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When the men of Israel saw that it was too difficult[a] for them, because the army was hard pressed, the people hid themselves in the caves, in the thorn bushes, in the cliffs, in the vaults[b] and in the wells. Some of the Hebrews crossed over the Jordan to the land of Gad and Gilead. But Saul was still at Gilgal, and all the army followed him trembling.[c] He waited seven days according to the appointed time Samuel determined, but Samuel did not come to Gilgal, and the army started to slip away from him.[d]

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  1. 1 Samuel 13:6 Literally “too narrow”
  2. 1 Samuel 13:6 Or “cellars” or “tombs” ‘ or “strongholds”
  3. 1 Samuel 13:7 Literally “trembled after him”
  4. 1 Samuel 13:8 Literally “the people scattered away from him”