II Samuel 1 (asv)

II Samuel 1 (asv)

1:1And it came to pass after the death of Saul, when David was returned from the slaughter of the Amalekites, and David had abode two days in Ziklag; 1:2it came to pass on the third day, that, behold, a man came out of the camp from Saul, with his clothes rent, and earth upon his head: and so it was, when he came to David, that he fell to the earth, and did obeisance. 1:3And David said unto him, From whence comest thou? And he said unto him, Out of the camp of Israel am I escaped. 1:4And David said unto him, How went the matter? I pray thee, tell me. And he answered, The people are fled from the battle, and many of the people also are fallen and dead; and Saul and Jonathan his son are dead also. 1:5And David said unto the young man that told him, How knowest thou that Saul and Jonathan his son are dead? 1:6And the young man that told him said, As I happened by chance upon mount Gilboa, behold, Saul was leaning upon his spear; and, lo, the chariots and the horsemen followed hard after him. 1:7And when he looked behind him, he saw me, and called unto me. And I answered, Here am I. 1:8And he said unto me, Who art thou? And I answered him, I am an Amalekite. 1:9And he said unto me, Stand, I pray thee, beside me, and slay me; for anguish hath taken hold of me, because my life is yet whole in me. 1:10So I stood beside him, and slew him, because I was sure that he could not live after that he was fallen: and I took the crown that was upon his head, and the bracelet that was on his arm, and have brought them hither unto my lord.

1:11Then David took hold on his clothes, and rent them; and likewise all the men that were with him: 1:12and they mourned, and wept, and fasted until even, for Saul, and for Jonathan his son, and for the people of Jehovah, and for the house of Israel; because they were fallen by the sword. 1:13And David said unto the young man that told him, Whence art thou? And he answered, I am the son of a sojourner, an Amalekite. 1:14And David said unto him, How wast thou not afraid to put forth thy hand to destroy Jehovah's anointed? 1:15And David called one of the young men, and said, Go near, and fall upon him. And he smote him, so that he died. 1:16And David said unto him, Thy blood be upon thy head; for thy mouth hath testified against thee, saying, I have slain Jehovah's anointed.

1:17And David lamented with this lamentation over Saul and over Jonathan his son 1:18(and he bade them teach the children of Judah the song of the bow: behold, it is written in the book of Jashar):

1:19Thy glory, O Israel, is slain upon thy high places!

How are the mighty fallen!

1:20Tell it not in Gath,

Publish it not in the streets of Ashkelon;

Lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice,

Lest the daughters of the uncircumcised triumph.

1:21Ye mountains of Gilboa,

Let there be no dew nor rain upon you, neither fields of offerings:

For there the shield of the mighty was vilely cast away,

The shield of Saul, not anointed with oil.

1:22From the blood of the slain, from the fat of the mighty,

The bow of Jonathan turned not back,

And the sword of Saul returned not empty.

1:23Saul and Jonathan were lovely and pleasant in their lives,

And in their death they were not divided:

They were swifter than eagles,

They were stronger than lions.

1:24Ye daughters of Israel, weep over Saul,

Who clothed you in scarlet delicately,

Who put ornaments of gold upon your apparel.

1:25How are the mighty fallen in the midst of the battle!

Jonathan is slain upon thy high places.

1:26I am distressed for thee, my brother Jonathan:

Very pleasant hast thou been unto me:

Thy love to me was wonderful,

Passing the love of women.

1:27How are the mighty fallen,

And the weapons of war perished!


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