David's Song of Deliverance
22 1 And David speaketh to Jehovah the words of this song in the day Jehovah hath delivered him out of the hand of all his enemies, and out of the hand of Saul,
2 and he saith: 'Jehovah 'is' my rock, And my bulwark, and a deliverer to me, 3 My God 'is' my rock—I take refuge in Him; My shield, and the horn of my salvation, My high tower, and my refuge! My Saviour, from violence Thou savest me! 4 The Praised One, I call Jehovah: And from mine enemies I am saved. 5 When the breakers of death compassed me, The streams of the worthless terrify me, 6 The cords of Sheol have surrounded me, Before me have been the snares of death. 7 In mine adversity I call Jehovah, And unto my God I call, And He heareth from His temple my voice, And my cry 'is' in His ears, 8 And shake and tremble doth the earth, Foundations of the heavens are troubled, And are shaken, for He hath wrath! 9 Gone up hath smoke by His nostrils. And fire from His mouth devoureth, Brands have been kindled by it. 10 And He inclineth heaven, and cometh down, And thick darkness 'is' under His feet. 11 And He rideth on a cherub, and doth fly, And is seen on the wings of the wind. 12 And He setteth darkness Round about Him—tabernacles, Darkness of waters—thick clouds of the skies. 13 From the brightness before Him Were brands of fire kindled! 14 Thunder from the heavens doth Jehovah, And the Most High giveth forth His voice. 15 And He sendeth forth arrows, And scattereth them; Lightning, and troubleth them; 16 And seen are the streams of the sea, Revealed are foundations of the world, By the rebuke of Jehovah, From the breath of the spirit of His anger. 17 He sendeth from above—He taketh me, He draweth me out of many waters. 18 He delivereth me from my strong enemy, From those hating me, For they were stronger than I. 19 They are before me in a day of my calamity, And Jehovah is my support, 20 And He bringeth me out to a large place, He draweth me out for He delighted in me. 21 Jehovah recompenseth me, According to my righteousness, According to the cleanness of my hands, He doth return to me. 22 For I have kept the ways of Jehovah, And have not done wickedly against my God. 23 For all His judgments 'are' before me, As to His statutes, I turn not from them. 24 And I am perfect before Him, And I keep myself from mine iniquity. 25 And Jehovah returneth to me, According to my righteousness, According to my cleanness before His eyes. 26 With the kind Thou shewest Thyself kind, With the perfect man Thou shewest Thyself perfect, 27 With the pure Thou shewest Thyself pure, And with the perverse Thou shewest Thyself a wrestler. 28 And the poor people Thou dost save, And Thine eyes on the high causest to fall. 29 For Thou 'art' my lamp, O Jehovah, And Jehovah doth lighten my darkness. 30 For by Thee I run—a troop, By my God I leap a wall. 31 God! Perfect 'is' His way, The saying of Jehovah is tried, A shield He 'is' to all those trusting in Him. 32 For who is God save Jehovah? And who a Rock save our God? 33 God—my bulwark, 'my' strength, And He maketh perfect my way; 34 Making my feet like hinds, And on my high places causeth me to stand, 35 Teaching my hands for battle, And brought down was a bow of brass by mine arms, 36 And Thou givest to me the shield of Thy salvation, And Thy lowliness maketh me great. 37 Thou enlargest my step under me, And mine ankles have not slidden. 38 I pursue mine enemies and destroy them, And I turn not till they are consumed. 39 And I consume them, and smite them, And they rise not, and fall under my feet. 40 And Thou girdest me 'with' strength for battle, Thou causest my withstanders to bow under me. 41 And mine enemies—Thou givest to me the neck, Those hating me—and I cut them off. 42 They look, and there is no saviour; Unto Jehovah, and He hath not answered them. 43 And I beat them as dust of the earth, As mire of the streets I beat them small—I spread them out! 44 And—Thou dost deliver me From the strivings of my people, Thou placest me for a head of nations; A people I have not known do serve me. 45 Sons of a stranger feign obedience to me, At the hearing of the ear they hearken to me. 46 Sons of a stranger fade away, And gird themselves by their close places. 47 Jehovah liveth, and blessed 'is' my Rock, And exalted is my God—The Rock of my salvation. 48 God—who is giving vengeance to me, And bringing down peoples under me, 49 And bringing me forth from mine enemies, Yea, above my withstanders Thou raisest me up. From a man of violence Thou deliverest me. 50 Therefore I confess Thee, O Jehovah, among nations. And to Thy name I sing praise. 51 Magnifying the salvations of His king, And doing loving-kindness to His anointed, To David, and to his seed—unto the age!'
The Last Words of David
23 1 And these 'are' the last words of David:—'The affirmation of David son of Jesse—And the affirmation of the man raised up—Concerning the Anointed of the God of Jacob, And the Sweetness of the Songs of Israel: 2 The Spirit of Jehovah hath spoken by me, And His word 'is' on my tongue. 3 He said—the God of Israel—to me, He spake—the Rock of Israel: He who is ruling over man 'is' righteous, He is ruling in the fear of God. 4 And as the light of morning he riseth, A morning sun—no clouds! By the shining, by the rain, Tender grass of the earth! 5 For—not so 'is' my house with God; For—a covenant age-during He made with me, Arranged in all things, and kept; For—all my salvation, and all desire, For—He hath not caused 'it' to spring up. 6 As to the worthless—As a thorn driven away 'are' all of them, For—not by hand are they taken; 7 And the man who cometh against them Is filled with iron and the staff of a spear, And with fire they are utterly burnt In the cessation.'
David's Mighty Men
8 These 'are' the names of the mighty ones whom David hath: sitting in the seat 'is' the Tachmonite, head of the captains—he 'is' Adino, who hardened himself against eight hundred—wounded at one time. 9 And after him 'is' Eleazar son of Dodo, son of Ahohi, of the three mighty men with David; in their exposing themselves among the Philistines—they have been gathered there to battle, and the men of Israel go up— 10 he hath arisen, and smiteth among the Philistines till that his hand hath been weary, and his hand cleaveth unto the sword, and Jehovah worketh a great salvation on that day, and the people turn back after him only to strip off. 11 And after him 'is' Shammah son of Agee the Hararite, and the Philistines are gathered into a company, and there is there a portion of the field full of lentiles, and the people hath fled from the presence of the Philistines, 12 and he stationeth himself in the midst of the portion, and delivereth it, and smiteth the Philistines, and Jehovah worketh a great salvation. 13 And three of the thirty heads go down and come unto the harvest, unto David, unto the cave of Adullam, and the company of the Philistines are encamping in the valley of Rephaim, 14 and David 'is' then in a fortress, and the station of the Philistines 'is' then in Beth-Lehem, 15 and David longeth and saith, 'Who doth give me a drink of the water of the well of Beth-Lehem, which 'is' by the gate?' 16 And the three mighty ones cleave through the camp of the Philistines, and draw water out of the well of Beth-Lehem, which 'is' by the gate, and take 'it' up, and bring in unto David; and he was not willing to drink it, and poureth it out to Jehovah, 17 and saith, 'Far be it from me, O Jehovah, to do this; is it the blood of the men who are going with their lives?' and he was not willing to drink it; these 'things' did the three mighty ones. 18 And Abishai brother of Joab, son of Zeruiah, he 'is' head of three, and he is lifting up his spear against three hundred—wounded, and he hath a name among three. 19 Of the three is he not the honoured? and he becometh their head; and unto the 'first' three he hath not come. 20 And Benaiah son of Jehoiada (son of a man of valour, great in deeds from Kabzeel), he hath smitten two lion-like men of Moab, and he hath gone down and smitten the lion in the midst of the pit in a day of snow. 21 And he hath smitten the Egyptian man, a man of appearance, and in the hand of the Egyptian 'is' a spear, and he goeth down unto him with a rod, and taketh violently away the spear out of the hand of the Egyptian, and slayeth him with his own spear. 22 These 'things' hath Benaiah son of Jehoiada done, and hath a name among three mighty. 23 Of the thirty he is honoured, and unto the three he came not; and David setteth him over his guard. 24 Asahel brother of Joab 'is' of the thirty; Elhanan son of Dodo of Beth-Lehem. 25 Shammah the Harodite, Elika the Harodite, 26 Helez the Paltite, Ira son of Ikkesh the Tekoite, 27 Abiezer the Annethothite, Mebunnai the Hushathite, 28 Zalmon the Ahohite, Maharai the Netophathite, 29 Heleb son of Baanah the Netophathite, Ittai son of Ribai from Gibeah of the sons of Benjamin, 30 Benaiah the Pirathonite, Hiddai of the brooks of Gaash, 31 Abi-Albon the Arbathite, Azmaveth the Barhumite, 32 Eliahba the Shaalbonite, 'of' the sons of Jashen, Jonathan, 33 Shammah the Hararite, Ahiam son of Sharar the Hararite, 34 Eliphelet son of Ahasbai, son of the Maachathite, Eliam son of Ahithophel the Gilonite, 35 Hezrai the Carmelite, Paarai the Arbite, 36 Igal son of Nathan from Zobah, Bani the Gadite, 37 Zelek the Ammonite, Naharai the Beerothite, bearer of the weapons of Joab son of Zeruiah, 38 Ira the Ithrite, Gareb the Ithrite, 39 Uriah the Hittite; in all thirty and seven.
David Numbers Israel and Judah
24 1 And the anger of Jehovah addeth to burn against Israel, and 'an adversary' moveth David about them, saying, 'Go, number Israel and Judah.' 2 And the king saith unto Joab, head of the host that 'is' with him, 'Go to and fro, I pray thee, through all the tribes of Israel, from Dan even unto Beer-Sheba, and inspect ye the people—and I have known the number of the people.' 3 And Joab saith unto the king, 'Yea, Jehovah thy God doth add unto the people, as they are, a hundred times, and the eyes of my lord the king are seeing; and my lord the king, why is he desirous of this thing?' 4 And the word of the king is severe towards Joab, and against the heads of the force, and Joab goeth out, and the heads of the force, 'from' before the king to inspect the people, even Israel; 5 and they pass over the Jordan, and encamp in Aroer, on the right of the city that 'is' in the midst of the brook of Gad, and unto Jazer, 6 and they come in to Gilead, and unto the land of Tahtim-Hodshi, and they come in to Dan-Jaan, and round about unto Zidon, 7 and they come in to the fortress of Tyre, and all the cities of the Hivite, and of the Canaanite, and go out unto the south of Judah, to Beer-Sheba. 8 And they go to and fro through all the land, and come in at the end of nine months and twenty days to Jerusalem, 9 and Joab giveth the account of the inspection of the people unto the king, and Israel is eight hundred thousand men of valour, drawing sword, and the men of Judah five hundred thousand men.
10 And the heart of David smiteth him, after that he hath numbered the people, and David saith unto Jehovah, 'I have sinned greatly in that which I have done, and now, O Jehovah, cause to pass away, I pray Thee, the iniquity of Thy servant, for I have acted very foolishly.' 11 And David riseth in the morning, and the word of Jehovah hath been unto Gad the prophet, seer of David, saying, 12 'Go, and thou hast spoken unto David, Thus said Jehovah: Three—I am lifting up for thee, choose thee one of them, and I do 'it' to thee.' 13 And Gad cometh in unto David, and declareth to him, and saith to him, 'Do seven years of famine come in to thee in thy land? or three months art thou fleeing before thine adversary—and he pursuing thee? or are three days' pestilence in thy land? now, know and see what word I take back to Him sending me.' 14 And David saith unto Gad, 'I have great distress, let us fall, I pray thee, into the hand of Jehovah, for many 'are' His mercies, and into the hand of man let me not fall.' 15 And Jehovah giveth a pestilence on Israel from the morning even unto the time appointed, and there die of the people, from Dan even unto Beer-Sheba, seventy thousand men, 16 and the messenger putteth forth his hand to Jerusalem to destroy it, and Jehovah repenteth concerning the evil, and saith to the messenger who is destroying among the people, 'Enough, now, cease thy hand;' and the messenger of Jehovah was near the threshing-floor of Araunah the Jebusite. 17 And David speaketh unto Jehovah, when he seeth the messenger who is smiting among the people, and saith, 'Lo, I have sinned, yea, I have done perversely; and these—the flock—what have they done? Let, I pray Thee, Thy hand be on me, and on the house of my father.'
18 And Gad cometh in unto David on that day, and saith to him, 'Go up, raise to Jehovah an altar in the threshing-floor of Araunah the Jebusite;' 19 and David goeth up, according to the word of Gad, as Jehovah commanded. 20 And Araunah looketh, and seeth the king and his servants passing over unto him, and Araunah goeth out and boweth himself to the king—his face to the earth. 21 And Araunah saith, 'Wherefore hath my lord the king come unto his servant?' and David saith, 'To buy from thee the threshing-floor, to build an altar to Jehovah, and the plague is restrained from the people.' 22 And Araunah saith unto David, 'Let my lord the king take and cause to ascend that which is good in his eyes; see, the oxen for a burnt-offering, and the threshing instruments, and the instruments of the oxen, for wood;' 23 the whole hath Araunah given, 'as' a king to a king; and Araunah saith unto the king, 'Jehovah thy God doth accept thee.' 24 And the king saith unto Araunah, 'Nay, for I do surely buy from thee for a price, and I do not cause to ascend to Jehovah my God burnt-offerings for nought;' and David buyeth the threshing-floor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver, 25 and David buildeth there an altar to Jehovah, and causeth to ascend burnt-offerings and peace-offerings, and Jehovah is entreated for the land, and the plague is restrained from Israel.