Davids Lament For Saul And Jonathan
When David learned of the death of Saul and Jonathan,he tore his clothes and fasted,
and so did all the men who were with him.
They mourned and wept and fasted until the evening,
for Saul and for Israel; because they had fallen by the sword.
And David lamented with this lamentation over Saul and over Jonathan his son.
The beauty of Israel is slain upon
thy high places:
How are the mighty fallen!
Tell it not in Gath,
Publish it not in the streets of Askelon,
Lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice,
Lest the daughters of the uncircumcised
Ye mountains of Gilboa, let there be no dew.
Neither let there be rain upon you,
nor fields of offerings;
For there the shield of the mighty
is vilely cast away,
The shield of Saul, as though he
had not been anointed with oil.
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.
Saul and Jonathan were lovely
and pleasant in their lives,
And in their death they were not divided.
They were swifter than eagles,
They were stronger than lions.
Ye daughters of Israel, weep over Saul,
Who clothed you in scarlet,
with other delights,
Who put on ornaments of gold upon your
How are the mighty fallen in the midst
of the battle!
O Jonathan, thou wast slain
in thine high places.
I am distressed for thee,
my brother Jonathan,
Very pleasant hast thou been unto me.
Thy love to me was wonderful,
passing the love of women.
How are the mighty fallen,
and the weapons of war perished!
And it came to pass after this that the Lord told David to go up to Hebron.
So he took his people, every man with his household
and he led them across the plain and into the city.
There they anointed him king over the house of Judah.
But Abner, the son of Ner, captain of Saul's arny, took Ishbosheth,
the son of Saul, and brought him to Mahanaim,
and made him king over Gilead, and over the Ashurites, and over all Israel.
Ishbosheth was forty years old when he began to reign over Israel,
and reigned two years.
But David and the house of Judah were stronger than they.
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