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II Samuel 1

Chapter 1

v. 8:  The irony concerning Amalek continues even to Saul’s death.  See notes on I Samuel 30:1.

v. 18:  Joshua 10:13 is the only other Biblical reference to the Book of Jashar (The Book of the Righteous), so I don’t understand why Barnes ascribes so much other Biblical poetry to it.

The title of this lament is “The Bow,” which is interesting.  Even though the poem praises both Saul and Jonathan, I think it is fair to argue that Jonathan is its main focus, judging from the closing verses.  The bow, as a weapon, seems to be personally associated with Jonathan (see v. 22) and perhaps David even has in mind the events of I Samuel 20: 18-23.

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