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1 Samuel 31 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 31:1 - Now the Philistines fought against Israel; and the men of Israel fled from before the Philistines, and fell slain on Mount Gilboa.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 31:2 - Then the Philistines followed hard after Saul and his sons. And the Philistines killed Jonathan, Abinadab, and Malchishua, Saul’s sons.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 31:3 - The battle became fierce against Saul. The archers hit him, and he was severely wounded by the archers.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 31:4 - Then Saul said to his armorbearer, “Draw your sword, and thrust me through with it, lest these uncircumcised men come and thrust me through and abuse me.” But his armorbearer would not, for he was greatly afraid. Therefore Saul took a sword and fell on it.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 31:5 - And when his armorbearer saw that Saul was dead, he also fell on his sword, and died with him.

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

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 31:7 - And when the men of Israel who were on the other side of the valley, and those who were on the other side of the Jordan, saw that the men of Israel had fled and that Saul and his sons were dead, they forsook the cities and fled; and the Philistines came and dwelt in them.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 31:8 - So it happened the next day, when the Philistines came to strip the slain, that they found Saul and his three sons fallen on Mount Gilboa.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 31:9 - And they cut off his head and stripped off his armor, and sent word throughout the land of the Philistines, to proclaim it in the temple of their idols and among the people.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 31:10 - Then they put his armor in the temple of the Ashtoreths, and they fastened his body to the wall of Beth Shan.[fn]

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 31:11 - Now when the inhabitants of Jabesh Gilead heard what the Philistines had done to Saul,

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 31:12 - all the valiant men arose and traveled 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 burned them there.

Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 31:13 - Then they took their bones and buried them under the tamarisk tree at Jabesh, and fasted seven days.
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Spelled Beth Shean in Joshua 17:11 and elsewhere
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