Lamenting an Enemy and a Friend

Saul hated David, but Saul’s son Jonathan loved David. When Saul and Jonathan died in battle with the Philistines, it broke the heart of David. “Then David lamented with this lamentation over Saul and over Jonathan his son, and he told them to teach the children of Judah the Song of the Bow; indeed it is written in the Book of Jasher” (2 Samuel 1:17, 18).
Saul was king of Israel and for Israel’s enemies to kill him brought shame on Israel, although Saul had been wicked and tried to kill David. In the song that he wrote of these two men, he showed that he bore no animosity toward the king of Israel, and of course, he lost a dear friend in Jonathan.
David even wanted this song recorded that it might be taught to future generations. What a magnificent man David was. Let us be like him.

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