Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown
valiant men arose, and went all night, and took the body of Saul and the bodies of his sons—Considering that Beth-shan is an hour and a half's distance, and by a narrow upland passage, to the west of the Jordan (the whole being a journey from Jabesh-gilead of about ten miles), they must have made all haste to travel thither to carry off the headless bodies and return to their own side of the Jordan in the course of a single night.
burnt them—This was not a Hebrew custom. It was probably resorted to on this occasion to prevent all risk of the Beth-shanites coming to disinter the royal remains for further insult.
THE MEN OF JABESH-GILEAD RECOVER THE BODIES AND BURY THEM AT JABESH. (I Samuel 31:11-13)
the inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead heard of that which the Philistines had done—Mindful of the important and timely services Saul had rendered them, they gratefully and heroically resolved not to suffer such indignities to be inflicted on the remains of the royal family.
Other Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown entries containing 1 Samuel 31:12:
1 Samuel 31:11-13
1 Chronicles 10:1
2 Chronicles 16:14
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