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1 Samuel 14 :: Legacy Standard Bible (LSB)

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Jonathan Slaughters the Philistines

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 14:1 -

Now the day came that Jonathan, the son of Saul, said to the young man who was carrying his armor, “Come and let us cross over to the Philistines’ garrison that is on the other side.” But he did not tell his father.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 14:2 - And Saul was staying in the outskirts of Gibeah under the pomegranate tree which is in Migron. And the people who were with him were about six hundred men,
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 14:3 - and Ahijah, the son of Ahitub, Ichabod’s brother, the son of Phinehas, the son of Eli, the priest of Yahweh at Shiloh, was [fn]wearing an ephod. And the people did not know that Jonathan had gone.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 14:4 - Now between the passes by which Jonathan sought to cross over to the Philistines’ garrison, there was a sharp crag on the one side and a sharp crag on the other side, and the name of the one was Bozez, and the name of the other Seneh.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 14:5 - The one crag rose on the north opposite Michmash, and the other on the south opposite Geba.
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Then Jonathan said to the young man who was carrying his armor, “Come and let us cross over to the garrison of these uncircumcised; perhaps Yahweh will work for us, for Yahweh is not restrained to save by many or by few.”

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 14:7 - And his armor bearer said to him, “Do all that is in your heart; turn yourself, and here I am with you according to your heart.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 14:8 - Then Jonathan said, “Behold, we will cross over to the men and reveal ourselves to them.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 14:9 - “If they [fn]say to us, ‘Wait until we come to you,’ then we will stand in our place and not go up to them.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 14:10 - “But if they [fn]say, ‘Come up to us,’ then we will go up, for Yahweh has given them into our hands; and this shall be the sign to us.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 14:11 - So both of them revealed themselves to the garrison of the Philistines, and the Philistines said, “Behold, Hebrews are coming out of the holes where they have hidden themselves.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 14:12 - So the men of the garrison [fn]hailed Jonathan and his armor bearer and said, “Come up to us, and we will make you know something.” And Jonathan said to his armor bearer, “Come up after me, for Yahweh has given them into the hands of Israel.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 14:13 - Then Jonathan climbed up on his hands and feet, with his armor bearer behind him; and they fell before Jonathan, and his armor bearer put some to death after him.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 14:14 - And that first slaughter which Jonathan and his armor bearer made was about twenty men within about half a furrow in an [fn]acre of land.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 14:15 - And there was a trembling in the camp, in the field, and among all the people. Even the garrison and the raiders trembled, and the earth quaked so that it became a [fn]great trembling.
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Then Saul’s watchmen in Gibeah of Benjamin looked, and behold, the multitude melted away; and they went here and there.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 14:17 - So Saul said to the people who were with him, “[fn]Number now and see who has gone from us.” And when they had [fn]numbered, behold, Jonathan and his armor bearer were not there.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 14:18 - Then Saul said to Ahijah, “Bring the ark of God here.” For the ark of God was at that time with the sons of Israel.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 14:19 - And it happened that while Saul talked to the priest, the commotion in the camp of the Philistines continued and increased; so Saul said to the priest, “Withdraw your hand.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 14:20 - Then Saul and all the people who were with him rallied and came to the battle; and behold, every man’s sword was against his fellow, and there was very great confusion.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 14:21 - Now the Hebrews who were with the Philistines previously, who went up with them all around in the camp, even they also turned to be with the Israelites who were with Saul and Jonathan.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 14:22 - Now all the men of Israel who had hidden themselves in the hill country of Ephraim heard that the Philistines had fled, and they pursued them closely in the battle.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 14:23 - So Yahweh saved Israel that day, and the battle [fn]spread beyond Beth-aven.

Saul’s Oath Makes the People Weary

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Now the men of Israel were hard-pressed on that day. And Saul had put the people under oath, saying, “Cursed be the man who eats food [fn]before evening and until I have avenged myself on my enemies.” So none of the people tasted food.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 14:25 - Now all the people of the land entered the forest, and there was honey on the ground.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 14:26 - So the people entered the forest, and behold, there was a flow of honey; but no man put his hand to his mouth, for the people feared the sworn oath.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 14:27 - But Jonathan had not heard when his father put the people under a sworn oath; therefore, he put out the end of the staff that was in his hand and dipped it in the honeycomb and put his hand to his mouth, and his eyes brightened.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 14:28 - Then one of the people answered and said, “Your father strictly put the people under a sworn oath, saying, ‘Cursed be the man who eats food today.’” And the people were weary.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 14:29 - Then Jonathan said, “My father has troubled the land. See now, how my eyes have brightened because I tasted a little of this honey.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 14:30 - “How much more, if only the people had eaten freely today of the spoil of their enemies which they found! For now the slaughter among the Philistines has not been great.”
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Then they struck among the Philistines that day from Michmash to Aijalon. And the people were very weary.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 14:32 - So the people [fn]rushed greedily upon the spoil, and they took sheep and oxen and calves and slaughtered them on the ground; and the people ate them with the blood.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 14:33 - Then they told Saul, saying, “Behold, the people are sinning against Yahweh by eating with the blood.” And he said, “You have acted treacherously; roll a great stone to me today.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 14:34 - And Saul said, “Scatter yourselves among the people and say to them, ‘Each one of you bring me his ox or his sheep, and slaughter it here and eat; and do not sin against Yahweh by eating with the blood.’” So all the people that night brought each one his ox [fn]with him and slaughtered it there.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 14:35 - And Saul built an altar to Yahweh; it was the first altar that he built to Yahweh.
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Then 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.” And they said, “Do whatever seems good in your eyes.” So the priest said, “Let us draw near to God here.”

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 14:37 - And Saul asked of God, “Shall I go down after the Philistines? Will You give them into the hand of Israel?” But He did not answer him on that day.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 14:38 - And Saul said, “Draw near here, all you [fn]chiefs of the people, and know and see how this sin has happened today.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 14:39 - “For as Yahweh lives, who saves Israel, though it is in Jonathan my son, he shall surely die.” But not one of all the people answered him.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 14:40 - Then he said to all Israel, “You shall be on one side, and I and Jonathan my son will be on the other side.” And the people said to Saul, “Do what seems good in your eyes.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 14:41 - Therefore, Saul said to Yahweh, the God of Israel, “Give a perfect lot.” And Jonathan and Saul were taken, but the people escaped.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 14:42 - And Saul said, “Cast lots between me and Jonathan my son.” And Jonathan was taken.
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Then Saul said to Jonathan, “Tell me what you have done.” So Jonathan told him and said, “I indeed tasted a little honey with the end of the staff that was in my hand. Here I am; I must die!”

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 14:44 - And Saul said, “May God do [fn]this to me and more also, for you shall surely die, Jonathan.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 14:45 - But the people said to Saul, “Must Jonathan die, who has [fn]brought about this great salvation in Israel? Far from it! As Yahweh lives, not one hair of his head shall fall to the ground, for he has worked with God this day.” So the people [fn]redeemed Jonathan, and he did not die.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 14:46 - Then Saul went up from [fn]pursuing the Philistines, and the Philistines went to their own place.

Saul Fights Against His Enemies

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Now Saul had taken the kingdom over Israel, and he fought against all his enemies on every side, against Moab, the sons of Ammon, Edom, the kings of Zobah, and the Philistines; and wherever he turned, he [fn]inflicted punishment.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 14:48 - And he acted valiantly and struck down the Amalekites and delivered Israel from the hands of [fn]those who plundered them.
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Now the sons of Saul were Jonathan and Ishvi and Malchi-shua; and the names of his two daughters were these: the name of the firstborn Merab and the name of the younger Michal.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 14:50 - And the name of Saul’s wife was Ahinoam the daughter of Ahimaaz. And the name of the commander of his army was Abner the son of Ner, Saul’s uncle.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 14:51 - And Kish was the father of Saul, and Ner the father of Abner was the son of Abiel.
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Now the war against the Philistines was severe all the days of Saul; and Saul would see any mighty man or any man of valor and would gather him to [fn]his staff.

LSB Footnotes
Lit carrying
Lit say thus
Lit say thus
Lit answered
Lit oxen of field; what oxen could plow in a day
Lit trembling of God
Lit Muster(ed)
Lit muster(ed)
Lit passed over
Lit until
Lit did with regard to the spoil
Lit in his hand
Lit corners
Lit thus
Lit worked
Lit ransomed
Lit after
Or condemned
Lit its plunderers
Lit himself
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