1 Samuel 31
Saul having lost his army, and his sons slain, he and his armourbearer kill themselves.
1 Samuel 31:1 And as the Philistines fought agaynst Israel, the men of Israell fleed awaye from the Philistines, and fell doune deade in mount Gelboe. 1 Samuel 31:2 And the Philistines folowed after Saul and hys sonnes, and slewe Ionathas, Abinadab and Melchisua Sauls sonnes. 1 Samuel 31:3 And the battel went sore agaynst Saul, in so much þt shoters wt bowes had founde hym, & he was sore wounded of the shoters. 1 Samuel 31:4 Then sayde Saul vnto hys harnesbearer: draw out thy swerde and thrust me thorow therwyth lest these vncyrcumcised come thrust me troughe and make me a mockinge stocke of me. But hys harnesbearer woulde not, for he was sore afrayed. Wherfore Saul toke a swerde and fel vpon it. 1 Samuel 31:5 And when hys harnesbearer sawe that Saul was dead, he fell lykewyse vpon hys swerde and dyed wyth hym. 1 Samuel 31:6 And so Saul dyed and hys thre sonnes and hys harnesbearer, and therto all hys men, that same daye together.
The Philistines possess the forsaken towns of the Israelites.
1 Samuel 31:7 When the men of Israel that were in the other syde the valeye, and they of the other syde Iordan, hearde that the men of Israell were put to flyghte, and that Saul and hys sonnes were deade, they left the cytyes, & ran awaye, and the Philistines came and dwelt in them.
They triumph over the dead carcases.
1 Samuel 31:8 On the morow when the Philistines were come to strippe them that were slaine, they founde Saul and hys thre sonnes lyinge in mount Gelboe. 1 Samuel 31:9 And they cut of hys head, and strypped him out of his harnesse, & sent into the land of the Philistines euery where, to publyshe in the houses of their Goddes & to the people. 1 Samuel 31:10 And they hanged vp hys harnesse in the house of Astaroth, but they hanged vp hys carkase on the walles 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 enhabyters of Iabes in Galaad hearde therof, what the Philistines had done to Saul, 1 Samuel 31:12 they arose as manye as were men of warre and went all nyght and toke the karkasse of Saul & the karkases of hys sonnes from the walles of Bethsan & brought them to Iabes and burnt them there 1 Samuel 31:13 and toke theyr bones & buryed them vnder a Tree at Iabes, & fasted seuen dayes.