1 Samuel 14:1-23

Jonathan's Victory

1 Now the day came that Jonathan, the son of Saul, said to the young man who was carrying his armor, "Come and let us cross over to the Philistines' garrison that is on the other side." But he did not tell his father.
2 Saul was staying in the outskirts of 1Gibeah under the pomegranate tree which is in 2Migron. And the people who were with him were 3about six hundred men,
3 and Ahijah, the 4son of Ahitub, 5Ichabod's brother, the son of Phinehas, the son of Eli, the priest of the LORD at 6Shiloh, 7was wearing an ephod. And the people did not know that Jonathan had gone.
4 8Between the passes by which Jonathan sought to cross over to the Philistines' garrison, there was a sharp crag on the one side and a sharp crag on the other side, and the name of the one was Bozez, and the name of the other Seneh.
5 The one crag rose on the north opposite Michmash, and the other on the south opposite Geba.
6 Then Jonathan said to the young man who was carrying his armor, "Come and let us cross over to the garrison of 9these uncircumcised; perhaps the LORD will work for us, for 10the LORD is not restrained to save by many or by few."
7 His armor bearer said to him, "Do all that is in your heart; turn yourself, and here I am with you according to your desire."
8 Then Jonathan said, "11Behold, we will cross over to the men and reveal ourselves to them.
9 "If they say to us, 'Wait until we come to you'; then we will stand in our place and not go up to them.
10 "But if they say, '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."
11 When both of them revealed themselves to the garrison of the Philistines, the Philistines said, "Behold, 13Hebrews are coming out of the holes where * they have hidden themselves."
12 So the men of the garrison hailed Jonathan and his armor bearer and said, "Come up to us and 14we will tell you something." And Jonathan said to his armor bearer, "Come up after me, for 15the LORD has given them into the hands of Israel."
13 Then Jonathan climbed up on his hands and feet, with his armor bearer behind him; and they fell before Jonathan, and his armor bearer put some to death after him.
14 That first slaughter which Jonathan and his armor bearer made was about twenty men within about half a furrow in an acre of land.
15 And there was a trembling in the camp, in the field, and among all the people. Even the garrison and 16the raiders trembled, and 17the earth quaked so 18that it became a great trembling.
16 Now Saul's watchmen in Gibeah of Benjamin looked, and behold, the multitude melted away; and they went here and there.
17 Saul said to the people who were with him, "Number now and see who has gone from us." And when they had numbered, behold, Jonathan and his armor bearer were not there.
18 Then Saul said to Ahijah, "19Bring the ark of God here." For the ark of God was at that time with the sons of Israel.
19 20While Saul talked to the priest, the commotion in the camp of the Philistines continued and increased; so Saul said to the priest, "Withdraw your hand."
20 Then Saul and all the people who were with him rallied and came to the battle; and behold, 21every man's sword was against his fellow, and there was very great confusion.
21 Now the Hebrews who were with the Philistines previously, who went up with them all around in the camp, even 22they also turned to be with the Israelites who were with Saul and Jonathan.
22 When all the 23men of Israel who had hidden themselves in the hill country of Ephraim heard that the Philistines had fled, even they also pursued them closely in the battle.