Those Stinking Philistines

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“When they came to strip the slain and found King Saul and his sons dead, do you know what those stinking Philistines did?”

“What did they do?”

“They cut off the king’s head and stripped him of his armor. Then, they sent word that his death should be proclaimed in their pagan temple and throughout the land of Philistia.”

“How awful.”

“They put his armor in the temple of their gods and fastened his body to the wall of Beth Shan.”

“How barbaric.”

“Granted, Saul was a rotten and corrupt king but he didn’t deserve what they did to him.”

100 Words

This post is based on the unfortunate end to the reign of Saul, Israel’s first king.

This post is for the Friday’s Fictioneers hosted by  Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.  You can find this week’s prompt here. To read other stories or to participate, click here.

Source: Blue Letter Bible

15 Replies to “Those Stinking Philistines”

    1. Actually, he was severely wounded in the battle. After begging his armor-bearer to kill him, he committed suicide because he didn’t want the uncircumcised Philistines thrust him through and abuse him. His was an inglorious end.

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    1. One commentary suggests that the Philistines cut off Saul’s head in an act of retaliation for what happened to their champion, Goliath and that they acted in accordance with the customs of ancient warfare.

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