1 Samuel 14:31
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New International Version
That day, after the Israelites had struck down the Philistines from Mikmash to Aijalon, they were exhausted.

New Living Translation
They chased and killed the Philistines all day from Micmash to Aijalon, growing more and more faint.

English Standard Version
They struck down the Philistines that day from Michmash to Aijalon. And the people were very faint.

Berean Study Bible
That day, after the Israelites had struck down the Philistines from Michmash to Aijalon, the people were very faint.

New American Standard Bible
They struck among the Philistines that day from Michmash to Aijalon. And the people were very weary.

King James Bible
And they smote the Philistines that day from Michmash to Aijalon: and the people were very faint.

Christian Standard Bible
The Israelites struck down the Philistines that day from Michmash all the way to Aijalon. Since the Israelites were completely exhausted,

Contemporary English Version
By evening the Israelite army was exhausted from killing Philistines all the way from Michmash to Aijalon.

Good News Translation
That day the Israelites defeated the Philistines, fighting all the way from Michmash to Aijalon. By this time the Israelites were very weak from hunger,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The Israelites struck down the Philistines that day from Michmash all the way to Aijalon. Since the Israelites were completely exhausted,

International Standard Version
That day they struck down the Philistines from Michmash to Aijalon, and the army was very weary.

NET Bible
On that day the army struck down the Philistines from Micmash to Aijalon, and they became very tired.

New Heart English Bible
They struck of the Philistines that day from Michmash to Aijalon. The people were very faint;

GOD'S WORD® Translation
That day they struck down the Philistines from Michmash to Aijalon, but the troops were thoroughly exhausted.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And they smote of the Philistines that day from Michmas to Aijalon; and the people were very faint.

New American Standard 1977
And they struck among the Philistines that day from Michmash to Aijalon. And the people were very weary.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And they smote the Philistines that day from Michmash to Aijalon, but the people were very faint.

King James 2000 Bible
And they struck down the Philistines that day from Michmash to Aijalon: and the people were very faint.

American King James Version
And they smote the Philistines that day from Michmash to Aijalon: and the people were very faint.

American Standard Version
And they smote of the Philistines that day from Michmash to Aijalon. And the people were very faint;

Douay-Rheims Bible
So they smote that day the Philistines from Machmas to Ailon. And the people were wearied exceedingly.

Darby Bible Translation
And they smote the Philistines that day from Michmash to Ajalon; and the people were very faint.

English Revised Version
And they smote of the Philistines that day from Michmash to Aijalon: and the people were very faint.

Webster's Bible Translation
And they smote the Philistines that day from Michmash to Ajalon: and the people were very faint.

World English Bible
They struck of the Philistines that day from Michmash to Aijalon. The people were very faint;

Young's Literal Translation
And they smite on that day among the Philistines from Michmash to Aijalon, and the people are very weary,
Study Bible
Jonathan Eats the Honey
30How much better it would have been if the troops had eaten freely today from the plunder they took from their enemies! Would not the slaughter of the Philistines have been much greater?” 31That day, after the Israelites had struck down the Philistines from Michmash to Aijalon, the people were very faint. 32So they rushed greedily to the plunder, taking sheep, cattle, and calves. They slaughtered them on the ground and ate meat with the blood still in it.…
Cross References
Joshua 10:12
On the day the LORD gave the Amorites over to the Israelites, Joshua spoke to the LORD in the presence of Israel: "O sun, stand still over Gibeon, O moon, over the Valley of Aijalon."

1 Samuel 13:2
He chose for himself three thousand men of Israel: Two thousand were with Saul at Michmash and in the hill country of Bethel, and a thousand were with Jonathan in Gibeah of Benjamin. And the rest of the troops he sent away, each to his own home.

1 Samuel 14:5
One cliff stood to the north toward Michmash, and the other to the south toward Geba.

1 Samuel 14:30
How much better it would have been if the troops had eaten freely today from the plunder they took from their enemies! Would not the slaughter of the Philistines have been much greater?"

Treasury of Scripture

And they smote the Philistines that day from Michmash to Aijalon: and the people were very faint.

from Michmash The distance, Calmet states to be three or four leagues

Aijalon

Joshua 10:12 Then spoke Joshua to the LORD in the day when the LORD delivered …

Joshua 19:42 And Shaalabbin, and Ajalon, and Jethlah,







(31) From Michmash to Aijalon.--The battle and pursuit had then extended some twenty miles of country. Again the extreme weariness of the Israelites is mentioned. Aijalon, the modern Yalo, is some eighteen or twenty miles from Michmash, where the main body of the Philistine army had been encamped.

And they smote the Philistines that day from Michmash to Aijalon,.... Michmash was the place where the camp of the Philistines was when Jonathan first attacked them, and from whence they fled, and they were pursued by the Israelites that day as far as Aijalon. There was a city of this name in the tribe of Dan, famous for the moon standing still in a valley adjoining to it, in the time of Joshua, Joshua 10:12 and another in the tribe of Zebulun, Judges 12:12, but they both seem to be at too great a distance to be the place here meant, which rather seems to be Aijalon in the tribe of Judah, 2 Chronicles 11:10 according to Bunting (z), it was twelve miles from Michmash:

and the people were very faint; as they might well be, with pursuing the enemy so many miles, and doing so much execution among them, without eating any food.

(z) Travels of the Patriarchs, &c. p. 127. 31-34. the people were very faint. And the people flew upon the spoil—at evening, when the time fixed by Saul had expired. Faint and famishing, the pursuers fell voraciously upon the cattle they had taken, and threw them on the ground to cut off their flesh and eat them raw, so that the army, by Saul's rashness, were defiled by eating blood, or living animals; probably, as the Abyssinians do, who cut a part of the animal's rump, but close the hide upon it, and nothing mortal follows from that wound. They were painfully conscientious in keeping the king's order for fear of the curse, but had no scruple in transgressing God's command. To prevent this violation of the law, Saul ordered a large stone to be rolled, and those that slaughtered the oxen to cut their throats on that stone. By laying the animal's head on the high stone, the blood oozed out on the ground, and sufficient evidence was afforded that the ox or sheep was dead before it was attempted to eat it.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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