NASB — 2 Samuel 1 — KJV

David Learns of Saul’s Death

1 Now it came about after athe death of Saul, when David had returned from bthe slaughter of the Amalekites, that David remained two days in Ziklag. 2 On the third day, behold, aa man came out of the camp from Saul, bwith his clothes torn and Idust on his head. And it came about when he came to David that che fell to the ground and prostrated himself. 3 Then David said to him, “From where do you come?” And he said to him, “I have escaped from the camp of Israel.” 4 David said to him, “aHow did things go? Please tell me.” And he said, “The people have fled from the battle, and also many of the people have fallen and are dead; and Saul and Jonathan his son are dead also.” 5 So David said to the young man who told him, “How do you know that Saul and his son Jonathan are dead?” 6 The young man who told him said, “By chance I happened to be on aMount Gilboa, and behold, bSaul was leaning on his spear. And behold, the chariots and the horsemen pursued him closely. 7 When he looked behind him, he saw me and called to me. And I said, ‘Here I am.’ 8 He said to me, ‘Who are you?’ And I Ianswered him, ‘aI am an Amalekite.’ 9 Then he said to me, ‘Please stand beside me and kill me, for agony has seized me because my Ilife still lingers in me.’ 10 So I stood beside him aand killed him, because I knew that he could not live after he had fallen. And bI took the crown which [was] on his head and the bracelet which [was] on his arm, and I have brought them here to my lord.”

[1] a1S 31:6 b1S 30:1, 17, 26
[2] ILit ground a2S 4:10 b1S 4:12 c1S 25:23
[4] a1S 4:16
[6] a1S 28:4; 31:1-6; 1Ch 10:4-10 b1S 31:2-4
[8] ILit said to a1S 15:3; 30:1, 13, 17
[9] ILit whole life is still in me
[10] aJg 9:54 b2K 11:12

11 ¶ Then aDavid took hold of his clothes and tore them, and [so] also [did] all the men who [were] with him. 12 They mourned and wept and afasted until evening for Saul and his son Jonathan and for the people of the LORD and the house of Israel, because they had fallen by the sword. 13 David said to the young man who told him, “Where are you from?” And he Ianswered, “aI am the son of an alien, an Amalekite.” 14 Then David said to him, “How is it you were not afraid ato stretch out your hand to destroy the LORDS anointed?” 15 And David called one of the young men and said, “Go, Icut him down.” aSo he struck him and he died. 16 David said to him, “aYour blood is on your head, for byour mouth has testified against you, saying, ‘I have killed the LORDS anointed.’”

[11] aGn 37:29, 34; Jsh 7:6; 2Ch 34:27; Ezr 9:3
[12] a2S 3:35
[13] ILit said a2S 1:8
[14] a1S 24:6; 26:9, 11, 16
[15] ILit fall upon him a2S 4:10, 12
[16] a1S 26:9; 2S 3:28, 29; 1K 2:32 b2S 1:10; Lk 19:22

David’s Dirge for Saul and Jonathan

17 ¶ Then David achanted with this lament over Saul and Jonathan his son, 18 and he told [them] to teach the sons of Judah [the song of] the bow; behold, it is written in athe book of Jashar.
  19IYour beauty, O Israel, is slain on your high places!
  aHow have the mighty fallen!
  20aTell [it] not in Gath,
  Proclaim it not in the streets of Ashkelon,
  Or bthe daughters of the Philistines will rejoice,
  The daughters of cthe uncircumcised will exult.
  21aO mountains of Gilboa,
  bLet not dew or rain be on you, nor fields of offerings;
  For there the shield of the mighty was defiled,
  The shield of Saul, not canointed with oil.
  22aFrom the blood of the slain, from the fat of the mighty,
  bThe bow of Jonathan did not turn back,
  And the sword of Saul did not return empty.
  23 “Saul and Jonathan, beloved and pleasant in their life,
  And in their death they were not parted;
  aThey were swifter than eagles,
  bThey were stronger than lions.
  24 “O daughters of Israel, weep over Saul,
  Who clothed you luxuriously in scarlet,
  Who put ornaments of gold on your apparel.
  25aHow have the mighty fallen in the midst of the battle!
  Jonathan is slain on your high places.
  26 “I am distressed for you, my brother Jonathan;
  You have been very pleasant to me.
  aYour love to me was more wonderful
  Than the love of women.
  27aHow have the mighty fallen,
  And bthe weapons of war perished!”

[17] a2Ch 35:25
[18] aJsh 10:13
[19] ILit The a2S 1:25, 27
[20] a1S 31:8-13; Mi 1:10 bEx 15:20, 21; 1S 18:6 c1S 14:6
[21] a1S 31:1 bEzk 31:15 cIs 21:5
[22] aDt 32:42; Is 34:6 b1S 18:4
[23] aJr 4:13 bJg 14:18
[25] a2S 1:19, 27
[26] a1S 18:1-4
[27] a2S 1:19, 25 bIs 13:5


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

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

[1] 1S 27:6; 30:17.
[2] Gn 22:4; 37:7, 29, 34; 43:28; Jsh 7:6; 1S 4:12, 16; 20:41; 25:23; 2S 4:10; 14:4; 15:32; Es 4:16; 5:1; Ps 66:3; Ho 6:2; Jol 2:13; Mt 12:40; 16:21; Rv 3:9.
[3] 2K 5:25; Jb 1:15.
[4] 1S 4:16; 31:1; 1Ch 10:1.
[5] Pv 14:15; 25:2.
[6] Ru 2:3; 1S 6:9; 28:4; 31:1, 2; 2S 1:21; Lk 10:31.
[7] Jg 9:54; 1S 22:12; 2S 9:6; Is 6:8; 65:1.
[8] Gn 14:7; Ex 17:8; Nu 24:20; Dt 25:17; 1S 15:3; 27:8; 30:1, 13, 17.
[10] Jg 1:7; 9:54; 1S 22:18; 31:4; 2S 12:30; Lm 5:16; Mt 7:2.
[11] Gn 37:29, 34; 2S 3:31; 13:31; Ac 14:14; Ro 12:15.
[12] Ps 35:13; Pv 24:17; Jr 9:1; Am 6:6; Mt 5:44; 2Co 11:29; 1P 3:8.

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. 14 And David said unto him, How wast thou not afraid to stretch forth thine hand to destroy the LORD'S anointed? 15 And David called one of the young men, and said, Go near, [and] fall upon him. And he smote him that he died. 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.

[13] 2S 1:8.
[14] Nu 12:8; 1S 24:6; 26:9; 31:4; Ps 105:15; 2P 2:10.
[15] Jg 8:20; 1S 22:17; 2S 4:10; 1K 2:25, 34, 46; Jb 5:12; Pv 11:18.
[16] Gn 9:5; Lv 20:9, 11, 16, 27; Dt 19:10; Jsh 2:19; Jg 9:24; 1S 26:9; 2S 1:10; 1K 2:32, 37; Jb 15:6; Pv 6:2; Ezk 18:13; 33:5; Mt 27:25; Lk 19:22; Ac 20:26; Ro 3:19.

David lamenteth Saul and Jonathan with a song.

17 ¶ And David lamented with this lamentation over Saul and over Jonathan his son: 18 (Also he bade them teach the children of Judah [the use of] the bow: behold, [it is] written in the book of Jasher.) 19 The beauty of Israel is slain upon thy high places: how are the mighty fallen! 20 Tell [it] not in Gath, publish [it] not in the streets of Askelon; lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice, lest the daughters of the uncircumcised triumph. 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, 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 turned not back, and the sword of Saul returned not empty. 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. 24 Ye daughters of Israel, weep over Saul, who clothed you in scarlet, with [other] delights, who put on ornaments of gold upon your apparel. 25 How are the mighty fallen in the midst of the battle! O Jonathan, [thou wast] slain in thine high places. 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. 27 How are the mighty fallen, and the weapons of war perished!

[17] Gn 50:11; 2S 1:19; 2Ch 35:25; Jr 9:17.
[18] Gn 49:8; Dt 4:10; Jsh 10:13; 1S 20:36.
[19] Dt 4:7; 1S 31:8; 2S 1:23, 25, 27; Is 4:2; 53:2; Lm 2:1; 5:16; Zc 11:7, 10.
[20] Ex 15:20; Dt 32:26; Jg 11:34; 14:19; 16:23; 1S 17:26, 36; 18:6; 31:4, 9; Ezk 16:27, 57; Mi 1:10.
[21] Jg 5:23; 1S 10:1; 31:1; 1Ch 10:1, 8; Jb 3:3; Is 5:6; 21:5; Jr 20:14; Jol 1:9; 2:14.
[22] 1S 14:6; 18:4; Is 34:6.
[23] Dt 28:49; Jg 14:18; 1S 18:1; 20:2; 31:1; 2S 2:18; 23:20; 1Ch 12:8; Jb 9:26; Pv 30:30; Jr 4:13; Lm 4:19.
[24] Jg 5:30; Ps 68:12; Pv 31:21; Is 3:16; Jr 2:32; 1Ti 2:9; 1P 3:3.
[25] Jg 5:18; 1S 14:13; 2S 1:19, 27; Lm 5:16.
[26] 1S 18:1; 19:2; 20:17, 41; 23:16.
[27] 2S 1:19, 25; 2K 2:12; 13:14; Ps 46:9; Ezk 39:9.


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