1And 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 prostrated himself. 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: '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.' 5And David said unto the young man that told him: 'How knowest thou that Saul and Jonathan his son are 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 the horsemen pressed hard upon him. 7And when he looked behind him, he saw me, and called unto me. And I answered: Here am I. 8And he said unto me: Who art thou? And I answered him: I am an Amalekite. 9And he said unto me: Stand, I pray thee, beside me, and slay me, for the agony hath taken hold of me; because my life is just yet in me. 10So I stood beside 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 wailed, 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. 13And David said unto the young man that told him: 'Whence art thou?' And he answered: 'I am the son of an Amalekite stranger.' 14And David said unto him: 'How wast thou not afraid to put forth thy 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.'
17And David lamented with this lamentation over Saul and over Jonathan his son, 18and said—To teach the sons of Judah the bow. Behold, it is written in the book of Jashar:
- 19Thy beauty, O Israel, upon thy high places is slain!
- How are the mighty fallen!
- 20Tell it not in Gath,
- Publish it not in the streets of Ashkelon;