22:1And 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,
22:2and he saith: `Jehovah is my rock, And my bulwark, and a deliverer to me,
22:3My 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!
22:4The Praised One, I call Jehovah: And from mine enemies I am saved.
22:5When the breakers of death compassed me, The streams of the worthless terrify me,
22:6The cords of Sheol have surrounded me, Before me have been the snares of death.
22:7In 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,
22:8And shake and tremble doth the earth, Foundations of the heavens are troubled, And are shaken, for He hath wrath!
22:9Gone up hath smoke by His nostrils. And fire from His mouth devoureth, Brands have been kindled by it.
22:10And He inclineth heaven, and cometh down, And thick darkness is under His feet.
22:11And He rideth on a cherub, and doth fly, And is seen on the wings of the wind.
22:12And He setteth darkness Round about Him -- tabernacles, Darkness of waters -- thick clouds of the skies.
22:13From the brightness before Him Were brands of fire kindled!
22:14Thunder from the heavens doth Jehovah, And the Most High giveth forth His voice.
22:15And He sendeth forth arrows, And scattereth them; Lightning, and troubleth them;
22:16And 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.
22:17He sendeth from above -- He taketh me, He draweth me out of many waters.
22:18He delivereth me from my strong enemy, From those hating me, For they were stronger than I.
22:19They are before me in a day of my calamity, And Jehovah is my support,
22:20And He bringeth me out to a large place, He draweth me out for He delighted in me.
22:21Jehovah recompenseth me, According to my righteousness, According to the cleanness of my hands, He doth return to me.
22:22For I have kept the ways of Jehovah, And have not done wickedly against my God.
22:23For all His judgments are before me, As to His statutes, I turn not from them.
22:24And I am perfect before Him, And I keep myself from mine iniquity.
22:25And Jehovah returneth to me, According to my righteousness, According to my cleanness before His eyes.
22:26With the kind Thou shewest Thyself kind, With the perfect man Thou shewest Thyself perfect,
22:27With the pure Thou shewest Thyself pure, And with the perverse Thou shewest Thyself a wrestler.
22:28And the poor people Thou dost save, And Thine eyes on the high causest to fall.
22:29For Thou art my lamp, O Jehovah, And Jehovah doth lighten my darkness.
22:30For by Thee I run -- a troop, By my God I leap a wall.
22:31God! Perfect is His way, The saying of Jehovah is tried, A shield He is to all those trusting in Him.
22:32For who is God save Jehovah? And who a Rock save our God?
22:33God -- my bulwark, my strength, And He maketh perfect my way;
22:34Making my feet like hinds, And on my high places causeth me to stand,
22:35Teaching my hands for battle, And brought down was a bow of brass by mine arms,
22:36And Thou givest to me the shield of Thy salvation, And Thy lowliness maketh me great.
22:37Thou enlargest my step under me, And mine ankles have not slidden.
22:38I pursue mine enemies and destroy them, And I turn not till they are consumed.
22:39And I consume them, and smite them, And they rise not, and fall under my feet.
22:40And Thou girdest me with strength for battle, Thou causest my withstanders to bow under me.
22:41And mine enemies -- Thou givest to me the neck, Those hating me -- and I cut them off.
22:42They look, and there is no saviour; Unto Jehovah, and He hath not answered them.
22:43And I beat them as dust of the earth, As mire of the streets I beat them small -- I spread them out!
22:44And -- 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.
22:45Sons of a stranger feign obedience to me, At the hearing of the ear they hearken to me.
22:46Sons of a stranger fade away, And gird themselves by their close places.
22:47Jehovah liveth, and blessed is my Rock, And exalted is my God -- The Rock of my salvation.
22:48God -- who is giving vengeance to me, And bringing down peoples under me,
22:49And bringing me forth from mine enemies, Yea, above my withstanders Thou raisest me up. From a man of violence Thou deliverest me.
22:50Therefore I confess Thee, O Jehovah, among nations. And to Thy name I sing praise.
22:51Magnifying the salvations of His king, And doing loving-kindness to His anointed, To David, and to his seed -- unto the age!'
23:1And 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:
23:2The Spirit of Jehovah hath spoken by me, And His word is on my tongue.
23:3He 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.
23:4And as the light of morning he riseth, A morning sun -- no clouds! By the shining, by the rain, Tender grass of the earth!
23:5For -- 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.
23:6As to the worthless -- As a thorn driven away are all of them, For -- not by hand are they taken;
23:7And 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.'
23:8These 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.
23:9And 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 --
23:10he 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.
23:11And 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,
23:12and he stationeth himself in the midst of the portion, and delivereth it, and smiteth the Philistines, and Jehovah worketh a great salvation.
23:13And 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,
23:14and David is then in a fortress, and the station of the Philistines is then in Beth-Lehem,
23:15and David longeth and saith, `Who doth give me a drink of the water of the well of Beth-Lehem, which is by the gate?'
23:16And 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,
23:17and 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.
23:18And 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.
23:19Of the three is he not the honoured? and he becometh their head; and unto the first three he hath not come.
23:20And 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.
23:21And 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.
23:22These things hath Benaiah son of Jehoiada done, and hath a name among three mighty.
23:23Of the thirty he is honoured, and unto the three he came not; and David setteth him over his guard.
23:24Asahel brother of Joab is of the thirty; Elhanan son of Dodo of Beth-Lehem.
23:25Shammah the Harodite, Elika the Harodite,
23:26Helez the Paltite, Ira son of Ikkesh the Tekoite,
23:27Abiezer the Annethothite, Mebunnai the Hushathite,
23:28Zalmon the Ahohite, Maharai the Netophathite,
23:29Heleb son of Baanah the Netophathite, Ittai son of Ribai from Gibeah of the sons of Benjamin,
23:30Benaiah the Pirathonite, Hiddai of the brooks of Gaash,
23:31Abi-Albon the Arbathite, Azmaveth the Barhumite,
23:32Eliahba the Shaalbonite, of the sons of Jashen, Jonathan,
23:33Shammah the Hararite, Ahiam son of Sharar the Hararite,
23:34Eliphelet son of Ahasbai, son of the Maachathite, Eliam son of Ahithophel the Gilonite,
23:35Hezrai the Carmelite, Paarai the Arbite,
23:36Igal son of Nathan from Zobah, Bani the Gadite,
23:37Zelek the Ammonite, Naharai the Beerothite, bearer of the weapons of Joab son of Zeruiah,
23:38Ira the Ithrite, Gareb the Ithrite,
23:39Uriah the Hittite; in all thirty and seven.
24:1And the anger of Jehovah addeth to burn against Israel, and an adversary moveth David about them, saying, `Go, number Israel and Judah.'
24:2And 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.'
24:3And 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?'
24:4And 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;
24:5and 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,
24:6and they come in to Gilead, and unto the land of Tahtim-Hodshi, and they come in to Dan-Jaan, and round about unto Zidon,
24:7and 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.
24:8And they go to and fro through all the land, and come in at the end of nine months and twenty days to Jerusalem,
24:9and 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.
24:10And 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.'
24:11And David riseth in the morning, and the word of Jehovah hath been unto Gad the prophet, seer of David, saying,
24:12`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.'
24:13And 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.'
24:14And 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.'
24:15And 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,
24:16and 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.
24:17And 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.'
24:18And 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;'
24:19and David goeth up, according to the word of Gad, as Jehovah commanded.
24:20And 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.
24:21And 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.'
24:22And 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;'
24:23the whole hath Araunah given, as a king to a king; and Araunah saith unto the king, `Jehovah thy God doth accept thee.'
24:24And 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,
24:25and 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.