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1 Samuel 13 :: Legacy Standard Bible (LSB)

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Saul Strikes Down the Philistines

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[fn]Saul was [fn]thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned [fn]forty-two years over Israel.

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And Saul chose for himself 3,000 men of Israel, of which 2,000 were with Saul in Michmash and in the hill country of Bethel, while 1,000 were with Jonathan at Gibeah of Benjamin. But he sent away the rest of the people, each to his tent.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 13:3 - And Jonathan struck the garrison of the Philistines that was in Geba, and the Philistines heard of it. Then Saul blew the trumpet throughout the land, saying, “Let the Hebrews hear.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 13:4 - Then all Israel heard [fn]the news that Saul had struck the garrison of the Philistines, and also that Israel had become odious to the Philistines. The people were then summoned [fn]to Saul at Gilgal.
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Now the Philistines assembled to fight with Israel, 30,000 chariots and 6,000 horsemen and people like the sand which is on the seashore in abundance; and they came up and camped in Michmash, east of Beth-aven.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 13:6 - Now the men of Israel saw that they were in a strait (for the people were hard-pressed). Then the people hid themselves in caves, in thickets, in cliffs, in cellars, and in pits.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 13:7 - Also some of the Hebrews crossed the Jordan into the land of Gad and Gilead. But as for Saul, he was still in Gilgal, and all the people followed him trembling.

Saul Doesn’t Keep Yahweh’s Commandment

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So he waited seven days, according to the appointed time set by Samuel, but Samuel did not come to Gilgal; and the people were scattering from him.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 13:9 - So Saul said, “Bring near to me the burnt offering and the peace offerings.” And he offered the burnt offering.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 13:10 - And as soon as he finished offering the burnt offering, behold, Samuel came; and Saul went out to meet him and to [fn]greet him.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 13:11 - But Samuel said, “What have you done?” And Saul said, “Because I saw that the people were scattering from me, and that you did not come within the appointed days, and that the Philistines were assembling at Michmash,
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 13:12 - therefore I said, ‘Now the Philistines will come down against me at Gilgal, and I have not entreated the favor of Yahweh.’ So I forced myself and offered the burnt offering.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 13:13 - And Samuel said to Saul, “You have acted foolishly; you have not kept the commandment of Yahweh your God, which He commanded you, for now Yahweh would have established your kingdom [fn]over Israel forever.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 13:14 - “But now your kingdom shall not endure. Yahweh has sought out for Himself a man after His own heart, and Yahweh has appointed him as ruler over His people because you have not kept what Yahweh commanded you.”
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Then Samuel arose and went up from Gilgal to Gibeah of Benjamin. And Saul [fn]numbered the people who were present with him, about six hundred men.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 13:16 - Now Saul and his son Jonathan and the people who were present with them were staying in Geba of Benjamin, and the Philistines camped at Michmash.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 13:17 - And the [fn]raiders came from the camp of the Philistines in three [fn]companies: one [fn]company turned [fn]toward Ophrah, to the land of Shual,
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 13:18 - and another [fn]company turned to the way of Beth-horon, and another [fn]company turned to the way of the border which overlooks the valley of Zeboim toward the wilderness.
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Now no blacksmith could be found in all the land of Israel, for the Philistines said, “Lest the Hebrews make [fn]swords or spears.”

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 13:20 - So all Israel went down to the Philistines, each to sharpen his plowshare, his mattock, his axe, and his [fn]goad.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 13:21 - And the charge was [fn]two-thirds of a shekel for the plowshares, the mattocks, the forks, and the axes, and to fix the goad.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 13:22 - So it happened on the day of battle that neither sword nor spear was found in the hands of any of the people who were with Saul and Jonathan, but they were found with Saul and his son Jonathan.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 13:23 - And the garrison of the Philistines went out to the pass of Michmash.
LSB Footnotes
The Heb is difficult; lit Saul was one year old when he began to reign. Now he reigned for two years over Israel
As in some mss of the LXX; M.T. omits thirty
See Acts 13:21; M.T. omits forty
Lit saying
Lit after
Lit bless
Lit to
Lit mustered
Lit destroyers
Lit heads
Lit head
Lit toward the direction of
Lit head
Lit head
Lit sword or spear
Heb plowshares
Heb pim

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