English Revised Version

1 Chronicles 10

Saul's overthrow and death.

1 Chronicles 10:1 Now the Philistines fought against Israel: and the men of Israel fled from before the Philistines, and fell down slain in mount Gilboa. 1 Chronicles 10:2 And the Philistines followed hard after Saul and after his sons; and the Philistines slew Jonathan, and Abinadab, and Malchi-shua, the sons of Saul. 1 Chronicles 10:3 And the battle went sore against Saul, and the archers overtook him; and he was distressed by reason of the archers. 1 Chronicles 10:4 Then said Saul unto his armourbearer, Draw thy sword, and thrust me through therewith: lest these uncircumcised come and abuse me. But his armourbearer would not; for he was sore afraid. Therefore Saul took his sword, and fell upon it. 1 Chronicles 10:5 And when his armourbearer saw that Saul was dead, he likewise fell upon his sword, and died. 1 Chronicles 10:6 So Saul died, and his three sons; and all his house died together. 1 Chronicles 10:7 And when all the men of Israel that were in the valley saw that they fled, and that Saul and his sons were dead, they forsook their cities, and fled; and the Philistines came and dwelt in them.

The Philistines triumph over Saul.

1 Chronicles 10:8 And it came to pass on the morrow, when the Philistines came to strip the slain, that they found Saul and his sons fallen in mount Gilboa. 1 Chronicles 10:9 And they stripped him, and took his head, and his armour, and sent into the land of the Philistines round about, to carry the tidings unto their idols, and to the people. 1 Chronicles 10:10 And they put his armour in the house of their gods, and fastened his head in the house of Dagon.

The kindness of Jabesh-gilead towards Saul and his sons.

1 Chronicles 10:11 And when all Jabesh-gilead heard all that the Philistines had done to Saul, 1 Chronicles 10:12 all the valiant men arose, and took away the body of Saul, and the bodies of his sons, and brought them to Jabesh, and buried their bones under the oak in Jabesh, and fasted seven days.

Saul's sin, for which the kingdom was translated from him to David.

1 Chronicles 10:13 So Saul died for his trespass which he committed against the LORD, because of the word of the LORD, which he kept not; and also for that he asked counsel of one that had a familiar spirit, to inquire [thereby], 1 Chronicles 10:14 and inquired not of the LORD: therefore he slew him, and turned the kingdom unto David the son of Jesse.

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