While King Saul
and his six hundred men stayed at Gibeah, Jonathan took his
servant and slipped away. Jonathan, Saul's son, told his
armor-bearer, "Come, let us go over to the Philistine camp.
Perhaps the Lord will help us. He can save his people by a few as
easily as he can by many soldiers."
explained his plan. "When the
Philistines see us,
they will call out. If they say, 'Stay there and we will come to
you,' we will stand still and not go up to the garrison. But if
they say, 'Come up here,' that will be the sign the Lord is with
us, and we will take the garrison.
When they got
close to the garrison, the Philistines called out, "Come up
and we will show you something."
Jonathan told his
servant, "Let us go up, for the Lord is with us."
And the two
Israelites took one Philistine after another.
And the two
Israelites took one Philistine after another. Then there was an
earthquake and the ground began to tremble. The Philistines
thought a strong army had come to fight them. When they heard the
cries of the men Jonathan and his servant had attacked, the
Philistines grabbed their weapons and got ready to fight. But
instead of attacking Jonathan and his servant, they fought one
another. The mighty Philistines ran like cowards into the woods.
The men of Israel chased after them.