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1 Samuel 31:1-13

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 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. 5When the armor-bearer saw that Saul was dead, he too fell on his sword and died with him. 6So Saul and his three sons and his armor-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 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. 10They put his armor 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.

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1 Samuel 31:1-13

Morte de Saul e dos filhos

(1 Cr 10.1-14)

1Os filisteus atacaram e derrotaram as tropas israelitas, as quais fugiram, tendo sido liquidadas no sopé do monte Gilboa. 2Os filisteus foram atrás de Saul e dos seus três filhos e mataram Jónatas, Abinadabe e Malquisua. 3A luta cresceu depois com violência em volta de Saul e os frecheiros conseguiram feri-lo gravemente.

4Então ele gritou ao seu escudeiro: “Desembainha a tua espada e atravessa-me com ela, antes que esta gente incircuncisa me mate, gabando-se ainda do que fizeram.” Mas o homem teve medo de fazer tal coisa. Por isso, Saul pegou na sua própria espada e atirou-se sobre ela. 5Nessa altura, o escudeiro, vendo que Saul estava morto, matou-se da mesma forma. 6Assim, Saul e o seu pajem, os seus três filhos e as suas tropas morreram no mesmo dia.

7Quando os israelitas do outro lado do vale, para lá do Jordão, ouviram que os seus compatriotas tinham fugido e que Saul e os filhos tinham morrido, abandonaram as cidades, e os filisteus foram viver nelas.

8No dia seguinte, quando os filisteus vieram para despojar os mortos, encontraram os corpos de Saul e dos seus três filhos no monte Gilboa. 9Cortaram a cabeça a Saul, tiraram-lhe as armas e anunciaram-no nos templos dos seus deuses e ao seu povo por toda a terra. 10As suas armas foram colocadas no templo de Astarote e o seu corpo pendurado no muro de Bete-Seã.

11Quando o povo de Jabes-Gileade ouviu o que os filisteus tinham feito ao corpo de Saul, 12os seus guerreiros, os mais valentes, foram de noite até Bete-Seã, retiraram de lá os corpos de Saul e dos filhos e trouxeram-nos para Jabes onde os queimaram. 13O que restou enterraram sob o carvalho de Jabes, jejuando depois por sete dias.