If they say to us, 'Wait there until we come to you,' we will stay where we are and not go up to them.
But if they say, 'Come up to us,' we will climb up, because that will be our sign1 that the LORD has given them into our hands.2"
So both of them showed themselves to the Philistine outpost. "Look!" said the Philistines. "The Hebrews3 are crawling out of the holes they were hiding4 in."
The men of the outpost shouted to Jonathan and his armor-bearer, "Come up to us and we'll teach you a lesson.5" So Jonathan said to his armor-bearer, "Climb up after me; the LORD has given them into the hand6 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 panic7 struck the whole army--those in the camp and field, and those in the outposts and raiding8 parties--and the ground shook. It was a panic sent by God.b16
Saul's lookouts9 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, "Bring10 the ark11 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,12 "Withdraw your hand."