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 saynges of Dauid. Dauid þe sonne of Isai said: And the man is lyfte vp on hye; the anointed of þe God of Iacob and pleasaunt Psalmist of Israel sayde, 2 Samuel 23:2 the spyryt of the Lord spake in me, and his wordes were on my tonge. 2 Samuel 23:3 The God of Israel spake vnto me, and the strength of Israel sayde, he that beareth rule ouer men, he that ruleth iustly in the feare of God. 2 Samuel 23:4 And he shalbe as the mornynge lyght, when the sunne shyneth in a mornynge in whyche are no cloudes to lette the bryghtnesse, and as the grasse of the earthe is by the vertue of the raygne. 2 Samuel 23:5 And is not myne house so with God? in that he hath made wyth me an euerlastyng couenaunt perfecte in all poyntes: and in that he shall fulfyll all that is healthe some vnto me, and all my desyres therto.
The different state of the wicked.
2 Samuel 23:6 When the vnthriftye men are all of them as thornes taken out of their places, whiche can not be taken with handes: 2 Samuel 23:7 But the man that shal touch them, muste be armed wyth yron on a longe helue. And then shall they be burnt with fyre to syt therby.
A catalogue of David's mighty men.
2 Samuel 23:8 These be the names of the myghty men that were about Dauid Ioseb of Sebeth the Thachmonite, fyrst of thre, otherwyse called Adino the Azonite, whiche slue .viij. hundred at one tyme. 2 Samuel 23:9 And nexte to hym Eleazar þe sonne of Dodi the sonne of Ahohi, one of þe thre princypall that were with Dauid, which when they defyed the Philistines that were there gathered together in battell (and the men of Israel were gone vp) 2 Samuel 23:10 arose and layed on þe Philistines vntil his hande aked and claue vnto the swerde. And the Lorde made a great victory the same day. And the people returned and went after him onely to spoile. 2 Samuel 23:11 After him was Sema the sonne of Ageh the Hararite, (whiche when the Philistines were gathered together in Lahaia where was a parcell of lande full of ryce, and the people were fled for feare of the Philistines) 2 Samuel 23:12 stode in the middes of the sayde grounde, and defended it & slue the Philistines. And the Lorde gaue hym a great vyctory. 2 Samuel 23:13 And these thre of the thirtye of the Lordes went doune and came to Dauid in the haruest tyme vnto the caue Odolom. And the Host of the Philistines had pytched in the valeye of Geauntes. 2 Samuel 23:14 And Dauid was then in an hold. And the Soudioures of the Philistines were then in Bethlehem. 2 Samuel 23:15 And Dauid longed and sayde: Oh, that I had of the water that is in the wel in the gate of Bethlehem for to drynke. 2 Samuel 23:16 And anone the thre mightie brake thorow the Hoste of the Philistines and fet water out of the well of Bethlehem that was in the gate, and toke, and brought it to Dauid. Neuerthelesse he woulde no dryncke therof, but offered it vnto the Lorde 2 Samuel 23:17 and sayde: the Lorde forbyd that I shoulde do so, shoulde I dryncke the bloude of men that were in ieopardy of their lyues? & so he woulde not dryncke it. These thinges dyd these thre mighty men. 2 Samuel 23:18 Then Abisai þe brother of Ioab, the sonne of Zaruiah, he was a captayne ouer the thre, and he lift vs his speare agaynst the hundred and slue them, & was named with the thre. 2 Samuel 23:19 For he was nobler man then the thre and was their capitayne. How be it he attayneth not vnto those thre in actes. 2 Samuel 23:20 Then Banaiah the sonne of Iehoiada the sonne of a lusty man valiant in actes of Kabzeel, he slue two lyons of Moab. He went doune and slue a lion in a pit in time of snow. 2 Samuel 23:21 And he slue an Egiptian a goodly man which had a speare in his hand. And Banaiah went doune to him with a staffe, and plucked the speare out of the Egipcians hande, and slue him with his owne speare. 2 Samuel 23:22 Suche thinges did Banaiah the sonne of Iehoiada 2 Samuel 23:23 and was the noblest of thirtie. But not like to anye of the thre in factes of warre. And Dauid made him of his counsel. 2 Samuel 23:24 Asahel the brother of Ioab was one of the thirtye. Then Elehanan the sonne of Dodo of Bethlehem: 2 Samuel 23:25 Semah the Harodite: Elica the Harodite: 2 Samuel 23:26 Helez the Paltite: Ira the sonne of Akes the Thekoite: 2 Samuel 23:27 Abiezer of Anathoth: Mobonai the Husathite: 2 Samuel 23:28 Zelmon an Ahohite: Maharai the Netophathite: 2 Samuel 23:29 Heleb the sonne of Baanah an Netophathite: Ithai the sonne of Ribai of Gabaah a citie of the chyldren of Beniamin: 2 Samuel 23:30 Banaiah the Pharathonite: Hedai of the riuer of Gaas: 2 Samuel 23:31 Abialbon the Arbathite: Asmaueth the Berhomite: 2 Samuel 23:32 Elihaba a Salabonite: Of the sonnes of Iasen Ionathas: 2 Samuel 23:33 Semah the Harorite: Ahiam the sonne of Sarar an Ararite: 2 Samuel 23:34 Eliphelet the sonne of Aasbai the sonne of a Maachathite: Eliam the sonne of Ahithophel the Gilonite: 2 Samuel 23:35 Hezrai the Carmelite. Pharai the Arbite: 2 Samuel 23:36 Igaal the sonne of Nathan of Zobah: Bani the Gadite: 2 Samuel 23:37 Zelec an Amonite: Naharai a Berathite the harnesbearer of Ioab the sonne of Zaruiah: 2 Samuel 23:38 Ira the Iethrite: Gareb the Iethrite 2 Samuel 23:39 Vriah the Hethithe: in all thirthy and seuen.