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with darts, and sling stones, and pebbles picked up from the 15 ground. And there was a consternation in the camp, and in

the field; and all the people who were in Messab, and they who were spoiling, were struck with horror, and would not do

any thing; for the earth trembled, and the consternation was 16 from the Lord. And the watchmen of Saul, at Gabaa of Ben

jamin, looked, and behold the camp was in confusion from 17 one side to the other. Whereupon Saul said to the people

who were with him, Examine I pray you, and see who is

gone from us. And when they examined, behold Jonathan 18 and his armour bearer were not to be found. Then Saul said

to Achia, Bring the ephod. For he at that time wore the 19 ephod before Israel. But while Saul was speaking to the priest,

the noise in the camp of the Philistines continued, and grew

louder and louder; whereupon Saul said to the priest, Bring 20 together thy hands. And Saul went up, and all the people

with him, and came to the battle, and behold every man's

sword was against his fellow, and the confusion was very 21 great. And the slaves, who had heretofore been with the Phi

listines, who had come up to the camp, even they turned, and 22 joined the Israelites, who were with Saul and Jonathan. And

all the Israelites, who had hid themselves in mount Ephraim,

when they heard that the Philistines were fleeing, collected to. 23 gether, and went after them to battle. So the Lord saved Isra

el that day; and the battle passed through the Bamoth, and all

the people with Saul were about ten thousand mèn; and the 24 battle spread to every city on mount Ephraim. But Saul was

guilty of a great imprudence that day; for he uttered an imprecation to the people, saying, Cursed be the man who eat. eth bread till evening, that I may take vengeance on mine ene

my; so that none of the people tasted bread, though all the 25 country was dining. Nay, though the forest Jaal abounded

with honey, on the face of the ground, and the people entered 26 that apiary; yet behold they went on talking, and behold

there was not one who put his hand to his mouth; for the 27 people feared the oath of the Lord. But Jonathan did not hear

when his father adjured the people, therefore he stretched forth the end of the sceptre in his hand, and stuck it into a honey comb, and when he put his hand to his mouth, his eyes

28 brightened up. And one of the people addressing him said,

Thy father solemnly adjured the people saying, Cursed be the

man who eateth bread this day, so the people are become faint, 29 And when Jonathan knew this he said, My father hath trou

bled the land. See how my eyes have sparkled, because I tast30 ed a little of this honey. Consequently, had the people this day

eaten freely of the spoils of the enemy, the slaughter among

the Philistines would now have been much greater. 31. They had now smitten on that day those of the Philistines

at Machmas, and as the people were very fainty, they turned 32 upon the spoils; and when they took sheep, or cattle, or calves,

they slew them on the ground, and eat them with the blood. 33 And when it was told Saul, saying, The people have sinned

against the Lord by eating with the blood, Saul said, Ye of 34 Gethaim, roll for me here a great stone. Then Saul said, Dis

perse yourselves among the people, and order them to bring here every man his ox, and every one his sheep, and kill it on this stone, and do not sin against the Lord by eating with the

blood. So the people brought every one, what he had at hand 35 and they slaughtered them there. And Saul built an altar there

to the Lord. This was the first altar which Saul built to the 36 Lord. Then Saul said, Let us go down after the Philistines this

night, and make devastation among them till the morning light, and not leave a man among them. And they said, Do what is

good in thy sight. But the priest said, Let us draw near hither 37 to God. Whereupon Saul consulted God, Shall I go down

after the Philistines? Wilt thou deliver them into the hands of 38 Israel? But he answered him not that day. Then Saul said,

Present here all the chiefs of Israel, and know and see by whom 39 this sin hath been done this day; for as the Lord liveth who

hath saved Israel, if the answer be given against Jonathan my

son, he shall surely be put to death. But there was not one of 40 the people who answered. Then he said to all the men of Is

rael, You shall be one lot, and I and my son Jonathan shall be

the other lot. And the people said to Saul, Do what seemeth 41 good in thy sight. Then Saul said, O Lord the God of Israel,

why hast thou not answered thy servant this day? If the fault be in me, or in Jonathan my son, O Lord God of Israel make us manifest. And when he said these words, Give I beseech

thee to thy people Israel, Give I beseech thee Sanctity, the lot 42 fell on Jonathan and Saul; and the people escaped. Then Saul

said, Cast the lot between me, and Jonathan my son, and against whomsoever the Lord shall decide by lot, let him be put to death. But the people said to Saul, This is not confirmed.

But Saul prevailed over the people, so they cast the lot between 43 him and his son Jonathan; and the lot fell on Jonathan. There

upon Saul said to Jonathan, Tell me; what hast thou done? And when Jonathan told him, and said, I just tasted a little

honey with the end of the sceptre which was in my hand, and 44 behold I must die; Saul said to him, God do so to me, and 45 more also, but thou shalt surely die this day. Upon this the

people said to Saul, Shall he this day be put to death who hath wrought this great salvation in Israel ? As the Lord liveth there shall not a hair of his head fall to the ground. Because the people of God had that day performed exploits, therefore the peo

ple prayed for Jonathan that day, and he did not die. Then 47 Saul went up from following the Philistines; and the Philistines went to their place.

Now Saul cast losts for the administration of government. Every work over Israel was determined by lot. And he made war on all his enemies round about, on Moab, and on the children of Ammon, and the children of Edom, and on Baithaior,

and on the king of Suba, and on the Philistines, and whither48 soever he turned he was saved. He formed also an army and

smote Amelek, and delivered Israel out of the hand of those 49 who had trampled on them. Now the sons of Saul were Jona

than, and Jessiou, and Melchisa, and these were the names of

his two daughters. The name of his first born was Merob, and 50 the name of his second Melchol. And the name of his wife 51 was Achinoam. She was the daughter of Achimaas. And the

name of his captain general was Abenner. He was the son of Ner, Saul's uncle; for Kis the father of Saul, and Ner the fa

ther of Abenner, were sons of Jamin, son of Abiel. 52 Now there was a fierce war with the Philistines all the days

of Saul. And when Saul had assembled to him every man of XV. valour, and every man whom he saw expert in war, Samuel

said to Saul, the Lord sent me to anoint thee king over Israel; 2 now therefore hearken to the voice of the Lord. Thus saith the

Lord of Sabbaoth, Now will I take vengeance on Amelek, for

the things which he did to Israel when he opposed them in the 3 way, as they were coming up out of Egypt. Now therefore go, and smite Amelek, and Jerim, and all that belong to him. Thou shalt not spare one of him but utterly destroy him. Hav. ing devoted him and all belonging to him to destruction, thou

shalt spare none, but shalt slay man and woman, infant and 4 suckling, herds and flocks, camels and asses. Thereupon Saul , assembled the people, and reviewed them at Galgal, four hun.

dred thousand men of array, particularly of Juda thirty thou5 sand men of array. And when Saul came to the cities of Ame. 6 lek, he laid an ambush in the valley. And Saul said to the Kin

ites, Away, remove from among the Amelekites. I must not join you with them, for you dealt kindly with the Israelites when they were coming up out of Egypt. And when the Kin

ites had removed from among the Amelekites, Saul smote 7 Amelek from Evilat to Sur in front of Egypt; and took Agag 8 the king of Amelek alive. When he had slain all the people

and Jerim with the edge of the sword, Saul and all the people

saved Agag alive, and spared the best of the flocks, and the 9 herds, and provisions, and vineyards, and all that was good;

and would not destroy them, but destroyed only what was of 10 no estimation or of little value. Wherefore a word of the Lord 11 came to Samuel saying, Have I had comfort for making Saul

king? For he hath turned away from following me, and hath

not observed my orders. Thereupon Samuel was grieved, and 12 cried to the Lord that whole night. And Samuel arose early,

and went to meet Israel in the morning. Now it had been told Saul, that Samuel had gone to Karmel and erected a hand for himself. But he turned his chariot, and went down to Galgal to Saul, and behold he was offering up as a whole burnt offer

ing to the Lord the prime of the spoils which he had brought 13 out of Amelek. And when Samuel came to Saul, Saul said to

him, Blessed art thou of the Lord. I have performed all that 14 the Lord hath spoken. Whereupon Samuel said, But what

bleating of flocks is this in my ears? and what is this lowing of 15 cattle which I hear? And Saul said, I have brought out of Ame.

lek such as the people spared, the best of the flocks, and the herds, that they may be sacrificed to the Lord thy God; but 16 the rest I have utterly destroyed. And Samuel said, Permit

me to tell thee what the Lord said to me last night. And he 17 said to him, Speak. Then Samuel said to Saul, Wast thou not

in his sight a little leader of a family of a tribe of Israel? yet 13 the Lord anointed thee to be king over Israel; and the Lord

sent thee on a journey, and said to thee, Go and destroy utterly. Thou shalt slay those who have sinned against me; namely

Amelek; and thou shalt fight against them until thou hast to19 tally destroyed them. Why then didst thou not hearken to the

voice of the Lord, but rush upon the spoil, and do evil in the 20 sight of the Lord? And Saul said to Samuel, Because I heark.

ened to the voice of the people. But I have gone the way which the Lord sent me, and have brought Agag king of Amelek,

and utterly destroyed Amelek, and the people have taken of 21 the spoils, flocks and herds, as first fruits of the destruction, 22 to sacrifice them before the Lord our God, at Galgal. And

Samuel said, Hath the Lord as great delight in whole burnt offerings, and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord?

Behold obedience is better than good sacrifice; and to heark. 23 en, is better than the fat of rams. Because divination is a sin,

the consulting Theraphin bringeth sorrow and distress: because

thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, therefore the Lord 24 hath rejected thee from being king over Israel. Then Saul

said to Samuel, I have sinned; for I have transgressed the

word of the Lord, and thy orders, because I feared the people 25 and hearkened to their voice. Now therefore bear away my

sin, I beseech thee, and return with me that I may worship 26 the Lord thy God. And Samuel said to Saul, I cannot return

with thee. Because thou hast rejected the word of the Lord,

therefore the Lord will reject thee from being king over Israel. 27 And when Samuel turned his face to go away, Saul took hold 28 of the skirt of his mantle, and rent it. Thereupon Samuel said

to him, The Lord hath rent thy regal government from Israel,

this day, out of thy hand, and will give it to a neighbour of thine, 29 who is better than thou, and Israel shall be rent in twain. He

will not change, nor alter his mind, for he is not a man, that he 50 should change his mind. Then Saul said, I have sinned; but

honour me, I beseech thee, in the presence of the elders of Israel, and before my people, and return up with me, that I may

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