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2 Samuel 23 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 These are the last words of David: "David, the son of Jesse, speaks -- David, the man to whom God gave such wonderful success, David, the man anointed by the God of Jacob, David, 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 through me; his words are upon my tongue. 2 "The Spirit of the LORD spoke through me; his word was on my tongue.
3 The God of Israel spoke. The Rock of Israel said to me: 'The person who rules righteously, who rules 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 is like the light of the morning, like the sunrise bursting forth in a cloudless sky, like the refreshing rains that bring tender grass 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 "It is my family God has chosen! Yes, he has made an everlasting covenant with me. His agreement is eternal, final, sealed. He will constantly look after my safety and success. 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 the godless are like thorns to be thrown away, for they tear the hand that touches them. 6 But evil men are all to be cast aside like thorns, which are not gathered with the hand.
7 One must be armed to chop them down; they will be 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 David's mightiest men. The first was Jashobeam the Hacmonite, who was commander of the Three -- the three greatest warriors among David's men. He once used his spear to kill eight hundred enemy warriors in a single battle. 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 Next in rank among the Three was Eleazar son of Dodai, a descendant of Ahoah. Once Eleazar and David stood together against the Philistines when the entire Israelite army had fled. 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 killed Philistines until his hand was too tired to lift his sword, and the LORD gave him a great victory that day. The rest of the army did not return until it was time to collect the plunder! 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 Next in rank was Shammah son of Agee from Harar. One time the Philistines gathered at Lehi and attacked the Israelites in a field full of lentils. The Israelite army fled, 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 Shammah held his ground in the middle of the field and beat back the Philistines. So the LORD brought about 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 Once during harvesttime, when David was at the cave of Adullam, the Philistine army was camped in the valley of Rephaim. The Three (who were among the Thirty -- an elite group among David's fighting men) went down to meet him there. 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 staying in the stronghold at the time, and a Philistine detachment had occupied the town of Bethlehem 14 At that time David was in the stronghold, and the Philistine garrison was at Bethlehem.
15 David remarked longingly to his men, "Oh, how I would love some of that good water from the well in Bethlehem, the one 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 So the Three broke through the Philistine lines, drew some water from the well, and brought it back to David. But he refused to drink it. Instead, he poured it out before 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 "The LORD forbid that I should drink this!" he exclaimed. "This water is as precious as the blood of these men who risked their lives to bring it to me." So David did not drink it. This is an example of the exploits of the Three. 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 Abishai son of Zeruiah, the brother of Joab, was the leader of the Thirty. He once used his spear to kill three hundred enemy warriors in a single battle. It was by such feats that he became as famous as 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 Abishai was the most famous of the Thirty and was their commander, though he was not one of 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 There was also Benaiah son of Jehoiada, a valiant warrior from Kabzeel. He did many heroic deeds, which included killing two of Moab's mightiest warriors. Another time he chased a lion down into a pit. Then, despite the snow and slippery ground, he caught the lion and killed it. 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 Another time, armed only with a club, he killed a great Egyptian warrior who was armed with a spear. Benaiah wrenched the spear from the Egyptian's hand and killed him with it 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 are some of the deeds that made Benaiah almost as famous as the Three. 22 Such were the exploits of Benaiah son of Jehoiada; he too was as famous as the three mighty men.
23 He was more honored than the other members of the Thirty, though he was not one of the Three. And David made him commander of 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 Other members of the Thirty included: Asahel, Joab's brother; Elhanan son of Dodo from Bethlehem; 24 Among the Thirty were: Asahel the brother of Joab, Elhanan son of Dodo from Bethlehem,
25 Shammah from Harod; Elika from Harod; 25 Shammah the Harodite, Elika the Harodite,
26 Helez from Pelon; Ira son of Ikkesh from Tekoa; 26 Helez the Paltite, Ira son of Ikkesh from Tekoa,
27 Abiezer from Anathoth; Sibbecai from Hushah; 27 Abiezer from Anathoth, Mebunnai the Hushathite,
28 Zalmon from Ahoah; Maharai from Netophah; 28 Zalmon the Ahohite, Maharai the Netophathite,
29 Heled son of Baanah from Netophah; Ithai son of Ribai from Gibeah (from the tribe of Benjamin); 29 Heled son of Baanah the Netophathite, Ithai son of Ribai from Gibeah in Benjamin,
30 Benaiah from Pirathon; Hurai from Nahale-gaash; 30 Benaiah the Pirathonite, Hiddai from the ravines of Gaash,
31 Abi-albon the Arbathite; Azmaveth from Bahurim; 31 Abi-Albon the Arbathite, Azmaveth the Barhumite,
32 Eliahba from Shaalbon; the sons of Jashen; 32 Eliahba the Shaalbonite, the sons of Jashen, Jonathan
33 Jonathan son of Shagee from Harar; Ahiam son of Sharar from Harar; 33 son of Shammah the Hararite, Ahiam son of Sharar the Hararite,
34 Eliphelet son of Ahasbai from Maacah; Eliam son of Ahithophel from Giloh; 34 Eliphelet son of Ahasbai the Maacathite, Eliam son of Ahithophel the Gilonite,
35 Hezro from Carmel; Paarai from Arba; 35 Hezro the Carmelite, Paarai the Arbite,
36 Igal son of Nathan from Zobah; Bani from Gad" 36 Igal son of Nathan from Zobah, the son of Hagri,
37 Zelek from Ammon; Naharai from Beeroth (Joab's armor bearer); 37 Zelek the Ammonite, Naharai the Beerothite, the armor-bearer of Joab son of Zeruiah,
38 Ira from Jattir; Gareb from Jattir" 38 Ira the Ithrite, Gareb the Ithrit
39 Uriah the Hittite. There were thirty-seven in all. 39 and Uriah the Hittite. There were thirty-seven in all.