2 Samuel 23
David's last words, setting forth the happiness and confidence of the just man, and the different state of the wicked. A catalogue of David's mighty men.
1 Now these be 1the last words of David. 2David the son of Jesse said, and 3the man who was raised up on high, the anointed of the God of Jacob, and the 4sweet psalmist of Israel, said,
2 The 1Spirit of the Lord spake by me, and his word was in my tongue.
3 The 1God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, aHe 2that ruleth over men must be just, ruling 3in the fear of God.
4 And 1he shall be as the light of the morning, when the sun riseth, even a morning without clouds; as 2the tender grass springing out of the earth by clear shining after rain.
5 Although my house be 1not so with God; yet he hath 2made with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things, and sure: for 3this is all my salvation, and all my desire, although 4he make it not to grow.
6 ¶ But the 1sons of Belial shall be all of them as thorns thrust away, because they cannot be taken with hands:
7 But the man that shall touch them must be afenced with iron and the staff of a spear; and they shall be utterly burned with fire in the same place.
8 ¶ These be the names of the mighty men whom David had: aThe Tachmonite that sat in the seat, chief among the captains; the same was Adino the Eznite: he lift up his spear against eight hundred, bwhom he slew at one time.
9 And after him was 1Eleazar the son of Dodo the Ahohite, one of the three mighty men with David, when 2they defied the Philistines that were there gathered together to battle, and the men of Israel were gone away:
10 He 1arose, and smote the Philistines until his hand was weary, and his hand clave unto the sword: and the Lord wrought a great victory that day; and the people returned after him only to spoil.
11 And after him was 1Shammah the son of Agee the Hararite. And the Philistines were gathered together ainto a troop, where was a piece of ground full of lentiles: and the people fled from the Philistines.
12 But he stood in the midst of the ground, and defended it, and slew the Philistines: and 1the Lord wrought a great victory.
13 And athree of the thirty chief went down, and came to David in the harvest time 1unto the cave of Adullam: and the troop of the Philistines pitched in 2the valley of Rephaim.
14 And David was then 1in an hold, and 2the garrison of the Philistines was then in Beth-lehem.
15 And David longed, and said, Oh that one would give me drink of the 1water of the well of Beth-lehem, which is by the gate!
16 And the three mighty men brake through the host of the Philistines, and drew water out of the well of Beth-lehem, that was by the gate, and took it, and brought it to David: nevertheless he would not drink thereof, but poured 1it out unto the Lord.
17 And he said, Be it far from me, O Lord, that I should do this: is not this 1the blood of the men that went in jeopardy of their lives? therefore he would not drink it. These things did these three mighty men.
18 And 1Abishai, the brother of Joab, the son of Zeruiah, was chief among three. And he lifted up his spear against three hundred, and aslew them, and had the name among three.
19 Was he not most honourable of three? therefore he was their captain: howbeit he 1attained not unto the first three.
20 And 1Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, the son of a valiant man, of 2Kabzeel, awho had done many acts, he slew two blionlike men of Moab: he went down also and slew a lion in the midst of a pit in time of snow:
21 And he slew an Egyptian, aa goodly man: and the Egyptian had a spear in his hand; but he went down to him with a staff, and plucked the spear out of the Egyptian's hand, and 1slew him with his own spear.
22 These things did Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and had the name among three mighty men.
23 He was more ahonourable than the thirty, but he attained not to the first three. And David set him bover his cguard.
24 1Asahel the brother of Joab was one of the thirty; 2Elhanan the son of Dodo of Beth-lehem,
25 1Shammah the Harodite, Elika the Harodite,
26 Helez the Paltite, Ira the son of Ikkesh the Tekoite,
27 1Abi-ezer the Anethothite, Mebunnai the Hushathite,
28 Zalmon the Ahohite, 1Maharai the Netophathite,
29 1Heleb the son of Baanah, a Netophathite, Ittai the son of Ribai out of Gibeah of the children of Benjamin,
30 Benaiah the 1Pirathonite, Hiddai of the abrooks of Gaash,
31 1Abi-albon the Arbathite, Azmaveth the Barhumite,
32 Eliahba the Shaalbonite, 1of the sons of Jashen, Jonathan,
33 Shammah the Hararite, 1Ahiam the son of Sharar the Hararite,
34 Eliphelet the son of Ahasbai, the son of the Maachathite, 1Eliam the son of Ahithophel the Gilonite,
35 1Hezrai the Carmelite, Paarai the Arbite,
36 1Igal the son of Nathan of Zobah, Bani the Gadite,
37 1Zelek the Ammonite, Naharai the Beerothite, armourbearer to Joab the son of Zeruiah,
38 Ira an 1Ithrite, Gareb an Ithrite,
39 1Uriah the Hittite: thirty and seven in all.