2 Samuel 23



David Extols Yahweh

1 Now these are the last words of David. David the son of Jesse declares, The man who was raised on high declares, The anointed of the God of Jacob, And the sweet psalmist of Israel,

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

1 These are the last words of David: The proclamation of David son of Jesse, the proclamation of the man raised on high, the one anointed by the God of Jacob, the favorite singer of Israel:

1 This was David's last composition: The oracle of David, son of Jesse, an oracle by the valiant one who was exalted anointed by the God of Jacob, the contented psalm writer of Israel.

1 Now these are the last words of David: David son of Jesse says, and the man who was raised on high, the anointed of the God of Jacob, and the sweet psalmist of Israel, says,

2 "The Spirit of the LORD spoke by me, And His word was on my tongue.

2 The Spirit of the LORD spake by me, and his word was in my tongue.

2 The Spirit of the Lord spoke through me, His word was on my tongue.

2 The Spirit of the LORD speaks within me; his word is on my tongue!

2 The Spirit of the Lord spoke in and by me, and His word was upon my tongue.

3 "The God of Israel said, The Rock of Israel spoke to me, 'He who rules over men righteously, Who rules in the fear of God,

3 The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God.

3 The God of Israel spoke; the Rock of Israel said to me, "The one who rules the people with justice, who rules in the fear of God,

3 The God of Israel has spoken; the Rock of Israel has talked to me. "When one is governing men justly, he fears God while governing.

3 The God of Israel spoke, the Rock of Israel said to me, When one rules over men righteously, ruling in the fear of God,

4 Is as the light of the morning when the sun rises, A morning without clouds, When the tender grass springs out of the earth, Through sunshine after rain.'

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

4 is like the morning light when the sun rises on a cloudless morning, the glisten of rain on sprouting grass."

4 He is like dawn's first light, like bright sun blazing on a cloudless morning, glistening on grassland that flourishes after a rain shower.

4 He dawns on them like the morning light when the sun rises on a cloudless morning, when the tender grass springs out of the earth through clear shining after rain.

5 "Truly is not my house so with God? For He has made an everlasting covenant with me, Ordered in all things, and secured; For all my salvation and all my desire, Will He not indeed make it grow?

5 Although my house be not so with God; yet he hath made with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things, and sure: for this is all my salvation, and all my desire, although he make it not to grow.

5 Is it not true my house is with God? For He has established an everlasting covenant with me, ordered and secured in every [detail]. Will He not bring about my whole salvation and [my] every desire?

5 Is not my dynasty like this with God? Has he not made an eternal covenant with me, preparing every detail of it? And he has made it secure, including my complete salvation, has he not? He has been of continual help, has he not, even with respect to all of my desires?

5 Truly does not my house stand so with God? For He has made with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things, and sure. For will He not cause to prosper all my help and my desire?

6 "But the worthless, every one of them will be thrust away like thorns, Because they cannot be taken in hand;

6 But the sons of Belial shall be all of them as thorns thrust away, because they cannot be taken with hands:

6 But all the wicked are like thorns raked aside; they can never be picked up by hand.

6 But ungodly men are like thorns that are discarded because they cannot be safely handled.

6 But wicked, godless, and worthless lives are all like thorns to be thrust away, because they cannot be taken with the hand.

7 But the man who touches them Must be armed with iron and the shaft of a spear, And they will be completely burned with fire in their place."

7 But the man that shall touch them must be fenced with iron and the staff of a spear; and they shall be utterly burned with fire in the same place.

7 The man who touches them must be armed with iron and the shaft of a spear. They will be completely burned up on the spot.

7 Whoever handles them wears heavy duty clothing, carries strong tools, and burns them to ashes on the spot!

7 But the man who touches them arms himself with iron and the shaft of a spear, and they are utterly consumed with fire on the spot.

David's Faithful Soldiers

8 These are the names of the mighty men whom David had: Josheb-basshebeth a Tahchemonite, chief of the captains, he was called Adino the Eznite, because of eight hundred slain by him at one time;

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

8 These are the names of David's warriors: Josheb-basshebeth the Tahchemonite was chief of the officers. He wielded his spear against 800 [men] he killed at one time.

8 Here's a list of the names of David's special forces: Josheb-basshebeth the Tahkemonite was head of the Three; he was nicknamed Adino the Eznite because he killed 800 men in a single battle engagement.

8 These are the names of the mighty men whom David had: Josheb-basshebeth, a Tahchemonite, chief of the Three [heroes], known also as Adino the Eznite; he wielded his spear and went against 800 men, who were slain at one time.

9 and after him was Eleazar the son of Dodo the Ahohite, one of the three mighty men with David when they defied the Philistines who were gathered there to battle and the men of Israel had withdrawn.

9 And after him was Eleazar the son of Dodo the Ahohite, one of the three mighty men with David, when they defied the Philistines that were there gathered together to battle, and the men of Israel were gone away:

9 After him, Eleazar son of Dodo son of Ahohi was among the three warriors with David when they defied the Philistines. The men of Israel retreated in the place they had gathered for battle,

9 Next was Dodai the Ahohite's son Eleazar. Eleazar, who also was one of the Three, was with David when they challenged the Philistines. When the Philistines had assembled in battle array, the Israeli army retreated,

9 Next to him among the three mighty men was Eleazar son of Dodo, son of Ahohi. He was with David when they defied the Philistines assembled there for battle, and the men of Israel had departed.

10 He arose and struck the Philistines until his hand was weary and clung to the sword, and the LORD brought about a great victory that day; and the people returned after him only to strip the slain.

10 He arose, and smote the Philistines until his hand was weary, and his hand clave unto the sword: and the LORD wrought a great victory that day; and the people returned after him only to spoil.

10 but Eleazar stood [his ground] and attacked the Philistines until his hand was tired and stuck to his sword. The Lord brought about a great victory that day. Then the troops came back to him, but only to plunder the dead.

10 but Eleazar remained standing right where he was and fought so hard against the Philistines that he became exhausted he couldn't even let go of his sword! The LORD magnificently delivered them that day. After Eleazar had won the battle, the other soldiers returned, but only to strip the weapons and armor from the dead.

10 [Eleazar] arose and struck down the Philistines until his hand was weary and clung to the sword. The Lord wrought a great deliverance and victory that day; the men returned after him only to take the spoil.

11 Now after him was Shammah the son of Agee a Hararite. And the Philistines were gathered into a troop where there was a plot of ground full of lentils, and the people fled from the Philistines.

11 And after him was Shammah the son of Agee the Hararite. And the Philistines were gathered together into a troop, where was a piece of ground full of lentiles: and the people fled from the Philistines.

11 After him was Shammah son of Agee the Hararite. The Philistines had assembled [in formation] where there was a field full of lentils. The troops fled from the Philistines,

11 Next was Shammah, Agee the Hararite's son. One time the Philistines assembled to fight in a field where lentils had been growing. Israel's army retreated from the Philistines,

11 Next to [Eleazar] was Shammah son of Agee the Hararite. The Philistines were gathered at Lehi on a piece of ground full of lentils; and the [Israelites] fled from the Philistines.

12 But he took his stand in the midst of the plot, defended it and struck the Philistines; and the LORD brought about a great victory.

12 But he stood in the midst of the ground, 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, defended it, and struck down the Philistines. So the Lord brought about a great victory.

12 but Shammah stood his ground in the middle of the field, defended it, and killed the Philistines. And the LORD brought about a great victory.

12 But he stood in the midst of the ground and defended it and slew the Philistines; and the Lord wrought a great victory.

13 Then three of the thirty chief men went down and came to David in the harvest time to the cave of Adullam, while the troop of the Philistines was camping in the valley of Rephaim.

13 And three of the thirty chief went down, and came to David in the harvest time unto the cave of Adullam: and the troop of the Philistines pitched in the valley of Rephaim.

13 Three of the 30 leading [warriors] went down at harvest time and came to David at the cave of Adullam, while a company of Philistines was camping in the Valley of Rephaim.

13 One day while the Philistine army was camping in the valley of giants, three of the 30 leaders joined David at the cave of Adullam.

13 And three of the thirty chief men went down at harvest time to David in the cave of Adullam, and a troop of Philistines was encamped in the Valley of Rephaim.

14 David was then in the stronghold, while the garrison of the Philistines was then in Bethlehem.

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

14 At that time David was in the stronghold, and a Philistine garrison was at Bethlehem

14 David was living in that stronghold at the time, while a Philistine garrison was then at Bethlehem.

14 And David was then in the stronghold, and the garrison of the Philistines was then in Bethlehem.

15 David had a craving and said, "Oh that someone would give me water to drink from the well of Bethlehem which is by the gate!"

15 And David longed, and said, Oh that one would give me drink of the water of the well of Bethlehem, which is by the gate!

15 David was extremely thirsty and said, "If only someone would bring me water to drink from the well at the city gate of Bethlehem!"

15 David expressed his longing, "Oh, how I wish someone would get me a drink of water from the Bethlehem well that's by the city gate!"

15 And David said longingly, Oh, that someone would give me a drink of water from the well of Bethlehem by the gate!

16 So the three mighty men broke through the camp of the Philistines, and drew water from the well of Bethlehem which was by the gate, and took it and brought it to David Nevertheless he would not drink it, but poured it out to the LORD;

16 And the three mighty men brake through the host of the Philistines, and drew water out of the well of Bethlehem, that was by the gate, and took it, and brought it to David: nevertheless he would not drink thereof, but poured it out unto the LORD.

16 So three of the warriors broke through the Philistine camp and drew water from the well at the gate of Bethlehem. They brought it back to David, but he refused to drink it. Instead, he poured it out to the Lord.

16 So the Three elite warriors broke through the Philistine ranks, drew some water from the Bethlehem well that was next to the city gate, and brought it back to David. But he refused to drink it. Instead, he poured it out in the LORD's presence,

16 And the three mighty men broke through the army of the Philistines and drew water out of the well of Bethlehem by the gate and brought it to David. But he would not drink it, but poured it out to the Lord.

17 and he said, "Be it far from me, O 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 the three mighty men did.

17 And he said, Be it far from me, O LORD, that I should do this: is not this the blood of the men that went in jeopardy of their lives? therefore he would not drink it. These things did these three mighty men.

17 David said, "Lord, I would never do such a thing! Is this not the blood of men who risked their lives?" So he refused to drink it. Such were the exploits of the three warriors.

17 and said, "The LORD forbid that I drink this this is the blood of men who endangered their own lives!" The Three elite warriors did these things.

17 And he said, Be it far from me, O Lord, to drink this. Is it not [the same as] the blood of the men who went at the risk of their lives? So he would not drink it. These things did the three mighty men.

David's Thirty Fighting Men

18 Abishai, the brother of Joab, the son of Zeruiah, was chief of the thirty. And he swung his spear against three hundred and killed them, and had a name as well as the three.

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

18 Abishai, Joab's brother and son of Zeruiah, was leader of the Three. He raised his spear against 300 [men] and killed them, gaining a reputation among the Three.

18 Zeruiah's son Abishai, Joab's brother, was the lieutenant in charge of the platoons. He used his spear to fight and kill 300 men, gaining a reputation distinct from the Three.

18 Now Abishai the brother of Joab son of Zeruiah was chief of the Three. He wielded his spear against 300 men and slew them, and won a name beside the Three.

19 He was most honored of the thirty, therefore he became their commander; however, he did not attain to the three.

19 Was he not most honourable of three? therefore he was their captain: howbeit he attained not unto the first three.

19 Was he not the most honored of the Three? He became their commander even though he did not become one of the Three.

19 He was more well-known than the Three, and became their commander, but he never measured up to the Three.

19 Was he not most renowned of the Three? So he was their captain; however, he did not attain to the Three.

20 Then Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, the son of a valiant man of Kabzeel, who had done mighty deeds, killed the two sons of Ariel of Moab. He also went down and killed a lion in the middle of a pit on a snowy day.

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

20 Benaiah son of Jehoiada was the son of a brave man from Kabzeel, a man of many exploits. Benaiah killed two sons of Ariel of Moab, and he went down into a pit on a snowy day and killed a lion.

20 Jehoiada's son Benaiah, who was a valiant man, accomplished great things. He was from Kabzeel. He killed two men named Ariel from Moab and then he also went down into a pit and struck down a lion during a snow storm one day.

20 And Benaiah son of Jehoiada, a valiant man of Kabzeel, who had done many notable acts, slew two lionlike men of Moab. He went down also and slew a lion in a pit on a snowy day.

21 He killed an Egyptian, an impressive man. Now the Egyptian had a spear in his hand, but he went down to him with a club and snatched the spear from the Egyptian's hand and killed him with his own spear.

21 And he slew an Egyptian, a goodly man: and the Egyptian had a spear in his hand; but he went down to him with a staff, and plucked the spear out of the Egyptian's hand, and slew him with his own spear.

21 He also killed an Egyptian, a huge man. Even though the Egyptian had a spear in his hand, Benaiah went down to him with a club, snatched the spear out of the Egyptian's hand, and then killed him with his own spear

21 He also killed a soldier from Egypt. Of handsome appearance, the Egyptian carried a spear, but Benaiah attacked him with a staff, snatched the spear out of the Egyptian's hand and killed him with his own spear.

21 And he slew an Egyptian, a handsome man. The Egyptian had a spear in his hand, but Benaiah went down to him with a staff, snatched the spear out of the Egyptian's hand, and slew the man with his own spear.

22 These things Benaiah the son of Jehoiada did, and had a name as well as the three mighty men.

22 These things did Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and had the name among three mighty men.

22 These were the exploits of Benaiah son of Jehoiada, who had a reputation among the three warriors.

22 Benaiah did things like this and gained a reputation comparable to the Three warriors.

22 These things Benaiah son of Jehoiada did, and won a name beside the three mighty men.

23 He was honored among the thirty, but he did not attain to the three. And David appointed him over his guard.

23 He was more honourable than the thirty, but he attained not to the first three. And David set him over his guard.

23 He was the most honored of the Thirty, but he did not become one of the Three. David put him in charge of his bodyguard.

23 He was well known among the platoons, but he didn't measure up to the Three. David placed him in charge of his security detail.

23 He was more renowned than the Thirty, but he attained not to the [first] Three. David set him over his guard or council.

The Mighty Men Of David

24 Asahel the brother of Joab was among the thirty; Elhanan the son of Dodo of Bethlehem,

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

24 Among the Thirty were: Joab's brother Asahel, Elhanan son of Dodo of Bethlehem,

24 Among the Thirty were Joab's brother Asahel, Dodo's son Elhanan of Bethlehem,

24 Asahel brother of Joab was one of the Thirty; then Elhanan son of Dodo of Bethlehem,

25 Shammah the Harodite, Elika the Harodite,

25 Shammah the Harodite, Elika the Harodite,

25 Shammah the Harodite, Elika the Harodite,

25 Shammah from Harod; Elika from Harod,

25 Shammah of Harod, Elika of Harod,

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

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

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

26 Helez the Paltite, Ikkesh's son Ira from Tekoa,

26 Helez the Paltite, Ira son of Ikkesh of Tekoa,

27 Abiezer the Anathothite, Mebunnai the Hushathite,

27 Abiezer the Anethothite, Mebunnai the Hushathite,

27 Abiezer the Anathothite, Mebunnai the Hushathite,

27 Abiezer from Anathoth, Mebunnai the Hushathite,

27 Abiezer of Anathoth, Mebunnai the Hushathite,

28 Zalmon the Ahohite, Maharai the Netophathite,

28 Zalmon the Ahohite, Maharai the Netophathite,

28 Zalmon the Ahohite, Maharai the Netophathite,

28 Zalmon the Ahohite, Maharai of Netophah,

28 Zalmon the Ahohite, Maharai of Netophah,

29 Heleb the son of Baanah the Netophathite, Ittai the son of Ribai of Gibeah of the sons of Benjamin,

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

29 Heleb son of Baanah the Netophahite, Ittai son of Ribai from Gibeah of the Benjaminites,

29 Baanah's son Heleb from Netophah, Ribai's son Ittai from Gibeah of the descendants of Benjamin,

29 Heleb son of Baanah of Netophah, Ittai son of Ribai of Gibeah of the Benjamites.

30 Benaiah a Pirathonite, Hiddai of the brooks of Gaash,

30 Benaiah the Pirathonite, Hiddai of the brooks of Gaash,

30 Benaiah the Pirathonite, Hiddai from the Wadis of Gaash,

30 Benaiah from Pirathon, Hiddai from the Gaash creeks area,

30 Benaiah of Pirathon, Hiddai of the brooks of Gaash,

31 Abi-albon the Arbathite, Azmaveth the Barhumite,

31 Abialbon the Arbathite, Azmaveth the Barhumite,

31 Abi-albon the Arbathite, Azmaveth the Barhumite,

31 Abi-albon the Arbathite, Azmaveth from Bahurim,

31 Abi-albon the Arbathite, Azmaveth the Barhumite,

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

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

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

32 Eliahba from Shaalbon, Jashen's sons,

32 Eliahba of Shaalbon, the sons of Jashen, Jonathan,

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

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

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

33 Shammah's son from Harar, Sharar the Hararite's son Ahiam,

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

34 Eliphelet the son of Ahasbai, the son of the Maacathite, Eliam the son of Ahithophel the Gilonite,

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

34 Eliphelet son of Ahasbai son of the Maacathite, Eliam son of Ahithophel the Gilonite,

34 Ahasbai the Maacathite's son Eliphelet, Ahithophel the Gilonite's son Eliam,

34 Eliphelet son of Ahasbai, son of Maacah, Eliam son of Ahithophel of Giloh,

35 Hezro the Carmelite, Paarai the Arbite,

35 Hezrai the Carmelite, Paarai the Arbite,

35 Hezro the Carmelite, Paarai the Arbite,

35 Hezro from Carmel, Paarai the Arbite,

35 Hezro (Hezrai) of Carmel, Paarai the Arbite,

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

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

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

36 Nathan's son Igal from Zobah, Bani the Gadite,

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

37 Zelek the Ammonite, Naharai the Beerothite, armor bearers of Joab the son of Zeruiah,

37 Zelek the Ammonite, Naharai the Beerothite, armourbearer to Joab the son of Zeruiah,

37 Zelek the Ammonite, Naharai the Beerothite, the armor-bearer for Joab son of Zeruiah,

37 Zelek the Ammonite, Naharai from Beeroth (the armor-bearer for Zeruiah's son Joab),

37 Zelek the Ammonite, Naharai of Beeroth, armor-bearer of Joab son of Zeruiah,

38 Ira the Ithrite, Gareb the Ithrite,

38 Ira an Ithrite, Gareb an Ithrite,

38 Ira the Ithrite, Gareb the Ithrite,

38 Ira the Ithrite, Gareb the Ithrite,

38 Ira the Ithrite, Gareb the Ithrite,

39 Uriah the Hittite; thirty-seven in all.

39 Uriah the Hittite: thirty and seven in all.

39 and Uriah the Hittite. There were 37 in all.

39 and Uriah the Hittite for a total of 37.

39 Uriah the Hittite -- "thirty-seven in all.



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