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2 Samuel 22:1
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David's Song of Praise(a)

David sang(b) to the Lord the words of this song when the Lord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul.
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2 Samuel 22:2
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He said: "The Lord is my rock,(c) my fortress(d) and my deliverer;(e)
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2 Samuel 22:3
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my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,(f) my shield[a](g) and the horn[b](h) of my salvation. He is my stronghold,(i) my refuge and my savior— from violent people you save me.
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2 Samuel 22:4
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"I called to the Lord , who is worthy(j) of praise, and have been saved from my enemies.
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2 Samuel 22:5
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The waves(k) of death swirled about me; the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me.
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2 Samuel 22:6
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The cords of the grave(l) coiled around me; the snares of death confronted me.
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2 Samuel 22:7
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"In my distress(m) I called(n) to the Lord ; I called out to my God. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came to his ears.
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2 Samuel 22:8
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The earth(o) trembled and quaked,(p) the foundations(q) of the heavens[c] shook; they trembled because he was angry.
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2 Samuel 22:9
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Smoke rose from his nostrils; consuming fire(r) came from his mouth, burning coals(s) blazed out of it.
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2 Samuel 22:10
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He parted the heavens and came down; dark clouds(t) were under his feet.
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2 Samuel 22:11
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He mounted the cherubim(u) and flew; he soared[d] on the wings of the wind.(v)
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2 Samuel 22:12
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He made darkness(w) his canopy around him— the dark[e] rain clouds of the sky.
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2 Samuel 22:13
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Out of the brightness of his presence bolts of lightning(x) blazed forth.
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2 Samuel 22:14
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The Lord thundered(y) from heaven; the voice of the Most High resounded.
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2 Samuel 22:15
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He shot his arrows(z) and scattered the enemy, with great bolts of lightning he routed them.
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2 Samuel 22:16
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The valleys of the sea were exposed and the foundations of the earth laid bare at the rebuke(aa) of the Lord , at the blast(ab) of breath from his nostrils.
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2 Samuel 22:17
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"He reached down from on high(ac) and took hold of me; he drew(ad) me out of deep waters.
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2 Samuel 22:18
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He rescued(ae) me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me.
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2 Samuel 22:19
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They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the Lord was my support.(af)
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2 Samuel 22:20
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He brought me out into a spacious(ag) place; he rescued(ah) me because he delighted(ai) in me.(aj)
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2 Samuel 22:21
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"The Lord has dealt with me according to my righteousness;(ak) according to the cleanness(al) of my hands(am) he has rewarded me.
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2 Samuel 22:22
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For I have kept(an) the ways of the Lord ; I am not guilty of turning from my God.
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2 Samuel 22:23
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All his laws are before me;(ao) I have not turned(ap) away from his decrees.
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2 Samuel 22:24
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I have been blameless(aq) before him and have kept myself from sin.
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2 Samuel 22:25
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The Lord has rewarded me according to my righteousness,(ar) according to my cleanness[f] in his sight.
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2 Samuel 22:26
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"To the faithful you show yourself faithful, to the blameless you show yourself blameless,
2 Samuel 22:27
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to the pure(as) you show yourself pure, but to the devious you show yourself shrewd.(at)
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2 Samuel 22:28
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You save the humble,(au) but your eyes are on the haughty(av) to bring them low.(aw)
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2 Samuel 22:29
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You, Lord , are my lamp;(ax) the Lord turns my darkness into light.
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2 Samuel 22:30
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With your help I can advance against a troop[g]; with my God I can scale a wall.
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2 Samuel 22:31
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"As for God, his way is perfect:(ay) The Lord 's word is flawless;(az) he shields(ba) all who take refuge in him.
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2 Samuel 22:32
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For who is God besides the Lord ? And who is the Rock(bb) except our God?(bc)
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2 Samuel 22:33
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It is God who arms me with strength[h] and keeps my way secure.
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2 Samuel 22:34
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He makes my feet like the feet of a deer;(bd) he causes me to stand on the heights.(be)
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2 Samuel 22:35
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He trains my hands(bf) for battle; my arms can bend a bow(bg) of bronze.
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2 Samuel 22:36
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You make your saving help my shield;(bh) your help has made[i] me great.
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2 Samuel 22:37
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You provide a broad path(bi) for my feet, so that my ankles do not give way.
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2 Samuel 22:38
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"I pursued my enemies and crushed them; I did not turn back till they were destroyed.
2 Samuel 22:39
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I crushed(bj) them completely, and they could not rise; they fell beneath my feet.
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2 Samuel 22:40
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You armed me with strength for battle; you humbled my adversaries before me.(bk)
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2 Samuel 22:41
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You made my enemies turn their backs(bl) in flight, and I destroyed my foes.
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2 Samuel 22:42
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They cried for help,(bm) but there was no one to save them—(bn) to the Lord , but he did not answer.(bo)
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2 Samuel 22:43
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I beat them as fine as the dust(bp) of the earth; I pounded and trampled(bq) them like mud(br) in the streets.
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2 Samuel 22:44
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"You have delivered(bs) me from the attacks of the peoples; you have preserved(bt) me as the head of nations. People(bu) I did not know now serve me,
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2 Samuel 22:45
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foreigners cower(bv) before me; as soon as they hear of me, they obey me.(bw)
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2 Samuel 22:46
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They all lose heart; they come trembling[j](bx) from their strongholds.
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2 Samuel 22:47
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"The Lord lives! Praise be to my Rock! Exalted(by) be my God, the Rock, my Savior!(bz)
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2 Samuel 22:48
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He is the God who avenges(ca) me,(cb) who puts the nations under me,
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2 Samuel 22:49
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who sets me free from my enemies.(cc) You exalted me(cd) above my foes; from a violent man you rescued me.
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2 Samuel 22:50
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Therefore I will praise you, Lord , among the nations; I will sing the praises(ce) of your name.(cf)
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2 Samuel 22:51
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"He gives his king great victories;(cg) he shows unfailing kindness to his anointed,(ch) to David(ci) and his descendants forever."(cj)
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2 Samuel 23:1
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These are the last words of David: "The inspired utterance of David son of Jesse, the utterance of the man exalted(a) by the Most High, the man anointed(b) by the God of Jacob, the hero of Israel's songs:
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2 Samuel 23:2
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"The Spirit(c) of the Lord spoke through me; his word was on my tongue.
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2 Samuel 23:3
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The God of Israel spoke, the Rock(d) of Israel said to me: ‘When one rules over people in righteousness,(e) when he rules in the fear(f) of God,(g)
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2 Samuel 23:4
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he is like the light(h) of morning(i) at sunrise(j) on a cloudless morning, like the brightness after rain(k) that brings grass from the earth.'
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2 Samuel 23:5
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"If my house were not right with God, surely he would not have made with me an everlasting covenant,(l) arranged and secured in every part; surely he would not bring to fruition my salvation and grant me my every desire.
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2 Samuel 23:6
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But evil men are all to be cast aside like thorns,(m) which are not gathered with the hand.
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2 Samuel 23:7
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Whoever touches thorns uses a tool of iron or the shaft of a spear; they are burned up where they lie."
2 Samuel 23:8
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These are the names of David's mighty warriors:(o) Josheb-Basshebeth,[a](p) a Tahkemonite,[b] was chief of the Three; he raised his spear against eight hundred men, whom he killed[c] in one encounter.
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2 Samuel 23:9
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Next to him was Eleazar son of Dodai(q) the Ahohite.(r) As one of the three mighty warriors, he was with David when they taunted the Philistines gathered at Pas Dammim[d] for battle. Then the Israelites retreated,
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2 Samuel 23:10
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but Eleazar stood his ground and struck down the Philistines till his hand grew tired and froze to the sword. The Lord brought about a great victory that day. The troops returned to Eleazar, but only to strip the dead.
2 Samuel 23:11
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Next to him was Shammah son of Agee the Hararite. When the Philistines banded together at a place where there was a field full of lentils, Israel's troops fled from them.
2 Samuel 23:12
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But Shammah took his stand in the middle of the field. He defended it and struck the Philistines down, and the Lord brought about a great victory.
2 Samuel 23:13
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During harvest time, three of the thirty chief warriors came down to David at the cave of Adullam,(s) while a band of Philistines was encamped in the Valley of Rephaim.(t)
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2 Samuel 23:14
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At that time David was in the stronghold,(u) and the Philistine garrison was at Bethlehem.(v)
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2 Samuel 23:15
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David longed for water and said, "Oh, that someone would get me a drink of water from the well near the gate of Bethlehem!"
2 Samuel 23:16
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So the three mighty warriors broke through the Philistine lines, drew water from the well near the gate of Bethlehem and carried it back to David. But he refused to drink it; instead, he poured(w) it out before the Lord .
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2 Samuel 23:17
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"Far be it from me, Lord , to do this!" he said. "Is it not the blood(x) of men who went at the risk of their lives?" And David would not drink it. Such were the exploits of the three mighty warriors.
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2 Samuel 23:18
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Abishai(y) the brother of Joab son of Zeruiah was chief of the Three.[e] He raised his spear against three hundred men, whom he killed, and so he became as famous as the Three.
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2 Samuel 23:19
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Was he not held in greater honor than the Three? He became their commander, even though he was not included among them.
2 Samuel 23:20
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Benaiah(z) son of Jehoiada, a valiant fighter from Kabzeel,(aa) performed great exploits. He struck down Moab's two mightiest warriors. He also went down into a pit on a snowy day and killed a lion.
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2 Samuel 23:21
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And he struck down a huge Egyptian. Although the Egyptian had a spear in his hand, Benaiah went against him with a club. He snatched the spear from the Egyptian's hand and killed him with his own spear.
2 Samuel 23:22
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Such were the exploits of Benaiah son of Jehoiada; he too was as famous as the three mighty warriors.
2 Samuel 23:23
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He was held in greater honor than any of the Thirty, but he was not included among the Three. And David put him in charge of his bodyguard.
2 Samuel 23:24
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Among the Thirty were: Asahel(ab) the brother of Joab, Elhanan son of Dodo from Bethlehem,
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2 Samuel 23:25
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Shammah the Harodite,(ac) Elika the Harodite,
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2 Samuel 23:26
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Helez(ad) the Paltite, Ira(ae) son of Ikkesh from Tekoa,
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2 Samuel 23:27
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Abiezer(af) from Anathoth,(ag) Sibbekai[f] the Hushathite,
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2 Samuel 23:28
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Zalmon the Ahohite, Maharai(ah) the Netophathite,(ai)
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2 Samuel 23:29
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Heled[g](aj) son of Baanah the Netophathite, Ithai son of Ribai from Gibeah(ak) in Benjamin,
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2 Samuel 23:30
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Benaiah the Pirathonite,(al) Hiddai[h] from the ravines of Gaash,(am)
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2 Samuel 23:31
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Abi-Albon the Arbathite, Azmaveth the Barhumite,(an)
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2 Samuel 23:32
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Eliahba the Shaalbonite, the sons of Jashen, Jonathan
2 Samuel 23:33
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son of[i] Shammah the Hararite, Ahiam son of Sharar[j] the Hararite,
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2 Samuel 23:34
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Eliphelet son of Ahasbai the Maakathite,(ao) Eliam(ap) son of Ahithophel(aq) the Gilonite,
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2 Samuel 23:35
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Hezro the Carmelite,(ar) Paarai the Arbite,
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2 Samuel 23:36
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Igal son of Nathan from Zobah,(as) the son of Hagri,[k]
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2 Samuel 23:37
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Zelek the Ammonite, Naharai the Beerothite,(at) the armor-bearer of Joab son of Zeruiah,
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2 Samuel 23:38
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Ira the Ithrite,(au) Gareb the Ithrite
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2 Samuel 23:39
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and Uriah(av) the Hittite. There were thirty-seven in all.
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