The fighting grew fierce around Saul, and when the archers overtook him, they wounded1 him critically.
Saul said to his armor-bearer, "Draw your sword and run me through,2 or these uncircumcised3 fellows will come and run me through and abuse me." But his armor-bearer was terrified and would not do it; so Saul took his own sword and fell on it.
When the armor-bearer saw that Saul was dead, he too fell on his sword and died with him.
So Saul and his three sons and his armor-bearer and all his men died4 together that same day.
When the Israelites along the valley and those across the Jordan saw that the Israelite army had fled and that Saul and his sons had died, they abandoned their towns and fled. And the Philistines came and occupied them.
The next day, when the Philistines5 came to strip the dead, they found Saul and his three sons fallen on Mount Gilboa.
They cut off his head and stripped off his armor, and they sent messengers throughout the land of the Philistines to proclaim the news6 in the temple of their idols and among their people.710
They put his armor in the temple of the Ashtoreths8 and fastened his body to the wall of Beth Shan.911
When the people of Jabesh Gilead10 heard of what the Philistines had done to Saul,
all their valiant men11 journeyed through the night to Beth Shan. They took down the bodies of Saul and his sons from the wall of Beth Shan and went to Jabesh, where they burned12 them.
Then they took their bones13 and buried them under a tamarisk14 tree at Jabesh, and they fasted15 seven days.16