2 Samuel

CLV(i) 1 And it comes to pass, after the death of Saul, that David has returned from smiting the Amalekite, and David dwells in Ziklag two days, 2 and it comes to pass, on the third day, that lo, a man has come in out of the camp from Saul, and his garments [are] rent, and earth on his head; and it comes to pass, in his coming in unto David, that he falls to the earth, and does obeisance. 3 And David said to him, `Whence come you?' and he said unto him, `Out of the camp of Israel I have escaped.. 4 And David said unto him, `What has been the matter? declare, I pray you, to me.' And he said, that `The people has fled from the battle, and also a multitude has fallen of the people, and they die; and also Saul and Jonathan his son have died.. 5 And David said unto the youth who is declaring [it] to him, `How have you known that Saul and Jonathan his son [are] dead?. 6 And the youth who is declaring [it] to him said, I happened to meet in mount Gilboa, and lo, Saul is leaning on his spear; and lo, the chariots and those possessing horses have followed him;" 7 and he turns behind him, and sees me, and calls unto me, and I say, Here [am] I. 8 And he said to me, Who [are] you? and I say unto him, An Amalekite I [am].. 9 `And he said unto me, Stand, I pray you, over me, and put me to death, for seized me has the arrow, for all my soul [is] still in me. 10 And I stand over him, and put him to death, for I knew that he does not live after his falling, and I take the crown which [is] on his head, and the bracelet which [is] on his arm, and bring them in unto my lord hither.. 11 And David takes hold on his garments, and rends them, and also all the men who [are] with him, 12 and they mourn, and weep, and fast till the evening, for Saul, and for Jonathan his son, and for the people of Yahweh, and for the house of Israel, because they have fallen by the sword. 13 And David said unto the youth who is declaring [it] to him, `Whence [are] you?' and he said, `Son of a sojourner, an Amalekite, I [am].. 14 And David said unto him, `How wast you not afraid to put forth your hand to destroy the anointed of Yahweh?. 15 And David calls to one of the youths, and said, `Draw nigh--fall upon him;' and he smites him, and he dies;" 16 and David said unto him, `Your blood [is] on your own head, for your mouth has testified against you, saying, I--I put to death the anointed of Yahweh.. 17 And David laments with this lamentation over Saul, and over Jonathan his son;" 18 and he said to teach the sons of Judah `The Bow;' lo, it is written on the book of the Upright:-. 19 `The Roebuck, O Israel, On your high places [is] wounded; How have the mighty fallen!" 20 Declare [it] not in Gath, Proclaim not the tidings in the streets of Ashkelon, Lest they rejoice--The daughters of the Philistines, Lest they exult--The daughters of the Uncircumcised!" 21 Mountains of Gilboa! No dew nor rain be on you, And fields of heave-offerings! For there has become loathsome The shield of the mighty, The shield of Saul--without the anointed with oil. 22 From the blood of the wounded, From the fat of the mighty, The bow of Jonathan Has not turned backward; And the sword of Saul does not return empty. 23 Saul and Jonathan! They are loved and pleasant in their lives, And in their death they have not been parted. Than eagles they have been lighter, Than lions they have been mightier!" 24 Daughters of Israel! for Saul weep you, Who is clothing you [in] scarlet with delights. Who is lifting up ornaments of gold on your clothing. 25 How have the mighty fallen In the midst of the battle! Jonathan! on your high places wounded! 26 I am in distress for you, my brother Jonathan, Very pleasant wast you to me; Wonderful was your love to me, Above the love of women!" 27 How have the mighty fallen, Yea, the weapons of war perish!.