2 Samuel 1:16
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New International Version
For David had said to him, "Your blood be on your own head. Your own mouth testified against you when you said, 'I killed the LORD's anointed.'"

New Living Translation
"You have condemned yourself," David said, "for you yourself confessed that you killed the LORD's anointed one."

English Standard Version
And David said to him, “Your blood be on your head, for your own mouth has testified against you, saying, ‘I have killed the LORD’s anointed.’”

New American Standard Bible
David said to him, "Your blood is on your head, for your mouth has testified against you, saying, 'I have killed the LORD'S anointed.'"

King James Bible
And David said unto him, Thy blood be upon thy head; for thy mouth hath testified against thee, saying, I have slain the LORD'S anointed.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For David had said to the Amalekite, "Your blood is on your own head because your own mouth testified against you by saying, 'I killed the LORD's anointed.'"

International Standard Version
David told him, "Your blood is on your own head, because your own words testified against you! After all, you said, 'I myself have killed the LORD's anointed!'"

NET Bible
David said to him, "Your blood be on your own head! Your own mouth has testified against you, saying 'I have put the LORD's anointed to death.'"

GOD'S WORD® Translation
while David said, "You are responsible for spilling your own blood. You testified against yourself when you said, 'I killed the LORD's anointed king.'"

Jubilee Bible 2000
And David said unto him, Thy blood be upon thy head, for thy mouth has testified against thee, saying, I have slain the LORD's anointed.

King James 2000 Bible
And David said unto him, Your blood be upon your head; for your mouth has testified against you, saying, I have slain the LORD'S anointed.

American King James Version
And David said to him, Your blood be on your head; for your mouth has testified against you, saying, I have slain the LORD's anointed.

American Standard Version
And David said unto him, Thy blood be upon thy head; for thy mouth hath testified against thee, saying, I have slain Jehovah's anointed.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And David said to him: Thy blood be upon thy own head: for thy own mouth hath spoken against thee, saying: I have slain the Lord's anointed.

Darby Bible Translation
And David said to him, Thy blood be upon thy head; for thy mouth has testified against thee, saying, I have slain Jehovah's anointed.

English Revised Version
And David said unto him, Thy blood be upon thy head; for thy mouth hath testified against thee, saying, I have slain the LORD'S anointed.

Webster's Bible Translation
And David said to him, Thy blood be upon thy head; for thy mouth hath testified against thee, saying, I have slain the LORD'S anointed.

World English Bible
David said to him, "Your blood be on your head; for your mouth has testified against you, saying, 'I have slain Yahweh's anointed.'"

Young's Literal Translation
and David saith unto him, 'Thy blood is on thine own head, for thy mouth hath testified against thee, saying, I -- I put to death the anointed of Jehovah.'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

1:11-16 David was sincere in his mourning for Saul; and all with him humbled themselves under the hand of God, laid so heavily upon Israel by this defeat. The man who brought the tidings, David put to death, as a murderer of his prince. David herein did not do unjustly; the Amalekite confessed the crime. If he did as he said, he deserved to die for treason; and his lying to David, if indeed it were a lie, proved, as sooner or later that sin will prove, lying against himself. Hereby David showed himself zealous for public justice, without regard to his own private interest.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And David said unto him, thy blood be upon thy head,.... The blood that he had shed, let him suffer for it; for as he had shed blood, his blood ought to be shed, according to the law of God; and for proof of this, that he had so done, he appeals to his own confession:

for thy mouth hath testified against thee, saying, I have slain the Lord's anointed; and what might serve to confirm the truth of what he had said were the crown and bracelet which he brought along with him; and besides he was an Amalekite, of a nation that was devoted to destruction; and, as Abarbinel thinks, David might suppose that he killed Saul to take vengeance on him for what he had done to their nation; but, after all, both he and Maimonides (n) allow the punishment of him was not strictly according to law, but was a temporary decree, an extraordinary case, and an act of royal authority; for in common cases a man was not to be condemned and put to death upon his own confession, since it is possible he may not be in his right mind (o); but David chose to exercise severity in this case, partly to show his respect to Saul, and to ingratiate himself into the favour of his friends, and partly to deter men from attempting to assassinate princes, who himself was now about to ascend the throne.

(n) Hilchot Sanhedrin, c. 18. sect. 6. (o) T. Bab. Yehamot, fol. 25. 2. Maimon. ibid.



2 Samuel 1:16 Additional Commentaries
Context
David Learns of Saul's Death
15And David called one of the young men and said, "Go, cut him down." So he struck him and he died. 16David said to him, "Your blood is on your head, for your mouth has testified against you, saying, 'I have killed the LORD'S anointed.'"
Cross References
Luke 19:22
"His master replied, 'I will judge you by your own words, you wicked servant! You knew, did you, that I am a hard man, taking out what I did not put in, and reaping what I did not sow?

Acts 18:6
But when they opposed Paul and became abusive, he shook out his clothes in protest and said to them, "Your blood be on your own heads! I am innocent of it. From now on I will go to the Gentiles."

1 Samuel 26:9
But David said to Abishai, "Don't destroy him! Who can lay a hand on the LORD's anointed and be guiltless?

2 Samuel 1:10
"So I stood beside him and killed him, because I knew that after he had fallen he could not survive. And I took the crown that was on his head and the band on his arm and have brought them here to my lord."

2 Samuel 3:28
Later, when David heard about this, he said, "I and my kingdom are forever innocent before the LORD concerning the blood of Abner son of Ner.

2 Samuel 3:29
May his blood fall on the head of Joab and on his whole family! May Joab's family never be without someone who has a running sore or leprosy or who leans on a crutch or who falls by the sword or who lacks food."

2 Samuel 16:8
The LORD has repaid you for all the blood you shed in the household of Saul, in whose place you have reigned. The LORD has given the kingdom into the hands of your son Absalom. You have come to ruin because you are a murderer!"

1 Kings 2:32
The LORD will repay him for the blood he shed, because without my father David knowing it he attacked two men and killed them with the sword. Both of them--Abner son of Ner, commander of Israel's army, and Amasa son of Jether, commander of Judah's army--were better men and more upright than he.

1 Kings 2:37
The day you leave and cross the Kidron Valley, you can be sure you will die; your blood will be on your own head."
Treasury of Scripture

And David said to him, Your blood be on your head; for your mouth has testified against you, saying, I have slain the LORD's anointed.

thy blood

Genesis 9:5,6 And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of …

Leviticus 20:9,11-13,16,27 For every one that curses his father or his mother shall be surely …

Deuteronomy 19:10 That innocent blood be not shed in your land, which the LORD your …

Joshua 2:19 And it shall be, that whoever shall go out of the doors of your house …

Judges 9:24 That the cruelty done to the three score and ten sons of Jerubbaal …

1 Samuel 26:9 And David said to Abishai, Destroy him not: for who can stretch forth …

1 Kings 2:32,33,37 And the LORD shall return his blood on his own head, who fell on …

Ezekiel 18:13 Has given forth on usury, and has taken increase: shall he then live? …

Ezekiel 33:5 He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning; his blood …

Matthew 27:25 Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children.

Acts 20:26 Why I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men.

mouth

2 Samuel 1:10 So I stood on him, and slew him, because I was sure that he could …

Job 15:6 Your own mouth comdemns you, and not I: yes, your own lips testify against you.

Proverbs 6:2 You are snared with the words of your mouth, you are taken with the …

Luke 19:22 And he said to him, Out of your own mouth will I judge you, you wicked …

Romans 3:19 Now we know that what things soever the law said, it said to them …

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