But Jonathan had not heard that his father had bound the people with the oath, so he reached out the end of the staff that was in his hand and dipped it into the honeycomb.1 He raised his hand to his mouth, and his eyes brightened.a28
Then one of the soldiers told him, "Your father bound the army under a strict oath, saying, 'Cursed be any man who eats food today!' That is why the men are faint."
Jonathan said, "My father has made trouble2 for the country. See how my eyes brightenedb when I tasted a little of this honey.