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1 Samuel 14:26-29

14:26 When the army entered the forest, they saw 1  the honey flowing, but no one ate any of it, 2  for the army was afraid of the oath. 14:27 But Jonathan had not heard about the oath his father had made the army take. He extended the end of his staff that was in his hand and dipped it in the honeycomb. When he ate it, 3  his eyes gleamed. 4  14:28 Then someone from the army informed him, “Your father put the army under a strict oath 5  saying, ‘Cursed be the man who eats food today!’ That is why the army is tired.” 14:29 Then Jonathan said, “My father has caused trouble for the land. See how my eyes gleamed 6  when I tasted just a little of this honey.

1 tn Heb “and the army entered the forest, and look!”

2 tn Heb “and there was no one putting his hand to his mouth.”

3 tn Heb “and he returned his hand to his mouth.”

4 tc The translation follows the Qere and several medieval Hebrew mss in reading “gleamed,” rather than the Kethib, “saw.”

5 tn Heb “your father surely put the army under an oath.” The infinitive absolute is used before the finite verb to emphasize the solemn nature of the oath.

6 tc The LXX reads “saw.” See v. 27.

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