Now the daycame that Jonathan, the son of Saul, said to the youngman who was carrying his armor, "Come and let us crossover to the Philistines'garrison that is on the otherside." But he did not tell his father.
2Saul was staying in the outskirts of 1Gibeahunder the pomegranatetreewhich is in 2Migron. And the peoplewho were with him were 3about sixhundredmen,
and Ahijah, the 4son of Ahitub, 5Ichabod'sbrother, the son of Phinehas, the son of Eli, the priest of the LORD at 6Shiloh, 7was awearing an ephod. And the people did not know that Jonathan had gone.
48Between the passes by whichJonathansought to crossover to the Philistines'garrison, there was a sharpcrag on the oneside and a sharpcrag on the otherside, and the name of the one was Bozez, and the name of the otherSeneh.
The onecragrose on the northoppositeMichmash, and the other on the southoppositeGeba.
Then Jonathansaid to the youngman who was carrying his armor, "Come and let us crossover to the garrison of 9theseuncircumcised ; perhaps the LORD will work for us, for 10the LORD is not restrained to save by manyor by few."
His armorbearersaid to him, "Doall that is in your heart ; turn yourself, and here I am with you according to your bdesire."
Then Jonathansaid, "11Behold, we will crossover to the men and reveal ourselves to them.
9"If they csay to us, 'Waituntil we come to you'; then we will stand in our place and not go up to them.
"But if they dsay, 'Come up to us,' then we will go up, for the LORD has given them into our hands ; and 12this shall be the sign to us."
When both of them revealed themselves to the garrison of the Philistines, the Philistinessaid, "Behold, 13Hebrews are coming out of the holeswhere they have hidden themselves."
So the men of the garrisonehailedJonathan and his armorbearer and said, "Come up to us and 14we will tell you something." And Jonathansaid to his armorbearer, "Come up after me, for 15the LORD has given them into the hands of Israel."
Then Jonathanclimbed up on his hands and feet, with his armorbearerbehind him; and they fellbeforeJonathan, and his armorbearerput some to deathafter him.
That firstslaughterwhichJonathan and his armorbearermade was about twentymen within about half a furrow in an acre of land.
And there was a trembling in the camp, in the field, and among all the people. Even the garrison and 16the raiderstrembled, and 17the earthquaked so 18that it became a fgreattrembling.
Now Saul'swatchmen in Gibeah of Benjaminlooked, and behold, the multitudemeltedaway ; and they wenthere and there.
17Saulsaid to the peoplewho were with him, "gNumbernow and seewho has gone from us." And when they had hnumbered, behold, Jonathan and his armorbearer were not there.
Then Saulsaid to Ahijah, "19Bring the ark of Godhere." For the ark of God was at that time with the sons of Israel.
1920WhileSaultalked to the priest, the commotion in the camp of the Philistinescontinued and increased ; so Saulsaid to the priest, "Withdraw your hand."
Then Saul and all the peoplewho were with him rallied and came to the battle ; and behold, 21everyman'ssword was against his fellow, and there was verygreatconfusion.
Now the Hebrews who were with the Philistinespreviously, whowent up with them allaround in the camp, even22they also turned to be with the Israeliteswho were with Saul and Jonathan.
When all the 23men of Israel who had hidden themselves in the hillcountry of Ephraimheard that the Philistines had fled, even they alsopursued them closely in the battle.
So 24the LORDdeliveredIsrael that day, and the battleispreadbeyond25Beth-aven.
Now the men of Israel were hard-pressed on that day, for Saul had 26put the peopleunderoath, saying, "Cursed be the manwhoeatsfoodjbeforeevening, and until I have avenged myself on my enemies." So none of the peopletastedfood.
25All the people of the landentered the forest, and there was honey on the ground .
When the peopleentered the forest, behold, 27there was a flow of honey ; but no man put his hand to his mouth, for the peoplefeared the oath.
But Jonathan had not heard when his fatherput the peopleunderoath ; therefore, 28he put out the end of the staff that was in his hand and dipped it in the honeycomb , and put his hand to his mouth, and 29his eyesbrightened.
Then one of the peoplesaid, "Your fatherstrictlyput the peopleunderoath, saying, 'Cursed be the manwhoeatsfoodtoday.' " And the people were weary.
Then Jonathansaid, "30My father has troubled the land. Seenow, how my eyes have brightenedbecause I tasted a little of thishoney.
30"Howmuchmore , if only the people had eatenfreelytoday of the spoil of their enemieswhich they found ! For now the slaughter among the Philistines has not been great."
They struck among the Philistines that day from 31Michmash to 32Aijalon. And the people were veryweary.
3233The peoplekrushedgreedily upon the spoil, and tooksheep and oxen and calves , and slew them on the ground ; and the peopleate them 34with the blood.
Then they toldSaul, saying, "Behold, the people are 35sinning against the LORD by eating with the blood." And he said, "You have actedtreacherously ; roll a greatstone to me today."
34Saulsaid, "Disperseyourselves among the people and say to them, 'Eachone of you bring me his ox or his sheep, and slaughter it here and eat ; and do not sin against the LORD by eating with the blood.' " So all the people that nightbroughteachone his oxlwith him and slaughtered it there.
And 36Saulbuilt an altar to the LORD ; it was the firstaltar that he built to the LORD.
Then Saulsaid, "Let us godownafter the Philistines by night and takespoil among them until the morninglight, and let us not leave a man of them." And they said, "Dowhatever seems goodmto you." So 37the priestsaid, "Let us drawnear to Godhere."
37Saul38inquired of God, "Shall I godownafter the Philistines ? Will You give them into the hand of Israel ?" But 39He did not answer him on that day.
38Saulsaid, "40Drawnearhere, all you nchiefs of the people, and investigate and seehowthissin has happenedtoday.
"For 41as the LORDlives, who deliversIsrael, though it is in Jonathan my son, he shall surelydie." But not one of all the peopleanswered him.
Then he said to allIsrael, "You shall be on oneside and I and Jonathan my son will be on the otherside." And the peoplesaid to Saul, "Dowhat seems goodoto you."
Therefore, Saulsaid to the LORD, the God of Israel, "42Give a perfect lot." And Jonathan and Saul were taken, but the peopleescaped.
42Saulsaid, "Cast lots between me and Jonathan my son." And Jonathan was taken.
Then Saulsaid to Jonathan, "43Tell me what you have done." So Jonathantold him and said, "44I indeedtasted a littlehoney with the end of the staff that was in my hand. Here I am, I must die !"
44Saulsaid, "45May Goddopthis to me and morealso, for 46you shall surelydie, Jonathan."
But the peoplesaid to Saul, "Must Jonathandie, who has qbroughtaboutthisgreatdeliverance in Israel ? Far from it! As the LORDlives, 47not one hair of his head shall fall to the ground, for 48he has worked with Godthisday." So the peoplerrescuedJonathan and he did not die.
Then Saulwent up from spursuing the Philistines, and the Philistineswent to their own place.
Now when Saul had taken the kingdomoverIsrael, he fought against all his enemies on everyside, against Moab, 49the sons of Ammon, Edom, 50the kings of Zobah, and 51the Philistines ; and wherever he turned, he tinflictedpunishment.
He actedvaliantly and u52defeated the Amalekites, and deliveredIsrael from the hands of vthose who plundered them.
Now 53the sons of Saul were Jonathan and Ishvi and Malchi-shua ; and the names of his twodaughters were these: the name of the firstborn54Merab and the name of the younger55Michal.
The name of Saul'swife was Ahinoam the daughter of Ahimaaz. And 56the name of the captain of his army was Abner the son of Ner, Saul'suncle.
5157Kish was the father of Saul, and Ner the father of Abner was the son of Abiel.
Now the waragainst the Philistines was severeall the days of Saul ; and when Saulsawanymightyman or anyvaliantman, he w58attached him to xhis staff.