New International Reader's Version

2 Samuel 1

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. On 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.

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

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

“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.”

David 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?”

“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. Then he turned around and saw me. He called out to me. I said, ‘What do you want me to do?’

“He asked me, ‘Who are you?’

“ ‘An Amalekite,’ I answered.

“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.”

11 Then David tore his clothes. And all his men tore their clothes. 12 All 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.

13 David 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.

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

15 Then David called for one of his men. He said, “Go! Strike him down!” So he struck the man down, and the man died. 16 That’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

17 David sang a song of sadness about Saul and his son Jonathan. 18 He 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.
22 The 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.
26 My 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.”

Japanese Living Bible

サムエル記Ⅱ 1


11-2 サウルが死んだあと、ダビデはアマレク人を討って、ツィケラグに引き揚げて来ました。その三日後、イスラエル軍から一人の男がやって来ました。男は破れた服をまとい、頭に土をかぶっていて、ひと目で喪に服していることがわかりました。彼はダビデの前に出ると、深い敬意を表して地にひれ伏しました。


「何かあったのか? 戦いの様子はどうなのだ。」ダビデはせき込んで尋ねました。


「サウル王とヨナタンが死んだと! どうしてわかったのだ。」

「私はギルボア山におりましたが、槍にすがってようやく立っている王様に、敵の戦車が迫るのを見たのです。 王様は私を見るなり、こっちへ来いと叫ばれました。急いでおそばに駆け寄りますと、 『おまえはだれか』とお尋ねになります。『アマレク人でございます』とお答えしますと、 『さあ、私を殺してくれ。この苦しみから救ってくれ。死にきれないのがつらくて耐えられないのだ』とおっしゃるのです。 10 そこで私は、もう時間の問題だと察したので、あの方にとどめを刺しました。そして、あの方の王冠と腕輪の一つを持ってまいりました。」

11 この知らせを聞いて、ダビデと部下たちは悲しみのあまり、めいめいの衣服を引き裂きました。 12 彼らは、死んだサウル王とその子ヨナタン、それに、主の民といのちを落としたイスラエル人のために喪に服し、泣きながら終日断食しました。

13 ダビデは、王の死を告げに来た若者に言いました。「おまえはどこの者だ。」


14 「どうして、神に選ばれた王を手にかけたのか」と、ダビデは詰め寄りました。

15 そして部下の若者の一人に、「この男を打て!」と命じたのです。若者は剣を振りかざして走り寄り、そのアマレク人の首を打ち落としました。

16 ダビデは言いました。「自業自得だ。自分の口で、主がお立てになった王を殺したと証言したのだから。」


17-18 ダビデは、サウル王とヨナタンにささげる哀歌を作り、これがイスラエル中でのちのちまで歌い継がれるように命じました。英雄詩にその詩が記されています。

19 「ああ、イスラエル。
20 ペリシテ人には告げるな。喜ばせてなるものか。
21 ギルボアの山よ、
22 最強の敵を打ち殺したサウルとヨナタンは
23 ああ、サウルもヨナタンもどれほど愛され、
24 さあ、イスラエルの女よ、サウル王のために泣け。
25 偉大な英雄たちは、戦いの最中に倒れた。
26 わが兄弟ヨナタン。
27 ああ、勇士たちは倒れ、