13:2 Saul selected for himself three thousand men from Israel. Two thousand of these were with Saul at Micmash and in the hill country of Bethel; 1 the remaining thousand were with Jonathan at Gibeah in the territory of Benjamin. 2 He sent all the rest of the people back home. 3
13:3 Jonathan attacked the Philistine outpost 4 that was at Geba and the Philistines heard about it. Then Saul alerted 5 all the land saying, “Let the Hebrews pay attention!” 13:4 All Israel heard this message, 6 “Saul has attacked the Philistine outpost, and now Israel is repulsive 7 to the Philistines!” So the people were summoned to join 8 Saul at Gilgal.
13:5 For the battle with Israel the Philistines had amassed 3,000 9 chariots, 6,000 horsemen, and an army as numerous as the sand on the seashore. They went up and camped at Micmash, east of Beth Aven. 13:6 The men of Israel realized they had a problem because their army was hard pressed. So the army hid in caves, thickets, cliffs, strongholds, 10 and cisterns. 13:7 Some of the Hebrews crossed over the Jordan River 11 to the land of Gad and Gilead. But Saul stayed at Gilgal; the entire army that was with him was terrified. 13:8 He waited for seven days, the time period indicated by Samuel. 12 But Samuel did not come to Gilgal, and the army began to abandon Saul. 13
13:9 So Saul said, “Bring me the burnt offering and the peace offerings.” Then he offered a burnt offering. 13:10 Just when he had finished offering the burnt offering, Samuel appeared on the scene. Saul went out to meet him and to greet him. 14
13:11 But Samuel said, “What have you done?” Saul replied, “When I saw that the army had started to abandon me 15 and that you didn’t come at the appointed time and that the Philistines had assembled at Micmash, 13:12 I thought, 16 ‘Now the Philistines will come down on me at Gilgal and I have not sought the Lord’s favor.’ So I felt obligated 17 to offer the burnt offering.”
13:13 Then Samuel said to Saul, “You have made a foolish choice! You have not obeyed 18 the commandment that the Lord your God gave 19 you. Had you done that, the Lord would have established your kingdom over Israel forever! 13:14 But now your kingdom will not continue! The Lord has sought out 20 for himself a man who is loyal to him 21 and the Lord has appointed 22 him to be leader over his people, for you have not obeyed what the Lord commanded you.”
2 tn Heb “at Gibeah of Benjamin.” The words “in the territory” are supplied in the translation for clarity.
3 tn Heb “each one to his tents.”
5 tn Heb “blew the ram’s horn in.”
6 tn The words “this message” are supplied in the translation for stylistic reasons.
7 tn Heb “stinks.” The figurative language indicates that Israel had become repulsive to the Philistines.
8 tn Heb “were summoned after.”
9 tn Many English versions (e.g., KJV, NASB, NRSV, TEV) read “30,000” here.
11 tn The word “River” is not in the Hebrew text, but has been supplied in the translation for clarity.
12 tn This apparently refers to the instructions given by Samuel in 1 Sam 10:8. If so, several years had passed. On the relationship between chs. 10 and 13, see V. P. Long, The Art of Biblical History (FCI), 201-23.
13 tn Heb “dispersed from upon him”; NAB, NRSV “began to slip away.”
14 tn Heb “to bless him.”
15 tn Heb “dispersed from upon me.”
16 tn Heb “said.”
17 tn Or “I forced myself” (so KJV, NASB, NRSV, CEV); NAB “So in my anxiety I offered”; NIV “I felt compelled.”
18 tn Or “kept.”
19 tn Heb “commanded.”
20 tn This verb form, as well as the one that follows (“appointed”), indicates completed action from the standpoint of the speaker. This does not necessarily mean that the Lord had already conducted his search and made his choice, however. The forms may be used for rhetorical effect to emphasize the certainty of the action. The divine search for a new king is as good as done, emphasizing that the days of Saul’s dynasty are numbered.
22 tn Heb “commanded.”
23 tc The LXX and two Old Latin
24 tn Heb “at Gibeah of Benjamin.” The words “in the territory” are supplied in the translation for clarity (likewise in the following verse).