17 Then David composed a funeral song for Saul and Jonathan, 18 and he commanded that it be taught to the people of Judah. It is known as the Song of the Bow, and it is recorded in The Book of Jashar.*
Oh, how the mighty heroes have fallen!
don’t proclaim it in the streets of Ashkelon,
or the daughters of the Philistines will rejoice
and the pagans will laugh in triumph.
let there be no dew or rain upon you,
nor fruitful fields producing offerings of grain.*
For there the shield of the mighty heroes was defiled;
the shield of Saul will no longer be anointed with oil.
and the sword of Saul did its mighty work.
They shed the blood of their enemies
and pierced the bodies of mighty heroes.
They were together in life and in death.
They were swifter than eagles,
stronger than lions.
for he dressed you in luxurious scarlet clothing,
in garments decorated with gold.
Jonathan lies dead on the hills.
Oh, how much I loved you!
And your love for me was deep,
deeper than the love of women!
Stripped of their weapons, they lie dead.