Book 10 2 Samuel Chapter 001
|001:001||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;
|001:002||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.
|001:003||And David said unto him, From whence comest thou? And he said|
unto him, Out of the camp of Israel am I escaped.
|001:004||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.
|001:005||And David said unto the young man that told him, How knowest|
thou that Saul and Jonathan his son be dead?
|001:006||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.
|001:007||And when he looked behind him, he saw me, and called unto me.|
And I answered, Here am I.
|001:008||And he said unto me, Who art thou? And I answered him, I am an|
|001:009||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
|001:010||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.
|001:011||Then David took hold on his clothes, and rent them; and|
likewise all the men that were with him:
|001:012||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
|001:013||And David said unto the young man that told him, Whence art|
thou? And he answered, I am the son of a stranger, an
|001:014||And David said unto him, How wast thou not afraid to stretch|
forth thine hand to destroy the LORD's anointed?
|001:015||And David called one of the young men, and said, Go near, and|
fall upon him. And he smote him that he died.
|001:016||And David said unto him, Thy blood be upon thy head; for thy|
mouth hath testified against thee, saying, I have slain the
|001:017||And David lamented with this lamentation over Saul and over|
Jonathan his son:
|001:018||(Also he bade them teach the children of Judah the use of the|
bow: behold, it is written in the book of Jasher.)
|001:019||The beauty of Israel is slain upon thy high places: how are|
the mighty fallen!
|001:020||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.
|001:021||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.
|001:022||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.
|001:023||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.
|001:024||Ye daughters of Israel, weep over Saul, who clothed you in|
scarlet, with other delights, who put on ornaments of gold
upon your apparel.
|001:025||How are the mighty fallen in the midst of the battle! O|
Jonathan, thou wast slain in thine high places.
|001:026||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.
|001:027||How are the mighty fallen, and the weapons of war perished!|