1 Samuel 31

1The Philistines fought against Israel, and the Israelites ran away from the Philistines. Many Israelites were killed at Mount Gilboa. 2The Philistines fought hard against Saul and his sons. The Philistines killed Saul’s sons Jonathan, Abinadab, and Malki Shua. 3The battle became worse and worse against Saul. The archers shot arrows at Saul, and Saul was hurt very badly. 4Saul said to the servant that carried his armor, “Take your sword and kill me. Then those foreigners can’t hurt me and make fun of me.” But Saul’s helper was scared and refused to kill him. So Saul took his own sword and killed himself. 5The helper saw that Saul was dead, so he used his own sword and killed himself. He died there with Saul. 6So Saul, his three sons, and the boy who carried his armor all died together that day. 7The Israelites ˻that lived˼ on the other side of the valley saw the Israelite army running away. They saw that Saul and his sons were dead. So those Israelites left their cities and ran away. Then the Philistines came and lived in those cities. 8The next day, the Philistines went back to take things from the dead bodies. They found Saul and his three sons dead on Mount Gilboa. 9The Philistines cut off Saul’s head and took all his armor. They carried the news to the Philistine people and to all the temples of their idols. 10They put Saul’s armor in the temple of Ashtoreth. The Philistines also hung Saul’s body on the wall of Beth Shan. 11The people living in Jabesh Gilead heard about the things that the Philistines did to Saul. 12So all the soldiers of Jabesh went to Beth Shan. They marched all night! Then they took Saul’s body off the wall at Beth Shan. They also took down the bodies of Saul’s sons. Then they took those bodies to Jabesh. There the people of Jabesh burned the bodies of Saul and his three sons. 13Then these people took the bones of Saul and his three sons and buried them under the big tree in Jabesh. Then the people of Jabesh showed their sadness—they did not eat for seven days.

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