2 Samuel 1

1David went back to Ziklag after defeating the Amalekites. This was just after Saul had been killed. David had been there two days. 2Then, on the third day, a young soldier came to Ziklag. This man was from Saul’s camp. The man’s clothes were torn, and he had dirt on his head. The man came to David and bowed with his face to the ground. 3David asked the man, “Where have you come from?” The man answered David, “I just came from the Israelite camp.” 4David said to the man, “Please tell me, who won the battle?” The man answered, “Our people ran away from the battle. Many of the people were killed in the battle. Even Saul and his son Jonathan are dead.” 5David said to the young soldier, “How do you know Saul and his son Jonathan are dead?” 6The young soldier said, “I happened to be on Mount Gilboa. I saw Saul leaning on his spear. The Philistine chariots and horse soldiers were coming closer and closer to Saul. 7Saul looked back and saw me. He called to me and I answered him. 8Then Saul asked me who I was. I told him that I was an Amalekite. 9Then Saul said, 'Please kill me. I am hurt badly. And I am about to die anyway.’ 10He was hurt so bad that I knew he wouldn’t live. So I stopped and killed him. Then I took the crown from his head and the bracelet from his arm. And I brought them here to you, my lord.” 11Then David tore his clothes to show he was very sad. All the men with David did the same thing. 12They were very sad and cried. They did not eat until evening. They cried because Saul and his son Jonathan were dead. David and his men cried for the Lord’s people ˻that had been killed˼, and they cried for Israel. They cried because Saul, his son Jonathan, and many Israelites had been killed in battle. 13Then David talked with the young soldier who had told him about Saul’s death. David asked, “Where are you from?” The young soldier answered, “I am the son of a foreigner. I am an Amalekite.” 14David said to the young soldier, “Why were you not afraid to kill the Lord’s chosen king?” 15- 16Then David told the Amalekite, “You are responsible for your own death. You said you killed the Lord’s chosen king, so your own words prove you are guilty.” Then David called one of his young servants and told him to kill the Amalekite. So the young Israelite killed the Amalekite. 17David sang a sad song about Saul and his son Jonathan. 18David told ˻his men˼ to teach the song to the people of Judah. ˻This song is called˼ The Bow. It is written in the Book of Jashar. 19“Israel, your beauty was ruined on your hills. Oh, how those heroes fell! 20Don’t tell the news in Gath, Don’t announce it in the streets of Ashkelon. Those Philistine cities would be happy! Those foreigners would be glad. 21I hope no rain or dew falls on the mountains of Gilboa. I hope there will be no offerings coming from those fields. The shields of the heroes rusted there. Saul’s shield was not rubbed with oil. 22Jonathan’s bow killed its share of enemies. And Saul’s sword killed its share! They have spilled the blood of men now dead. They cut into the fat of strong men. 23Saul and Jonathan loved and enjoyed each other in life, and even death did not separate them! They were faster than eagles and stronger than lions. 24Daughters of Israel, cry for Saul! Saul gave you beautiful red dresses and covered them with gold jewelry! 25Strong men have fallen in the battle. Jonathan is dead on Gilboa’s hills. 26Jonathan, my brother, I miss you so much! I enjoyed being with you so much. Your love for me was more wonderful than the love of women. 27Strong men have fallen in battle. The weapons of war are gone.”

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