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  • 15 Then David called one of his men and said, “Go, strike him down!” So he struck him down, and he died.

  • 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 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 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.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!”

  • 1 In the course of time, David inquired of the LORD. “Shall I go up to one of the towns of Judah?” he asked. The LORD said, “Go up.” David asked, “Where shall I go?” “To Hebron,” the LORD answered.

  • 2 So David went up there with his two wives, Ahinoam of Jezreel and Abigail, the widow of Nabal of Carmel.

  • 3 David also took the men who were with him, each with his family, and they settled in Hebron and its towns.

  • 4 Then the men of Judah came to Hebron, and there they anointed David king over the tribe of Judah. When David was told that it was the men from Jabesh Gilead who had buried Saul,

  • 5 he sent messengers to them to say to them, “The LORD bless you for showing this kindness to Saul your master by burying him.

  • 6 May the LORD now show you kindness and faithfulness, and I too will show you the same favor because you have done this.

  • 7 Now then, be strong and brave, for Saul your master is dead, and the people of Judah have anointed me king over them.”