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1 Samuel 31

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

1 Samuel 31:1 The Philistines fought agaynst Israel and the men of Israel fledd awaye from the Philistines, & fell downe wounded in mount Gilboa. 1 Samuel 31:2 And the Philistynes preased sore vpon Saul & his sonnes, & slewe Ionathas, & Abinadab & Melchisua Sauls sonnes. 1 Samuel 31:3 And whan the battell went sore agaynst Saul, the archers with bowes founde hym, & he was sore afrayed of the archers. 1 Samuel 31:4 Then sayd Saul vnto his harnesberer draw out thy swerde, & thrust me thorowe therwyth, lest these vncircumcised come, & thrust me thorowe and make a mockynge stocke of me. But hys harnesberer wolde not, for he was sore afrayed. And Saul toke a swerde, and fell vpon it. 1 Samuel 31:5 And when his harnesberer sawe that Saul was deed, he fell lykewyse vpon his swerde, & dyed wyth hym. 1 Samuel 31:6 And so Saul dyed, & his thre sonnes, and his harnesberer, and all hys men that same daye togeather.

The Philistines possess the forsaken towns of the Israelites.

1 Samuel 31:7 And when the men of Israel that were on þe other syde of þe valeye, & they of þe other syde Iordan, heard, that the men of Israel were put to flight, and that Saul and hys sonnes were deed, they left the cyties, & ranne awaye and the Philistines cam, and dwelt in them.

They triumph over the dead carcases.

1 Samuel 31:8 On the morowe when þe Philistines were come to spoyle them that were slayne, they founde Saul and hys thre sonnes lyenge in mount Gilboa. 1 Samuel 31:9 And they cut of his heed, and stripped him out of his harnesse: & sent into the lande of the Philistines on euery syde, þt they shulde publysshe it in the temple of their Idolles, and amonge the people. 1 Samuel 31:10 And they layed vp hys harnesse in the house of Astharoth, but they hanged vp hys body on 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 When the enhabiters of Iabes in Gilead hearde therof, what the Philistines had done to Saul, 1 Samuel 31:12 they arose (as manye as were stronge men) and went all nyght and toke the body of Saul, and the bodyes of hys sonnes from the wall of Bethsan, and came to Iabes, and burnt them there 1 Samuel 31:13 and toke their bones and buryed them vnder a tree at Iabes, and fasted seuen dayes.

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