Saul and His Sons Slain
1 aNow the Philistines° were fighting° against Israel°, and the men° of Israel° fled° from before° the Philistines° and fell° slain° bon Mount° Gilboa°. 2 The Philistines° overtook° Saul° and his sons°; and the Philistines° Ikilled° aJonathan° and Abinadab° and Malchi-shua° the sons° of Saul°. 3 aThe battle° went° heavily° against° Saul°, and the archers°°° Ihit° him; and he was badly° wounded° by the archers°. 4 aThen Saul° said° to his armor° bearer°, “Draw° your sword° and pierce° me through° with it, otherwise° bthese° uncircumcised° will come° and pierce° me through° and make° sport° of me.” But his armor° bearer° would° not, for he was greatly° afraid°. cSo Saul° took° his sword° and fell° on it. 5 When his armor° bearer° saw° that Saul° was dead°, he also° fell° on his sword° and died° with him. 6 Thus Saul° died° with his three° sons°, his armor° bearer°, and all° his men° on that day° together°.
 a1Ch 10:1-12 b1S 28:4
 ILit smote a1Ch 8:33f
 ILit found a2S 1:6
 aJg 9:54; 1Ch 10:4 bJg 14:3; 1S 14:6; 17:26, 36 c2S 1:6, 10
7 ¶ When the men° of Israel° who° were on the other° side° of the valley°, with those who° were beyond° the Jordan°, saw° that the men° of Israel° had fled° and that Saul° and his sons° were dead°, they abandoned° the cities° and fled°; then the Philistines° came° and lived° in them.
8 ¶ It came° about on the Inext° day° when the Philistines° came° to strip° the slain°, that they found° Saul° and his three° sons° fallen° on Mount° Gilboa°. 9 They cut° off° his head° and stripped° off° his weapons°, and sent° [them] Ithroughout° the land° of the Philistines°, ato carry° the good news° bto the house° of their idols° and to the people°. 10 They put° his weapons° in the Itemple° of aAshtaroth°, and bthey fastened° his body° to the wall° of cBeth-shan°. 11 Now when athe inhabitants° of Jabesh-gilead°° heard° Iwhat° the Philistines° had done° to Saul°, 12 aall° the valiant° men° rose° and walked° all° night°, and took° the body° of Saul° and the bodies° of his sons° from the wall° of Beth-shan°, and they came° to Jabesh° and bburned° them there°. 13 They took° their bones° and aburied° them under° bthe tamarisk° tree° at Jabesh°, and cfasted° seven° days°.
 ILit morrow
 ILit into...around a2S 1:20 bJg 16:23, 24
 ILit house aJg 2:13; 1S 7:3 b1S 31:12; 2S 21:12 cJsh 17:11
 ILit about him what a1S 11:1-13
 a2S 2:4-7 b2Ch 16:14
 a2S 21:12-14 b1S 22:6 c2S 1:12
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Saul having lost his army, and his sons slain, he and his armourbearer kill themselves.
1 ¶ Now the Philistinesº foughtºª against Israel:º and the men¹² of Israelº fledºª from beforeº² the Philistines,º and fell downºª slainº in mountº Gilboa.º 2 And the Philistinesº followed hard¹ª upon²² Saulº and upon his sons;º and the Philistinesº slewºª² Jonathan,º and Abinadab,º and Malchishua,º Saul'sº sons.º 3 And the battleº went soreºª against² Saul,º and the archersºª¹¹² hitºª him; and he was soreº woundedºª of the archers.ºª¹¹² 4 Then saidºª Saulº unto his armourbearer,ººª Drawºª thy sword,º and thrust me throughºª therewith; lest² these² uncircumcisedº comeºª and thrust me through,ºª and abuseºª me. But his armourbearerººª wouldºª not;² for² he was soreº afraid.ºª Therefore Saulº tookºª² a sword,º and fellºª upon² it. 5 And when his armourbearerººª sawºª that² Saulº was dead,ºª he² fellºª likewise² upon² his sword,º and diedºª with² him. 6 So Saulº died,ºª and his threeº sons,º and his armourbearer,ººª and² all² his men,¹² that same² dayº together.º
 1S 12:25; 28:1, 4, 15; 29:1; 2S 1:21; 1Ch 10:1.
 Ex 20:5; 1S 13:2, 16; 14:1, 22, 49; 18:1; 23:17; 2S 1:6; 2K 25:7; 1Ch 8:33; 9:39.
 Gn 49:23; 2S 1:4; 1K 22:34; Am 2:14.
 Jg 9:54; 1S 14:6; 17:26, 36; 2S 1:9, 14, 20; 17:23; 1K 16:27; 1Ch 10:4; Jr 9:25; Ezk 44:7.
 1Ch 10:5.
 1S 4:10; 11:15; 12:17, 25; 28:19; 1Ch 10:6; Ec 9:1; Ho 13:10.
The Philistines possess the forsaken towns of the Israelites.
7 ¶ And when the men¹² of Israelº that² [were] on the other sideº of the valley,º and [they] that² [were] on the other sideº Jordan,º sawºª that² the men¹² of Israelº fled,ºª and that² Saulº and his sonsº were dead,ºª they forsookºª² the cities,º and fled;ºª and the Philistinesº cameºª and dweltºª in them.²
They triumph over the dead carcases.
8 And it came to pass² on the morrow,º² when the Philistinesº cameºª to stripºª² the slain,º that they foundºª² Saulº and his threeº sonsº fallenºª in mountº Gilboa.º 9 And they cut offºª² his head,º and stripped offºª² his armour,º and sentºª into the landº of the Philistinesº round about,º to publishºª [it in] the houseº of their idols,º and among² the people.º 10 And they putºª² his armourº in the houseº of Ashtaroth:ºª¹ and they fastenedºª his bodyº to the wallº of Bethshan.º
 1Ch 10:8; 2Ch 20:25.
 Jg 16:23; 1S 17:51, 54; 31:4; 2S 1:20; 1Ch 10:9.
 Jsh 17:11; Jg 1:27; 2:13; 1S 21:9; 2S 21:12.
They of Jabesh-gilead, recovering the bodies by night, burn them at Jabesh, and mournfully bury their bones.
11 ¶ And when the inhabitantsºª of Jabeshgileadºº heardºª²² of that which² the Philistinesº had doneºª to Saul;º 12 All² the valiantº menºª¹ arose,ºª and went¹ª² all² night,º and tookºª² the bodyº of Saulº and the bodiesº of his sonsº from the wallº² of Bethshan,º and cameºª to Jabesh,º and burntºª them there.² 13 And they tookºª² their bones,º and buriedºª [them] under² a treeº at Jabesh,º and fastedºª sevenº days.º
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