2 Samuel

NSB(i) 1 Saul was dead. David defeated the Amalekites and returned to Ziklag. 2 Three days later a soldier came from Saul’s army. His clothes were torn and dirt was on his head. He knelt down in front of David. 3 David asked: »Where did you come from?« The man answered: »I escaped from Israel’s army.« 4 »How did the battle go?« David asked. The man said: »Our army turned and ran. Many were wounded and died. King Saul and his son Jonathan are dead.« 5 David asked: »How do you know that Saul and Jonathan are dead?« 6 He answered: »I was on Mount Gilboa. I saw Saul leaning on his spear. The chariots and cavalry of the enemy closed in on him. 7 »He looked my way and called me. I said: ‘Yes here I am.’« 8 »He asked: ‘Who are you.’ I told him I was an Amalekite. 9 »‘Then he said: ‘Come here and kill me! I am badly wounded and about to die.’ 10 »I went up to him and killed him. I knew that he would die anyway as soon as he fell. Then I took the crown from his head and the bracelet from his arm. Here, I have brought them to you.« 11 David and all his men tore their clothes in sorrow. 12 They grieved and mourned and fasted until evening for Saul and Jonathan and for Israel, the people of Jehovah, because so many had been killed in battle. 13 David asked the young man who brought him the news: »Where are you from?« He answered: »I am an Amalekite, son of a foreign resident.« 14 David asked: »Why were you not afraid to take it upon yourself to destroy Jehovah’s (YHWH) anointed king?« 15 David called one of the young men and said: »Execute him!« So he struck him and he died. 16 David said to him: »Your blood is on your head. Your mouth has testified against you. For you admit that you killed Jehovah’s anointed.« 17 Then David chanted with a lament (dirge) (requiem) over Saul and Jonathan his son. 18 He told them to teach the sons of Judah the song of the bow. It is written in the book of Jashar: 19 »Your beauty, O Israel, is slain on your high places! How the mighty have fallen! 20 »Do not tell the news in Gath. Do not announce the victory in the streets of Ashkelon. The daughters of the Philistines will be glad. The daughters of godless men will celebrate. 21 »Let no rain or dew fall on the mountains of Gilboa. Let its fields be barren! For the shields of the mighty lie there in disgrace. The shield of Saul is no longer polished with oil. 22 »Jonathan’s bow was deadly. The sword of Saul was without mercy. He struck down the mighty and killed the enemy. 23 »It was easy to love Saul and Jonathan. Together in life, together in death, they were faster than eagles and stronger than lions. 24 »Daughters of Israel, weep over Saul. He clothed you in scarlet with luxury. 25 »The brave soldiers have fallen. They were killed in battle. Jonathan lies dead in the hills. 26 »I grieve for you, my brother Jonathan. You were dear to me! How wonderful was your love for me. It was better than the love of women. 27 »The mighty have fallen, their weapons abandoned and useless.«