New American Standard Bible
"How have the mighty fallen in the midst of the battle! Jonathan is slain on your high places.
King James Bible
How are the mighty fallen in the midst of the battle! O Jonathan, thou wast slain in thine high places.
Darby Bible Translation
How are the mighty fallen in the midst of the battle! Jonathan is slain upon thy high places.
World English Bible
How are the mighty fallen in the midst of the battle! Jonathan is slain on your high places.
Young's Literal Translation
How have the mighty fallen In the midst of the battle! Jonathan! on thy high places wounded!
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
How are the mighty fallen - The recurrenee of the same idea 2 Samuel 1:19, 2 Samuel 1:25, 2 Samuel 1:27 is perfectly congenial to the nature of elegy, since grief is fond of dwelling upon the particular objects of the passion, and frequently repeating them. By unanimous consent this is considered one of the most beautiful odes in the Bible, and the generosity of David in thus mourning for his enemy and persecutor, Saul, enhances the effect upon the mind of the reader.
Alike from the literary and the historical point of view, the book of Samuel stands midway between the book of Judges and the book of Kings. As we have already seen, the Deuteronomic book of Judges in all probability ran into Samuel and ended in ch. xii.; while the story of David, begun in Samuel, embraces the first two chapters of the first book of Kings. The book of Samuel is not very happily named, as much of it is devoted to Saul and the greater part to David; yet it is not altogether inappropriate, …
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament
2 Samuel 1:19
"Your beauty, O Israel, is slain on your high places! How have the mighty fallen!
2 Samuel 1:24
"O daughters of Israel, weep over Saul, Who clothed you luxuriously in scarlet, Who put ornaments of gold on your apparel.
2 Samuel 1:27
"How have the mighty fallen, And the weapons of war perished!"
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