2 Samuel 23
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2 Samuel 23
The Last Words of David...
And these are the last words of Dawid, the saying of Dawid son of Yishai, the saying of the man raised up on high, the anointed of the Elohim of Ya`aqob, and the sweet singer of Yisra`el:
'The Spirit of YHWH has spoken through me, And His word is on my tongue.
'The Elohim of Yisra'el said, The Rock of Yisra'el spoke to me, 'One who rules over man righteously,
'Who rules in the fear of Elohim, Is like the light of the morning when the sun rises, A morning without clouds, Tender grass from the earth From sunshine, from rain.'
'For is not my house so with El? For He has made an everlasting covenant with me, Ordered in all matters, and guarded. For all my deliverance and all desire, Shall He not make it send forth a Branch?
'But the worthless are all as thorns thrust away, For they are not taken with hands,
'But the man who touches them Uses iron or the shaft of a spear, And with fire they are burned up in their place.'
David`s Mighty Men...
These are the names of the mighty men whom Dawid had: Yosheb-Basshebeth the Tahkemonite, chief among the officers, he was Adino the Etsnite, for eight hundred slain at one time.
And after him was El'azar son of Dodo, the Ahohite, one of the three mighty men with Dawid when they taunted the Philistines who were gathered there for battle, and the men of Yisra'el had gone up.
He arose and smote the Philistines until his hand was weary, but his hand clung to the sword, so YHWH brought about a great deliverance that day. And the people returned after him only to plunder.
And after him was Shammah son of Age the Hararite. And the Philistines had gathered into a company where there was a plot of ground covered with lentils, and the people fled from the Philistines.
But he took his stand in the middle of the field, and delivered it, and smote the Philistines, and YHWH wrought a great deliverance.
And three of the thirty chief men went down at harvest time and came to Dawid at the cave of Adullam, while the army of Philistines encamped in the Valley of Repha'im.
And Dawid was then in the stronghold, while a watch-post of the Philistines was then in Beyth Lehem.
And Dawid longed and said, 'Oh that someone would give me a drink of the water from the well of Beyth Lehem, which is by the gate!'
And the three mighty men broke through the camp of the Philistines, and drew water from the well of Beyth Lehem that was by the gate, and took it and brought it to Dawid. But he would not drink it, but poured it out to YHWH.
And he said, 'Far be it from me, O YHWH, to do this - the blood of the men who went at the risk of their lives!' So he would not drink it. This is what the three mighty men did.
And Abishai the brother of Yo'ab, son of Tseruyah, was chief of another three. And he lifted his spear against three hundred men whom he slew, and had a name among these three.
Was he not the most esteemed of three? And he became their commander, but he did not come to the first three.
And Benayahu was the son of Yehoyada, son of a brave man from Qabtse'el, great in deeds. He smote two lion-like men of Mo'ab. And he went down and smote a lion in the midst of a pit on a snowy day.
And he smote a Mitsrite, an impressive man. And the Mitsrite had a spear in his hand, so he went down to him with a staff, wrested the spear out of the Mitsrite's hand, and slew him with his own spear.
This is what Benayahu son of Yehoyada did, and had a name among three mighty men.
He was more esteemed than the thirty, but he did not come to the first three. And Dawid set him over his guard.
Asah'el the brother of Yo'ab was one of the thirty; Elhanan son of Dodo of Beyth Lehem,
Shammah the Harodite, Eliqa the Harodite,
Helets the Paltite, Ira son of Iqqesh the Teqowite,
Abi'ezer the Anethothite, Mebunnai the Hushathite,
Tsalmon the Ahohite, Maharai the Netophathite,
Heleb son of Ba'anah the Netophathite, Ittai son of Ribai from Gib'ah of the children of Binyamin,
Benayahu the Pirathonite, Hiddai from the wadis of Ga'ash,
Abi-Albon the Arbathite, Azmaweth the Barhumite,
Elyahba the Sha'albonite of the sons of Yashen, Yehonathan,
Shammah the Hararite, Ahyam son of Sharar the Hararite,
Eliphelet son of Ahasbai, son of the Ma'akathite, Eliyam son of Ahithophel the Gilonite,
Hetsrai the Karmelite, Pa'arai the Arbite,
Yig'al son of Nathan of Tsobah, Bani the Gadite,
Tseleq the Ammonite, Naharai the Be'erothite, armour-bearer of Yo'ab son of Tseruyah,
Ira the Yithrite, Gareb the Yithrite,
and Uriyah the Hittite - thirty-seven in all.
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