How the mighty have fallen!
publish it not in the streets of Ashkelon,
lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice,
lest the daughters of the uncircumcised exult.
let there be no dew or rain upon you,
nor fields of offerings!
For there the shield of the mighty was defiled,
the shield of Saul, not anointed with oil.
from the fat of the mighty,
the bow of Jonathan turned not back,
and the sword of Saul returned not empty.
In life and in death they were not divided;
they were swifter than eagles;
they were stronger than lions.
who clothed you luxuriously in scarlet,
who put ornaments of gold on your apparel.
in the midst of the battle!
“Jonathan lies slain on your high places.
very pleasant have you been to me;
your love to me was extraordinary,
surpassing the love of women.
and the weapons of war perished!”