The Reign of King Saul – 1st Samuel 13

1 Samuel 13:1 Saul reigned one year; and when he had reigned  two years over Israel, 

1 Samuel 13:2 Saul chose 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 sent every man to his tent. 


1 Samuel 13:3 And Jonathan smote  the garrison of the Philistines that was in Geba, and the  Philistines heard of it. And Saul blew the trumpet  throughout all the land, saying, Let the Hebrews hear.  

1 Samuel 13:4 And all Israel heard say that Saul had smitten a  garrison of the Philistines, and that Israel also was had in  abomination with the Philistines. And the people were  called together after Saul to Gilgal.  

1 Samuel 13:5 And the Philistines gathered themselves together  to fight 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, and pitched in  Michmash, eastward from Beth- aven. 

1 Samuel 13:6 When the  men of Israel saw that they were in a strait, (for the people  were distressed,) then the people did hide themselves in  caves, and in thickets, and in rocks, and in high places, and  in pits. 

1 Samuel 13:7 And some of the Hebrews went over Jordan  to the land of Gad and Gilead. As for Saul, he was yet in  Gilgal, and all the people followed him trembling.   

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1 Samuel 13:8 And he tarried seven days, according to the set  time that Samuel had appointed: but Samuel came not to  Gilgal; and the people were scattered from him. 

1 Samuel 13:9 And  Saul said, Bring hither a burnt offering to me, and peace  offerings. And he offered the burnt offering. 

1 Samuel 13:10 And it  came to pass, that as soon as he had made an end of offering  the burnt offering, behold, Samuel came; and Saul went out  to meet him, that he might salute him.  
1 Samuel 13:11 And Samuel said, What hast thou done? And  Saul said, Because I saw that the people were scattered from  me, and that thou camest not within the days appointed,  and that the Philistines gathered themselves together at  Michmash; 

1 Samuel 13:12 Therefore said I, The Philistines will  come down now upon me to Gilgal, and I have not made  supplication unto the LORD: I forced myself therefore, and  offered a burnt offering. 

1 Samuel 13:13 And Samuel said to Saul,  Thou hast done foolishly: thou hast not kept the  commandment of the LORD thy God, which he  commanded thee: for now would the LORD have  established thy kingdom upon Israel for ever. 

1 Samuel 13:14 But  now thy kingdom shall not continue: the LORD hath sought  him a man after his own heart, and the LORD hath  commanded him to be captain over his people, because  thou hast not kept that which the LORD commanded thee.  

1 Samuel 13:15 And Samuel arose, and gat him up from Gilgal  unto Gibeah of Benjamin. And Saul numbered the people  that were present with him, about six hundred men.  

1 Samuel 13:16 And Saul, and Jonathan his son, and the people  that were present with them, abode in Gibeah of  Benjamin: but the Philistines encamped in Michmash.  

1 Samuel 13:17 And the spoilers came out of the camp of the  Philistines in three companies: one company turned unto the  way that leadeth to Ophrah, unto the land of Shual:  

1 Samuel 13:18 And another company turned the way to Bethhoron:  and another company turned to the way of the  border that looketh to the valley of Zeboim toward the  wilderness.  

1 Samuel 13:19 Now there was no smith found throughout all the  land of Israel: for the Philistines said, Lest the Hebrews  make them swords or spears: 

1 Samuel 13:20 But all the Israelites  went down to the Philistines, to sharpen every man his  share, and his coulter, and his axe, and his mattock. 

1 Samuel 13:21  Yet they had a file for the mattocks, and for the coulters,  and for the forks, and for the axes, and to sharpen the goads.  

1 Samuel 13:22 So it came to pass in the day of battle, that there  was neither sword nor spear found 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. 

1 Samuel 13:23 And the  garrison of the Philistines went out to the passage of  Michmash. KJV

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