The Battle at Michmash

1 Samuel 13:23-14:23

During the reign of Saul, a detachment of Philistines pushed far into the interior of Israel and occupied the strategic pass at Michmash. Saul’s forces were gathered at Migron on the outskirts of Gibeah of Benjamin, which was most likely the town of Geba, not Saul’s capital of Gibeah further south. After a while his son Jonathan, who was probably in Geba itself, led his armor bearer in an attack on a Philistine output near Michmash by scaling the nearby cliffs of Bozez and Seneh, and they killed twenty Philistines. The rest of the Philistine army was thrown into complete panic, drawing the attention of Saul near Geba. Saul’s forces then attacked the Philistines and pursued them beyond Beth-aven.