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2 Samuel 23

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 1 Now these are the last words of David. David the son of Jesse, and the man who was raised up on high, the anointed of the God of Jacob, and the sweet psalmist of Israel, said,

 2 The Spirit of the LORD spoke in and by me, and his word was upon my tongue.1

 3 The God of Israel said, "the Rock of Israel spoke to me, He that rules over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God.

 4 And he shall be as the light of the morning, when the sun rises, even a morning without clouds; as the tender grass springing out of the earth by clear shining after rain."

 5 Is not my house this way with God? For he has made with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things, and sure. For will he not make all my salvation, and all my desires, continually to increase [like the tender grass springing forth].

 6 But the sons of Belial [wicked] and the worthless shall be like thorns thrust away, because they cannot be taken in hand.

 7 And the man who touches them must be protected with iron and the staff of a spear; and they shall be utterly burned with fire in the same place."

 8 These are the names and stories of the mighty men whom David had: The Tachmonite who sat in the seat, chief among the three mighty heroes; who was Adino the Eznite. He lifted up his spear against eight hundred men [in one encounter], whom he slew at one time.

 9 And after him was Eleazar the son of Dodo the Ahohite, one of the three mighty men with David, when they taunted the Philistines who were there gathered together to battle, and the men of Israel had fled.

 10 He arose, and smote the Philistines until his hand grew so tired that it seized up, frozen to the sword; and the LORD created a great victory that day; and the army returned after him only to plunder.

 11 After him was Shammah, the son of Agee the Hararite. The Philistines had gathered together into a troop, on a field full of lentils, and the army had fled from the Philistines.

 12 But he stood in the midst of the field, defended it, and struck down the Philistines; and the LORD created a great victory.

 13 Three of the thirty mighty men went down to David at a cave during the harvest time. A troop of the Philistines was camped in the valley of Rephaim.

 14 And David was then in the stronghold, and the garrison of the Philistines was then quartered in Bethlehem.

 15 And David longed, and said, "Oh that someone might give me drink of the water of the well of Bethlehem, which is by the gate!"

 16 And the three mighty men broke through the host of the Philistines, and drew water out of the well of Bethlehem, that was by the gate, took it, and brought it to David. [Despite this act of courage and love] he would not drink it, but poured it out to the LORD.

 17 And he said, "Be it far 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. The three mighty men did these things.

 18 And Abishai, the brother of Joab, the son of Zeruiah, was captain of the three. And he lifted up his spear against three hundred, and slew them, and was named along with the three.

 19 Was he not the most honored of the thirty? Therefore he was their captain; However, he did not attain to the first three.

 20 And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, the son of a valiant man, of Kabzeel, who had done many acts, 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.

 21 And he slew an Egyptian, a handsome man. The Egyptian had a spear in his hand, but Benaiah confronted him with only a staff, and plucked the spear out of the Egyptian's hand, to then slay him with his own spear.

 22 These things were done by Benaiah, the son of Jehoiada, and he had a name as well as the three mighty men.

 23 He was more honorable than the thirty, but he did not attain the first three. And David set him over his guard.

 24 Asahel the brother of Joab was one of the thirty; Elhanan the son of Dodo of Bethlehem,

 25 Shammah the Harodite, Elika the Harodite,

 26 Helez the Paltite, Ira the son of Ikkesh the Tekoite,

 27 Abiezer the Anethothite, Mebunnai the Hushathite,

 28 Zalmon the Ahohite, Maharai the Netophathite,

 29 Heleb the son of Baanah, a Netophathite, Ittai the son of Ribai out of Gibeah of the children of Benjamin,

 30 Benaiah the Pirathonite, Hiddai of the brooks of Gaash,

 31 Abialbon the Arbathite, Azmaveth the Barhumite,

 32 Eliahba the Shaalbonite, of the sons of Jashen, Jonathan,

 33 Shammah the Hararite, Ahiam the son of Sharar the Hararite,

 34 Eliphelet the son of Ahasbai, the son of the Maachathite, Eliam the son of Ahithophel the Gilonite,

 35 Hezrai the Carmelite, Paarai the Arbite,

 36 Igal the son of Nathan of Zobah, Bani the Gadite,

 37 Zelek the Ammonite, Nahari the Beerothite, armourbearer to Joab the son of Zeruiah,

 38 Ira an Ithrite, Gareb an Ithrite,

 39 Uriah the Hittite; thirty and seven in all.


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1 The Spirit of the LORD spoke in and by me, and his word was upon my tongue.
The word
is very near to you, in your mouth, and in your heart, so that you may obey it. Deu 30:14
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So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God [from within your heart]. Rom 10:17.
Which things also we speak, not in the words, which man's wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Spirit instructs; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 1 Cor 2:13.
If any man speaks, let him speak with God's words [oracles]; if any man ministers, let him do it with the ability which God gives, so that God may be glorified in all things through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion forever and ever. Amen. 1 Pet 4:11
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