1 Samuel 13:5

Overview - 1 Samuel 13
Saul's select band.
He calls the Hebrews to Gilgal against the Philistines, whose garrison Jonathan had smitten.
The Philistines' great host.
The distress of the Israelites.
Saul, weary of staying for Samuel, sacrifices.
11 Samuel reproves him.
17 The three spoiling bands of the Philistines.
19 The policy of the Philistines, to suffer no smith in Israel.
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1 Samuel 13:5  (King James Version)
And the Philistines gathered themselves together to fight with Israel, thirty thousand chariots, and six thousand horsemen, and people as the sand which is on the sea shore in multitude: and they came up, and pitched in Michmash, eastward from Bethaven.

thirty thousand chariots
The Philistines had no doubt collected troops in this emergency, from all the surrounding nation; but the number of chariots is immensely large beyond any example, and wholly disproportioned to the number of their cavalry. It is probable, therefore, that for {sheloshim aileph,} "thirty thousand," we should read {shelosh aileph,} "three thousand," with the Syriac and Arabic.

as the sand
Genesis 22:17 ; Joshua 11:4 ; Judges 7:12 ; 2 Chronicles 1:9 ; Isaiah 48:19 ; Jeremiah 15:8 ; Romans 9:27

14:23 Joshua 7:2 ; 18:12 Hosea 4:15 ; 5:8 10:5