1 Samuel 13
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1 Samuel 13
Samuel Rebukes Saul...
Sha`ul was ... years old when he began to reign. And when he had reigned two years over Yisra`el,
Sha'ul chose for himself three thousand men of Yisra'el. And two thousand were with Sha'ul in Mikmash and in the mountains of Beyth El, and a thousand were with Yonathan in Gib'ah of Binyamin. And the rest of the people he sent away, each to his tent.
And Yonathan smote the watch-post of the Philistines that was in Geba, and the Philistines heard of it. And Sha'ul blew the ram's horn throughout all the land, saying, 'Let the Hebrews hear!'
And all Yisra'el heard the news that Sha'ul had smitten a watch-post of the Philistines, and also that Yisra'el had become a stench to the Philistines. And the people were summoned to Sha'ul at Gilgal.
And the Philistines gathered to fight Yisra'el, thirty thousand chariots and six thousand horsemen, and people as numerous as the sand on the seashore. And they came up and encamped in Mikmash, east of Beyth Awen.
And the men of Yisra'el saw that they were in trouble, for the people were distressed, and the people hid in caves, and in thorny bushes, and in rocks, and in holes, and in pits.
And some Hebrews passed over the Yarden to the land of Gad and Gil'ad. But Sha'ul was still in Gilgal, and all the people followed him, trembling.
And he waited for seven days, according to the appointment with Shemu'el. But Shemu'el did not come to Gilgal, and the people were scattered from him.
And Sha'ul said, 'Bring a burnt offering and peace offerings here to me.' And he offered the burnt offering.
And it came to be, as he had finished offering the burnt offering, look, Shemu'el came. And Sha'ul went out to meet him, to bless him.
Then Shemu'el said, 'What have you done?' And Sha'ul said, 'Because I saw that the people were scattered from me, and that you did not come within the days appointed, and that the Philistines gathered at Mikmash,
so I said, 'The Philistines are going to come down on me at Gilgal, and I have not appeased the face of YHWH.' So I felt compelled, and offered a burnt offering.'
And Shemu'el said to Sha'ul, 'You have been foolish. You have not guarded the command of YHWH your Elohim, which He commanded you. For now YHWH would have established your reign over Yisra'el forever.
'But now, your reign is not going to stand. YHWH shall seek for Himself a man after His own heart, and YHWH shall command him to be leader over His people, because you have not guarded what YHWH commanded you.'
And Shemu'el arose and went up from Gilgal to Gib'ah of Binyamin. And Sha'ul mustered the people who were present with him, about six hundred men.
Israel Without Weapons...
And Sha`ul, and Yonathan his son, and the people who were present with them remained in Gib`ah of Binyamin, while the Philistines camped at Mikmash.
And from the camp of the Philistines raiders went out in three companies. The one company turned to the way that leads to Ophrah, to the land of Shu'al,
and another company turned toward the way of Beyth Horon, and another company turned toward the way of the border that overlooks the Valley of Tsebo'im toward the wilderness.
Now no blacksmith could be found in all the land of Yisra'el, for the Philistines said, 'Lest the Hebrews make swords or spears.'
And all Yisra'el went down to the Philistines, each one to sharpen his ploughshare, and his mattock, and his axe, and his sickle.
And the charge was a pim for the ploughshares, and the mattocks, and the forks, and the axes, and to set the points of the goads.
And it came to be, on the day of battle, that there was neither sword nor spear found in the hand of any of the people who were with Sha'ul and Yonathan. But they were found with Sha'ul and Yonathan his son.
And the outpost of the Philistines went out to the pass of Mikmash.
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