While 1 Saul spoke to the priest, the panic in the Philistines’ camp was becoming greater and greater. So Saul said to the priest, “Withdraw your hand!”
The Hebrews who had earlier gone over to the Philistine side 1 joined the Israelites who were with Saul and Jonathan.
When all the Israelites who had hidden themselves in the hill country of Ephraim heard that the Philistines had fled, they too pursued them in battle.
So Saul asked God, “Should I go down after the Philistines? Will you deliver them into the hand of Israel?” But he did not answer him that day.
There was fierce war with the Philistines all the days of Saul. So whenever Saul saw anyone who was a warrior or a brave individual, he would conscript him.
David said to Saul, “Don’t let anyone be discouraged. 1 Your servant will go and fight this Philistine!”
But Saul replied to David, “You aren’t able to go against this Philistine and fight him! You’re just a boy! He has been a warrior from his youth!”
Your servant has struck down both the lion and the bear. This uncircumcised Philistine will be just like one of them. 1 For he has defied the armies of the living God!”
David went on to say, “The Lord who delivered me from the lion and the bear will also deliver me from the hand of this Philistine!” Then Saul said to David, “Go! The Lord will be with you.” 1
Now once again there was war. So David went out to fight the Philistines. He defeated them thoroughly 1 and they ran away from him.
But David’s men said to him, “We are afraid while we are still here in Judah! What will it be like if we go to Keilah against the armies of the Philistines?”
So David asked the Lord once again. But again the Lord replied, “Arise, go down to Keilah, for I will give the Philistines into your hand.”
So Saul stopped pursuing David and went to confront the Philistines. Therefore that place is called Sela Hammahlekoth. 1
The next day, when the Philistines came to strip loot from the corpses, they discovered Saul and his three sons lying dead 1 on Mount Gilboa.
Don’t report it in Gath, don’t spread the news in the streets of Ashkelon, 1 or the daughters of the Philistines will rejoice, the daughters of the uncircumcised will celebrate!
When you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the trees, act decisively. For at that moment the Lord is going before you to strike down the army 1 of the Philistines.”
Later there was another battle with the Philistines, this time in Gob. On that occasion Sibbekai the Hushathite killed Saph, who was one of the descendants of Rapha.
But he made a stand in the middle of that area. He defended 1 it and defeated the Philistines; the Lord gave them a great victory.