David took up this lament1 concerning Saul and his son Jonathan,2
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and ordered that the men of Judah be taught this lament of the bow (it is written in the Book of Jashar):3
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"Your glory, O Israel, lies slain on your heights. How the mighty4 have fallen!5
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"Tell it not in Gath,6 proclaim it not in the streets of Ashkelon,7 lest the daughters of the Philistines8 be glad, lest the daughters of the uncircumcised rejoice.9
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"O mountains of Gilboa,10 may you have neither dew11 nor rain,12 nor fields that yield offerings13 [of grain]. For there the shield of the mighty was defiled, the shield of Saul--no longer rubbed with oil.14
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From the blood15 of the slain, from the flesh of the mighty, the bow16 of Jonathan did not turn back, the sword of Saul did not return unsatisfied.
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"Saul and Jonathan-- in life they were loved and gracious, and in death they were not parted. They were swifter than eagles,17 they were stronger than lions.18
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"O daughters of Israel, weep for Saul, who clothed you in scarlet and finery, who adorned your garments with ornaments of gold.19
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"How the mighty have fallen in battle! Jonathan lies slain on your heights.
I grieve20 for you, Jonathan21 my brother;22 you were very dear to me. Your love for me was wonderful,23 more wonderful than that of women.
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"How the mighty have fallen! The weapons of war have perished!"24
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