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1 Samuel 31 :: New English Translation (NET)

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Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 31:1 - Now the Philistines were fighting against Israel. The men of Israel fled from the Philistines and many of them fell dead on Mount Gilboa.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 31:2 - The Philistines stayed right on the heels of Saul and his sons. They struck down Saul's sons Jonathan, Abinadab, and Malki-Shua.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 31:3 - Saul himself was in the thick of the battle; the archers spotted him and wounded him severely.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 31:4 - Saul said to his armor bearer, "Draw your sword and stab me with it! Otherwise these uncircumcised people will come, stab me, and torture me." But his armor bearer refused to do it, because he was very afraid. So Saul took his sword and fell on it.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 31:5 - When his armor bearer saw that Saul was dead, he also fell on his own sword and died with him.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 31:6 - So Saul, his three sons, his armor bearer, and all his men died together that day.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 31:7 - When the men of Israel who were in the valley and across the Jordan saw that the men of Israel had fled and that Saul and his sons were dead, they abandoned the cities and fled. The Philistines came and occupied them.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 31:8 - The next day, when the Philistines came to strip loot from the corpses, they discovered Saul and his three sons lying dead on Mount Gilboa.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 31:9 - They cut off Saul's head and stripped him of his armor. They sent messengers to announce the news in the temple of their idols and among their people throughout the surrounding land of the Philistines.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 31:10 - They placed Saul's armor in the temple of the Ashtoreths and hung his corpse on the city wall of Beth Shan.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 31:11 - When the residents of Jabesh Gilead heard what the Philistines had done to Saul,

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 31:12 - all their warriors set out and traveled throughout the night. They took Saul's corpse and the corpses of his sons from the city wall of Beth Shan and went to Jabesh, where they burned them.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 31:13 - They took the bones and buried them under the tamarisk tree at Jabesh; then they fasted for seven days.

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