Saul said to his weapon bearer, "Draw your sword and put me out of my misery, lest these pagan pigs come and make a game out of killing me."
When the weapon bearer saw that Saul was dead, he too fell on his sword and died with him.
So Saul, his three sons, and his weapon bearer - the men closest to him - died together that day.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)