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1 Samuel 14:40-42 Common English Bible (CEB)

40 So Saul said to all Israel, “You be on one side, and my son Jonathan and I will be on the other.”

“Do whatever you think is best,” the troops said.

41 Then Saul asked the Lord God of Israel, “Why haven’t you answered your servant today? If the wrongdoing is mine or my son Jonathan’s, respond with Urim, but if the wrongdoing belongs to your people Israel, respond with Thummim.”[a] Jonathan and Saul were taken by lot, and the troops were cleared.

42 Then Saul said, “Decide between me and my son Jonathan.”[b] And Jonathan was selected.


  1. 1 Samuel 14:41 LXX, Vulg; MT Saul asked the Lord God of Israel,Give the right answer.” Urim and Thummim were sacred lots carried by the priest.
  2. 1 Samuel 14:42 LXX adds Whoever the Lord selects will die. The army said to Saul,Don’t do this!But Saul forced them, so they decided between him and Jonathan his son.
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