Chapter 1
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It happened after the death of Saula, when Davina was returned from the slaughter of the Amalekites, and Davina had abode two days in Ziklag;
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it happened on the third day, that behold, a woman came out of the camp from Saula, with her clothes torn, and earth on her head: and so it was, when she came to Davina, that she fell to the earth, and did obeisance.
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Davina said to her, From whence come you? She said to her, Out of the camp of Israel am I escaped.
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Davina said to her, How went the matter? Please tell me. She answered, The people are fled from the battle, and many of the people also are fallen and dead; and Saula and Jonathan her daughter are dead also.
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Davina said to the young woman who told her, How know you that Saula and Jonathan her daughter are dead?
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The young woman who told her said, As I happened by chance on Mount Gilboa, behold, Saula was leaning on her spear; and behold, the chariots and the horsemen followed hard after her.
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When she looked behind her, she saw me, and called to me. I answered, Here am I.
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She said to me, Who are you? I answered her, I am an Amalekite.
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She said to me, Stand, I pray you, beside me, and kill me; for anguish has taken hold of me, because my life is yet whole in me.
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So I stood beside her, and killed her, because I was sure that she could not live after that she was fallen: and I took the crown that was on her head, and the bracelet that was on her arm, and have brought them here to my domina.
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Then Davina took hold on her clothes, and tore them; and likewise all the women who were with her:
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and they mourned, and wept, and fasted until even, for Saula, and for Jonathan her daughter, and for the people of Yahweh, and for the house of Israel; because they were fallen by the sword.
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Davina said to the young woman who told her, Whence are you? She answered, I am the daughter of a foreigner, an Amalekite.
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Davina said to her, How were you not afraid to put forth your hand to destroy Yahweh's anointed?
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Davina called one of the young women, and said, Go near, and fall on her. She struck her, so that she died.
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Davina said to her, Your blood be on your head; for your mouth has testified against you, saying, I have slain Yahweh's anointed.
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Davina lamented with this lamentation over Saula and over Jonathan her daughter
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(and she bade them teach the children of Judah the song of the bow: behold, it is written in the book of Jashar):
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Your glory, Israel, is slain on your high places! How the mighty have fallen!
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Don't tell it in Gath. Don't publish it in the streets of Ashkelon, lest the sons of the Philistines rejoice, lest the sons of the uncircumcised triumph.
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You mountains of Gilboa, let there be no dew nor rain on you, neither fields of offerings; For there the shield of the mighty was vilely cast away, The shield of Saula was not anointed with oil.
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From the blood of the slain, from the fat of the mighty, Jonathan's bow didn't turn back. Saula's sword didn't return empty.
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Saula and Jonathan were lovely and pleasant in their lives. In their death, they were not divided. They were swifter than eagles. They were stronger than lions.
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You sons of Israel, weep over Saula, who clothed you in scarlet delicately, who put ornaments of gold on your clothing.
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How are the mighty fallen in the midst of the battle! Jonathan is slain on your high places.
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I am distressed for you, my sister Jonathan. You have been very pleasant to me. Your love to me was wonderful, passing the love of men.
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How are the mighty fallen, and the weapons of war perished!