Then said Saul to his armorbearer, Draw your sword, and thrust me through with it; lest these uncircumcised come and abuse me. But his armorbearer would not; for he was greatly afraid. So Saul took a sword, and fell upon it.
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But (a) Jabes invocated the God of Israel, saying: If blessing thou wilt bless me, and wilt enlarge my borders, and thy hand be with me, and thou wilt make that I be not oppressed by malice. And God granted the things that he prayed for.
(a) In joining a vow to his prayer he imitated holy Jacob. Gen. 28. And they both desired temporal things for the better serving of God, & advancing his Glory; especially that they might be assisted with grace not to yield to temptations, nor sin of malice.