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 1 Samuel 14:24 - 46
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   Book of 1 Samuel
   Chapter 14
14:24 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Now the men of Israel were in distress that day, because Saul had bound the people under an oath, saying, "Cursed be any man who eats food before evening comes, before I have avenged myself on my enemies!" So none of the troops tasted food.
 
14:25 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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The entire army F48 entered the woods, and there was honey on the ground.
 
14:26 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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When they went into the woods, they saw the honey oozing out, yet no one put his hand to his mouth, because they feared the oath.
 
14:27 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
But Jonathan had not heard that his father had bound the people with the oath, so he reached out the end of the staff that was in his hand and dipped it into the honeycomb. He raised his hand to his mouth, and his eyes brightened. F49
 
14:28 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Then one of the soldiers told him, "Your father bound the army under a strict oath, saying, 'Cursed be any man who eats food today!' That is why the men are faint."
 
14:29 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Jonathan said, "My father has made trouble for the country. See how my eyes brightened F50 when I tasted a little of this honey.
 
14:30 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
How much better it would have been if the men had eaten today some of the plunder they took from their enemies. Would not the slaughter of the Philistines have been even greater?"
 
14:31 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
That day, after the Israelites had struck down the Philistines from Micmash to Aijalon, they were exhausted.
 
14:32 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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They pounced on the plunder and, taking sheep, cattle and calves, they butchered them on the ground and ate them, together with the blood.
 
14:33 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Then someone said to Saul, "Look, the men are sinning against the LORD by eating meat that has blood in it." "You have broken faith," he said. "Roll a large stone over here at once."
 
14:34 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Then he said, "Go out among the men and tell them, 'Each of you bring me your cattle and sheep, and slaughter them here and eat them. Do not sin against the LORD by eating meat with blood still in it.'" So everyone brought his ox that night and slaughtered it there.
 
14:35 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Then Saul built an altar to the LORD; it was the first time he had done this.
 
14:36 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Saul said, "Let us go down after the Philistines by night and plunder them till dawn, and let us not leave one of them alive." "Do whatever seems best to you," they replied. But the priest said, "Let us inquire of God here."
 
14:37 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
So Saul asked God, "Shall I go down after the Philistines? Will you give them into Israel's hand?" But God did not answer him that day.
 
14:38 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Saul therefore said, "Come here, all you who are leaders of the army, and let us find out what sin has been committed today.
 
14:39 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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As surely as the LORD who rescues Israel lives, even if it lies with my son Jonathan, he must die." But not one of the men said a word.
 
14:40 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Saul then said to all the Israelites, "You stand over there; I and Jonathan my son will stand over here." "Do what seems best to you," the men replied.
 
14:41 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Then Saul prayed to the LORD, the God of Israel, "Give me the right answer." F51 And Jonathan and Saul were taken by lot, and the men were cleared.
 
14:42 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Saul said, "Cast the lot between me and Jonathan my son." And Jonathan was taken.
 
14:43 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Then Saul said to Jonathan, "Tell me what you have done." So Jonathan told him, "I merely tasted a little honey with the end of my staff. And now must I die?"
 
14:44 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Saul said, "May God deal with me, be it ever so severely, if you do not die, Jonathan."
 
14:45 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
But the men said to Saul, "Should Jonathan die - he who has brought about this great deliverance in Israel? Never! As surely as the LORD lives, not a hair of his head will fall to the ground, for he did this today with God's help." So the men rescued Jonathan, and he was not put to death.
 
14:46 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Then Saul stopped pursuing the Philistines, and they withdrew to their own land.
 

FOOTNOTES:
F48 Or Now all the people of the land
F49 Or his strength was renewed
F50 Or my strength was renewed
F51 Hebrew; Septuagint "Why have you not answered your servant today? If the fault is in me or my son Jonathan, respond with Urim, but if the men of Israel are at fault, respond with Thummim."

 
 

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