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1 Samuel 31 GW/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 When the Philistines were fighting against Israel, the men of Israel fled from the Philistines and were killed in battle on Mount Gilboa. 1 Now the Philistines fought against Israel; the Israelites fled before them, and many fell slain on Mount Gilboa.
2 The Philistines caught up to Saul and his sons. They killed Jonathan, Abinadab, and Malchishua, Saul's sons. 2 The Philistines pressed hard after Saul and his sons, and they killed his sons Jonathan, Abinadab and Malki-Shua.
3 The heaviest fighting was against Saul. When the archers got him in their range, he was badly wounded by them. 3 The fighting grew fierce around Saul, and when the archers overtook him, they wounded him critically.
4 Saul told his armorbearer, "Draw your sword! Stab me, or these godless men will come, stab me, and make fun of me." But his armorbearer refused because he was terrified. So Saul took the sword and fell on it. 4 Saul said to his armor-bearer, "Draw your sword and run me through, or these uncircumcised 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 armorbearer saw that Saul was dead, he also fell on his sword and died with him. 5 When the armor-bearer saw that Saul was dead, he too fell on his sword and died with him.
6 So Saul, his three sons, his armorbearer, and all his men died together that day. 6 So Saul and his three sons and his armor-bearer and all his men died together that same day.
7 When the people of Israel on the other side of the valley and across the Jordan River saw that the men of Israel had fled and that Saul and his sons were dead, they abandoned their cities. So the Philistines came to live in these cities. 7 When the Israelites along the valley and those across the Jordan saw that the Israelite army had fled and that Saul and his sons had died, they abandoned their towns and fled. And the Philistines came and occupied them.
8 The next day, when the Philistines came to strip the dead, they found Saul and his three sons lying on Mount Gilboa. 8 The next day, when the Philistines came to strip the dead, they found Saul and his three sons fallen on Mount Gilboa.
9 They cut off his head and stripped off his armor. Then they sent men throughout Philistine territory to tell the people this good news in their idols' temples. 9 They cut off his head and stripped off his armor, and they sent messengers throughout the land of the Philistines to proclaim the news in the temple of their idols and among their people.
10 They put his armor in the temple of their goddesses--the Asherahs--and fastened his corpse to the wall of Beth Shan. 10 They put his armor in the temple of the Ashtoreths and fastened his body to the wall of Beth Shan.
11 When the people living in Jabesh Gilead heard what the Philistines had done to Saul, 11 When the people of Jabesh Gilead heard of what the Philistines had done to Saul,
12 all the fighting men marched all night and took the dead bodies of Saul and his sons from the wall of Beth Shan. They came back to Jabesh and burned the bodies there. 12 all their valiant men journeyed through the night to Beth Shan. They took down the bodies of Saul and his sons from the wall of Beth Shan and went to Jabesh, where they burned them.
13 They took the bones and buried them under the tamarisk tree in Jabesh. Then they fasted seven days. 13 Then they took their bones and buried them under a tamarisk tree at Jabesh, and they fasted seven days.