1 Samuel 14 ©
Jonathan, without the knowledge of his father or any of the people, attended by his armourbearer only, smiteth the Philistine garrison. The Philistines seized with a panic beat down one another. Saul perceiving the tumult enquireth of God, but without waiting for the priest's answer setteth upon the enemy, and is joined by the Hebrews, and by the Israelites out of their hiding places. His ill-advised adjuring of the people is a hindrance of the victory. The people, faint for want of food, fly upon the spoil, and are hardly restrained from eating the blood. Saul buildeth an altar; he asketh counsel of God, but receiveth no answer. Jonathan taken by lot, and sentenced to die, is rescued by the people. Saul's victories. His family.
¶And between ithe *passages, by which Jonathan sought to go over unto the Philistines' garrison, there was a sharp rock on the one side, and a sharp rock on the other side: and the name of the one was Bozez, and the name of the other Seneh.
The 3forefront of the one was situate northward over against Michmash, and the other southward over against Gibeah.
And Jonathan said to the young man that bare his armour, jCome, and let us go over unto the garrison of these kuncircumcised: lit may be that the LORD will work for us: for there is no restraint to the LORD to save by many or by few.
And his armourbearer said unto him, Do all that is in thine heart: turn thee; behold, I am with thee according to thy heart.
Then said Jonathan, Behold, we will pass over unto these men, and we will *discover ourselves unto them.
And both of them *discovered themselves unto the garrison of the Philistines: and the Philistines said, Behold, the Hebrews come forth pout of the holes where they had hid themselves.
And the men of the garrison answered Jonathan and his armourbearer, and said, qCome up to us, and we will shew you a thing. And Jonathan said unto his armourbearer, Come up after me: for the LORD hath delivered them into the hand of Israel.
And that first slaughter, which Jonathan and his armourbearer made, was about twenty men, within as it were 5an half acre of land, which a yoke of oxen might plow.
Then said Saul unto the people that were with him, Number now, and see who is gone from us. And when they had numbered, behold, Jonathan and his armourbearer were not there.
¶And the men of Israel hwere distressed that day: for iSaul had adjured the people, saying, Cursed be the man that eateth any food until evening, that I may be avenged on mine enemies. So none of the people tasted any food.
And when the people were come into the wood, behold, the honey dropped; but no man put his hand to his mouth: for the people kfeared the oath.
But Jonathan heard not when his father charged the people with the oath: wherefore he put forth the end of the rod that was in his hand, and dipped it in an lhoneycomb, and put his hand to his mouth; and mhis eyes were enlightened.
Then answered one of the people, and said, Thy father *straitly charged the people with an oath, saying, Cursed be the man that eateth any food this day. And the people were 9faint.
Then said Jonathan, My father hath troubled the land: see, I pray you, how mine eyes have been enlightened, because I tasted a little of this honey.
How much more, if *haply the people had eaten freely to day of the spoil of their enemies which they found? for had there not been now a much greater slaughter among the Philistines?
¶Then they told Saul, saying, Behold, the people sin against the LORD, in that they eat with the blood. And he said, Ye have 10transgressed: rroll a great stone unto me this day.
And Saul said, Disperse yourselves among the people, and say unto them, Bring me hither every man his ox, and every man his sheep, and slay them here, and eat; and sin not against the LORD in eating with the blood. And all the people brought every man his ox 11with him that night, and slew them there.
¶And Saul said, Let us go down after the Philistines by night, and spoil them until the morning light, and let us not leave a man of them. And they said, Do whatsoever seemeth good unto thee. Then said the priest, tLet us draw near hither unto God.
And Saul asked counsel of God, Shall I go down after the Philistines? wilt thou deliver them into the hand of Israel? But uhe answered him not that day.
For, xas the LORD liveth, which saveth Israel, though it be in Jonathan my son, he shall surely die. But there was not a man among all the people that answered him.
Then said he unto all Israel, Be ye on one side, and I and Jonathan my son will be on the other side. And the people said unto Saul, Do what seemeth good unto thee.
And Saul said, Cast lots between me and Jonathan my son. And Jonathan was taken.
Then Saul said to Jonathan, zTell me what thou hast done. And Jonathan told him, and said, aI did but taste a little honey with the end of the rod that was in mine hand, and, lo, I must die.
And the people said unto Saul, Shall Jonathan die, who hath dwrought this great salvation in Israel? God forbid: eas the LORD liveth, fthere shall not one hair of his head fall to the ground; for ghe hath wrought with God this day. So the people rescued Jonathan, that he died not.
Then Saul went up from following the Philistines: and the Philistines went to their own place.
¶So Saul htook the kingdom over Israel, and fought against all his enemies on every side, against iMoab, and against the children of jAmmon, and against Edom, and against the kings of kZobah, and against the Philistines: and whithersoever he turned himself, he *vexed them.
And there was *sore war against the Philistines all the days of Saul: and rwhen Saul saw any strong man, or any valiant man, he took him unto him.