New International Reader's Version

2 Samuel 1:1-27

David Hears That Saul Has Died

1After Saul died, David returned to Ziklag. He had won the battle over the Amalekites. He stayed in Ziklag for two days. 2On the third day a man arrived from Saul’s camp. His clothes were torn. He had dust on his head. When he came to David, he fell to the ground to show him respect.

3“Where have you come from?” David asked him.

He answered, “I’ve escaped from Israel’s camp.”

4“What happened?” David asked. “Tell me.”

He said, “Israel’s men ran away from the battle. Many of them were killed. Saul and his son Jonathan are dead.”

5David spoke to the young man who brought him the report. He asked him, “How do you know that Saul and his son Jonathan are dead?”

6“I just happened to be there on Mount Gilboa,” the young man said. “Saul was there too. He was leaning on his spear. The enemy chariots and chariot drivers had almost caught up with him. 7Then he turned around and saw me. He called out to me. I said, ‘What do you want me to do?’

8“He asked me, ‘Who are you?’

“ ‘An Amalekite,’ I answered.

9“Then he said to me, ‘Stand here by me and kill me! I’m close to death, but I’m still alive.’

10“So I stood beside him and killed him. I did it because I knew that after he had lost the battle he would be killed anyway. So I took the crown that was on his head. I also took his armband. I’ve brought them here to you. You are my master.”

11Then David tore his clothes. And all his men tore their clothes. 12All of them were filled with sadness. They mourned over the whole nation of Israel. They didn’t eat anything until evening. That’s because Saul and Jonathan and the Lord’s army had been killed by swords.

13David spoke to the young man who had brought him the report. He asked, “Where are you from?”

“I’m the son of an outsider, an Amalekite,” he answered.

14David asked him, “Why weren’t you afraid to lift your hand to kill the Lord’s anointed king?”

15Then David called for one of his men. He said, “Go! Strike him down!” So he struck the man down, and the man died. 16That’s because David had said to him, “Anything that happens to you will be your own fault. What your own mouth has spoken is a witness against you. You said, ‘I killed the Lord’s anointed king.’ ”

David’s Song of Sadness About Saul and Jonathan

17David sang a song of sadness about Saul and his son Jonathan. 18He ordered that it be taught to the people of Judah. It is a song that is played on a stringed instrument. It is written down in the Book of Jashar. David sang,

19“Israel, a gazelle lies dead on your hills.

Your mighty men have fallen.

20“Don’t announce it in Gath.

Don’t tell it in the streets of Ashkelon.

If you do, the daughters of the Philistines will be glad.

The daughters of men who haven’t been circumcised will be joyful.

21“Mountains of Gilboa,

may no dew or rain fall on you.

May no showers fall on your hillside fields.

The shield of the mighty king wasn’t respected there.

The shield of Saul lies there. It isn’t rubbed with oil anymore.

22The bow of Jonathan didn’t turn back.

The sword of Saul didn’t return without being satisfied.

They spilled the blood of their enemies.

They killed mighty men.

23“When they lived, Saul and Jonathan were loved and respected.

When they died, they were not parted.

They were faster than eagles.

They were stronger than lions.

24“Daughters of Israel, mourn over Saul.

He dressed you in the finest clothes.

He decorated your clothes with ornaments of gold.

25“Your mighty men have fallen in battle.

Jonathan lies dead on your hills.

26My brother Jonathan, I’m filled with sadness because of you.

You were very special to me.

Your love for me was wonderful.

It was more wonderful than the love of women.

27“Israel’s mighty men have fallen.

Their weapons of war are broken.”

Kiswahili Contemporary Version (Neno: Bibilia Takatifu)

2 Samweli 1:1-27

Daudi Afahamishwa Kifo Cha Sauli

11:1 1Sam 26:10; 1Nya 10:13; Yos 22:8; 1Sam 30:17; Mwa 14:7; Hes 13:29; 1Sam 11:11; 1Fal 20:29-30Baada ya kifo cha Sauli, Daudi alipokuwa amerudi kutoka kuwashinda Waamaleki, Daudi alikaa siku mbili huko Siklagi. 21:2 2Sam 4:10; Ay 2:12; Eze 27:30; 1Sam 20:41; Mwa 37:7; 37:29; 44:13; Hes 14:6; Yos 7:6; Ay 1:20; Mdo 14:14Siku ya tatu akaja mtu mwenye nguo zilizoraruka na mavumbi kichwani mwake kutoka kwenye kambi ya Sauli. Alipomjia Daudi, akajitupa chini ili kumpa heshima.

3Daudi akamuuliza, “Wewe umetoka wapi?”

Akamjibu, “Nimetoroka kutoka kambi ya Waisraeli.”

41:4 1Sam 4:16Daudi akamuuliza, “Ni nini kilichotokea? Niambie.”

Akasema, “Watu walikimbia kutoka vitani. Wengi wao walianguka na kufa. Naye Sauli na Yonathani mwanawe wamekufa.”

5Ndipo Daudi akamwambia huyo kijana aliyemletea taarifa, “Je, umefahamuje kwamba Sauli na Yonathani mwanawe wamekufa?”

61:6 1Sam 28:4; 31:2-4; 1Nya 10:1-3Yule kijana akasema, “Nilijipata huko Mlima Gilboa, naye Sauli alikuwa huko akiegemea mkuki wake, na magari ya vita na wapanda farasi wa upande wa adui wakawa wamemkaribia sana. 7Alipogeuka na kuniona, akaniita, nami nikasema, ‘Je, nifanye nini?’

81:8 1Sam 15:2; 27:8; 30:13, 17“Akaniuliza, ‘Wewe ni nani?’

“Nikamjibu, ‘Mimi ni Mwamaleki.’

91:9 Amu 9:54“Kisha akaniambia, ‘Nikaribie mimi na uniue! Niko katika maumivu makali ya kifo, lakini bado ningali hai.’

101:10 Amu 9:54; 2Fal 11:12“Kwa hiyo nikamkaribia nikamuua, kwa sababu nilijua kwamba baada ya kuanguka hangeweza kupona. Nami nikachukua lile taji lililokuwa kichwani mwake na utepe uliokuwa mkononi mwake nami nimevileta hapa kwa bwana wangu.”

111:11 Mwa 37:29; Hes 14:6; Yos 7:6; 2Sam 3:31; 13:31; Ezr 9:3; 2Nya 34:27; Yoe 2:13Ndipo Daudi pamoja na watu wote waliokuwa pamoja naye wakazishika nguo zao na kuzirarua. 12Wakaomboleza, wakalia pia na kufunga mpaka jioni kwa ajili ya Sauli na Yonathani mwanawe, kwa ajili ya jeshi la Bwana na nyumba ya Israeli, kwa sababu wameanguka kwa upanga.

131:13 1Sam 14:48Daudi akamwambia yule kijana aliyemletea taarifa, “Wewe ni mwenyeji wa wapi?”

Akamjibu, “Mimi ni mwana wa mgeni, Mwamaleki.”

141:14 1Sam 12:3; 26:9; 24:6; Hes 12:8; Za 105:15Daudi akamuuliza, “Kwa nini hukuogopa kuinua mkono wako ili kumwangamiza mpakwa mafuta wa Bwana?”

151:15 2Sam 4:10-12; Amu 8:20; 1Sam 22:17-18; 1Fal 2:25, 34, 46Kisha Daudi akamwita mmoja wa watu wake na kumwambia, “Nenda ukamuue!” Kwa hiyo akampiga, naye akafa. 161:16 Law 20:9; Mt 27; 24:25; Mdo 18:6; 1Sam 26:9; Lk 19:22Kwa maana Daudi alikuwa amemwambia, “Damu yako iwe juu ya kichwa chako mwenyewe. Kinywa chako mwenyewe kimeshuhudia dhidi yako uliposema, ‘Nilimuua mpakwa mafuta wa Bwana.’ ”

Ombolezo La Daudi Kwa Ajili Ya Sauli Na Yonathani

171:17 Mwa 50:10; Eze 32:2; 2Nya 35:25Daudi akafanya maombolezo haya kuhusu Sauli na Yonathani mwanawe, 181:18 Yos 10:13; 1Sam 31:3naye akaagiza kwamba watu wa Yuda wafundishwe ombolezo hili la upinde (ambalo limeandikwa katika Kitabu cha Yashari):

191:19 2Sam 23:8; Za 29:1; 45:3; 2Sam 3:38“Walio fahari yako, ee Israeli, wameuawa juu ya mahali pako palipoinuka.

Jinsi wenye nguvu walivyoanguka!

201:20 Mik 1:10; Yos 13:3; 1Sam 31:8; 18:6; Amu 16:23; Kut 15:20; Amu 11:34“Msilisimulie hili katika Gathi,

msilitangaze hili katika

barabara za Ashkeloni,

binti za Wafilisti wasije wakafurahia,

binti za hao wasiotahiriwa

wasije wakashangilia.

211:21 Mwa 27:28; Isa 18:4; Kum 11:17; 1Fal 8:35; 17:1; 18:1; 2Nya 6:26; Ay 36:27; 38:28; Za 65:10; 147:8; Isa 5:6; Yer 5:24; 14:4; 12:4; Eze 31:5; Isa 21:5“Enyi milima ya Gilboa,

msipate umande wala mvua,

wala mashamba yazaayo sadaka ya nafaka.

Kwa maana huko ndiko ngao ya mwenye nguvu iliponajisiwa,

ngao ya Sauli haitapakwa tena mafuta.

221:22 Isa 34:3, 7; 49:26; Kum 32:42; 1Sam 18:4Kutokana na damu ya waliouawa,

kutokana na miili ya wenye nguvu,

ule upinde wa Yonathani haukugeuka nyuma.

Upanga wa Sauli haukurudi bure.

231:23 Kum 28:49; Amu 14:18; Yer 4:13“Sauli na Yonathani,

maishani walipendwa na kuneemeka,

na katika kifo hawakutengana.

Walikuwa wepesi kuliko tai,

walikuwa na nguvu kuliko simba.

241:24 Amu 5:30“Enyi binti za Israeli,

lieni kwa ajili ya Sauli,

ambaye aliwavika nguo

nyekundu na maridadi,

ambaye aliremba mavazi yenu

kwa mapambo ya dhahabu.

25“Tazama jinsi mashujaa

walivyoanguka vitani!

Yonathani ameuawa

mahali pako palipoinuka.

261:26 Yer 22:18; 34:5; 1Sam 20:42; 18:1; 19:2; 20:17Nahuzunika kwa ajili yako,

Yonathani ndugu yangu,

kwangu ulikuwa mpendwa sana.

Upendo wako kwangu ulikuwa wa ajabu,

wa ajabu zaidi kuliko ule wa wanawake.

271:27 1Sam 2:4“Tazama jinsi mashujaa walivyoanguka!

Silaha za vita zimeangamia!”