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1 Saul reigned one year; and
when he had reigned two years over Israel,
2 Saul chose him three thousand men
of Israel; whereof two thousand were with Saul in Michmash and in mount
Bethel, and a thousand were with Jonathan in Gibeah of Benjamin: and the rest of
the people he sent every man to his tent.
3 And Jonathan smote the garrison of the
Philistines that was in Geba, and the Philistines heard of it. And
Saul blew the trumpet throughout all the land, saying, Let the Hebrews hear.
4 And all Israel heard say that
Saul had smitten a garrison of the Philistines, and that Israel also was
had in abomination with the Philistines. And the people were called together
after Saul to Gilgal.
5 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.
6 When the men of Israel saw that they
were in a strait, (for the people were distressed,) then the people did hide
themselves in caves, and in thickets, and in rocks, and in high places, and in
7 And some of the Hebrews went over
Jordan to the land of Gad and Gilead. As for Saul, he was yet in Gilgal,
and all the people followed him trembling.
8 And he 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.
9 And Saul said, Bring hither a burnt
offering to me, and peace offerings. And he offered the burnt offering.
10 And it came to pass, that as soon as he
had made an end of offering the burnt offering, behold, Samuel came; and Saul
went out to meet him, that he might salute him.
11 And Samuel said, What 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 Michmash;
12 Therefore said I, The Philistines will
come down now upon me to Gilgal, and I have not made supplication unto the LORD:
I forced myself therefore, and offered a burnt offering.
13 And Samuel said to Saul, Thou hast done
foolishly: thou 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
14 But now 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, because thou hast not kept that
which the LORD commanded thee.
15 And Samuel arose, and gat
him up from Gilgal unto Gibeah of Benjamin. And Saul numbered the people that
were present with him, about six hundred men.
16 And Saul, and Jonathan his son, and the
people that were present with them, abode in Gibeah of Benjamin: but the
Philistines encamped in Michmash.
17 And the spoilers came out of the camp
of the Philistines in three companies: one company turned unto the way that
leadeth to Ophrah, unto the land of Shual:
18 And another company turned the way to
Bethhoron: and another company turned to the way of the border that
looketh to the valley of Zeboim toward the wilderness.
19 Now there was no smith found throughout
all the land of Israel: for the Philistines said, Lest the Hebrews make them
swords or spears:
20 But all the Israelites went down to the
Philistines, to sharpen every man his share, and his coulter, and his axe, and
21 Yet they had a file for the mattocks,
and for the coulters, and for the forks, and for the axes, and to sharpen the
22 So it came to pass in the day of
battle, that there was neither sword nor spear found in the hand of any of the
people that were with Saul and Jonathan: but with Saul and with Jonathan
his son was there found.
23 And the garrison of the Philistines
went out to the passage of Michmash.
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