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2 Samuel 23 RSV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Now these are the last words of David: The oracle of David, the son of Jesse, the oracle of the man who was raised on high, the anointed of the God of Jacob, the sweet psalmist of Israel: 1 These are the last words of David: "The oracle of David son of Jesse, the oracle of the man exalted by the Most High, the man anointed by the God of Jacob, Israel's singer of songs:
2 "The Spirit of the LORD speaks by me, his word is upon my tongue. 2 "The Spirit of the LORD spoke through me; his word was on my tongue.
3 The God of Israel has spoken, the Rock of Israel has said to me: When one rules justly over men, ruling in the fear of God, 3 The God of Israel spoke, the Rock of Israel said to me: 'When one rules over men in righteousness, when he rules in the fear of God,
4 he dawns on them like the morning light, like the sun shining forth upon a cloudless morning, like rain that makes grass to sprout from the earth 4 he is like the light of morning at sunrise on a cloudless morning, like the brightness after rain that brings the grass from the earth.
5 Yea, does not my house stand so with God? For he has made with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things and secure. For will he not cause to prosper all my help and my desire? 5 "Is not my house right with God? Has he not made with me an everlasting covenant, arranged and secured in every part? Will he not bring to fruition my salvation and grant me my every desire?
6 But godless men are all like thorns that are thrown away; for they cannot be taken with the hand; 6 But evil men are all to be cast aside like thorns, which are not gathered with the hand.
7 but the man who touches them arms himself with iron and the shaft of a spear, and they are utterly consumed with fire." 7 Whoever touches thorns uses a tool of iron or the shaft of a spear; they are burned up where they lie."
8 These are the names of the mighty men whom David had: Josheb-basshe'beth a Tah-che'monite; he was chief of the three; he wielded his spear against eight hundred whom he slew at one time. 8 These are the names of David's mighty men: Josheb-Basshebeth, a Tahkemonite, was chief of the Three; he raised his spear against eight hundred men, whom he killed in one encounter.
9 And next to him among the three mighty men was Elea'zar the son of Dodo, son of Aho'hi. He was with David when they defied the Philistines who were gathered there for battle, and the men of Israel withdrew. 9 Next to him was Eleazar son of Dodai the Ahohite. 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,
10 He rose and struck down the Philistines until his hand was weary, and his hand cleaved to the sword; and the LORD wrought a great victory that day; and the men returned after him only to strip the slain. 10 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.
11 And next to him was Shammah, the son of Agee the Har'arite. The Philistines gathered together at Lehi, where there was a plot of ground full of lentils; and the men fled from the Philistines. 11 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.
12 But he took his stand in the midst of the plot, and defended it, and slew the Philistines; and the LORD wrought a great victory. 12 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.
13 And three of the thirty chief men went down, and came about harvest time to David at the cave of Adullam, when a band of Philistines was encamped in the valley of Reph'aim. 13 During harvest time, three of the thirty chief men came down to David at the cave of Adullam, while a band of Philistines was encamped in the Valley of Rephaim.
14 David was then in the stronghold; and the garrison of the Philistines was then at Bethlehem 14 At that time David was in the stronghold, and the Philistine garrison was at Bethlehem.
15 And David said longingly, "O that some one would give me water to drink from the well of Bethlehem which is by the gate!" 15 David longed for water and said, "Oh, that someone would get me a drink of water from the well near the gate of Bethlehem!"
16 Then the three mighty men broke through the camp of the Philistines, and drew water out of the well of Bethlehem which was by the gate, and took and brought it to David. But he would not drink of it; he poured it out to the LORD, 16 So the three mighty men broke through the Philistine lines, drew water from the well near the gate of Bethlehem and carried it back to David. But he refused to drink it; instead, he poured it out before the LORD.
17 and said, "Far be it from me, O LORD, that I should do this. Shall I drink the blood of the men who went at the risk of their lives?" Therefore he would not drink it. These things did the three mighty men. 17 "Far be it from me, O LORD, to do this!" he said. "Is it not the blood of men who went at the risk of their lives?" And David would not drink it. Such were the exploits of the three mighty men.
18 Now Abi'shai, the brother of Jo'ab, the son of Zeru'iah, was chief of the thirty. And he wielded his spear against three hundred men and slew them, and won a name beside the three. 18 Abishai the brother of Joab son of Zeruiah was chief of the Three. He raised his spear against three hundred men, whom he killed, and so he became as famous as the Three.
19 He was the most renowned of the thirty, and became their commander; but he did not attain to the three 19 Was he not held in greater honor than the Three? He became their commander, even though he was not included among them
20 And Benai'ah the son of Jehoi'ada was a valiant man of Kabzeel, a doer of great deeds; he smote two ariels of Moab. He also went down and slew a lion in a pit on a day when snow had fallen. 20 Benaiah son of Jehoiada was a valiant fighter from Kabzeel, who performed great exploits. He struck down two of Moab's best men. He also went down into a pit on a snowy day and killed a lion.
21 And he slew an Egyptian, a handsome man. The Egyptian had a spear in his hand; but Benai'ah went down to him with a staff, and snatched the spear out of the Egyptian's hand, and slew him with his own spear 21 And he struck down a huge Egyptian. Although the Egyptian had a spear in his hand, Benaiah went against him with a club. He snatched the spear from the Egyptian's hand and killed him with his own spear
22 These things did Benai'ah the son of Jehoi'ada, and won a name beside the three mighty men. 22 Such were the exploits of Benaiah son of Jehoiada; he too was as famous as the three mighty men.
23 He was renowned among the thirty, but he did not attain to the three. And David set him over his bodyguard. 23 He was held in greater honor than any of the Thirty, but he was not included among the Three. And David put him in charge of his bodyguard.
24 As'ahel the brother of Jo'ab was one of the thirty; Elha'nan the son of Dodo of Bethlehem, 24 Among the Thirty were: Asahel the brother of Joab, Elhanan son of Dodo from Bethlehem,
25 Shammah of Harod, Eli'ka of Harod, 25 Shammah the Harodite, Elika the Harodite,
26 Helez the Paltite, Ira the son of Ikkesh of Teko'a, 26 Helez the Paltite, Ira son of Ikkesh from Tekoa,
27 Abi-e'zer, of An'athoth, Mebun'nai the Hu'shathite, 27 Abiezer from Anathoth, Mebunnai the Hushathite,
28 Zalmon the Aho'hite, Ma'harai of Netoph'ah, 28 Zalmon the Ahohite, Maharai the Netophathite,
29 Heleb the son of Ba'anah of Netoph'ah, It'tai the son of Ri'bai of Gib'e-ah of the Benjaminites, 29 Heled son of Baanah the Netophathite, Ithai son of Ribai from Gibeah in Benjamin,
30 Benai'ah of Pira'thon, Hid'dai of the brooks of Ga'ash, 30 Benaiah the Pirathonite, Hiddai from the ravines of Gaash,
31 Abi-al'bon the Ar'bathite, Az'maveth of Bahu'rim, 31 Abi-Albon the Arbathite, Azmaveth the Barhumite,
32 Eli'ahba of Sha-al'bon, the sons of Jashen, Jonathan, 32 Eliahba the Shaalbonite, the sons of Jashen, Jonathan
33 Shammah the Har'arite, Ahi'am the son of Sharar the Har'arite, 33 son of Shammah the Hararite, Ahiam son of Sharar the Hararite,
34 Eliph'elet the son of Ahas'bai of Ma'acah, Eli'am the son of Ahith'ophel of Gilo, 34 Eliphelet son of Ahasbai the Maacathite, Eliam son of Ahithophel the Gilonite,
35 Hezro of Carmel, Pa'arai the Arbite, 35 Hezro the Carmelite, Paarai the Arbite,
36 Igal the son of Nathan of Zobah, Bani the Gadite 36 Igal son of Nathan from Zobah, the son of Hagri,
37 Zelek the Ammonite, Na'harai of Be-er'oth, the armor-bearer of Jo'ab the son of Zeru'iah, 37 Zelek the Ammonite, Naharai the Beerothite, the armor-bearer of Joab son of Zeruiah,
38 Ira the Ithrite, Gareb the Ithrite 38 Ira the Ithrite, Gareb the Ithrit
39 Uri'ah the Hittite: thirty-seven in all. 39 and Uriah the Hittite. There were thirty-seven in all.