1Now the Philistines fought against Israel: and the men of Israel
fled from before the Philistines, and fell down slain on Mount Gilboa.
2The Philistines followed hard after Saul and after his sons; and the
Philistines killed Jonathan, and Abinadab, and Malchishua, the sons of Saul.
3The battle went sore against Saul, and the archers overtook him; and he
was distressed by reason of the archers.
4Then said Saul to his
armor bearer, Draw your sword, and thrust me through therewith, lest these
uncircumcised come and abuse me. But his armor bearer would not; for he was
sore afraid. Therefore Saul took his sword, and fell on it.
armor bearer saw that Saul was dead, he likewise fell on his sword, and died.
6So Saul died, and his three sons; and all his house died together.
7When all the men of Israel who were in the valley saw that they fled,
and that Saul and his sons were dead, they forsook their cities, and fled;
and the Philistines came and lived in them.
8It happened on the next day,
when the Philistines came to strip the slain, that they found Saul and his
sons fallen on Mount Gilboa.
9They stripped him, and took his head, and
his armor, and sent into the land of the Philistines round about, to carry
the news to their idols, and to the people.
10They put his armor in the
house of their gods, and fastened his head in the house of Dagon.
all Jabesh Gilead heard all that the Philistines had done to Saul,
the valiant men arose, and took away the body of Saul, and the bodies of his
sons, and brought them to Jabesh, and buried their bones under the oak in
Jabesh, and fasted seven days.
13So Saul died for his trespass which he
committed against Yahweh, because of the word of Yahweh, which he didn’t
keep; and also because he asked counsel of one who had a familiar spirit, to
14and didn’t inquire of Yahweh: therefore he
killed him, and turned the kingdom to David the son of Jesse.