1 Samuel 14:30
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English Standard Version
How much better if the people had eaten freely today of the spoil of their enemies that they found. For now the defeat among the Philistines has not been great.”

King James Bible
How much more, if haply the people had eaten freely to day of the spoil of their enemies which they found? for had there not been now a much greater slaughter among the Philistines?

American Standard Version
How much more, if haply the people had eaten freely to-day of the spoil of their enemies which they found? for now hath there been no great slaughter among the Philistines.

Douay-Rheims Bible
How much more if the people had eaten of the prey of their enemies, which they found? had there not been made a greater slaughter among the Philistines?

English Revised Version
How much more, if haply the people had eaten freely today of the spoil of their enemies which they found? for now hath there been no great slaughter among the Philistines.

Webster's Bible Translation
How much more, if haply the people had eaten freely to-day of the spoil of their enemies which they found? for had there not been now a much greater slaughter among the Philistines?

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

Saul's precipitate haste. - 1 Samuel 14:24. The men of Israel were pressed (i.e., fatigued) on that day, sc., through the military service and fighting. Then Saul adjured the people, saying, "Cursed be the man that eateth bread until the evening, and (till) I have avenged myself upon mine enemies." יאל, fut. apoc. of יאלה for יאלה, from אלה, to swear, Hiphil to adjure or require an oath of a person. The people took the oath by saying "amen" to what Saul had uttered. This command of Saul did not proceed from a proper attitude towards the Lord, but was an act of false zeal, in which Saul had more regard to himself and his own kingly power than to the cause of the kingdom of Jehovah, as we may see at once from the expression וגו נקּמתּי, "till I have avenged myself upon mine enemies." It was a despotic measure which not only failed to accomplish its object (see 1 Samuel 14:30, 1 Samuel 14:31), but brought Saul into the unfortunate position of being unable to carry out the oath (see 1 Samuel 14:45). All the people kept the command. "They tasted no bread." ולא־טעם is not to be connected with ונקּמתּי as an apodosis.

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Ecclesiastes 9:18 Wisdom is better than weapons of war: but one sinner destroys much good.

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1 Samuel 14:29
Then Jonathan said, "My father has troubled the land. See how my eyes have become bright because I tasted a little of this honey.

1 Samuel 14:31
They struck down the Philistines that day from Michmash to Aijalon. And the people were very faint.

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