2 Samuel 1
The Amalekite, who brought tidings of the overthrow, and accused himself of Saul's death, is slain.
2 Samuel 1:1 After the death of Saule, when Dauid was returned from the slaughter of the Amalekites, & had ben two dayes in Zikeleg: 2 Samuel 1:2 Beholde, there came a man the thyrde daye out of the hoste from Saul wyth his clothes rent & earth vpon hys head. And when he came to Dauid, he fell to the earthe, & dyd obeysaunce. 2 Samuel 1:3 To whome Dauid said whence comest thou? And the other aunswered hym: Out of the host of Israel am I escaped. 2 Samuel 1:4 And Dauid sayd to him agayne: How hath it chaunced? tell me. And he sayde: the people fleed from the battell: & many of the people are ouerthrowen & dead: and Saul and Ionathas his sonne are dead therto. 2 Samuel 1:5 And Dauid sayde vnto the young man that tolde hym: how knowest thou that Saul and Ionathas hys sonne be dead? 2 Samuel 1:6 and the younge man that tolde hym, sayde: I was by chaunce in mount Gelboe. And se, Saul leaned vpon hys speare, and the charettes and horsemen folowed him at the heles. 2 Samuel 1:7 And Saul loked back and called me. And I aunswered: here am I. 2 Samuel 1:8 And he sayde vnto me: what arte thou? and I sayde vnto hym: I am an Amalekite. 2 Samuel 1:9 And he sayde vnto me: come on me & slee me: For anguyshe is come vpon me, and my lyfe is yet all in me. 2 Samuel 1:10 And I went on hym & slue hym: for I was sure that he coulde not lyue, after that he was fallen. And I toke the croune that was vpon hys head and the Braselet that was on hys arme, and haue brought them vnto my Lorde hyther. 2 Samuel 1:11 Then Dauid toke hys clothes and rente them, and so dyd all the men that were wyth hym. 2 Samuel 1:12 And they mourned, wepte & fasted vntyll euen, for Saul and Ionathas hys sonne, & for the people of the Lorde, and for the house of Israel, because they were ouerthrowen with the swerde.
2 Samuel 1:13 Then sayde Dauid vnto the younge man that brought hym tydynges. Whence arte thou? And he sayde: I am the sonne of an alyaunt an Amalekyte. 2 Samuel 1:14 And Dauid sayde vnto hym: How is it that thou wast not afrayed to laye thyne hande on the Lordes annoynted, to destroy hym? 2 Samuel 1:15 And Dauid called one of his young men & sayde: Go to and runne vpon hym. And he smote hym that he dyed. 2 Samuel 1:16 Then sayde Dauid vnto hym: thy bloude vpon thyne owne head. For thyne own mouth hath testyfyed agaynste the sayinge: I haue slayne the Lordes anoynted.
David lamenteth Saul and Jonathan with a song.
2 Samuel 1:17 And Dauid sang thys song of mourning ouer Saule and ouer Ionathas hys sonne, 2 Samuel 1:18 & bad to teache the chyldren of Israel þe staues thereof. And beholde it is wrytten in the boke of the ryghteous. 2 Samuel 1:19 The glorye of Israell is slayne vpon the hye hylles: Oh how were þe myghtye ouerthrowen? 2 Samuel 1:20 Tell it not in Geth: nor publyshe it in the streates of Askalon: lest þe doughters of the Philistines reioyse, and that the doughters of the vncircumcysed triumphe thereof. 2 Samuel 1:21 Ye mountaynes of Gelboe, vpon you be nether dewe nor raygne, nor feldes whence heaue offerynges come. For there the shyldes of the myghtye were cast from them: þe shyld of Saul, as though he had not bene anoynted wyth oyle. 2 Samuel 1:22 The boowe of Ionathas and the swerde of Saule turned neuer backe agayne emptye, from the bloude of the wounded and from the fatte of the myghtye warryours. 2 Samuel 1:23 Saul and Ionathas louely and pleasaunte in theyr lyues, were in theyr deethes not deuyded, men swifter then Egles and stronger then Lyons. 2 Samuel 1:24 Ye doughters of Israel, wepe ouer Saule, whiche clothed you in purple and garmentes of pleasure, and bordered youre rayment wyth ornamentes of goulde. 2 Samuel 1:25 How were the myghtye slayne in battell? Ionathas on þe hye hylles was wounded to death. 2 Samuel 1:26 Woo is me for the my brother Ionathas: delectable to me wast thou excedyng. Thy loue to me was wonderfull, passyng the loue of wemen. 2 Samuel 1:27 How were thy myghtye ouerthrowen, & how were the weapons of warre forloren.