Introduction to 2 Samuel Chapter 1

This chapter contains an account of the death of Saul and Jonathan, as related to David by an Amalekite, 2 Samuel 1:1; of the sorrow he and his men were filled with at the news of it, 2 Samuel 1:11; of his order to put to death the messenger that brought the tidings, for his concern in the death of Saul, according to his own testimony, 2 Samuel 1:13; and of a lamentation composed by David on this occasion, 2 Samuel 1:17.