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2 Samuel 1 :: New International Version (NIV)

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David Hears of Saul’s Death

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 1:1 - After the death of Saul, David returned from striking down the Amalekites and stayed in Ziklag two days.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 1:2 - On the third day a man arrived from Saul’s camp with his clothes torn and dust on his head. When he came to David, he fell to the ground to pay him honor.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 1:3 - “Where have you come from?” David asked him. He answered, “I have escaped from the Israelite camp.”
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 1:4 - “What happened?” David asked. “Tell me.” “The men fled from the battle,” he replied. “Many of them fell and died. And Saul and his son Jonathan are dead.”
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 1:5 - Then David said to the young man who brought him the report, “How do you know that Saul and his son Jonathan are dead?”
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 1:6 - “I happened to be on Mount Gilboa,” the young man said, “and there was Saul, leaning on his spear, with the chariots and their drivers in hot pursuit.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 1:7 - When he turned around and saw me, he called out to me, and I said, ‘What can I do?’
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 1:8 - “He asked me, ‘Who are you?’ “ ‘An Amalekite,’ I answered.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 1:9 - “Then he said to me, ‘Stand here by me and kill me! I’m in the throes of death, but I’m still alive.’
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 1:10 - “So I stood beside him and killed him, because I knew that after he had fallen he could not survive. And I took the crown that was on his head and the band on his arm and have brought them here to my lord.”
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 1:11 - Then David and all the men with him took hold of their clothes and tore them.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 1:12 - 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.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 1:13 - David said to the young man who brought him the report, “Where are you from?” “I am the son of a foreigner, an Amalekite,” he answered.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 1:14 - David asked him, “Why weren’t you afraid to lift your hand to destroy the LORD’s anointed?”
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 1:15 - Then David called one of his men and said, “Go, strike him down!” So he struck him down, and he died.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 1:16 - For David had said to him, “Your blood be on your own head. Your own mouth testified against you when you said, ‘I killed the LORD’s anointed.’ ”

David’s Lament for Saul and Jonathan

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 1:17 - David took up this lament concerning Saul and his son Jonathan,
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 1:18 - and he ordered that the people of Judah be taught this lament of the bow (it is written in the Book of Jashar):
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 1:19 - “A gazelle[fn] lies slain on your heights, Israel. How the mighty have fallen!
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 1:20 - “Tell it not in Gath, proclaim it not in the streets of Ashkelon, lest the daughters of the Philistines be glad, lest the daughters of the uncircumcised rejoice.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 1:21 - “Mountains of Gilboa, may you have neither dew nor rain, may no showers fall on your terraced fields.[fn] For there the shield of the mighty was despised, the shield of Saul—no longer rubbed with oil.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 1:22 - “From the blood of the slain, from the flesh of the mighty, the bow of Jonathan did not turn back, the sword of Saul did not return unsatisfied.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 1:23 - Saul and Jonathan— in life they were loved and admired, and in death they were not parted. They were swifter than eagles, they were stronger than lions.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 1:24 - “Daughters of Israel, weep for Saul, who clothed you in scarlet and finery, who adorned your garments with ornaments of gold.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 1:25 - “How the mighty have fallen in battle! Jonathan lies slain on your heights.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 1:26 - I grieve for you, Jonathan my brother; you were very dear to me. Your love for me was wonderful, more wonderful than that of women.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 1:27 - “How the mighty have fallen! The weapons of war have perished!”
NIV Footnotes
Gazelle here symbolizes a human dignitary.
Or / nor fields that yield grain for offerings

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