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NEW WORLD TRANSLATION OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES (1984 EDITION) See 2013 revision

2 Samuel 1:1-27

1  And it came about after Saul’s death, and when David himself had returned from striking down the A·mal′ek·ites,*+ that David continued to dwell at Zik′lag+ two days.  And it came about on the third day that, look! a man+ was coming from the camp, from Saul, with his garments ripped apart+ and dirt upon his head;+ and it came about that when he came to David, he at once fell down to the earth+ and prostrated himself.  And David proceeded to say to him: “Where do you come from?” at which he said to him: “From the camp of Israel I have escaped.”  And David went on to say to him: “How did the matter turn out? Tell me, please.” To this he said: “The people have fled from the battle and also many of the people have fallen so that they died,+ and even Saul+ and Jon′a·than+ his son have died.”  Then David said to the young man that was telling him: “How do you really know that Saul has died and also Jon′a·than his son?”+  At this the young man that was telling him said: “I unexpectedly chanced to be on Mount Gil·bo′a,+ and there was Saul supporting himself upon his spear;+ and, look! the charioteers* and the mounted men had caught up with him.+  When he turned back and saw me, then he called me, and I said, ‘Here I am!’  And he went on to say to me, ‘Who are you?’ at which I said to him, ‘I am an A·mal′ek·ite.’+  Then he said, ‘Stand, please, over me and definitely put me to death, for the cramp* has seized me, because all my soul+ is yet in me.’ 10  So I stood over him and definitely put him to death,+ for I knew that he could not live after he had fallen. Then I took the diadem+ that was upon his head and the bracelet that was upon his arm, that I might bring them to my lord here.” 11  At this David took hold of his garments and ripped them apart,+ and so did all the men also that were with him. 12  And they began to wail and weep+ and fast+ until the evening over Saul and over Jon′a·than his son and over the people of Jehovah* and over the house of Israel,+ because they had fallen by the sword. 13  David now said to the young man that was telling him: “Where are you from?” to which he said: “I am the son of an alien resident, an A·mal′ek·ite.”+ 14  Then David said to him: “How was it that you did not fear+ to thrust your hand out to bring the anointed*+ of Jehovah to ruin?” 15  With that David called one of the young men and said: “Go near. Smite him.” Accordingly he struck him down so that he died.+ 16  David then said to him: “The bloodguilt for you* be upon your own head,+ because your own mouth has testified against you,+ saying, ‘I myself definitely put the anointed of Jehovah to death.’”+ 17  And David proceeded to chant this dirge+ over Saul and Jon′a·than his son+ 18  and to say that the sons of Judah+ should be taught “The Bow.”+ Look! It is written in the book of Ja′shar:*+ 19  “The beauty, O Israel, is slain upon your high places.+ How have the mighty men fallen! 20  Do not, YOU people, tell it in Gath;+ Do not announce it in the streets of Ash′ke·lon,+ For fear that the daughters of the Phi·lis′tines may rejoice, For fear that the daughters of the uncircumcised men may exult.+ 21  YOU mountains of Gil·bo′a,+ let no dew, let no rain be upon YOU, nor let there be fields of holy contributions;*+ Because there the shield of mighty ones was befouled,* The shield of Saul, so that there was none anointed with oil.+ 22  From the blood of the slain, from the fat of mighty ones, The bow of Jon′a·than did not turn back,+ And the sword of Saul would not return without success.+ 23  Saul and Jon′a·than,+ the lovable ones and the pleasant ones during their life, And in their death they were not separated.+ Swifter than the eagles they were,+ Mightier than the lions* they were.+ 24  YOU daughters of Israel, weep over Saul, Who clothed YOU in scarlet with finery, Who put ornaments of gold upon YOUR clothing.+ 25  How have the mighty ones fallen in the midst of the battle!+ Jon′a·than slain upon your high places!+ 26  I am distressed over you, my brother Jon′a·than, Very pleasant you were to me.+ More wonderful was your love to me than the love from women.+ 27  How have the mighty ones fallen+ And the weapons of war perished!”

Footnotes

“The Amalekites,” Sy and five Heb. mss; MLXXVg, “Amalek.”
Or, “chariots.”
“Giddiness,” Sy; meaning is uncertain in M.
“Jehovah,” MSyVg; LXX, “Judah.”
Anointed of.” Heb., meshi′ach; Gr., khri·ston′; Syr., lam·shi·cheh; Lat., chri′stum.
Lit., “Your bloods.”
Or, “the Upright One.”
“Fields of firstfruits,” LXXVg.
Or, “rejected with loathing.”
“Than the lions.” Heb., me·ʼara·yohth′, African lions.