2 Samuel 23:23
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New International Version
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.

New Living Translation
He was more honored than the other members of the Thirty, though he was not one of the Three. And David made him captain of his bodyguard.

English Standard Version
He was renowned among the thirty, but he did not attain to the three. And David set him over his bodyguard.

Berean Study Bible
He was the most honored of the Thirty, but he did not become one of the Three. And David appointed him over his guard.

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

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

Christian Standard Bible
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.

Good News Translation
He was outstanding among them, but was not as famous as "The Three." David put him in charge of his bodyguard.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
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.

International Standard Version
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.

NET Bible
He received honor from the thirty warriors, though he was not one of the three elite warriors. David put him in charge of his bodyguard.

New Heart English Bible
He was more honorable than the Thirty, but he did not attain to the Three. David set him over his guard.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He was honored more than the thirty, but he was not a member of the three. David put him in charge of his bodyguards.

JPS Tanakh 1917
He was more honourable than the thirty, but he attained not to the first three. And David set him over his guard.

New American Standard 1977
He was honored among the thirty, but he did not attain to the three. And David appointed him over his guard.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He had more honour than the thirty, but he did not attain to the first three. And David put him in his council.

King James 2000 Bible
He was more honorable than the thirty, but he attained not to the first three. And David set him over his guard.

American King James Version
He was more honorable than the thirty, but he attained not to the first three. And David set him over his guard.

American Standard Version
He was more honorable than the thirty, but he attained not to the first three. And David set him over his guard.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he was renowned among the three valiant men, who were the most honourable among the thirty: but he attained riot to the first three: and David made him of his privy council.

Darby Bible Translation
He was honoured above the thirty, but he did not attain to the [first] three. And David set him in his council.

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

Webster's Bible Translation
He was more honorable than the thirty, but he attained not to the first three. And David set him over his guard.

World English Bible
He was more honorable than the thirty, but he didn't attain to the [first] three. David set him over his guard.

Young's Literal Translation
Of the thirty he is honoured, and unto the three he came not; and David setteth him over his guard.
Study Bible
David's Mighty Men
22These were the exploits of Benaiah son of Jehoiada, who won a name alongside the three mighty men. 23He was the most honored of the Thirty, but he did not become one of the Three. And David appointed him over his guard. 24Now these were members of the Thirty: Asahel the brother of Joab, Elhanan son of Dodo of Bethlehem,…
Cross References
2 Samuel 23:22
These were the exploits of Benaiah son of Jehoiada, who won a name alongside the three mighty men.

2 Samuel 23:24
Now these were members of the Thirty: Asahel the brother of Joab, Elhanan son of Dodo of Bethlehem,

Treasury of Scripture

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

more honourable. or, honourable among the thirty.

1 Chronicles 27:6 This is that Benaiah, who was mighty among the thirty, and above …

over his guard. or, over his council. [heb] at his command

2 Samuel 8:8 And from Betah, and from Berothai, cities of Hadadezer, king David …

2 Samuel 20:23 Now Joab was over all the host of Israel: and Benaiah the son of …

1 Samuel 22:14 Then Ahimelech answered the king, and said, And who is so faithful …







(23) Set him over his guard.--The word translated guard means rather private audience. David either made him a member of, or set him over his council. If in 1Chronicles 27:34 "Jehoiada son of Benaiah" is an error for "Benaiah son of Jehoiada," his holding of this office is also mentioned there.

Verse 23. - David set him over his guard. We have already seen (upon 1 Samuel 22:14) that the words mean that David made him a member of his privy council. Literally the words are, and David appointed him to his audience. In 1 Chronicles 27:34 mention is made of "Jehoiada the son of Benaiah" as being next in the council to Ahithophel, and many commentators think that the names have been transposed, and that we ought to read, "Benaiah the son of Jehoiada." He was more honourable than the thirty,.... Whose names are after recorded:

but he attained not to the first three; the first triumvirate, Jashobeam, Eleazar, and Shammah; he was not equal to them for fortitude, courage, and military exploits:

and David set him over his guard; his bodyguard, the Cherethites and Pelethites, 2 Samuel 8:18; who are called in the Hebrew text "his hearing" (m), because they hearkened to his orders and commands, and obeyed them.

(m) "ad auditum suum", Pagninus, Montanus. 23:8-39 David once earnestly longed for the water at the well of Bethlehem. It seems to be an instance of weakness. He was thirsty; with the water of that well he had often refreshed himself when a youth, and it was without due thought that he desired it. Were his valiant men so forward to expose themselves, upon the least hint of their prince's mind, and so eager to please him, and shall not we long to approve ourselves to our Lord Jesus, by ready compliance with his will, as shown us by his word, Spirit, and providence? But David poured out the water as a drink-offering to the Lord. Thus he would cross his own foolish fancy, and punish himself for indulging it, and show that he had sober thoughts to correct his rash ones, and knew how to deny himself. Did David look upon that water as very precious which was got at the hazard of these men's blood, and shall not we much more value those benefits for purchasing which our blessed Saviour shed his blood? Let all beware of neglecting so great salvation.
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