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Israel Without Weapons

16 Saul and his son Jonathan and the men with them were staying in Gibeaha in Benjamin, while the Philistines camped at Mikmash.

References for 1 Samuel 13:16

    • ƒ 13:16 - Two Hebrew manuscripts; most Hebrew manuscripts "Geba," a variant of "Gibeah"
      17 Raiding parties went out from the Philistine camp in three detachments. One turned toward Ophrah in the vicinity of Shual,

      References for 1 Samuel 13:17

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

      References for 1 Samuel 13:18

      19 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!”

      References for 1 Samuel 13:19

      20 So all Israel went down to the Philistines to have their plow points, mattocks, axes and sicklesb sharpened.

      References for 1 Samuel 13:20

        • „ 13:20 - Septuagint; Hebrew "plow points"
          21 The price was two-thirds of a shekelc for sharpening plow points and mattocks, and a third of a shekeld for sharpening forks and axes and for repointing goads.

          References for 1 Samuel 13:21

            • … 13:21 - That is, about 1/4 ounce or about 8 grams
            • † 13:21 - That is, about 1/8 ounce or about 4 grams
              22 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.