Daily Word OT

July 24, 2019

1 SAMUEL 14:17-34
14:17 Then Saul said to the people who were with him, Call a muster, and see who has gone from us. And they called a muster, and Jonathan and his armor bearer were not there.
14:18 And Saul said to Ahijah, Bring the Ark of God here; for the Ark of God was at that time with the children of Israel.
14:19 And while Saul spoke to the priest, the tumult that was in the camp of the Philistines continued to increase. Then Saul said to the priest, Withdraw your hand.
14:20 And Saul and all the people who were with him gathered together and went into the battle. And each man’s sword was against his companion; the tumult was very great.
14:21 And the Hebrews who had previously been with the Philistines and who had gone up with them into the camp all around, they also turned to be with the Israelites who were with Saul and Jonathan.
14:22 Likewise, when all the men of Israel who had hidden themselves in the hill country of Ephraim heard that the Philistines had fled, even they followed them closely in the battle.
14:23 Thus Jehovah saved Israel that day, and the battle crossed over beyond Beth-aven.
14:24 And the men of Israel were distressed that day; for Saul had laid an oath on the people, saying, Cursed be the man who eats any food before the evening, when I am avenged of my enemies. So none of the people even tasted food.
14:25 And all those from the land came upon a honeycomb, and there was honey on the surface of the ground.
14:26 And when the people came to the honeycomb, there was honey flowing; but no one put his hand to his mouth, for the people were afraid of the oath.
14:27 But Jonathan had not heard his father charge the people with the oath; and he put forth the end of his staff that was in his hand and dipped it in the honeycomb, and he put his hand to his mouth, and his eyes brightened.
14:28 Then someone from among the people responded and said, Your father sternly charged the people with an oath, saying, Cursed be the man who eats any food today; and so the people are faint.
14:29 Then Jonathan said, My father has troubled the land. Look how my eyes lit up because I tasted a bit of this honey.
14:30 How much more if today the people had eaten up the spoil from their enemies, which they found, for now the slaughter among the Philistines has not been great.
14:31 Now they had struck down the Philistines that day from Michmash to Aijalon, and the people were very faint.
14:32 And the people flew upon the spoil; and they took sheep and oxen and calves, and slew them on the ground; and the people ate them with the blood.
14:33 And it was reported to Saul, saying, The people are now sinning against Jehovah by eating the spoil with the blood. And he said, You have dealt treacherously. Roll a large stone to me today.
14:34 And Saul said, Disperse yourselves among the people, and say to them, Let each man bring his ox here to me, and each his sheep; and slay them here and eat; and do not sin against Jehovah by eating these things with the blood. And all the people brought their oxen with them there that night and slew them there.