Now the Philistines were fighting against Israel, and the men of Israel fled from before the Philistines and fell slain on Mount Gilboa. (1 Samuel 31:1)

The Philistines overtook Saul and his sons; and the Philistines killed Jonathan and Abinadab and Malchi-shua the sons of Saul. (1 Samuel 31:2)

The battle went heavily against Saul, and the archers hit him; and he was badly wounded by the archers. (1 Samuel 31:3)

Then Saul said to his armor bearer, "Draw your sword and pierce me through with it, otherwise these uncircumcised will come and pierce me through and make sport of me." But his armor bearer would not, for he was greatly afraid. So Saul took his sword and fell on it. (1 Samuel 31:4)

When his armor bearer saw that Saul was dead, he also fell on his sword and died with him. (1 Samuel 31:5)

Thus Saul died with his three sons, his armor bearer, and all his men on that day together. (1 Samuel 31:6)

When the men of Israel who were on the other side of the valley, with those who were beyond the Jordan, saw that the men of Israel had fled and that Saul and his sons were dead, they abandoned the cities and fled; then the Philistines came and lived in them. (1 Samuel 31:7)


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