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2 Samuel 1

The Amalekite, who brought tidings of the overthrow, and accused himself of Saul's death, is slain.

2 Samuel 1:1 After ye death of Saul whan Dauid was come agayne from the slaughter of ye Amalechites, and had remayned two dayes at Siclag, 2 Samuel 1:2 beholde, on the thirde daye there came a man out of Sauls hoost, with his clothes rente, and earth vpon his heade. And whan he came vnto Dauid, he fell downe to the grounde, and worshipped. 2 Samuel 1:3 Dauid sayde vnto him: Whence commest thou? He sayde vnto him: Out of the hoost of Israel am I fled. 2 Samuel 1:4 Dauid sayde vnto him: Tell me, what is the matter? He sayde: the people is fled from the battayll, and many of the people are fallen: Yee and Saul also is deed and his sonne Ionathas. 2 Samuel 1:5 Dauid sayde vnto the yonge ma that brought him this worde: How knowest thou that Saul and Ionathas his sonne are deed? 2 Samuel 1:6 The yonge man yt tolde him this, sayde: I came by chaunce vnto mount Gelboa, and beholde, Saul leaned vpon his speare, & the charettes and horsme folowed harde after him: 2 Samuel 1:7 and he turned him aboute, and sawe me, and called me. And I sayde: Here, am I. 2 Samuel 1:8 And he sayde vnto me: What art thou? I sayde vnto him: I am an Amalechite. 2 Samuel 1:9 And he saide vnto me: Come to me, and kyll me, for anguysh hath gotten holde of me: for my life is yet whole within me. 2 Samuel 1:10 Then stepte I to him, and slewe him, for I knowe well that he coulde not lyue after his fall. And I toke the crowne from his heade, and the armelet fro his arme, and haue broughte it here vnto ye my lorde. 2 Samuel 1:11 Then toke Dauid holde of his clothes, and rente them, and so dyd all the me that were with him, 2 Samuel 1:12 & mourned, and wepte, and fasted vntyll the euen, ouer Saul & Ionathas his sonne, and ouer the people of the LORDE, and ouer the house of Israel, because they were fallen thorow the swerde.

2 Samuel 1:13 And Dauid sayde to the yonge man that broughte him worde: What art thou? He sayde: I am ye sonne of a straunger an Amalechite. 2 Samuel 1:14 Dauid sayde: How happeneth it that thou wast not afrayed to laye thine hade vpon the LORDES anointed to destroye him? 2 Samuel 1:15 And Dauid sayde vnto one of his yonge men: Come hither, and slaye him. And he smote him that he dyed. 2 Samuel 1:16 Then sayde Dauid vnto him: Thy bloude be vpon thyne owne heade. For thy mouth hath spoken against thyselfe and sayde: I haue slayne the anoynted of the LORDE.

David lamenteth Saul and Jonathan with a song.

2 Samuel 1:17 And Dauid mourned this lamentacion ouer Saul and Ionathas his sonne, 2 Samuel 1:18 and commaunded to teach the childre of Iuda the bowe. Beholde, it is wrytten in the boke of the righteous. 2 Samuel 1:19 The Eldest in Israel are slayne vpon the heigth of the. How are the Worthies falle? 2 Samuel 1:20 Tell it not at Gath: speake not of it in ye stretes at Ascalon: lest the doughters of ye Philistynes reioyse, lest the doughters of ye vncircumcysed tryumphe. 2 Samuel 1:21 Ye mountaynes of Gelboa, nether dew ner rayne come vpo you, nether lode be wherof commeth Heueofferynges: for there is ye shylde of the Worthies smytten downe, the shylde of Saul, as though he had not bene anoynted with oyle. 2 Samuel 1:22 The bowe of Ionathas fayled not, and the swerde of Saul came not agayne voyde from the bloude of the slayne, and fro the fat of the giauntes. 2 Samuel 1:23 Saul and Ionathas louely and pleasaut in their lyfe, and in their deeth were not parted asunder: lighter then Aegles, and stronger then lyons. 2 Samuel 1:24 Ye doughters of Israel wepe ouer Saul which clothed yow with purple in pleasures, and decked you with Iewels of golde on youre garmentes. 2 Samuel 1:25 How are the Worthies fallen so in the battayll? Ionathas is slayne vpon ye heigth of the. 2 Samuel 1:26 I am sory for the my brother Ionathas: thou hast bene very louely vnto me: Thy loue hath bene more speciall vnto me, then the loue of wemen. 2 Samuel 1:27 How are the Worthies fallen, and ye weapens destroyed?

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