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1 Samuel 31

1 Now the Philistims fought against Israel, & the me of Israel fled away from ye Philistims, and they fell downe wounded in mount Gilboa.

2 And the Philistims preassed sore vpon Saul and his sonnes, and slewe Ionathan, and Abinadab, and Malchishua Sauls sonnes.

3 And when the battel went sore against Saul, the archers and bowmen hit him, and hee was sore wounded of the archers.

4 Then said Saul unto his armourbearer,So we see that his cruel life has a desperate end, as is commonly seen in those who persecute the children of God.Draw thy sword, and thrust me through therewith; lest these uncircumcised come and thrust me through, and abuse me. But his armourbearer would not; for he was sore afraid. Therefore Saul took a sword, and fell upon it.

5 And when his armour bearer sawe that Saul was dead, he fell likewise vpon his sword, & dyed with him.

6 So Saul dyed, and his three sonnes, and his armour bearer, and all his men that same day together.

7 And when the men of Israel that [were] on the other side of theNear to Gilboa.valley, and [they] that [were] on the other sideThe tribes of Reuben and Gad, and half the tribe of Manasseh.Jordan, saw that the men of Israel fled, and that Saul and his sons were dead, they forsook the cities, and fled; and the Philistines came and dwelt in them.

8 And on the morowe when the Philistims were come to spoyle them that were slaine, they founde Saul and his three sonnes lying in mount Gilboa,

9 And they cut off his head, and stripped off his armour, and sent into the land of the Philistines round about, toIn token of victory and triumph.publish [it in] the house of their idols, and among the people.

10 And they layed vp his armour in the house of Ashtaroth, but they hanged vp his body on the wall of Beth-shan.

11 And when the inhabitants ofWhom he had delivered from their enemies, (1Sa_11:11).Jabeshgilead heard of that which the Philistines had done to Saul;

12 Then they arose (as many as were strong men) and went all night, and tooke the body of Saul, and the bodies of his sonnes, from the wall of Beth-shan, and came to Iabesh, and burnt them there,

13 And they took their bones, and buried [them] under a tree at Jabesh, andAccording to the custom of mourners.fasted seven days.

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