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1 Samuel 31:1-13 Saul and His Sons are Killed in Battle 1 Samuel 31:1-13 records the tragic death of Saul and his sons Saul in battle against the Philistines. King Saul reigned in Israel for about forty years (Acts 13:21).
Acts 13:21, “And afterward they desired a king: and God gave unto them Saul the son of Cis, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, by the space of forty years.”
1 Samuel 31:1 Now the Philistines fought against Israel: and the men of Israel fled from before the Philistines, and fell down slain in mount Gilboa.
1 Samuel 31:1 Comments - Note the contrast here of David's victory against Saul's defeat.
1 Samuel 31:13 And they took their bones, and buried them under a tree at Jabesh, and fasted seven days.
1 Samuel 31:13 Comments - David will later dig up the bones of Saul’s sons and bury them in the sepulchre of their father, Kish (See 2 Samuel 21:12-14).
1 Samuel 31:11-13 Comments - The Men of Jabeshgilead Recover the Body of Saul and His Sons - Note in 1 Samuel 11:1-15 Saul rescued this city from the Ammonites. Now these inhabitants of Jabesh Gilead see that it is time to repay this favour.
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Everett, Gary H. "Commentary on 1 Samuel 31". Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures. https://studylight.org/
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