In the foregoing chapter we had David conquering, yea, more than a conqueror. In this chapter we have Saul conquered and worse than a captive. Providence ordered it that both these things should be doing just at the same time. The very same day; perhaps, that David was triumphing over the Amalekites, were the Philistines triumphing over Saul. One is set over against the other, that men may see what comes of trusting in God and what comes of forsaking him. We left Saul ready to engage the Philistines, with a shaking hand and an aching heart, having had his doom read him from hell, which he would not regard when it was read him from heaven. Let us now see what becomes of him. Here is, I. His army routed, 1 Sam. 31:1. II. His three sons slain, 1 Sam. 31:2. III. Himself wounded (1 Sam. 31:3), and slain by his own hand, 1 Sam. 31:4. The death of his armour-bearer (1 Sam. 31:5) and all his men, 1 Sam. 31:6. IV. His country possessed by the Philistines, 1 Sam. 31:7. His camp plundered, and his dead body deserted, 1 Sam. 31:8. His fall triumphed in, 1 Sam. 31:9. His body publicly exposed (1 Sam. 31:10) and with difficulty rescued by the men of Jabesh-Gilead, 1 Sam. 31:11-13. Thus fell the man that was rejected of God.
Step 1 - Create an account or log in to start your free trial.
Starting your free trial of Bible Gateway Plus is easy. You’re already logged in with your Bible Gateway account. The next step is to enter your payment information. Your credit card won’t be charged until the trial period is over. You can cancel anytime during the trial period.
Click the button below to continue.
Step 1 - Create an account or log in to start your subscription.
You’ve already claimed your free trial of Bible Gateway Plus. To subscribe at our regular subscription rate of $3.99/month, click the button below.
Try Bible Gateway Plus, a brand-new service that lets you experience Bible Gateway free of banner ads! It also gives you instant access to over 40 Bible study and inspirational devotional books, including the NIV Study Bible. With Bible Gateway Plus, you can experience and understand God's Word in life-changing new ways, without the distraction of ads. Try it free for 30 days—you can cancel at any time. Following your 30-day free trial, Bible Gateway Plus is only $3.99/month.