1 Samuel 31:3
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New International Version
The fighting grew fierce around Saul, and when the archers overtook him, they wounded him critically.

King James Bible
And the battle went sore against Saul, and the archers hit him; and he was sore wounded of the archers.

Darby Bible Translation
And the battle went sore against Saul, and the archers came up with him; and he was much terrified by the archers.

World English Bible
The battle went hard against Saul, and the archers overtook him; and he was greatly distressed by reason of the archers.

Young's Literal Translation
And the battle is hard against Saul, and the archers find him -- men with bow -- and he is pained greatly by the archers;

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

He was sore wounded of the archers - It is likely that Saul's sons were slain by the archers, and that Saul was now mortally wounded by the same. Houbigant translates, The archers rushed upon him, from whom he received a grievous wound. He farther remarks that had not Saul been grievously wounded, and beyond hope of recovery, he would not have wished his armor-bearer to despatch him; as he might have continued still to fight, or have made his escape from this most disastrous battle. Some of the versions render it, He Feared the archers greatly; but this is by no means likely.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

went sore

2 Samuel 1:4 And David said to him, How went the matter? I pray you, tell me. And he answered, That the people are fled from the battle...

Amos 2:14 Therefore the flight shall perish from the swift, and the strong shall not strengthen his force...

archers hit him [heb] shooters, men with bows, found him

Genesis 49:23 The archers have sorely grieved him, and shot at him, and hated him:

1 Kings 22:34 And a certain man drew a bow at a venture, and smote the king of Israel between the joints of the harness...

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Scythopolis. Beth-Shean, the Beginning of Galilee.
The bonds of Galilee were, "on the south, Samaris and Scythopolis, unto the flood of Jordan." Scythopolis is the same with Beth-shean, of which is no seldom mention in the Holy Scriptures, Joshua 17:11; Judges 1:27; 1 Samuel 31:10. "Bethsaine (saith Josephus), called by the Greeks Scythopolis." It was distant but a little way from Jordan, seated in the entrance to a great valley: for so the same author writes, "Having passed Jordan, they came to a great plain, where lies before you the city Bethsane,"
John Lightfoot—From the Talmud and Hebraica

Cross References
2 Samuel 1:6
"I happened to be on Mount Gilboa," the young man said, "and there was Saul, leaning on his spear, with the chariots and their drivers in hot pursuit.

2 Samuel 21:12
he went and took the bones of Saul and his son Jonathan from the citizens of Jabesh Gilead. (They had stolen their bodies from the public square at Beth Shan, where the Philistines had hung them after they struck Saul down on Gilboa.)

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