2 Samuel

2 Samuel 1 ©

1 An Amalekite bringeth to David the news of the Israelites' defeat, and chargeth himself with Saul's death. 11 David and his men mourn thereat. 13 The Amalekite is slain by David's command. 17 David's lamentation over Saul and Jonathan.


NOW it came to pass after the death of Saul, awhen David was returned from the slaughter of the Amalekites, and David had babode two days in Ziklag;


It came even to pass con the third day, that, behold, a man came out of the camp from Saul dwith his clothes rent, and earth upon his head: and so it was, when he came to David, that he fell to the earth, and did *obeisance.


And David said unto him, From whence comest thou? And he said unto him, Out of the camp of Israel am I escaped.


And David said unto him, 1How went the matter? I pray thee, tell me. And he answered, eThat the people are fled from the battle, and many of the people also are fallen and dead; and Saul and Jonathan his son are dead also.


And David said unto the young man that told him, fHow knowest thou that Saul and Jonathan his son be dead?


And the young man that told him said, As I happened by chance upon gmount Gilboa, behold, Saul leaned upon his spear; and, lo, the chariots and horsemen followed hard after him.


And when he looked behind him, he saw me, and called unto me. And I answered, 2Here am I.


And he said unto me, Who art thou? And I answered him, I am an hAmalekite.


He said unto me again, *Stand, I pray thee, upon me, and slay me: 3for anguish is come upon me, because my life is yet whole in me.


So I *stood upon him, and islew him, because I was sure that he could not live after that he was fallen: and I took the crown that was upon his head, and the bracelet that was on his arm, and have brought them *hither unto my lord.


Then David took hold on his clothes, and jrent them; and likewise all the men that were with him:


And they kmourned, and wept, and fasted until even, for Saul, and for Jonathan his son, and for the people of the LORD, and for the house of Israel; because they were fallen by the sword.


¶And David said unto the young man that told him, Whence art thou? And he answered, I am the son of a stranger, an Amalekite.


And David said unto him, lHow wast thou not afraid to stretch forth thine hand to destroy mthe LORD's anointed?


And David ncalled one of the young men, and said, Go near, and fall upon him. And he smote him that he died.


And David said unto him, oThy blood be upon thy head; for thy mouth hath testified against thee, saying, I have slain the LORD's anointed.


¶And David plamented with this lamentation over Saul and over Jonathan his son:


(Also he *bade them qteach the children of Judah the use of the bow: behold, it is written rin the book of 4Jasher.)


The sbeauty of Israel is slain upon thy high places: thow are the mighty fallen!


Tell it unot in Gath, publish it not in the streets of Askelon; lest vthe daughters of the Philistines rejoice, lest the daughters of wthe uncircumcised triumph.


Ye xmountains of Gilboa, let there be no dew, neither let there be rain, upon you, nor fields of offerings: for there the shield of the mighty is vilely cast away, the shield of Saul, as though he had not been yanointed with oil.


From the blood of the slain, from the fat of the mighty, zthe bow of Jonathan turned not back, and the sword of Saul returned not empty.


Saul and Jonathan were lovely and 5pleasant in their lives, and in their death they were not divided: they were aswifter than eagles, they were bstronger than lions.


Ye cdaughters of Israel, weep over Saul, who clothed you in scarlet, with other delights, who put on ornaments of gold upon your *apparel.


How are the dmighty fallen in the midst of the battle! O Jonathan, thou wast slain in thine high places.


I am distressed efor thee, my brother Jonathan: very pleasant hast thou been unto me: thy love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women.


How are the mighty fallen, and fthe weapons of war perished!