And David said unto him, how went the matter? I pray thee,
That is, how went the battle? on which side the victory?
and he answered, that the people are fled from the
meaning the people of Israel, they had given way, and turned their backs upon their enemies, and were fled:
and many of the people also are fallen and
fell by the sword in the pursuit of them, and were not only wounded, but were slain, and these great numbers of them:
and Saul and Jonathan his son are dead also;
which are mentioned last, because they fell some of the last; and this part of the account is reserved by the messenger to the last, because it was the article of the greatest importance; the death of these two persons, the one the enemy, and the other the friend of David, and the death of both made way for his accession to the throne.