2 Samuel 1
David Finds Out about Sauls Death
- 1 Saul was dead.
Meanwhile, David had defeated the Amalekites
and returned to Ziklag. 2 Three days later, a soldier came from
Sauls army. His clothes were torn, and dirt was on his
head. He went to David and knelt down in front of him.
3 David asked, Where did you come
The man answered, From Israels
army. I barely escaped with my life.
4 Who won the battle? David
The man said, Our army turned and
ran, but many were wounded and died. Even King Saul and his son
Jonathan are dead.
5 David asked, How do you know
Saul and Jonathan are dead?
- 6 The young man replied:
I was on Mount Gilboa and saw King Saul
leaning on his spear. The enemys war chariots and cavalry
were closing in on him. 7 When he turned around and saw me, he
called me over. I went and asked what he wanted.
8 Saul asked me, Who are you?
An Amalekite, I answered.
9 Then he said, Kill me! Im
dying, and Im in terrible pain.
10 So I killed him. I knew he was too
badly wounded to live much longer. Then I took his crown and
his arm-band, and I brought them to you, Your Majesty. Here they
- 11 Right away, David and his soldiers
tore their clothes in sorrow. 12 They cried all day long and
would not eat anything. Everyone was sad because Saul, his son
Jonathan, and many of the Lords people had been killed
in the battle.
13 David asked the young man, Where
is your home?
The man replied, My father is an
Amalekite, but we live in Israel.
14 David said to him, Why werent
you afraid to kill the Lords chosen king? And you even
told what you did. Its your own fault that youre
going to die!
Then David told one of his soldiers,
Come here and kill this man!
David Sings in Memory of Saul
- 17 David sang a song in memory of
Saul and Jonathan, 18 and he ordered his men to teach the song
to everyone in Judah. He called it The Song of the Bow,
and it can be found in The Book of Jashar. This is the
19 Israel, your famous hero
lies dead on
and your mighty warriors
20 Dont tell it in Gath
or spread the news
on the streets
The godless Philistine women
will be happy
and jump for
21 Dont let dew or rain fall
on the hills
Dont let its fields
There the warriors shields
and Sauls own shield
was left unpolished.
- 22 The arrows of Jonathan struck,
The sword of Saul cut
the enemy apart.
- 23 It was easy to love Saul
Together in life,
together in death,
they were faster than eagles
24 Women of Israel, cry for Saul.
He brought you fine red cloth
and jewelry made
25 Our warriors have fallen
in the heat of
and Jonathan lies dead
on the hills
- 26 Jonathan, I miss you most!
I loved you
like a brother.
You were truly loyal to me,
more faithful than a wife
to her husband.
27 Our warriors have fallen,
and their weapons
The Contemporary English Version, c1995 by the American Bible Society.
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