2 Samuel 23

1 Now these are the last words of David. David the son of Yishai says, The man who was raised on high says, The anointed of the God of Ya`akov, The sweet psalmist of Yisra'el:
2 The Spirit of the LORD spoke by me, His word was on my tongue.
3 The God of Yisra'el said, The Rock of Yisra'el spoke to me: One who rules over men righteously, Who rules in the fear of God,
4 [He shall be] as the light of the morning, when the sun rises, A morning without clouds, [When] the tender grass [springs] out of the eretz, Through clear shining after rain
5 Most assuredly my house is not so with God; Yet he has made with me an everlasting covenant, Ordered in all things, and sure: For it is all my salvation, and all [my] desire, Although he doesn't make it grow.
6 But the ungodly shall be all of them as thorns to be thrust away, Because they can't be taken with the hand
7 But the man who touches them Must be armed with iron and the staff of a spear: They shall be utterly burned with fire in [their] place
8 These are the names of the mighty men whom David had: Yoshev-Bashshevet a Tachkemonite, chief of the captains; the same was `Adino the Etznite, against eight hundred slain at one time.
9 After him was El`azar the son of Dodo the son of an Achochi, one of the three mighty men with David, when they defied the Pelishtim who were there gathered together to battle, and the men of Yisra'el were gone away.
10 He arose, and struck the Pelishtim until his hand was weary, and his hand froze to the sword; and the LORD worked a great victory that day; and the people returned after him only to take spoil.
11 After him was Shammah the son of Agee a Harari. The Pelishtim were gathered together into a troop, where was a plot of ground full of lentils; and the people fled from the Pelishtim.
12 But he stood in the midst of the plot, and defended it, and killed the Pelishtim; and the LORD worked a great victory.
13 Three of the thirty chief men went down, and came to David in the harvest time to the cave of `Adullam; and the troop of the Pelishtim was encamped in the valley of Refa'im.
14 David was then in the stronghold; and the garrison of the Pelishtim was then in Beit-Lechem
15 David longed, and said, Oh that one would give me water to drink of the well of Beit-Lechem, which is by the gate!
16 The three mighty men broke through the host of the Pelishtim, and drew water out of the well of Beit-Lechem, that was by the gate, and took it, and brought it to David: but he would not drink of it, but poured it out to the LORD.
17 He said, Be it far from me, LORD, that I should do this: [shall I drink] the blood of the men who went in jeopardy of their lives? therefore he would not drink it. These things did the three mighty men.
18 Avishai, the brother of Yo'av, the son of Tzeru'yah, was chief of the three. He lifted up his spear against three hundred and killed them, and had a name among the three.
19 Wasn't he most honorable of the three? therefore he was made their captain: however he didn't attain to the [first] three
20 Benayah the son of Yehoiada, the son of a valiant man of Kavtz'el, who had done mighty deeds, he killed the two [sons of] Ari'el of Mo'av: he went down also and killed a lion in the midst of a pit in time of snow.
21 He killed a Mitzrian, a goodly man: and the Mitzrian had a spear in his hand; but he went down to him with a staff, and plucked the spear out of the Mitzrian's hand, and killed him with his own spear
22 These things did Benayah the son of Yehoiada, and had a name among the three mighty men.
23 He was more honorable than the thirty, but he didn't attain to the [first] three. David set him over his guard.
24 `Asa'el the brother of Yo'av was one of the thirty; Elchanan the son of Dodo of Beit-Lechem,
25 Shammah the Harodi, Elika the Harodi,
26 Heletz the Paltite, `Ira the son of `Ikkesh the Tekoite,
27 Avi-Ezer the `Antotite, Mevunnai the Hushatite,
28 Tzalmon the Achochi, Maharai the Netofatite,
29 Helev the son of Ba`anah the Netofatite, Ittai the son of Rivai of Gevah of the children of Binyamin,
30 Benayah a Pir`atonite, Hiddai of the brooks of Ga`ash.
31 Avi-Alvon the `Arvati, `Azmavet the Barchumite,
32 Elyachba the Sha`alvonite, the sons of Yashen, Yonatan,
33 Shammah the Harari, Achi'am the son of Sharar the Ararite,
34 Elifelet the son of Achasbai, the son of the Ma`akhatite, Eli`am the son of Achitofel the Giloni,
35 Hetzro the Karmelite, Pa`arai the Arbi,
36 Yig'al the son of Natan of Tzovah, Bani the Gadite
37 Tzelek the `Ammonite, Naharai the Be'erotite, armor bearers to Yo'av the son of Tzeru'yah,
38 `Ira the Yitri, Garev the Yitri
39 Uriyah the Hittite: thirty-seven in all.