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1After the death of Saul, when David had returned from the slaughter of the Amalʹekites, David remained two days in Ziklag; 2and on the third day, behold, a man came from Saul’s camp, with his clothes rent and earth upon his head. And when he came to David, he fell to the ground and did obeisance. 3David said to him, “Where do you come from?” And he said to him, “I have escaped from the camp of Israel.” 4And David said to him, “How did it go? Tell me.” And he answered, “The people have fled from the battle, and many of the people also have fallen and are dead; and Saul and his son Jonathan are also dead.” 5Then David said to the young man who told him, “How do you know that Saul and his son Jonathan are dead?” 6And the young man who told him said, “By chance I happened to be on Mount Gilboʹa; and there was Saul leaning upon his spear; and lo, the chariots and the horsemen were close upon him. 7And when he looked behind him, he saw me, and called to me. And I answered, ‘Here I am.’ 8And he said to me, ‘Who are you?’ I answered him, ‘I am an Amalʹekite.’ 9And he said to me, ‘Stand beside me and slay me; for anguish has seized me, and yet my life still lingers.’ 10So I stood beside him, and slew him, because I was sure that he could not live after he had fallen; and I took the crown which was on his head and the armlet which was on his arm, and I have brought them here to my lord.”

11Then David took hold of his clothes, and rent them; and so did all the men who were with him; 12and they mourned and wept and fasted until evening for Saul and for Jonathan his son and for the people of the Lord and for the house of Israel, because they had fallen by the sword. 13And David said to the young man who told him, “Where do you come from?” And he answered, “I am the son of a sojourner, an Amalʹekite.” 14David said to him, “How is it you were not afraid to put forth your hand to destroy the Lord’s anointed?” 15Then David called one of the young men and said, “Go, fall upon him.” And he smote him so that he died. 16And David said to him, “Your blood be upon your head; for your own mouth has testified against you, saying, ‘I have slain the Lord’s anointed.’ ”

17And David lamented with this lamentation over Saul and Jonathan his son, 18and he said it should be taught to the people of Judah; behold, it is written in the Book of Jashar. He said:

19“Thy glory, O Israel, is slain upon thy high places!

How are the mighty fallen!

20Tell it not in Gath,

publish it not in the streets of Ashʹkelon;

lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice,

lest the daughters of the uncircumcised exult.

21“Ye mountains of Gilboʹa,

let there be no dew or rain upon you,

nor upsurging of the deep!

For there the shield of the mighty was defiled,

the shield of Saul, not 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, beloved and lovely!

In life and in 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 daintily in scarlet,

who put ornaments of gold upon your apparel.

25“How are the mighty fallen

in the midst of the battle!

“Jonathan lies slain upon thy high places.

26I am distressed for you, my brother Jonathan;

very pleasant have you been to me;

your love to me was wonderful,

passing the love of women.

27“How are the mighty fallen,

and the weapons of war perished!”

Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1946, 1952, and 1971 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America.
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