Now there was a famine in the days of David for three years, year after year; and David sought the presence of the LORD. And the LORD said, "It is for Saul and his bloody house, because he put the Gibeonites to death."
So the king called the Gibeonites and spoke to them (now the Gibeonites were not of the sons of Israel but of the remnant of the Amorites, and the sons of Israel made a covenant with them, but Saul had sought to kill them in his zeal for the sons of Israel and Judah).
Thus David said to the Gibeonites, "What should I do for you? And how can I make atonement that you may bless the inheritance of the LORD?"
Then the Gibeonites said to him, "We have no [concern] of silver or gold with Saul or his house, nor is it for us to put any man to death in Israel." And he said, "I will do for you whatever you say."
So they said to the king, "The man who consumed us and who planned to exterminate us from remaining within any border of Israel,
let seven men from his sons be given to us, and we will hang them before the LORD in Gibeah of Saul, the chosen of the LORD." And the king said, "I will give [them]."
But the king spared Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan the son of Saul, because of the oath of the LORD which was between them, between David and Saul's son Jonathan.
So the king took the two sons of Rizpah the daughter of Aiah, Armoni and Mephibosheth whom she had borne to Saul, and the five sons of Merab the daughter of Saul, whom she had borne to Adriel the son of Barzillai the Meholathite.
Then he gave them into the hands of the Gibeonites, and they hanged them in the mountain before the LORD, so that the seven of them fell together; and they were put to death in the first days of harvest at the beginning of barley harvest.
And Rizpah the daughter of Aiah took sackcloth and spread it for herself on the rock, from the beginning of harvest until it rained on them from the sky; and she allowed neither the birds of the sky to rest on them by day nor the beasts of the field by night.
When it was told David what Rizpah the daughter of Aiah, the concubine of Saul, had done,
then David went and took the bones of Saul and the bones of Jonathan his son from the men of Jabesh-gilead, who had stolen them from the open square of Beth-shan, where the Philistines had hanged them on the day the Philistines struck down Saul in Gilboa.
He brought up the bones of Saul and the bones of Jonathan his son from there, and they gathered the bones of those who had been hanged.
They buried the bones of Saul and Jonathan his son in the country of Benjamin in Zela, in the grave of Kish his father; thus they did all that the king commanded, and after that God was moved by prayer for the land.
Now when the Philistines were at war again with Israel, David went down and his servants with him; and as they fought against the Philistines, David became weary.
Then Ishbi-benob, who was among the descendants of the giant, the weight of whose spear was three hundred [shekels] of bronze in weight, was girded with a new [sword], and he intended to kill David.
But Abishai the son of Zeruiah helped him, and struck the Philistine and killed him. Then the men of David swore to him, saying, "You shall not go out again with us to battle, so that you do not extinguish the lamp of Israel."
Now it came about after this that there was war again with the Philistines at Gob; then Sibbecai the Hushathite struck down Saph, who was among the descendants of the giant.
There was war with the Philistines again at Gob, and Elhanan the son of Jaare-oregim the Bethlehemite killed Goliath the Gittite, the shaft of whose spear was like a weaver's beam.
There was war at Gath again, where there was a man of [great] stature who had six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot, twenty-four in number; and he also had been born to the giant.
When he defied Israel, Jonathan the son of Shimei, David's brother, struck him down.
These four were born to the giant in Gath, and they fell by the hand of David and by the hand of his servants.
And David spoke the words of this song to the LORD in the day that the LORD delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul.
He said, "The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer;
My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold and my refuge; My savior, You save me from violence.
"I call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised, And I am saved from my enemies.
"For the waves of death encompassed me; The torrents of destruction overwhelmed me;
The cords of Sheol surrounded me; The snares of death confronted me.
"In my distress I called upon the LORD, Yes, I cried to my God; And from His temple He heard my voice, And my cry for help [came] into His ears.
"Then the earth shook and quaked, The foundations of heaven were trembling And were shaken, because He was angry.
"Smoke went up out of His nostrils, Fire from His mouth devoured; Coals were kindled by it.
"He bowed the heavens also, and came down With thick darkness under His feet.
"And He rode on a cherub and flew; And He appeared on the wings of the wind.
"And He made darkness canopies around Him, A mass of waters, thick clouds of the sky.
"From the brightness before Him Coals of fire were kindled.
"The LORD thundered from heaven, And the Most High uttered His voice.
"And He sent out arrows, and scattered them, Lightning, and routed them.
"Then the channels of the sea appeared, The foundations of the world were laid bare By the rebuke of the LORD, At the blast of the breath of His nostrils.
"He sent from on high, He took me; He drew me out of many waters.
"He delivered me from my strong enemy, From those who hated me, for they were too strong for me.
"They confronted me in the day of my calamity, But the LORD was my support.
"He also brought me forth into a broad place; He rescued me, because He delighted in me.
"The LORD has rewarded me according to my righteousness; According to the cleanness of my hands He has recompensed me.
"For I have kept the ways of the LORD, And have not acted wickedly against my God.
"For all His ordinances [were] before me, And [as for] His statutes, I did not depart from them.
"I was also blameless toward Him, And I kept myself from my iniquity.
"Therefore the LORD has recompensed me according to my righteousness, According to my cleanness before His eyes.
"With the kind You show Yourself kind, With the blameless You show Yourself blameless;
With the pure You show Yourself pure, And with the perverted You show Yourself astute.
"And You save an afflicted people; But Your eyes are on the haughty [whom] You abase.
"For You are my lamp, O LORD; And the LORD illumines my darkness.
"For by You I can run upon a troop; By my God I can leap over a wall.
"As for God, His way is blameless; The word of the LORD is tested; He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
"For who is God, besides the LORD? And who is a rock, besides our God?
"God is my strong fortress; And He sets the blameless in His way.
"He makes my feet like hinds' [feet], And sets me on my high places.
"He trains my hands for battle, So that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
"You have also given me the shield of Your salvation, And Your help makes me great.
"You enlarge my steps under me, And my feet have not slipped.
"I pursued my enemies and destroyed them, And I did not turn back until they were consumed.
"And I have devoured them and shattered them, so that they did not rise; And they fell under my feet.
"For You have girded me with strength for battle; You have subdued under me those who rose up against me.
"You have also made my enemies turn [their] backs to me, And I destroyed those who hated me.
"They looked, but there was none to save; [Even] to the LORD, but He did not answer them.
"Then I pulverized them as the dust of the earth; I crushed [and] stamped them as the mire of the streets.
"You have also delivered me from the contentions of my people; You have kept me as head of the nations; A people whom I have not known serve me.
"Foreigners pretend obedience to me; As soon as they hear, they obey me.
"Foreigners lose heart, And come trembling out of their fortresses.
"The LORD lives, and blessed be my rock; And exalted be God, the rock of my salvation,
The God who executes vengeance for me, And brings down peoples under me,
Who also brings me out from my enemies; You even lift me above those who rise up against me; You rescue me from the violent man.
"Therefore I will give thanks to You, O LORD, among the nations, And I will sing praises to Your name.
"[He] is a tower of deliverance to His king, And shows lovingkindness to His anointed, To David and his descendants forever."
Now these are the last words of David. David the son of Jesse declares, The man who was raised on high declares, The anointed of the God of Jacob, And the sweet psalmist of Israel,
"The Spirit of the LORD spoke by me, And His word was on my tongue.
"The God of Israel said, The Rock of Israel spoke to me, 'He who rules over men righteously, Who rules in the fear of God,
Is as the light of the morning [when] the sun rises, A morning without clouds, [When] the tender grass [springs] out of the earth, Through sunshine after rain.'
"Truly is not my house so with God? For He has made an everlasting covenant with me, Ordered in all things, and secured; For all my salvation and all [my] desire, Will He not indeed make [it] grow?
"But the worthless, every one of them will be thrust away like thorns, Because they cannot be taken in hand;
But the man who touches them Must be armed with iron and the shaft of a spear, And they will be completely burned with fire in [their] place."
These are the names of the mighty men whom David had: Josheb-basshebeth a Tahchemonite, chief of the captains, he was [called] Adino the Eznite, because of eight hundred slain [by him] 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 who were gathered there to battle and the men of Israel had withdrawn.
He arose and struck the Philistines until his hand was weary and clung to the sword, and the LORD brought about a great victory that day; and the people returned after him only to strip [the slain].
Now after him was Shammah the son of Agee a Hararite. And the Philistines were gathered into a troop where there was a plot of ground full of lentils, and the people fled from the Philistines.
But he took his stand in the midst of the plot, defended it and struck the Philistines; and the LORD brought about a great victory.
Then three of the thirty chief men went down and came to David in the harvest time to the cave of Adullam, while the troop of the Philistines was camping in the valley of Rephaim.
David was then in the stronghold, while the garrison of the Philistines was then in Bethlehem.
David had a craving and said, "Oh that someone would give me water to drink from the well of Bethlehem which is by the gate!"
So the three mighty men broke through the camp of the Philistines, and drew water from the well of Bethlehem which was by the gate, and took [it] and brought [it] to David. Nevertheless he would not drink it, but poured it out to the LORD;
and he said, "Be it far from me, O LORD, that I should do this. [Shall I drink] the blood of the men who went in [jeopardy] of their lives?" Therefore he would not drink it. These things the three mighty men did.
Abishai, the brother of Joab, the son of Zeruiah, was chief of the thirty. And he swung his spear against three hundred and killed [them], and had a name as well as the three.
He was most honored of the thirty, therefore he became their commander; however, he did not attain to the three.
Then Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, the son of a valiant man of Kabzeel, who had done mighty deeds, killed the two [sons of] Ariel of Moab. He also went down and killed a lion in the middle of a pit on a snowy day.
He killed an Egyptian, an impressive man. Now the Egyptian [had] a spear in his hand, but he went down to him with a club and snatched the spear from the Egyptian's hand and killed him with his own spear.
These [things] Benaiah the son of Jehoiada did, and had a name as well as the three mighty men.
He was honored among the thirty, but he did not attain to the three. And David appointed him over his guard.
Asahel the brother of Joab was among the thirty; Elhanan the son of Dodo of Bethlehem,
Shammah the Harodite, Elika the Harodite,
Helez the Paltite, Ira the son of Ikkesh the Tekoite,
Abiezer the Anathothite, Mebunnai the Hushathite,
Zalmon the Ahohite, Maharai the Netophathite,
Heleb the son of Baanah the Netophathite, Ittai the son of Ribai of Gibeah of the sons of Benjamin,
Benaiah a Pirathonite, Hiddai of the brooks of Gaash,
Abi-albon the Arbathite, Azmaveth the Barhumite,
Eliahba the Shaalbonite, the sons of Jashen, Jonathan,
Shammah the Hararite, Ahiam the son of Sharar the Ararite,
Eliphelet the son of Ahasbai, the son of the Maacathite, Eliam the son of Ahithophel the Gilonite,
Hezro the Carmelite, Paarai the Arbite,
Igal the son of Nathan of Zobah, Bani the Gadite,
Zelek the Ammonite, Naharai the Beerothite, armor bearers of Joab the son of Zeruiah,
Ira the Ithrite, Gareb the Ithrite,
Uriah the Hittite; thirty-seven in all.
Paul and Silvanus and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace.
We give thanks to God always for all of you, making mention [of you] in our prayers;
constantly bearing in mind your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the presence of our God and Father,
knowing, brethren beloved by God, [His] choice of you;
for our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction; just as you know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake.
You also became imitators of us and of the Lord, having received the word in much tribulation with the joy of the Holy Spirit,
so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia.
For the word of the Lord has sounded forth from you, not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith toward God has gone forth, so that we have no need to say anything.
For they themselves report about us what kind of a reception we had with you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve a living and true God,
and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, [that is] Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath to come.