The Philistines assembled1 to fight Israel, with three thousanda chariots, six thousand charioteers, and soldiers as numerous as the sand2 on the seashore. They went up and camped at Micmash,3 east of Beth Aven.46
When the men of Israel saw that their situation was critical and that their army was hard pressed, they hid5 in caves and thickets, among the rocks, and in pits and cisterns.67
Some Hebrews even crossed the Jordan to the land of Gad7 and Gilead. Saul remained at Gilgal, and all the troops with him were quaking8 with fear.
He waited seven9 days, the time set by Samuel; but Samuel did not come to Gilgal, and Saul's men began to scatter.
So he said, "Bring me the burnt offering and the fellowship offerings.b " And Saul offered10 up the burnt offering.