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1 Samuel 31 - NIV

Saul Takes His Life

1 Now the Philistines fought against Israel; the Israelites fled before them, and many fell dead on Mount Gilboa.

2 The Philistines were in hot pursuit of Saul and his sons, and they killed his sons Jonathan, Abinadab and Malki-Shua.

3 The fighting grew fierce around Saul, and when the archers overtook him, they wounded him critically.

4 Saul said to his armor-bearer, “Draw your sword and run me through, or these uncircumcised fellows will come and run me through and abuse me.”
But his armor-bearer was terrified and would not do it; so Saul took his own sword and fell on it.

5 When the armor-bearer saw that Saul was dead, he too fell on his sword and died with him.

6 So Saul and his three sons and his armor-bearer and all his men died together that same day.

7 When the Israelites along the valley and those across the Jordan saw that the Israelite army had fled and that Saul and his sons had died, they abandoned their towns and fled. And the Philistines came and occupied them.

8 The next day, when the Philistines came to strip the dead, they found Saul and his three sons fallen on Mount Gilboa.

9 They cut off his head and stripped off his armor, and they sent messengers throughout the land of the Philistines to proclaim the news in the temple of their idols and among their people.

10 They put his armor in the temple of the Ashtoreths and fastened his body to the wall of Beth Shan.

11 When the people of Jabesh Gilead heard what the Philistines had done to Saul,

12 all their valiant men marched through the night to Beth Shan. They took down the bodies of Saul and his sons from the wall of Beth Shan and went to Jabesh, where they burned them.

13 Then they took their bones and buried them under a tamarisk tree at Jabesh, and they fasted seven days.

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Shared by: Christian Cheong on Aug, 2016
Summary: It is not enough to have great potential or show great promise. It is what you do with that potential that makes all the difference. A good beginning does not guarantee a good end. End your life well, to the glory of God.
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Shared by: Gary Christensen on Mar, 2016
Summary: Jesus wants to be The Harbor Master in our lives. He knows how to safely guide us into port. He knows the low spots, and only he knows how to get us there, safely. To do so, we must "give up our seat" as captain of our vessel. He must sit in the chair.
Paul Clemente avatar
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Shared by: Paul Clemente on Sep, 2015
Summary: What kind of people are we?
Series: 1 Samuel
Scripture: 1 Samuel 31:1-13
Denomination: Evangelical Free
Views: 441
David Rigg avatar
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Shared by: David Rigg on Jul, 2014
Summary: This sermon on the death of King Saul gives us lessons on the subject of mercy killing and euthanasia.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: 1 Samuel 31:1-13
Views: 658
James D. Thornber avatar
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Shared by: James D. Thornber on Mar, 2014
Summary: We look at some of the ways Saul played the fool so we can learn how NOT to go the direction Saul went.
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: 1 Samuel 31:1-13
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 1,151
Ralph Andrus avatar
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Shared by: Ralph Andrus on Sep, 2013
Summary: It was the best of times and the worst of times in the life of David & Saul
Scripture: 1 Samuel 1:1-31:13
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 764
William R. Nabaza avatar
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Shared by: William R. Nabaza on Dec, 2012
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Scripture: 1 Samuel 31:6
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Views: 758
Rick Boyne avatar
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Shared by: Rick Boyne on Dec, 2011
Summary: No matter the course of our life, we don’t have to end up a failure if we trust Jesus.
Scripture: 1 Samuel 31:1-13
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 895
Grant MacDonald avatar
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Shared by: Grant MacDonald on Nov, 2011
Summary: How do you respond to God's discipline?
Scripture: 1 Samuel 31:1-6
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Michael McCartney avatar
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Shared by: Michael McCartney on Jul, 2011
Summary: David’s story can be summarized like this: A nobody becomes a somebody who then becomes a fugitive and ends up in the end the King of Israel and called a man after God’s own heart – he did everything I wanted him to do.
John Perry avatar
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Shared by: John Perry on Jan, 2011
Summary: Making a wrong turn in life is something that anyone of us can & does do but the real failure is the failure to correct them.
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: 1 Samuel 31:1-6
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 2,050
Larry Wolfe avatar
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Shared by: Larry Wolfe on Jul, 2009
Summary: The life of Saul exposed
based on 1 rating
Scripture: 1 Samuel 31:1-13
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Views: 2,478
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Shared by: Larry Wolfe on Jul, 2009
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Shared by: Larry Wolfe on Jul, 2009
Summary: A description of certain backsliders in the Bible
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Scripture: 1 Samuel 31:1-13
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Views: 1,242
David Owens avatar
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Shared by: David Owens on Mar, 2009
Summary: As we look at the death of King Saul we are confronted with the reality of our own death and the need to be ready. We also are reminded of the grieving that results from all losses.
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Scripture: 1 Samuel 31:1-13
Views: 1,372
Neal Gracey avatar
Shared by: Neal Gracey on Dec, 2008
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Denomination: Baptist
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Dean O'Bryan avatar
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Shared by: Dean O'Bryan on Jul, 2008
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based on 5 ratings
Scripture: 1 Samuel 15:1-31:13
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,642
Adrian Warnock avatar
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Shared by: Adrian Warnock on Feb, 2007
Summary: This overview of the life of David looks at what we can learn about his servanthood.
Series: David
based on 7 ratings
Scripture: 1 Samuel 15:1-31:13
Views: 1,662
T. Michael Crews avatar
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Shared by: T. Michael Crews on Dec, 2006
Summary: An Exposition of 1 Sam. 31
based on 3 ratings
Scripture: 1 Samuel 31:1-13
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 2,148
Stephen Colaw avatar
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Shared by: Stephen Colaw on Nov, 2005
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Scripture: 1 Samuel 16:1-31:13
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Views: 2,950
Chris Appleby avatar
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Shared by: Chris Appleby on Apr, 2003
Summary: In the short term Saul’s reign was a failure. But in the longer term God had a king in mind for Israel, who, through his death and resurrection, would bring the salvation, the leadership, the rule that the nation needed and who, in fact, would extend that
based on 9 ratings
Scripture: 1 Samuel 31:1-13
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Views: 3,299
Timothy Smith avatar
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Shared by: Timothy Smith on Oct, 2002
Summary: Let’s examine the events that surround King Saul’s death and use them to engage in a Biblical discourse on dying.
based on 63 ratings
Scripture: 1 Samuel 31:1-13
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Views: 4,065
Dennis Deese avatar
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Shared by: Dennis Deese on Aug, 2002
Summary: Here we see a sad picture of a man’s last day of life that has been tarnished and humiliated by the death blow of sin. He was once known according to 1 Samuel 9:2 as a “choice young man.” But in the end all of the potential luster of his life has vanish
based on 22 ratings
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Views: 2,008
Doug Johnston avatar
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Shared by: Doug Johnston on Oct, 2001
Summary: Instead of being like King Saul, whose life ended with disappointment, we can be like King David, whose life was characterized by hope, even when death was near.
based on 33 ratings
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,052
Maurice Brown avatar
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Shared by: Maurice Brown on Jun, 2001
Summary: We can lose our crown just as Saul did!
based on 80 ratings
Scripture: 1 Samuel 31:1-13
Views: 6,127