New International Version

2 Samuel 1

David Hears of Saul’s Death

1After the death of Saul, David returned from striking down the Amalekites and stayed in Ziklag two days. On 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 honor.

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

He answered, “I have escaped from the Israelite camp.”

“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.”

Then David said to the young man who brought him the report, “How do you know that Saul and his son Jonathan are dead?”

“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. When he turned around and saw me, he called out to me, and I said, ‘What can I 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 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.”

11 Then David and all the men with him took hold of their clothes and tore them. 12 They 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.

13 David 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.

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

15 Then David called one of his men and said, “Go, strike him down!” So he struck him down, and he died. 16 For 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

17 David took up this lament concerning Saul and his son Jonathan, 18 and he ordered that the people of Judah be taught this lament of the bow (it is written in the Book of Jashar):

19 “A gazelle[a] 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.[b]
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.
23 Saul 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.
26 I 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!”

Footnotes

  1. 2 Samuel 1:19 Gazelle here symbolizes a human dignitary.
  2. 2 Samuel 1:21 Or / nor fields that yield grain for offerings

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

撒母耳記下 1

大衛得知掃羅的死訊

1大衛戰勝了亞瑪力人之後便回到洗革拉,在那裡住了兩天。那時掃羅已經死了。 第三天,有一個衣服撕裂、頭蒙灰塵的人從掃羅軍營中跑到大衛面前,俯伏下拜。 大衛問他:「你從哪裡來?」那人答道:「我是從以色列軍營逃出來的。」 大衛說:「請告訴我那邊的情況。」他說:「以色列軍潰逃,傷亡慘重,掃羅和他兒子約拿單都死了!」 大衛又問報信的青年:「你怎麼知道掃羅和他兒子約拿單死了?」 青年說:「我偶然到基利波山,看見掃羅在那裡扶槍而立,敵人的戰車騎兵緊緊追來。 他回頭看到我,便呼喚我。我說,『我在這裡。』 他問我是什麼人。我告訴他我是亞瑪力人。 掃羅說他痛苦難當,卻又死不掉,要我殺了他。 10 我知道他身受重傷,必死無疑,就把他殺了,並取下他頭上的王冠和臂上的鐲子帶來獻給我主。」

11 大衛就撕裂衣服,他的隨從也撕裂衣服。 12 他們因掃羅、他的兒子約拿單和耶和華的子民——以色列同胞陣亡而悲哀痛哭,禁食直到黃昏。 13 大衛又問報信的青年:「你是哪裡的人?」他答道:「我是寄居在以色列的亞瑪力人。」 14 大衛說:「你怎麼敢下手殺耶和華所膏立的王? 15-16 你是咎由自取!因為你親口承認自己殺了耶和華所膏立的王。」大衛隨即命令一個年輕的隨從殺死他,隨從便殺死了他。

大衛的哀歌

17 大衛作了一首輓歌哀悼掃羅和他兒子約拿單, 18 並吩咐人教導猶大人唱這首弓歌。這首歌記在《雅煞珥書》上,歌詞說:

19 「以色列啊,
你榮耀的王伏屍山上,
偉大的勇士竟然倒下!
20 不要在迦特宣告,
不要在亞實基倫的街上傳揚,
免得非利士的婦女幸災樂禍,
免得未受割禮之人的女子歡喜雀躍。

21 「基利波山啊,願你沒有雨露,
你的田地不長獻祭用的五穀,
因為在那裡勇士的盾牌污跡斑斑,
掃羅的盾牌沒有抹油。

22 「約拿單的弓射敵無數,
掃羅的劍不殺強敵不收回。

23 「掃羅和約拿單深受愛戴,
生死不分離。
他們比鷹更敏捷,
比獅子還強壯。

24 「以色列的女子啊,
為掃羅哀哭吧!
他曾使你們衣服華美,
穿金戴銀。

25 「勇士竟戰死沙場!
約拿單竟伏屍山上!
26 我的兄弟約拿單啊,
我為你悲傷,
你對我情深義重,
你對我的愛勝過女人的戀情。

27 「偉大的勇士竟然倒下!
兵器竟然長埋!」