2 Samuel 1 (Lexham English Bible)

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The Report of Saul’s Death by the Amalekite

1 {After}a the death of Saul, David returned from defeating the Amalekites and he stayed at Ziklag two days. 2 On the third day, a man came from the camp from [being with] Saul, with his clothes torn and with dirt on his head. {When he came}b to David, he fell to the ground and bowed down. 3 David said to him, "Where did you come from?" He said to him, "I have escaped from the camp of Israel." 4 Then David said to him, "{How did things go}?c Please tell me." He answered, "{When}d the army fled from the battle, and many of the people fell; also, Saul and Jonathan his son died." 5 Then David asked the young man who [was] reporting to him, "How do you know that Saul and his son Jonathan died?" 6 The young man who [was] reporting to him said, "I merely happened to be on Mount Gilboa. Here Saul [was] leaning on his spear, and look, the chariots and the horsemen [were] getting close to him. 7 When he turned around and saw me, he called to me, and I said, 'Here I [am].' 8 Then he said to me, 'Who [are] you?' And I said to him, 'I [am] an Amalekite.' 9 He said to me, 'Please stand over me and kill me, for convulsions have seized me, even though my life [is still] in me.' 10 So I stood over him and killed him, for I knew that he could not live after his falling; I took the crown that [was] on his head and [the] bracelet which [was] on his arm; and here, I have brought them to my lord. 11 David grabbed [at] his clothes and tore them, [as did] all of the men who [were] with him. 12 Then they mourned and wept and fasted over Saul and Jonathan his son until the evening, [as well] as over the people of Yahweh and over the house of Israel because they had fallen by the sword. 13 Then David said to the young man who [was] reporting to him, "Where [are] you from?" And he said, "I [am] the son of an alien man. I [am] an Amalekite." 14 David said to him, "How [is it that] you [were] not afraid to stretch out your hand to destroy Yahweh's anointed one?" 15 Then David called to one of the young men and said to him, "Come near; strike him." So he struck him down and he died. 16 David said to him, "Your blood [is] on your head, for your mouth has testified against you by saying, 'I killed Yahweh's anointed one!'"

David Laments Jonathan with the “Song of the Bow”

17 Then David sang this funeral song over Saul and over Jonathan his son. 18 And he ordered "The Bow" to be taught to the children of Judah. Look, it [is] written on the scroll of Jashar.e 19 "The glory of Israel [is] on your high places; how [the] mighty have fallen! 20 Do not tell it in Gath; do not proclaim it in the streets of Ashkelon, lest the daughters of [the] Philistines rejoice, lest the daughters of the uncircumcised exult. 21 O mountains of Gilboa, [let there be] no dew or rain upon you or on the fields of [grain for] offerings, for there the small shield of [the] mighty [was] defiled, the small shield of Saul [was] not anointed with oil. 22 From the blood of [the] slain, from the fat of [the] mighty, the bow of Jonathan did not turn back, and the sword of Saul did not return {without effect}.f 23 Saul and Jonathan [were] beloved and pleasant in their lives and [were] not separated in their death. They [were] swifter than eagles, stronger than lions. 24 O daughters of Israel, weep over Saul, the one who clothed you with crimson, the one who {adorned your clothing with golden ornaments}.g 25 How [the] mighty have fallen in the midst of the battle; Jonathan [lies] slain on your high places. 26 {I am distressed}h over you, my brother Jonathan. you [were] very dear to me; your love [was] more wonderful to me than the love of women. 27 How [the] mighty have fallen and the weapons of warfare perished."
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