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1 Samuel 31

Muerte de Saúl

1Los filisteos fueron a la guerra contra Israel, y los israelitas huyeron ante ellos. Muchos cayeron muertos en el monte Guilboa. Entonces los filisteos se fueron en persecución de Saúl, y lograron matar a sus hijos Jonatán, Abinadab y Malquisúa. La batalla se intensificó contra Saúl, y los arqueros lo alcanzaron con sus flechas. Al verse gravemente herido, Saúl le dijo a su escudero: «Saca la espada y mátame, no sea que lo hagan esos incircuncisos cuando lleguen, y se diviertan a costa mía.»

Pero el escudero estaba tan asustado que no quiso hacerlo, de modo que Saúl mismo tomó su espada y se dejó caer sobre ella. Cuando el escudero vio que Saúl caía muerto, también él se arrojó sobre su propia espada y murió con él. Así, en un mismo día murieron Saúl, sus tres hijos, su escudero y todos sus hombres.

Cuando los israelitas que vivían al otro lado del valle y del Jordán vieron que el ejército de Israel había huido, y que Saúl y sus hijos habían muerto, también ellos abandonaron sus ciudades y se dieron a la fuga. Así fue como los filisteos las ocuparon.

Al otro día, cuando los filisteos llegaron para despojar a los cadáveres, encontraron a Saúl y a sus hijos muertos en el monte Guilboa. Entonces lo decapitaron, le quitaron las armas, y enviaron mensajeros por todo el país filisteo para que proclamaran la noticia en el templo de sus ídolos y ante todo el pueblo. 10 Sus armas las depositaron en el templo de la diosa *Astarté, y su cadáver lo colgaron en el muro de Betsán.

11 Cuando los habitantes de Jabés de Galaad se enteraron de lo que habían hecho los filisteos con Saúl, 12 los más valientes de ellos caminaron toda la noche hacia Betsán, tomaron los cuerpos de Saúl y de sus hijos y, luego de bajarlos del muro, regresaron a Jabés. Allí los incineraron, 13 y luego tomaron los huesos y los enterraron a la sombra del tamarisco de Jabés. Después de eso guardaron siete días de ayuno.

New International Reader's Version

1 Samuel 31

Saul Takes His Own Life

1The Philistines fought against the Israelites. The Israelites ran away from them. But many Israelites were killed on Mount Gilboa. The Philistines kept chasing Saul and his sons. They killed his sons Jonathan, Abinadab and Malki-Shua. The fighting was heavy around Saul. Men who were armed with bows and arrows caught up with him. They shot their arrows at him and wounded him badly.

Saul spoke to the man carrying his armor. He said, “Pull out your sword. Stick it through me. If you don’t, these fellows who aren’t circumcised will come. They’ll stick their swords through me and hurt me badly.”

But the man was terrified. He wouldn’t do it. So Saul took his own sword and fell on it. The man saw that Saul was dead. So he fell on his own sword and died with him. Saul and his three sons died together that same day. The man who carried his armor also died with them that day. So did all of Saul’s men.

The Israelites who lived along the valley saw that their army had run away. So did those who lived across the Jordan River. They saw that Saul and his sons were dead. So they left their towns and ran away. Then the Philistines came and made their homes in them.

The day after the Philistines had won the battle, they came to take what they wanted from the dead bodies. They found Saul and his three sons dead on Mount Gilboa. So they cut off Saul’s head. They took his armor from his body. Then they sent messengers through the whole land of the Philistines. They announced the news in the temple where they had set up statues of their gods. They also announced it among their people. 10 They put Saul’s armor in the temple where they had set up statues of female gods that were named Ashtoreth. They hung his body up on the wall of Beth Shan.

11 The people of Jabesh Gilead heard about what the Philistines had done to Saul. 12 So all their brave men marched through the night to Beth Shan. They took down the bodies of Saul and his sons from the wall of Beth Shan. They brought them to Jabesh. There they burned them. 13 Then they got the bones of Saul and his sons and buried them under a tamarisk tree at Jabesh. They didn’t eat anything for seven days.