1 Samuel 31
Brenton's Septuagint Translation Par ▾ 

Saul’s Overthrow and Death

1And the Philistines fought with Israel: and the men of Israel fled from before the Philistines, and they fall down wounded in the mountain in Gelbue. 2And the Philistines press closely on Saul and his sons, and the Philistines smite Jonathan, and Aminadab, and Melchisa son of Saul. 3And the battle prevails against Saul, and the shooters with arrows, even the archers find him, and he was wounded under the ribs. 4And Saul said to his armour-bearer, Draw thy sword and pierce me through with it; lest these uncircumcised come and pierce me through, and mock me. But his armour-bearer would not, for he feared greatly: so Saul took his sword and fell upon it. 5And his armour-bearer saw that Saul was dead, and he fell also himself upon his sword, and died with him. 6So Saul died, and his three sons, and his armour-bearer, in that day together.

The Philistines Possess the Towns

7And the men of Israel who were on the other side of the valley, and those beyond Jordan, saw that the men of Israel fled, and that Saul and his sons were dead; and they leave their cities and flee: and the Philistines come and dwell in them.

8And it came to pass on the morrow that the Philistines come to strip the dead, and they find Saul and his three sons fallen on the mountains of Gelbue. 9And they turned him, and stripped off his armour, and sent it into the land of the Philistines, sending round glad tidings to their idols and to the people. 10And they set up his armour at the temple of Astarte, and they fastened his body on the wall of Baethsam.

Jabesh-gilead’s Tribute to Saul

11And the inhabitants of Jabis Galaad hear what the Philistines did to Saul. 12And they rose up, even every man of might, and marched all night, and took the body of Saul and the body of Jonathan his son from the wall of Baethsam; and they bring them to Jabis, and burn them there. 13And they take their bones, and bury them in the field that is in Jabis, and fast seven days.

The English translation of The Septuagint by Sir Lancelot Charles Lee Brenton (1851)

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1 Samuel 30
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