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.”
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.”
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.
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.’”
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):
How the mighty have fallen!
from the fat of the mighty,
Jonathan’s bow did not turn back.
Saul’s sword did not return empty.
in their lives and in their death they were not divided.
They were swifter than eagles;
they were stronger than lions.
Jonathan, slain on your high places!
and the weapons of war perished!”