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1 Samuel 13 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Saul was thirty[fn] years old when he became king, and he reigned over Israel forty-[fn] two years.

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Saul chose three thousand men from Israel; two thousand were with him at Mikmash and in the hill country of Bethel, and a thousand were with Jonathan at Gibeah in Benjamin. The rest of the men he sent back to their homes.

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Jonathan attacked the Philistine outpost at Geba, and the Philistines heard about it. Then Saul had the trumpet blown throughout the land and said, “Let the Hebrews hear!”

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The Philistines assembled to fight Israel, with three thousand[fn] chariots, six thousand charioteers, and soldiers as numerous as the sand on the seashore. They went up and camped at Mikmash, east of Beth Aven.

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When the Israelites saw that their situation was critical and that their army was hard pressed, they hid in caves and thickets, among the rocks, and in pits and cisterns.

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Some Hebrews even crossed the Jordan to the land of Gad and Gilead. Saul remained at Gilgal, and all the troops with him were quaking with fear.

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He waited seven days, the time set by Samuel; but Samuel did not come to Gilgal, and Saul’s men began to scatter.

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So he said, “Bring me the burnt offering and the fellowship offerings.” And Saul offered up the burnt offering.

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“What have you done?” asked Samuel. Saul replied, “When I saw that the men were scattering, and that you did not come at the set time, and that the Philistines were assembling at Mikmash,

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“You have done a foolish thing,” Samuel said. “You have not kept the command the LORD your God gave you; if you had, he would have established your kingdom over Israel for all time.

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But now your kingdom will not endure; the LORD has sought out a man after his own heart and appointed him ruler of his people, because you have not kept the LORD’s command.”

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Then Samuel left Gilgal[fn] and went up to Gibeah in Benjamin, and Saul counted the men who were with him. They numbered about six hundred.

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Saul and his son Jonathan and the men with them were staying in Gibeah[fn] in Benjamin, while the Philistines camped at Mikmash.

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Raiding parties went out from the Philistine camp in three detachments. One turned toward Ophrah in the vicinity of Shual,

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another toward Beth Horon, and the third toward the borderland overlooking the Valley of Zeboyim facing the wilderness.

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Not a blacksmith could be found in the whole land of Israel, because the Philistines had said, “Otherwise the Hebrews will make swords or spears!”

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So all Israel went down to the Philistines to have their plow points, mattocks, axes and sickles[fn] sharpened.

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The price was two-thirds of a shekel[fn] for sharpening plow points and mattocks, and a third of a shekel[fn] for sharpening forks and axes and for repointing goads.

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So on the day of the battle not a soldier with Saul and Jonathan had a sword or spear in his hand; only Saul and his son Jonathan had them.

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Now a detachment of Philistines had gone out to the pass at Mikmash.
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NIV Footnotes
A few late manuscripts of the Septuagint; Hebrew does not have thirty.
Probable reading of the original Hebrew text (see Acts 13:21); Masoretic Text does not have forty-.
Some Septuagint manuscripts and Syriac; Hebrew thirty thousand
Hebrew; Septuagint Gilgal and went his way; the rest of the people went after Saul to meet the army, and they went out of Gilgal
Two Hebrew manuscripts; most Hebrew manuscripts Geba, a variant of Gibeah
Septuagint; Hebrew plow points
That is, about 1/4 ounce or about 8 grams
That is, about 1/8 ounce or about 4 grams

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