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1 Chronicles 10:1-14

10  And the Philistines fought the Israelites, and the men of Israel ran before the Philistines, and fell stabbed through on Mount Gilboaʽ. 2  And the Philistines kept close after Saul and his sons; and the Philistines killed Saul’s sons Jonathan and Abinadab and Malki-Shuaʽ. 3  And the onslaught on Saul was fierce, and the archers hit him, and he was hurt by the archers. 4  And Saul said to his squire “Draw your sword and run me through with it, for fear these uncircumcised fellows should come and amuse themselves with me”; but his squire would not, because he was too much afraid. But Saul took his sword and threw himself on it; 5  and his squire saw that Saul was dead, and he too threw himself on his own sword and died. 6  And Saul and his three sons and all his household died. 7  And all the men of Israel in the Vale saw that they had fled and that Saul and his sons were dead, and they left their cities and fled, and the Philistines came and lived in the cities. 8  And on the next day the Philistines came to strip the killed, and found Saul and his sons fallen on Mount Gilboaʽ; 9  and they stripped him and took his head and his equipment and sent them around through the Philistine country to bring the news to their idols and the people, 10  and put his equipment in the temple of their god; and his skull they pegged up in the temple of Dagon. 11  And all Jabesh in Gilead heard what the Philistines had done to Saul; 12*  and all the bravest men set out and took up the remains of Saul and his sons and brought them to Jabesh, and buried their bones under the terebinth tree at Jabesh, and fasted seven days. 13  And Saul died for his unfaithfulness that he had committed against Jehovah as to Jehovah’s word which he did not observe, and also in that he asked for a medium to inquire of, 14  and did not inquire of Jehovah, and he brought him to death and diverted the kingship to David the son of Jesse.


10:12 Or oak tree