1 Samuel 14:42-52 NIV

42 Saul said, "Cast the lot1 between me and Jonathan my son." And Jonathan was taken.

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43 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?"

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      44 Saul said, "May God deal with me, be it ever so severely,4 if you do not die, Jonathan.5"

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          45 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.

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          46 Then Saul stopped pursuing the Philistines, and they withdrew to their own land.
          47 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.b

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            • h 14:47 - Masoretic Text; Dead Sea Scrolls and Septuagint "king"
            • i 14:47 - Hebrew; Septuagint "he was victorious"
              48 He fought valiantly and defeated the Amalekites,12 delivering Israel from the hands of those who had plundered them.

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              Saul's Family

              49 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.14

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              50 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.16

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              51 Saul's father Kish17 and Abner's father Ner were sons of Abiel.

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              52 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.

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