2 Samuel

MLV(i) 1 And it happened 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 happened on the third day, that, behold, a man came out of the camp from Saul with his clothes torn and earth upon his head. And so it was, when he came to David, that he fell to the ground and bowed-down.
3 And David said to him, From where did you come? And he said to him, I escaped out of the camp of Israel. 4 And David said to him, How did the matter go? I beseech you, tell me. And he answered, The people are fled from the battle and many of the people also are fallen and dead and Saul and Jonathan his son are also dead. 5 And David said to the young man who told him, How do you know that Saul and Jonathan his son are dead?
6 And the young man who told him said, As I happened by chance upon Mount Gilboa, behold, Saul was leaning upon his spear, and behold, the chariots and the horsemen followed close after him. 7 And when he looked behind him, he saw me and called to me. And I answered, Here I am. 8 And he said to me, Who are you? And I answered him, I am an Amalekite. 9 And he said to me, I beseech you, stand beside me and kill me, for anguish has taken hold of me, because my life is yet whole in me.
10 So I stood beside him and killed him, because I was sure that he could not live after 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 here to my lord.
11 Then David took hold of his clothes and tore them and likewise all the men who were with him. 12 And they mourned and wept and fasted until evening, for Saul and for Jonathan his son and for the people of Jehovah and for the house of Israel, because they were fallen by the sword.
13 And David said to the young man who told him, From where are you? And he answered, I am the son of a traveler, an Amalekite. 14 And David said to him, Why were you not afraid to put forth your hand to destroy Jehovah's anointed? 15 And David called one of the young men and said, Go near and fall upon him. And he killed* him so that he died. 16 And David said to him, Your blood be upon your head, for your mouth has testified against you, saying, I have slain Jehovah's anointed.
17 And David lamented with this lamentation over Saul and over Jonathan his son 18 (and he commanded them teach the sons of Judah the song of the bow; behold, it is written in the book of Jashar):
19 Your glory, O Israel, is slain upon your high places! How are the mighty fallen! 20 Do not tell it not in Gath, proclaim it not in the streets of Ashkelon, lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice, lest the daughters of the uncircumcised triumph. 21 You* mountains of Gilboa, let there be no dew nor rain upon you*, neither fields of offerings, for there the shield of the mighty was vilely cast away, the shield of Saul, not 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, men who were loved and pleasant, undivided; handsome in their lives and undivided in their death; swifter than eagles, they were stronger than lions.
24 You* daughters of Israel, weep over Saul, who clothed you* delicately in scarlet, who put ornaments of gold upon your* apparel. 25 How are the mighty fallen in the midst of the battle! Jonathan is slain upon your high places.
26 I am distressed for you, my brother Jonathan. You have been very pleasant to me. Your love to me was wonderful, exceeding the love of women. 27 How are the mighty fallen and the weapons of war perished!