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 Now these be the last words of David. David the son of Jesse saith, and the man who was raised on high saith, the anointed of the God of Jacob, and the sweet psalmist of Israel: 2 Samuel 23:2 The spirit of the LORD spake by me, and his word was upon my tongue. 2 Samuel 23:3 The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me: One that ruleth over men righteously, that ruleth in the fear of God, 2 Samuel 23:4 [He shall be] as the light of the morning, when the sun riseth, a morning without clouds; [when] the tender grass [springeth] out of the earth, through clear shining after rain. 2 Samuel 23:5 Verily my house is not so with God; yet he hath made with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things, and sure: for it is all my salvation, and all [my] desire, although he maketh it not to grow.
The different state of the wicked.
2 Samuel 23:6 But the ungodly shall be all of them as thorns to be thrust away, for they cannot be taken with the hand: 2 Samuel 23:7 But the man that toucheth them must be armed with iron and the staff of a spear; and they shall be utterly burned with fire in [their] place.
A catalogue of David's mighty men.
2 Samuel 23:8 These be the names of the mighty men whom David had: Josheb-basshebeth a Tahchemonite, chief of the captains; the same was Adino the Eznite, against eight hundred slain at one time. 2 Samuel 23:9 And after him was Eleazar the son of Dodai the son of an 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: 2 Samuel 23:10 He 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. 2 Samuel 23:11 And after him was Shammah the son of Agce a Hararite. And the Philistines were gathered together into a troop, where was a plot of ground full of lentils; and the people fled from the Philistines. 2 Samuel 23:12 But he stood in the midst of the plot, and defended it, and slew the Philistines: and the LORD wrought a great victory. 2 Samuel 23:13 And 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 were encamped in the valley of Rephaim. 2 Samuel 23:14 And David was then in the hold, and the garrison of the Philistines was then in Beth-lehem. 2 Samuel 23:15 And David longed and said, Oh that one would give me water to drink of the well of Beth-lehem which is by the gate! 2 Samuel 23:16 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: but he would not drink thereof, but poured it out unto the LORD. 2 Samuel 23:17 And he said, Be it far from me, O LORD, that I should do this: [shall I drink] the blood of the men that went in jeopardy of their lives? therefore he would not drink it. These things did the three mighty men. 2 Samuel 23:18 And Abishai, the brother of Joab, the son of Zeruiah, was chief of the three. And he lifted up his spear against three hundred and slew them, and had a name among the three. 2 Samuel 23:19 Was he not most honourable of the three? therefore he was made their captain: howbeit he attained not unto the [first] three. 2 Samuel 23:20 And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, the son of a valiant man of Kabzeel, who had done mighty deeds, he slew the two [sons of] Ariel of Moab: he went down also and slew a lion in the midst of a pit in time of snow: 2 Samuel 23:21 And 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. 2 Samuel 23:22 These things did Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and had a name among the three mighty men. 2 Samuel 23:23 He was more honourable than the thirty, but he attained not to the [first] three. And David set him over his guard. 2 Samuel 23:24 Asahel the brother of Joab was one of the thirty; Elhanan the son of Dodo of Beth-lehem; 2 Samuel 23:25 Shammah the Harodite, Elika the Harodite; 2 Samuel 23:26 Helez the Paltite, Ira the son of Ikkesh the Tekoite; 2 Samuel 23:27 Abiezer the Anathothite, Mebunnai the Hushathite; 2 Samuel 23:28 Zalmon the Ahohite, Maharai the Netophathite; 2 Samuel 23:29 Heleb the son of Baanah the Netophathite, Ittai the son of Ribai of Gibeah of the children of Benjamin; 2 Samuel 23:30 Benaiah a Pirathonite, Hiddai of the brooks of Gaash; 2 Samuel 23:31 Abi-albon the Arbathite, Azmaveth the Barhumite; 2 Samuel 23:32 Eliahba the Shaalbonite, the sons of Jashen, Jonathan; 2 Samuel 23:33 Shammah the Hararite, Ahiam the son of Sharar the Ararite; 2 Samuel 23:34 Eliphelet the son of Ahasbai, the son of the Maacathite, Eliam the son of Ahithophel the Gilonite; 2 Samuel 23:35 Hezro the Carmelite, Paarai the Arbite; 2 Samuel 23:36 Igal the son of Nathan of Zobah, Bani the Gadite; 2 Samuel 23:37 Zelek the Ammonite, Naharai the Beerothite, armourbearers to Joab the son of Zeruiah; 2 Samuel 23:38 Ira the Ithrite, Gareb the Ithrite; 2 Samuel 23:39 Uriah the Hittite: thirty and seven in all.