1The Philistine people fought against the people of Israel. The people of Israel ran away from the Philistines. Many Israelite people were killed on Mount Gilboa. 2The Philistines continued chasing Saul and his sons. They caught them and killed them. The Philistines killed Saul’s sons Jonathan, Abinadab, and Malki Shua. 3The fighting became heavy around Saul. The archers shot Saul with their arrows and wounded him. 4Then Saul said to his armorbearer, “Pull out your sword and use it to kill me. Then those foreigners will not hurt me and make fun of me when they come.” But Saul’s armorbearer was afraid. He refused to kill Saul. Then Saul used his own sword to kill himself. He fell on the point of his sword. 5The armorbearer saw that Saul was dead. Then he also killed himself. He fell on the point of his own sword and died. 6So Saul and three of his sons died. All of Saul’s family died together. 7All the people of Israel living in the valley saw that their own army had run away. They saw that Saul and his sons were dead. So they left their towns and ran away. Then the Philistine people came into the towns the people of Israel had left. And the Philistine people lived in those towns. 8The next day, the Philistine people came to take valuable things from the dead bodies. They found Saul’s body and the bodies of his sons on Mount Gilboa. 9The Philistines took things from Saul’s body. They took Saul’s head and armor. They sent messengers through all their country to tell the news to their false gods and to their people. 10The Philistines put Saul’s armor in the temple of their false gods. They hung Saul’s head in the temple of Dagon. 11All the people living in the town of Jabesh Gilead heard everything the Philistine people had done to Saul. 12All the brave men from Jabesh Gilead went to get the bodies of Saul and his sons. They brought them back to Jabesh Gilead. Those brave men buried the bones of Saul and his sons under the large tree in Jabesh. Then they showed their sadness and fasted for seven days. 13Saul died because he was not faithful to the Lord. Saul did not obey the Lord’s word. Saul also went to a medium and asked her for advice 14instead of asking the Lord. That is why the Lord killed Saul and gave the kingdom to Jesse’s son David.
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