1 Samuel 13:1-7 New International Version

War with the Philistines

13 1  Saul was thirty[1] years old when he became king, and he reigned over Israel forty-[2] two years. 2  Saul chose three thousand men from Israel; two thousand were with him at Mikmash and in the hill country of Bethel, and a thousand were with Jonathan at Gibeah in Benjamin. The rest of the men he sent back to their homes. 3  Jonathan attacked the Philistine outpost at Geba, and the Philistines heard about it. Then Saul had the trumpet blown throughout the land and said, "Let the Hebrews hear!" 4  So all Israel heard the news: "Saul has attacked the Philistine outpost, and now Israel has become obnoxious to the Philistines." And the people were summoned to join Saul at Gilgal. 5  The Philistines assembled to fight Israel, with three thousand[3] chariots, six thousand charioteers, and soldiers as numerous as the sand on the seashore. They went up and camped at Mikmash, east of Beth Aven. 6  When the Israelites saw that their situation was critical and that their army was hard pressed, they hid in caves and thickets, among the rocks, and in pits and cisterns. 7  Some Hebrews even crossed the Jordan to the land of Gad and Gilead. Saul remained at Gilgal, and all the troops with him were quaking with fear.


[1] 13:1 A few late manuscripts of the Septuagint; Hebrew does not have "thirty."

[2] 13:1 Probable reading of the original Hebrew text (see Acts 13:21); Masoretic Text does not have "forty-" .

[3] 13:5 Some Septuagint manuscripts and Syriac; Hebrew "thirty thousand"

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