2 Samuel 23
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,||
The Spirit of the LORD spake by me, and his word was in my tongue.||
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.||
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.||
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.||
But the sons of Belial shall be all of them as thorns thrust away, because
they cannot be taken with hands:||
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.||
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.
"The chief among the captains ... Adino the Eznite lift up his spear against eight hundred, whom he slew at one time."
The chief of David's captains killed with
his own spear 800 guys at one time -- or was it 300 like it says in
1 Chronicles 11:11?
How many men did the chief of David's captains kill?
God's 84th Killing
David's Strong Men
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:
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.
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. ||
"Eleazar the son of Dodo ... smote the Philistines until his hand was weary, and his hand
clave unto the sword: and the LORD wrought a great victory that day."
(23:11-12) "Shammah the son of Agee ... slew the
Philistines: and the LORD wrought a great victory."
But he stood in the midst of the ground, and defended it, and slew the
Philistines: and the LORD wrought a great victory.
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.
And David was then in an hold, and the garrison of the Philistines was
then in Bethlehem.||
"David ... would not drink thereof, but poured it out unto the LORD."|
David was thirsty, so he asked someone to get him some water from the Bethlehem well,
which was controlled by the Philistines. Three of his men broke through the enemy lines, got the water from
the well, and brought it back to David. But he refused to drink it and poured it on the ground.
David refuses to drink
|23:15 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!
|23:16 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.
|23:17 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.
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.||
"Abishai ... lifted up his spear against three hundred, and slew them."
Was he not most honourable of three? therefore he was their captain:
howbeit he attained not unto the first three.||
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:||
"Benaiah the son of Jehoiada ... slew two lionlike men of Moab: he went down also and
slew a lion in the midst of a pit in time of snow. And he slew an Egyptian, a goodly man: and the Egyptian had a spear in his
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.
These things did Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and had the name among three
He was more honourable than the thirty, but he attained not to the first
three. And David set him over his guard.||
Asahel the brother of Joab was one of the thirty; Elhanan the son of Dodo
Shammah the Harodite, Elika the Harodite,||
Helez the Paltite, Ira the son of Ikkesh the Tekoite,||
Abiezer the Anethothite, Mebunnai the Hushathite,||
Zalmon the Ahohite, Maharai the Netophathite,||
Heleb the son of Baanah, a Netophathite, Ittai the son of Ribai out of
Gibeah of the children of Benjamin,||
Benaiah the Pirathonite, Hiddai of the brooks of Gaash,||
Abialbon the Arbathite, Azmaveth the Barhumite,||
Eliahba the Shaalbonite, of the sons of Jashen, Jonathan,||
Shammah the Hararite, Ahiam the son of Sharar the Hararite,||
Eliphelet the son of Ahasbai, the son of the Maachathite, Eliam the son of
Ahithophel the Gilonite,||
Hezrai the Carmelite, Paarai the Arbite,||
Igal the son of Nathan of Zobah, Bani the Gadite,||
Zelek the Ammonite, Nahari the Beerothite, armourbearer to Joab the son of
Ira an Ithrite, Gareb an Ithrite,||
(23:39) "Thrity and seven in all."|
How come only 31 are listed in verses 24-39?
Uriah the Hittite: thirty and seven in all.