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2 Samuel 1 RSV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 After the death of Saul, when David had returned from the slaughter of the Amal'ekites, David remained two days in Ziklag; 1 After the death of Saul, David returned from defeating the Amalekites and stayed in Ziklag two days.
2 and on the third day, behold, a man came from Saul's camp, with his clothes rent and earth upon his head. And when he came to David, he fell to the ground and did obeisance. 2 On the third day a man arrived from Saul's camp, with his clothes torn and with dust on his head. When he came to David, he fell to the ground to pay him honor.
3 David said to him, "Where do you come from?" And he said to him, "I have escaped from the camp of Israel." 3 "Where have you come from?" David asked him. He answered, "I have escaped from the Israelite camp."
4 And David said to him, "How did it go? Tell me." And he answered, "The people have fled from the battle, and many of the people also have fallen and are dead; and Saul and his son Jonathan are also dead." 4 "What happened?" David asked. "Tell me." He said, "The men fled from the battle. Many of them fell and died. And Saul and his son Jonathan are dead."
5 Then David said to the young man who told him, "How do you know that Saul and his son Jonathan are dead?" 5 Then David said to the young man who brought him the report, "How do you know that Saul and his son Jonathan are dead?"
6 And the young man who told him said, "By chance I happened to be on Mount Gilbo'a; and there was Saul leaning upon his spear; and lo, the chariots and the horsemen were close upon him. 6 "I happened to be on Mount Gilboa," the young man said, "and there was Saul, leaning on his spear, with the chariots and riders almost upon him.
7 And when he looked behind him, he saw me, and called to me. And I answered, 'Here I am.' 7 When he turned around and saw me, he called out to me, and I said, 'What can I do?'
8 And he said to me, 'Who are you?' I answered him, 'I am an Amal'ekite.' 8 "He asked me, 'Who are you?' " 'An Amalekite,' I answered.
9 And he said to me, 'Stand beside me and slay me; for anguish has seized me, and yet my life still lingers.' 9 "Then he said to me, 'Stand over me and kill me! I am in the throes of death, but I'm still alive.'
10 So I stood beside him, and slew him, because I was sure that he could not live after he had fallen; and I took the crown which was on his head and the armlet which was on his arm, and I have brought them here to my lord." 10 "So I stood over him and killed him, because I knew that after he had fallen he could not survive. And I took the crown that was on his head and the band on his arm and have brought them here to my lord."
11 Then David took hold of his clothes, and rent them; and so did all the men who were with him; 11 Then David and all the men with him took hold of their clothes and tore them.
12 and they mourned and wept and fasted until evening for Saul and for Jonathan his son and for the people of the LORD and for the house of Israel, because they had fallen by the sword. 12 They mourned and wept and fasted till evening for Saul and his son Jonathan, and for the army of the LORD and the house of Israel, because they had fallen by the sword.
13 And David said to the young man who told him, "Where do you come from?" And he answered, "I am the son of a sojourner, an Amal'ekite." 13 David said to the young man who brought him the report, "Where are you from?" "I am the son of an alien, an Amalekite," he answered.
14 David said to him, "How is it you were not afraid to put forth your hand to destroy the LORD'S anointed?" 14 David asked him, "Why were you not afraid to lift your hand to destroy the LORD's anointed?"
15 Then David called one of the young men and said, "Go, fall upon him." And he smote him so that he died. 15 Then David called one of his men and said, "Go, strike him down!" So he struck him down, and he died.
16 And David said to him, "Your blood be upon your head; for your own mouth has testified against you, saying, 'I have slain the LORD'S anointed.'" 16 For David had said to him, "Your blood be on your own head. Your own mouth testified against you when you said, 'I killed the LORD's anointed.' "
17 And David lamented with this lamentation over Saul and Jonathan his son, 17 David took up this lament concerning Saul and his son Jonathan,
18 and he said it should be taught to the people of Judah; behold, it is written in the Book of Jashar. He said: 18 and ordered that the men of Judah be taught this lament of the bow (it is written in the Book of Jashar):
19 "Thy glory, O Israel, is slain upon thy high places! How are the mighty fallen! 19 "Your glory, O Israel, lies slain on your heights. How the mighty have fallen!
20 Tell it not in Gath, publish it not in the streets of Ash'kelon; lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice, lest the daughters of the uncircumcised exult. 20 "Tell it not in Gath, proclaim it not in the streets of Ashkelon, lest the daughters of the Philistines be glad, lest the daughters of the uncircumcised rejoice.
21 "Ye mountains of Gilbo'a, let there be no dew or rain upon you, nor upsurging of the deep! For there the shield of the mighty was defiled, the shield of Saul, not anointed with oil. 21 "O mountains of Gilboa, may you have neither dew nor rain, nor fields that yield offerings [of grain]. For there the shield of the mighty was defiled, the shield of Saul--no longer rubbed with oil.
22 "From the blood of the slain, from the fat of the mighty, the bow of Jonathan turned not back, and the sword of Saul returned not empty. 22 From the blood of the slain, from the flesh of the mighty, the bow of Jonathan did not turn back, the sword of Saul did not return unsatisfied.
23 "Saul and Jonathan, beloved and lovely! In life and in death they were not divided; they were swifter than eagles, they were stronger than lions. 23 "Saul and Jonathan-- in life they were loved and gracious, and in death they were not parted. They were swifter than eagles, they were stronger than lions.
24 "Ye daughters of Israel, weep over Saul, who clothed you daintily in scarlet, who put ornaments of gold upon your apparel. 24 "O daughters of Israel, weep for Saul, who clothed you in scarlet and finery, who adorned your garments with ornaments of gold.
25 "How are the mighty fallen in the midst of the battle! "Jonathan lies slain upon thy high places. 25 "How the mighty have fallen in battle! Jonathan lies slain on your heights.
26 I am distressed for you, my brother Jonathan; very pleasant have you been to me; your love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women. 26 I grieve for you, Jonathan my brother; you were very dear to me. Your love for me was wonderful, more wonderful than that of women.
27 "How are the mighty fallen, and the weapons of war perished!" 27 "How the mighty have fallen! The weapons of war have perished!"