1:1 And it came to pass after the death of Saul, when David returned from the slaughter of the Amalekites, and David had remained two days in Ziklag;
1:2 it came to pass on the third day, that, look, a man came out of the camp from Saul, with his clothes rent, and earth on his head: and so it was, when he came to David, that he fell to the earth, and did obeisance.
1:3 And David said to him, Where do you come from? And he said to him, Out of the camp of Israel I have escaped.
1:4 And David said to him, How did it go? I pray you, tell me. And he answered, The people fled from the battle, and many of the people also fell and have died; and Saul and Jonathan his son are dead also.
1:5 And David said to the young man who told him, How do you know that Saul and Jonathan his son are dead?
1:6 And the young man who told him said, As I happened by chance on mount Gilboa, I saw that Saul was leaning on his spear; and that the chariots and the horsemen stuck [close] to him.
1:7 And when he looked behind him, he saw me, and called to me. And I answered, Here I am.
1:8 And he said to me, Who are you? And I answered him, I am an Amalekite.
1:9 And he said to me, Stand, I pray you, beside me, and slay me; for anguish has taken hold of me, because my soul is yet whole in me.
1:10 So I stood beside him, and slew him, because I was sure that he could not live after he fell: and I took the crown that was on his head, and the bracelet that was on his arm, and have brought them here to my lord.
1:11 Then David took hold on his clothes, and rent them; and likewise all the men who were with him:
1:12 and they mourned, and wept, and fasted until evening, for Saul, and for Jonathan his son, and for the people of Yahweh, and for the house of Israel; because they fell by the sword.
1:13 And David said to the young man who told him, Where are you from? And he answered, I am the son of a man who is a sojourner, an Amalekite.
1:14 And David said to him, Why weren't you afraid to put forth your hand to destroy Yahweh's anointed?
1:15 And David called one of the young men, and said, Go near, and fall on him. And he struck him, so that he died.
1:16 And David said to him, Your blood be on your head; for your mouth has testified against you, saying, I have slain Yahweh's anointed.
1:17 And David lamented with this lamentation over Saul and over Jonathan his son.
1:18 And he bade them teach the sons of Judah, "The Bow." Look, it is written in the Book of Jashar:
1:19 Your glory, O Israel, is slain on your high places! How are the mighty fallen!
1:20 Don't tell it in Gath, Don't proclaim the news in the streets of Ashkelon; Or else the daughters of the Philistines will rejoice, Or else the daughters of the uncircumcised will triumph.
1:21 You+ mountains of Gilboa, Let there be no dew nor rain on you+, neither fields of offerings: For there the shield of the mighty was vilely cast away, The shield of Saul, not anointed with oil.
1:22 From the blood of the slain, from the fat of the mighty, The bow of Jonathan didn't turn back, And the sword of Saul didn't return empty.
1:23 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.
1:24 You+ daughters of Israel, weep over Saul, Who clothed you+ in scarlet delicately, Who put ornaments of gold on your+ apparel.
1:25 How are the mighty fallen in the midst of the battle! Jonathan is slain on your high places.
1:26 I am distressed for you, my brother Jonathan: Very pleasant you have been to me: Your love to me was wonderful, Passing the love of women.
1:27 How are the mighty fallen, And the weapons of war perished!
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