2 Samuel 1
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1And it comes to pass after the death of Saul, that David has returned from striking the Amalekite, and David dwells in Ziklag [for] two days, 2and it comes to pass, on the third day, that behold, a man has come in out of the camp from Saul, and his garments [are] torn, and earth [is] on his head; and it comes to pass in his coming to David, that he falls to the earth and pays respect. 3And David says to him, “Where do you come from?” And he says to him, “I have escaped out of the camp of Israel.” 4And David says to him, “What has been the matter? Please declare [it] to me.” And he says, “That the people have fled from the battle, and also a multitude of the people have fallen, and they die; and also Saul and his son Jonathan have died.” 5And David says to the youth who is declaring [it] to him, “How have you known that Saul and his son Jonathan [are] dead?” 6And the youth who is declaring [it] to him says, “I happened to meet in Mount Gilboa, and behold, Saul is leaning on his spear; and behold, the chariots and those possessing horses have followed him; 7and he turns behind him, and sees me, and calls to me, and I say, Here I [am]. 8And he says to me, Who [are] you? And I say to him, I [am] an Amalekite. 9And he says to me, Please stand over me and put me to death, for the arrow has seized me, for all my soul [is] still in me. 10And I stand over him, and put him to death, for I knew that he does not live after his falling, and I take the crown which [is] on his head, and the bracelet which [is] on his arm, and bring them to my lord here.”

11And David takes hold on his garments, and tears them, and also all the men who [are] with him, 12and they mourn, and weep, and fast until the evening, for Saul, and for his son Jonathan, and for the people of YHWH, and for the house of Israel, because they have fallen by the sword. 13And David says to the youth who is declaring [it] to him, “Where [are] you from?” And he says, “I [am] the son of a sojourner, an Amalekite.” 14And David says to him, “How were you not afraid to put forth your hand to destroy the anointed of YHWH?” 15And David calls to one of the youths and says, “Draw near—fall on him”; and he strikes him, and he dies; 16and David says to him, “Your blood [is] on your own head, for your mouth has testified against you, saying, I put to death the anointed of YHWH.”

17And David laments with this lamentation over Saul, and over his son Jonathan; 18and he says to teach the sons of Judah “The Bow”; behold, it is written on the Scroll of the Upright:

19“The beauty of Israel || [Is] wounded on your high places; How the mighty have fallen!

20Do not declare [it] in Gath, || Do not proclaim the tidings in the streets of Ashkelon, || Lest they rejoice—The daughters of the Philistines, || Lest they exult—The daughters of the uncircumcised!

21Mountains of Gilboa! No dew nor rain be on you, || And fields of raised-offerings! For there has become loathsome || The shield of the mighty, || The shield of Saul—without the anointed with oil.

22From the blood of the wounded, || From the fat of the mighty, || The bow of Jonathan || Has not turned backward; And the sword of Saul does not return empty.

23Saul and Jonathan! They are loved and pleasant in their lives, || And in their death they have not been parted. They have been lighter than eagles, || They have been mightier than lions!

24Daughters of Israel! Weep for Saul, || Who is clothing you [in] scarlet with delights. Who is lifting up ornaments of gold on your clothing.

25How the mighty have fallen || In the midst of the battle! Jonathan [was] wounded on your high places!

26I am in distress for you, my brother Jonathan, || You were very pleasant to me; Your love was wonderful to me, || Above the love of women!

27How the mighty have fallen, || Indeed, the weapons of war perish!”


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