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
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
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.
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.
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
And David was then in an hold, and the garrison of the Philistines was then in
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!
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.
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
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:
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 mighty
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 of
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