1 Samuel 13:15-23 New International Version

15  Then Samuel left Gilgal[1] and went up to Gibeah in Benjamin, and Saul counted the men who were with him. They numbered about six hundred. 16  Saul and his son Jonathan and the men with them were staying in Gibeah[2] in Benjamin, while the Philistines camped at Mikmash. 17  Raiding parties went out from the Philistine camp in three detachments. One turned toward Ophrah in the vicinity of Shual, 18  another toward Beth Horon, and the third toward the borderland overlooking the Valley of Zeboyim facing the wilderness. 19  Not a blacksmith could be found in the whole land of Israel, because the Philistines had said, "Otherwise the Hebrews will make swords or spears!" 20  So all Israel went down to the Philistines to have their plow points, mattocks, axes and sickles[3] sharpened. 21  The price was two-thirds of a shekel[4] for sharpening plow points and mattocks, and a third of a shekel[5] for sharpening forks and axes and for repointing goads. 22  So on the day of the battle not a soldier with Saul and Jonathan had a sword or spear in his hand; only Saul and his son Jonathan had them. 23  Now a detachment of Philistines had gone out to the pass at Mikmash.


[1] 13:15 Hebrew; Septuagint "Gilgal and went his way; the rest of the people went after Saul to meet the army, and they went out of Gilgal"

[2] 13:16 Two Hebrew manuscripts; most Hebrew manuscripts "Geba," a variant of "Gibeah"

[3] 13:20 Septuagint; Hebrew "plow points"

[4] 13:21 That is, about 1/4 ounce or about 8 grams

[5] 13:21 That is, about 1/8 ounce or about 4 grams

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