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2 Samuel 23 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 23:1 - Now these are the last words of David.

Thus says David the son of Jesse;
Thus says the man raised up on high,
The anointed of the God of Jacob,
And the sweet psalmist of Israel:

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 23:2 - “The Spirit of the LORD spoke by me,
And His word was on my tongue.

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 23:3 - The God of Israel said,
The Rock of Israel spoke to me:
‘He who rules over men must be just,
Ruling in the fear of God.

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 23:4 - And he shall be like the light of the morning when the sun rises,
A morning without clouds,
Like the tender grass springing out of the earth,
By clear shining after rain.’

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 23:5 - “Although my house is not so with God,
Yet He has made with me an everlasting covenant,
Ordered in all things and secure.
For this is all my salvation and all my desire;
Will He not make it increase?

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 23:6 - But the sons of rebellion shall all be as thorns thrust away,
Because they cannot be taken with hands.

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 23:7 - But the man who touches them
Must be armed with iron and the shaft of a spear,
And they shall be utterly burned with fire in their place.”

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 23:8 - These are the names of the mighty men whom David had: Josheb-Basshebeth[fn] the Tachmonite, chief among the captains.[fn] He was called Adino the Eznite, because he had killed eight hundred men at one time.

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 23:9 - And after him was Eleazar the son of Dodo,[fn] the Ahohite, one of the three mighty men with David when they defied the Philistines who were gathered there for battle, and the men of Israel had retreated.

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 23:10 - He arose and attacked the Philistines until his hand was weary, and his hand stuck to the sword. The LORD brought about a great victory that day; and the people returned after him only to plunder.

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 23:11 - And after him was Shammah the son of Agee the Hararite. The Philistines had gathered together into a troop where there was a piece of ground full of lentils. So the people fled from the Philistines.

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 23:12 - But he stationed himself in the middle of the field, defended it, and killed the Philistines. So the LORD brought about a great victory.

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 23:13 - Then three of the thirty chief men went down at harvest time and came to David at the cave of Adullam. And the troop of Philistines encamped in the Valley of Rephaim.

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 23:14 - David was then in the stronghold, and the garrison of the Philistines was then in Bethlehem.

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 23:15 - And David said with longing, “Oh, that someone would give me a drink of the water from the well of Bethlehem, which is by the gate!”

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 23:16 - So the three mighty men broke through the camp of the Philistines, drew water from the well of Bethlehem that was by the gate, and took it and brought it to David. Nevertheless he would not drink it, but poured it out to the LORD.

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 23:17 - And he said, “Far be it from me, O LORD, that I should do this! Is this not the blood of the men who went in jeopardy of their lives?” Therefore he would not drink it. These things were done by the three mighty men.

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 23:18 - Now Abishai the brother of Joab, the son of Zeruiah, was chief of another three.[fn] He lifted his spear against three hundred men, killed them, and won a name among these three.

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 23:19 - Was he not the most honored of three? Therefore he became their captain. However, he did not attain to the first three.

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 23:20 - Benaiah was the son of Jehoiada, the son of a valiant man from Kabzeel, who had done many deeds. He had killed two lion-like heroes of Moab. He also had gone down and killed a lion in the midst of a pit on a snowy day.

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 23:21 - And he killed an Egyptian, a spectacular man. The Egyptian had a spear in his hand; so he went down to him with a staff, wrested the spear out of the Egyptian’s hand, and killed him with his own spear.

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 23:22 - These things Benaiah the son of Jehoiada did, and won a name among three mighty men.

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 23:23 - He was more honored than the thirty, but he did not attain to the first three. And David appointed him over his guard.

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 23:24 - Asahel the brother of Joab was one of the thirty; Elhanan the son of Dodo of Bethlehem,

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 23:25 - Shammah the Harodite, Elika the Harodite,

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 23:26 - Helez the Paltite, Ira the son of Ikkesh the Tekoite,

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 23:27 - Abiezer the Anathothite, Mebunnai the Hushathite,

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 23:28 - Zalmon the Ahohite, Maharai the Netophathite,

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 23:29 - Heleb the son of Baanah (the Netophathite), Ittai the son of Ribai from Gibeah of the children of Benjamin,

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 23:30 - Benaiah a Pirathonite, Hiddai from the brooks of Gaash,

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 23:31 - Abi-Albon the Arbathite, Azmaveth the Barhumite,

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 23:32 - Eliahba the Shaalbonite (of the sons of Jashen), Jonathan,

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 23:33 - Shammah the Hararite, Ahiam the son of Sharar the Hararite,

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 23:34 - Eliphelet the son of Ahasbai, the son of the Maachathite, Eliam the son of Ahithophel the Gilonite,

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 23:35 - Hezrai[fn] the Carmelite, Paarai the Arbite,

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 23:36 - Igal the son of Nathan of Zobah, Bani the Gadite,

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 23:37 - Zelek the Ammonite, Naharai the Beerothite (armorbearer of Joab the son of Zeruiah),

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 23:38 - Ira the Ithrite, Gareb the Ithrite,

Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 23:39 - and Uriah the Hittite: thirty-seven in all.
NKJV Footnotes
Literally One Who Sits in the Seat (compare 1 Chronicles 11:11)
Following Masoretic Text and Targum; Septuagint and Vulgate read the three.
Spelled Dodai in 1 Chronicles 27:4
Following Masoretic Text, Septuagint, and Vulgate; some Hebrew manuscripts and Syriac read thirty; Targum reads the mighty men.
Spelled Hezro in 1 Chronicles 11:37
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