So Saul and his three sons and his armor-bearer and all his men died1 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 Philistines2 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 news3 in the temple of their idols and among their people.410
They put his armor in the temple of the Ashtoreths5 and fastened his body to the wall of Beth Shan.611
When the people of Jabesh Gilead7 heard of what the Philistines had done to Saul,
all their valiant men8 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 burned9 them.
Then they took their bones10 and buried them under a tamarisk11 tree at Jabesh, and they fasted12 seven days.13