Despite the oath of reconciliation, David felt insecure, and so made an alliance with the Philistines, becoming their vassal. Philistines prepared to attack Israel, and Saul led out his army to face them at Gilboa. Broken in spirit, Saul returns to face the enemy, and the Israelites are duly defeated. Saul asks his armour bearer to kill him, but is forced to commit suicide by falling on his sword when the armour bearer refuses. An Amalekite then claims to have killed Saul, and when the Amalekite tells David, David orders the Amalekite to be put to death. The body of Saul, with those of his sons, were fastened to the wall of Beth-shan, therebodies were rescue and taken to Jabesh-gilead, where they burn their flesh, and bury the bones.
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