1 Samuel 31

Before Reading.

  • Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.


  • Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
  • Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
  • Take a note if you have question, inspiration.   

Read 1 Samuel 31

The death of Saul and his sons.

The last chapter of 1 Samuel described how King Saul and his sons ended their life.

At the battle on the mountain, the Philistine pressed the Israelites and killed King Saul’s three sons.

King Saul came to the battle in spite of knowing the outcome. He was wounded critically by the Philistine archers. To avoid being captured by the Philistine, he took his own life. And the Philistines abused his corpse. The prophecy of 1 Samuel 28:19 was fulfilled.

The inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead (v.11) were people whom King Saul rescued in his first act of king (1 Samuel 10:27-11:13). They rode at risk into Philistine territory to capture the corpses of Saul and his sons.

The first king of Israel, requested by the Israelites and anointed by prophet Samuel reluctantly, Saul had lived his life of rise and fall. However, his whole life and kingship was under the covenant of God through which a next king David arose.

1. What does this passage tell you about God?

2. What does this passage tell you about people.?

3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?  

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