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 be the last sayinges of Dauid. Dauid the sonne of Isay sayde. And the man (which was made, the anoynted of the God of Iacob, and the noble Psalmist of Israel) sayde: 2 Samuel 23:2 þe sprete of the Lorde spake by me, & his worde was in my tonge. 2 Samuel 23:3 The God of Israel spake of me, euen þe most myghtie of Israel, sayde: he þt beareth rule ouer men, ought to rule iustlye in þe feare of God. 2 Samuel 23:4 And as þe mornynge lyght when the sonne is vp, a mornynge in whych are no cloudes to lett the bryghtnesse, and as the grasse of the erth is by the vertue of the rayne. 2 Samuel 23:5 Shall not my house be so wt God? For he hath made with me an euerlastinge couenaunt, perfecte and sure in all poyntes & this is truly all my health & all my desire þt it growe but not as grasse.
The different state of the wicked.
2 Samuel 23:6 But þe vngodly man of Belial shall be as a thorne cleane pluckt vp, which can not be taken wt handes: 2 Samuel 23:7 But the man that shall touche them, must haue yron, or a longe helue. Or els must they be burnt with fyre in the same place.
A catalogue of David's mighty men.
2 Samuel 23:8 These be the names of the myghtye men whom Dauid had: one þt satt in þe seat of wisdome, beinge chefest amonge thre, pleasaunt was he and stronge: he slue eyght hundred at one tyme. 2 Samuel 23:9 After him was Eleazar the sonne of Dodi the sonne of Ahohi, one of the thre worthies wt Dauid, which defyed the Phylistines that were there geathered together to battell: whan the men of Israel were gone vp. 2 Samuel 23:10 He arose & layed on the Philistines, vntyll hys hande was werye, and claue vnto the swerde. And the Lorde gaue great victorye the same daye. And the people returned, and went after him to runne to the spoyle. 2 Samuel 23:11 After him was Samma the sonne of Age the Hararite: and the Philistines geathered together besyde a towne. (Where was a parcell of lande full of ryce) and the people fled from the Philistines. 2 Samuel 23:12 But he stode in the myddes of the grounde, and defended it, and slue the Philistines. And the the Lorde gaue great victorye. 2 Samuel 23:13 These thre (which were of the thirtye chefe captaynes) went downe to Dauid in þe haruest tyme vnto the caue Adullam, & the hoost of the Philistines abode in the valeye of Geauntes. 2 Samuel 23:14 And Dauid was then in an holde. And the Soudioures of the Philistines were in Bethlehem. 2 Samuel 23:15 And Dauid longed and sayde. Oh, that I had of the water that is in the well by the gate of Bethlehem, for to drincke. 2 Samuel 23:16 And the thre myghtie brake thorowe the Host of the Philistines, & fett water out of the well of Bethlehem that was by the gate, and toke and brought it to Dauid: Neuerthelesse he wolde not dryncke therof, but offered it vnto the Lorde, 2 Samuel 23:17 and sayde: the Lorde forbyd that I shulde do so. Is not this the bloude of the men that wente in ieopardye of their lyues? and therfore he wolde not dryncke it. And these thinges dyd these thre myghtie men. 2 Samuel 23:18 Abisai the brother of Ioab, þe sonne of Saruiah, was chefe amonge the thre, and he lyfte vp hys speare agaynst thre hundred, & slue them, and had the name amonge the thre. 2 Samuel 23:19 For he was nobler man then the thre and was their captayne. Howbeit he attayned not vnto thre. 2 Samuel 23:20 And Banaiahu the sonne of Iehoiada (þe sonne of a myghtie man) valyant in actes, of kabzeel, slue two stronge lyons, euen lyons of Moab. He went downe also, & slue a lyon in a pyt in tyme of snowe. 2 Samuel 23:21 And he slue an Egypcyan, a goodly bygge man, which had a speare in his hande. But he went downe to him with a staffe, and plucked the speare out of the Egypcians hande, and slue him wt hys awne speare. 2 Samuel 23:22 These thynges did Banaiahu the sonne of Iehoiada, & had the name amonge the thre worthies. 2 Samuel 23:23 He was honorable amonge thirtye, but he attayned not to þe (first) thre. And Dauid made him of hys councell. 2 Samuel 23:24 Asahel the brother of Ioab also was one of the thirtye. Then Elhanan the sonne of Dodo of Bethlehem: 2 Samuel 23:25 Samma the haronite: Elica the Harodite: 2 Samuel 23:26 Helez the Paltite: Ira the sonne of Akes the Thekoite: 2 Samuel 23:27 Abiezer of Anathoth: Meobnai the Husathite: 2 Samuel 23:28 Zelmon an Ahohite: Maharai the Netophatite: 2 Samuel 23:29 Heleb the sonne of Baanah an Netophatite: Ithai the sonne of Ribai out of an hill of the chyldren of Beniamin: 2 Samuel 23:30 Banaiahu the Phiratonite: Hedai, of the ryuer of Gaas: 2 Samuel 23:31 Abialbon the Arbathite: Asmaueth a Barhumite: 2 Samuel 23:32 Elihaba a Saalbonite: and the sonnes of Iasen, Ionathas. 2 Samuel 23:33 Samma the Hararite. Ahiam the sonne of Sarar an Hararite: 2 Samuel 23:34 Eliphelet the sonne of Aasbai the sonne of a Maachathite: Eliam the sonne of Aithophel 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 an Amonite: Naharai a Berothyte, which was the harnesberer of Ioab þe sonne of Zaruia. 2 Samuel 23:38 Ira the Iethrite: Gareb þe Iethrite 2 Samuel 23:39 Uria the Hethite, thirtye & seuen in all.