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1 After the deatha of Saul, David returned from striking downb the Amalekitesc and stayed in Ziklag two days. 2 On the third day a mand arrived from Saul’s camp with his clothes torn and dust on his head.e When he came to David, he fellf to the ground to pay him honor.g
He answered, “I have escaped from the Israelite camp.”
“The men fled from the battle,” he replied. “Many of them fell and died. And Saul and his son Jonathan are dead.”
6 “I happened to be on Mount Gilboa,h” the young man said, “and there was Saul, leaning on his spear, with the chariots and their drivers in hot pursuit. 7 When he turned around and saw me, he called out to me, and I said, ‘What can I do?’
“ ‘An Amalekite,i’ I answered.
9 “Then he said to me, ‘Stand here by me and kill me!j I’m in the throes of death, but I’m still alive.’
10 “So I stood beside him and killed him, because I knew that after he had fallen he could not survive. And I took the crownk that was on his head and the band on his arm and have brought them here to my lord.”
11 Then David and all the men with him took hold of their clothes and torel them. 12 They mourned and wept and fasted till evening for Saul and his son Jonathan, and for the army of the Lord and for the nation of Israel, because they had fallen by the sword.
“I am the son of a foreigner, an Amalekite,m” he answered.
14 David asked him, “Why weren’t you afraid to lift your hand to destroy the Lord’s anointed?n”
15 Then David called one of his men and said, “Go, strike him down!”o So he struck him down, and he died.p 16 For David had said to him, “Your blood be on your own head.q Your own mouth testified against you when you said, ‘I killed the Lord’s anointed.’ ”
19 “A gazellea lies slain on your heights, Israel.
20 “Tell it not in Gath,w
proclaim it not in the streets of Ashkelon,x
lest the daughters of the Philistinesy be glad,
lest the daughters of the uncircumcised rejoice.z
21 “Mountains of Gilboa,a
For there the shield of the mighty was despised,
the shield of Saul—no longer rubbed with oil.e
22 “From the bloodf of the slain,
from the flesh of the mighty,
the bowg of Jonathan did not turn back,
the sword of Saul did not return unsatisfied.
in life they were loved and admired,
and in death they were not parted.
They were swifter than eagles,h
they were stronger than lions.i
weep for Saul,
who clothed you in scarlet and finery,
who adorned your garments with ornaments of gold.j
Jonathan lies slain on your heights.
you were very dear to me.
Your love for me was wonderful,n
more wonderful than that of women.
The weapons of war have perished!”o
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