Daily Bible Reading “Saul’s Destruction” (1 Samuel 31:1-6)

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Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from 1 Samuel 31:1-6. The Philistines fought hard against Israel. The men of Israel tried to flee from them, but were slain at mount Gilboa. It was a day of great destruction for the people of Israel.

The Philistines chased Saul and his sons. They slew Saul’s sons, Jonathan, Abinadab, and Malchishua. They were hot on Saul’s trail as well. One of the archers hit Saul and wounded him, but he didn’t kill Saul.

Saul, not wanting to be killed at the hands of the Philistines, asked his armor-bearer to kill him with his sword. The armor-bearer couldn’t do as Saul requested.

Saul took his sword and fell on it. He took his life in his own hands. When the armor-bearer saw that Saul was dead, he fell on his sword as well.

It was a deadly day for Saul and his men. They lost Saul, his sons, his armor-bearer, and all his men.

This was a sad day for Israel. They suffered much loss. There must have been much grieving among those who were left.

We all suffer grief during our lives. What can we do in times of grief to comfort ourselves and one another? Who can we turn to when everything in life seems to be going wrong?


Daily Bible Reading:

1 Samuel 31:1-6

1 Now the Philistines fought against Israel: and the men of Israel fled from before the Philistines, and fell down slain in mount Gilboa.
2 And the Philistines followed hard upon Saul and upon his sons; and the Philistines slew Jonathan, and Abinadab, and Malchishua, Saul’s sons.
3 And the battle went sore against Saul, and the archers hit him; and he was sore wounded of the archers.
4 Then said Saul unto his armourbearer, Draw thy sword, and thrust me through therewith; lest these uncircumcised come and thrust me through, and abuse me. But his armourbearer would not; for he was sore afraid. Therefore Saul took a sword, and fell upon it.
5 And when his armourbearer saw that Saul was dead, he fell likewise upon his sword, and died with him.
6 So Saul died, and his three sons, and his armourbearer, and all his men, that same day together.


Things to think about:

  • What happened to Saul’s sons?
  • Why did Saul take his life in his own hands?
  • What happened to the armor-bearer?
  • Where can we turn for comfort when life is tough?


Prayer of the Day:

As we read this Scripture in 1 Samuel, we see it was a sad day for Israel. They were defeated in battle. There was much grief for the people. Help us during our times of grief to turn to You for comfort and support. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.


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