David the son of Jesse says,
the man who was raised on high says,
the anointed of the God of Jacob,
the sweet psalmist of Israel:
His word was on my tongue.
the Rock of Israel spoke to me,
‘One who rules over men righteously,
who rules in the fear of God,
a morning without clouds,
when the tender vegetation springs out of the earth,
through clear shining after rain.’
yet he has made with me an everlasting covenant,
ordered in all things and sure,
for it is all my salvation and all my desire,
although he doesn’t make it grow.
They will be utterly burned with fire in their place.”David’s Mighty Men
Josheb Basshebeth, a Tahchemonite, chief of the captains; the same was Adino the Eznite, against 800 slain at one time.
9After him was Eleazar the son of Dodai the son of an Ahohite, one of the three mighty men with David, when they defied the Philistines who were there gathered together to battle and the men of Israel were gone away.
10He arose and struck the Philistines until his hand was weary and his hand froze to the sword; and Yahweh worked a great victory that day; and the people returned after him only to take spoil.
11After him was Shammah the son of Agee a Hararite. The Philistines were gathered together into a troop where there was a plot of ground full of lentils, and the people fled from the Philistines.
12But he stood in the middle of the plot and defended it, and killed the Philistines; and Yahweh worked a great victory.
13Three of the thirty chief men went down and came to David in the harvest time to the cave of Adullam, and the troop of the Philistines was encamped in the valley of Rephaim.
14David was then in the stronghold, and the garrison of the Philistines was then in Bethlehem.
15David longed and said, “Oh that one would give me water to drink of the well of Bethlehem that is by the gate!”
16The three mighty men broke through the army 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: but he would not drink of it, but poured it out to Yahweh.
17He said, “Be it far from me, Yahweh, that I should do this! Isn’t it the blood of the men who went in jeopardy of their lives?” Therefore he would not drink it. The three mighty men did these things.
18Abishai, the brother of Joab, the son of Zeruiah, was chief of the three. He lifted up his spear against 300 and killed them, and had a name among the three.
19Wasn’t he most honorable of the three? Therefore he was made their captain; however he didn’t attain to the three.
20Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, the son of a valiant man of Kabzeel who had done mighty deeds, he killed the two sons of Ariel of Moab; he went down also and killed a lion in the middle of a pit in time of snow.
21He killed an Egyptian, an impressive–looking 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 killed him with his own spear.
22Benaiah the son of Jehoiada did these things and had a name among the three mighty men.
23He was more honorable than the thirty, but he didn’t attain to the three. David set him over his guard.
37 in all.