Now it came to pass upon a day, that Jonathan the son of Saul said unto the young
man that bare his armour, Come, and let us go over to the Philistines' garrison,
that is on the other side. But he told not his father.
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;
And Ahiah, the son of Ahitub, Ichabod’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 gone.
And between the 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
The forefront 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, Come, and let us go over
unto 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.
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.
If they say thus unto us, Tarry until we come to you; then we will stand still in
our place, and will not go up unto them.
But if they say thus, Come up unto us; then we will go up: for the LORD hath
delivered them into our hand: and this shall be a sign unto us.
And both of them discovered themselves unto the garrison of the Philistines: and
the Philistines said, Behold, the Hebrews come forth out of the holes where they had
And the men of the garrison answered Jonathan and his armourbearer, and said, Come
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 Jonathan climbed up upon his hands and upon his feet, and his armourbearer
after him: and they fell before Jonathan; and his armourbearer slew after him.
And that first slaughter, which Jonathan and his armourbearer made, was about
twenty men, within as it were an half acre of land, which a yoke of oxen might
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
And the watchmen of Saul in Gibeah of Benjamin looked; and, behold, the multitude
melted away, and they went on beating down one another.
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
And Saul said unto Ahiah, Bring hither the ark of God. For the ark of God was at
that time with the children of Israel.
And it came to pass, while Saul talked unto the priest, that the noise that was in
the host of the Philistines went on and increased: and Saul said unto the priest,
Withdraw thine hand.
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 great discomfiture.
Moreover the Hebrews that were with the Philistines before that time, which went up
with them into the camp from the country round about, even they also turned to be with
the Israelites that were with Saul and Jonathan.
Likewise all the men of Israel which had hid themselves in mount Ephraim, when they
heard that the Philistines fled, even they also followed hard after them in the
So the LORD saved Israel that day: and the battle passed over unto Bethaven.
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
mine enemies. So none of the people tasted any food.
And all they of the land came to a wood; and there was honey upon the ground.
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 feared 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 honeycomb,
and put his hand to his mouth; and his 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
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
And they smote the Philistines that day from Michmash to Aijalon: and the people
were very faint.
And the people flew upon the spoil, and took sheep, and oxen, and calves, and slew
them on the ground: and the people did eat them with the blood.
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 unto me this
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 with him that night, and slew them there.
And Saul built an altar unto the LORD: the same was the first altar that he built
unto the LORD.
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, Let 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 he answered him not that day.
And Saul said, Draw ye near hither, all the chief of the people: and know and see
wherein this sin hath been this day.
For, as 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.
Therefore Saul said unto the LORD God of Israel, Give a perfect lot. And Saul and
Jonathan were taken: but the people escaped.
And Saul said, Cast lots between me and Jonathan my son. And Jonathan was
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 mine hand,
and, lo, I must die.
And Saul answered, God do so and more also: for thou shalt surely die,
And the people said unto Saul, Shall Jonathan die, who hath wrought this great
salvation in Israel? God forbid: 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.
Then Saul went up from following the Philistines: and the Philistines went to their
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 vexed them.
And he gathered an host, and smote the Amalekites, and delivered Israel out of the
hands of them that spoiled them.
Now the sons of Saul were Jonathan, and Ishui, and Melchishua: and the names of his
two daughters were these; the name of the firstborn Merab, and the name of the younger
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.
And Kish was the father of Saul; and Ner the father of Abner was the son of
And there was sore war against the Philistines all the days of Saul: and when Saul
saw any strong man, or any valiant man, he took him unto him.