And the Philistines have fought with Israel, and the men of
Israel flee from the face of the Philistines, and fall wounded in mount Gilboa,
and the Philistines pursue after Saul, and after his sons,
and the Philistines smite Jonathan, and Abinadab, and Malchi-Shua, sons of
And the battle is heavy on Saul, and those shooting
with the bow find him, and he is wounded by those shooting,
and Saul saith unto the bearer of his weapons, 'Draw thy
sword, and pierce me with it, lest these uncircumcised come -- and have abused
me.' And the bearer of his weapons hath not been willing, for he feareth
exceedingly, and Saul taketh the sword, and falleth upon it;
and the bearer of his weapons seeth that Saul is
dead, and falleth, he also, on the sword, and dieth;
and Saul dieth, and his three sons, and all his house --
together they died.
And all the men of Israel who are in the valley see
that they have fled, and that Saul and his sons have died, and they forsake
their cities and flee, and the Philistines come and dwell in them.
And it cometh to pass, on the morrow, that the Philistines
come to strip the wounded, and find Saul and his sons fallen in mount Gilboa,
and strip him, and bear away his head, and his weapons, and
send into the land of the Philistines round about to proclaim tidings to
their idols and the people,
and put his weapons in the house of their gods, and his
skull they have fixed in the house of Dagon.
And all Jabesh-Gilead hear of all that the Philistines have
done to Saul,
and all the men of valour rise and bear away the body of
Saul, and the bodies of his sons, and bring them in to Jabesh, and bury their
bones under the oak in Jabesh, and fast seven days.
And Saul dieth because of his trespass that he trespassed
against Jehovah, against the word of Jehovah that he kept not, and also for
asking at a familiar spirit -- to inquire, --
and he inquired not at Jehovah, and He putteth him to death,
and turneth round the kingdom to David son of Jesse.