Bible Verse Explanations and Resources


2 Samuel 1:17

Adam Clarke
Bible Commentary

David lamented - See this lamentation, and the notes on it at the end of this chapter, 2 Samuel 1:21; (note).

Albert Barnes
Notes on the Whole Bible

The words lamented and lamentation must be understood in the technical sense of a funeral dirge or mournful elegy. (See similar dirges in 2 Samuel 3:33-34; and 2 Chronicles 35:25.) This and the brief stanza on the death of Abner are the only specimens preserved to us of David‘s secular poetry.

Matthew Henry
Concise Bible Commentary
Kasheth, or "the bow," probably was the title of this mournful, funeral song. David does not commend Saul for what he was not; and says nothing of his piety or goodness. Jonathan was a dutiful son, Saul an affectionate father, therefore dear to each other. David had reason to say, that Jonathan's love to him was wonderful. Next to the love between Christ and his people, that affection which springs form it, produces the strongest friendship. The trouble of the Lord's people, and triumphs of his enemies, will always grieve true believers, whatever advantages they may obtain by them.