The Message

2 Samuel 1

11-2 Shortly after Saul died, David returned to Ziklag from his rout of the Amalekites. Three days later a man showed up unannounced from Saul’s army camp.

2-3 Disheveled and obviously in mourning, he fell to his knees in respect before David. David asked, “What brings you here?”

He answered, “I’ve just escaped from the camp of Israel.”

“So what happened?” said David. “What’s the news?”

He said, “The Israelites have fled the battlefield, leaving a lot of their dead comrades behind. And Saul and his son Jonathan are dead.”

David pressed the young soldier for details: “How do you know for sure that Saul and Jonathan are dead?”

6-8 “I just happened by Mount Gilboa and came on Saul, badly wounded and leaning on his spear, with enemy chariots and horsemen bearing down hard on him. He looked behind him, saw me, and called me to him. ‘Yes sir,’ I said, ‘at your service.’ He asked me who I was, and I told him, ‘I’m an Amalekite.’”

“Come here,” he said, “and put me out of my misery. I’m nearly dead already, but my life hangs on.”

10 “So I did what he asked—I killed him. I knew he wouldn’t last much longer anyway. I removed his royal headband and bracelet, and have brought them to my master. Here they are.”

11-12 In lament, David ripped his clothes to ribbons. All the men with him did the same. They wept and fasted the rest of the day, grieving the death of Saul and his son Jonathan, and also the army of God and the nation Israel, victims in a failed battle.

13 Then David spoke to the young soldier who had brought the report: “Who are you, anyway?”

“I’m from an immigrant family—an Amalekite.”

14-15 “Do you mean to say,” said David, “that you weren’t afraid to up and kill God’s anointed king?” Right then he ordered one of his soldiers, “Strike him dead!” The soldier struck him, and he died.

16 “You asked for it,” David told him. “You sealed your death sentence when you said you killed God’s anointed king.”

17-18 Then David sang this lament over Saul and his son Jonathan, and gave orders that everyone in Judah learn it by heart. Yes, it’s even inscribed in The Book of Jashar.

19-21 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.

22 Jonathan’s bow was bold—
    the bigger they were the harder they fell.
Saul’s sword was fearless—
    once out of the scabbard, nothing could stop it.

23 Saul and Jonathan—beloved, beautiful!
    Together in life, together in death.
Swifter than plummeting eagles,
    stronger than proud lions.

24-25 Women of Israel, weep for Saul.
    He dressed you in finest cottons and silks,
    spared no expense in making you elegant.
The mighty warriors—fallen, fallen
    in the middle of the fight!
    Jonathan—struck down on your hills!

26 O my dear brother Jonathan,
    I’m crushed by your death.
Your friendship was a miracle-wonder,
    love far exceeding anything I’ve known—
    or ever hope to know.

27 The mighty warriors—fallen, fallen.
    And the arms of war broken to bits.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

撒母耳記下 1

大衛得知掃羅的死訊

1大衛戰勝了亞瑪力人之後便回到洗革拉,在那裡住了兩天。那時掃羅已經死了。 第三天,有一個衣服撕裂、頭蒙灰塵的人從掃羅軍營中跑到大衛面前,俯伏下拜。 大衛問他:「你從哪裡來?」那人答道:「我是從以色列軍營逃出來的。」 大衛說:「請告訴我那邊的情況。」他說:「以色列軍潰逃,傷亡慘重,掃羅和他兒子約拿單都死了!」 大衛又問報信的青年:「你怎麼知道掃羅和他兒子約拿單死了?」 青年說:「我偶然到基利波山,看見掃羅在那裡扶槍而立,敵人的戰車騎兵緊緊追來。 他回頭看到我,便呼喚我。我說,『我在這裡。』 他問我是什麼人。我告訴他我是亞瑪力人。 掃羅說他痛苦難當,卻又死不掉,要我殺了他。 10 我知道他身受重傷,必死無疑,就把他殺了,並取下他頭上的王冠和臂上的鐲子帶來獻給我主。」

11 大衛就撕裂衣服,他的隨從也撕裂衣服。 12 他們因掃羅、他的兒子約拿單和耶和華的子民——以色列同胞陣亡而悲哀痛哭,禁食直到黃昏。 13 大衛又問報信的青年:「你是哪裡的人?」他答道:「我是寄居在以色列的亞瑪力人。」 14 大衛說:「你怎麼敢下手殺耶和華所膏立的王? 15-16 你是咎由自取!因為你親口承認自己殺了耶和華所膏立的王。」大衛隨即命令一個年輕的隨從殺死他,隨從便殺死了他。

大衛的哀歌

17 大衛作了一首輓歌哀悼掃羅和他兒子約拿單, 18 並吩咐人教導猶大人唱這首弓歌。這首歌記在《雅煞珥書》上,歌詞說:

19 「以色列啊,
你榮耀的王伏屍山上,
偉大的勇士竟然倒下!
20 不要在迦特宣告,
不要在亞實基倫的街上傳揚,
免得非利士的婦女幸災樂禍,
免得未受割禮之人的女子歡喜雀躍。

21 「基利波山啊,願你沒有雨露,
你的田地不長獻祭用的五穀,
因為在那裡勇士的盾牌污跡斑斑,
掃羅的盾牌沒有抹油。

22 「約拿單的弓射敵無數,
掃羅的劍不殺強敵不收回。

23 「掃羅和約拿單深受愛戴,
生死不分離。
他們比鷹更敏捷,
比獅子還強壯。

24 「以色列的女子啊,
為掃羅哀哭吧!
他曾使你們衣服華美,
穿金戴銀。

25 「勇士竟戰死沙場!
約拿單竟伏屍山上!
26 我的兄弟約拿單啊,
我為你悲傷,
你對我情深義重,
你對我的愛勝過女人的戀情。

27 「偉大的勇士竟然倒下!
兵器竟然長埋!」