1 The Philistines were fighting against Israel, and each soldier of Israel fled before the Philistines. They fell slain on the mountain of Gilboa. 2 The Philistines followed after Saul and after his sons, and the Philistines struck down Jonathan, Abinadab, and Malchi-shua, Saul's sons. 3 The heaviest fighting was against Saul, and when the archers who were shooting located Saul, he was gravely wounded by them. 4 Saul ordered his armor bearer, "Draw your sword and run me through with it, or these uncircumcised people will come and abuse me." 5 But his armor bearer did not want to do it because he was very frightened, so Saul took the sword and fell on it. When his armor bearer saw that Saul was dead, he also fell on his sword and died. 6 Therefore Saul, his three sons, and all his entire household died together.
7 When that part of the army of Israel that was in the valley saw that the rest of the army of Israel had fled and that Saul and his sons were dead, they abandoned their cities and fled, and the Philistines came and occupied them.
8 The Philistines came to strip the dead the next day, and they found Saul dead on Gilboa mountain, along with his sons. 9 They stripped him, took his head and armor, and sent messengers throughout the territory of the Philistines to report the news to their idols and to the people. 10 Then they put Saul's armor in the temple of their gods and fastened his skull to the wall of the temple of Dagon.
11 When all the residents of Jabesh-gilead heard everything that the Philistines had done to Saul, 12 every valiant soldier got up, removed the bodies of Saul and his sons, took them to Jabesh, and buried their bones under the tamarisk tree in Jabesh. Then they fasted for seven days.
13 So Saul died for his transgressions; that is, he acted unfaithfully to the LORD by transgressing the message from the LORD (which he did not keep), by consulting a medium for advice, 14 and by not seeking counsel from the LORD, who therefore put him to death and turned the kingdom over to Jesse's son David.