And the Philistines are fighting against Israel, and the men
of Israel flee from the face of the Philistines, and fall wounded in mount
and the Philistines follow Saul and his sons, and the Philistines
smite Jonathan, and Abinadab, and Malchishua, sons of Saul.
And the battle is hard against Saul, and the archers find
him -- men with bow -- and he is pained greatly by the archers;
and Saul saith to the bearer of his weapons, 'Draw thy
sword, and pierce me with it, lest they come -- these uncircumcised -- and have
pierced me, and rolled themselves on me;' and the bearer of his weapons hath
not been willing, for he is greatly afraid, and Saul taketh the sword, and
falleth upon it.
And the bearer of his weapons seeth that Saul is
dead, and he falleth -- he also -- on his sword, and dieth with him;
and Saul dieth, and three of his sons, and the bearer of his
weapons, also all his men, on that day together.
And they see -- the men of Israel, who are beyond the
valley, and who are beyond the Jordan -- that the men of Israel have
fled, and that Saul and his sons have died, and they forsake the cities and
flee, and Philistines come in, and dwell in them.
And it cometh to pass on the morrow, that the Philistines
come to strip the wounded, and they find Saul and his three sons fallen on
and they cut off his head, and strip off his weapons, and
send into the land of the Philistines round about, to proclaim tidings in
the house of their idols, and among the people;
and they place his weapons in the house of Ashtaroth,
and his body they have fixed on the wall of Beth-Shan.
And they hear regarding it -- the inhabitants of
Jabesh-Gilead -- that which the Philistines have done to Saul,
and all the men of valour arise, and go all the night, and take
the body of Saul, and the bodies of his sons, from the wall of Beth-Shan, and
come in to Jabesh, and burn them there,
and they take their bones, and bury them under the
tamarisk in Jabesh, and fast seven days.