Coverdale Bible

1 Samuel 31

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

1 Samuel 31:1 Bvt ye Philistynes foughte against Israel, and the men of Israel fled before the Philistynes, and fell downe smytten vpon the mount Gilboa. 1 Samuel 31:2 And the Philistynes preassed vpon Saul and his sonnes, and slewe Ionathas, & Abinadab and Malchisua the sonnes of Saul. 1 Samuel 31:3 And the battayll was sore agaynst Saul, & the archers fell vpon him with bowes, and he was sore wounded of the archers. 1 Samuel 31:4 Then sayde Saul vnto his wapebearer: Drawe out thy swerde, and thrust it thorow me, that these vncircumcised come not and slaie me, and make a laughinge stocke of me. Neuertheles his wapenbearer wolde not, for he was sore afrayed. Then toke Saul ye swerde, and fell therin. 1 Samuel 31:5 Now whan his wapenbearer sawe that Saul was deed, he fell also vpon his swerde, and dyed with him. 1 Samuel 31:6 Thus dyed Saul and his thre sonnes, & his wapenbearer, and all his men together the same daye.

The Philistines possess the forsaken towns of the Israelites.

1 Samuel 31:7 Whan ye men of Israel which were beyonde the valley, and beyonde Iordane, sawe, yt the men of Israel were fled, and that Saul and his sonnes were deed, they lefte ye cities, and fled also. Then came the Philistynes, & dwelt therin.

They triumph over the dead carcases.

1 Samuel 31:8 On the nexte daye came the Philistynes to spoyle ye slayne, and founde Saul and his thre sonnes lyenge vpon mount Gilboa, 1 Samuel 31:9 and smote of his heade, and toke of his harnesse, and sent it in to the lande of the Philistynes rounde aboute, to shewe it in the house of their Idols, and amonge the people, 1 Samuel 31:10 & layed his harnesse in ye house of Astaroth: but his body hanged they vp vpo the wall of Bethsan.

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

1 Samuel 31:11 Whan they of Iabes in Gilead herde, what the Philistynes had done vnto Saul, 1 Samuel 31:12 they gat them vp, as many as were men of armes, and wente all the nighte, and toke ye body of Saul, and the bodies of his sonnes from ye wall of Bethsan, broughte the to Iabes, and brent them there, 1 Samuel 31:13 and toke their bones, and buried them vnder ye tre at Iabes, & fasted seue dayes.

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