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 These also be the last wordes of Dauid: Dauid the sonne of Isai said: and ye man which was ordayned the annoynted of the God of Iacob and the sweete Psalmist of Israel, sayde: 2 Samuel 23:2 The spirite of the Lorde spake by me, and his word was in my tongue. 2 Samuel 23:3 The God of Israel spake to me, euen the most mightie of Israel sayde: A ruler ouer men being iust, ruling in ye feare of God: 2 Samuel 23:4 And as the morning lyght when the sunne is vp, a morning in which are no cloudes, [so shal my house be, but not] as the grasse of the earth is by bryghtnesse and rayne. 2 Samuel 23:5 For so shal not my house be with God: For he hath made with me an euerlasting couenaunt, perfect and sure in all poyntes: and this is truly all my health, and all my desyre, that it growe, but not as grasse.
The different state of the wicked.
2 Samuel 23:6 But the vngodly man, shall be as a thorne cleane pluckt vp, which can not be taken with handes: 2 Samuel 23:7 But the man that shall touche them, must be defenced with iron, or with the shaft of a speare, and they shalbe 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 whom Dauid had: One that sate in the seate of wisedome, being chiefest among the princes, was Adino of Ezni, he slue eyght hundred at one tyme. 2 Samuel 23:9 After him was Eliazar the sonne of Dodo the sonne of Ahohi, one of the three worthies with Dauid, which defyed the Philistines that were there gathered together to battaile, when the men of Israel were gone vp. 2 Samuel 23:10 He arose and layed on the Philistines, vntill his hand was weery, and claue vnto the sword: And the Lorde gaue great victory the same day, and the people returned after him, only to spoyle. 2 Samuel 23:11 After him was Samma the sonne of Age the Hararite: & the Philistines gathered together besyde a towne, where was a parcell of land full of lentils, and the people fled from the Philistines: 2 Samuel 23:12 But he stoode in ye middest of the groud, and defended it, & slue the Philistines: and the Lorde gaue great victorie. 2 Samuel 23:13 These three (which were of the thirtie chiefe captaines) went downe to Dauid in the haruest tyme vnto the caue Adullam: and the hoast of the Philistines pytched in the valley of giauntes. 2 Samuel 23:14 And Dauid was then in an houlde, and the souldiers of ye Philistines were in Bethlehem. 2 Samuel 23:15 And Dauid longed, & saide: Oh that I had of the water that is in the wel by the gate of Bethlehem for to drynke. 2 Samuel 23:16 And the three mightie brake through the hoast of the Philistines, & drue water out of the well of Bethlehem that was by the gate, and toke and brought it to Dauid: Neuerthelesse he would not drinke thereof, but powred it vnto the Lorde, 2 Samuel 23:17 And saide, The Lorde forbyd that I should do so: Is not this the blood of the men that went in ieoperdie of theyr lyues? & therefore he would not drinke it. And these thinges did these three mightie men. 2 Samuel 23:18 Abisai the brother of Ioab the sonne of Zaruia, was chiefe among the three, & he lyft vp his speare against three hundred, and slue them, & had the name among the three: 2 Samuel 23:19 For he was most excellent of the three, and was their captayne: Howbeit he attayned not vnto [the first] three. 2 Samuel 23:20 And Banaiah the sonne of Iehoida the sonne of a mightie man, valiaunt in actes, of Rabzeel, slue two strog men of Moab: He went downe also, and slue a lion in the middest of a pit in time of snowe. 2 Samuel 23:21 And he slue an Egyptian a goodly bigge 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 slue him with his owne speare. 2 Samuel 23:22 These thinges did Banaiah ye sonne of Iehoida, and had the name among the three worthies. 2 Samuel 23:23 He was honorable among thirtie, but he attayned not to [the first] three: And Dauid made him of his counsel. 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 Samma the Harodite, Elica the Harodite, 2 Samuel 23:26 Helez the Paltite, Ira the sonne of Acces the Thecoite: 2 Samuel 23:27 Abiezer of Anathoth, Mebunnai ye Husathite: 2 Samuel 23:28 Zelmon an Ahohite, Maharai the Netophathite: 2 Samuel 23:29 Heleb the sonne of Baanah an Netophatite, Ithai the sonne of Ribai out of Gibea of the children of Beniamin: 2 Samuel 23:30 Banaiah the Pirathonite, Heddai of the ryuer of Gaas: 2 Samuel 23:31 Abialbon the Arbathite, Asmaueth the Barhumite: 2 Samuel 23:32 Eliahba a Saalbonite: of the sonnes of Iasen, Ionathan: 2 Samuel 23:33 Samma the Hararite, Ahiam ye sonne of Sarar an Hararite: 2 Samuel 23:34 Eliphelet ye sonne of Aasbai the sonne of Maachathi, 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 Zoba, Bani the Gadite: 2 Samuel 23:37 Zelec the Ammonite, Naharai the Berothite, which was the harnesse bearer of Ioab the sonne of Zaruia: 2 Samuel 23:38 Ira the Iethrite, Gareb ye Iethrite: 2 Samuel 23:39 Aria the Hethite: thirtie and seuen in all.