Now these are the lastwords of David. David the son of Jessedeclares, 1The man who was raised on highdeclares, 2The anointed of the God of Jacob, And the sweetpsalmist of Israel,
"3The Spirit of the LORDspoke by me, And His word was on my tongue.
"The God of Israelsaid, 4The Rock of Israelspoke to me, '5He who rules over menrighteously, 6Who rules in the fear of God,
47Is as the light of the morning when the sunrises, A morningwithoutclouds, When the tendergrass springs out of the earth, Throughsunshineafterrain.
5"Truly is not my houseso with God ? For 8He has made an everlastingcovenant with me, Ordered in allthings, and secured ; For all my salvation and all my desire, Will He not indeed make it grow ?
"9But the worthless, everyone of them will be thrustaway like thorns, Because they cannot be taken in hand ;
But the man who touches them Must be aarmed with iron and the shaft of a spear, And 10they will be completelyburned with fire in their bplace."
811These are the names of the mightymenwhomDavid had: Josheb-basshebeth a Tahchemonite, chief of the ccaptains, he was called Adino the Eznite, because of eighthundredslain by him at onetime ;
and after him was Eleazar the son of 12Dodo the 13Ahohite, one of the threemightymen with David when they ddefied the Philistines who were gatheredthere to battle and the men of Israel had ewithdrawn.
1014He arose and struck the Philistinesuntil his hand was weary and fclung to the sword, and 15the LORDbroughtabout a greatgvictory that day ; and the peoplereturnedafter him only to strip the slain.
Now after him was Shammah the son of Agee a 16Hararite. And the Philistines were gatheredhinto a troopwherethere was a plot of groundfull of lentils, and the peoplefled from the Philistines.
But he took his stand in the midst of the plot, defended it and struck the Philistines ; and 17the LORDbroughtabout a greativictory.
Then three of the thirtychiefmenwentdown and came to David in the harvesttime to the 18cave of Adullam, while the troop of the Philistines was camping in 19the valley of Rephaim.
14David was then20in the stronghold, while the garrison of the Philistines was then in Bethlehem1521Davidhad a craving and said, "Oh that someone would give me water to drink from the well of Bethlehemwhich is by the gate !"
1622So the threemightymenbrokethrough the camp of the Philistines, and drewwater from the well of Bethlehemwhich was by the gate, and took it and brought it to David. Nevertheless he would not drink it, but 23poured it out to the LORD ;
and he said, "Be it far from me, O LORD, that I should dothis. 24Shall I drink the blood of the men who went in jeopardy of their lives ?" Therefore he would not drink it. Thesethings the threemightymendid.
1825Abishai, the brother of Joab, the son of Zeruiah, was 26chief of the jthirty. And he swung his spearagainstthreehundredkand killed them, and had a name as well as the three.
He was mosthonored of the thirty, therefore he became their commander ; however, he did not attain to the three20
Then 27Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, the son of a valiantman of 28Kabzeel, who had done mightydeeds, lkilled the mtwo sons of Ariel of Moab. He also wentdown and killed a lion in the middle of a pit on a snowyday.
He nkilled an Egyptian, oan impressiveman. Now the Egyptian had a spear in his hand, but he wentdown to him with a club and snatched the spear from the Egyptian'shand and killed him with his own spear22These things 29Benaiah the son of Jehoiadadid, and had a name as well as the threemightymen.
He was honoredamong the thirty, but he did not attain to the three. And Davidappointed him over his guard.
2430Asahel the brother of Joab was among the thirty ; Elhanan the son of Dodo of Bethlehem,
2531Shammah the 32Harodite, Elika the Harodite,
26Helez the Paltite, Ira the son of Ikkesh the 33Tekoite,
27Abiezer the 34Anathothite, Mebunnai the Hushathite,
28Zalmon the Ahohite, Maharai the 35Netophathite,
2936Heleb the son of Baanah the Netophathite, Ittai the son of Ribai of 37Gibeah of the sons of Benjamin,
30Benaiah a 38Pirathonite, Hiddai of the brooks of 39Gaash,
31Abi-albon the Arbathite, Azmaveth the 40Barhumite,
32Eliahba the 41Shaalbonite, the sons of Jashen, Jonathan,
3342Shammah the Hararite, Ahiam the son of Sharar the Ararite,
34Eliphelet the son of Ahasbai, the son of 43the Maacathite, 44Eliam the son of 45Ahithophel the Gilonite,
3546Hezro the 47Carmelite, Paarai the Arbite,
36Igal the son of Nathan of 48Zobah, Bani the Gadite37Zelek the Ammonite, Naharai the 49Beerothite, armorbearers of Joab the son of Zeruiah,
38Ira the 50Ithrite, Gareb the Ithrite3951Uriah the Hittite ; thirty-seven in all.