1It was after the death of Saul, when David had returned from the slaughter of the Amalekites, David stayed in Ziklag for two days.
2And on the third day, behold, a man came out of the camp from Saul with his clothes torn and dirt on his head. And when he came to David he fell to the ground and paid homage.
3And David said to him, “Where have you come from?” He said to him, “I have escaped out of the camp of Israel.”
4Then David said to him, “How did things go? Now tell me!” And he answered, “The people fled from the battle, and also many of the people fell and are dead, and Saul and Jonathan his son are dead also.”
6The young man, the one telling 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, and I answered, ‘Here I am.’
8And he said to me, ‘Who are you?’ And I said to him, ‘I am an Amalekite.’
9Then he said to me, ‘Please stand beside me and kill me, for dizziness has seized me though my life is still in me.’
10So I stood beside him and killed him because I was sure that he could not live after he had fallen. Then 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 of his clothes and tore them, and likewise did all the men who were with him.
12And 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 had fallen by the sword.
14Then David said to him, “How were you not afraid to stretch out your hand to destroy Yahweh’s anointed?”
15And David called one of the young men and said, “Go near and attack him!” And he struck him so that he died.
16And David said to him, “Your blood be on your head, for your mouth has testified against you, saying, ‘I have killed Yahweh’s anointed.’”
17And David lamented with this lamentation over Saul and over Jonathan his son
18and he commanded to teach the sons of Judah the song of the bow, behold, it is written in the book of Jashar:
19“Your splendor, O Israel, is slain on your heights! How the mighty have fallen!
20Do 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.
21O mountains of Gilboa, let there be no dew nor rain on you, nor fields of offerings; For there the shield of the mighty was defiled, the shield of Saul, no longer anointed with oil.
22From 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.
23Saul and Jonathan—those beloved and delightful— in their lives and in their death they were not parted. They were swifter than eagles; they were stronger than lions.
24O daughters of Israel, weep over Saul, who clothed you in scarlet and with other luxuries, who put ornaments of gold on your clothing.
25How are the mighty fallen in the midst of the battle! Jonathan, slain on your heights!
26I am distraught over you, my brother Jonathan. You have been very delightful to me. Your love to me was more wonderful than the love of women.
27How the mighty have fallen, and the weapons of war perished!”