2 Samuel 1:17-27

David’s Lament for Saul and Jonathan

17 David took up this lament concerning Saul and his son Jonathan,
18 and he ordered that the people of Judah be taught this lament of the bow (it is written in the Book of Jashar):
19 “A gazelle[a] lies slain on your heights, Israel. How the mighty have fallen!
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 “Mountains of Gilboa, may you have neither dew nor rain, may no showers fall on your terraced fields.[b]For there the shield of the mighty was despised, the shield of Saul—no longer rubbed with oil.
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— in life they were loved and admired, and in death they were not parted. They were swifter than eagles, they were stronger than lions.
24 “Daughters of Israel, weep for Saul, who clothed you in scarlet and finery, who adorned your garments with ornaments of gold.
25 “How the mighty have fallen in battle! Jonathan lies slain on your heights.
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 the mighty have fallen! The weapons of war have perished!”

Cross References 24

  • 1. S Genesis 50:10; S Ezekiel 32:2; 2 Chronicles 35:25
  • 2. ver 26
  • 3. Joshua 10:13; 1 Samuel 31:3
  • 4. 2 Samuel 23:8; Psalms 29:1; Psalms 45:3
  • 5. ver 27; 2 Samuel 3:38
  • 6. Micah 1:10
  • 7. S Joshua 13:3
  • 8. 1 Samuel 31:8
  • 9. Exodus 15:20; S 1 Samuel 18:6
  • 10. S ver 6; 1 Samuel 31:1
  • 11. S Genesis 27:28; S Isaiah 18:4
  • 12. Deuteronomy 11:17; 1 Kings 8:35; 1 Kings 17:1; 1 Kings 18:1; 2 Chronicles 6:26; Job 36:27; Job 38:28; Psalms 65:10; Psalms 147:8; Isaiah 5:6; Jeremiah 5:24; Jeremiah 14:4; Amos 1:2
  • 13. Jeremiah 12:4; Ezekiel 31:15
  • 14. Isaiah 21:5
  • 15. Isaiah 34:3,7; Isaiah 49:26
  • 16. Deuteronomy 32:42; 1 Samuel 18:4
  • 17. S Deuteronomy 28:49; Jeremiah 4:13
  • 18. Judges 14:18
  • 19. S Judges 5:30
  • 20. Jeremiah 22:18; Jeremiah 34:5
  • 21. ver 17
  • 22. S 1 Samuel 20:42
  • 23. S 1 Samuel 18:1
  • 24. ver 19,25; S 1 Samuel 2:4

Footnotes 2

  • [a]. "Gazelle" here symbolizes a human dignitary.
  • [b]. Or "/ nor fields that yield grain for offerings"
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