David’s Tribute to Saul and Jonathan
1:17 Then David chanted this lament over Saul and his son Jonathan. 1:18 (He gave instructions that the people of Judah should be taught “The Bow.”23 Indeed, it is written down in the Book of Yashar.)24
1:19 The beauty25 of Israel lies slain on your high places!
How the mighty have fallen!
don’t spread the news in the streets of Ashkelon,26
or the daughters of the Philistines will rejoice,
the daughters of the uncircumcised will celebrate!
may there be no dew or rain on you, nor fields of grain offerings!27
For it was there that the shield of warriors was defiled;28
the shield of Saul lies neglected without oil.29
1:22 From the blood of the slain, from the fat of warriors,
the bow of Jonathan was not turned away.
The sword of Saul never returned30 empty.
1:23 Saul and Jonathan were greatly loved31 during their lives,
and not even in their deaths were they separated.
They were swifter than eagles, stronger than lions.
1:24 O daughters of Israel, weep over Saul,
who clothed you in scarlet32 as well as jewelry,
who put gold jewelry on your clothes.
1:25 How the warriors have fallen
in the midst of battle!
Jonathan lies slain on your high places!
1:26 I grieve over you, my brother Jonathan!
You were very dear to me.
Your love was more special to me than the love of women.
1:27 How the warriors have fallen!
The weapons of war33 are destroyed!
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