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23:1 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, 23:2 The Spirit of the LORD spake by me, and his word was in my tongue.
23:3 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.
23:4 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.
23:5 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.
23:6 But the sons of Belial shall be all of them as thorns thrust away, because they cannot be taken with hands: 23:7 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.
23:8 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.
23:9 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: 23:10 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.
23:11 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.
23:12 But he stood in the midst of the ground, and defended it, and slew the Philistines: and the LORD wrought a great victory.
23:13 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.
23:14 And David was then in an hold, and the garrison of the Philistines was then in Bethlehem.
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.
23:18 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.
23:19 Was he not most honourable of three? therefore he was their captain: howbeit he attained not unto the first three.
23:20 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: 23:21 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.
23:22 These things did Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and had the name among three mighty men.
23:23 He was more honourable than the thirty, but he attained not to the first three. And David set him over his guard.
23:24 Asahel the brother of Joab was one of the thirty; Elhanan the son of Dodo of Bethlehem, 23:25 Shammah the Harodite, Elika the Harodite, 23:26 Helez the Paltite, Ira the son of Ikkesh the Tekoite, 23:27 Abiezer the Anethothite, Mebunnai the Hushathite, 23:28 Zalmon the Ahohite, Maharai the Netophathite, 23:29 Heleb the son of Baanah, a Netophathite, Ittai the son of Ribai out of Gibeah of the children of Benjamin, 23:30 Benaiah the Pirathonite, Hiddai of the brooks of Gaash, 23:31 Abialbon the Arbathite, Azmaveth the Barhumite, 23:32 Eliahba the Shaalbonite, of the sons of Jashen, Jonathan, 23:33 Shammah the Hararite, Ahiam the son of Sharar the Hararite, 23:34 Eliphelet the son of Ahasbai, the son of the Maachathite, Eliam the son of Ahithophel the Gilonite, 23:35 Hezrai the Carmelite, Paarai the Arbite, 23:36 Igal the son of Nathan of Zobah, Bani the Gadite, 23:37 Zelek the Ammonite, Nahari the Beerothite, armourbearer to Joab the son of Zeruiah, 23:38 Ira an Ithrite, Gareb an Ithrite, 23:39 Uriah the Hittite: thirty and seven in all.

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Book: 2 Samuel
Chapter: 23

David's last words. (1-7) David's mighty men. (8-39)

1-7 These words of David are very worthy of regard. Let those
who have had long experience of God's Goodness, and the
pleasantness of heavenly Wisdom, when they come to finish their
course, Bear their Testimony to the Truth of the promise. David
avows his Divine Inspiration, that the Spirit of God spake By
him. He, and other holy men, spake and wrote as they were moved
By the Holy Ghost. In many things he had his own neglect and
wrong conduct to blame. But David comforted himself that the
Lord had made with him an Everlasting Covenant. By this he
principally intended the Covenant of Mercy and peace, which the
Lord made with him as a sinner, who believed in the promised
Saviour, who embraced the promised blessing, who yielded up
himself to the Lord, to be his redeemed servant. Believers shall
for ever enjoy Covenant blessings; and God the Father, Son, and
Holy Ghost, shall be for ever glorified in their Salvation. Thus
Pardon, Righteousness, Grace, and eternal Life, are secured as
the Gift of God through Jesus Christ. There is an infinite
Fulness of Grace and all blessings treasured up in Christ, for
those who seek his Salvation. This Covenant was all David's
Salvation, he So Well knew the holy Law of God and the extent of
his own sinfulness, that he perceived what was needful for his
own case in this Salvation. It was therefore all his desire. In
comparison, all earthly objects lost their attractions; he was
willing to give them up, or to die and leave them, that he might
enjoy full happiness, Ps 73:24-28. Still the power of evil,
and the weakness of his Faith, Hope, and Love, were his grief
and Burden. Doubtless he would have allowed that his own
slackness and want of care were the cause; but the Hope that he
should soon be made perfect in Glory, encouraged him in his
dying moments.

8-39 David once earnestly longed for the water at the Well of
Bethlehem. It seems to be an instance of weakness. He was
thirsty; with the water of that Well he had often refreshed
himself when a youth, and it was without due thought that he
desired it. Were his valiant men So forward to expose
themselves, upon the least hint of their Prince's mind, and So
eager to please him, and shall not we long to approve ourselves
to our Lord Jesus, By ready compliance with his will, as shown
us By his Word, Spirit, and Providence? But David poured out the
water as a Drink-Offering to the Lord. Thus he would Cross his
own foolish fancy, and punish himself for indulging it, and show
that he had sober thoughts to correct his rash ones, and knew
how to deny himself. Did David look upon that water as very
precious which was got at the hazard of these men's Blood, and
shall not we much more value those benefits for purchasing which
our blessed Saviour shed his Blood? Let all beware of neglecting
So great Salvation.

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