King James Version1 Samuel31

1 Samuel

1 Now the Philistines fought against Is­rael: and the men of Is­rael fled from be­fore the Philistines, and fell down slain in mount Gilboa. 2 And the Philistines fol­lowed hard upon Saul and upon his sons; and the Philistines slew Jonathan, and Abi­nadab, and Malchishua, Saul's sons. 3 And the bat­tle went sore against Saul, and the archers hit him; and he was sore wound­ed of the archers. 4 Then said Saul unto his ar­mourbear­er, Draw thy sword, and thrust me through there­with; lest these un­cir­cum­cised come and thrust me through, and abuse me. But his ar­mourbear­er would not; for he was sore afraid. There­fore Saul took a sword, and fell upon it. 5 And when his ar­mourbear­er saw that Saul was dead, he fell like­wise upon his sword, and died with him. 6 So Saul died, and his three sons, and his ar­mourbear­er, and all his men, that same day to­geth­er. 7 And when the men of Is­rael that were on the oth­er side of the val­ley, and they that were on the oth­er side Jor­dan, saw that the men of Is­rael fled, and that Saul and his sons were dead, they for­sook the cities, and fled; and the Philistines came and dwelt in them. 8 And it came to pass on the mor­row, when the Philistines came to strip the slain, that they found Saul and his three sons fall­en in mount Gilboa. 9 And they cut off his head, and stripped off his ar­mour, and sent into the land of the Philistines round about, to pub­lish it in the house of their idols, and among the peo­ple. 10 And they put his ar­mour in the house of Ashtaroth: and they fas­tened his body to the wall of Bethshan. 11 And when the in­hab­i­tants of Jabeshgilead heard of that which the Philistines had done to Saul; 12 All the valiant men arose, and went all night, and took the body of Saul and the bod­ies of his sons from the wall of Bethshan, and came to Jabesh, and burnt them there. 13 And they took their bones, and buried them un­der a tree at Jabesh, and fast­ed sev­en days.