1 Samuel 31:1-7 NIV

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

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2 The Philistines pressed hard after Saul and his sons,2 and they killed his sons Jonathan,3 Abinadab and Malki-Shua.4

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3 The fighting grew fierce around Saul, and when the archers overtook him, they wounded5 him critically.

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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.

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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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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.