2nd Samuel 22

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The Second Book of Samuel

Chapter 23

1

Now these [be] the last words of David. David the son of Jesse said,7 and the man [who was] raised up90 on high, the anointed of the God of Jacob, and the sweet psalmist of Israel, said,7

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The Spirit of the LORD spake14 by me, and his word [was] in my tongue.

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The God of Israel said,1 the Rock of Israel spake14 to me, He that ruleth6 over men [must be] just, ruling6 in the fear of God.

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And [he shall be] as the light of the morning, [when] the sun riseth,4 [even] a morning without clouds; [as] the tender grass [springing] out of the earth by clear shining after rain.

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Although my house [be] not so with God; yet he hath made1 with me an everlasting covenant, ordered7 in all [things], and sure:7 for [this is] all my salvation, and all [my] desire, although he make [it] not to grow.55

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But [the sons] of Belial [shall be] all of them as thorns thrust away,94 because they cannot be taken4 with hands:

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But the man [that] shall touch4 them must be fenced11 with iron and the staff of a spear; and they shall be utterly2 burned11 with fire in the [same] place.2

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These [be] the names of the mighty men whom David had: The Tachmonite that sat in the seat,6 7674 3429 chief among the captains; the same [was] Adino the Eznite: [he lift up his spear] against eight hundred, whom he slew at one time.

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And after him [was] Eleazar the son of Dodo the Ahohite, 266 [one] of the three mighty men with David, when they defied15 the Philistines [that] were there gathered8 together to battle, and the men of Israel were gone away:4

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He arose,1 and smote55 the Philistines until his hand was weary,1 and his hand clave4 unto the sword: and the LORD wrought4 a great victory that day; and the people returned4 after him only to spoil.15

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And after him [was] Shammah the son of Agee the Hararite. And the Philistines were gathered11 together into a troop, where was a piece of ground full of lentiles: and the people fled1 from the Philistines.

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But he stood101 in the midst of the ground, and defended55 it, and slew55 the Philistines: and the LORD wrought4 a great victory.

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And three 7970 of the thirty chief went down,4 and came4 to David in the harvest time unto the cave of Adullam: and the troop of the Philistines pitched6 in the valley of Rephaim.

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And David [was] then in an hold, and the garrison of the Philistines [was] then [in] Bethlehem.

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And David longed,101 and said,4 Oh that one would give me drink55 of the water of the well of Bethlehem, which [is] by the gate!

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And the three mighty men brake through4 the host of the Philistines, and drew4 water out of the well of Bethlehem, that [was] by the gate, and took4 [it], and brought55 [it] to David: nevertheless he would1 not drink2 thereof, but poured it out55 unto the LORD.

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And he said,4 Be it far from me, O LORD, that I should do2 this: [is not this] the blood of the men that went6 in jeopardy of their lives? therefore he would1 not drink2 it. These things did1 these three mighty men.

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And Abishai, the brother of Joab, the son of Zeruiah, was chief among three. 7992 And he lifted up31 his spear against three hundred, [and] slew [them], and had the name among three.

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Was he not most honourable12 of three? therefore he was their captain: howbeit he attained1 not unto the [first] three.

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And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, the son of a valiant man, of Kabzeel, who had done many acts, he slew52 two lionlike men of Moab: he went down1 also and slew52 a lion in the midst of a pit in time of snow:

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And he slew52 an Egyptian, 376 a goodly man: and the Egyptian had a spear in his hand; but he went down4 to him with a staff, and plucked4 the spear out of the Egyptian's hand, and slew4 him with his own spear.

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These [things] did1 Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and had the name among three mighty men.

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He was more honourable12 than the thirty, but he attained1 not to the [first] three. And David set4 him over his guard.

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Asahel the brother of Joab [was] one of the thirty; Elhanan the son of Dodo of Bethlehem,

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Shammah the Harodite, Elika the Harodite,

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Helez the Paltite, Ira the son of Ikkesh the Tekoite,

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Abiezer the Anethothite, Mebunnai the Hushathite,

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Zalmon the Ahohite, Maharai the Netophathite,

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Heleb the son of Baanah, a Netophathite, Ittai the son of Ribai out of Gibeah of the children of Benjamin,

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Benaiah the Pirathonite, Hiddai of the brooks of Gaash,

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Abialbon the Arbathite, Azmaveth the Barhumite,

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Eliahba the Shaalbonite, of the sons of Jashen, Jonathan,

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Shammah the Hararite, Ahiam the son of Sharar the Hararite,

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Eliphelet the son of Ahasbai, the son of the Maachathite, Eliam the son of Ahithophel the Gilonite,

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Hezrai the Carmelite, Paarai the Arbite,

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Igal the son of Nathan of Zobah, Bani the Gadite,

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Zelek the Ammonite, Naharai the Beerothite, armourbearer6 3627 to Joab the son of Zeruiah,

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Ira an Ithrite, Gareb an Ithrite,

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Uriah the Hittite: thirty and seven in all.

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