Then Saul prayed to the LORD, the God of Israel, "Give1 me the right2 answer."a And Jonathan and Saul were taken by lot, and the men were cleared.
Saul said, "Cast the lot3 between me and Jonathan my son." And Jonathan was taken.
Then Saul said to Jonathan, "Tell me what you have done."4 So Jonathan told him, "I merely tasted a little honey5 with the end of my staff. And now must I die?"
Saul said, "May God deal with me, be it ever so severely,6 if you do not die, Jonathan.7"
But the men said to Saul, "Should Jonathan die--he who has brought about this great deliverance in Israel? Never! As surely as the LORD lives, not a hair8 of his head will fall to the ground, for he did this today with God's help." So the men rescued9 Jonathan, and he was not put to death.
Then Saul stopped pursuing the Philistines, and they withdrew to their own land.
After Saul had assumed rule over Israel, he fought against their enemies on every side: Moab,10 the Ammonites,11 Edom,12 the kingsb of Zobah,13 and the Philistines. Wherever he turned, he inflicted punishment on them.c48
He fought valiantly and defeated the Amalekites,14 delivering Israel from the hands of those who had plundered them.
Saul's sons were Jonathan, Ishvi and Malki-Shua.15 The name of his older daughter was Merab, and that of the younger was Michal.1650
His wife's name was Ahinoam daughter of Ahimaaz. The name of the commander of Saul's army was Abner17 son of Ner, and Ner was Saul's uncle.1851
Saul's father Kish19 and Abner's father Ner were sons of Abiel.
All the days of Saul there was bitter war with the Philistines, and whenever Saul saw a mighty or brave man, he took20 him into his service.