2 Samuel 23
King James Bible: Purple Letter Edition
1Now these are {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, 2The Spirit of the LORD spoke by me, and His word was in my tongue. 3The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spoke to me, He who ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God. 4And 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. 5Although 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. 6But the worthless men { sons of Belial} shall be all of them as thorns thrust away, because they cannot be taken with hands: 7But the man who shall touch them must be armed {fenced} with iron and the staff of a spear; and they shall be utterly burned with fire in the same place.

8These are {be}the names of the mighty men whom David had: Josheb-basshebeth, the Tachmonite, chief among the captains; the same was Adino, the Eznite; he lifted up his spear against eight hundred, whom he slew at one time. 9And after him was Eleazar, the son of Dodai, the Ahohite, one of the three mighty men with David, when they defied the Philistines who were there gathered together to battle, and the men of Israel were gone away; 10He arose, and smote the Philistines until his hand was weary, and his hand adhered to {clave unto} the sword; and the LORD wrought a great victory that day; and the people returned after him only to spoil. 11And after him was Shammah, the son of Agee, the Hararite. And the Philistines were gathered together into a troop, where was a plot {piece} of ground full of lentils; and the people fled from the Philistines. 12But he stood in the center of the plot {midst of the ground}, and defended it, and slew the Philistines; and the LORD wrought a great victory.

13And three of the thirty leaders {chief} went down, and came to David in the harvest time unto the cave of Adullam; and the troop of the Philistines encamped {pitched} in the valley of Rephaim. 14And David was then in a stronghold {an hold}, and the garrison of the Philistines was then in Bethlehem. 15And David longed, and said, Oh that one would give me drink of the water of the well of Bethlehem, which is by the gate! 16And the three mighty men broke 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 of it {thereof}, but poured it out unto the LORD. 17And he said, Be it far from me, O LORD, that I should do this; is not this the blood of the men who went in jeopardy of their lives? Therefore, he would not drink it. These things did these three mighty men.

18And 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. 19Was he not most honorable of three? Therefore, he was their captain; howbeit he attained not unto the first three.

20And Benaiah, the son of Jehoiada, the son of a valiant man, of Kabzeel, who had done many deeds, he slew the two sons of Ariel of Moab; he went down also and slew a lion in the middle {midst} of a pit in time of snow. 21And he slew an Egyptian, a handsome {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. 22These things did Benaiah, the son of Jehoiada, and won {had} a {the} name along with {among} the three mighty men. 23He was more honorable than the thirty, but he attained not to the first three. And David set him over his guard.

24Asahel, the brother of Joab, was one of the thirty; Elhanan, the son of Dodo {Dodai} of Bethlehem; 25Shammah, the Harodite; Elika, the Harodite; 26Helez, the Paltite; Ira, the son of Ikkesh, the Tekoite; 27Abiezer, the Anethothite; Mebunnai, the Hushathite; 28Zalmon, the Ahohite; Maharai, the Netophathite; 29Heleb, the son of Baanah, a Netophathite; Ittai, the son of Ribai, of Gibeah, of the children of Benjamin, 30Benaiah, the Pirathonite; Hiddai, of the brooks of Gaash; 31Abi-albon, the Arbathite; Azmaveth, the Barhumite; 32Eliahba, the Shaalbonite; of the sons of Jashen, Jonathan; 33Shammah the Hararite; Ahiam, the son of Sharar, the Hararite; 34Eliphelet, the son of Ahasbai, the son of the Maacathite; Eliam, the son of Ahithophel, the Gilonite; 35Hezro, the Carmelite, Paarai, the Arbite; 36Igal, the son of Nathan of Zobah; Bani, the Gadite; 37Zelek, the Ammonite; Naharai, the Beerothite, armor-bearer to Joab, the son of Zeruiah; 38Ira, an Ithrite; Gareb, an Ithrite; 39Uriah, the Hittite; thirty and seven in all.

King James Bible: Purple Letter Edition
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