Amplified Bible

2 Samuel 1

David Learns of Saul’s Death

1Now it happened after the death of Saul, when David had returned from the slaughter of the Amalekites, that he stayed two days in Ziklag. On the third day a man came [unexpectedly] from Saul’s camp with his clothes torn and dust on his head [as in mourning]. When he came to David, he bowed to the ground and lay himself face down [in an act of great respect and submission]. Then David asked him, “Where do you come from?” He said, “I have escaped from the camp of Israel.” David said to him, “How did it go? Please tell me.” He answered, “The people have fled from the battle. Also, many of the people have fallen and are dead; Saul and Jonathan his son are also dead.” So David said to the young man who informed him, “How do you know Saul and his son Jonathan are dead?” And the young man who told him explained, “By chance I happened to be on Mount Gilboa, and there was Saul leaning on his spear, and the chariots and horsemen [of the Philistines] were close behind him. When he turned to look behind him, he saw me, and called to me. And I answered, ‘Here I am.’ He asked me, ‘Who are you?’ I answered him, ‘I am an Amalekite.’ He said to me, ‘Stand up facing me and kill me, for [terrible] agony has come over me, yet I still live [and I will be taken alive].’ 10 So I stood facing him [a]and killed him, because I knew that he could not live after he had fallen. Then I took the crown which was on his head and the [b]band which was on his arm, and I have brought them here to my lord.”

11 Then David grasped his own clothes and tore them [in mourning]; so did all the men who were with him. 12 They mourned and wept and fasted until evening for Saul and Jonathan his son, and for the Lord’s people and the house of [c]Israel, because they had fallen by the sword [in battle]. 13 David said to the young man who informed him, “Where are you from?” He answered, “I am the son of a foreigner (resident alien, sojourner), an Amalekite.” 14 David said to him, “How is it that you were not afraid to put out your hand to destroy the Lord’s anointed?” 15 David called one of the young men and said, “Go, execute him.” So he struck the Amalekite and he died. 16 David said to the [fallen] man, “[d]Your blood is on your own head, for your own mouth has testified against you, saying, ‘I have killed the Lord’s anointed.’”

David’s Dirge for Saul and Jonathan

17 Then David sang this dirge (funeral song) over Saul and his son Jonathan, 18 and he told them to teach the sons of Judah, the song of the bow. Behold, it is written in [e]the Book of Jashar:

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“Your glory and splendor, O Israel, is slain upon your high places!
How the mighty have fallen!
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“Tell it not in Gath,
Proclaim it not in the streets of Ashkelon,
Or the daughters of the Philistines will rejoice,
The daughters of the uncircumcised (pagans) will exult.
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[f]O mountains of Gilboa,
Let not dew or rain be upon you, nor fields with offerings;
For there the shield of the mighty was defiled,
The shield of Saul, [dry, cracked] not [g]anointed with oil.
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“From the blood of the slain, from the fat of the mighty,
The bow of Jonathan did not turn back,
And the sword of Saul did not return empty.
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“Saul and Jonathan, beloved and lovely and friends in their lives,
And in their death they were not separated;
They were swifter than eagles,
They were stronger than lions.
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“O daughters of Israel, weep over Saul,
Who clothed you [h]luxuriously in scarlet,
Who put ornaments of gold on your apparel.
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“How the mighty have fallen in the midst of the battle!
Jonathan lies slain upon your high places.
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“I am distressed for you, my brother Jonathan;
You have been a good friend to me.
Your [i]love toward me was more wonderful
Than the love of women.
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“How the mighty have fallen,
And the weapons of war have perished!”

Notas al pie

  1. 2 Samuel 1:10 The young Amalekite’s story conflicts with the description of Saul’s suicide as recounted in 1 Sam 31:3-6. He must have, at the very least, witnessed Saul’s death since he was able to obtain the crown and the arm band. He apparently expected that his story about administering the deathblow, whether true or not, would result in some sort of reward or honor.
  2. 2 Samuel 1:10 This band or armlet was not jewelry, but a piece of armor worn around the arm.
  3. 2 Samuel 1:12 In general, sons of Israel or Israel or Israelites refers to all the people (males and females) of the various tribes descended from the twelve sons (Gen 35:23-26) of Jacob (later renamed Israel by God). In verses concerning things such as warfare or circumcision sons of Israel or Israel or Israelites usually refers only to the males. Tribes of ancient people were identified by the name of their founding ancestor. Therefore, this same general rule applies when referring to individual tribal groups, e.g. sons of Reuben, Reuben, Reubenites and so throughout.
  4. 2 Samuel 1:16 I.e. your death is your own fault.
  5. 2 Samuel 1:18 An early poetic account of the wars of Israel and the heroic acts of the warriors.
  6. 2 Samuel 1:21 As an expression of his grief David curses the place of Saul’s death.
  7. 2 Samuel 1:21 It was necessary to lubricate leather shields with oil to preserve them.
  8. 2 Samuel 1:24 Lit with jewelry.
  9. 2 Samuel 1:26 Jonathan graciously accepted God’s choice of David as the next ruler of Israel, and supported him, honored him, and wanted the very best for him.

O Livro

2 Samuel 1:1-27

David sabe da morte de Saul

1Saul morrera e David voltara para Ziclague após ter derrotado os amalequitas. Aí permaneceu dois dias. 2No terceiro dia chegou um homem do exército de Saul com a roupa rasgada e com terra na cabeça em sinal de consternação. Aproximando-se de David inclinou-se até ao chão em atitude de profundo respeito.

3“Donde vens?”, perguntou David. “Do exército de Israel”, replicou o homem.

4“Que foi que aconteceu? Como é que correu o combate?” O homem respondeu: “Todos fugiram em debandada. Milhares foram mortos e feridos no campo de batalha. Saul e Jónatas também morreram.”

5“E como sabes que foram mortos?”, insistiu David.

6“Porque chegando, por acaso, ao monte de Gilboa, vi Saul inclinado sobre a sua espada e a cavalaria e os carros de combate do inimigo apertando a luta contra a posição em que se encontrava. 7Olhando para trás, Saul reparou em mim e gritou-me que fosse ter com ele e perguntou-me: ‘Quem és tu?’ 8‘Sou amalequita’, respondi. 9‘Mata-me’, pediu-me ele, ‘e tira-me desta angústia, porque estou a sofrer muito e a vida está presa a mim.’ 10Então matei-o, pois sabia que não poderia continuar com vida. Depois peguei na sua coroa e numa pulseira que trazia no braço e trouxe-as para ti, meu senhor.”

11David e os seus homens rasgaram a roupa que tinham vestida, em manifestação de tristeza, ao ouvirem aquelas notícias. 12Choraram, lamentaram-se e jejuaram todo o dia por Saul e pelo seu filho Jónatas, assim como pelo povo do Senhor e pelos homens de Israel que tinham morrido naquele dia. 13David disse àquele que lhe trouxera as notícias: “Donde és tu?” Ele respondeu: “Eu sou amalequita.”

14“E como te atreveste a matar o rei ungido por o Senhor?” E David, dirigindo-se a um dos seus mancebos, disse: 15“Mata-o!” O rapaz atravessou-o com a sua espada e ele morreu. 16E acrescentou: “Foste vítima da tua própria condenação, porque confessaste, tu mesmo, ter matado o rei ungido do Senhor.”

Cântico de David sobre a morte de Saul e Jónatas

17David compôs então uma elegia à memória de Saul e Jónatas. 18E ordenou que fosse cantada através de todo o Israel. É este o texto, tal como está no Livro do Justo:

19“Ó Israel, aqueles que eram para ti o teu orgulho e a tua alegria

jazem mortos sobre as colinas.

Morreram os poderosos heróis!

20Não o contes aos filisteus,

para que não rejubilem.

Esconde-o das cidades de Gate e de Asquelom,

para que povos pagãos não venham a rir-se triunfantemente.

21Ó montes de Gilboa, que não caia mais chuva,

nem sequer orvalho sobre vós;

que não cresçam searas nas vossas vertentes.

Porque foi aí que o escudo dos heróis

foi tristemente arrojado no chão;

o escudo de Saul não mais ungido com óleo.

22Tanto Saul como Jónatas eram capazes de liquidar

os seus mais fortes inimigos;

nunca regressavam da batalha de mãos vazias.

23Como eram amados! Eram pessoas admiráveis!

Tanto Saul como o seu filho!

Sempre estiveram juntos, tanto na vida como na morte!

Eram mais velozes do que águias, mais fortes do que leões.

24Por isso, mulheres de Israel,

chorem agora por Saul.

Ele enriqueceu-vos, vestiu-vos de finas roupas

e deu-vos belos adornos.

25Foram valentes heróis que morreram no campo da batalha.

Jónatas foi morto sobre a colina.

26Como eu choro por ti, meu irmão Jónatas,

como eu te amava!

O teu amor tinha mais profundidade para mim

do que o amor de uma mulher.

27Foram valentes homens que caíram.

Despojados das suas armas, morreram!”