Jonathan Breaks The Oath

Jonathan Breaks The Oath


Saul had a son name Jonathan and it came to pass one day in the course of a battle that Saul said to the people: "Cursed be the man that eats any food until evening,
 that I may be avenged of my enemies."

 So none of the people tasted any food.
And all they of the land came to a wood and there was honey on the ground.
 But no man put his hand to his mouth, for the people feared the curse.

But Jonathan did not hear when his father charged the people with the oath.
Therefore, he put the end of the rod that was in his hand and dipped it in a honeycomb and put his hand to his mouth.
Then one of the people said, 'Your father ordered the people with an oath, saying: 'Cursed be the man that eats any food this day."'
But Jonathan said: "My father has troubled the land."

After a battle with the Philistines,
Saul said: "Let us go down after them again by night and fight them until the morning light, and let us not leave a man alive among them."

Saul asked counsel of God: "Shall I go down after the Philistines?
 Will you deliver them into the hand of Israel?"
But the Lord did not answer him that day.
So Saul said: "Draw together all chiefs of the people,
 and let us see what sin has been done this day.
 For, as the Lord lives that saves Israel, even if the sin be Jonathan my son's,he shall surely die."

Therefore lots were chosen,
 first between Saul and Jonathan on one side and the people on the other,
 and then between Saul and Jonathan.
 And Jonathan was indicated.
 Then Saul said to Jonathan, "Tell me what you have done."
 And Jonathan told him: "I did but taste a little honey with the end of the rod that was in my hand, and lo, I must die."
And Saul answered: "You shall surely die, Jonathan."


Then the people said to Saul: "Shall Jonathan die who has wrought this great salvation in Israel? God forbid.
As the Lord lives, there shall not one hair of his head fall to the ground,
for he has worked with God this day."
So the people rescued Jonathan and he did not die.

Then Saul went up from following the Philistines,
 and the Philistines went to their own place.


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