23 And these are David’s last words: Quoth Jesse’s son David,quoth the man planted high,The anointed of Jacob’s God,the winsome psalmist of Israel, 2 Jehovah’s spirit spoke in me,and his say is on my tongue. 3 Jacob’s God said,Israel’s Rock told me,“A just ruler over men,who rules in the fear of God, 4 * Uprises like morning light,the sun of a cloudless morning,By radiance brings upgrass from the earth by rain.” 5 * Is not my house so with the Deity?for he has made me a perpetual pledge,detailed and warranted,That all my success he will completeand will make all my pleasure thrive. 6 But reprobates are like loose thornbushesall of them, for not with hands are they taken, 7 But the man that touches them is providedwith iron and spear-shaft,and they are burned up. 8 ** These are the names of the champions David had: Ishbaal the Hacmonite, head of the Three; he brandished his ax over eight hundred killed at one time. 9 And next to him Eleazar the son of Dodai, the Ahohite; he was among three champions with David at Pas-Dammim when the Philistines had come together there for war, and the men of Israel went up, 10 * but he rose and killed Philistines till his arm was tired and his hand stuck fast to the sword; and Jehovah made a great victory that day, and the people came back after his work only to strip the fallen. 11 *** And next to him Shammah the son of Agee the Hararite; and the Philistines had come together at the Jawbone, and there was a field full of lentils there, and the people had fled from the Philistines; 12 and he took his stand in the middle of the field and rescued it, and defeated the Philistines; and Jehovah made a great victory. 13 * And three of the Thirty went down at the beginning of harvest to David at the fastness of ʽAdullam, when a sept of Philistines was camping in Ghost Hollow: 14 David was in the fastness then, and the Philistine supporting-force was then at Bethlehem. 15 And David was taken with a craving, and said “I wish I had a drink of water out of the Bethlehem well at the gate”; 16 and the three champions burst through the Philistine camp and drew water out of the Bethlehem well at the gate and carried it away to David. But he would not drink it, but poured it out as an offering to Jehovah, 17 and said “Jehovah forbid the thought of my doing this: the blood of the men that went, with their lives in it?” and he would not drink it. These things the three champions did. 18 * And Abishai, brother to Joab the son of Serujah, was head of the Thirty; and he brandished his spear over three hundred killed, and used to be named among the Three. 19 He was more honored than the Three, and became captain over them, but he did not get into the Three. 20 * And Benajah the son of Jehojadaʽ, a man of mettle and of many exploits, from Kabseel: it was he who killed the two Arels of Moab, and who went down and killed the lion in the well on the day of the snowstorm, 21 * and who killed an Egyptian, a tall man, the Egyptian having a spear in his hand and he going down to him with a cudgel and snatching the spear out of the Egyptian’s hand and killing him with his own spear. 22 These things Benajah the son of Jehojadaʽ did, and used to be named among the Three Champions; 23 he was more honored than the Thirty, but did not get into the Three; but David gave him the right of private audience. 24 * Joab’s brother ʽAsahel was among the Thirty; Elhanan the son of Dodo from Bethlehem; 25 Shammah the Harodite; Elika the Harodite; 26 Heles the Paltite; ʽIra the son of ʽIkkesh the Tekoʽite; 27 Abiʽezerthe ʽAnathothite; Sibbecai the Hushathite; 28 Salmon the Ahohite; Maharai the Netophathite; 29 Heled the son of Baʽanah the Netophathite; Ittai the son of Ribai from Gibeah of the Benjamites; 30 Benajah the Pireathonite; Hiddai from the Gaʽash ravines; 31 Abibaal the ʽArbathite; ʽAzmaveth the Bahrumite; 32 Eljahba the Shaʽalbonite; Jashen the Gunite; Jonathan 33 * the son of Shammah the Hararite; Ahiam the son of Sharar the Hararite; 34 Eliphelet the son of Ahasbai the Beth-Maʽacathite; Eliʽam the son of Ahithophel the Gilonite; 35 Hesro the Carmelite; Pagharai the Arbite; 36 * Igal the son of Nathan from Soba; Bani the Gadite; 37 * Selek the ʽAmmonite; Naharai the Beerothite, squire to Joab the son of Serujah; 38 * ʽIra the Jetherite; Gareb the Jetherite; 39 Urijah the Hittite; thirty-seven in all.
^ 23:4 Susp.; brings up not in codd.
^ 23:5 Codd. that all my success, and all pleasure, that he will not make thrive
^ 23:8 Or This is David’s roll of champions:
^ 23:8 Codd. he was ʽAdino the ʽEsno over Var. he brandished his spear over
^ 23:10 Lit. came back after him only to strip. And next
^ 23:11 Var. son of Ela
^ 23:11 Codd. the Rarite
^ 23:11 Conj. full of sheaves
^ 23:13 Codd. three of the thirty head went down and came toward harvest (var. came to the rock) to David at the cave of ʽAdullam
^ 23:18 Conj. had fame like the Three Var. had fame among the Thirty
^ 23:20 Var. in the cistern
^ 23:21 Var. a stately man
^ 23:24-39 Some of these names unc.
^ 23:33 Var. Sharar the Rarite Var. Sharar the Ararite
^ 23:36 Var. Igal the son of Nathan; Mibhar the son of Gadi (conj. son of Gad)
^ 23:37 Var. squires
^ 23:38 (twice) Conj.* Jattirite