But the army said to Saul, “Should Jonathan, who won this great victory in Israel, die? May it never be! As surely as the Lord lives, not a single hair of his head will fall to the ground! For it is with the help of God that he has acted today.” So the army rescued Jonathan from death. 1
When the king passed by, he called out to the king, “Your servant went out into the heat 1 of the battle, and then a man turned aside and brought me a prisoner. 2 He told me, ‘Guard this prisoner. If he ends up missing for any reason, 3 you will pay with your life or with a talent 4 of silver.’ 5
From the city he took a eunuch who was in charge of the soldiers, five 1 of the king’s advisers 2 who were discovered in the city, an official army secretary who drafted citizens 3 for military service, and sixty citizens from the people of the land who were discovered in the city.
Your wealth, products, and merchandise, your sailors and captains, your ship’s carpenters, 1 your merchants, and all your fighting men within you, along with all your crew who are in you, will fall into the heart of the seas on the day of your downfall.
The Lord told Joshua, “See, I am about to defeat Jericho for you, 1 along with its king and its warriors.
Have all the warriors march around the city one time; 1 do this for six days.
Joshua and the whole army marched against Ai. 1 Joshua selected thirty thousand brave warriors and sent them out at night.
The army was in position – the main army north of the city and the rear guard west of the city. That night Joshua went into 1 the middle of the valley.
When Gaal son of Ebed came out and stood at the entrance to the city’s gate, Abimelech and his men got up from their hiding places.
The men of Israel (not counting Benjamin) had mustered four hundred thousand sword-wielding soldiers, every one an experienced warrior. 1
The Benjaminites again attacked them from Gibeah and struck down eighteen thousand sword-wielding Israelite soldiers. 1
Ten thousand men, well-trained soldiers from all Israel, then made a frontal assault against Gibeah – the battle was fierce. 1 But the Benjaminites did not realize that disaster was at their doorstep. 2
Some of the Hebrews crossed over the Jordan River 1 to the land of Gad and Gilead. But Saul stayed at Gilgal; the entire army that was with him was terrified.
Saul, his son Jonathan, and the army that remained with them stayed in Gibeah in the territory of Benjamin, while the Philistines camped in Micmash. 1