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Bible Commentaries

Geneva Study Bible

2 Samuel 1

Verse 2

1:2 It came even to pass on the third day, that, behold, a man came out of the camp from Saul with {a} his clothes rent, and earth upon his head: and [so] it was, when he came to David, that he fell to the earth, and did obeisance.

(a) Seeming to lament the overthrow of the people of Israel.

Verse 6

1:6 And the young man that told him said, {b} As I happened by chance upon mount Gilboa, behold, Saul leaned upon his spear; and, lo, the chariots and horsemen followed hard after him.

(b) As I fled the chase.

Verse 8

1:8 And he said unto me, Who [art] thou? And I answered him, I [am] an {c} Amalekite.

(c) He was an Amalekite born, but renounced his country and joined with the Israelites.

Verse 9

1:9 He said unto me again, Stand, I pray thee, upon me, and slay me: for anguish is come upon me, because my {d} life [is] yet whole in me.

(d) I am sorry, because I am yet alive.

Verse 13

1:13 {e} And David said unto the young man that told him, Whence [art] thou? And he answered, I [am] the son of a stranger, an Amalekite.

(e) After the lamentation, he examined him again.

Verse 16

1:16 And David said unto him, {f} Thy blood [be] upon thy head; for thy mouth hath testified against thee, saying, I have slain the LORD’S anointed.

(f) You are justly punished for your fault.

Verse 18

1:18 (Also he bade them teach the children of Judah {g} [the use of] the bow: behold, [it is] written in the book of Jasher.)

(g) That they might be able to match their enemies the Philistines in that art.

Verse 19

1:19 The beauty of Israel is {h} slain upon thy high places: how are the mighty fallen!

(h) Meaning Saul.

Verse 21

1:21 Ye mountains of Gilboa, [let there be] no dew, neither [let there be] rain, upon you, nor {i} fields of offerings: for there the shield of the mighty is vilely cast away, the shield of Saul, [as though he had] not [been] anointed with oil.

(i) Let their fertile fields be barren, and bring forth no fruit to offer to the Lord.

Verse 23

1:23 Saul and Jonathan [were] lovely and pleasant in their lives, and in their death they were not {k} divided: they were swifter than eagles, they were stronger than lions.

(k) They died both together in Gilboa.

Verse 24

1:24 Ye daughters of Israel, weep over Saul, who clothed you in scarlet, {l} with [other] delights, who put on ornaments of gold upon your apparel.

(l) As rich garments and costly jewels.

Verse 26

1:26 I am distressed for thee, my brother Jonathan: very pleasant hast thou been unto me: thy love to me was wonderful, passing the love of {m} women.

(m) Either toward their husbands or their children.

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Bibliographical Information
Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 1". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". 1599-1645.