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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
27. How are the mighty fallen, and the weapons of war perished! 1.