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2 Samuel Chapter 1

1 Now it came about after the death of Saul, when David had returned from the slaughter of the Amalekites, that David remained two days in Ziklag.

2 On the third day, behold, a man came out of the camp from Saul, with his clothes torn and dust on his head. And it came about when he came to David that he fell to the ground and prostrated himself.

3 Then David said to him, "From where do you come? And he said to him, "I have escaped from the camp of Israel.""

4 David said to him, "How did things go? Please tell me. And he said, "The people have fled from the battle, and also many of the people have fallen and are dead; and Saul and Jonathan his son are dead also.""

5 So David said to the young man who told him, "How do you know that Saul and his son Jonathan are dead?"

6 The young man who told him said, "By chance I happened to be on Mount Gilboa, and behold, Saul was leaning on his spear. And behold, the chariots and the horsemen pursued him closely.

7 "When he looked behind him, he saw me and called to me. And I said, 'Here I am.'

8 "He said to me, 'Who are you?' And I answered him, 'I am an Amalekite.'

9 "Then he said to me, 'Please stand beside me and kill me, for agony has seized me because my life still lingers in me.'

10 "So I stood beside him and killed him, because I knew that he could not live after he had fallen. And I took the crown which {was} on his head and the bracelet which {was} on his arm, and I have brought them here to my lord."

11 Then David took hold of his clothes and tore them, and {so} also {did} all the men who {were} with him.

12 They mourned and wept and fasted until evening for Saul and his son Jonathan and for the people of the LORD and the house of Israel, because they had fallen by the sword.

13 David said to the young man who told him, "Where are you from? And he answered, "I am the son of an alien, an Amalekite.""

14 Then David said to him, "How is it you were not afraid to stretch out your hand to destroy the LORD'S anointed?"

15 And David called one of the young men and said, "Go, cut him down. So he struck him and he died."

16 David said to him, "Your blood is on your head, for your mouth has testified against you, saying, 'I have killed the LORD'S anointed.'"

17 Then David chanted with this lament over Saul and Jonathan his son,

18 and he told {them} to teach the sons of Judah {the song of} the bow; behold, it is written in the book of Jashar.

19 "Your beauty, O Israel, is slain on your high places! How have the mighty fallen!

20 "Tell {it} not in Gath, Proclaim it not in the streets of Ashkelon, Or the daughters of the Philistines will rejoice, The daughters of the uncircumcised will exult.

21 "O mountains of Gilboa, Let not dew or rain be on you, nor fields of offerings; For there the shield of the mighty was defiled, The shield of Saul, not anointed with oil.

22 "From the blood of the slain, from the fat of the mighty, The bow of Jonathan did not turn back, And the sword of Saul did not return empty.

23 "Saul and Jonathan, beloved and pleasant in their life, And in their death they were not parted; They were swifter than eagles, They were stronger than lions.

24 "O daughters of Israel, weep over Saul, Who clothed you luxuriously in scarlet, Who put ornaments of gold on your apparel.

25 "How have the mighty fallen in the midst of the battle! Jonathan is slain on your high places.

26 "I am distressed for you, my brother Jonathan; You have been very pleasant to me. Your love to me was more wonderful Than the love of women.

27 "How have the mighty fallen, And the weapons of war perished!"

King James Bible



Matthew Henry's Bible commentary for 2 Samuel Chapter 1...

This book is the history of the reign of king David. It relates his victories, the growth of the prosperity of Israel, and his reformation of the state of religion. With these events are recorded the grievous sins he committed, and the family as well as public troubles with which he was punished. We here meet with many things worthy of imitation, and many that are written for our warning. The history of king David is given in Scripture with much faithfulness, and from it he appears, to those who fairly balance his many virtues and excellent qualities against his faults, to have been a great and good man.Tidings brought to David of the death of Saul. (1-10) The Amalekite is put to death. (11-16) David's lamentation for Saul and Jonathan. (17-27)1-10 The blow which opened David's way to the throne was given about the time he had been sorely distressed. Those who commit their concerns to the Lord, will quietly abide his will. It shows that he desired not Saul's death, and he was not impatient to come to the throne. 11-16 David was sincere in his mourning for Saul; and all with him humbled themselves under the hand of God, laid so heavily upon Israel by this defeat. The man who brought the tidings, David put to death, as a murderer of his prince. David herein did not do unjustly; the Amalekite confessed the crime. If he did as he said, he deserved to die for treason; and his lying to David, if indeed it were a lie, proved, as sooner or later that sin will prove, lying against himself. Hereby David showed himself zealous for public justice, without regard to his own private interest. 17-27 Kasheth, or "the bow," probably was the title of this mournful, funeral song. David does not commend Saul for what he was not; and says nothing of his piety or goodness. Jonathan was a dutiful son, Saul an affectionate father, therefore dear to each other. David had reason to say, that Jonathan's love to him was wonderful. Next to the love between Christ and his people, that affection which springs form it, produces the strongest friendship. The trouble of the Lord's people, and triumphs of his enemies, will always grieve true believers, whatever advantages they may obtain by them.


Renee's comment on 7/12/2012, 5:43am...

I always thought the reason the young man claimed to have killed Saul was beccause he thought it would cause hime to have favor with David. It was no secret that Saul had previously tried to kill David, so this young man thought if he took the credit for killing the person who appeared to be an enemy,this would possibly bring him great wealth.


Brenda's comment on 4/12/2012, 9:25pm...

I am confused as to why this young man said he killed Saul, when The Word states that Saul fell upon his sword and killed himself. How did he get Saul\'s crown and bracelet? Every time I read this I simply do not understand it. Why would someone claim to have taken the life of someone just to have their life taken?


Irv's comment on 2/23/2011, 4:58am...

The bible clearly states homosexual activity is an abomination unto GOD. God loves the homosexual but hates the sin of homosexuality. Repent sinner of your wicked ways and redeem yourself before the Lord God.


Gene GreccoStoliesSimile's comment about verse 26 on 12/02/2010, 2:08am...

I wrote the following comment, online, that posted the King James Version of the Bible.
The love of a brother in friend, where two hearts, so identify with each other, they, upon meeting entangle almost immediately and deeply. With time, and the proofing of respect and trust by words and deeds only solidifies and reinforces this form of love. I have truly love only two persons in this world, so far in my life time, liked a lifetimes worth of people, but Michelle Renee Tharp of Melbourne Fla, 1976-80 and Ron Clark of Tukwila, WA, are those two individuals who shaped or are shaping core character; refining it and enlarging my sense of global goodwill.

There have been suggestions by the global thought that maybe Jonathan and David had homosexual attitudes towards each other; that did not make them Homos. I am gay and to me, there is nothing, in the scriptural record that spells out that this Greater Love, one holier than love for a Woman, in my opinion is Homosexual.

I will share with the reader, that I have sought all, 52 years of my life, 30 of those as an adult, to have such a transcendent love. That I could be so loved by another male. My friend Ron, is his own person and do not have desire to adapt him to fit my needs for love. We might separate in time as friends, but I do not believe I will ever be as close to what David and Jonathan's love has been described by in the Bible, than the Love I have for Ron; I have been changed and my appreciation to the Universe, not God, for my opportunity to know such feeling of love seems to have an endless depth.

Thank you for the opportunity to share these thoughts.



Test Your Knowledge of 2 Samuel Chapter 1

1.  After Saul's death, which of his articles did David receive?

Sword and shield
Crown and bracelet
Sandals and tunic
Scepter and staff