Chapter 31: The Tragic End of Shaul and His Sons: Shaul’s Armor Bearer Refused to Kill Shaul the Anointed of Yah: Shaul Finishes Himself by Laying His Body on a Sword
1 Now the Philistines fought against Ysrayl and the men of Ysrayl fled from before the Philistines and fell slain on Mount Gilboa. 2 Then the Philistines followed hard after Shaul and his sons. And the Philistines killed Yahanathan, Abinadab and Malishua, Shaul’s sons. 3 The battle became fierce against Shaul. The archers hit him and he was severely wounded by the archers. 4 Then Shaul said to his armor-bearer, “Draw your sword and thrust me through with it, lest these uncircumcised men come and thrust me through and abuse me”. But his armor-bearer would not, for he was greatly afraid. Therefore, Shaul took a sword and fell on it. 5 Ans when his armor-bearer saw that Shaul was dead, he also fell on his sword and died with him. 6 So Shaul, his three sons, his armor-beareer and all his men died together that day.
The Philistines Cut Shaul’s Head Off (Behead) His Dead Body and Praise Their Gods
7 And when the men of Ysrayl who were on the other side of the valley and those who were on the other side of the Yordan saw that the men of Ysrayl had fled and that Shaul and his sons were dead, they forsook the cities and fled and the Philistines came and dwelt in them. 8 So it happened the next day, when the Philistines came to strip the slain, that they found Shaul and his three sons fallen on Mount Gilboa. 9 And they cut off his head and stripped off his armor and sent word throughout the land of the Philistines, to proclaim it in the temple of their idols and among the people.
Men of the Tribe of Benyamin Burn or Cremate Shaul’s Body and Bury His Ashes
11 Now when the inhabitants of Yabesh Gilead heard what the Philistines had done to Shaul–12 All the valiant men arose and traveled all night and took the body of Shaul and the bodies of his sons from the wall of Beth Shan and they came to Yabesh and burned them there. 13 Then they took their bones and buried them under the tamarisk tree at Yabesh and fasted seven days.
*See Matthew 5:21-22, Shaul wanted to kill his brother David without cause.