1 Samuel 13:16-22 NIV

Israel Without Weapons

16 Saul and his son Jonathan and the men with them were staying in Gibeaha1 in Benjamin, while the Philistines camped at Micmash.

References for 1 Samuel 13:16

    • g 13:16 - Two Hebrew manuscripts; most Hebrew manuscripts "Geba," a variant of "Gibeah"
      17 Raiding2 parties went out from the Philistine camp in three detachments. One turned toward Ophrah3 in the vicinity of Shual,

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      18 another toward Beth Horon,4 and the third toward the borderland overlooking the Valley of Zeboim5 facing the desert.

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      19 Not a blacksmith6 could be found in the whole land of Israel, because the Philistines had said, "Otherwise the Hebrews will make swords or spears!7"

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

      References for 1 Samuel 13:20

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

          References for 1 Samuel 13:21

            • i 13:21 - Hebrew "pim"; that is, about 1/4 ounce (about 8 grams)
            • j 13:21 - That is, about 1/8 ounce (about 4 grams)
              22 So on the day of the battle not a soldier with Saul and Jonathan8 had a sword or spear9 in his hand; only Saul and his son Jonathan had them.

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