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Saul Killed on Mt. Gilboa
1Now the Philistines were fighting against Israel. Israel’s men fled before the Philistines and many fell slain on Mount Gilboa.
2The Philistines pressed hard after Saul and his sons, and the Philistines struck down Jonathan, Abinadab and Malchishua, the sons of Saul.
3When the battle intensified against Saul, the archers hit him, so he was severely wounded by the archers.
4Then Saul said to his armor-bearer, “Draw your sword and thrust me through with it, or else these uncircumcised will come and thrust me through after torturing me.” But his armor-bearer refused, for he was too afraid. So Saul took the sword and fell on it.
5When his armor-bearer saw that Saul was dead, he likewise fell on his sword and died with him.
6So Saul, his three sons, his armor-bearer, and all his men died together that same day.
7When the men of Israel who were on the other side of the valley and those across the Jordan saw that the men of Israel had fled and that Saul and his sons were dead, they abandoned the towns and fled. Then the Philistines came and occupied them.
8It was the next day, when the Philistines came to strip the slain, that they found Saul and his three sons fallen on Mount Gilboa.
9So they cut off his head and stripped off his armor, and sent them throughout the land of the Philistines, to spread the good news to the house of their idols and to the people.
10Then they put his armor in the house of the Ashtaroth and fastened his body to the wall of Beth-shan.
11Now when the inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead heard what the Philistines had done to Saul,
12all their valiant men set out and walked all night, and took the body of Saul and the bodies of his sons from the wall of Beth-shan, then went to Jabesh and burned them there.
13They took their bones and buried them under the tamarisk tree in Jabesh and fasted for seven days.
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1And the Philistines fought against Israel, and the men of Israel fled from before the Philistines, and fell down slain in mount Gelboe.
2And the Philistines fell upon Saul, and upon his sons, and they slew Jonathan, and Abinadab and Melchisua the sons of Saul.
3And the whole weight of the battle was turned upon Saul: and the archers overtook him, and he was grievously wounded by the archers.
4Then Saul said to his armourbearer: Draw thy sword, and kill me: lest these uncircumcised come, and slay me, and mock at me. And his armourbearer would not: for he was struck with exceeding great fear. Then Saul took his sword, and fell upon it.
5And when his armourbearer saw this, to wit, that Saul was dead, he also fell upon his sword and died with him.
6So Saul died, and his three sons, and his armourbearer, and all his men that same day together.
7And the men of Israel, that were beyond the valley, and beyond the Jordan, seeing that the Israelites were fled, and that Saul was dead, and his sons, forsook their cities, and fled: and the Philistines came, and dwelt there.
8And on the morrow the Philistines came to strip the slain, and they found Saul and his three sons lying in mount Gelboe.
9And they cut off Saul's head, and stripped him of his armour, and sent into the land of the Philistines round about, to publish it in the temples of their idols, and among their people.
10And they put his armour in the temple of Astaroth, but his body they hung on the wall of Bethsan.
11Now when the inhabitants of Jabes Galaad had heard all that the Philistines had done to Saul,
12All the most valiant men arose, and walked all the night, and took the body of Saul, and the bodies of his sons, from the wall of Bethsan: and they came to Jabes Galaad, and burnt them there:
13And they took their bones and buried them in the wood of Jabes: and fasted seven days.