New International Version

1 Samuel 31

Saul Takes His Life

1Now the Philistines fought against Israel; the Israelites fled before them, and many fell dead on Mount Gilboa. The Philistines were in hot pursuit of Saul and his sons, and they killed his sons Jonathan, Abinadab and Malki-Shua. The fighting grew fierce around Saul, and when the archers overtook him, they wounded him critically.

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. When the armor-bearer saw that Saul was dead, he too fell on his sword and died with him. So Saul and his three sons and his armor-bearer and all his men died together that same day.

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.

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

Japanese Living Bible

サムエル記Ⅰ 31

サウルの死

1その間に、ペリシテ人はイスラエル人と戦いを始めました。イスラエル軍はあえなく敗走し、ギルボア山で大多数が戦死しました。 ペリシテ軍はサウルを追い詰め、息子のヨナタン、アビナダブ、マルキ・シュアを殺しました。

3-4 なお、射手たちはサウルをねらい打ちにし、ついに致命傷を負わせました。王は苦しい息の下から、よろい持ちの護衛兵に言いました。「あの、神を知らぬペリシテ人に捕らえられて恥辱を受けるより、いっそ、おまえの剣で殺してくれ。」しかし、よろい持ちが恐れてためらっていると、王は自分の剣を取り、その切っ先の上にうつ伏せに倒れ、壮烈な最期を遂げました。 王の死を見届けると、よろい持ちも、自ら剣の上にうつ伏せに倒れて殉死しました。 こうして、同じ日のうちに、王と三人の息子、よろい持ち、それに兵士たちが次々に死んだのです。 谷の向かい側やヨルダン川の対岸にいたイスラエル人は、味方の兵士たちが逃げ出し、王とその息子たちが死んだことを聞くと、町々を捨てて逃げ去りました。それで、その町々にはペリシテ人が住むようになったのです。

翌日、ペリシテ人は死者たちの遺品をはぎ取りに来て、サウルと三人の息子の遺体をギルボア山で発見しました。 彼らは王の首を切り、武具をはぎ取りました。そして、国中の偶像の神殿と国民とに、サウル王を討ち取ったという朗報を伝えました。 10 サウル王の武具はアシュタロテの神殿に奉納され、しかばねはベテ・シャンの城壁にさらされました。 11 ヤベシュ・ギルアデの住民は、このペリシテ人の仕打ちを聞くと、 12 さっそく勇士たちが夜通しベテ・シャン目指して歩いて行って、サウル王とその息子たちの死体を城壁から降ろし、ヤベシュに運んで火葬にしたのです。 13 その骨はヤベシュにある柳の木の根もとに葬られ、人々は七日の間断食して、喪に服しました。