1 Samuel 31:6
So Saul died, and his three sons, and his armor bearer, and all his men, that same day together.
There is a proverb of the ancients, "Whom the gods wish to destroy they first make mad." Or, to express the same idea in the language of the Bible, "Be sure your sins will find you out." This was the truth brought out so forcibly in the last days, and especially in this death scene, of Saul.
1. Saul was what the Bible calls a "reprobate." By that we do not mean that he was a man hurried forward to his doom by a blind fate, or lashed to such a doom against his will by the scourge of relentless furies. There is no such case in all the Bible. Yes, Saul was a sinner, and a persistent sinner — a sinner who sinned against light and knowledge, against providence and grace, against mercy and judgment. "God gave him over to strong delusions, to believe a lie." God will not force men to obey him — will not compel them to repent when they have done wrong.
2. God's retributions are slow but sure. It had been a long time since Saul committed that first grievous offence against God. There were years of apparent peace and prosperity, when God seemed to have forgotten his old curse, and when Saul might have thought that God had changed his mind and purpose.
3. To forsake God is to be lost. That was the fatal turning point in Saul's history, both as a man and as the first king of Israel. There was everything to make him loyal to God. It was not the want of knowledge or the want of counsel that led him to stumble. It was a want of reverence for God as "King of kings." It was a want of will to do God's will, and a desire to follow the bent of his own heart in spite of all that God told him was right and wrong. So he forsook God. And what could God do, as a lover of truth and a lover of Israel, but forsake him.
(T. W. Hooper, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: So Saul died, and his three sons, and his armourbearer, and all his men, that same day together.