The next day, when the Philistines came to rob the dead, they found Saul and his three sons dead on Mount Gilboa.
They cut off Saul's head and stripped off his armor. Then they spread the good news all through Philistine country in the shrines of their idols and among the people.
They displayed his armor in the shrine of the Ashtoreth. They nailed his corpse to the wall at Beth Shan.
The people of Jabesh Gilead heard what the Philistines had done to Saul.
Their valiant men sprang into action. They traveled all night, took the corpses of Saul and his three sons from the wall at Beth Shan, and carried them back to Jabesh and burned off the flesh.
They then buried the bones under the tamarisk tree in Jabesh and fasted in mourning for seven days.
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)