“how are the mighty fallen”

2 SAMUEL 1:19


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After king David learns of the deaths of Saul and his son Jonathan, he grieves their deaths with the quote “how are the mighty fallen” in a mournful speech to those with him.

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The beauty of Israel is slain upon thy high places: how are the mighty fallen!

— 2 Samuel 1:19

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how אֵ֖יךְ How? or how!; also where H349
are the mighty גִבּוֹרִֽים׃ Powerful; by implication, warrior, tyrant H1368
fallen! נָֽפְל֥וּ To fall, in a great variety of applications (intransitive or causative, literal or figurative) H5307

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