2SAM 23:1 Now these are the last words of David. David the son of Jesse said, and the man who was raised on high, the anointed of the God of Jacob, and the sweet psalmist of Israel, said,
2SAM 23:2 The Spirit of the LORD spoke by me, and his word was on my tongue.
2SAM 23:3 The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spoke to me, He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God.
2SAM 23:4 And he shall be as the light of the morning, when the sun riseth, even a morning without clouds; as the tender grass springing out of the earth by clear shining after rain.
2SAM 23:5 Although my house is not so with God; yet he hath made with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things, and sure: for this is all my salvation, and all my desire, although he maketh it not to grow.
2SAM 23:6 But the sons of Belial shall be all of them as thorns thrust away, because they cannot be taken with hands:
2SAM 23:7 But the man that shall touch them must be fenced with iron and the staff of a spear; and they shall be utterly burned with fire in the same place.
2SAM 23:8 These are the names of the mighty men whom David had: The Tachmonite that sat in the seat, chief among the captains; the same was Adino the Eznite: he lifted up his spear against eight hundred, whom he slew at one time.
2SAM 23:9 And after him was Eleazar the son of Dodo the Ahohite, one of the three mighty men with David, when they defied the Philistines that were there assembled to battle, and the men of Israel had gone away:
2SAM 23:10 He arose, and smote the Philistines until his hand was weary, and his hand adhered to the sword: and the LORD wrought a great victory that day; and the people returned after him only to plunder.
2SAM 23:11 And after him was Shammah the son of Agee the Hararite. And the Philistines were collected into a troop, where was a piece of ground full of lentils: and the people fled from the Philistines.
2SAM 23:12 But he stood in the midst of the ground, and defended it, and slew the Philistines: and the LORD wrought a great victory.
2SAM 23:13 And three of the thirty chiefs went down, and came to David in the harvest time to the cave of Adullam: and the troop of the Philistines encamped in the valley of Rephaim.
2SAM 23:14 And David was then in a hold, and the garrison of the Philistines was then in Beth-lehem.
2SAM 23:15 And David longed, and said, Oh that one would give me drink of the water of the well of Beth-lehem, which is by the gate!
2SAM 23:16 And the three mighty men broke through the host of the Philistines, and drew water out of the well of Beth-lehem, that was by the gate, and took it, and brought it to David: nevertheless he would not drink of it, but poured it out to the LORD.
2SAM 23:17 And he said, Be it far from me, O LORD, that I should do this: is not this the blood of the men that went in jeopardy of their lives? therefore he would not drink it. These things did these three mighty men.
2SAM 23:18 And Abishai, the brother of Joab, the son of Zeruiah, was chief among three. And he lifted up his spear against three hundred, and slew them, and had the name among three.
2SAM 23:19 Was he not most honorable of three? therefore he was their captain: yet he attained not to the first three.
2SAM 23:20 And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, the son of a valiant man, of Kabzeel, who had done many acts, he slew two lion-like men of Moab: he went down also and slew a lion in the midst of a pit in time of snow:
2SAM 23:21 And he slew an Egyptian, a goodly man: and the Egyptian had a spear in his hand; but he went down to him with a staff, and plucked the spear out of the Egyptian's hand, and slew him with his own spear.
2SAM 23:22 These things did Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and had a name among three mighty men.
2SAM 23:23 He was more honorable than the thirty, but he attained not to the first three. And David set him over his guard.
2SAM 23:24 Asahel the brother of Joab was one of the thirty; Elhanan the son of Dodo of Beth-lehem,
2SAM 23:25 Shammah the Harodite, Elika the Harodite,
2SAM 23:26 Helez the Paltite, Ira the son of Ikkesh the Tekoite,
2SAM 23:27 Abiezer the Anethothite, Mebunnai the Hushathite,
2SAM 23:28 Zalmon the Ahohite, Maharai the Netophathite,
2SAM 23:29 Heleb the son of Baanah, a Netophathite, Ittai the son of Ribai out of Gibeah of the children of Benjamin,
2SAM 23:30 Benaiah the Pirathonite, Hiddai of the brooks of Gaash,
2SAM 23:31 Abi-albon the Arbathite, Azmaveth the Barhumite,
2SAM 23:32 Eliahba the Shaalbonite, of the sons of Jashen, Jonathan,
2SAM 23:33 Shammah the Hararite, Ahiam the son of Sharar the Hararite,
2SAM 23:34 Eliphelet the son of Ahasbai, the son of the Maachathite, Eliam the son of Ahithophel the Gilonite,
2SAM 23:35 Hezrai the Carmelite, Paarai the Arbite,
2SAM 23:36 Igal the son of Nathan of Zobah, Bani, the Gadite,
2SAM 23:37 Zelek the Ammonite, Naharai the Beerothite, armor-bearer to Joab the son of Zeruiah,
2SAM 23:38 Ira an Ithrite, Gareb an Ithrite,
2SAM 23:39 Uriah the Hittite: thirty and seven in all.