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The overthrow and death of Saul, ver. 1 - 7.
The triumph of the Philistines, ver. 8 - 10.
The men of Jabesh - gilead take down and bury the
bodies of Saul and his sons, ver. 11, 12.
The reason of Saul's death, ver. 13, 14.
1: The men of Israel fled, &c. - Thus princes sin and the people
suffer for it. No doubt there was enough in them to deserve it. But that
which divine justice had chiefly an eye to, was the sin of Saul.
Great men should in an especial manner, take heed of provoking God's wrath.
For if they kindle that fire, they know not how many may be consumed by it
for their sakes.
6: His house - All his children, then present with him, namely,
his three sons, for Ishbosheth and Mephiboshieth were not slain.
10: Temple of Dagon - If we give not God the glory of our successes,
even Philistines will rise up in judgment with us and condemn us.
Shall Dagon have so great a place in their triumphs, and the true God
be forgotten in ours?
12: Seven days - Every day 'till evening, after the manner of the
13: The word - Against God's express command: which is a great
aggravation of any sin. Familiar spirit - Which also was contrary to
a manifest command, (Le 19:31).
14: Enquired not - He did in some sort, but not in a right manner,
not humbly and penitently, not diligently and importunately, not patiently
and perseveringly. Nor 'till he was brought to the last extremity.
And then it was too late.