1And these are the last words of David. Faithful is David the son of Jesse, And faithful the man whom the Lord raised up to be the anointed of the God of Jacob, And beautiful are the psalms of Israel.
2The Spirit of the Lord spoke by me, And his word was upon my tongue.
3The God of Israel says, A watchman out of Israel spoke to me a parable: I said among men, How will ye strengthen the fear of the anointed?
4And in the morning light of God, let the sun arise in the morning, From the light of which the Lord passed on, And as it were from the rain of the tender grass upon the earth.
5For my house is not so with the Mighty One: For he has made an everlasting covenant with me, Ready, guarded at every time; For all my salvation and all my desire is, That the wicked should not flourish.
6All these are as a thorn thrust forth, For they shall not be taken with the hand,
7And a man shall not labor among them; And one shall have that which is fully armed with iron, And the staff of a spear, And he shall burn them with fire, and they shall be burned in their shame.
8These are the names of the mighty men of David: Josheb-basshebeth the Canaanite is a captain of the third part: Adinon the Asonite, he drew his sword against eight hundred soldiers at once.
9And after him Elhanan the son of his uncle, son of Dodo who was among the three mighty men with David; and when he defied the Philistines they were gathered there to war, and the men of Israel went up.
10He arose and smote the Philistines, until his hand was weary, and his hand clove to the sword: and the Lord wrought a great salvation in that day, and the people rested behind him only to strip the slain.
11And after him Shammah the son of Agee the Hararite: and the Philistines were gathered to Theria; and there was there a portion of ground full of lentils; and the people fled before the Philistines.
12And he stood firm in the midst of the portion, and rescued it, and smote the Philistines; and the Lord wrought a great deliverance.
13And three out of the thirty went down, and came to Cason to David, to the cave of Adullam; and there was an army of the Philistines, and they encamped in the Valley of Rephaim.
14And David was then in the stronghold, and the garrison of the Philistines was then in Bethlehem.
15And David longed, and said, Who will give me water to drink out of the well that is in Bethlehem by the gate? now the band of the Philistines was then in Bethlehem.
16And the three mighty men broke through the host of the Philistines, and drew water out of the well that was in Bethlehem in the gate: and they took it, and brought it to David, and he would not drink it, but poured it out before the Lord.
17And he said, O Lord, forbid that I should do this, that I should drink the blood of the men who went at the risk of their lives: and he would not drink it. These things did these three mighty men.
18And Abishai the brother of Joab the son of Zeruiah, he was chief among the three, and he lifted up his spear against three hundred whom he slew; and he had a name among three.
19Of those three he was most honorable, and he became a chief over them, but he reached not to the first three.
20And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, he was abundant in mighty deeds, from Kabzeel, and he smote the two sons of Ariel of Moab: and he went down and smote a lion in the midst of a pit on a snowy day.
21He smote an Egyptian, a wonderful man, and in the hand of the Egyptian was a spear as the side of a ladder; and he went down to him with a staff, and snatched the spear from the Egyptian’s hand, and slew him with his own spear.
22These things did Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and he had a name among the three mighty men.
23He was honorable among the second three, but he reached not to the first three: and David made him his reporter. And these are the names of King David’s mighty men.
24Asahel Joab’s brother; he was among the thirty. Elhanan son of Dodo his uncle in Bethlehem.
25Shammah the Rudaean.
26Helez the Kelothite: Ira the son of Ikkesh the Tekoite.
27Abiezer the Anothite, of the sons of the Anothite.
28Zalmon the Ahohite; Maharai the Netophatite.
29Ittai the son of Ribai of Gibeah, son of Benjamin the Ephrathite; Asmoth the Bardiamite; Emasu the Shaalbonite:
32the sons of Jashen, Jonathan;
33Shammah the Hararite; Ahiam the son of Sharar the Hararite.
34Eliphelet the son of Ahasbai, the son of the Maacah; Eliam the son of Ahithophel the Gilonite.
35Hezro the Carmelite the son of Uraeoerchi.
36Igal the son of Nathan. The son of much valor, the son of Galaaddi.
37Elie the Ammonite.
37aAdroi of the brooks.
37bAbi-albon son of the Arbathite.
37cGelore the Beerothite, armor bearer to Joab, son of Zeruiah.
38Ira the Ithrite. Gareb the Ithrite.
39Uriah the Hittite: thirty-seven in all.