Saul takes his life
1Now the Philistines fought against Israel; the Israelites fled before them, and many fell dead on Mount Gilboa. 2The Philistines were in hot pursuit of Saul and his sons, and they killed his sons Jonathan, Abinadab and Malki-Shua. 3The fighting grew fierce around Saul, and when the archers overtook him, they wounded him critically.
4Saul said to his armour-bearer, ‘Draw your sword and run me through, or these uncircumcised fellows will come and run me through and abuse me.’
But the armour-bearer was terrified and would not do it; so Saul took his own sword and fell on it. 5When the armour-bearer saw that Saul was dead, he too fell on his sword and died with him. 6So Saul and his three sons and his armour-bearer and all his men died together that same day.
7When 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.
8The next day, when the Philistines came to strip the dead, they found Saul and his three sons fallen on Mount Gilboa. 9They cut off his head and stripped off his armour, and they sent messengers throughout the land of the Philistines to proclaim the news in the temple of their idols and among their people. 10They put his armour in the temple of the Ashtoreths and fastened his body to the wall of Beth Shan.
11When the people of Jabesh Gilead heard what the Philistines had done to Saul, 12all 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. 13Then they took their bones and buried them under a tamarisk tree at Jabesh, and they fasted seven days.
131:1 1Sam 28:4Na rĩrĩ, Afilisti makĩhũũrana na Isiraeli; nao andũ a Isiraeli makĩmoorĩra, na aingĩ ao makĩũragĩrwo kũu Kĩrĩma-inĩ kĩa Giliboa. 231:2 1Sam 28:19; 14:49Afilisti makĩhatĩrĩria Saũlũ na ariũ ake mũno, na makĩũraga ariũ acio ake, Jonathani, na Abinadabu, na Malikishua. 3Na rĩrĩ, mbaara nĩyaneneheire Saũlũ mũno mũno, na rĩrĩa aikia a mĩguĩ maamũkinyĩrire, makĩmũguraria mũno.
431:4 Atiir 9:54; Kĩam 34:14; 1Sam 28:4Nake Saũlũ akĩĩra mũkuui wake wa indo cia mbaara atĩrĩ, “Comora rũhiũ rwaku rwa njora ũũthece naruo, nĩguo andũ aya mataruaga matigooke maatheece na maanyararithie.”
No rĩrĩ, mũkuui ũcio wake wa indo cia mbaara agĩĩtigĩra mũno, akĩrega gwĩka ũguo; nĩ ũndũ ũcio Saũlũ akĩoya rũhiũ rwake rwa njora, akĩrũgwĩra. 5Rĩrĩa mũkuui wake wa indo cia mbaara onire atĩ Saũlũ nĩakua-rĩ, o nake akĩgwĩra rũhiũ rwake rwa njora, agĩkua. 631:6 1Sam 26:10Nĩ ũndũ ũcio Saũlũ, na ariũ ake atatũ, na mukuui wake wa indo cia mbaara, na andũ ake othe magĩkua hamwe mũthenya o ro ũcio.
7Rĩrĩa andũ a Isiraeli arĩa maarĩ mwena ũcio ũngĩ wa kĩanda na arĩa maarĩ mũrĩmo wa Jorodani moonire atĩ mbũtũ ya ita ya Isiraeli nĩyoora, na atĩ Saũlũ na ariũ ake nĩmakuĩte-rĩ, magĩtiganĩria matũũra mao makĩũra. Nao Afilisti magĩthiĩ magĩtũũra kuo.
831:8 2Sam 1:20Mũthenya ũyũ ũngĩ, Afilisti magĩthiĩ kũbora ciimba, magĩkora Saũlũ na ariũ ake atatũ makuĩte kũu Kĩrĩma-inĩ kĩa Giliboa. 931:9 2Sam 1:20; Atiir 16:24Nao makĩmũtinia mũtwe na makĩoya indo ciake cia mbaara, magĩcooka magĩtũma andũ mathiĩ bũrũri wothe wa Afilisti makaanĩrĩre ũhoro ũcio thĩinĩ wa hekarũ ya mĩhianano yao ya kũhooywo, na kũrĩ andũ ao. 1031:10 Atiir 2:12-13; Josh 17:11; 1Sam 7:3Makĩiga indo cia Saũlũ cia mbaara thĩinĩ wa hekarũ ya Ashitarothu, na mwĩrĩ wake makĩwoherera rũthingo-inĩ rwa Bethi-Shani.
1131:11 Atiir 21:8; 1Sam 11:1No rĩrĩa andũ a Jabeshi-Gileadi maaiguire ũrĩa Afilisti meekĩte Saũlũ-rĩ, 1231:12 Kĩam 38:24; Amos 6:10njamba ciao cia ita igĩthiĩ ũtukũ wothe nginya Bethi-Shani. Makĩruta mwĩrĩ wa Saũlũ na ya ariũ ake atatũ kuuma rũthingo-inĩ rwa Bethi-Shani, na magĩthiĩ nayo Jabeshi, magĩcooka makĩmĩcinĩra kuo. 1331:13 2Sam 21:12-14; Kĩam 21:33Magĩcooka makĩoya mahĩndĩ macio mao na makĩmathika gĩtina-inĩ kĩa mũtĩ wa mũbinde kũu Jabeshi, na makĩĩhinga kũrĩa irio mĩthenya mũgwanja.