Saul said, "Cast the lot1 between me and Jonathan my son." And Jonathan was taken.
Then Saul said to Jonathan, "Tell me what you have done."2 So Jonathan told him, "I merely tasted a little honey3 with the end of my staff. And now must I die?"
Saul said, "May God deal with me, be it ever so severely,4 if you do not die, Jonathan.5"
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 hair6 of his head will fall to the ground, for he did this today with God's help." So the men rescued7 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,8 the Ammonites,9 Edom,10 the kingsa of Zobah,11 and the Philistines. Wherever he turned, he inflicted punishment on them.b48
He fought valiantly and defeated the Amalekites,12 delivering Israel from the hands of those who had plundered them.
Saul's sons were Jonathan, Ishvi and Malki-Shua.13 The name of his older daughter was Merab, and that of the younger was Michal.1450
His wife's name was Ahinoam daughter of Ahimaaz. The name of the commander of Saul's army was Abner15 son of Ner, and Ner was Saul's uncle.1651
Saul's father Kish17 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 took18 him into his service.