Afterward I went to the regions of Syria and Cilicia.
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
But that day belongs to the Lord God who rules over all. 1 It is the day when he will pay back his enemies. 2 His sword will devour them until its appetite is satisfied! It will drink their blood until it is full! 3 For the Lord God who rules over all 4 will offer them up as a sacrifice in the land of the north by the Euphrates River.
you are guilty because of the blood you shed and defiled by the idols you made. You have hastened the day of your doom; 1 the end of your years has come. 2 Therefore I will make 3 you an object of scorn to the nations, an object to be mocked by all lands.
take note, I have stretched out my hand against you, and I will hand you over as plunder 1 to the nations. I will cut you off from the peoples and make you perish from the lands. I will destroy you; then you will know that I am the Lord.’”
“You are righteous, 1 O Lord, but we are humiliated this day 2 – the people 3 of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem and all Israel, both near and far away in all the countries in which you have scattered them, because they have behaved unfaithfully toward you.
They buried the bones of Saul and his son Jonathan in the land of Benjamin at Zela in the grave of his father Kish. After they had done everything 1 that the king had commanded, God responded to their prayers 2 for the land.
At that time, when Jeroboam had left Jerusalem, the prophet Ahijah the Shilonite met him on the road; the two of them were alone in the open country. Ahijah 1 was wearing a brand new robe,
You will be broken, 1 O nations; you will be shattered! 2 Pay attention, all you distant lands of the earth! Get ready for battle, and you will be shattered! Get ready for battle, and you will be shattered! 3
I hear my dear people 1 crying out 2 throughout the length and breadth of the land. 3 They are crying, ‘Is the Lord no longer in Zion? Is her divine King 4 no longer there?’” The Lord answers, 5 “Why then do they provoke me to anger with their images, with their worthless foreign idols?” 6
“Son of man, suppose a country sins against me by being unfaithful, and I stretch out my hand against it, cut off its bread supply, 1 cause famine to come on it, and kill both people and animals.
And wherever he would go – into villages, towns, or countryside – they would place the sick in the marketplaces, and would ask him if 1 they could just touch the edge of his cloak, and all who touched it were healed.
Please let us pass through 1 your country. We will not pass through the fields or through the vineyards, nor will we drink water from any well. We will go by the King’s Highway; 2 we will not turn to the right or the left until we have passed through your region.’” 3
The gold mice corresponded in number to all the Philistine cities of the five leaders, from the fortified cities to hamlet villages, to greater Abel, 1 where they positioned the ark of the Lord until this very day in the field of Joshua who was from Beth Shemesh.