The monarchy of King Saul broke down under the weakness of its leader. The Philistines re-entered the country, and just before giving them battle, Saul's courage failed, and he sought the advice of a female spiritualist. The next day the battle came on. The Israelites were driven up the side of Gilboa, and Saul's three sons were slain. Saul fell wounded. According to one account, he fell upon his own sword and died.
The body on being found by the Philistines was stripped and decapitated, and the headless trunk hung over the city walls with those of his three sons. Saul's armor was placed in their chief temple as a trophy, for indeed he had been a very terrible enemy to the Philistines for many years
But after dark, the men of the nearby city of Jabesh, the chief town of the Gileadites, secretly took down the bodies. These were burned with honor at Gilead, while the people wept and fasted and prayed for help from God. So ended the tragic lives of Saul and Jonathan.
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