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1 Now it came to pass after
the death of Saul, when David was returned from the slaughter of the Amalekites,
and David had abode two days in Ziklag;
2 It came even to pass on the third day,
that, behold, a man came out of the camp from Saul with his clothes rent, and
earth upon his head: and so it was, when he came to David, that he fell
to the earth, and did obeisance.
3 And David said unto him, From whence
comest thou? And he said unto him, Out of the camp of Israel am I escaped.
4 And David said unto him, How went the
matter? I pray thee, tell me. And he answered, That the people are fled from the
battle, and many of the people also are fallen and dead; and Saul and Jonathan
his son are dead also.
5 And David said unto the young man that
told him, How knowest thou that Saul and Jonathan his son be dead?
6 And the young man that told him said, As
I happened by chance upon mount Gilboa, behold, Saul leaned upon his spear; and,
lo, the chariots and horsemen followed hard after him.
7 And when he looked behind him, he saw
me, and called unto me. And I answered, Here am I.
8 And he said unto me, Who art
thou? And I answered him, I am an Amalekite.
9 He said unto me again, Stand, I pray
thee, upon me, and slay me: for anguish is come upon me, because my life is
yet whole in me.
10 So I stood upon him, and slew him,
because I was sure that he could not live after that he was fallen: and I took
the crown that was upon his head, and the bracelet that was on his
arm, and have brought them hither unto my lord.
11 Then David took hold on
his clothes, and rent them; and likewise all the men that were with him:
12 And they mourned, and wept, and fasted
until even, for Saul, and for Jonathan his son, and for the people of the LORD,
and for the house of Israel; because they were fallen by the sword.
13 And David said unto the young man that
told him, Whence art thou? And he answered, I am the son of a
stranger, an Amalekite.
14 And David said unto him, How wast thou
not afraid to stretch forth thine hand to destroy the LORDíS anointed?
15 And David called one of the young men,
and said, Go near, and fall upon him. And he smote him that he died.
16 And David said unto him, Thy blood be
upon thy head; for thy mouth hath testified against thee, saying, I have slain
the LORDíS anointed.
17 And David lamented with
this lamentation over Saul and over Jonathan his son:
18 (Also he bade them teach the children
of Judah the use of the bow: behold, it is written in the book of
19 The beauty of Israel is slain upon thy
high places: how are the mighty fallen!
20 Tell it not in Gath, publish it
not in the streets of Askelon; lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice,
lest the daughters of the uncircumcised triumph.
21 Ye mountains of Gilboa, let there be
no dew, neither let there be rain, upon you, nor fields of offerings: for
there the shield of the mighty is vilely cast away, the shield of Saul, as
though he had not been anointed 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.
23 Saul and Jonathan were lovely
and pleasant in their lives, and in their death they were not divided: they were
swifter than eagles, they were stronger than lions.
24 Ye daughters of Israel, weep over Saul,
who clothed you in scarlet, with other delights, who put on ornaments of
gold upon your apparel.
25 How are the mighty fallen in the midst
of the battle! O Jonathan, thou wast slain in thine high places.
26 I am distressed for thee, my brother
Jonathan: very pleasant hast thou been unto me: thy love to me was wonderful,
passing the love of women.
27 How are the mighty fallen, and the
weapons of war perished!
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