2 Samuel 23
New Heart English Bible
1Now these are the last words of David. David the son of Jesse says, the man whom God raised up, the anointed of the God of Jacob, the sweet psalmist of Israel:

2"The Spirit of the LORD spoke by me. His word was on my tongue.

3The God of Jacob said, the Rock of Israel spoke to me, 'One who rules over men righteously, who rules in the fear of God,

4shall be as the light of the morning, when the sun rises, a morning without clouds, when the tender grass springs out of the earth, through clear shining after rain.'

5For is not my house like this with God? For he has made with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things, and sure. Will he not bring about my whole salvation and every desire?

6But all of the ungodly shall be as thorns to be thrust away, because they can't be taken with the hand,

7But the man who touches them must be armed with iron and the staff of a spear. They shall be utterly burned with fire in their place."

8These are the names of the warriors whom David had: Jeshbaal the son of Hachmoni, leader of the Three. He wielded his spear against eight hundred whom he killed at one time. 9After him was Eleazar the son of Dodo, the Ahohite, one of the Three warriors. He was with David in Pas Dammim when they defied the Philistines who were gathered there for battle, and the men of Israel had retreated. 10He arose, and struck the Philistines until his hand was weary, and his hand froze to the sword; and the LORD worked a great victory that day; and the people returned after him only to take spoil.

11After him was Shamma the son of Agee the Hararite. The Philistines were gathered together at Lehi, where there was a plot of ground full of lentils; and the people fled from the Philistines. 12But he stood in the midst of the plot, and defended it, and killed the Philistines; and the LORD worked a great victory.

13And three of the Thirty chief men went down, and came to David in the harvest time to the cave of Adullam; and the troop of the Philistines was camped in the Valley of Rephaim. 14David was then in the stronghold; and the garrison of the Philistines was then in Bethlehem. 15And David had a craving and said, "Oh that one would give me water to drink of the well of Bethlehem, which is by the gate." 16The Three warriors broke through the army of the Philistines, and drew water out of the well of Bethlehem, that was by the gate, and took it, and brought it to David: but he would not drink of it, but poured it out to the LORD. 17He said, "Far be it from me, LORD, that I should do this. Shall I drink the blood of the men who went in jeopardy of their lives?" Therefore he would not drink it. The Three warriors did these things.

18And Abishai, the brother of Joab, the son of Zeruiah, was leader of the Thirty. And he wielded his spear against three hundred and killed them, and had a name beside the Three. 19He was the most illustrious of the Thirty, and he became their leader. However he did not attain to the Three.

20Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was a valiant man of Kabzeel, who performed great deeds. He killed the two sons of Ariel of Moab. He also went down and killed a lion in the midst of a pit in time of snow. 21He killed an Egyptian, a man of great stature. And the Egyptian had a spear in his hand; but he went down to him with a staff, and grabbed the spear out of the Egyptian's hand, and killed him with his own spear. 22Benaiah the son of Jehoiada did these things, and had a name among the Three warriors. 23He was more honored than the Thirty, but he did not attain to the Three. David set him over his guard.

24Asahel the brother of Joab was one of the Thirty; Elhanan the son of Dodo fom Bethlehem, 25Shammah the Harodite, Elika the Harodite, 26Helez the Paltite, Ira the son of Ikkesh the Tekoite, 27Abiezer the Anathothite, Sibbekai the Hushathite, 28Zalmon the Ahohite, Maharai the Netophathite, 29Heled the son of Baanah the Netophathite, Ittai the son of Ribai of Gibeah of the people of Benjamin, 30Benaiah a Pirathonite, Hiddai of Nahale Gaash. 31Abiel son of the Arbathite, Azmaveth the Bahurimite, 32Eliahba the Shaalbonite, Jashen the Gizonite, 33Jonathan son of Shamma the Hararite, Ahiam the son of Sakar the Hararite, 34Eliphelet the son of Ahasbai the Maacathite, Eliam the son of Ahithophel the Gilonite, 35Hezrai the Carmelite, Paarai the Arbite, 36Igal the son of Nathan, from the army of the Hagrites, 37Zelek the Ammonite, Naharai the Beerothite, armor bearer to Joab the son of Zeruiah, 38Ira the Jattirite, Gareb the Jattirite, 39Uriah the Hethite: thirty-seven in all.

New Heart English Bible
Edited by Wayne A. Mitchell.
Public Domain 2008-2023

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