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