2-Samuel: Part 1 of 24
David Hears of Saul’s Death
1 After the death of Saul, David returned from striking down the Amalekites and stayed in Ziklag two days.
As you do when you’re tired from so much bloodthirsty activity. It does take it’s toll you know.
2 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.
It says they stayed in Ziklag two days and this guy arrives on the third day. There would be nobody there to talk to. Stupid book.
3 “Where have you come from?” David asked him.
He answered, “I have escaped from the Israelite camp.”
Or, “I ran away from the battle”.
4 “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.”
5 Then David said to the young man who brought him the report, “How do you know that Saul and his son Jonathan are dead?”
6 “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.
Pursuit to me means movement by both pursued and pursuer. If Saul was leaning on his spear, then they weren’t in ‘hot pursuit’. Someone is taking a little too much literary licence here.
7 When he turned around and saw me, he called out to me, and I said, ‘What can I do?’
8 “He asked me, ‘Who are you?’
“‘An Amalekite,’ I answered.
An Amalekite; one of the people David has been slaughtering all this time.
9 “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.
Picture this. Think about what it would look like for six hundred battle hardened warriors to be acting in this fashion.
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.
Add crying into the picture and think about what that would look like. Is there really any belief that this happened? Really?
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?”
Maybe because it was the Lord’s anointed that ordered him to do the deed?
15 Then David called one of his men and said, “Go, strike him down!” So he struck him down, and he died.
Well, there’s appreciation for you. The guy did what he was asked to do by the King and then gets assassinated for his trouble.
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.’”
It also testified for him when he told you Saul asked him to perform the deed. Morons.
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 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.
Oh yeah, that’s a lovely line anyone would be proud to have in a song about them.
21 “Mountains of Gilboa,
may you have neither dew nor rain,
may no showers fall on your terraced fields.
For there the shield of the mighty was despised,
the shield of Saul—no longer rubbed with oil.
Well, how about laying blame where it should be? God caused it. It was all by his bidding.
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.
Saul my have been loved, but not by everyone. Certainly not God.
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.
If that last line can’t be taken for the bible being in favour of homosexuality, then there is nothing in the bible that can be taken literally. At all.
27 “How the mighty have fallen!
The weapons of war have perished!”
If only all weapons of war had perished, we’d be in a far better position today.