1 Now 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;
2 It came even to pass on the third day, that, behold, a man came out of the camp from Saul with
3 Then Dauid saide vnto him, Whence commest thou? And he said vnto him, Out of the host of Israel I am escaped.
4 And Dauid saide vnto him, What is done? I pray thee, tell me. Then he said, that the people is fled from the battel, and many of the people are ouerthrowen, and dead, & also Saul and Ionathan his sonne are dead.
5 And Dauid saide vnto the yong man that tolde it him, Howe knowest thou that Saul and Ionathan his sonne be dead?
6 And the young man that told him said,
7 And when he looked backe, he saw me, and called me; I answered, Here am I.
8 And he said unto me, Who [art] thou? And I answered him, I [am] an
9 He said unto me again, Stand, I pray thee, upon me, and slay me: for anguish is come upon me, because my
10 So I came vpon him, and slewe him, and because I was sure that hee coulde not liue, after that hee had fallen, I tooke the crowne that was vpon his head, and the bracelet that was on his arme, and brought them hither vnto my lord.
11 Then Dauid tooke hold on his clothes, & rent them, and likewise al the men that were with him.
12 And they mourned and wept, and fasted vntil euen, for Saul and for Ionathan his sonne, & for the people of the Lorde, and for the house of Israel, because they were slaine with the sword.
14 And Dauid said vnto him, How wast thou not afrayd, to put forth thine hand to destroy the Anoynted of the Lord?
15 Then Dauid called one of his yong men, and said, Goe neere, and fall vpon him; hee smote him that he dyed.
16 And David said unto him,
17 Then Dauid mourned with this lamentation ouer Saul, and ouer Ionathan his sonne,
18 (Also he bade them teach the children of Judah
19 The beauty of Israel is
20 Tell it not in Gath, nor publish it in the streetes of Ashkelon, lest the daughters of the Philistims reioyce, lest the daughters of the vncircumcised triumph.
21 Ye mountains of Gilboa, [let there be] no dew, neither [let there be] rain, upon you, nor
22 The bow of Ionathan neuer turned backe, neither did the sword of Saul returne emptie from the blood of the slaine, and from the fatte of the mightie.
23 Saul and Jonathan [were] lovely and pleasant in their lives, and in their death they were not
24 Ye daughters of Israel, weep over Saul, who clothed you in scarlet,
25 Howe were the mightie slaine in the mids of the battel! O Ionathan, thou wast slaine in thine hie places.
26 I am distressed for thee, my brother Jonathan: very pleasant hast thou been unto me: thy love to me was wonderful, passing the love of
27 Howe are the mightie ouerthrowen, and the weapons of warre destroyed!