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1 Samuel 31:3

    1 Samuel 31:3 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And the battle went sore against Saul, and the archers hit him; and he was sore wounded of the archers.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And the battle went sore against Saul, and the archers hit him; and he was sore wounded of the archers.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And the battle went sore against Saul, and the archers overtook him; and he was greatly distressed by reason of the archers.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And the fight was going badly for Saul, and the archers came across him, and he was wounded by the archers.

    Webster's Revision

    And the battle went sore against Saul, and the archers overtook him; and he was greatly distressed by reason of the archers.

    World English Bible

    The battle went hard against Saul, and the archers overtook him; and he was greatly distressed by reason of the archers.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And the battle went sore against Saul, and the archers overtook him; and he was greatly distressed by reason of the archers.

    Clarke's Commentary on 1 Samuel 31:3

    He was sore wounded of the archers - It is likely that Saul's sons were slain by the archers, and that Saul was now mortally wounded by the same. Houbigant translates, The archers rushed upon him, from whom he received a grievous wound. He farther remarks that had not Saul been grievously wounded, and beyond hope of recovery, he would not have wished his armor-bearer to despatch him; as he might have continued still to fight, or have made his escape from this most disastrous battle. Some of the versions render it, He Feared the archers greatly; but this is by no means likely.

    Barnes' Notes on 1 Samuel 31:3

    He was sore wounded - Better, "he was sore afraid" (compare Deuteronomy 2:25). Saul's fear is explained in 1 Samuel 31:4.