English Standard Version
He was renowned among the thirty, but he did not attain to the three. And David set him over his bodyguard.
King James Bible
Behold, he was honourable among the thirty, but attained not to the first three: and David set him over his guard.
American Standard Version
Behold, he was more honorable than the thirty, but he attained not to the first three: and David set him over his guard.
And the first among the thirty, but yet to the three he attained not: and David made him of his council.
English Revised Version
Behold, he was more honourable than the thirty, but he attained not to the first three: and David set him over his guard.
Webster's Bible Translation
Behold, he was honorable among the thirty, but attained not to the first three: and David set him over his guard.
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CommentaryKeil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament
In 1 Chronicles 11:15-19 (cf. 2 Samuel 23:13-17) there follows an exploit of three others of the thirty, whose names have not been handed down. ראשׁ השּׁלושׁים, the thirty chiefs (not, as Thenius wrongly interprets the words, these three knights the chief parts, i.e., these three chief knights), are David's heroes hereafter mentioned, the thirty-two heroes of the third class named in 1 Chronicles 11:26-40 (or vv. 24-39 of Samuel). That three others, different from the before-mentioned Jashobeam, Eleazar, and Shammah are intended, is plain from the omission of the article with שׁלושׁה; for if these three were spoken of, we would have השׁלושׁה, as in 1 Chronicles 11:18. For further remarks on this exploit, which was probably performed in the war treated of in 1 Chronicles 14:8., and in 2 Samuel 5:17., see on 2 Samuel 23:13-17. The words וגו האנשׁים הדם, 1 Chronicles 11:19, are to be translated, "The blood of these men shall I drink in their souls? for for their souls (i.e., for the price of their souls, at the risk of their life) have they brought it." The expression "blood in their souls" is to be understood according to Genesis 9:4 and Leviticus 17:14 (הוּא בנפשׁו דּמו, "his blood is in the soul," is that which constitutes his soul). As there blood and soul are used synonymously (the blood as seat of and container of the soul, and the soul as floating in the blood), so here David, according to our account of his words, compares the water, which those heroes had brought for the price of their souls, to the souls of the men, and the drinking of the water to the drinking of their souls, and finally the souls to the blood, in order to express his abhorrence of such a draught. The meaning therefore may be thus expressed: "Shall I drink in this water the souls, and so the blood, of these men; for they have brought the water even for the price of their souls?"
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1 Chronicles 11:24
These things did Benaiah the son of Jehoiada and won a name beside the three mighty men.
1 Chronicles 11:26
The mighty men were Asahel the brother of Joab, Elhanan the son of Dodo of Bethlehem,
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