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1 Samuel 13

Saul's selected band.

1 Samuel 13:1 Saul had bene kynge one yere (whan these thynges came to passe) and he raygned two yeares ouer Israel. 1 Samuel 13:2 And Saul chose him thre thousand men of Israel. Two thousande were wyth Saul in Michmas and in mount Bethel, & a thousande wyth Ionathas in Gibea BenIamin. And the rest of the people he sent, euery man to hys awne house agayne.

He calleth the Hebrews to Gilgal against the Philistines, whose garrison Jonathan had smitten.

1 Samuel 13:3 And Ionathas smote the holde of the Philystines, þt was in the hyll, and it came to the Philistines eares. And Saul blewe the trompet thorowe out all the lande, sayenge: let the Ebrues heare. 1 Samuel 13:4 And all Israel hearde saye, howe that Saul had destroyed an holde of the Philystines, wherfore Israel stancke before þe Philystines. And the people gathered together after Saul to Gilgal.

The Philistines' great host.

1 Samuel 13:5 The Philistines also geathered them selues togeather to fyght wyth Israel, thirtye thousand charettes and syxe thousand horse men, with other people lyke the sand by the sees syde in multitude, and came vp, and pitched in Michmas eastwarde from Bethauen.

The distress of the Israelites.

1 Samuel 13:6 And when the men of Israel sawe it, they were in a strayte, & feare came vpon the people, and they hydd them selues in caues, and in preuy holes, and in rockes, and in hye places, & in pittes. 1 Samuel 13:7 And some of the Ebrues went ouer Iordan to go vnto the lande of Gad & Gilead. And Saul was yet in Gilgal, & all the people that folowed him were astonyed.

Saul, weary of staying for Samuel, sacrificeth.

1 Samuel 13:8 And he taryed seuen dayes, euen vnto þe tyme þt Samuel had appoynted. But Samuel came not to Gilgal, & the people were therfore skatered from him. 1 Samuel 13:9 And Saul sayd: bring a burntsacrifyce to me & peace offringes. And he offered burnt sacrifyce. 1 Samuel 13:10 And as sone as he had made an ende of offerynge þe burntsacrifyce, beholde, Samuel cam. And Saul went agaynst him, to blesse him.

Samuel reproveth him.

1 Samuel 13:11 And Samuel sayde. what hast thou done? Saul sayde: because I saw that the people skatered from me, and þt þu camest not wtin the dayes apoynted, and þt the Philistines geathered them selues togeather to Michmas: 1 Samuel 13:12 therfore sayd I: þe Philistines shall come downe nowe vpon me to Gilgal, & I haue not made supplicacion vnto the Lord. And whan I had ouercome my selfe, at the last I offered a burntofferynge. 1 Samuel 13:13 And Samuel sayde to Saul þu art become a fole, thou hast not kept the commaundment of the Lord thy God, which he commaunded the. For at this tyme wold þe Lord haue stablysshed thy kingdome vpon Israel for euer, 1 Samuel 13:14 But nowe, thy kyngdome shall not continewe. The Lorde hath sought him a man after his awne hart, & the Lord hath commaunded him to be captayne ouer his people: because thou hast not kept þt whych the Lorde commaunded the. 1 Samuel 13:15 And Samuel arose & gat hym vp from Gilgal to Gibea BenIamin. And Saul nombred the people that were founde wt him, & they were about a syxe hundred men. 1 Samuel 13:16 And Saul and Ionathas his sonne and the people that were founde wyth them, had theyr abydynge in the hyll of BenIamin. But the Philistines pitched in Michmas.

The three spoiling bands of the Philistines.

1 Samuel 13:17 And there came out of þe host of þe Philistines thre companies, to destroye: one companye turned vnto the waye þt leadeth to Ophra vnto the lande of Saul. 1 Samuel 13:18 And a nother companye turned the waye to Bethoron. And the thryde company turned to the waye of þe cost þt is sene aboue the valeye of Zeboim towarde the wyldernesse.

The policy of the Philistines, to suffer no smith in Israel.

1 Samuel 13:19 There was no smyth founde thorowe out all the lande of Israel. For the Philistines sayde: Lest happly the Ebrues make them swerdes or speres. 1 Samuel 13:20 But all þe Israelites went downe to the Philistynes, to mende euerye man his share, his mattock, his axe & his necessary toles: 1 Samuel 13:21 And then the edges of the shares, mattockes, donge forkes, and axes were blunt, and also the forkes were to be set in. 1 Samuel 13:22 And so in tyme of battell there was nether swerde nor spere founde in the handes of any of the people that were wyth Saul and Ionathas. But with Saul and Ionathas hys sonne was there somwhat founde. 1 Samuel 13:23 And the watch of þe Philistines came out, to go ouer vnto Michmas.

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