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2Samuel 23
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David’s Last Words

23These are the last words of David: "David, the son of Jesse, speaks - David, the man who was raised up so high, David, the man anointed by the God of Jacob, David, the sweet psalmist of Israel.H314H1697H1732H1732H1121H3448H5002H1397H6965H5920H4899H430H3290H5273H2158H3478H5002 2"The Spirit of the LORD speaks through me; his words are upon my tongue.H7307H3068H1696H4405H3956 3The God of Israel spoke. The Rock of Israel said to me: 'The one who rules righteously, who rules in the fear of God,H430H3478H559H6697H3478H1696H4910H120H6662H4910H3374H430 4is like the light of morning at sunrise, like a morning without clouds, like the gleaming of the sun on new grass after rain.'H216H1242H8121H2224H1242H3808H5645H1877H776H5051H4306 5"Is it not my family God has chosen? Yes, he has made an everlasting covenant with me. His agreement is arranged and guaranteed in every detail. He will ensure my safety and success.H1004H410H7760H5769H1285H6186H8104H3468H2656H6779 6But the godless are like thorns to be thrown away, for they tear the hand that touches them.H1100H6975H5074H3947H3027 7One must use iron tools to chop them down; they will be totally consumed by fire."H376H5060H4390H1270H6086H2595H8313H8313H784H7675

David’s Mightiest Warriors

8These are the names of David's mightiest warriors. The first was Jashobeam the Hacmonite, who was leader of the Three - the three mightiest warriors among David's men. He once used his spear to kill 800 enemy warriors in a single battle.H8034H1368H1732H8461H3427H7675H3429H7218H7991H5722H6112H8083H3967H2491H259H6471 9Next in rank among the Three was Eleazar son of Dodai, a descendant of Ahoah. Once Eleazar and David stood together against the Philistines when the entire Israelite army had fled.H310H499H1121H1734H266H7969H1368H1732H2778H6430H622H4421H376H3478H5927 10He killed Philistines until his hand was too tired to lift his sword, and the LORD gave him a great victory that day. The rest of the army did not return until it was time to collect the plunder!H6965H5221H6430H3588H3027H3021H3027H1692H2719H3068H6213H1419H8668H3117H5971H7725H310H6584 11Next in rank was Shammah son of Agee from Harar. One time the Philistines gathered at Lehi and attacked the Israelites in a field full of lentils. The Israelite army fled,H310H8048H1121H89H2043H6430H622H2416H2513H7704H4392H5742H5971H5127H6440H6430 12but Shammah held his ground in the middle of the field and beat back the Philistines. So the LORD brought about a great victory.H3320H8432H2513H5337H5221H6430H3068H6213H1419H8668 13Once during the harvest, when David was at the cave of Adullam, the Philistine army was camped in the valley of Rephaim. The Three (who were among the Thirty - an elite group among David's fighting men) went down to meet him there.H7969H7970H7970H7218H3381H935H1732H7105H4631H5725H2416H6430H2583H6010H7497 14David was staying in the stronghold at the time, and a Philistine detachment had occupied the town of Bethlehem.H1732H4686H4673H6430H1035 15David remarked longingly to his men, "Oh, how I would love some of that good water from the well by the gate in Bethlehem."H1732H183H559H8248H4325H953H1035H8179 16So the Three broke through the Philistine lines, drew some water from the well by the gate in Bethlehem, and brought it back to David. But he refused to drink it. Instead, he poured it out as an offering to the LORD.H7969H1368H1234H4264H6430H7579H4325H953H1035H8179H5375H935H1732H14H8354H5258H3068 17"The LORD forbid that I should drink this!" he exclaimed. "This water is as precious as the blood of these men who risked their lives to bring it to me." So David did not drink it. These are examples of the exploits of the Three.H559H2486H3068H6213H1818H582H1980H5315H14H8354H6213H7969H1368

David’s Thirty Mighty Men

18Abishai son of Zeruiah, the brother of Joab, was the leader of the Thirty. He once used his spear to kill 300 enemy warriors in a single battle. It was by such feats that he became as famous as the Three.H52H251H3097H1121H6870H7218H7992H5782H2595H7969H3967H2491H8034H7969 19Abishai was the most famous of the Thirty and was their commander, though he was not one of the Three.H3513H7969H8269H935H7969 20There was also Benaiah son of Jehoiada, a valiant warrior from Kabzeel. He did many heroic deeds, which included killing two champions of Moab. Another time, on a snowy day, he chased a lion down into a pit and killed it.H1141H1121H3077H1121H2428H376H381H6909H7227H6467H5221H8147H739H4124H3381H5221H738H8432H953H3117H7950 21Once, armed only with a club, he killed a great Egyptian warrior who was armed with a spear. Benaiah wrenched the spear from the Egyptian's hand and killed him with it.H2026H4713H4758H376H4713H2595H3027H3381H7626H1497H2595H4713H3027H5221H2595 22Deeds like these made Benaiah as famous as the Three mightiest warriors.H6213H1141H1121H3077H8034H7969H1368 23He was more honored than the other members of the Thirty, though he was not one of the Three. And David made him captain of his bodyguard.H3513H7970H935H7969H1732H7760H4928 24Other members of the Thirty included: Asahel, Joab's brother; Elhanan son of Dodo from Bethlehem;H6214H251H3097H7970H445H1121H1734H1035 25Shammah from Harod; Elika from Harod;H8048H2733H470H2733 26Helez from Pelon; Ira son of Ikkesh from Tekoa;H2503H6407H5896H1121H6142H8621 27Abiezer from Anathoth; Sibbecai from Hushah;H44H6069H4012H2843 28Zalmon from Ahoah; Maharai from Netophah;H6756H266H4121H5200 29Heled son of Baanah from Netophah; Ithai son of Ribai from Gibeah (in the land of Benjamin);H2460H1121H1196H5200H863H1121H7380H1390H1121H1144 30Benaiah from Pirathon; Hurai from Nahale-gaash;H1141H6553H1914H5158H1608 31Abi-albon from Arabah; Azmaveth from Bahurim;H45H6164H5820H1273 32Eliahba from Shaalbon; the sons of Jashen; JonathanH455H8170H1121H3464H3083 33son of Shagee from Harar; Ahiam son of Sharar from Harar;H8048H2043H279H1121H8325H2043 34Eliphelet son of Ahasbai from Maacah; Eliam son of Ahithophel from Giloh;H467H1121H308H1121H4602H463H1121H302H1526 35Hezro from Carmel; Paarai from Arba;H2695H3761H6474H701 36Igal son of Nathan from Zobah; Bani from Gad;H3008H1121H5416H6678H1137H1425 37Zelek from Ammon; Naharai from Beeroth, Joab's armor bearer;H6768H5984H5171H886H5375H3627H3097H1121H6870 38Ira from Jattir; Gareb from Jattir;H5896H3505H1619H3505 39Uriah the Hittite. There were thirty-seven in all.H223H2850H7970H7651


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