English Revised Version

2 Samuel 1

The Amalekite, who brought tidings of the overthrow, and accused himself of Saul's death, is slain.

2 Samuel 1:1 And 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; 2 Samuel 1:2 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. 2 Samuel 1:3 And David said unto him, From whence comest thou? And he said unto him, Out of the camp of Israel am I escaped. 2 Samuel 1:4 And David said unto him, How went the matter? I pray thee, tell me. And he answered, 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. 2 Samuel 1:5 And David said unto the young man that told him, How knowest thou that Saul and Jonathan his son be dead? 2 Samuel 1:6 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 the horsemen followed hard after him. 2 Samuel 1:7 And when he looked behind him, he saw me, and called unto me. And I answered, Here am I. 2 Samuel 1:8 And he said unto me, Who art thou? And I answered him, I am an Amalekite. 2 Samuel 1:9 And he said unto me, Stand, I pray thee, beside me, and slay me, for anguish hath taken hold of me; because my life is yet whole in me. 2 Samuel 1:10 So I stood beside 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. 2 Samuel 1:11 Then David took hold on his clothes, and rent them; and likewise all the men that were with him: 2 Samuel 1:12 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 sword.

2 Samuel 1:13 And David said unto the young man that told him, Whence art thou? And he answered, I am the son of a stranger, an Amalekite. 2 Samuel 1:14 And David said unto him, How wast thou not afraid to put forth thine hand to destroy the LORD'S anointed? 2 Samuel 1:15 And David called one of the young men, and said, Go near, and fall upon him. And he smote him that he died. 2 Samuel 1:16 And David said unto him, Thy blood be upon thy head; for thy mouth hath testified against thee, saying, I have slain the LORD'S anointed.

David lamenteth Saul and Jonathan with a song.

2 Samuel 1:17 And David lamented with this lamentation over Saul and over Jonathan his son: 2 Samuel 1:18 And he bade them teach the children of Judah [the song of] the bow: behold, it is written in the book of Jashar. 2 Samuel 1:19 Thy glory, O Israel, is slain upon thy high places! how are the mighty fallen! 2 Samuel 1:20 Tell it not in Gath, publish it not in the streets of Ashkelon; lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice, lest the daughters of the uncircumcised triumph. 2 Samuel 1:21 Ye mountains of Gilboa, let there be no dew nor rain upon you, neither fields of offerings: for there the shield of the mighty was vilely cast away, the shield of Saul, not anointed with oil. 2 Samuel 1:22 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. 2 Samuel 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. 2 Samuel 1:24 Ye daughters of Israel, weep over Saul, who clothed you in scarlet delicately, who put ornaments of gold upon your apparel. 2 Samuel 1:25 How are the mighty fallen in the midst of the battle! Jonathan is slain upon thy high places. 2 Samuel 1:26 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. 2 Samuel 1:27 How are the mighty fallen, and the weapons of war perished!

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