1 Samuel 14:1–14

One day Jonathan son of Saul said to his young armor-bearer, “Come, let’s go over to the Philistine outpost on the other side.” But he did not tell his father.

Saul was stayings on the outskirts of Gibeaht under a pomegranate treeu in Migron.v With him were about six hundred men, among whom was Ahijah, who was wearing an ephod. He was a son of Ichabod’sw brother Ahitubx son of Phinehas, the son of Eli,y the Lord’s priest in Shiloh.z No one was aware that Jonathan had left.

On each side of the passa that Jonathan intended to cross to reach the Philistine outpost was a cliff; one was called Bozez and the other Seneh. One cliff stood to the north toward Mikmash, the other to the south toward Geba.b

Jonathan said to his young armor-bearer, “Come, let’s go over to the outpost of those uncircumcisedc men. Perhaps the Lord will act in our behalf. Nothingd can hinder the Lord from saving, whether by manye or by few.f

“Do all that you have in mind,” his armor-bearer said. “Go ahead; I am with you heart and soul.”

Jonathan said, “Come on, then; we will cross over toward them and let them see us. If they say to us, ‘Wait there until we come to you,’ we will stay where we are and not go up to them. 10 But if they say, ‘Come up to us,’ we will climb up, because that will be our signg that the Lord has given them into our hands.h

11 So both of them showed themselves to the Philistine outpost. “Look!” said the Philistines. “The Hebrewsi are crawling out of the holes they were hidingj in.” 12 The men of the outpost shouted to Jonathan and his armor-bearer, “Come up to us and we’ll teach you a lesson.k

So Jonathan said to his armor-bearer, “Climb up after me; the Lord has given them into the handl of Israel.”

13 Jonathan climbed up, using his hands and feet, with his armor-bearer right behind him. The Philistines fell before Jonathan, and his armor-bearer followed and killed behind him. 14 In that first attack Jonathan and his armor-bearer killed some twenty men in an area of about half an acre.

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