1Now 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;2It 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.3And David said unto him, From whence comest thou? And he said unto him, Out of the camp of Israel am I escaped.4And 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.5And David said unto the young man that told him, How knowest thou that Saul and Jonathan his son be dead?6And 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.7And when he looked behind him, he saw me, and called unto me. And I answered, Here am I.8And he said unto me, Who art thou? And I answered him, I am an Amalekite.9He 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.10So 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.11Then David took hold on his clothes, and rent them; and likewise all the men that were with him:12And 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.13And David said unto the young man that told him, Whence art thou? And he answered, I am the son of a stranger, an Amalekite.14And David said unto him, How wast thou not afraid to stretch forth thine hand to destroy the LORD' anointed?15And David called one of the young men, and said, Go near, and fall upon him. And he smote him that he died.16And David said unto him, Thy blood be upon thy head; for thy mouth hath testified against thee, saying, I have slain the LORD' anointed.17And 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 Jasher.)19The beauty of Israel is slain upon thy high places: how are the mighty fallen!20Tell 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.21Ye 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.22From 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.23Saul 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.24Ye daughters of Israel, weep over Saul, who clothed you in scarlet, with other delights, who put on ornaments of gold upon your apparel.25How are the mighty fallen in the midst of the battle! O Jonathan, thou wast slain in thine high places.26I 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.27How are the mighty fallen, and the weapons of war perished!
2 Samuel 1
English Standard Version
David Hears of Saul’s Death
1After the death of Saul, when David had returned from striking down the Amalekites, David remained two days in Ziklag. (1Sa 30:17)2And on the third day, behold, a man came from Saul’s camp, with his clothes torn and dirt on his head. And when he came to David, he fell to the ground and paid homage. (Jos 7:6; 2Sa 4:10; 2Sa 14:4)3David said to him, “Where do you come from?” And he said to him, “I have escaped from the camp of Israel.”4And David said to him, “How did it go? Tell me.” And he answered, “The people fled from the battle, and also many of the people have fallen and are dead, and Saul and his son Jonathan are also dead.” (1Sa 4:16)5Then David said to the young man who told him, “How do you know that Saul and his son Jonathan are dead?”6And the young man who told him said, “By chance I happened to be on Mount Gilboa, and there was Saul leaning on his spear, and behold, the chariots and the horsemen were close upon him. (1Sa 31:1; 1Ch 10:1)7And when he looked behind him, he saw me, and called to me. And I answered, ‘Here I am.’8And he said to me, ‘Who are you?’ I answered him, ‘I am an Amalekite.’9And he said to me, ‘Stand beside me and kill me, for anguish has seized me, and yet my life still lingers.’ (Jud 9:54)10So I stood beside him and killed him, because I was sure that he could not live after he had fallen. And I took the crown that was on his head and the armlet that was on his arm, and I have brought them here to my lord.” (2Ki 11:12)11Then David took hold of his clothes and tore them, and so did all the men who were with him. (Jos 7:6; 2Sa 3:31; 2Sa 13:31)12And they mourned and wept and fasted until evening for Saul and for Jonathan his son and for the people of the Lord and for the house of Israel, because they had fallen by the sword. (2Sa 3:35)13And David said to the young man who told him, “Where do you come from?” And he answered, “I am the son of a sojourner, an Amalekite.”14David said to him, “How is it you were not afraid to put out your hand to destroy the Lord’s anointed?” (1Sa 12:3; 1Sa 24:6; 1Sa 24:10; 1Sa 26:9; 1Sa 31:4)15Then David called one of the young men and said, “Go, execute him.” And he struck him down so that he died. (2Sa 4:10)16And David said to him, “Your blood be on your head, for your own mouth has testified against you, saying, ‘I have killed the Lord’s anointed.’” (Jos 2:19; 1Sa 12:3; 2Sa 3:29; 1Ki 2:32; 1Ki 2:37; Mt 27:25)
David’s Lament for Saul and Jonathan
17And David lamented with this lamentation over Saul and Jonathan his son, (2Sa 3:33; 2Ch 35:25)18and he said it should be taught to the people of Judah; behold, it is written in the Book of Jashar. He said: (Jos 10:13)19“Your glory, O Israel, is slain on your high places! How the mighty have fallen! (2Sa 1:25; 2Sa 1:27)20Tell it not in Gath, publish it not in the streets of Ashkelon, lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice, lest the daughters of the uncircumcised exult. (Ex 15:20; Jud 11:34; Jud 14:3; 1Sa 31:9; Am 3:9; Mic 1:10)21“You mountains of Gilboa, let there be no dew or rain upon you, nor fields of offerings! For there the shield of the mighty was defiled, the shield of Saul, not anointed with oil. (1Sa 10:1; 1Sa 31:1)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. (1Sa 18:4)23“Saul and Jonathan, beloved and lovely! In life and in death they were not divided; they were swifter than eagles; they were stronger than lions. (Jud 14:18; Jer 4:13; Hab 1:8)24“You daughters of Israel, weep over Saul, who clothed you luxuriously in scarlet, who put ornaments of gold on your apparel. (Eze 16:11)25“How the mighty have fallen in the midst of the battle! “Jonathan lies slain on your high places. (2Sa 1:19)26I am distressed for you, my brother Jonathan; very pleasant have you been to me; your love to me was extraordinary, surpassing the love of women. (1Sa 18:1; 1Sa 18:3)27“How the mighty have fallen, and the weapons of war perished!” (2Sa 1:25)