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Week 14 Day 7
Saul and Jonathan
father and son
so different in life
so similar in death
divided over friendships
united by the enemy
in conflict over personal goals
at peace in battle together
starting out strong
ending in disillusionment
sharing the heroism of
triumph and tragedy
God touches our lives
in the triumphs and tragedies too
in the conflicts
in the remembrances
THE DEATH OF SAUL AND JONATHAN Father and son: together in life, together in death. I Samuel 31 & II Samuel 1
1Now the Philistines fought against Israel; and Israel fled.
The Philistines 2followed hard after Saul, and they killed
Jonathan, Abinadab, and Malchishua, Saul's sons. 3The
battle became fierce; the archers hit Saul, and he was
4Then Saul said to his armorbearer, "Draw your sword, and
thrust me through with it, lest these uncircumcised men come
and thrust me through and abuse me." But the armorbearer
would not, for he was greatly afraid. Therefore, Saul took a
sword and fell on it. 7When the men of Israel who were on
the other side of the valley, and those who were on the other
side of the Jordan, saw that Saul and his sons were dead, they forsook the cities and fled; and the Philistines came and
dwelt in them.
2A man came from Saul's camp with his clothes torn and
dust on his head. He came to David, fell to the ground and
prostrated himself. 3David said to him, "How did the matter
go? Please tell me." He answered, "The people have fled
from the battle; many of the people are fallen, and Saul and
Jonathan are dead also." 11Therefore David took hold of his
own clothes and tore them, and so did all the men who were
with him. 12They mourned and wept and fasted until evening
for Saul and Jonathan, for the people of the Lord and the house
of Israel, because they had fallen by the sword.
17Then David lamented with this lamentation: "The beauty
of Israel is slain on your high places! How the mighty have
fallen! Tell it not in Gath, proclaim it not in the streets of
Ashkelon--lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice. 22The
bow of Jonathan did not turn back, and the sword of Saul did
not return empty. Saul and Jonathan were beloved, and in their
death they were not divided; they were swifter than eagles,
they were stronger than lions. I am distressed for you, my
brother Jonathan; your love to me was wonderful."
1After this David inquired of the Lord, "Shall I go up to any
of the cities of Judah?" The Lord said, "Go up." David said,
"Where shall I go?" He said, "To Hebron." 2So David went
and brought up the men who were with him, every man with
his household. So they dwelt in the cities of Hebron.
4Then the men of Judah came, and there they anointed
David king over the house of Judah.
This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV
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