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.

Endagaano Enkadde nʼEndagaano Empya

2 Samwiri 1

Dawudi ategeezebwa Okufa kwa Sawulo

1Oluvannyuma lw’okufa kwa Sawulo, Dawudi n’agenda n’abeera e Zikulagi n’amalayo ennaku bbiri, ng’amaze okusaanyaawo Abamaleki. Awo olwatuuka ku lunaku olwokusatu, ne wajja omusajja ng’ava mu lusiisira lwa Sawulo, ng’ayuzizza ebyambalo bye, nga ne mu mutwe gwe mulimu enfuufu. Bwe yatuuka awali Dawudi, n’avuunama ng’amuwa ekitiibwa.

Dawudi n’amubuuza nti, “Ova wa?” N’amuddamu nti, “Ndi kaawonawo okuva mu lusiisira lwa Isirayiri.” Dawudi n’ayogera nti, “Ntegeeza ebyabaddewo.” N’ayogera nti, “Abantu badduse mu lutalo, era bangi ku bo bafudde. Sawulo ne Yonasaani mutabani we nabo bafudde.” Awo Dawudi n’agamba omuvubuka eyamutegeeza amawulire ago nti, “Otegedde otya nga Sawulo ne mutabani we Yonasaani nabo bafudde?”

Omuvubuka n’amugamba nti, “Bwe nnali awo ku lusozi Girubowa, ne ndaba Sawulo nga yeesigamye ku ffumu lye era n’amagaali n’abeebagala embalaasi eby’omulabe nga bamucocca. Awo bwe yakyusa amaaso ge n’andaba, n’ankowoola, ne muddamu nti, ‘Nkukolere ki?’

“N’ambuuza nti, ‘Ggwe ani?’

“Ne muddamu nti, ‘Ndi Mwamaleki.’

“N’alyoka aŋŋamba nti, ‘Nnyimirirako onzite! Ndi mu masaŋŋanzira ag’okufa newaakubadde nga ndabika ng’akyalimu obulamu.’

10 “Kyennava muyimirirako ne mutta, kubanga n’ategeera nga takyalamye. Ne ntwala engule eyali ku mutwe gwe n’ekikomo ekyali ku mukono gwe, era biibino mbireetedde mukama wange.”

11 Awo Dawudi n’abasajja bonna be yali nabo, ne bayuza ebyambalo byabwe. 12 Ne bakaaba, ne bakungubaga ne basiiba okutuusa akawungeezi ku lwa Sawulo ne Yonasaani mutabani we; ne ku lw’eggye lya Mukama, ne ku lw’ennyumba ya Isirayiri; kubanga bonna baali bafudde n’ekitala. 13 Awo Dawudi n’agamba omuvubuka eyamutegeeza amawulire ago nti, “Ova wa?” N’addamu nti, “Ndi mwana wa munnaggwanga, Omwameleki.” 14 Dawudi n’amugamba nti, “Lwaki tewatya kuzikiriza omuntu Mukama gwe yafukako amafuta?” 15 Awo Dawudi n’ayita omu ku basajja be, n’amugamba nti, “Mutte.” N’amufumita n’amutta. 16 Dawudi n’amugamba nti, “Omusaayi gwo gubeere ku mutwe gwo, kubanga akamwa ko ye mujulirwa ng’oyogera nti, ‘Nnatta oyo Mukama gwe yafukako amafuta.’ ”

Dawudi Akungubagira Sawulo ne Yonasaani

17 Dawudi n’akungubagira Sawulo ne Yonasaani mutabani we, 18 n’alagira abantu ba Isirayiri bayigirizibwe oluyimba olw’omutego olw’okukungubaga olwawandiikibwa mu kitabo kya Yasali. Olugamba nti,

19 “Ekitiibwa kyo, ayi Isirayiri, kifiiridde ku nsozi zo!
    Ab’amaanyi nga bagudde!

20 “Temukyogeranga mu Gaasi,[a]
    temukyatuliranga mu nguudo za Asukulooni,[b]
abawala b’Abafirisuuti baleme okusanyuka,
    abawala b’abatali bakomole baleme okujaguza.

21 “Mmwe ensozi za Girubowa,
    muleme okugwibwako omusulo newaakubadde enkuba,
    newaakubadde ennimiro okumeramu ensigo.
Kubanga eyo engabo[c] ey’ab’amaanyi gye yanyoomerwa
    n’engabo ya Sawulo, gye yafuukira ng’etafukibwangako mafuta.
22 Omutego gwa Yonasaani tegwaddanga mabega
    n’ekitala kya Sawulo tekyaddanga nga kikalu,
olw’okubuna omusaayi gw’abattibwanga,
    n’amasavu g’ab’amaanyi.

23 “Sawulo ne Yonasaani, mu bulamu bwabwe baali baagalwa nnyo era baali baakisa,
    ne mu kufa tebaayawukana.
Baali bangu okusinga empungu,
    era baali b’amaanyi n’okusinga empologoma.

24 “Mmwe abawala ba Isirayiri,
    mukaabire Sawulo,
eyabambaza engoye ezinekaaneka ez’okwesiima,
    eyabambaza ebyambalo ebyatonebwa ne zaabu.

25 “Ab’amaanyi nga bagudde wakati mu lutalo!
    Yonasaani attiddwa ku nsozi zammwe.
26 Nnumwa nnyo ku lwa muganda wange Yonasaani,
    kubanga wali mukwano gwange ddala.
Okwagala kwe wanjagala kwali kwa kitalo,
    nga kwa kitalo n’okusinga okw’abakyala.

27 “Ab’amaanyi nga bagudde,
    n’ebyokulwanyisa nga bizikiridde!”

Notas al pie

  1. 1:20 Gaasi kyali kibuga ky’Abafirisuuti
  2. 1:20 Asukulooni kyali kibuga by’Abafirisuuti.
  3. 1:21 Engabo zaakolebwanga mu maliba, ne gasiigibwako amafuta ag’omuzeeyituuni. Omuzigo gwe gwagikuumanga obutavunda, ate era ne guziyiza n’obusaale okuyitamu mu ngabo. Engabo ezoogerebwako wano zaali zisaabye omusaayi nga tezikyayinzika kukozesebwa mu ntalo.