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David Hears of Saul's Death

1It came to pass after the death of Saul, when David had returned from the slaughter of the Amalekites, David stayed in Ziklag for two days.
  2And it came to pass on the third day, that behold, a man came out of the camp from Saul with his clothes torn and dirt on his head. And it came to pass that when he came to David that he fell to the ground and showed respect.
  3David said to him, “Where have you come from?”

He said to him, “I have escaped out of the camp of Israel.”

4David said to him, “How did things go? Now 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.”

5David said to the young man who told him, “How do you know that Saul and Jonathan his son are dead?”

6The young man who told him said, “I happened, yes, happened to be on Mount Gilboa, and behold, Saul was leaning on his spear; and behold, the chariots and the horsemen were closing in on him.
  7When he turned around, he saw me and called to me. I answered, ‘Here I am.’
  8And he said to me, ‘Who are you?’ I answered him, ‘I am an Amalekite.’
  9He said to me, ‘Please stand beside me and kill me, for dizziness has seized me because my life is yet whole in me.’
  10So 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.”

11Then David took hold on his clothes and tore them, and likewise all the men who were with him.
  12They 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 had fallen by the sword.

13David said to the young man who told him, “Where are you from?”

He answered, “I am the son of a foreigner, an Amalekite.”

14David said to him, “How were you not afraid to put forth your hand to destroy Yahweh’s anointed?”
  15And David called one of the young men and said, “Go near and fall on him!” And he struck him so that he died.
  16David said to him, “Your blood be on your head, for your mouth has testified against you, saying, ‘I have slain Yahweh’s anointed.’”

David’s Lament for Saul and Jonathan

17David lamented with this lamentation over Saul and over Jonathan his son
  18(and he commanded them to teach the children of Judah the song of the bow: behold, it is written in the book of Jashar):

 19 “Your glory, Israel, is slain on your high places!

 How the mighty have fallen!


 20 Do not tell it in Gath.

 Do not proclaim it on the streets of Ashkelon,

 lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice,

 lest the daughters of the uncircumcised exult.


 21 You mountains of Gilboa,

 let there be no dew nor rain on you, nor fields of offerings;

 For there the shield of the mighty was vilely cast away,

 The shield of Saul, no longer anointed with oil.


 22 From the blood of the slain,

 from the fat of the mighty,

 Jonathan’s bow did not turn back.

 Saul’s sword did not return empty.


 23 Saul and Jonathan—those beloved and delightful ones—

 in their lives and in their death they were not divided.

 They were swifter than eagles;

 they were stronger than lions.


 24 You daughters of Israel, weep over Saul,

 who clothed you in scarlet and with other delights,

 who put ornaments of gold on your clothing.


 25 How are the mighty fallen in the midst of the battle!

 Jonathan, slain on your high places!


 26 I am distraught over you, my brother Jonathan.

 You have been very pleasant to me.

 Your love to me was wonderful,

 surpassing the love of women.


 27 How the mighty have fallen,

 and the weapons of war perished!”


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