The tongue, although small, has incredible power to defile a person’s body, their reputation, and their future (James 3:5-6). Risk Taker (Priscilla: Called to Minister) Acts 18:1-3, 18-21, 24-26; Romans 16:3-4. Applying the attributes of “eagles” and “lions” to ancient military heroes was the highest form of praise. David repeated (see comments on verse 19) what could be called the theme of this poem: “How are the mighty fallen.”  Again, the word “mighty” is plural meaning it includes both “Saul” and “Jonathan.”  But David gives special praise to his closest friend. All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind. The Sunday School Publishing Board of the National Baptist Convention USA, Inc. presents Sunday School Lesson at-A-Glance. But since the Hebrew word sometimes refers to the gazelle, or antelope (see II Samuel 2:18), some scholars feel that the idea of lightness of foot should be seen here. This week’s lesson concerns David’s song or poem on this occasion. (vs. 25). When Saul died, David didn’t judge him or rejoice at his death. We are told that “David lamented with this lamentation over Saul and over Jonathan his son.”  This means that “David” sadly uttered a poem of mourning about “Saul” and “Jonathan.”  The word “lamentation” refers to a formal expression of grief. )”  The translation of this verse is open to debate since the words “the use of” do not appear in the Hebrew text. Watch our Sunday School Lesson on August 23, 2020. Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? Saul and Jonathan did not die in an obscure place, but in the, or the slopes of Mount Gilboa (see II Samuel 1:21). This verse says “The beauty of Israel is slain upon thy high places: how are the mighty fallen!”  David’s beautiful, poetic expression of grief begins here: “The beauty of Israel is slain upon thy high places.”  The Hebrew word translated “beauty” includes the ideas of glory and ornament (see Isaiah 28:5). He believed that since Saul was “the LORD’S anointed,” only the LORD Himself should decide when Saul’s life should end and how it should end (see I Samuel 26:9-11). Click here for a print-friendly version Taming the Tongue Summer Quarter: Many Faces of Wisdom Unit 3: Faith and Wisdom in James Sunday school lesson for the week of August 23, 2020 By Rev. to follow their leader’s example by also tearing their clothes. Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water. 1. Because of this, some commentators think that with those words added, the Hebrew interpretation means that Saul’s “shield” was cast away as if Saul had not been anointed to be king. We thank you for visiting our Sunday School Ministry. Therefore, David wanted them to be remembered and honored. In the synonymous parallelism of Hebrew poetry, the words, both refer figuratively to Saul and Jonathan (see Isaiah 13:3-5). David’s point was to remind the people that Saul’s disgrace and fall in the end should not make his earlier successes and services be forgotten. Note:  David cringed at the thought of the women in those Philistine cities rejoicing over the slain royalty of Israel. This is the kind of love to which Jesus has called all believers (see Matthew 5:43-46). This verse says “Ye daughters of Israel, weep over Saul, who clothed you in scarlet, with other delights, who put on ornaments of gold upon your apparel.”  The words “daughters of Israel” refer to the women “of Israel.”  In happier times, the “daughters of Israel” often greeted “Saul” with songs of triumph when he returned from defeating a national enemy (see I Samuel 14:47; 18:6-7). 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