1 Samuel 31

Saul and his sons die (as predicted by the ghost of Samuel)
31:1-13

31:1 Now the Philistines fought against Israel: and the men of Israel fled from before the Philistines, and fell down slain in mount Gilboa.

31:2 And the Philistines followed hard upon Saul and upon his sons; and the Philistines slew Jonathan, and Abinadab, and Melchishua, Saul's sons.

The Philistines fought agains Israel and killed Saul's sons.

31:3 And the battle went sore against Saul, and the archers hit him; and he was sore wounded of the archers.

31:4 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.

When king Saul was hit by an arrow, he asked his armor bearer to kill him with his sword, so he wouldn't be killed by an uncircumcised Philistine.

But his armor bearer wouldn't do it. So Saul fell on his own sword.

31:5 And when his armourbearer saw that Saul was dead, he fell likewise upon his sword, and died with him.

When Saul's armor bearer saw that Saul was dead, he also committed suicide by falling on his sword.

How did Saul die?

31:6 So Saul died, and his three sons, and his armourbearer, and all his men, that same day together.

So Saul and his sons died on the same day. (As the dead Samuel prophesied when he was brought back to life by a witch.) [1]

DWB: God killed Saul (and his sons and soldiers) for not killing all the Amalekites

31:7 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.

31:8 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.

When the Israelite soldiers saw that Saul and his sons were dead, they all ran away.

And the Philistines occupied the abandoned Israelite cities.

31:9 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.

31:10 And they put his armour in the house of Ashtaroth: and they fastened his body to the wall of Bethshan.

When the Philistines found Saul's dead body, they cut off his head and took his armor.

Then they sent Saul's head round about to show off their victory in the house of their gods.

They put Saul's armor in a house and nailed his body to a wall.

31:11 And when the inhabitants of Jabeshgilead heard of that which the Philistines had done to Saul;

31:12 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.

31:13 And they took their bones, and buried them under a tree at Jabesh, and fasted seven days.

When the men of Jabesh heard about what the Philistine's had done with Saul's body, they snatched the bodies of Saul and his sons and burned them. Then they buried the bones under a tree.