Saul Fights the Philistines

1 Samuel 13

1 Saul 1 reigned one year; and when he had reigned two years over Israel, 2

2 Saul chose for himself three thousand men of Israel. Two thousand were with Saul in a Michmash and in the mountains of Bethel, and a thousand were with b Jonathan in c Gibeah of Benjamin. The rest of the people he sent away, every man to his tent. 3 And Jonathan attacked d the garrison of the Philistines that was in e Geba, and the Philistines heard of it. Then Saul blew the trumpet throughout all the land, saying, "Let the Hebrews hear!" 4 Now all Israel heard it said that Saul had attacked a garrison of the Philistines, and that Israel had also become 3 an abomination to the Philistines. And the people were called together to Saul at Gilgal.

5 Then the Philistines gathered together to fight with Israel, 4 thirty thousand chariots and six thousand horsemen, and people f as the sand which is on the seashore in multitude. And they came up and encamped in Michmash, to the east of g Beth Aven. 6 When the men of Israel saw that they were in danger (for the people were distressed), then the people h hid in caves, in thickets, in rocks, in holes, and in pits. 7 And some of the Hebrews crossed over the Jordan to the i land of Gad and Gilead. As for Saul, he was still in Gilgal, and all the people followed him trembling.

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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