The Holy Bible: King James Version. 2000.
The First Book of the Chronicles
The Death of Saul and His Sons
1 Sam. 31.1-13
Now the Philistines fought against Israel; and the men of Israel fled from before the Philistines, and fell down slain in mount Gilbo'a.
And the Philistines followed hard after Saul, and after his sons; and the Philistines slew Jonathan, and Abin'adab, and Malchishu'a, the sons of Saul.
And the battle went sore against Saul, and the archers hit him, and he was wounded of the archers.
Then said Saul to his armor-bearer, Draw thy sword, and thrust me through therewith; lest these uncircumcised come and abuse me. But his armor-bearer would not; for he was sore afraid. So Saul took a sword, and fell upon it.
And when his armor-bearer saw that Saul was dead, he fell likewise on the sword, and died.
So Saul died, and his three sons, and all his house died together.
And when all the men of Israel that were in the valley saw that they fled, and that Saul and his sons were dead, then they forsook their cities, and fled: and the Philistines came and dwelt in them.
¶ And it came to pass on the morrow, when the Philistines came to strip the slain, that they found Saul and his sons fallen in mount Gilbo'a.
And when they had stripped him, they took his head, and his armor, and sent into the land of the Philistines round about, to carry tidings unto their idols, and to the people.
And they put his armor in the house of their gods, and fastened his head in the temple of Dagon.
And when all Ja'beshgil'e-ad heard all that the Philistines had done to Saul,
they arose, all the valiant men, and took away the body of Saul, and the bodies of his sons, and brought them to Jabesh, and buried their bones under the oak in Jabesh, and fasted seven days.
¶ So Saul died for his transgression which he committed against the L ORD, even against the word of the L ORD, which he kept not, and also for asking 1 Sam. 13.8-14 ; 15.1-24 counsel of one that had a familiar spirit, to inquire of it; Lev. 19.31 ; 20.6 · 1.1-- 0.1 ; 0.28 ; 0.8
and inquired not of the L ORD: therefore he slew him, and turned the kingdom unto David the son of Jesse.