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2 Samuel 1:17-27Revised Standard Version (RSV)

17 And David lamented with this lamentation over Saul and Jonathan his son, 18 and he said it[a] should be taught to the people of Judah; behold, it is written in the Book of Jashar.[b] He said:

19 “Thy glory, O Israel, is slain upon thy high places!
    How are the mighty fallen!
20 Tell it not in Gath,
    publish it not in the streets of Ash′kelon;
lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice,
    lest the daughters of the uncircumcised exult.

21 “Ye mountains of Gilbo′a,
    let there be no dew or rain upon you,
    nor upsurging of the deep![c]
For there the shield of the mighty was defiled,
    the shield of Saul, not anointed with oil.

22 “From 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.

23 “Saul and Jonathan, beloved and lovely!
    In life and in death they were not divided;
they were swifter than eagles,
    they were stronger than lions.

24 “Ye daughters of Israel, weep over Saul,
    who clothed you daintily in scarlet,
    who put ornaments of gold upon your apparel.

25 “How are the mighty fallen
    in the midst of the battle!

“Jonathan lies slain upon thy high places.
26     I am distressed for you, my brother Jonathan;
very pleasant have you been to me;
    your love to me was wonderful,
    passing the love of women.

27 “How are the mighty fallen,
    and the weapons of war perished!”


  1. 2 Samuel 1:18 Gk: Heb the Bow
  2. 2 Samuel 1:18 Or The upright
  3. 2 Samuel 1:21 Cn: Heb fields of offerings
Revised Standard Version (RSV)

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