1 Samuel 14:25
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New International Version
The entire army entered the woods, and there was honey on the ground.

New Living Translation
even though they had all found honeycomb on the ground in the forest.

English Standard Version
Now when all the people came to the forest, behold, there was honey on the ground.

Berean Study Bible
Then all the troops entered the forest, and there was honey on the ground.

New American Standard Bible
All the people of the land entered the forest, and there was honey on the ground.

King James Bible
And all they of the land came to a wood; and there was honey upon the ground.

Christian Standard Bible
Everyone went into the forest, and there was honey on the ground.

Good News Translation
They all came into a wooded area and found honey everywhere.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Everyone went into the forest, and there was honey on the ground.

International Standard Version
Later on, all the soldiers entered the woods, and there was honey on the ground.

NET Bible
Now the whole army entered the forest and there was honey on the ground.

New Heart English Bible
All the people came into the forest; and there was honey on the ground.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The entire land had honeycombs, and there was honey on the ground.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And all the people came into the forest; and there was honey upon the ground.

New American Standard 1977
And all the people of the land entered the forest, and there was honey on the ground.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the army of all the land came to a wood, and there was honey upon the ground.

King James 2000 Bible
And all they of the land came to a forest; and there was honey upon the ground.

American King James Version
And all they of the land came to a wood; and there was honey on the ground.

American Standard Version
And all the people came into the forest; and there was honey upon the ground.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And all the common people came into a forest, in which there was honey upon the ground.

Darby Bible Translation
And all they of the land came to a wood; and there was honey on the ground.

English Revised Version
And all the people came into the forest; and there was honey upon the ground.

Webster's Bible Translation
And all they of the land came to a wood; and there was honey upon the ground.

World English Bible
All the people came into the forest; and there was honey on the ground.

Young's Literal Translation
And all they of the land have come into a forest, and there is honey on the face of the field;
Study Bible
Jonathan Eats the Honey
24Now the men of Israel were in distress that day, for Saul had placed the troops under an oath, saying, “Cursed is the man who eats any food before evening, before I have taken vengeance on my enemies.” So none of the troops tasted any food. 25Then all the troops entered the forest, and there was honey on the ground. 26And when they entered the forest and saw the flowing honey, not one of them put his hand to his mouth, because they feared the oath.…
Cross References
1 Samuel 14:24
Now the men of Israel were in distress that day, for Saul had placed the troops under an oath, saying, “Cursed is the man who eats any food before evening, before I have taken vengeance on my enemies.” So none of the troops tasted any food.

1 Samuel 14:26
And when they entered the forest and saw the flowing honey, not one of them put his hand to his mouth, because they feared the oath.

Proverbs 25:16
If you find honey, eat just what you need, lest you have too much and vomit it up.

Treasury of Scripture

And all they of the land came to a wood; and there was honey on the ground.

all they

Deuteronomy 9:28 Lest the land from where you brought us out say, Because the LORD …

Matthew 3:5 Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region …

honey This was wild honey, which to this day abounds in Judea; and bursting from the comb, runs down the hollow trees, rocks, etc.

Exodus 3:8 And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, …

Numbers 13:27 And they told him, and said, We came to the land where you sent us, …

Matthew 3:4 And the same John had his raiment of camel's hair, and a leather …







(25) And all they of the land came to a wood.--In the wilder parts of the land the old woods were not yet cleared. There seems to have been once in that favoured land an abundance of woods.

And there was honey . . .--The wild bees, as has been often seen in the American forests, fill the hollow trees with honey, till the combs, breaking with the weight, let the honey run down upon the ground.

Verse 25. - And all they of the land. Hebrew, "the whole land," or, as we should say, the whole country, which had risen to join in the pursuit. Honey upon the ground. The wild bees in Palestine fill fissures in the rocks (Deuteronomy 32:13; Psalm 81:16) and hollow trees with honey, till the combs, breaking with the weight, let it run down upon the ground. A similar abundance of honey was found by the early settlers in America. And all they of the land came to a wood,.... Which lay between Bethaven and Aijalon; by whom are meant not all the inhabitants of the land of Israel, but all that came with Saul and Jonathan, and that joined them in the pursuit:

and there was honey upon the ground; which dropped upon it, as in the following verse, or where it was produced by bees; for Aristotle (r) reports, that bees in some places make their combs upon the ground; this was wild honey, which Diodorus Siculus (s) speaks of as common in Arabia, and which perhaps John the Baptist ate of, Matthew 3:4. Jarchi says, this was the honey of canes, or sugar canes, which grew in the land of Israel; and affirms from Nathan an Ishmaelite, that in the Ishmaelitish or Arabic language they call honey, sugar; but neither of these can be proved.

(r) Hist. Animal. l. 5. c. 22. (s) Bibliothec. l. 19. p. 731. 25. all they of the land came to a wood; and there was honey—The honey is described as "upon the ground," "dropping" from the trees, and in honeycombs—indicating it to be bees' honey. "Bees in the East are not, as in England, kept in hives; they are all in a wild state. The forests literally flow with honey; large combs may be seen hanging on the trees as you pass along, full of honey" [Roberts].14:24-35 Saul's severe order was very unwise; if it gained time, it lost strength for the pursuit. Such is the nature of our bodies, that daily work cannot be done without daily bread, which therefore our Father in heaven graciously gives. Saul was turning aside from God, and now he begins to build altars, being then most zealous, as many are, for the form of godliness when he was denying the power of it.



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