The Bible in Its Traditions

2 Samuel 2:5–7


And David sent messengers unto the men of Jabesh-gilead, and said unto them: 'Blessed be ye of YHWH, that ye have shown this kindness unto your lord, even unto Saul, and have buried him.

And David sent messengers to the rulers of Jabis of the country of Galaad, and David said to them, Blessed be ye of the Lord, because ye have wrought this mercy toward your lord, even toward Saul the anointed of the Lord, and ye have buried him and Jonathan his son.

Therefore, David sent messengers to the men of Jabesh Gilead, and he said to them: “Blessed are you to the Lord, who has accomplished this mercy with your lord Saul, so that you would bury him.

And now YHWH show kindness and truth unto you; and I also will requite you this kindness, because ye have done this thing.

And now may the Lord deal in mercy and truth towards you: and I also will requite towards you this good deed, because ye have done this.

And now, certainly, the Lord will repay to you mercy and truth. But I also will act with favor, because you have accomplished this word.

Now therefore let your hands be strong, and be ye valiant; for Saul your lord is dead, and also the house of Judah have anointed me king over them.'

And now let your hands be made strong, and be valiant; for your master Saul is dead, and moreover the house of Juda have anointed me to be king over them.

Let your hands be strengthened, and be sons of fortitude. For even though your lord Saul has died, still the house of Judah has anointed me as king over them.”