17 Then David lamented with this lamentation over Saul and over Jonathan his son, 18 uand he told them to teach the children of Judah the Song of the Bow; indeed it is written vin the Book 3of Jasher:
wHow the mighty have fallen!
20 xTell it not in Gath,
Proclaim it not in the streets of yAshkelon—
Lest zthe daughters of the Philistines rejoice,
Lest the daughters of athe uncircumcised triumph.
21 “O bmountains of Gilboa,
cLet there be no dew nor rain upon you,
Nor fields of offerings.
For the shield of the mighty is 4cast away there!
The shield of Saul, not danointed with oil.
From the fat of the mighty,
eThe bow of Jonathan did not turn back,
And the sword of Saul did not return empty.
And in their fdeath they were not divided;
They were swifter than eagles,
They were gstronger than lions.
Who clothed you in scarlet, with luxury;
Who put ornaments of gold on your apparel.
Jonathan was slain in your high places.
You have been very pleasant to me;
hYour love to me was wonderful,
Surpassing the love of women.
27 “How ithe mighty have fallen,
And the weapons of war perished!”
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