1 Samuel 31

Now the Philistines fought against Israel: and the men of Israel fled from before the Philistines, and fell down slain on Mount Gilboa. 2The Philistines followed hard on Talut and on his sons; and the Philistines killed Jonathan, and Abinadab, and Malchishua, the sons of Talut. 3The battle went badly against Talut, and the archers overtook him; and he was very distressed by reason of the archers. 4Then Talut said to his armour-bearer, Draw your sword, and thrust me through, lest these uncircumcised come and thrust me through, and abuse me. But his armour-bearer would not; for he was much afraid. Therefore Talut took his own sword, and fell on it. 5When his armour-bearer saw that Talut was dead, he likewise fell on his sword, and died with him. 6So Talut died, and his three sons, and his armour-bearer, and all his men, that same day together. 7When the men of Israel who were on the other side of the valley, and those who were beyond the Jordan, saw that the men of Israel fled, and that Talut and his sons were dead, they forsook the cities, and fled; and the Philistines came and lived in them. 8It happened on the next day, when the Philistines came to strip the slain, that they found Talut and his three sons fallen on Mount Gilboa. 9They cut off his head, and stripped off his armour, and sent into the land of the Philistines all around, to carry the news to the house of their idols, and to the people. 10They put his armour in the house of the Ashtaroth; and they fastened his body to the wall of Beth-shan. 11When the inhabitants of Jabesh Gilead heard what the Philistines had done to Talut, 12all the valiant men arose, and went all night, and took the body of Talut and the bodies of his sons from the wall of Beth-shan; and they came to Jabesh, and burned them there. 13They took their bones, and buried them under the tamarisk tree in Jabesh, and fasted seven days.


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