F I R S T S A M U E L
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, ver. 1.
II. His three sons slain, ver.
2. III. Himself wounded (ver. 3), and slain by his own hand, ver. 4. The death of his
armour-bearer (ver. 5) and
all his men, ver. 6. IV.
His country possessed by the Philistines, ver. 7. His camp plundered, and his dead body
deserted, ver. 8. His fall
triumphed in, ver. 9. His
body publicly exposed (ver.
10) and with difficulty rescued by the men of
11-13. Thus fell the man that was rejected of God.