22:1And David spake unto the LORD the words of this song in the day that the LORD had delivered him out of the hand of all his enemies, and out of the hand of Saul:
22:2And he said, The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer;
22:3The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence.
22:4I will call on the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.
22:5When the waves of death compassed me, the floods of ungodly men made me afraid;
22:6The sorrows of hell compassed me about; the snares of death prevented me;
22:7In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried to my God: and he did hear my voice out of his temple, and my cry did enter into his ears.
22:8Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations of heaven moved and shook, because he was wroth.
22:9There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, and fire out of his mouth devoured: coals were kindled by it.
22:10He bowed the heavens also, and came down; and darkness was under his feet.
22:11And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly: and he was seen upon the wings of the wind.
22:12And he made darkness pavilions round about him, dark waters, and thick clouds of the skies.
22:13Through the brightness before him were coals of fire kindled.
22:14The LORD thundered from heaven, and the most High uttered his voice.
22:15And he sent out arrows, and scattered them; lightning, and discomfited them.
22:16And the channels of the sea appeared, the foundations of the world were discovered, at the rebuking of the LORD, at the blast of the breath of his nostrils.
22:17He sent from above, he took me; he drew me out of many waters;
22:18He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them that hated me: for they were too strong for me.
22:19They prevented me in the day of my calamity: but the LORD was my stay.
22:20He brought me forth also into a large place: he delivered me, because he delighted in me.
22:21The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness: according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me.
22:22For I have kept the ways of the LORD, and have not wickedly departed from my God.
22:23For all his judgments were before me: and as for his statutes, I did not depart from them.
22:24I was also upright before him, and have kept myself from mine iniquity.
22:25Therefore the LORD hath recompensed me according to my righteousness; according to my cleanness in his eye sight.
22:26With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful, and with the upright man thou wilt shew thyself upright.
22:27With the pure thou wilt shew thyself pure; and with the froward thou wilt shew thyself unsavoury.
22:28And the afflicted people thou wilt save: but thine eyes are upon the haughty, that thou mayest bring them down.
22:29For thou art my lamp, O LORD: and the LORD will lighten my darkness.
22:30For by thee I have run through a troop: by my God have I leaped over a wall.
22:31As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all them that trust in him.
22:32For who is God, save the LORD? and who is a rock, save our God?
22:33God is my strength and power: and he maketh my way perfect.
22:34He maketh my feet like hinds' feet: and setteth me upon my high places.
22:35He teacheth my hands to war; so that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms.
22:36Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy gentleness hath made me great.
22:37Thou hast enlarged my steps under me; so that my feet did not slip.
22:38I have pursued mine enemies, and destroyed them; and turned not again until I had consumed them.
22:39And I have consumed them, and wounded them, that they could not arise: yea, they are fallen under my feet.
22:40For thou hast girded me with strength to battle: them that rose up against me hast thou subdued under me.
22:41Thou hast also given me the necks of mine enemies, that I might destroy them that hate me.
22:42They looked, but there was none to save; even unto the LORD, but he answered them not.
22:43Then did I beat them as small as the dust of the earth, I did stamp them as the mire of the street, and did spread them abroad.
22:44Thou also hast delivered me from the strivings of my people, thou hast kept me to be head of the heathen: a people which I knew not shall serve me.
22:45Strangers shall submit themselves unto me: as soon as they hear, they shall be obedient unto me.
22:46Strangers shall fade away, and they shall be afraid out of their close places.
22:47The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and exalted be the God of the rock of my salvation.
22:48It is God that avengeth me, and that bringeth down the people under me,
22:49And that bringeth me forth from mine enemies: thou also hast lifted me up on high above them that rose up against me: thou hast delivered me from the violent man.
22:50Therefore I will give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and I will sing praises unto thy name.
22:51He is the tower of salvation for his king: and sheweth mercy to his anointed, unto David, and to his seed for evermore.
23:1Now 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,
23:2The Spirit of the LORD spake by me, and his word was in my tongue.
23:3The 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.
23:4And 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.
23:5Although 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.
23:6But the sons of Belial shall be all of them as thorns thrust away, because they cannot be taken with hands:
23:7But 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.
23:8These 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.
23:9And 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:
23:10He 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.
23:11And 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.
23:12But he stood in the midst of the ground, and defended it, and slew the Philistines: and the LORD wrought a great victory.
23:13And 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.
23:14And David was then in an hold, and the garrison of the Philistines was then in Bethlehem.
23:15And David longed, and said, Oh that one would give me drink of the water of the well of Bethlehem, which is by the gate!
23:16And 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.
23:17And 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.
23:18And 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.
23:19Was he not most honourable of three? therefore he was their captain: howbeit he attained not unto the first three.
23:20And 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:
23:21And 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.
23:22These things did Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and had the name among three mighty men.
23:23He was more honourable than the thirty, but he attained not to the first three. And David set him over his guard.
23:24Asahel the brother of Joab was one of the thirty; Elhanan the son of Dodo of Bethlehem,
23:25Shammah the Harodite, Elika the Harodite,
23:26Helez the Paltite, Ira the son of Ikkesh the Tekoite,
23:27Abiezer the Anethothite, Mebunnai the Hushathite,
23:28Zalmon the Ahohite, Maharai the Netophathite,
23:29Heleb the son of Baanah, a Netophathite, Ittai the son of Ribai out of Gibeah of the children of Benjamin,
23:30Benaiah the Pirathonite, Hiddai of the brooks of Gaash,
23:31Abialbon the Arbathite, Azmaveth the Barhumite,
23:32Eliahba the Shaalbonite, of the sons of Jashen, Jonathan,
23:33Shammah the Hararite, Ahiam the son of Sharar the Hararite,
23:34Eliphelet the son of Ahasbai, the son of the Maachathite, Eliam the son of Ahithophel the Gilonite,
23:35Hezrai the Carmelite, Paarai the Arbite,
23:36Igal the son of Nathan of Zobah, Bani the Gadite,
23:37Zelek the Ammonite, Naharai the Beerothite, armourbearer to Joab the son of Zeruiah,
23:38Ira an Ithrite, Gareb an Ithrite,
23:39Uriah the Hittite: thirty and seven in all.
24:1And again the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel, and he moved David against them to say, Go, number Israel and Judah.
24:2For the king said to Joab the captain of the host, which was with him, Go now through all the tribes of Israel, from Dan even to Beersheba, and number ye the people, that I may know the number of the people.
24:3And Joab said unto the king, Now the LORD thy God add unto the people, how many soever they be, an hundredfold, and that the eyes of my lord the king may see it: but why doth my lord the king delight in this thing?
24:4Notwithstanding the king's word prevailed against Joab, and against the captains of the host. And Joab and the captains of the host went out from the presence of the king, to number the people of Israel.
24:5And they passed over Jordan, and pitched in Aroer, on the right side of the city that lieth in the midst of the river of Gad, and toward Jazer:
24:6Then they came to Gilead, and to the land of Tahtimhodshi; and they came to Danjaan, and about to Zidon,
24:7And came to the strong hold of Tyre, and to all the cities of the Hivites, and of the Canaanites: and they went out to the south of Judah, even to Beersheba.
24:8So when they had gone through all the land, they came to Jerusalem at the end of nine months and twenty days.
24:9And Joab gave up the sum of the number of the people unto the king: and there were in Israel eight hundred thousand valiant men that drew the sword; and the men of Judah were five hundred thousand men.
24:10And David's heart smote him after that he had numbered the people. And David said unto the LORD, I have sinned greatly in that I have done: and now, I beseech thee, O LORD, take away the iniquity of thy servant; for I have done very foolishly.
24:11For when David was up in the morning, the word of the LORD came unto the prophet Gad, David's seer, saying,
24:12Go and say unto David, Thus saith the LORD, I offer thee three things; choose thee one of them, that I may do it unto thee.
24:13So Gad came to David, and told him, and said unto him, Shall seven years of famine come unto thee in thy land? or wilt thou flee three months before thine enemies, while they pursue thee? or that there be three days' pestilence in thy land? now advise, and see what answer I shall return to him that sent me.
24:14And David said unto Gad, I am in a great strait: let us fall now into the hand of the LORD; for his mercies are great: and let me not fall into the hand of man.
24:15So the LORD sent a pestilence upon Israel from the morning even to the time appointed: and there died of the people from Dan even to Beersheba seventy thousand men.
24:16And when the angel stretched out his hand upon Jerusalem to destroy it, the LORD repented him of the evil, and said to the angel that destroyed the people, It is enough: stay now thine hand. And the angel of the LORD was by the threshingplace of Araunah the Jebusite.
24:17And David spake unto the LORD when he saw the angel that smote the people, and said, Lo, I have sinned, and I have done wickedly: but these sheep, what have they done? let thine hand, I pray thee, be against me, and against my father's house.
24:18And Gad came that day to David, and said unto him, Go up, rear an altar unto the LORD in the threshingfloor of Araunah the Jebusite.
24:19And David, according to the saying of Gad, went up as the LORD commanded.
24:20And Araunah looked, and saw the king and his servants coming on toward him: and Araunah went out, and bowed himself before the king on his face upon the ground.
24:21And Araunah said, Wherefore is my lord the king come to his servant? And David said, To buy the threshingfloor of thee, to build an altar unto the LORD, that the plague may be stayed from the people.
24:22And Araunah said unto David, Let my lord the king take and offer up what seemeth good unto him: behold, here be oxen for burnt sacrifice, and threshing instruments and other instruments of the oxen for wood.
24:23All these things did Araunah, as a king, give unto the king. And Araunah said unto the king, The LORD thy God accept thee.
24:24And the king said unto Araunah, Nay; but I will surely buy it of thee at a price: neither will I offer burnt offerings unto the LORD my God of that which doth cost me nothing. So David bought the threshingfloor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver.
24:25And David built there an altar unto the LORD, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings. So the LORD was intreated for the land, and the plague was stayed from Israel.