14:1 Now it came to pass upon a day, that Jonathan, the son of
Saul, said to the young man that bore his armor, Come, and let
us go over to the garrison of the Philistines, that [is] on the
other side. But he told not his father.
14:2 And Saul tarried in the uttermost part of Gibeah under a
pomegranate tree which [is] in Migron: and the people that
[were] with him [were] about six hundred men;
14:3 And Ahiah, the son of Ahitub, I-chabod's brother, the son
of Phinehas, the son of Eli, the LORD'S priest in Shiloh,
wearing an ephod. And the people knew not that Jonathan was
14:4 And between the passages by which Jonathan sought to go
over to the garrison of the Philistines, [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
14:5 The front of the one [was] situated northward over against
Michmash, and the other southward over against Gibeah.
14:6 And Jonathan said to the young man that bore his armor,
Come, and let us go over to the garrison of these
uncircumcised: it may be that the LORD will work for us: for
[there is] no restraint to the LORD to save by many or by few.
14:7 And his armor-bearer said to him, Do all that [is] in thy
heart: turn thee; behold, I [am] with thee according to thy
14:8 Then said Jonathan, Behold, we will pass over to [these]
men, and we will discover ourselves to them.
14:9 If they say thus to us, Tarry until we come to you; then we
will stand still in our place, and will not go up to them.
14:10 But if they say thus, Come up to us; then we will go up:
for the LORD hath delivered them into our hand; and this [shall
be] a sign to us.
14:11 And both of them discovered themselves to the garrison of
the Philistines: and the Philistines said, Behold, the Hebrews
come forth out of the holes where they had hid themselves.
14:12 And the men of the garrison answered Jonathan and his
armor-bearer, and said, Come up to us, and we will show you a
thing. And Jonathan said to his armor-bearer, Come up after me:
for the LORD hath delivered them into the hand of Israel.
14:13 And Jonathan climbed up upon his hands and upon his feet,
and his armor-bearer after him: and they fell before Jonathan;
and his armor-bearer slew after him.
14:14 And that first slaughter, which Jonathan and his
armor-bearer made, was about twenty men, within as it were a
half-acre of land, [which] a yoke [of oxen might plow].
14:15 And there was trembling in the host, in the field, and
among all the people: the garrison, and the spoilers, they also
trembled, and the earth quaked: so it was a very great
14:16 And the watchmen of Saul in Gibeah of Benjamin looked; and
behold, the multitude melted away, and they went on beating
down [one another].
14:17 Then said Saul to the people that [were] with him, Number
now, and see who is gone from us. And when they had numbered,
behold, Jonathan and his armor-bearer [were] not [there].
14:18 And Saul said to Ahiah, Bring hither the ark of God. For
the ark of God was at that time with the children of Israel.
14:19 And it came to pass while Saul talked to the priest, that
the noise that [was] in the host of the Philistines went on,
and increased: and Saul said to the priest, Withdraw thy hand.
14:20 And Saul and all the people that [were] with him assembled
themselves, and they came to the battle: and behold, every
man's sword was against his fellow, [and there was] a very
14:21 Moreover the Hebrews [that] were with the Philistines
before that time, who went up with them into the camp [from the
country] around, even they also [turned] to be with the
Israelites that [were] with Saul and Jonathan.
14:22 Likewise all the men of Israel who had hid themselves in
mount Ephraim, [when] they heard that the Philistines fled,
even they also followed hard after them in the battle.
14:23 So the LORD saved Israel that day: and the battle passed
over to Beth-aven.
14:24 And the men of Israel were distressed that day: for Saul
had adjured the people, saying, Cursed [be] the man that eateth
[any] food until evening, that I may be avenged on my enemies.
So none of the people tasted [any] food.
14:25 And all [they of] the land came to a wood; and there was
honey upon the ground.
14:26 And when the people had come into the wood, behold, the
honey dropped; but no man put his hand to his mouth: for the
people feared the oath.
14:27 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 a honey-comb, and put his
hand to his mouth; and his eyes were enlightened.
14:28 Then answered one of the people, and said, Thy father
strictly charged the people with an oath, saying, Cursed [be]
the man that eateth [any] food this day. And the people were
14:29 Then said Jonathan, My father hath troubled the land: see,
I pray you, how my eyes have been enlightened, because I tasted
a little of this honey.
14:30 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?
14:31 And they smote the Philistines that day from Michmash to
Ajalon: and the people were very faint.
14:32 And the people flew upon the spoil, and took sheep and
oxen, and calves, and slew [them] on the ground: and the people
ate [them] with the blood.
14:33 Then they told Saul, saying, Behold, the people sin
against the LORD, in that they eat with the blood. And he said,
Ye have transgressed: roll a great stone to me this day.
14:34 And Saul said, Disperse yourselves among the people, and
say to 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 with him that night, and slew [them] there.
14:35 And Saul built an altar to the LORD: the same was the
first altar that he built to the LORD:
14:36 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 whatever seemeth good to
thee. Then said the priest, Let us draw near hither to God.
14:37 And Saul asked counsel of God, Shall I go down after the
Philistines? wilt thou deliver them into the hand of Israel?
But he answered him not that day.
14:38 And Saul said, Draw ye near hither all the chief of the
people: and know and see wherein this sin hath been this day.
14:39 For [as] the LORD liveth, who saveth Israel, though it is
in Jonathan my son, he shall surely die. But [there was] not a
man among all the people [that] answered him.
14:40 Then said he to all Israel, Be ye on one side, and I and
Jonathan my son will be on the other side. And the people said
to Saul, Do what seemeth good to thee.
14:41 Therefore Saul said to the LORD God of Israel, Give a
perfect [lot]. And Saul and Jonathan were taken: but the people
14:42 And Saul said, Cast [lots] between me and Jonathan my son.
And Jonathan was taken.
14:43 Then Saul said to Jonathan, Tell me what thou hast done.
And Jonathan told him, and said, I did but taste a little honey
with the end of the rod that [was] in my hand, [and], lo, I
14:44 And Saul answered, God do so, and more also: for thou
shalt surely die, Jonathan.
14:45 And the people said to Saul, Shall Jonathan die, who hath
wrought this great salvation in Israel? By no means: [as] the
LORD liveth, there shall not one hair of his head fall to the
ground; for he hath wrought with God this day. So the people
rescued Jonathan, that he died not.
14:46 Then Saul went up from following the Philistines: and the
Philistines went to their own place.
14:47 So Saul took the kingdom over Israel, and fought against
all his enemies on every side, against Moab, and against the
children of Ammon, and against Edom, and against the kings of
Zobah, and against the Philistines: and whithersoever he turned
himself, he harassed [them].
14:48 And he gathered a host, and smote the Amalekites, and
delivered Israel from the hands of them that spoiled them.
14:49 Now the sons of Saul were Jonathan, and Ishui, and
Melchi-shua: and the names of his two daughters [were these];
the name of the first-born Merab, and the name of the younger
14:50 And the name of Saul's [wife] was Ahinoam, the daughter of
Ahimaaz: and the name of the captain of his host [was] Abner,
the son of Ner, Saul's uncle.
14:51 And Kish [was] the father of Saul; and Ner the father of
Abner [was] the son of Abiel.
14:52 And there was violent war against the Philistines all the
days of Saul: and when Saul saw any strong man, or any valiant
man, he took him to himself.