"And the People said to Saul: "Shall Jonathan who has wrought this great salvation in Israel die? ...And the People redeemed Jonathan and he did not die."
: Aiton Birnbaum
LYRICS IN ENGLISH (Samuel I 14: 38 - 45)
Let us now draw near, all the people, unto the Holy One
And know and see what is the offense, what sin has today been done
For as God lives, who brings salvation to Israel, before God on high --
I do swear, that even if it be Jonathan, Jonathan, my own dear son -- that he shall die
And Jonathan was ensnared
Brother, I grieve for you, pray you be spared
Tell me -- what have you done and why
but Jonathan -- he just replied: Here I am if I must die
By God Jonathan, you indeed shall die
By God Jonathan, you, you indeed, must surely die
But the people said:
Shall Jonathan be killedhe who brought great salvation to Israel!
As God lives, God forbid that harm befall a single hair upon his head!
For he acted with God this very day, Jonathan with God this very day
And so the people redeemed, and so they saved, Jonathan--and he did not die
And so the people redeemed, and so they saved, Jonathan--this very day
And so the people redeemed, and so they saved, Jonathan--by the living God