Honoring a friend

2 Samuel Bible Background

04.21.2017 – Old Testament: 2Sa 1.25–26

To read the Bible in a year, read Second Samuel 1–3 on April 21, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

The death of Jonathan in battle against the Philistines, crushed the heart of David. They had been best friends since they met. When Jonathan died, David wrote a lament that was made into a song,

“How the mighty have fallen in the midst of the battle!
Jonathan was slain in your high places.
I am distressed for you, my brother Jonathan;
You have been very pleasant to me;
Your love to me was wonderful,
Surpassing the love of women.”
(2 Samuel 1.25–26) 

It makes you wonder how their friendship would have grown had Jonathan lived. Yet, eventually all of us lose our friends to death, or we are the ones to die. Death hurts.

The best thing we can do is make sure that our friends follow Christ, and that we also follow Him, for then after death we shall be with our friends and never suffer separation again.


  • Have you lost a friend to death?
  • Are you prepared to die?

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