1st Samuel 31

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The Second Book of Samuel

Chapter 1

1

Now it came to pass after the death of Saul, when David was returned1 from the slaughter53 of the Amalekites, and David had abode4 two days in Ziklag;

2

It came even to pass on the third day, that, behold, a man came6 out of the camp from Saul with his clothes rent,7 and earth upon his head: and [so] it was, when he came2 to David, that he fell4 to the earth, and did obeisance.101

3

And David said4 unto him, From whence comest4 thou? And he said4 unto him, Out of the camp of Israel am I escaped.8

4

And David said4 unto him, How went the matter? I pray thee, tell54 me. And he answered,4 That the people are fled1 from the battle, and many53 of the people also are fallen1 and dead;4 and Saul and Jonathan his son are dead1 also.

5

And David said4 unto the young man that told56 him, How knowest1 thou that Saul and Jonathan his son be dead?1

6

And the young man that told56 him said,4 As I happened8 by chance9 upon mount Gilboa, behold, Saul leaned12 upon his spear; and, lo, the chariots and horsemen 6571 followed hard52 after him.

7

And when he looked4 behind him, he saw4 me, and called4 unto me. And I answered,4 Here [am] I.

8

And he said4 unto me, Who [art] thou? And I answered4 him, I [am] an Amalekite.

9

He said4 unto me again, Stand,3 I pray thee, upon me, and slay33 me: for anguish is come upon me,1 because my life [is] yet whole in me.

10

So I stood4 upon him, and slew34 him, because I was sure1 that he could not live4 after that he was fallen:2 and I took4 the crown that [was] upon his head, and the bracelet that [was] on his arm, and have brought55 them hither unto my lord.

11

Then David took hold55 on his clothes, and rent4 them; and likewise all the men that [were] with him:

12

And they mourned,4 and wept,4 and fasted4 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 fallen1 by the sword.

13

And David said4 unto the young man that told56 him, Whence [art] thou? And he answered,4 I [am] the son of a stranger, 1616 an Amalekite.

14

And David said4 unto him, How wast thou not afraid1 to stretch forth2 thine hand to destroy15 the LORD'S anointed?

15

And David called4 one of the young men, and said,4 Go near,3 [and] fall3 upon him. And he smote55 him that he died.4

16

And David said4 unto him, Thy blood [be] upon thy head; for thy mouth hath testified1 against thee, saying,2 I have slain31 the LORD'S anointed.

17

And David lamented34 with this lamentation over Saul and over Jonathan his son:

18

(Also he bade4 them teach15 the children of Judah [the use of] the bow: behold, [it is] written7 in the book of Jasher.)

19

The beauty of Israel is slain upon thy high places: how are the mighty fallen!1

20

Tell55 [it] not in Gath, publish17 [it] not in the streets of Askelon; lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice,4 lest the daughters of the uncircumcised triumph.4

21

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,8 the shield of Saul, [as though he had] not [been] anointed with oil.

22

From the blood of the slain, from the fat of the mighty, the bow of Jonathan turned8 not back, and the sword of Saul returned4 not empty.

23

Saul and Jonathan [were] lovely12 and pleasant in their lives, and in their death they were not divided:8 they were swifter1 than eagles, they were stronger1 than lions.

24

Ye daughters of Israel, weep3 over Saul, who clothed56 you in scarlet, with [other] delights, who put56 on ornaments of gold upon your apparel.

25

How are the mighty fallen1 in the midst of the battle! O Jonathan, [thou wast] slain in thine high places.

26

I am distressed1 for thee, my brother Jonathan: very pleasant1 hast thou been unto me: thy love to me was wonderful,8 passing the love of women.

27

How are the mighty fallen,1 and the weapons of war perished!4

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