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1Now these be the last devarim of Dovid. Dovid Ben Yishai said, the gever (man) who was raised up above, the Moshiach Elohei Ya'akov, and the singer of zemirot (songs) of Yisroel, said, 2The Ruach Hashem spoke by me, and His word was on my leshon. 3The Elohei Yisroel said, the Tzur Yisroel spoke to me, He that ruleth over adam, Tzaddik, ruling in the yirat Elohim. 4And He shall be as the ohr of the boker, when the shemesh riseth, even a morning without clouds; as the tender deshe (grass) springing out of ha'aretz by clear shining after matar (rain). 5Is not my Bais so with G-d? Yet He hath made with me a Brit Olam, ordered in all things, and sure; for this is all my salvation, and all my chefetz (desire), will He not make it spring forth (tzemach). [See Zecharyah 3:8; 6:11-12]? 6But the Bnei Beliyaal [rebellious] shall be all of them as kotz (thorns) thrust away, because they cannot be gathered with hands; 7But the one that shall touch them must be armed with barzel (iron) and the staff of a khanit (spear); and they shall be utterly burned with eish where they are. 8These be the shmot of the gibborim whom Dovid had; Yoshev Bashevet Tachkemoni, chief among the Three; the same was Adino the Etzni; he killed eight hundred, in one encounter. 9And after him was Eleazar Ben Dodai the Achochi, one of the three gibborim with Dovid, when they defied the Pelishtim that were there gathered together to milchamah, and the Ish Yisroel were gone away; 10He arose, and struck the Pelishtim until his yad was weary, and his yad had devekyus unto the cherev; and Hashem wrought a teshuah gedolah (great victory) that day; and the people returned after him only to plunder. 11And after him was Shammah Ben Agee the Harari. And the Pelishtim were gathered together into a troop, where was a piece of ground full of lentils; and the people fled from the Pelishtim. 12But he stood in the midst of the allotted ground, and defended it, and slaughtered the Pelishtim; and Hashem wrought a teshuah gedolah. 13And three of the thirty chief men went down, and came to Dovid in the time of katzir unto the cave of Adulam; and the troop of the Pelishtim encamped in the Emek Rephaim. 14And Dovid was then in the matzadah, and the garrison of the Pelishtim was then in Beit-Lechem. 15And Dovid longed, and said, Oh that one would give me drink of the mayim of the well of Beit-Lechem, which is by the sha'ar! 16And the three gibborim broke through the machaneh of the Pelishtim, and drew mayim out of the well of Beit-Lechem, that was by the sha'ar, and took it, and brought it to Dovid; nevertheless he would not drink thereof, but poured it out unto Hashem. 17And he said, Chalilah! (be it far from me), Hashem, that I should do this! Is not this the dahm of the anashim that went in jeopardy of their nafshot? Therefore he would not drink it. These things did these three gibborim. 18And Avishai, the brother of Yoav Ben Tzeruyah, was chief among three. And he lifted up his khanit (spear) against three hundred, and slaughtered them, and had the shem among the Three. 19Was he not most honored of the Three? Therefore he was their sar; howbeit he attained not unto the first three. 20And Benayah Ben Yehoyada was a ben chayil, of Kavtze'el, who had done many deeds: he slaughtered two lionlike men of Moav; he went down also and slaughtered an aryeh in the midst of a pit on a snowy day; 21And he slaughtered an Egyptian, a goodly man; and the Egyptian had a khanit (spear) in his yad; but he went down to him with a shevet (club), and plucked the khanit out of the Egyptian's yad, and slaughtered him with his own khanit. 22These things did Benayah Ben Yehoyada, and had the shem among three gibborim. 23He was more honored than the Shloshim, but he attained not to the first Three. And Dovid set him over his bodyguard. 24Asah-el the brother of Yoav was one of the thirty; Elchanan Ben Dodo of Beit-Lechem, 25Shammah the Harodi, Elika the Charodi, 26Cheletz the Palti, Ira Ben Ikkesh the Tekoi, 27Aviezer the Anethoti, Mevunai the Chushati, 28Tzalmon the Achochi, Maharai the Netophati, 29Chelev Ben Ba'anah, a Netophati, Ittai Ben Rivai out of Giveah of the Bnei Binyamin, 30Benayah the Pirathoni, Hiddai of the ravines of Ga'ash, 31Abi-albon the Arvati, Azmavet the Barchumi, 32Elyachba the Sha'alvoni, of the Bnei Yashen, Yonatan, 33Shammah the Harari, Achiam Ben Sharar the Arari, 34Eliphelet Ben Achasbai son of the Maachati, Eliam Ben Achitophel the Giloni, 35Chetzrai the Carmeli, Pa'arai the Arbi, 36Yigal Ben Natan of Tzovah, Bani the Gadi, 37Tzelek the Ammoni, Nachrai the Be'eroti, armorbearer to Yoav Ben Tzeruyah, 38Ira a Yitri, Garev a Yitri, 39Uriyah the Chitti; 37all.
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