Translation:2 Samuel

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Chapter 1[edit]

1 After the death of Saul, David returned from defeating the Amalekites and stayed in Ziklag for two days.

2 On the third day, a man arrived from Saul's camp with his clothes torn and dust on his head. He came to David and fell to the ground to pay him honor. 3 David said to him, "Where are you coming from?"

And he said to him, "I have escaped from the camp of Israel."

4 David said to him, "How did it go? Please tell me."

He said that the people fled from the battle, and many of the people are fallen and dead, and Saul and Jonathan his son are dead as well."

5 David said to the young man who told him, "How do you know that Saul and Jonathan his son are dead?"

6 And the young man who told him said, "By chance I happened to me on Mount Gilboa, and I saw Saul leaning on his spear, and there were chariots and horsemen bearing down on him. 7 And when he turned and looked behind him, he saw me and called to me. And I said, 'Here I am!' 8 He said to me, 'Who are you?' I replied, 'I am an Amalekite.' 9 He said to me, 'Please, stand over me and kill me, because the death throes[1] have seized me, but I am still alive.' 10 So I stood over him and killed him, because I was sure that he would not survive after he had fallen. I took the crown which was on his head, and the band which was on his arm, and I brought them here to [you], my lord."

11 David seized his own clothes and tore them, and so did all the men who were with him. 12 They mourned, and wept, and fasted until evening for Saul and for Jonathan his son, and for the people of Yahweh, because they had fallen by the sword.

13 And David said to the young man who told him, "Where are you from?"

And he said, "I am the son of a resident alien, an Amalekite."

14 David said to him, "How were you not afraid to stretch out your hand to destroy Yahweh's anointed?"[2] 15 David called to one of his young men, and said, "Go kill him." So he attacked and killed him. 16 David said to him, "Your blood is on your own head,[3] because your own mouth has testified against you, when you said, 'I killed Yahweh's anointed.'"

17 David sang this mourning song about Saul, and about Jonathan his son, 18 and he ordered that the Judahites be taught the bow,[4] just as it is written in the Book of Jasher.


Beauty[5] lies slain on your heights,

How the warriors have fallen!
21 Do not report it in Gath,
Do not send news to Ashkelon;
Or the daughters of Philistines will celebrate,
Or the daughters of the uncircumcised will exult.
For there the warriors' shield is cast away,
the shield of Saul, not anointed in oil.
22 From the blood of the slain,
from the fat of warriors,
Jonathans bow did not shrink back,
Saul's sword did not return empty. 23
Saul and Jonathan,
beloved and admirable in life,
inseperable even in death,
were swifter than eagles,
stronger than lions. 24
Daughters of Israel, weep for Saul,
who dressed you in scarlet and finery,
who set golden jewelry on your apparel. 25
How the mighty have fallen amidst the battle,
Jonathan, slain upon the heights! 26
I mourn you, my brother Jonathan.
You were very pleasant to me;
your love for me was marvelous,
more than the love of women. 27
How the mighty have fallen,
and weapons perished!

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Chapter 3[edit]

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18And now do [it]; for


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Chapter 12[edit]

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11"Thus God says: 'Behold, I am raising up evil against you of your house; and I will take your wives before your eyes, and I will give to your neighbors, and he will lie with your wives before the eyes of this sun. 12

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Chapter 21[edit]

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16And Ishbibenob, who was of the children of the giant, and the weight of his spear was three hundred in weight of copper, and he is being girded [with] a new [sword], and he said to slay David.


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  1. The word translated here as "death throes" is in Hebrew shabats, a word which only appears here and is of uncertain meaning. "Death throes" is a guess. Another suggestion is "vertigo," the reading preferred by Gesenius' Lexicon.
  2. Kings, like priests, in the Bible were anointed with oil as a ceremonial induction to their position. "Yahweh's anointed" in this case, then, is a way of referring to Saul's status as Yahweh's chosen king of Israel.
  3. Meaning, your death is justified, and is your own fault.
  4. It is not certain what "the bow" is doing in this verse. Perhaps it is the title of the following song. Perhaps it refers to teaching skills for use in warfare. Perhaps it was accidentally added to the verse and does not belong here at all.
  5. Or, a gazelle