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A garrison of the Philistines had gone out to the pass at Micmash.
They went through the pass, spent the night at Geba. Ramah trembled, Gibeah of Saul ran away.
At the fords of the Arnon 1 the Moabite women are like a bird that flies about when forced from its nest. 2
They will report that the fords have been captured, the reed marshes have been burned, the soldiers are terrified. 1
Meanwhile 1 the king’s men tried to find them on the road to the Jordan River 2 near the fords. 3 The city gate was shut as soon as they set out in pursuit of them. 4
Every blow from his punishing cudgel, 1 with which the Lord will beat them, 2 will be accompanied by music from the 3 tambourine and harp, and he will attack them with his weapons. 4
During the night Jacob quickly took 1 his two wives, his two female servants, and his eleven sons 2 and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. 3
He said to them, “Follow me, for the Lord is about to defeat your enemies, the Moabites!” 1 They followed him, captured the fords of the Jordan River 2 opposite Moab, 3 and did not let anyone cross.
The Gileadites captured the fords of the Jordan River 1 opposite Ephraim. 2 Whenever an Ephraimite fugitive 3 said, “Let me cross over,” the men of Gilead asked 4 him, “Are you an Ephraimite?” If he said, “No,”
then they said to him, “Say ‘Shibboleth!’” 1 If he said, “Sibboleth” (and could not pronounce the word 2 correctly), they grabbed him and executed him right there at the fords of the Jordan. On that day forty-two thousand Ephraimites fell dead.
Now there was a steep cliff on each side of the pass through which Jonathan intended to go to reach the Philistine garrison. One cliff was named Bozez, the other Seneh.