1Now it came to pass after the death of Saul, when David was returned from the slaughter of the Amalekites, and David had abode two days in Ziklag; 2It came even to pass on the third day, that, behold, a man came out of the camp from Saul with his clothes rent, and earth upon his head: and so it was, when he came to David, that he fell to the earth, and did obeisance. 3And David said unto him, From whence comest thou? And he said unto him, Out of the camp of Israel am I escaped. 4And David said unto him, How went the matter? I pray thee, tell me. And he answered, That the people are fled from the battle, and many of the people also are fallen and dead; and Saul and Jonathan his son are dead also.1.4 How…: Heb. What was, etc 5And David said unto the young man that told him, How knowest thou that Saul and Jonathan his son be dead? 6And the young man that told him said, As I happened by chance upon mount Gilboa, behold, Saul leaned upon his spear; and, lo, the chariots and horsemen followed hard after him. 7And when he looked behind him, he saw me, and called unto me. And I answered, Here am I.1.7 Here…: Heb. Behold me 8And he said unto me, Who art thou? And I answered him, I am an Amalekite. 9He said unto me again, Stand, I pray thee, upon me, and slay me: for anguish is come upon me, because my life is yet whole in me.1.9 anguish…: or, my coat of mail (or, my embroidered coat) hindereth me, that my, etc 10So I stood upon him, and slew him, because I was sure that he could not live after that he was fallen: and I took the crown that was upon his head, and the bracelet that was on his arm, and have brought them hither unto my lord.
11Then David took hold on his clothes, and rent them; and likewise all the men that were with him: 12And they mourned, and wept, and fasted until even, for Saul, and for Jonathan his son, and for the people of the LORD, and for the house of Israel; because they were fallen by the sword.
13¶ And David said unto the young man that told him, Whence art thou? And he answered, I am the son of a stranger, an Amalekite. 14And David said unto him, How wast thou not afraid to stretch forth thine hand to destroy the LORD’s anointed? 15And David called one of the young men, and said, Go near, and fall upon him. And he smote him that he died. 16And David said unto him, Thy blood be upon thy head; for thy mouth hath testified against thee, saying, I have slain the LORD’s anointed.
17¶ And David lamented with this lamentation over Saul and over Jonathan his son: 18(Also he bade them teach the children of Judah the use of the bow: behold, it is written in the book of Jasher.)1.18 of Jasher: or, of the upright 19The beauty of Israel is slain upon thy high places: how are the mighty fallen! 20Tell it not in Gath, publish it not in the streets of Askelon; lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice, lest the daughters of the uncircumcised triumph. 21Ye mountains of Gilboa, let there be no dew, neither let there be rain, upon you, nor fields of offerings: for there the shield of the mighty is vilely cast away, the shield of Saul, as though he had not been anointed with oil. 22From the blood of the slain, from the fat of the mighty, the bow of Jonathan turned not back, and the sword of Saul returned not empty. 23Saul and Jonathan were lovely and pleasant in their lives, and in their death they were not divided: they were swifter than eagles, they were stronger than lions.1.23 pleasant: or, sweet 24Ye daughters of Israel, weep over Saul, who clothed you in scarlet, with other delights, who put on ornaments of gold upon your apparel. 25How are the mighty fallen in the midst of the battle! O Jonathan, thou wast slain in thine high places. 26I am distressed for thee, my brother Jonathan: very pleasant hast thou been unto me: thy love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women. 27How are the mighty fallen, and the weapons of war perished!
Davide Amva za Imfa ya Sauli
1Atamwalira Sauli, Davide anabwerako kumene anakagonjetsa Aamaleki ndipo anakakhala ku Zikilagi masiku awiri. 2Pa tsiku lachitatu munthu wina wochokera ku msasa wa Sauli anafika, zovala zake zitangʼambika ndiponso anali atathira dothi pamutu pake. Atafika kwa Davide, anadzigwetsa pansi, kupereka ulemu kwa Davideyo.
3Davide anamufunsa iye kuti, “Kodi iwe wachokera kuti?”
Iye anayankha kuti, “Ine ndathawa ku misasa ya Aisraeli.”
4Davide anafunsa, “Tandiwuza, chachitika ndi chiyani?”
Iye anati, “Anthu athawa ku nkhondo ndipo ambiri aphedwa. Sauli ndi mwana wake Yonatani aphedwa.”
5Ndipo Davide anati kwa mnyamata amene anabweretsa nkhaniyi, “Ukudziwa bwanji kuti Sauli ndi mwana wake Yonatani afa?”
6Mnyamatayo anati, “Zinangochitika kuti ndinali pa phiri la Gilibowa, ndipo Sauli anali komweko ataweramira pa mkondo wake, pamodzi ndi magaleta ndi okwera ake atamuyandikira. 7Pamene anatembenuka ndi kundiona ine, iye anandiyitana, ndipo ndinati, ‘Kodi ndichite chiyani?’ ”
8Iye anandifunsa, “Iwe ndiwe yani?”
Ine ndinayankha kuti, “Ndine Mwamaleki.”
9“Kenaka iye anati kwa ine, ‘Bwera pafupi ndipo undiphe! Ndikumva ululu kwambiri, koma ndikanali ndi moyo!’
10“Kotero ndinabwera pafupi ndi kumupha, chifukwa ndinadziwa kuti mmene anagweramo sakanakhalanso ndi moyo. Ndipo ndatenga chipewa chaufumu chimene chinali pamutu pake ndi khoza la pa dzanja lake ndipo ndazibweretsa kwa inu mbuye wanga.”
11Apo Davide ndi anthu onse amene anali nawo anangʼamba zovala zawo. 12Iwo analira maliro ndi kusala zakudya mpaka madzulo chifukwa cha Sauli ndi mwana wake Yonatani, komanso chifukwa cha gulu la ankhondo la Yehova ndi nyumba ya Israeli, chifukwa anaphedwa ndi lupanga.
13Davide anati kwa mnyamata amene anabweretsa uthengawo, “Iwe umachokera kuti?”
Iye anayankha kuti, “Ine ndine mwana wa mlendo Mwamaleki.”
14Davide anamufunsanso kuti, “Nʼchifukwa chiyani sunaope kukweza dzanja lako ndi kupha wodzozedwa wa Yehova?”
15Kenaka Davide anayitana mmodzi mwa anyamata ake ndipo anati, “Pita ukamukanthe!” Kotero iye anapita kukamukantha, ndipo mnyamata uja anafa. 16Pakuti Davide anali atanena kwa iye kuti, “Iwe wadzipha wekha. Pakamwa pako pakunena zokutsutsa wekha, pamene unanena kuti, ‘Ine ndapha wodzozedwa wa Yehova.’ ”
Davide Alira Maliro a Sauli ndi Yonatani
17Davide anayimba nyimbo iyi ya maliro, kulira Sauli ndi mwana wake Yonatani. 18Ndipo analamula kuti anthu a ku Yuda aphunzitsidwe nyimbo ya maliroyi imene yalembedwa mʼbuku la Yasari:
19“Ulemerero wako iwe Israeli, wagona utaphedwa ku zitunda.
Taonani amphamvu agwa kumeneko!
20“Musakanene zimenezi ku Gati,
musazilengeze ku misewu ya ku Asikeloni,
kuti ana aakazi a Afilisti angasangalale,
ana aakazi a osachita mdulidwe angakondwere.
21“Inu mapiri a ku Gilibowa,
musakhalenso ndi mame kapena mvula,
kapena minda yobereka zopereka za ufa.
Pakuti kumeneko chishango cha munthu wamphamvu chinadetsedwa,
chishango cha Sauli sanachipakenso mafuta.
22“Pa magazi a ophedwa,
pa mnofu wa amphamvu,
uta wa Yonatani sunabwerere,
lupanga la Sauli silinabwere chabe.
23“Sauli ndi Yonatani,
pa moyo wawo anali okondedwa ndi okoma mtima,
ndipo pa imfa yawo sanasiyanitsidwe.
Iwo anali ndi liwiro loposa ziwombankhanga,
anali ndi mphamvu zoposa mkango.
24“Inu ana aakazi a Israeli,
amene anakuvekani zovala zofiira ndi zofewa,
amene anakometsera zovala zanu ndi zokometsera zagolide.
25“Taonani amphamvu agwa ku nkhondo!
Yonatani wagona ataphedwa ku zitunda.
26Ine ndikuvutika mumtima chifukwa cha iwe mʼbale wanga Yonatani,
unali wokondedwa kwambiri kwa ine.
Chikondi chako pa ine chinali chopambana,
chopambana kuposa chikondi cha akazi.
27“Taonani amphamvu agwa!
Zida zankhondo zawonongeka!”