David hears of Saul’s death
1After the death of Saul, David returned from striking down the Amalekites and stayed in Ziklag two days. 2On the third day a man arrived from Saul’s camp with his clothes torn and dust on his head. When he came to David, he fell to the ground to pay him honour.
3‘Where have you come from?’ David asked him.
He answered, ‘I have escaped from the Israelite camp.’
4‘What happened?’ David asked. ‘Tell me.’
‘The men fled from the battle,’ he replied. ‘Many of them fell and died. And Saul and his son Jonathan are dead.’
5Then David said to the young man who brought him the report, ‘How do you know that Saul and his son Jonathan are dead?’
6‘I happened to be on Mount Gilboa,’ the young man said, ‘and there was Saul, leaning on his spear, with the chariots and their drivers in hot pursuit. 7When he turned round and saw me, he called out to me, and I said, “What can I 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 in the throes of death, but I’m still alive.”
10‘So I stood beside him and killed him, because I knew that after he had fallen he could not survive. And I took the crown that was on his head and the band on his arm and have brought them here to my lord.’
11Then David and all the men with him took hold of their clothes and tore them. 12They mourned and wept and fasted till evening for Saul and his son Jonathan, and for the army of the Lord and for the nation of Israel, because they had fallen by the sword.
13David said to the young man who brought him the report, ‘Where are you from?’
‘I am the son of a foreigner, an Amalekite,’ he answered.
14David asked him, ‘Why weren’t you afraid to lift your hand to destroy the Lord’s anointed?’
15Then David called one of his men and said, ‘Go, strike him down!’ So he struck him down, and he died. 16For David had said to him, ‘Your blood be on your own head. Your own mouth testified against you when you said, “I killed the Lord’s anointed.” ’
David’s lament for Saul and Jonathan
17David took up this lament concerning Saul and his son Jonathan, 18and he ordered that the people of Judah be taught this lament of the bow (it is written in the Book of Jashar):
19‘A gazelle1:19 Gazelle here symbolises a human dignitary. lies slain on your heights, Israel.
How the mighty have fallen!
20‘Tell it not in Gath,
proclaim it not in the streets of Ashkelon,
lest the daughters of the Philistines be glad,
lest the daughters of the uncircumcised rejoice.
21‘Mountains of Gilboa,
may you have neither dew nor rain,
may no showers fall on your terraced fields.1:21 Or / nor fields that yield grain for offerings
For there the shield of the mighty was despised,
the shield of Saul – no longer rubbed with oil.
22‘From the blood of the slain,
from the flesh of the mighty,
the bow of Jonathan did not turn back,
the sword of Saul did not return unsatisfied.
23Saul and Jonathan –
in life they were loved and admired,
and in death they were not parted.
They were swifter than eagles,
they were stronger than lions.
24‘Daughters of Israel,
weep for Saul,
who clothed you in scarlet and finery,
who adorned your garments with ornaments of gold.
25‘How the mighty have fallen in battle!
Jonathan lies slain on your heights.
26I grieve for you, Jonathan my brother;
you were very dear to me.
Your love for me was wonderful,
more wonderful than that of women.
27‘How the mighty have fallen!
The weapons of war have perished!’
Daudi Kwĩrwo Ũhoro wa Gĩkuũ gĩa Saũlũ
11:1 1Sam 30:17; Kĩam 14:7; Ndar 13:29Na rĩrĩ, thuutha wa gĩkuũ gĩa Saũlũ, Daudi agĩkorwo aacooka kuuma kũhoota Aamaleki na agĩikara kũu Zikilagi mĩthenya ĩĩrĩ. 21:2 1Sam 4:12; Ayub 2:12Mũthenya wa ĩtatũ-rĩ, hagĩũka mũndũ oimĩte kambĩ-inĩ ya Saũlũ, arĩ na nguo ndembũkangu na rũkũngũ mũtwe. Hĩndĩ ĩrĩa aakinyire harĩ Daudi, akĩĩgũithia thĩ nĩguo amũhe gĩtĩĩo.
3Daudi akĩmũũria atĩrĩ, “Wee uumĩte kũ?”
Nake akĩmũcookeria atĩrĩ, “Nĩ kũũra njũrĩte, ngoima kambĩ-inĩ ya andũ a Isiraeli.”
4Daudi akĩmũũria atĩrĩ, “Kaĩ gwĩkĩkĩte atĩa? Ta njĩĩra.”
Nake akĩmwĩra atĩrĩ, “Andũ nĩmorĩte makoima mbaara-inĩ. Na andũ aingĩ nĩmooragĩtwo. Nake Saũlũ na mũriũ Jonathani nĩmakuĩte.”
5Ningĩ Daudi akĩũria mwanake ũcio wamũreheire ũhoro ũcio atĩrĩ, “Ũmenyete atĩa atĩ Saũlũ na mũriũ Jonathani nĩmakuĩte?”
61:6 1Sam 28:4Mwanake ũcio akĩmũcookeria atĩrĩ, “Ndĩrakorirwo ndĩ hau kĩrĩma-inĩ kĩa Giliboa, na hau nĩho ndĩronire Saũlũ, etiranĩtie na itimũ rĩake, akiriĩ gũkorererwo nĩ ngaari cia ita na ahaici a mbarathi. 7Rĩrĩa eehũgũrire, akĩnyona, na akĩnjĩta, na niĩ ngĩmũũria atĩrĩ, ‘Ũngĩenda ngwĩkĩre atĩa?’
81:8 1Sam 15:2“Nake akĩnjũũria atĩrĩ, ‘Wee ũrĩ ũ?’
“Ngĩmũcookeria atĩrĩ, ‘Niĩ ndĩ Mũamaleki.’
91:9 Atiir 9:54“Ningĩ akĩnjĩĩra atĩrĩ, ‘Ũka haha ũnjũrage! Niĩ ndĩ na ruo rũnene mũno rwa gĩkuũ, no ndĩ o muoyo.’
101:10 2Ath 11:12“Nĩ ũndũ ũcio ngĩthiĩ harĩ we, ngĩmũũraga, tondũ nĩndamenyire atĩ arĩkĩtie kũgũa ndekũhona. Ngĩruta thũmbĩ ĩrĩa yarĩ mũtwe wake, na mũrĩnga ũrĩa warĩ guoko gwake, na nĩcio indo iria ndarehera mwathi wakwa.”
111:11 Kĩam 37:29; Ndar 14:6Hĩndĩ ĩyo Daudi na andũ othe arĩa maarĩ nake makĩnyiita nguo ciao, magĩcitembũranga. 12Nao magĩcakaya, na makĩrĩra, o na makĩĩhinga kũrĩa irio nginya hwaĩ-inĩ, nĩ ũndũ wa Saũlũ na mũriũ Jonathani, o na nĩ ũndũ wa mbũtũ cia ita cia Jehova, na nyũmba ya Isiraeli, tondũ nĩmooragĩtwo na rũhiũ rwa njora.
13Daudi akĩũria mwanake ũcio wamũreheire ũhoro atĩrĩ, “Wee uumĩte kũ?”
Nake agĩcookia atĩrĩ, “Niĩ ndĩ mũriũ wa mũndũ wa kũngĩ, Mũamaleki.”
141:14 1Sam 26:9Daudi akĩmũũria atĩrĩ, “Nĩ kĩĩ kĩragiririe wĩtigĩre gũtambũrũkia guoko gwaku ũũrage mũitĩrĩrie maguta wa Jehova?”
151:15 2Sam 4:10Ningĩ Daudi agĩĩta ũmwe wa andũ ake, akĩmwĩra atĩrĩ, “Thiĩ, ũmũũrage!” Nake akĩmũringa, agĩkua. 161:16 Alaw 20:9; Atũm 18:6Nĩgũkorwo Daudi aamwĩĩrire atĩrĩ, “Thakame yaku ĩrogũcookerera. Kanua gaku we mwene nĩko kaaruta ũira wa gũgũũkĩrĩra, rĩrĩa uugire atĩrĩ, ‘Nĩndĩrooragire mũitĩrĩrie maguta wa Jehova.’ ”
Daudi Gũcakaĩra Saũlũ na Jonathani
171:17 Kĩam 50:10; Ezek 32:2Nake Daudi agĩcakaĩra Saũlũ na mũriũ Jonathani, 181:18 Josh 10:13na agĩathana atĩ andũ a Juda marutwo icakaya rĩĩrĩ rĩĩtagwo rwĩmbo rwa ũta (narĩo rĩandĩkĩtwo Ibuku-inĩ rĩa Jasharu):
191:19 2Sam 23:8; Thab 29:1; 45:3“Wee Isiraeli, riiri waku ũũragĩtwo irĩma-inĩ ciaku.
Hĩ, kaĩ andũ arĩa njamba nĩmagwĩte-ĩ!
201:20 Mik 1:10; 1Sam 31:8; 1Sam 18:6“Ũhoro ũyũ ndũkaheanwo Gathu,
o na ndũkanĩrĩrwo njĩra-inĩ cia Ashikeloni,1:20 Matũũra ma Gathu na Ashikeloni maarĩ ma Afilisti.
nĩguo airĩtu a Afilisti matigacanjamũke,
na nĩguo airĩtu a andũ acio mataruaga matigakene.
211:21 Kĩam 27:28; Ayub 36:27; Isa 21:5“Atĩrĩrĩ, inyuĩ irĩma cia Giliboa,
mũroaga kũgĩa na ime kana mbura,
o na kana mĩgũnda ĩngĩciara ngano ya kũrutwo igongona.
Nĩgũkorwo kũu nĩkuo ngo ya mũndũ ũrĩa njamba yathaahĩirio,
ngo ĩyo ya Saũlũ ndĩkahuurwo na maguta rĩngĩ.1:21 Ngo ciakagwo na njũũa, na ikahakwo maguta nĩguo citũũre mũno.
221:22 Isa 34:3, 7; Gũcook 32:42Kuuma kũrĩ thakame ya arĩa moragĩtwo,
na kuuma kũrĩ mĩĩrĩ ya andũ acio njamba,
ũta wa Jonathani ndũrĩ wahũndũka tũhũ,
kana rũhiũ rwa njora rwa Saũlũ rũkahũndũka ũtheri.
231:23 Atiir 14:18“Saũlũ na Jonathani,
marĩ muoyo nĩmendetwo na maarĩ andũ ega,
o na gĩkuũ-inĩ matiatiganire.
Maahanyũkaga gũkĩra nderi,
maarĩ hinya gũkĩra mĩrũũthi.
24“Inyuĩ airĩtu a Isiraeli,
ũrĩa wamũhumbaga nguo ndune ta gakarakũ na ikagemio,
nĩwe wagemagia nguo cianyu na indo cia thahabu.
25“Hĩ, kaĩ andũ arĩa njamba nĩmagwĩrĩire mbaara-inĩ-ĩ!
Jonathani nĩmũkuũ, akooragĩrwo irĩma-inĩ ciaku.
261:26 Jer 22:18; 1Sam 18:1Niĩ ndĩ na kĩeha nĩ ũndũ waku Jonathani, wee mũrũ wa baba;
niĩ nĩndĩrakwendete mũno.
Wendo waku kũrĩ niĩ ũraarĩ wa magegania,
Nĩ wa kũgegania ũgakĩra wendo wa andũ-a-nja.
271:27 1Sam 2:4“Hĩ, kaĩ andũ arĩa njamba nĩmagwĩte-ĩ!
Indo cia mbaara nĩithirĩte!”