Saul and his sons died in a battle
1 Later, the Philistines again fought against the Israelis. The Israelis ran away from them, and ◄many Israelis were killed/the Philistines killed many Israelis► on Gilboa Mountain. 2 The Philistines caught up with Saul and his three sons, and they killed all three of his sons, Jonathan and Abinadab and Malchishua. 3 The fighting was very fierce around Saul. When the Philistine ◄archers/men with bows and arrows► caught up with Saul, they wounded him badly with their arrows.
4 Saul said to the man who was carrying his weapons, “Take out your sword and kill me with it, in order that these heathen Philistines wlll not be able to thrust their swords into me and make fun of me while I am dying.”
But the man who was carrying Saul's weapons was terrified, and refused to do that. So Saul took his own sword and fell on it. The sword pierced his body and he died. 5 When the man carrying his weapons saw that Saul was dead, he also threw himself on his own sword and died. 6 So Saul, three of his sons, and the man who carried Saul's weapons, all died on that same day.
7 When the Israeli people on the north side of the Jezreel Valley and on the east side of the Jordan River heard that the Israeli army had run away and that Saul and his sons had died, they left their towns and ran away. Then the Philistines came and occupied their towns.
8 The next day, when the Philistines came to take away the weapons of the dead Israeli soldiers, they found the bodies of Saul and his three sons on Gilboa Mountain. 9 They cut off Saul's head and took his weapons. Then they sent messengers throughout their land, to proclaim the news, in the temple where they kept their idols, and to the other people, that their army had defeated the Israelis. 10 They put Saul's weapons in the temple of their goddess Astarte. They also fastened the bodies of Saul and his sons to the wall that surrounded Beth-Shan city.
11 When the people who lived in Jabesh in the Gilead region heard what the Philistines had done to Saul's body, 12 all their bravest soldiers walked all night to Beth-Shan. They took the bodies of Saul and his sons down from the city wall, and they took them back to Jabesh and burned the bodies there. 13 They took the bones and buried them under a big tamarisk tree. Then they ◄fasted/abstained from eating food► for seven days.