2 Samuel 23
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1These are the last words of David: “The oracle of David son of Jesse, the oracle of the man raised on high, the one anointed by the God of Jacob, and the sweet psalmist of Israel:1Now these are the last words of David: The oracle of David, the son of Jesse, the oracle of the man who was raised on high, the anointed of the God of Jacob, the sweet psalmist of Israel:
2The Spirit of the LORD spoke through me; His word was on my tongue.2“The Spirit of the LORD speaks by me; his word is on my tongue.
3The God of Israel spoke; the Rock of Israel said to me, ’He who rules the people with justice, who rules in the fear of God,3The God of Israel has spoken; the Rock of Israel has said to me: When one rules justly over men, ruling in the fear of God,
4is like the light of the morning at sunrise of a cloudless dawn, the glistening after the rain on the sprouting grass of the earth.’4he dawns on them like the morning light, like the sun shining forth on a cloudless morning, like rain that makes grass to sprout from the earth.
5Is not my house right with God? For He has established with me an everlasting covenant, ordered and secured in every part. Will He not bring about my full salvation and my every desire?5“For does not my house stand so with God? For he has made with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things and secure. For will he not cause to prosper all my help and my desire?
6But the worthless are all like thorns raked aside, for they can never be gathered by hand.6But worthless men are all like thorns that are thrown away, for they cannot be taken with the hand;
7The man who touches them must be armed with iron or with the shaft of a spear. The fire will burn them to ashes in the place where they lie.”7but the man who touches them arms himself with iron and the shaft of a spear, and they are utterly consumed with fire.”
8These are the names of David’s mighty men: Josheb-basshebeth the Tahchemonite was chief of the Three. He wielded his spear against eight hundred men, whom he killed at one time.8These are the names of the mighty men whom David had: Josheb-basshebeth a Tahchemonite; he was chief of the three. He wielded his spear against eight hundred whom he killed at one time.
9Next in command was Eleazar son of Dodo the Ahohite. As one of the three mighty men, he went with David to taunt the Philistines who had gathered for battle at Pas-dammim. The men of Israel retreated,9And next to him among the three mighty men was Eleazar the son of Dodo, son of Ahohi. He was with David when they defied the Philistines who were gathered there for battle, and the men of Israel withdrew.
10but Eleazar stood his ground and struck the Philistines until his hand grew weary and stuck to his sword. The LORD brought about a great victory that day. Then the troops returned to him, but only to plunder the dead.10He rose and struck down the Philistines until his hand was weary, and his hand clung to the sword. And the LORD brought about a great victory that day, and the men returned after him only to strip the slain.
11And after him was Shammah son of Agee the Hararite. When the Philistines had banded together near a field full of lentils, Israel’s troops fled from them.11And next to him was Shammah, the son of Agee the Hararite. The Philistines gathered together at Lehi, where there was a plot of ground full of lentils, and the men fled from the Philistines.
12But Shammah took his stand in the middle of the field, defended it, and struck down the Philistines. So the LORD brought about a great victory.12But he took his stand in the midst of the plot and defended it and struck down the Philistines, and the LORD worked a great victory.
13At harvest time, three of the thirty chief men went down to David at the cave of Adullam, while a company of Philistines was encamped in the Valley of Rephaim.13And three of the thirty chief men went down and came about harvest time to David at the cave of Adullam, when a band of Philistines was encamped in the Valley of Rephaim.
14At that time David was in the stronghold, and the garrison of the Philistines was at Bethlehem.14David was then in the stronghold, and the garrison of the Philistines was then at Bethlehem.
15David longed for water and said, “Oh, that someone would get me a drink of water from the well near the gate of Bethlehem!”15And David said longingly, “Oh, that someone would give me water to drink from the well of Bethlehem that is by the gate!”
16So the three mighty men broke through the Philistine camp, drew water from the well near the gate of Bethlehem, and brought it back to David. But he refused to drink it; instead, he poured it out to the LORD,16Then the three mighty men broke through the camp of the Philistines and drew water out of the well of Bethlehem that was by the gate and carried and brought it to David. But he would not drink of it. He poured it out to the LORD
17saying, “Far be it from me, O LORD, to do this! Is this not the blood of the men who risked their lives?” So he refused to drink it. Such were the exploits of the three mighty men.17and said, “Far be it from me, O LORD, that I should do this. Shall I drink the blood of the men who went at the risk of their lives?” Therefore he would not drink it. These things the three mighty men did.
18Now Abishai, the brother of Joab and son of Zeruiah, was chief of the Three, and he lifted his spear against three hundred men, killed them, and won a name along with the Three.18Now Abishai, the brother of Joab, the son of Zeruiah, was chief of the thirty. And he wielded his spear against three hundred men and killed them and won a name beside the three.
19Was he not more honored than the Three? And he became their commander, even though he was not included among the Three.19He was the most renowned of the thirty and became their commander, but he did not attain to the three.
20And Benaiah son of Jehoiada was a man of valor from Kabzeel, a man of many exploits. He struck down two champions of Moab, and on a snowy day he went down into a pit and killed a lion.20And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was a valiant man of Kabzeel, a doer of great deeds. He struck down two ariels of Moab. He also went down and struck down a lion in a pit on a day when snow had fallen.
21He also killed an Egyptian, a huge man. Although the Egyptian had a spear in his hand, Benaiah went against him with a club, snatched the spear from his hand, and killed the Egyptian with his own spear.21And he struck down an Egyptian, a handsome man. The Egyptian had a spear in his hand, but Benaiah went down to him with a staff and snatched the spear out of the Egyptian’s hand and killed him with his own spear.
22These were the exploits of Benaiah son of Jehoiada, who won a name alongside the three mighty men.22These things did Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and won a name beside the three mighty men.
23He was most honored among the Thirty, but he did not become one of the Three. And David appointed him over his guard.23He was renowned among the thirty, but he did not attain to the three. And David set him over his bodyguard.
24Now these were members of the Thirty: Asahel the brother of Joab, Elhanan son of Dodo of Bethlehem,24Asahel the brother of Joab was one of the thirty; Elhanan the son of Dodo of Bethlehem,
25Shammah the Harodite, Elika the Harodite,25Shammah of Harod, Elika of Harod,
26Helez the Paltite, Ira son of Ikkesh the Tekoite,26Helez the Paltite, Ira the son of Ikkesh of Tekoa,
27Abiezer the Anathothite, Mebunnai the Hushathite,27Abiezer of Anathoth, Mebunnai the Hushathite,
28Zalmon the Ahohite, Maharai the Netophathite,28Zalmon the Ahohite, Maharai of Netophah,
29Heled son of Baanah the Netophathite, Ittai son of Ribai from Gibeah of the Benjamites,29Heleb the son of Baanah of Netophah, Ittai the son of Ribai of Gibeah of the people of Benjamin,
30Benaiah the Pirathonite, Hiddai from the brooks of Gaash,30Benaiah of Pirathon, Hiddai of the brooks of Gaash,
31Abi-albon the Arbathite, Azmaveth the Barhumite,31Abi-albon the Arbathite, Azmaveth of Bahurim,
32Eliahba the Shaalbonite, the sons of Jashen, Jonathan32Eliahba the Shaalbonite, the sons of Jashen, Jonathan,
33son of Shammah the Hararite, Ahiam son of Sharar the Hararite,33Shammah the Hararite, Ahiam the son of Sharar the Hararite,
34Eliphelet son of Ahasbai the Maacathite, Eliam son of Ahithophel the Gilonite,34Eliphelet the son of Ahasbai of Maacah, Eliam the son of Ahithophel the Gilonite,
35Hezro the Carmelite, Paarai the Arbite,35Hezro of Carmel, Paarai the Arbite,
36Igal son of Nathan of Zobah, Bani the Gadite,36Igal the son of Nathan of Zobah, Bani the Gadite,
37Zelek the Ammonite, Naharai the Beerothite, the armor-bearer of Joab son of Zeruiah,37Zelek the Ammonite, Naharai of Beeroth, the armor-bearer of Joab the son of Zeruiah,
38Ira the Ithrite, Gareb the Ithrite,38Ira the Ithrite, Gareb the Ithrite,
39and Uriah the Hittite. There were thirty-seven in all.39Uriah the Hittite: thirty-seven in all.
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