1 Samuel 31

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1 And the Philistines fought with Israel; and the men of Israel fled from before the Philistines, and fell slain on Mount Gilboa.

2 And the Philistines stuck close to Saul and his sons; and the Philistines smote Jonathan, and Abinadab, and Malchishua, the sons of Saul.

3 And the battle was·​·heavy on Saul, and the shooters, the men with the bow, found him, and he travailed exceedingly from the shooters.

4 And Saul said to his armor-bearer, Draw thy sword and thrust· me ·through with it, lest these uncircumcised come and thrust· me ·through and abuse me. But his armor-bearer was· not ·willing, for he feared exceedingly; and Saul took the sword and fell upon it.

5 And his armor-bearer saw that Saul was dead, and he also fell on his sword, and died with him.

6 And Saul died, and his three sons, and his armor-bearer, also all his men on that day together.

7 And the men of Israel who were across the valley, and who were across the Jordan, saw that the men of Israel fled, and that Saul and his sons were dead; and they forsook the cities and fled; and the Philistines came and dwelt in them.

8 And it was, on the morrow, that the Philistines came to strip the slain, and they found Saul and his three sons fallen on Mount Gilboa.

9 And they cut·​·off his head, and stripped·​·off his armor, and sent them into the land of the Philistines all around, to bring·​·tidings to the house of their idols and to the people.

10 And they set his armor in the house of Ashtaroth, and they fixed his body on the wall of Beth-shan.

11 And they who dwelt·​·in Jabesh-gilead heard of it, what the Philistines had done to Saul.

12 And they arose, all the men of valor, and went all night, and took the body of Saul and the bodies of his sons from the walls of Beth-shan, and they came to Jabesh, and burnt them there.

13 And they took their bones and buried them under the grove in Jabesh, and fasted seven days.


Thanks to the Kempton Project for the permission to use this New Church translation of the Word.