2 Samuel 23
David, in his last words, professeth his faith in God's promises to be beyond sense or experience.
2 Samuel 23:1 Nowe these bee the last words of Dauid: Dauid the sonne of Iesse saide, and the man who was raised vp on high, the Anointed of the God of Iacob, and the sweet Psalmist of Israel, said, 2 Samuel 23:2 The spirit of the LORD spake by me, and his word [was] in my tongue. 2 Samuel 23:3 The God of Israel said, the Rocke of Israel spake to me: he that ruleth ouer men [must be] iust, ruling in the feare of God: 2 Samuel 23:4 And [he shall be] as the light of the morning, [when] the Sunne riseth, [euen] a morning, without cloudes; [as] the tender grasse [springing] out of the earth by cleare shining after raine: 2 Samuel 23:5 Although my house be not so with God: yet he hath made with mee an euerlasting couenant, ordred in al things and sure: for [this is] all my saluation, and all [my] desire, although he make it not to grow.
The different state of the wicked.
2 Samuel 23:6 But [the sonnes] of Belial [shall bee] all of them as thornes thrust away, because they cannot be taken with hands, 2 Samuel 23:7 But the man [that] shal touch them, must be fenced with yron, and the staffe of a speare, and they shall bee vtterly burnt with fire in the [same] place.
A catalogue of David's mighty men.
2 Samuel 23:8 These [be] the names of the mightie men whome Dauid had: The Tachmonite that sate in the seat, chiefe among the captaines, (the same [was] Adino the Eznite:) [hee lift vp his speare] against eight hundred, whom he slew at one time. 2 Samuel 23:9 And after him [was] Eleazar the sonne of Dodo the Ahohite, [one] of the three mightie men with Dauid, when they defied the Philistines [that] were there gathered together to battell, and the men of Israel were gone away. 2 Samuel 23:10 He arose, and smote the Philistines vntill his hand was wearie, and his hand claue vnto the sword: and the LORD wrought a great victorie that day, and the people returned after him onely to spoile. 2 Samuel 23:11 And after him [was] Shammah the sonne of Agee the Hararite: and the Philistines were gathered together into a troupe, where was a piece of ground full of lentiles: and the people fled from the Philistines. 2 Samuel 23:12 But hee stood in the midst of the ground, and defended it, and slewe the Philistines: and the LORD wrought a great victorie. 2 Samuel 23:13 And three of the thirtie chiefe went downe and came to Dauid in the haruest time, vnto the caue of Adullam: and the troupe of the Philistines pitched in the valley of Rephaim. 2 Samuel 23:14 And Dauid [was] then in an holde, and the garison of the Philistines [was] then in Bethlehem. 2 Samuel 23:15 And Dauid longed, and said, Oh that one would giue mee drinke of the water of the well of Bethlehem which is by the gate. 2 Samuel 23:16 And the three mightie men brake through the host of the Philistines, and drew water out of the Well of Bethlehem, that was by the gate, and tooke it, and brought [it] to Dauid: neuerthelesse he would not drinke thereof, but powred it out vnto the LORD. 2 Samuel 23:17 And he said, Be it farre from me, O LORD, that I should doe this: [is] not this the blood of the men that went in ieopardie of their liues? therefore he would not drinke it. These things did these three mightie men. 2 Samuel 23:18 And Abishai the brother of Ioab, the sonne of Zeruiah, was chiefe among three, and he lift vp his speare against three hundred, [and] slew [them], and had the name among three. 2 Samuel 23:19 Was hee not most honourable of three? therefore he was their captaine: howbeit, hee attained not vnto the [first] three. 2 Samuel 23:20 And Benaiah the sonne of Iehoiada the sonne of a valiant man, of Kabzeel, who had done many actes, he slew two lion-like men of Moab: hee went downe also, and slewe a Lyon in the middest of a pit in time of snow. 2 Samuel 23:21 And he slew an Egyptian a goodly man: and the Egyptian had a speare in his hand; but he went downe to him with a staffe, and plucked the speare out of the Egyptians hand, and slewe him with his owne speare. 2 Samuel 23:22 These things did Benaiah the sonne of Iehoiada, and had the name among three mightie men. 2 Samuel 23:23 Hee was more honourable then the thirtie, but hee attained not to the [first] three: and Dauid set him ouer his guard. 2 Samuel 23:24 Asahel the brother of Ioab [was] one of the thirtie: Elhanan the sonne of Dodo of Bethlehem, 2 Samuel 23:25 Shammah the Harodite, Elika the Harodite, 2 Samuel 23:26 Helez the Paltite, Ira the sonne of Ikkesh the Tekoite, 2 Samuel 23:27 Abiezer the Anethothite, Mebunnai the Hushathite, 2 Samuel 23:28 Zalmon the Ahohite, Maharai the Netophathite, 2 Samuel 23:29 Heleb the sonne of Baanah, a Netophathite, Ittai the sonne of Ribai out of Gibeah of the children of Beniamin. 2 Samuel 23:30 Benaiah the Pirathonite, Hiddai of the brookes of Gaash, 2 Samuel 23:31 Abialbon the Arbathite, Azmaueth the Barhumite, 2 Samuel 23:32 Elihaba the Shaalbonite: of the sonnes of Iashen, Ionathan, 2 Samuel 23:33 Shammah the Hararite, Ahiam the sonne of Sharar the Hararite, 2 Samuel 23:34 Eliphelet the sonne of Ahasbai, the sonne of the Maachathite, Eliam the sonne of Ahithophel the Gilonite, 2 Samuel 23:35 Hezrai the Carmelite, Paarai the Arbite, 2 Samuel 23:36 Igal the sonne of Nathan of Zobah, Bani the Gadite, 2 Samuel 23:37 Zelek the Ammonite, Naharai the Berothite, armour-bearer to Ioab the sonne of Zeruiah, 2 Samuel 23:38 Ira an Ithrite, Gareb an Ithrite, 2 Samuel 23:39 Uriah the Hittite: thirtie and seuen in all.