1 Chronicles 10- New International Version (NIV)
Saul Takes His Life
- Now the Philistines fought against Israel; the Israelites fled before them, and many fell dead on Mount Gilboa.
- The Philistines were in hot pursuit of Saul and his sons, and they killed his sons Jonathan, Abinadab and Malki-Shua.
- The fighting grew fierce around Saul, and when the archers overtook him, they wounded him.
- Saul said to his armor-bearer, “Draw your sword and run me through, or these uncircumcised fellows will come and abuse me.” But his armor-bearer was terrified and would not do it; so Saul took his own sword and fell on it.
- When the armor-bearer saw that Saul was dead, he too fell on his sword and died.
- So Saul and his three sons died, and all his house died together.
- When all the Israelites in the valley saw that the army had fled and that Saul and his sons had died, they abandoned their towns and fled. And the Philistines came and occupied them.
- The next day, when the Philistines came to strip the dead, they found Saul and his sons fallen on Mount Gilboa.
- They stripped him and took his head and his armor, and sent messengers throughout the land of the Philistines to proclaim the news among their idols and their people.
- They put his armor in the temple of their gods and hung up his head in the temple of Dagon.
- When all the inhabitants of Jabesh Gilead heard what the Philistines had done to Saul,
- all their valiant men went and took the bodies of Saul and his sons and brought them to Jabesh. Then they buried their bones under the great tree in Jabesh, and they fasted seven days.
- Saul died because he was unfaithful to the Lord; he did not keep the word of the Lord and even consulted a medium for guidance,
- and did not inquire of the Lord. So the Lord put him to death and turned the kingdom over to David son of Jesse.
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1 Chronicles 10 – King James Version (KJV)
From Saul to David
- Now the Philistines fought against Israel; and the men of Israel fled from before the Philistines, and fell down slain in mount Gilboa.
- And the Philistines followed hard after Saul, and after his sons; and the Philistines slew Jonathan, and Abinadab, and Malchi-shua, the sons of Saul.
- And the battle went sore against Saul, and the archers hit him, and he was wounded of the archers.
- Then said Saul to his armourbearer, Draw thy sword, and thrust me through therewith; lest these uncircumcised come and abuse me. But his armourbearer would not; for he was sore afraid. So Saul took a sword, and fell upon it.
- And when his armourbearer saw that Saul was dead, he fell likewise on the sword, and died.
- So Saul died, and his three sons, and all his house died together.
- And when all the men of Israel that were in the valley saw that they fled, and that Saul and his sons were dead, then they forsook their cities, and fled: and the Philistines came and dwelt in them.
- And it came to pass on the morrow, when the Philistines came to strip the slain, that they found Saul and his sons fallen in mount Gilboa.
- And when they had stripped him, they took his head, and his armour, and sent into the land of the Philistines round about, to carry tidings unto their idols, and to the people.
- And they put his armour in the house of their gods, and fastened his head in the temple of Dagon.
- And when all Jabesh-gilead heard all that the Philistines had done to Saul,
- they arose, all the valiant men, and took away the body of Saul, and the bodies of his sons, and brought them to Jabesh, and buried their bones under the oak in Jabesh, and fasted seven days.
- So Saul died for his transgression which he committed against the LORD, even against the word of the LORD, which he kept not, and also for asking counsel of one that had a familiar spirit, to enquire of it;
- and enquired not of the LORD: therefore he slew him, and turned the kingdom unto David the son of Jesse.