1:21 O mountains of Gilboa,
may there be no dew or rain on you, nor fields of grain offerings! 1
For it was there that the shield of warriors was defiled; 2
the shield of Saul lies neglected without oil. 3
1:22 From the blood of the slain, from the fat of warriors,
the bow of Jonathan was not turned away.
The sword of Saul never returned 4 empty.
and not even in their deaths were they separated.
They were swifter than eagles, stronger than lions.
1:24 O daughters of Israel, weep over Saul,
who clothed you in scarlet 6 as well as jewelry,
who put gold jewelry on your clothes.
1 tc Instead of the MT’s “fields of grain offerings” the Lucianic recension of the LXX reads “your high places are mountains of death.” Cf. the Old Latin montes mortis (“mountains of death”).
2 tn This is the only biblical occurrence of the Niphal of the verb גָּעַל (ga’al). This verb usually has the sense of “to abhor” or “loathe.” But here it seems to refer to the now dirty and unprotected condition of a previously well-maintained instrument of battle.
3 tc It is preferable to read here Hebrew מָשׁוּחַ (mashuakh) with many Hebrew
4 tn The Hebrew imperfect verbal form is used here to indicate repeated past action.
5 tn Heb “beloved and dear.”
6 sn Clothing of scarlet was expensive and beyond the financial reach of most people.