1:6 The young man who was telling him this 1 said, “I just happened to be on Mount Gilboa and came across Saul leaning on his spear for support. The chariots and leaders of the horsemen were in hot pursuit of him.
2 Samuel 1:21Context
1:21 O mountains of Gilboa,
may there be no dew or rain on you, nor fields of grain offerings! 2
For it was there that the shield of warriors was defiled; 3
the shield of Saul lies neglected without oil. 4
1 tc The Syriac Peshitta and one
2 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”).
3 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.
4 tc It is preferable to read here Hebrew מָשׁוּחַ (mashuakh) with many Hebrew