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CHA P. XIV. 1 Jonathan miraculously smiteth the Philistines Garifon. 15 A

divine Terrour maketh them beat themselves. 24 Saul's usadvised Adjuration hindreth the Victory. 36 Jonathan saved by the People.

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Ver. INTOW it came to pass upon a Day, that Jonathm

TV the Son of Saul said unto the young Man that bear his Armour, Come, and let us go over to the Philistines Garison, that is on the other side: but he told not bis Father. · 4 And between the Passages by which Jonathan fought to go over unto the Philistines Garison, there was a Tharp Rock on the one fide, and a sharp Rock on the other side.

6 And Jonathan said to the young Man that bare his Armour, Come, and let us go over to the Garison of these Uncircumcised ; it may be that the LORD will work for us : for there is no Reftraint to the LORD to save by MANY or by few.

8 Jonathan faid, Behold, we will pass over unto these Men, and we will discover ourselves unto them. · 9 If they say thus unto us, Tarry until we come to you; then we will stand still in our Place, and will not go up unto them. • 10 But if they say thus, Come up unto us ; then we will go up : for the Lord hath delivered them into our Hand; and this shall be a Sign unto us.

11 And both of them discovered themfelves unto the G2rison of the Philistines : and the Philistines said, Behold, the Hebrews come forth out of the Holes, where they had hid themselves. - 12 And the Men of the Garison answered Jonathan, and said, Come up to us, and we will shew you a Thing. And Jonathan said unto his Armour-bearer, Come up after mei for the LORD hath DELIVERED them into the Hand of Il. rael.

13 And Jonathan climbed up upon his Hands, and upon his Feet, and his Armour-bearer after him: and they fell before Jonathan ; and his Armour-bearer slew after him.

14 And that first Slaughter which Jonathan and his Ar mour-bearer made, was about twenty Men.

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15 And there was trembling in the Host, and among all the People ; and the EARTH QUAKED : so it was a very great TREMBLING.

16 And the Watchmen of Saul looked ; and behold, the Multitude melted away, and they went on beating down one another.

17 Then said Saul, Number now, and see who is gone from us. And when they had numbred, behold, Jonathan and his Armour-bearer were not there.

18 And Saul said unto Ahiah, Bring hither the Ark of GOD. : 19 And it came to pass while Saul talked unto the Priest,

that the Noise that was in the Host of the Philistines went - on, and increased. .: 20 And Saul, and all the People came to the Battle : - and behold, every Man's Sword was against his Fellow, and there was a very great Discomfiture.

21 Moreover, the Hebrews that were with the Philistines before that Time, they also turned to be with the Israelites.

22 Likewise all the Men of Israel which had hid themselves, when they heard that the Philistines fled, even they also followed hard after them in the Battle.

23 So the LORD SAVED Israel that Day. 24 And the Men of Israel were distressed that Day : for Saul had adjured the People, saying, Cursed be the Man that eateth any Food until Evening, that I may be avenged an mine Enemies : so none of the People tasted any Food.

25 And all they of the Land came to a Wood, and there was Honey upon the Ground.

26 But no Man put his Hand to his Mouth : for the People feared the Oath.

27 But Jonathan heard not when his Father charged the People with the Oath : wherefore he put forth the End of the Rod that was in his Hand, and dipt it in an Honeycomb, and put his Hand to his Mouth ; and his Eyes were enlightned.

28 Then answered one of the People, and said, Thy Father straitly charged the People with an Oath, saying, Cursed be the Man that eateth any Food this Day. 'And the People were faint.

29 Then said Jonathan, My Father hath TROUBLED the Land : see, I pray you, how mine Eyes have been enlightned, because I tasted a little of this Honey :

30 How much more, if haply the People had eaten freely To-day of the Spoil of their Enemies which they found? for had there not been now a much greater Slaughter among the Philistines ? .

31 And they smote the Philistines that Day: and the People were very faint.

32 And the People flew upon the Spoil, and took Sheep, and Oxen, and Calves, and new them on the Ground : and the People did eat them with the Blood.

33 Then they told Saul, saying, Behold, the People fin against the LORD, in that they eat with the Blood. And he said, Ye have transgressed : roll a great Stone unto me this Day.

34 And Saul said, Disperse yourselves among the People, and say unto them, Bring me hither every Man bis Ox, and every Man his Sheep, and say them here, and eat ; and sin not against the Lord in eating with the Blood.

35 And Saul built an Altar unto the LORD: the same was the first Altar that he built unto the LORD. - 37 And Saul asked Counsel of God, Shall I go down after the Philistines ? wilt thou deliver them into the Hand of Israel ? But he answered him not that Day.

38 And Saul said, Draw ye near hither all the chief of the People : and know and see wherein this Sin hath been this Day. - 39 For as the Lord liveth, which faveth Israel, though it be in Jonathan my Son, he shall surely die. But there was not a Man among all the People that answered him.

40 Then said he unto all Israel, Be ye on one side, and I and Jonathan my Son will be on the other side. And the People said unto Saul, Do what seemeth good unto thee.

· 41 Therefore Saul said unto the LORD God of Israel, Give a perfect Lot. · And Saul and Jonathan were taken.

42 And Saul said, Cast Lots between me and Jonathan my Son. And Jonathan was taken..

43 Then Saul said to Jonathan, Tell me what thou haft done. And Jonathan told him, and said, I did but tafte a little Honey with the End of the Rod that was in mine Hand, and lo, I must die.

· 44 And Saul answered, God do so, and more also : for thou shalt surely die.

45 And the People said unto Saul, Shall Jonathan die, who hath wrought this great Salvation in Israel ? God forbid: as the LORD liveth, there shall not one Hair of his Head fall to the Ground; for he hath wrought. with God this Day. So the People rescued Jonathan that he died not.

47 Saul took the Kingdom over Israel, and fought against all his Enemies on every side : and whithersoever he turned ::. himself, he vexed them. · 48 And delivered Israel out of the Hands of them that spoiled them.

52 And there was sore War against the Philistines all the 1. Days of Saul: and when Saul saw any strong Man, or any

yaliant Man, he took him unto him.

. CH A P. XV.

i Samuel sendeth Saul to destroy Amalek : 8 He spareth Agag

and the best of the Spoil. 32 Samuel killeth Agag.

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Ver. 10 THEN came the Word of the LORD unto Sa

1 muel, saying, 11 It repenteth me that I have set up Saul to be King : for he is turned back from following me, and hath not performed my Commandments. And it grieved Samuel; and he cried unto the Lord all Night.

12 And when Samuel rose early to meet Saul in the Morning, it was told Samuel, saying, Saul came to Carmel.

13 And Samuel came to Saul; and Saul said unto him, Blessed be thou of the LORD: I have performed the Commandment of the LORD.

14 And Samuel said, What meaneth then this bleating of the Sheep in mine Ears, and the lowing of the Oxen which I hear?

15 And Saul said, They have brought them from the Amalekites : for the People spared the best of the Sheep and of the Oxen, to sacrifice unto the LORD thy God, and the reft we have utterly destroyed.

16 Then Samuel said unto Saul, Stay, and I will tell thee what the LORD hath said to me this Night. And he said unto him, Say on.

17 And Samuel said, When thou wast little in thine own fight, wast thou not made the Head of the Tribes of Israel, and the Lord anointed thee King over Israel?

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18 And 18 And the Lord sent thee on a Journey, and said, Goa and utterly deftroy the Sinners the Amalekites, and fight against them until they be consumed.

19 Wherefore then didst thou not abey the Voice of the LORD, but didst fly upon the Spoil, and didft Evil in the fight of the Lord?

20 And Saul said unto Samuel, Yea, I have obeyed the Voice of the LORD, and have gone the Way which the LORD sent me, and have brought Agag the King of Ama. lek, and have utterly destroyed the Amalekites.

21 But the People took of the Spoil, Sheep and Oxen, the Chief of the Things which should have been utterly destroyed, to sacrifice unto the LORD thy God in Gilgal.

22 And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great Delight in Burnt-offerings and Sacrifices, as in obeying the Voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than Sacrifice ; and to hearken, than the Fat of Rams.

23 For Rebellion is as the Sin of Witchcraft, and Stubbornness is as Iniquity and Idolatry ; because thou haft rejected the Word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being King

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| C H A P. XVI. 1 Samuel sent by God, under Pretence of a Sacrifice, cometh

to Beth-lebem, it and anginteth David. 19 Saul's Evil

Spirit, Ver. 1 AND the LORD faid unto Samuel, How long wilt

1 thou mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? fill thine Horn with Oil, and go, I will send theę to Jeffe the Beth-lehemitę: for I have provided me a King among his Sons.

2 And Samuel faid, How can I go? if Saul hear it, he will kill me. And the LORD laid, Take an Heifer with thee, and say, I am come to sacrifice to the LORD.

- 3 And call Jesle to the Sacrifice, and I will thew thee what thou fhalt do : and thou shalt anoint unto me him whom I name unto theę.

4 And Samuel did that which the LORD spake, and came to Beth-lehem : and the Elders of the Town trembled at his foming, and said, Comest thou peaceably ?

5 And he said, Peaceably : I am come to facrifice unto

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