Saul's Failure

1 Saul was 30 yearsa old when he became king, and he reigned 42 yearsb over Israel.c

References for 1 Samuel 13:1

    • a 13:1 - Some LXX mss; MT reads was one year
    • b 13:1 - Text emended to 42; MT reads two years
    • c 13:1 - Some LXX mss omit v. 1
      2 He chose 3,000 men from Israel for himself: 2,000 were with Saul at Michmash and in Bethel's hill country, and 1,000 were with Jonathan in Gibeah of Benjamin. He sent the rest of the troops away, each to his own tent.
      3 Jonathan attacked the Philistine garrisond that was in Geba, and the Philistines heard about it. So Saul blew the ram's horn throughout the land saying, "Let the Hebrews hear!"ef

      References for 1 Samuel 13:3

        • d 13:3 - Or governor
        • e 13:3 - LXX reads The slaves have revolted
        • f 13:3 - Nm 10:9; Jdg 3:27; 6:34
          4 And all Israel heard the news, "Saul has attacked the Philistine garrison,g and Israel is now repulsiveh to the Philistines." Then the troops were summoned to join Saul at Gilgal.

          References for 1 Samuel 13:4

            • g 13:4 - Or governor
            • h 13:4 - Gn 34:25-30; 2 Sm 10:6
              5 The Philistines also gathered to fight against Israel: 3,000i chariots, 6,000 horsemen, and troops as numerous as the sand on the seashore. They went up and camped at Michmash, east of Beth-aven.j

              References for 1 Samuel 13:5

                • i 13:5 - One LXX ms, Syr; MT reads 30,000
                • j 13:5 - LXX reads Michmash, opposite Beth-horon to the south
                  6 The men of Israel saw that they were in trouble because the troops were in a difficult situation. They hid in caves, thickets, among rocks, and in holes and cisterns.k

                  References for 1 Samuel 13:6

                      7 Some Hebrews even crossed the Jordan to the land of Gad and Gilead. Saul, however, was still at Gilgal, and all his troops were gripped with fear.
                      8 He waited seven days for the appointed time that Samuel had set, but Samuel didn't come to Gilgal, and the troops were deserting him.
                      9 So Saul said, "Bring me the burnt offering and the fellowship offerings." Then he offered the burnt offering.
                      10 Just as he finished offering the burnt offering, Samuel arrived. So Saul went out to greet him,
                      11 and Samuel asked, "What have you done?" Saul answered, "When I saw that the troops were deserting me and you didn't come within the appointed days and the Philistines were gathering at Michmash,
                      12 I thought: The Philistines will now descend on me at Gilgal, and I haven't sought the Lord's favor. So I forced myself to offer the burnt offering."
                      13 Samuel said to Saul, "You have been foolish. You have not kept the command which the Lord your God gave you. It was at this time that the Lord would have permanently established your reign over Israel,
                      14 but now your reign will not endure. The Lord has found a man loyal to Him,lmand the Lord has appointed him as ruler over His people, because you have not done what the Lord commanded."

                      References for 1 Samuel 13:14

                        • l 13:14 - Lit man according to His heart
                        • m 13:14 - 1 Sm 16:7; Ac 13:22
                          15 Then Samuel wentn from Gilgal to Gibeah in Benjamin. Saul registered the troops who were with him, about 600 men.

                          References for 1 Samuel 13:15

                            • n 13:15 - LXX reads Samuel left Gilgal and went on his way, and the rest of the people followed Saul to join the people in his army. They went
                              16 Saul, his son Jonathan, and the troops who were with them were staying in Geba of Benjamin, and the Philistines were camped at Michmash.
                              17 Raiding parties went out from the Philistine camp in three divisions. One division headed toward the Ophrah road leading to the land of Shual.
                              18 The next division headed toward the Beth-horon road, and the last division headed down the border road that looks out over the valley of Zeboim toward the wilderness.
                              19 No blacksmith could be found in all the land of Israel, because the Philistines had said, "Otherwise, the Hebrews will make swords or spears."
                              20 So all the Israelites went to the Philistines to sharpen their plowshares, mattocks, axes, and sickles.o

                              References for 1 Samuel 13:20

                                • o 13:20 - LXX; MT reads plowshares
                                  21 The price was two-thirds of a shekelp for plowshares and mattocks, and one-third [of a shekel] for pitchforks and axes, and for putting a point on an oxgoad.

                                  References for 1 Samuel 13:21

                                    • p 13:21 - Lit was a pim; about 1/4 ounce of silver
                                      22 So on the day of battle not a sword or spear could be found in the hand of any of the troops who were with Saul and Jonathan; only Saul and his son Jonathan had [weapons].
                                      23 Now a Philistine garrison took control of the pass at Michmash.