Saul reigned2 one year; 8141 and when he had reigned1 two years over Israel,
Saul chose4 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 sent14 every man to his tent.
And Jonathan smote55 the garrison of the Philistines that [was] in Geba, and the Philistines heard4 [of it]. And Saul blew1 the trumpet throughout all the land, saying,2 Let the Hebrews hear.4
And all Israel heard1 say2 [that] Saul had smitten52 a garrison of the Philistines, and [that] Israel also was had in abomination8 with the Philistines. And the people were called together11 after Saul to Gilgal.
And the Philistines gathered8 themselves together to fight9 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,4 and pitched4 in Michmash, eastward from Bethaven.
When the men of Israel saw1 that they were in a strait,1 (for the people were distressed,)8 then the people did hide101 themselves in caves, and in thickets, and in rocks, and in high places, and in pits.
And [some of] the Hebrews went over1 Jordan to the land of Gad and Gilead. As for Saul, he [was] yet in Gilgal, and all the people followed him trembling.1
And he tarried55 3176 11 seven days, according to the set time that Samuel [had appointed]: but Samuel came1 not to Gilgal; and the people were scattered55 from him.
And Saul said,4 Bring hither54 a burnt offering to me, and peace offerings. And he offered55 the burnt offering.
And it came to pass, that as soon as he had made an end15 of offering53 the burnt offering, behold, Samuel came;6 and Saul went out4 to meet2 him, that he might salute2 him.
And Samuel said,4 What hast thou done?1 And Saul said,4 Because I saw1 that the people were scattered1 from me, and [that] thou camest1 not within the days appointed, and [that] the Philistines gathered12 themselves together at Michmash;
Therefore said4 I, The Philistines will come down4 now upon me to Gilgal, and I have not made supplication14 unto the LORD: I forced101 myself therefore, and offered55 a burnt offering.
And Samuel said4 to Saul, Thou hast done foolishly:8 thou hast not kept1 the commandment of the LORD thy God, which he commanded14 thee: for now would the LORD have established52 thy kingdom upon Israel for ever.
But now thy kingdom shall not continue:4 the LORD hath sought14 him a man after his own heart, and the LORD hath commanded17 him [to be] captain over his people, because thou hast not kept1 [that] which the LORD commanded14 thee.
And Samuel arose,4 and gat him up4 from Gilgal unto Gibeah of Benjamin. And Saul numbered4 the people [that were] present12 with him, about six hundred men.
And Saul, and Jonathan his son, and the people [that were] present12 with them, abode6 in Gibeah of Benjamin: but the Philistines encamped1 in Michmash.
And the spoilers56 came out4 of the camp of the Philistines in three companies: one company turned4 unto the way [that leadeth to] Ophrah, unto the land of Shual:
And another company turned4 the way [to] Bethhoron: and another company turned4 [to] the way of the border that looketh12 to the valley of Zeboim toward the wilderness.
Now there was no smith found11 throughout all the land of Israel: for the Philistines said,1 Lest the Hebrews make4 [them] swords or spears:
But all the Israelites went down4 to the Philistines, to sharpen2 every man his share, and his coulter, and his axe, and his mattock.
Yet they had a file 6310 for the mattocks, and for the coulters, and for the forks, 7053 and for the axes, and to sharpen53 the goads.
So it came to pass in the day of battle, that there was neither sword nor spear found8 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.11
And the garrison of the Philistines went out4 to the passage of Michmash.