2 Samuel 23

1And these are the last words of David. Faithful is David the son of Jesse, and faithful is the man whom the Lord has raised up to be the anointed of the God of Jacob, and beautiful are the psalms of Israel. 2The Spirit of the Lord spoke by me, and His word was on my tongue. 3The God of Israel says, The watchman out of Israel spoke to me a parable: I said among men, How will you strengthen the fear of the anointed? 4And in the morning light of God, let the sun arise in the morning, from the light of which the Lord passed on, and as it were from the rain of the tender grass upon the earth. 5For my house is not so with the Mighty One; for He has made an everlasting covenant with me, ready, guarded at every time; for all my salvation and all my desire is, that the wicked should not flourish. 6All these are as a thorn thrust forth, for they shall not be taken with the hand, 7and a man shall not labor among them; and one shall have that which is fully armed with iron, and the staff of a spear, and he shall burn them with fire, and they shall be burnt in their shame. 8These are the names of the mighty men of David: Josheb-Basshebeth the Canaanite is a captain of the third part; Adino the Eznite, he drew his sword against eight hundred soldiers at once. 9And after him Eleazer the son of his uncle, son of Dodai who was among the three mighty men with David; and when he defied the Philistines they were gathered there to war, and the men of Israel went up. 10He arose and attacked the Philistines, until his hand was weary, and his hand clave to the sword: and the Lord brought about a great salvation in that day, and the people rested behind him only to plunder the slain. 11And after him Shammah the son of Agee the Hararite. And the Philistines were gathered to Theria; and there was there a portion of ground full of lentils; and the people fled before the Philistines. 12And he stood firm in the midst of the portion, and rescued it, and attacked the Philistines; and the Lord brought about a great deliverance. 13And three out of the thirty went down, and came to Cason to David, to the cave of Adullam; and there was an army of the Philistines, and they encamped in the valley of Rephaim. 14And David was then in the stronghold, and the garrison of the Philistines was then in Bethlehem. 15And David longed, and said, Who will give me water to drink out of the well that is in Bethlehem by the gate? Now the band of the Philistines was then in Bethlehem. 16And the three mighty men broke through the army of the Philistines, and drew water out of the well that was in Bethlehem in the gate; and they took it, and brought it to David, and he would not drink it, but poured it out before the Lord. 17And he said, O Lord, God forbid that I should do this, that I should drink of the blood of the men who went at the risk of their lives; and he would not drink it. These things did these three mighty men. 18And Abishai the brother of Joab the son of Zeruiah, he was chief among the three, and he lifted up his spear against three hundred whom he killed; and he had a name among these three. 19Of those three he was most honorable, and he became a chief over them, but he reached not to the first three. 20And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, he was abundant in mighty deeds, from Kabzeel, and he killed the two sons of Ariel of Moab: and he went down and killed a lion in the midst of a pit on a snowy day. 21He killed an Egyptian, a spectacular man, and in the hand of the Egyptian was a spear as the side of a ladder; and he went down to him with a staff, and snatched the spear from the Egyptian's hand, and killed him with his own spear. 22These things did Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and he had a name among the three mighty men. 23He was honorable among the second three, but he reached not to the first three: and David made him his reporter. And these are the names of King David's mighty men. 24Asahel Joab's brother; he was among the thirty. Elhanan son of Dodai his uncle in Bethlehem. 25Shammah the Harodite; 26Helez the Paltite; Ira the son of Ikkesh the Tekoite; 27Abiezer the Anathothite, of the sons of the Anathothites; 28Zalmon the Ahohite; Maharai the Netophathite; 29Ittai the son of Ribai of Gibeah, son of Benjamin the Ephrathite; Asmoth the Bardiamite; Emasu the Salabonite; 30Adroi of the brooks; 31Gadabiel son of the Arbathite; 32the sons of Asan, Jonathan; 33Shammah the Hararite; Ahiam the son of Sharar the Hararite; 34Eliphelet the son of Ahasbai, the son of the Maachathite; Eliam the son of Ahithophel the Gilonite; 35Hezrai the Carmelite, the son of Uraeoerchi; 36Igal the son of Nathan; the son of much valor, the son of Galaddi; Elie the Ammonite; 37Gelore the Bethorite, armorbearer to Joab, son of Zeruiah. 38Ira the Ithrite; Gareb the Ithrite; 39and Uriah the Hittite: thirty-seven in all.
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