The Bible in Its Traditions

1 Samuel 14:31–35

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

31  Therefore, on that day, they struck down the Philistines, from Michmash as far as Aijalon. But the people were exceedingly wearied.

31  We have smitten the Philistines today from Michmash to Aijalon; and the people are very faint with hunger.

32  And the people flew upon the spoil, and took sheep, and oxen, and calves, and slew them on the ground; and the people did eat them with the blood.

32  And turning to the spoils, they took sheep, and oxen, and calves, and they slew them on the ground. And the people ate with blood.

32  Then the people rushed greedily on the spoil, and took sheep and oxen and calves, and slew them on the ground; and the people ate them with the blood.

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33  Then they told Saul, saying: 'Behold, the people sin against YHWH, in that they eat with the blood.' And he said: 'Ye have dealt treacherously; roll a great stone unto me this day.'

33  And it was reported to Saul, saying, The people have sinned against the Lord, eating with the blood: and Saul said, Out of Getthaim roll a great stone to me hither.

33  Then they reported to Saul, saying that the people had sinned against the Lord, eating with blood. And he said: “You have transgressed. Roll a great stone to me, here and now.”

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34  And Saul said: 'Disperse yourselves among the people, and say unto them: Bring me hither every man his ox, and every man his sheep, and slay them here, and eat; and sin not against YHWH in eating with the blood.' And all the people brought every man his ox with him that night, and slew them there.

34  And Saul said: “Disperse yourselves among the common people, and tell each one of them to bring to me his ox and his ram, and to slay them upon this stone, and to eat, so that you will not sin against the Lord, in eating with blood.” And so, each one, out of all the people, brought his ox, by his own hand, throughout the night. And they slew them there.

35  And Saul built an altar unto YHWH; the same was the first altar that he built unto the YHWH.

35  Then Saul built an altar to the Lord. And so, it was then that he first began to build an altar to the Lord.