So both of them showed themselves to the Philistine outpost. "Look!" said the Philistines. "The Hebrews1 are crawling out of the holes they were hiding2 in."
The men of the outpost shouted to Jonathan and his armor-bearer, "Come up to us and we'll teach you a lesson.3" So Jonathan said to his armor-bearer, "Climb up after me; the LORD has given them into the hand4 of Israel."
Jonathan climbed up, using his hands and feet, with his armor-bearer right behind him. The Philistines fell before Jonathan, and his armor-bearer followed and killed behind him.
In that first attack Jonathan and his armor-bearer killed some twenty men in an area of about half an acre.a
Then panic5 struck the whole army--those in the camp and field, and those in the outposts and raiding6 parties--and the ground shook. It was a panic sent by God.b16
Saul's lookouts7 at Gibeah in Benjamin saw the army melting away in all directions.
Then Saul said to the men who were with him, "Muster the forces and see who has left us." When they did, it was Jonathan and his armor-bearer who were not there.
Saul said to Ahijah, "Bring8 the ark9 of God." (At that time it was with the Israelites.)c19
While Saul was talking to the priest, the tumult in the Philistine camp increased more and more. So Saul said to the priest,10 "Withdraw your hand."
Then Saul and all his men assembled and went to the battle. They found the Philistines in total confusion, striking11 each other with their swords.
Those Hebrews who had previously been with the Philistines and had gone up with them to their camp went12 over to the Israelites who were with Saul and Jonathan.