The next day, when the Philistines came to strip the dead, they found Saul and his sons fallen on Mount Gilboa.
They stripped him and took his head and his armor, and sent messengers throughout the land of the Philistines to proclaim the news among their idols and their people.
They put his armor in the temple of their gods and hung up his head in the temple of Dagon.111
When all the inhabitants of Jabesh Gilead2 heard of everything the Philistines had done to Saul,
all their valiant men went and took the bodies of Saul and his sons and brought them to Jabesh. Then they buried their bones under the great tree in Jabesh, and they fasted seven days.
Saul died3 because he was unfaithful4 to the LORD; he did not keep5 the word of the LORD and even consulted a medium6 for guidance,
and did not inquire of the LORD. So the LORD put him to death and turned7 the kingdom8 over to David son of Jesse.