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Ferrar Fentons 'Holy Bible in Modern English. All spelling, punctuation and formatting maintained through-out. Verse ordering follows the King James version for clarity and necessary organization of the verses.

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RF SA2 1:1 (B.C. 1054.) The Defeat at Gilboa Reported to David.
It was after the death of Saul, when David was resting from the defeat of the Amalekites for two days, after David had returned to Ziklag,
RF SA2 1:2 that on the third day a man came from the camp of the army of Saul, with his clothes torn, and earth on his head, and when he reached David he inclined to the earth and bowed.
RF SA2 1:3 Then David asked him, "Where do you come from? "
And he replied, "I have escaped from the Camp of Israel."
RF SA2 1:4 "What has been the event?" David asked him further. "Inform me, I pray." When he replied, "Both the regular soldiers, and also ten thousand of the militia have fallen, and Saul has been killed, and Jonathan his son is dead!"
RF SA2 1:5 Then David asked the young man, "Can you tell me if you know how Saul was killed, and Jonathan his son?"
RF SA2 1:6 And the youth related to him, "I happened to be upon the hill of Gilboa, and saw Saul leaning on his spear, and the chariots and horsemen were charging down upon him.
RF SA2 1:7 And he looked behind him, and saw and called to me, when I replied, 'I am here!'
RF SA2 1:8 Then he said to me, 'Who are you?' And I answered him, 'I am an Amalekite.'
RF SA2 1:9 When he said, 'Stand by and kill me, for I am seized with terror and all my spirit has left me.'
RF SA2 1:10 So I stood by him and killed him. Then I examined who he might be after he had fallen, and took the coronet which was on his head, and the bracelets from his arms, and have brought them here to my lord!"
RF SA2 1:11 Then David seized his robes and tore them, and all his men who were with him did the same;
RF SA2 1:12 and they mourned and wept and lamented until the evening over Saul, and over Jonathan his son, and over the army of the EVER-LIVING, and over the House of Israel who had fallen by the sword.
RF SA2 1:13 David afterwards asked the young man, "Will you inform from where you come?" And he answered, "I am the son of a foreigner, an Amalekite."
RF SA2 1:14 Then David said to him, "Were you not afraid to stretch out your hand to destroy the consecrated to the LORD?"
RF SA2 1:15 And David called to one of his lads, and said, "Go up to and assail and kill him!"
RF SA2 1:16 And David said to him, "Your blood is on your own head, for your mouth gave evidence against you!—saying, 'I killed the LORD'S anointed!'"
RF SA2 1:17 David also chanted this elegy over Saul and his son Jonathan,
RF SA2 1:18 and ordered the tribe of Judah to be taught archery, as it is recorded in the History of the Heroes.
"Have not the glorious heroes fallen, Israel, upon your hills?
RF SA2 1:20 Tell it not in the city Gath!
Publish it not in the streets of Askalon!
Lest it gladden Philistia's daughters,—
Lest the girls of the vile rejoice!
RF SA2 1:21 Let no dew fall on the hills of Gilboa,
Or rain on the high land fields!
For there the hero's shield was cast,
Saul's shield unprotected by oil!
RF SA2 1:22 From the blood of the wounded,—
From the strength of the brave,—
The bow of Jonathan turned not away;
Nor Saul flashed his sword in vain!
RF SA2 1:23 Saul and Jonathan loved and were friends in life,
And in death they were not divided.
They had the voices of eagles,
They were as lions strong!
RF SA2 1:24 Daughters of Israel, weep for Saul;
Who clothed you with many jewels;
Put not on your gold and gems!
RF SA2 1:25 For the heroes are fallen in war,
With Jonathan, matchless in might!
RF SA2 1:26 I grieve for you, my brother Jonathan!
Pleasant to me was your wonderful love,—
It surpassed the love for women.
RF SA2 1:27 How have the mighty fallen!
And the arms of the warrior failed!"


AKJV ROM 8:32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?

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