Don’t ·tell [announce; speak of] it in Gath. Don’t ·announce [proclaim; broadcast] it in the streets of Ashkelon. If you do, the Philistine ·women [L daughters] will ·be happy [rejoice]. The daughters of the ·Philistines [pagans; L uncircumcised] will ·rejoice [gloat; exult].
Oh, oh, Gazelles of Israel, struck down on your hills, the mighty warriors—fallen, fallen! Don’t announce it in the city of Gath, don’t post the news in the streets of Ashkelon. Don’t give those coarse Philistine girls one more excuse for a drunken party! No more dew or rain for you, hills of Gilboa, and not a drop from springs and wells, For there the warriors’ shields were dragged through the mud, Saul’s shield left there to rot.
Do not tell about it in Gath. Do not tell about it in the streets of Ashkelon, or the daughters of the Philistines might be filled with joy. The daughters of those who have not gone through our religious act might be filled with joy.
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