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And all Israel heard that Saul had struck the garrison of the Philistines and also that Israel had become a stench to the Philistines. The people were called together after Saul to Gilgal. Bible

“all Israel heard that Saul had struck the garrison of the Philistines.” This seems to be a boast on the part of Saul. Although Jonathan did fight as part of Saul’s army, Jonathan was the crown prince and it seems he should have gotten the credit for what he had done.

“to Gilgal.” If Saul’s intent was to fight the Philistines, it is questionable as to why Saul went down to the Jordan River area to gather the troops.


Commentary for: 1 Samuel 13:4