The Death of Saul
1Sa 31:1–13; 1Ch 10:1–13
1After the death of Saul, when David had returned from the slaughter of the Amalekites, David had remained two days in Ziklag. 2#1Sa 4:12; 2Sa 4:10; Jos 7:6On the third day, a man came from the camp of Saul with his clothes torn and dirt upon his head. As he approached David, he fell to the ground prostrate.
3David asked him, “Where have you come from?”
He responded, “I fled from the camp of Israel.”
4#1Sa 4:16David said to him, “Tell me, what is the report?”
So he reported, “The people fled from battle. Many of the people have fallen and died; even Saul and his son Jonathan are dead.”
5Then David asked the young man who was reporting to him, “How do you know that Saul and his son Jonathan are dead?”
6#1Sa 28:4The young man who was reporting to him answered, “I happened to be on Mount Gilboa when, in front of me, Saul was leaning on his spear with the chariots and horsemen drawing close. 7When he turned around, he noticed me. He summoned me, and I responded, ‘Here I am.’
8#1Sa 30:13; 30:17“He asked me, ‘Who are you?’
“I answered, ‘I am an Amalekite.’
9“Then he said to me, ‘Stand over me and kill me, for I have been mortally wounded, yet I am still alive.’
10#Jdg 9:54; 2Ki 11:12“So I stood beside him and killed him because I knew that he could not live after he had fallen. Then I took the crown that was on his head and the armlet that was on his arm, and I have brought them here to my lord.”
11#Ge 37:29; 2Sa 3:31Then David took hold of his clothes and tore them, as did all of the men who were with him. 12They mourned and wept and fasted until evening for Saul, Jonathan his son, the people of the Lord, and the house of Israel, because they had fallen by the sword.
13Then David asked the young man who was reporting to him, “Where are you from?”
He responded, “I am the son of one who sought refuge, an Amalekite.”
14#1Sa 24:6; 26:9David said to him, “How is it that you did not fear raising your hand to destroy the anointed of the Lord?”
15Then David called to one of the young men and said, “Step forward and execute him.” So he struck him and killed him. 16#Mt 27:25; Lev 20:9But David said to him, “Your blood is upon your own head, since your mouth has testified against you, saying, ‘I put an end to the anointed of the Lord.’ ”
The Lament of David
17#2Ch 35:25Then David recited this lament over Saul and Jonathan his son, 18#Jos 10:13and he told them to teach the sons of Judah the Song of the Bow. It is written in the book of Jashar:
19#2Sa 1:27; 1:25 Your splendor, O Israel, has been slain upon your hills.
How the mighty ones have fallen.
20#Mic 1:10; 1Sa 18:6 Do not report it in Gath,
do not announce it in the streets of Ashkelon,
lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice,
or the daughters of the uncircumcised exult.
21#1Sa 31:1; Isa 21:5 O mountains of Gilboa,
may there be no rain or dew upon you
or your bountiful fields;
for there the shield of the mighty was defiled!
The shield of Saul is no longer anointed with oil.
22#1Sa 18:4; Isa 34:6–7 From the blood of the slain,
from the fat of mighty,
the bow of Jonathan did not turn back,
nor did the sword of Saul return empty.
23#Jdg 14:18; Jer 4:13 Saul and Jonathan,
beloved and delightful,
neither in life nor death will they be separated.
They were swifter than eagles,
they were stronger than lions.
24O daughters of Israel, weep over Saul,
who clothed you in scarlet and jewels,
who adorned your garments with gold jewelry.
25#2Sa 1:19; 1:27 How the mighty ones have fallen in the midst of battle!
Jonathan was slain on your high places.
26#1Sa 18:1–4 I am distressed for you, my brother Jonathan;
you were very dear to me;
your love was more remarkable than the love of women.
27#2Sa 1:25; 1:19 How the mighty have fallen,
and the weapons of war have perished.