeshgilead and all the men of Jabesh said unto Nahash, Make a covenant with us, and we will serve thee,

So i Kí. 1.
25, 39.

2 Ki. 11. 12. a Ex. 14. 24. & Cp. Deu. 17. 14-20.

So ch. 8. 11.
ch. 11. 4
ch. 10. 27.

e ch. 11. 12 f Deu. 13. 13. 2 Sa. 19. 22 1 Ki. 4. 21 & 10, 25.

2 Ch. 17. 5,
Mt. 2. 11.

i Ex. 14. 13.
2 Or, was
as though
he had
been deaf.
jch. 10. 8.
k Judg. 3. 13
& 10, 7, 11
& 11. 1, 15.33.

2 And Nahash the Ammonite answered them, On this condition will I make a covenant with you, that I may thrust out all your right eyes, and lay it for am reproach upon all Israel.

ch. 12. 12
2 Sa. 10. 1, &c.

Judg. 21. 8.
Judg. 11. 11.

So ch. 10. 17. n ch. 10. 8. o Nu. 16. 14.

3 And the elders of Jabesh said unto him, 3 Give us seven days' respite, that we may send messengers unto all the coasts of Israel: and then, if there be no man to save us, we will come out to thee. 4 Then came the messengers to 'Gi-2 beah of Saul, and told the tidings in the ears of the people: and all the people lifted up their voices, and wept.

ch. 8. 5, 19,


3 Heb. Forbear us.

ch. 10. 21 & 11. 14, 15. r ch. 81-5. ch. 10. 26.

t Judg. 2. 4 & 21. 2.

u Ecelus. 46. 19.

5 And, behold, Saul came after the herd out of the field; and Saul said, What aileth the people that they weep? And ch. 24. 6 they told him the tidings of the men of Jabesh.

6 And the Spirit of God came upon Saul when he heard those tidings, and his anger was kindled greatly.

& 26, 9, 11,16. 2 Sa. 1. 14, 16. Cp. ah. 10. 1. w Nu. 16. 15. Judg. 3. 10. ch. 10. 6, 10.

5 Or, that I
should hide

mine eyes
at him
Deu. 16. 19.

7 And he took a yoke of oxen, and Heb. ransom. hewed them in pieces, and sent them throughout all the coasts of Israel by the hands of messengers, saying, "Whosoever cometh not forth after Saul and after Samuel, so shall it be done unto his oxen. And the fear of the LORD fell on the people, and they came out 6 with one consent.

8 And when he numbered them in Bezek, the children of Israel were three hundred thousand, and the men of Judah thirty thousand.

z Judg. 19. 29. 1 Ki. 18. 23, 33.

a Cp. Judg.

21. 5, 8, 10. 6 Heb, us

one man.

7 Or, made. Judg. 1. 5. eCp. Judg. 20, 15-17

& 2 Sa. 24. 9. 8 Heb. righteousnesses, or, benefits.

9 And they said unto the messengers that came, Thus shall ye say unto the men of Jabesh-gilead, To morrow, by that time the sun be hot, ye shall have 10 help. And the messengers came and shewed it to the men of Jabesh; and 9 Heb. with. 10 Or, they were glad. deliverance. 10 Therefore the men of Jabesh said,d Ex. 2 23. To morrow we will come out unto you, e Judg. 3, 7. and ye shall do with us all that seemeth good unto you.

11 And it was so on the morrow, that sal put the people in three companies;

Judg. 4. 2

g Judg. 7. 16. Judg. 3. 31 & 10. 7

& 13. 1.

delivered by Saul.

and they came into the midst of the host in the morning watch, and slew the Ammonites until the heat of the day: and it came to pass, that they which remained were scattered, so that two of them were not left together.

12 And the people said unto Samuel, d Who is he that said, Shall Saul reign over us? bring the men, that we may put them to death.

13 And Saul said, "There shall not a man be put to death this day: for to day the LORD hath wrought salvation in Israel.

14 Then said Samuel to the people, Come, and let us go to Gilgal, and renew the kingdom there.

15 And all the people went to Gilgal; and there they made Saul king "before the LORD in Gilgal; and "there they sacrificed sacrifices of peace offerings before the LORD; and there Saul and all the men of Israel rejoiced greatly.



AND Samuel said unto all Israel, Be A hold, I have hearkened unto your voice in all that ye said unto me, and have made a king over you.

2 And now, behold, the king walketh before you: "and I am old and gray. headed; and, behold, my sons are with you and I have walked before you from my childhood unto this day.

3 Behold, here I am: "witness against me before the LORD, and before his anointed: "whose ox have I taken? or whose ass have I taken? or whom have I defrauded? whom have I oppressed? or of whose hand have I received any 4bribe 5to blind mine eyes therewith? and I will restore it you.

4 And they said, Thou hast not de frauded us, nor oppressed us, neither hast thou taken ought of any man's hand.

5 And he said unto them, The LORD is witness against you, and his anointed is witness this day, that ye have not found ought in my hand. And they answered, He is witness.

6 And Samuel said unto the people, It is the LORD that 7advanced Moses and Aaron, and that brought your fa thers up out of the land of Egypt.

7 Now therefore stand still, that I may reason with you before the LORD of all the righteous acts of the LORD, which he did to you and 9to your fathers.

8 When Jacob was come into Egypt, and your fathers d cried unto the LORD, then the LORD sent Moses and Aaron. which brought forth your fathers out of Egypt, and made them dwell in this place.

9 And when they forgat the LORD their God, he sold them into the hand of Sisera, captain of the host of Hazor, and into the hand of the Philistines,

Samuel reproveth the people. I. SAMUEL 12

and into the hand of the king of Moab, a Judg. 3. 12. and they fought against them.

10 And they cried unto the LORD, and said, We have sinned, because we have forsaken the LORD, dand have served Baalim and Ashtaroth: but now deliver us out of the hand of our enemies, and we will serve thee.

11 And the LORD sent Jerubbaal, and Bedan, and Jephthah, and 9 Samuel, and delivered you out of the hand of your enemies on every side, and ye dwelled safe.

12 And when ye saw that Nahash the king of the children of Ammon came against you, ye said unto me, Nay; but a king shall reign over us: when the LORD your God was your king.

13 Now therefore behold the king "whom ye have chosen, and whom ye have desired! and, behold, the LORD hath set a king over you.

14 If ye will fear the LORD, and serve him, and obey his voice, and not rebel against the 5 commandment of the LORD, then shall both ye and also the king that reigneth over you continue following the LORD your God:

15 But if ye will not obey the voice of the LORD, but rebel against the commandment of the LORD, then shall the hand of the LORD be against you, "as it was against your fathers.


16 Now therefore 'stand and see this great thing, which the LORD will before your eyes.

b Isa. 5. 12.
1 Or, what a
great thing.
e Judg. 10. 10.
d Judg. 2. 13.

2 Heb. the
son of one
year in his
e Judg. 6. 14,


Judg. 11. 1.
ch. 7. 10-13

à ch. 14. 31.
i ch. 10. 27

& 11. 1.
ch. 10. 26.

k ch. 8. 5, 19.
Judg. 8. 23.
ch. 10, 5.

3 Or,

the hill.
n ch. 8. 5
& 9. 20.

o Judg. 3. 27.
4 Heb.

did stink.
2 Sa. 10. 6.
So Ge. 34. 30.
Ex. 5. 21.
ch. 27. 12.

5 Heb. mouth.
6 Heb.
be after.
p ch. 5. 9.
q Jos. 11. 4.
ver. 9.

Ex. 14. 13.
Jos. 7. 2.

ch. 14 23,
u ch. 14. 24
v Pro. 26. 1.
to Judg. 6. 2.
r Judg. 9. 46,

17 Is it not wheat harvest to day? I will call unto the LORD, and he shall send thunder and rain; that ye may perceive and see that your wickedness is great, which ye have done in the sight y ch. 8. 7. of the LORD, in asking you a king.

18 So Samuel called unto the LORD; and the LORD sent thunder and rain that day and all the people greatly feared the LORD and Samuel.

19 And all the people said unto Samuel, Pray for thy servants unto the LORD thy God, that we die not: for we have added unto all our sins this evil, to ask us a king.

20 And Samuel said unto the people, Fear not: ye have done all this wickedness: yet turn not aside from following the LORD, but serve the LORD with all your heart;

7 Heb.
after him.

* Ex. 14. 31.


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Cp. Ear. 10. 9.
ch. 10. 8.
ver. 23.

Ex. 9. 28

& 10. 17.

21 And turn ye not aside for then 8 Heb. bless. should ye go after vain things, which cannot profit nor deliver; for they are vain.

22 For d the LORD will not forsake his people for his great name's sake: because it hath pleased the LORD to make you his people.

23 Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the LORD 9in ceasing 9to pray for you: but I will teach you the good and the right way:

24 Only fear the LORD, and serve him in

el Co. 8. 4.


d1 Ki. 8. 57.
Pa. 94. 14.

e Jos. 7. 9.
Ps. 106, 8.

f Deu. 7. 7, 8.

9 Heb. from.
ver. 19.
10 Heb.

A 1 Ki. 8. 38.

the face.

Saul's disobedience.

truth with all your heart: for consider 1how great things he hath done for you. 25 But if ye shall still do wickedly, ye shall be consumed, both ye and your king.


NAUL 2reigned one year; and when he had reigned two years over Israel, 2 Saul chose him three thousand men of Israel; whereof two thousand were with Saul in Michmash and in mount Beth-el, and a thousand were with Jonathan in Gibeah of Benjamin: and the rest of the people he sent every man to his tent.

3 And Jonathan smote the "garrison of the Philistines that was in 3Geba, and the Philistines heard of it. And Saul blew the trumpet throughout all the land, saying, Let the Hebrews hear.

4 And all Israel heard say that Saul had smitten a garrison of the Philistines, and that Israel also 4 was had in abomination with the Philistines. And the people were called together after Saul to Gilgal.

5 And the Philistines gathered themselves together to fight with Israel, thirty thousand chariots, and six thousand horsemen, and people as the sand which is on the sea shore in multitude: and they came up, and pitched in Michmash, eastward from Beth-aven.

6 When the men of Israel saw that they were in a strait, (for the people "were distressed,) then the people did hide themselves in "caves, and in thickets, and in rocks, and in high places, and in pits.

7 And some of the Hebrews went over Jordan to the land of Gad and Gilead. As for Saul, he was yet in Gilgal, and all the people followed him trembling.

8 And he tarried seven days, according to the set time that Samuel had ppointed: but Samuel came not to Gilgal; and the people were scattered from him.

9 And Saul said, Bring hither a burnt offering to me, and peace offerings. And he offered the burnt offering.

10 And it came to pass, that as soon as he had made an end of offering the burnt offering, behold, Samuel came; and Saul went out to meet him, that he might 8salute him.

11 And Samuel said, What hast thou done? And Saul said, Because I saw that the people were scattered from me, and that thou camest not within the days appointed, and that the Philistines gathered themselves together at Michmash;

12 Therefore said I, The Philistines will come down now upon me to Gilgal, and I have not 10 made supplication unto the LORD: I forced myself therefore, and offered a burnt offering.

The Philistines oppress Israel. I. SAMUEL 13

13 And Samuel said to Saul, "Thou hast done foolishly: thou hast not kept the commandment of the LORD thy God, which he commanded thee: for now would the LORD have established thy kingdom upon Israel for ever.

14 d But now thy kingdom shall not continue the LORD hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the LORD hath commanded him to be captain over his people, because thou hast not kept that which the LORD commanded thee. 15 And Samuel arose, and gat him up from Gilgal unto / Gibeah of Benjamin. And Saul numbered the people that were 2 present with him, about six hundred men.

16 And Saul, and Jonathan his son, and the people that were 2 present with them, abode in 3Gibeah of Benjamin: but the Philistines encamped in Michmash.

17 And the spoilers came out of the camp of the Philistines in three companies: one company turned unto the way that leadeth to kOphrah, unto the land of Shual:

18 And another company turned the way to Beth-horon: and another company turned to the way of the border that looketh to the valley of "Zeboim toward the wilderness.

19 Now there was no smith found throughout all the land of Israel: for the Philistines said, Lest the Hebrews make them swords or spears:

20 But all the Israelites went down to the Philistines, to sharpen every man his share, and his 'coulter, and his axe, and his mattock.

21 Yet they had 5a file for the mattocks, and for the coulters, and for the forks, and for the axes, and to sharpen the goads.

22 So it came to pass in the day of battle, that there was neither sword nor spear found in the hand of any of the people that were with Sau! and Jonathan: but with Saul and with Jonathan his son was there found.

23 And the 7 garrison of the Philistines went out to 'the passage of Michmash.


Nthat Jonathan the son of Saul said OW 9it came to pass upon a day,

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.

2 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;

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

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ch. 14. 15.

Jos. 18. 23.

Be still.
I ch. 9. 4?

m Jos. 10. 10.
n Ne. 11. 34.
o ver. 12.

1 Macc. 4. 30.
P Cp. 2 Ki.
24. 14.

9 Cp. Ge. 24.


Judg. 7. 11.
r ch. 13. 6.
8 Isa. 2. 4,
Joel 3. 10,
Mi. 4. 3

in the Heb.
5 Heb. a file
with mouths.

6 Heb. set.
7 Or, standing


14. 1, 4,

6, 11, 15.

2 Sa. 23. 14.

ch. 14 4.

Isa. 10. 29.
Cp. Jer. 22.

8 Or, half a
furrow of

an acre

of land.
9 Ör, there
was a day.
u ch. 13. 17.

10 Heb. a
of God.

Jos, 18. 28.
w Cp. Judg.

r Jos. 2. 9.
y ch. 13. 15.
z Isa. 16. 8.
Cp. ver. 19,
11 ch. 22. 9,

11. 20,
a ch. 4, 21.

Jos. 18. 1. e ch. 2. 28.

Jonathan smiteth them.

people knew not that Jonathan was gone.

4 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.

5 The forefront of the one was situate northward over against Michmash, and the other southward over against Gibeah. 6 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 ito save by many or by few. 7 And his armourbearer said unto him, Do all that is in thine heart: turn thee; behold, I am with thee according to thy heart.

8 Then said Jonathan, Behold, we will pass over unto these men, and we will discover ourselves unto them.

9 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.

10 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.

11 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.

12 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.

13 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.

14 And that first slaughter, which Jonathan and his armourbearer made, was about twenty men, within as it were 8 an half acre of land, which a yoke of oxen might plow.

15 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 10a very great trembling.

16 And the watchmen of Saul in Gibeah of Benjamin looked; and, behold, the multitude melted away, and they went on beating down one another.

17 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.

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