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 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
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
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!”