boiling spring, a mountain range, now Jebel Fukua', memorable as the scene of Saul's disastrous defeat by the Philistines. Here also his three sons were slain, and he himself died by his own hand (1 Sam. 28:4; 31:1-8; 2 Sam. 1:6-21; 21:12; 1 Chr. 10:1, 8). It was a low barren range of mountains bounding the valley of Esdraelon (Jezreel) on the east, between it and the Jordan valley. When the tidings of this defeat were conveyed to David, he gave utterance to those pathetic words in the "Song of the Bow" (2 Sam. 1:19-27).
It were well for thee and thy men to cross the plains of Esdraelon and get into the mountains of gilboa.
Saul's courage was well illustrated in the final battle on gilboa.
Not far from there, somewhat towards the east, run the hill-tops of gilboa (2,000 feet).
Standing out boldly to the southeast was the battle-field of gilboa.
Ye mountains of gilboa, let there be no dew, neither rain upon you.
They fled to the mountains of gilboa, but they were pursued, and routed by the Philistines.
Ye mountains of gilboa, let there be no dew nor rain upon you, nor offerings of first-fruits!
He was true to Saul, his father; he fell at gilboa fighting by his side.
The heavy cloud which had brooded so long over the doomed king broke in lightning crash on the disastrous field of gilboa.
Turning a little southward, you have in view the high mountains of gilboa, fatal to Saul and his sons.