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2 Samuel 1
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The Amalekite, who brought tidings of the overthrow, and accused himself of Saul's death, is slain.
1:1 It happened after the death of Saul, when David was returned from the slaughter of the Amalekites,
and David had abode two days in Ziklag;
1:2 it happened on the third day, that behold, a man came out of the camp from Saul, with his clothes torn, and earth on his head: and so it was, when he came to David, that he fell to the earth, and did obeisance.
1:3 David said to him,“Where do you come from?”He said to him,“I have escaped out of the camp of Israel.”
1:4 David said to him,“How did it go? Please tell me.”He answered,“The people have fled from the battle, and many of the people also have fallen and are dead; and Saul and Jonathan his son are dead also.”
1:5 David said to the young man who told him,“How do you know that Saul and Jonathan his son are dead?”
1:6 The young man who told him said,“As I happened by chance on Mount Gilboa, behold, Saul was leaning on his spear; and behold, the chariots and the horsemen followed hard after him.
1:7 When he looked behind him, he saw me, and called to me. I answered,‘Here I am.’
1:8 He said to me,‘Who are you?’I answered him,‘I am an Amalekite.’
1:9 He said to me,‘Stand, please, beside me, and kill me; for anguish has taken hold of me, because my life is yet whole in me.’
1:10 So I stood beside him, and killed him,
because I was sure that he could not live after that he had fallen.
I took the crown that was on his head, and the bracelet that was on his arm,
and have brought them here to my lord.”
1:11 Then David took hold on his clothes, and tore them;
and likewise all the men who were with him.
1:12 They mourned, and wept, and fasted until evening,
for Saul, and for Jonathan his son,
and for the people of Yahweh,
and for the house of Israel;
because they were fallen by the sword.
1:13 David said to the young man who told him,“Where are you from?”He answered,“I am the son of a foreigner, an Amalekite.”
1:14 David said to him,“How were you not afraid to put forth your hand to destroy Yahweh’s anointed?”
1:15 David called one of the young men, and said,“Go near, and fall on him.”He struck him, so that he died.
1:16 David said to him,“Your blood be on your head; for your mouth has testified against you, saying, ‘I have slain Yahweh’s anointed.’”
David laments Saul and Jonathan with a song.
1:17 David lamented with this lamentation over Saul and over Jonathan his son
1:18 (and he bade them teach the children of Judah the song of the bow: behold, it is written in the book of Jashar):1:19 “Your glory, Israel, is slain on your high places!
How the mighty have fallen!
1:20 Don’t tell it in Gath.
Don’t publish it in the streets of Ashkelon,
lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice,
lest the daughters of the uncircumcised triumph.
1:21 You mountains of Gilboa,
let there be no dew nor rain on you, neither fields of offerings;
For there the shield of the mighty was vilely cast away,
The shield of Saul was not anointed with oil.
1:22 From the blood of the slain,
from the fat of the mighty,
Jonathan’s bow didn’t turn back.
Saul’s sword didn’t return empty.
1:23 Saul and Jonathan were lovely and pleasant in their lives.
In their death, they were not divided.
They were swifter than eagles.
They were stronger than lions.
1:24 You daughters of Israel, weep over Saul,
who clothed you in scarlet delicately,
who put ornaments of gold on your clothing.
1:25 How are the mighty fallen in the midst of the battle!
Jonathan is slain on your high places.
1:26 I am distressed for you, my brother Jonathan.
You have been very pleasant to me.
Your love to me was wonderful,
passing the love of women.
1:27 How are the mighty fallen,
and the weapons of war perished!”