|New International Version (© 2011)|
Saul's lookouts at Gibeah in Benjamin saw the army melting away in all directions.
King James Bible
And the watchmen of Saul in Gibeah of Benjamin looked; and, behold, the multitude melted away, and they went on beating down one another.
American Standard Version
And the watchmen of Saul in Gibeah of Benjamin looked; and, behold, the multitude melted away, and they went hither and thither.
Young's Literal Translation
And the watchmen of Saul in Gibeah of Benjamin see, and lo, the multitude hath melted away, and it goeth on, and is beaten down.
1 Samuel 14:16 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
The watchmen of Saul - Those who were sent out as scouts to observe the motions of the army.
Melted away - There was no order in the Philistine camp, and the people were dispersing in all directions. The Vulgate has, Et ecce multitudo prostrata, "And behold the multitude were prostrate;" many lay dead upon the field, partly by the sword of Jonathan and his armor-bearer, and partly by the swords of each other, 1 Samuel 14:20.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Psalm 58:7 Let them melt away as waters which run continually: when he bends his bow to shoot his arrows, let them be as cut in pieces.
Psalm 68:2 As smoke is driven away, so drive them away: as wax melts before the fire, so let the wicked perish at the presence of God.
1 Samuel 14:20 And Saul and all the people that were with him assembled themselves, and they came to the battle: and, behold...
Judges 7:22 And the three hundred blew the trumpets, and the LORD set every man's sword against his fellow, even throughout all the host...
2 Chronicles 20:22-25 And when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushes against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir...
Isaiah 19:2 And I will set the Egyptians against the Egyptians: and they shall fight every one against his brother...
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1 Samuel 14:15 Then panic struck the whole army--those in the camp and field, and those in the outposts and raiding parties--and the ground shook. It was a panic sent by God.
1 Samuel 14:17 Then Saul said to the men who were with him, "Muster the forces and see who has left us." When they did, it was Jonathan and his armor-bearer who were not there.