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, are the last words of David,The oracle of David, son of Jesse, Yea the oracle of The man raised up on high, The Anointed of the God of Jacob, the Delight of the Songs of Israel: 2 Samuel 23:2 The Spirit of Yahweh, spake in me,And, his word, was on my tongue; 2 Samuel 23:3 Said the God of Israel, Unto me, spake the Rock of Israel:One Ruling over Men, A Righteous One, ruling in the reverence of God, 2 Samuel 23:4 Is even as the light of the morning when ariseth the sun,A morning, without clouds, [As] from brightness, [and] from rain, the fresh shoots out of the earth. 2 Samuel 23:5 When, not so, was my house with GOD, Then, a covenant age-abiding, he appointed me, Ordered in all things and guarded, Now that it is all my salvation and all my desire, Will he not make it shoot forth?
The different state of the wicked.
2 Samuel 23:6 But, as for the abandoned, like thorns to be tossed away are they all,For, not with the hand, can they be taken; 2 Samuel 23:7 But, the man that would touch them, Must fence himself with iron, and the shaft of a spear,Then, with fire, shall they be, consumed, on the spot!
A catalogue of David's mighty men.
2 Samuel 23:8 These, are the names of the mighty men, who belonged to David,The president a Tachmonite head of the charioteers, the same, was Adino the Eznite, for eight hundred, slain at one time. 2 Samuel 23:9 And, after him, Eleazar son of Dodo, son of Ahohi,in the hero-class of mighty men, with David, when they reproached the Philistines, they were gathered together there to battle, but the men of Israel had gone up; 2 Samuel 23:10 he, however, arose and smote among the Philistines until his hand was weary, and his hand clave unto his sword, so Yahweh wrought a great victory on that day,the people, coming back after him, only to strip the slain. 2 Samuel 23:11 And, after him, Shammah son of Agee, the Hararite,and, when the Philistines were gathered together into a troop, there being at hand an allotment of field-land full of lentils, but, the people, having fled from the face of the Philistines, 2 Samuel 23:12 then took he his stand in the midst of the allotment, and defended it, and smote the Philistines,and Yahweh wrought a great victory. 2 Samuel 23:13 And three of the thirty chiefs descended, and came in, towards harvest, unto David, unto the cave of Adullam,although, a troop of Philistines, were encamped in the vale of Rephaim; 2 Samuel 23:14 and, David, then was in a stronghold,and, a garrison of Philistines, was then in Bethlehem. 2 Samuel 23:15 And David longed, and said,Who will give me to drink water out of the well of Bethlehem, that is within the gate? 2 Samuel 23:16 And the three mighty men brake through the camp of Philistines, and drew water out of the well of Bethlehem, that was within the gate, and bare it, and brought it in unto David,yet would he not drink, but poured it out unto Yahweh, 2 Samuel 23:17 and saidBe it far from me, O Yahweh, that I should do this! is it not the blood of the men who went with their lives [in their hands]? So he would not drink it. These things, did the three mighty men. 2 Samuel 23:18 And. Abishai brother of Joab son of Zeruiah, he, was chief of three, in that he brandished his spear against three hundred whom he slew; and, he, had a name among three. 2 Samuel 23:19 Was he not most honourable, of the three, and so became their captain? Nevertheless, unto the three, he attained not. 2 Samuel 23:20 Benaiah also, son of Jehoiadah, son of an active man, hero of many a deed, a man of Kabzeel, he, smote the two sons of Ariel of Moab, he, also went down and smote a lion in the midst of a pit, on a day of snow; 2 Samuel 23:21 he, also smote an Egyptian, who was of valiant bearing, and, in the hand of the Egyptian, was a spear, but he went down unto him with a staff,and wrested the spear out of the hand of the Egyptian, and slew him with his own spear. 2 Samuel 23:22 These things, did Benaiah son of Jehoiada, and, he, had a name among three mighty men. 2 Samuel 23:23 He was the most honourable, of thirty, although, unto the three, he attained no,so David added him to his council. 2 Samuel 23:24 Asahel, brother of Joab, was among the thirty,Elhanan, son of Dodo, of Bethlehem; 2 Samuel 23:25 Shammah, the Harodite; Elika, the Harodite; 2 Samuel 23:26 Helez, the Paltite, Ira, 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, son of Baanah, the Netophathite,Ittai, son of Ribai, of Gibeah, of the sons of Benjamin; 2 Samuel 23:30 Benaiah, a Pirathonite, Hiddai, of the torrents of Gaash; 2 Samuel 23:31 Abi-albon, the Arbathite, Azmaveth, the Barhumite; 2 Samuel 23:32 Eliahba, the Shaalbonite, (Of) the sons of Jashen, Jonathan; 2 Samuel 23:33 Shammah, the Hararite, Ahiam, son of Sharar, the Ararite; 2 Samuel 23:34 Eliphelet, son of Ahasbai, son of the Maacathite. Eliam, son of Ahithophel, the Gilonite. 2 Samuel 23:35 Hezro, the Carmelite, Paarai, the Arbite; 2 Samuel 23:36 Igal, son of Nathan, of Zobah, Bani, the Gadite; 2 Samuel 23:37 Zelek, the Ammonite,Naharai, the Beerothite, armour bearers to Joab son of Zeruiah; 2 Samuel 23:38 Ira, the Ithrite, Gareb, the Ithrite; 2 Samuel 23:39 Uriah, the Hittite, In all, thirty and seven.