1 Samuel 31
Saul having lost his army, and his sons slain, he and his armourbearer kill themselves.
1 Samuel 31:1 And the Philistines are fighting against Israel, and the men of Israel flee from the face of the Philistines, and fall wounded in mount Gilboa, 1 Samuel 31:2 and the Philistines follow Saul and his sons, and the Philistines smite Jonathan, and Abinadab, and Malchishua, sons of Saul. 1 Samuel 31:3 And the battle is hard against Saul, and the archers find himmen with bowand he is pained greatly by the archers; 1 Samuel 31:4 and Saul saith to the bearer of his weapons, 'Draw thy sword, and pierce me with it, lest they comethese uncircumcisedand have pierced me, and rolled themselves on me;' and the bearer of his weapons hath not been willing, for he is greatly afraid, and Saul taketh the sword, and falleth upon it. 1 Samuel 31:5 And the bearer of his weapons seeth that Saul [is] dead, and he fallethhe alsoon his sword, and dieth with him; 1 Samuel 31:6 and Saul dieth, and three of his sons, and the bearer of his weapons, also all his men, on that day together.
The Philistines possess the forsaken towns of the Israelites.
1 Samuel 31:7 And they seethe men of Israel, who [are] beyond the valley, and who [are] beyond the Jordanthat the men of Israel have fled, and that Saul and his sons have died, and they forsake the cities and flee, and Philistines come in, and dwell in them.
They triumph over the dead carcases.
1 Samuel 31:8 And it cometh to pass on the morrow, that the Philistines come to strip the wounded, and they find Saul and his three sons fallen on mount Gilboa, 1 Samuel 31:9 and they cut off his head, and strip off his weapons, and send into the land of the Philistines round about, to proclaim tidings [in] the house of their idols, and [among] the people; 1 Samuel 31:10 and they place his weapons [in] the house of Ashtaroth, and his body they have fixed on the wall of Beth-Shan.
They of Jabesh-gilead, recovering the bodies by night, burn them at Jabesh, and mournfully bury their bones.
1 Samuel 31:11 And they hear regarding itthe inhabitants of Jabesh-Gileadthat which the Philistines have done to Saul, 1 Samuel 31:12 and all the men of valour arise, and go all the night, and take the body of Saul, and the bodies of his sons, from the wall of Beth-Shan, and come in to Jabesh, and burn them there, 1 Samuel 31:13 and they take their bones, and bury [them] under the tamarisk in Jabesh, and fast seven days.