17 Raiding parties went out from the Philistine camp in three detachments. One turned toward Ophrah in the vicinity of Shual,

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

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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!”

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

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

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        • … 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.
          23 Now a detachment of Philistines had gone out to the pass at Mikmash.

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