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17  Then David chanted with this lament over Saul and Jonathan his son,  18  and he told them to teach the sons of Judah the song of the bow; behold, it is written in the book of Jashar.

A    19  “Your beauty, O Israel,  /  is slain on your high places!

B    How have the mighty fallen!

C    20  Tell it not in Gath, Proclaim it not in the streets of Ashkelon; Lest the daughters of the Philistines  / rejoice, Lest the daughters of the uncircumcised  /  exult.

D    [Me:  think ‘heights’  (mountains)  …  compared to the land below]    21  O mountains of Gilboa, Let not dew or rain be on you, nor fields of offerings;

E    [Me:  ‘shield defiled’ / ‘shield not anointed’ equals death]    For there the shield of the mighty was defiled, The shield of Saul, not anointed with oil

F    22  From the blood  of the slain, from the fat  /  of the mighty

G    the bow of Jonathan did not turn back,

H    And the sword of Saul did not return empty. 

H’   23  Saul

G’   and Jonathan,

F’   [Me:  think contrast]    beloved and pleasant  /  in their life,

E’    And in their death they were not parted;

D’   [Me:  think ‘heights’ (eagles flying high)  …  compared to the land below]    They were swifter than eagles, They were stronger than lions.

C’   24  O daughters of Israel weep over Saulwho clothed you luxuriously in scarlet, Who put ornaments of gold on your apparel.

B’   25  How have the mighty fallen  /   in the midst of the battle!

A’   Jonathan  /  is slain on your high places.

C”   26  I am distressed for you my brother Jonathanyou have been very pleasant to me. Your love to me was more wonderful than the love of women.

B”   27  How have the mighty fallen,  /  And the weapons of war perished!”

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