1 Samuel 13 ©
Saul's select band. Jonathan smiteth the Philistines' garrison, whereupon the people are called together to Gilgal. The Philistines bring a great host into the field. The distress of the Israelites. Saul weary of staying for Samuel offereth a burnt offering. His excuse to Samuel, who sharply reproveth him. The Philistines send out three bands of spoilers. The policy of the Philistines in suffering no smith in Israel.
Saul bchose him three thousand men of Israel; whereof two thousand were with Saul in cMichmash and in mount Beth-el, and a thousand were with Jonathan in dGibeah of Benjamin: and the rest of the people he sent every man to his tent.
¶And the Philistines gathered themselves together to fight with Israel, thirty thousand chariots, and six thousand horsemen, and people has the sand which is on the sea shore in multitude: and they came up, and pitched in Michmash, eastward from iBeth-aven.
¶And ohe tarried seven days, according to the set time that Samuel had appointed : but Samuel came not to Gilgal; and the people were scattered from him.
¶And Samuel said, rWhat hast thou done? And Saul said, Because I saw that the people were scattered from me, and that thou camest not within the days appointed, and that the Philistines gathered themselves together at sMichmash;
And Samuel said to Saul, vThou hast done foolishly: wthou hast not kept the commandment of the LORD thy God, which he commanded thee: for now would the LORD have established thy kingdom upon Israel for ever.
But xnow thy kingdom shall not continue: the LORD hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the LORD hath commanded him to be captain over his people, ybecause thou hast not kept that which the LORD commanded thee.
And Saul, and Jonathan his son, and the people that were present with them, abode in 8Gibeah of Benjamin: but the Philistines encamped in Michmash.
Yet they had 9a file for the *mattocks, and for the *coulters, and for the forks, and for the axes, and to 10sharpen the goads.