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1 Samuel

1 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. 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 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 to 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 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 a 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. 18 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. 19 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. 20 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. 21 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. 22 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. 23 So the LORD saved Is­rael that day: and the bat­tle passed over unto Bethaven. 24 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. 25 And all they of the land came to a wood; and there was hon­ey upon the ground. 26 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. 27 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. 28 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. 29 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. 30 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? 31 And they smote the Philistines that day from Mich­mash to Ai­jalon: and the peo­ple were very faint. 32 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. 33 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. 34 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. 35 And Saul built an al­tar unto the LORD: the same was the first al­tar that he built unto the LORD. 36 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. 37 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. 38 And Saul said, Draw ye near hith­er, all the chief of the peo­ple: and know and see where­in this sin hath been this day. 39 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. 40 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. 41 There­fore Saul said unto the LORD God of Is­rael, Give a per­fect lot. And Saul and Jonathan were tak­en: 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 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. 44 And Saul an­swered, God do so and more al­so: for thou shalt sure­ly die, Jonathan. 45 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. 46 Then Saul went up from fol­low­ing the Philistines: and the Philistines went to their own place. 47 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. 48 And he gath­ered an host, and smote the Amalekites, and de­liv­ered Is­rael out of the hands of them that spoiled them. 49 Now the sons of Saul were Jonathan, and Ishui, and Melchishua: and the names of his two daugh­ters were these; the name of the first­born Merab, and the name of the younger Michal: 50 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. 51 And Kish was the fa­ther of Saul; and Ner the fa­ther of Ab­n­er was the son of Abiel. 52 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.