Saul and His Sons Slain (Defeat and Death of Saul and His Sons)
1 Now the Philistines were fighting against Israel, and the men of Israel fled from before the Philistines and fell slain on Mount Gilboa. 2 The Philistines closely pursued and overtook Saul and his sons; and the Philistines struck down Jonathan and Abinadab and Malchi-shua the sons of Saul. 3 The battle became heavy against Saul, and the archers overtook him; and he was badly wounded by the archers. 4 Then Saul said to his armor bearer, “Draw your sword and thrust me through with it, otherwise these uncircumcised will come and pierce me through and make sport of me.” But his armor bearer would not, for he was greatly afraid. So Saul took his sword and fell on it. 5 When his armor bearer saw that Saul was dead, he likewise fell on his sword and died with him. 6 Thus Saul died with his three sons and his armor bearer; all his men, those of his house, on that day died together. 7 When the men of Israel who were on the other side in the valley, with those who were beyond the Jordan, saw that the men of Israel had fled and that Saul and his sons were dead, they abandoned their cities and fled; then the Philistines came and lived in them. 8 It came about on the next day when the Philistines came to strip the slain, that they found Saul and his three sons fallen on Mount Gilboa. 9 They cut off his head and stripped off his weapons, and messengers sent them throughout the land of the Philistines, to carry the good news to the house of their idols and to the people. 10 They put his weapons in the temple of Ashtaroth, and they fastened his body to the wall of Beth-shan. They put his armor in the house of their gods and fastened his head in the house of Dagon.
Jabesh-gilead’s Tribute to Saul
11 Now when all the inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead heard all that the Philistines had done to Saul, 12 all the valiant men arose and walked all night, and took away the body of Saul and the bodies of his sons from the wall of Beth-shan, and they came and brought them to Jabesh and burned them there. 13 (1 Sam) They took their bones and buried them under the tamarisk (oak) tree at Jabesh, and fasted seven days. 13 (1 Chr) So Saul died for his trespass which he committed against the LORD, because of the word of the LORD which he did not keep; and also because he asked counsel of a medium, making inquiry of it, 14 and did not inquire of the LORD. Therefore He killed him and turned the kingdom to David the son of Jesse.
Scripture taken or blended from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE (R), Copyright (C) 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.