The God of Israel spoke, the Rock1 of Israel said to me: 'When one rules over men in righteousness,2 when he rules in the fear3 of God,4
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he is like the light5 of morning6 at sunrise7 on a cloudless morning, like the brightness after rain8 that brings the grass from the earth.
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"Is not my house right with God? Has he not made with me an everlasting covenant,9 arranged and secured in every part? Will he not bring to fruition my salvation and grant me my every desire?
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But evil men are all to be cast aside like thorns,10 which are not gathered with the hand.
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Whoever touches thorns uses a tool of iron or the shaft of a spear; they are burned up where they lie."
These are the names of David's mighty men:11 Josheb-Basshebeth,12 a Tahkemonite, was chief of the Three; he raised his spear against eight hundred men, whom he killed in one encounter.
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Next to him was Eleazar son of Dodai13 the Ahohite.14 As one of the three mighty men, he was with David when they taunted the Philistines gathered [at Pas Dammim] for battle. Then the men of Israel retreated,
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but he stood his ground and struck down the Philistines till his hand grew tired and froze to the sword. The LORD brought about a great victory that day. The troops returned to Eleazar, but only to strip the dead.
Next to him was Shammah son of Agee the Hararite. When the Philistines banded together at a place where there was a field full of lentils, Israel's troops fled from them.
But Shammah took his stand in the middle of the field. He defended it and struck the Philistines down, and the LORD brought about a great victory.
During harvest time, three of the thirty chief men came down to David at the cave of Adullam,15 while a band of Philistines was encamped in the Valley of Rephaim.16
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