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1 Samuel 31:1-6 (New International Version)

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Saul Takes His Life

31:1-13pp -- 2Sa 1:4-12; 1Ch 10:1-12

1 Now the Philistines fought against Israel; the Israelites fled before them, and many fell slain on Mount Gilboa.1 2 The Philistines pressed hard after Saul and his sons,2 and they killed his sons Jonathan,3 Abinadab and Malki-Shua.4 3 The fighting grew fierce around Saul, and when the archers overtook him, they wounded5 him critically. 4 Saul said to his armor-bearer, "Draw your sword and run me through,6 or these uncircumcised7 fellows will come and run me through and abuse me." But his armor-bearer was terrified and would not do it; so Saul took his own sword and fell on it. 5 When the armor-bearer saw that Saul was dead, he too fell on his sword and died with him. 6 So Saul and his three sons and his armor-bearer and all his men died8 together that same day.
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