And the day cometh that Jonathan son of Saul saith unto the
young man bearing his weapons, 'Come, and we pass over unto the station of the
Philistines, which is on the other side of this;' and to his father he
hath not declared it.
And Saul is abiding at the extremity of Gibeah, under the
pomegranate which is in Migron, and the people who are with him,
about six hundred men,
and Ahiah, son of Ahitub, brother of I-Chabod, son of
Phinehas son of Eli priest of Jehovah in Shiloh, bearing an ephod; and the people
knew not that Jonathan hath gone.
And between the passages where Jonathan sought to pass over
unto the station of the Philistines is the edge of a rock on the one
side, and the edge of a rock on the other side, and the name of the one is
Bozez, and the name of the other Seneh.
The one edge is fixed on the north over-against
Michmash, and the one on the south over-against Gibeah.
And Jonathan saith unto the young man bearing his weapons,
'Come, and we pass over unto the station of these uncircumcised; it may be
Jehovah doth work for us, for there is no restraint to Jehovah to save by many
or by few.'
And the bearer of his weapons saith to him, 'Do all that is
in thy heart; turn for thee; lo, I am with thee, as thine own heart.'
And Jonathan saith, 'Lo, we are passing over unto the men,
and are revealed unto them;
if thus they say unto us, 'Stand still till we have come
unto you,' then we have stood in our place, and do not go up unto them;
and if thus they say, 'Come up against us,' then we have
gone up, for Jehovah hath given them into our hand, and this to us is
And revealed are both of them unto the station of the
Philistines, and the Philistines say, 'Lo, Hebrews are coming out of the holes
where they have hid themselves.'
And the men of the station answer Jonathan, and the bearer
of his weapons, and say, 'Come up unto us, and we cause you to know something.'
And Jonathan saith unto the bearer of his weapons, 'Come up after me, for
Jehovah hath given them into the hand of Israel.'
And Jonathan goeth up on his hands, and on his feet, and the
bearer of his weapons after him; and they fall before Jonathan, and the bearer
of his weapons is putting to death after him.
And the first smiting which Jonathan and the bearer of his
weapons have smitten is of about twenty men, in about half a furrow of a yoke
of a field,
and there is a trembling in the camp, in the field, and
among all the people, the station and the destroyers have trembled -- even
they, and the earth shaketh, and it becometh a trembling of God.
And the watchmen of Saul in Gibeah of Benjamin see, and lo,
the multitude hath melted away, and it goeth on, and is beaten down.
And Saul saith to the people who are with him,
'Inspect, I pray you, and see; who hath gone from us?' and they inspect, and
lo, Jonathan and the bearer of his weapons are not.
And Saul saith to Ahiah, 'Bring nigh the ark of God;' for
the ark of God hath been on that day with the sons of Israel.
And it cometh to pass, while Saul spake unto the priest,
that the noise which is in the camp of the Philistines goeth on, going
on and becoming great, and Saul saith unto the priest, 'Remove thy hand.'
And Saul is called, and all the people who are with
him, and they come in unto the battle, and, lo, the sword of each hath been
against his neighbour -- a very great destruction.
And the Hebrews who have been for the Philistines as
heretofore, who had gone up with them into the camp, have turned round, even
they, to be with Israel who are with Saul and Jonathan,
and all the men of Israel, who are hiding themselves in the
hill-country of Ephraim, have heard that the Philistines have fled, and they
pursue -- even they -- after them in battle.
And Jehovah saveth Israel on that day, and the battle hath
passed over to Beth-Aven.
And the men of Israel have been distressed on that day, and
Saul adjureth the people, saying, 'Cursed is the man who eateth food
till the evening, and I have been avenged of mine enemies;' and none of the
people hath tasted food.
And all they of the land have come into a forest, and
there is honey on the face of the field;
and the people come in unto the forest, and lo, the honey
dropped, and none is moving his hand unto his mouth, for the people feared the
And Jonathan hath not heard of his father's adjuring the
people, and putteth forth the end of the rod, which is in his hand, and
dippeth it in the honeycomb, and bringeth back his hand unto his mouth -- and
his eyes see!
And a man of the people answereth and saith, 'Thy father
certainly adjured the people, saying, Cursed is the man who eateth food
to-day; and the people are weary.'
And Jonathan saith, 'My father hath troubled the land; see,
I pray you, that mine eyes have become bright because I tasted a little of this
How much more if the people had well eaten to-day of the
spoil of its enemies which it hath found, for now, the smiting hath not been
great among the Philistines.'
And they smite on that day among the Philistines from
Michmash to Aijalon, and the people are very weary,
and the people make unto the spoil, and take sheep, and
oxen, and sons of the herd, and slaughter on the earth, and the people eat with
And they declare to Saul, saying, 'Lo, the people are
sinning against Jehovah, to eat with the blood.' And he saith, 'Ye have dealt
treacherously, roll unto me to-day a great stone.'
And Saul saith, 'Be ye scattered among the people, and ye
have said to them, Bring ye nigh unto me each his ox, and each his sheep; and
ye have slain them in this place, and eaten, and ye do not sin against
Jehovah to eat with the blood.' And all the people bring nigh each his ox, in
his hand, that night, and slaughter them there.
And Saul buildeth an alter to Jehovah; with it he hath begun
to build altars to Jehovah.
And Saul saith, 'Let us go down after the Philistines by
night, and we prey upon them till the light of the morning, and leave not a man
of them.' And they say, 'All that is good in thine eyes do.' And the priest
saith, 'Let us draw near hither unto God.'
And Saul asketh of God, 'Do I go down after the Philistines?
dost Thou give them into the hand of Israel?' and He hath not answered him on
And Saul saith, 'Draw ye nigh hither all, the chiefs of the
people, and know and see in what this sin hath been to-day;
for, Jehovah liveth, who is saving Israel: surely if it be
in Jonathan my son, surely he doth certainly die;' and none is answering him
out of all the people.
And he saith unto all Israel, 'Ye -- ye are on one side, and
I and Jonathan my son are on another side;' and the people say unto Saul, 'That
which is good in thine eyes do.'
And Saul saith unto Jehovah, God of Israel, 'Give
perfection;' and Jonathan and Saul are captured, and the people went out.
And Saul saith, 'Cast between me and Jonathan my son;' and
Jonathan is captured.
And Saul saith unto Jonathan, 'Declare to me, what hast thou
done?' and Jonathan declareth to him, and saith, 'I certainly tasted with the
end of the rod that is in my hand a little honey; lo, I die!'
And Saul saith, 'Thus doth God do, and thus doth He add, for
thou dost certainly die, Jonathan.'
And the people say unto Saul, 'Doth Jonathan die who wrought
this great salvation in Israel? -- a profanation! Jehovah liveth, if there
falleth from the hair of his head to the earth, for with God he hath wrought
this day;' and the people rescue Jonathan, and he hath not died.
And Saul goeth up from after the Philistines, and the
Philistines have gone to their place;
and Saul captured the kingdom over Israel, and he fighteth
round about against all his enemies, against Moab, and against the Bene-Ammon,
and against Edom, and against the kings of Zobah, and against the Philistines,
and whithersoever he turneth he doth vex them.
And he maketh a force, and smiteth Amalek, and delivereth
Israel out of the hand of its spoiler.
And the sons of Saul are Jonathan, and Ishui, and
Melchi-Shua; as to the name of his two daughters, the name of the first-born is
Merab, and the name of the younger Michal;
and the name of the wife of Saul is Ahinoam, daughter
of Ahimaaz; and the name of the head of his host is Abner son of Ner,
uncle of Saul;
and Kish is father of Saul, and Ner father of Abner is
son of Ahiel.
And the war is severe against the Philistines all the days
of Saul; when Saul hath seen any mighty man, and any son of valour, then he
doth gather him unto himself.