2 Samuel 1Tree of Life Version (TLV)
David Mourns Saul and Jonathan
1 Now it came to pass after the death of Saul—when David had returned from the slaughter of the Amalekites—that David stayed two days in Ziklag. 2 On the third day, behold, a man came from Saul’s camp, with his clothes torn and dust on his head. Now when he approached David, he fell to the ground and prostrated himself.
3 Then David asked him, “Where are you coming from?”
“I’ve escaped from the camp of Israel,” he answered.
4 “How did things go?” David asked him. “Please, tell me.”
He answered, “The troops fled the battlefield—also many of the troops fell and died. And even Saul and his son Jonathan are dead.”
5 David asked the young man informing him, “How do you know that Saul and his son Jonathan are dead?”
6 The young man informing him answered, “I happened by chance to be on Mount Gilboa, and look, Saul was leaning on his spear, while the chariots and the horsemen were closing in on him. 7 When he turned around and saw me, he called me. So I answered, ‘Here I am.’ 8 Then he asked me, ‘Who are you?’
“So I answered him, ‘I am an Amalekite.’ 9 So he said to me, ‘Stand now over me and kill me! For I’m in agony, yet I’m still alive.’ 10 So I stood over him and killed him, because I knew he couldn’t survive after he had fallen. Then I took the crown that was on his head and the bracelet that was on his arm, and brought them here—to my lord.”
11 Then David took hold of his clothes and tore them, and so did all the men that were with him, 12 and they mourned, wept and fasted until evening for Saul and his son Jonathan, for the troops of Adonai and for the house of Israel, because they had fallen by the sword. 13 Then David said to the young man who informed him, “Where are you from?”
“I am a son of an Amalekite outsider,” he replied.
14 Then David said to him, “How is it that you were not afraid to stretch out your hand to destroy Adonai’s anointed one?” 15 Then David called one of the young men and said, “Come and strike him down.” And he struck him down and he died. 16 David said to him, “Your blood is on your own head, for your mouth testified against you saying, ‘I killed Adonai’s anointed.’”
17 Then David chanted this lament over Saul and his son Jonathan, 18 and ordered that the sons of Judah be taught the “Song of the Bow.” (Behold, it is written in the Book of Jashar):
19 “Your glory, O Israel, is slain on your high places!