1611 King James Bible

1 Samuel 31

Saul having lost his army, and his sons slain, he and his armourbearer kill themselves.

1 Samuel 31:1 Nowe the Philistines fought against Israel: and the men of Israel fled from before the Philistines, and fell downe slaine in mount Gilboa. 1 Samuel 31:2 And the Philistines followed hard vpon Saul, and vpon his sonnes, and the Philistines slewe Ionathan, and Abinadab, and Malchishua, Sauls sonnes. 1 Samuel 31:3 And the battell went sore against Saul, and the archers hit him, and he was sore wounded of the archers. 1 Samuel 31:4 Then said Saul vnto his armour bearer, Draw thy sword, and thrust me through therewith, lest these vncircumcised come and thrust me through, and abuse mee. But his armour bearer would not, for he was sore afraid: therfore Saul tooke a sword, & fell vpon it. 1 Samuel 31:5 And when his armour bearer saw that Saul was dead, he fell likewise vpon [his] sword, and died with him. 1 Samuel 31:6 So Saul died, and his three sons, and his armour bearer, and all his men that same day together.

The Philistines possess the forsaken towns of the Israelites.

1 Samuel 31:7 And when the men of Israel that [were] on the other side of the valley, and they that [were] on the other side Iordane, saw that the men of Israel fled, and that Saul and his sonnes were dead, they forsooke the cities and fled, and the Philistines came and dwelt in them.

They triumph over the dead carcases.

1 Samuel 31:8 And it came to passe on the morrow when the Philistines came to strip the slaine, that they found Saul, and his three sons fallen in mount Gilboa. 1 Samuel 31:9 And they cut off his head, and stripped off his armour, and sent into the land of the Philistines round about to publish [it in] the house of their idoles, and among the people. 1 Samuel 31:10 And they put his armour in the house of Ashtaroth: and they fastened his body to the wall of Bethshan.

They of Jabesh-gilead, recovering the bodies by night, burn them at Jabesh, and mournfully bury their bones.

1 Samuel 31:11 And when the inhabitants of Iabesh Gilead heard of that which the Philistines had done to Saul: 1 Samuel 31:12 All the valiant men arose, and went all night, and tooke the body of Saul, and the bodies of his sonnes from the wall of Bethshan, and came to Iabesh, and burnt them there. 1 Samuel 31:13 And they tooke their bones, and buried [them] vnder a tree at Iabesh, and fasted seuen dayes.

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