1 Chronicles 11:18

“And the three 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: but David would not drink of it, but poured it out to the LORD,”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And the three brake through the host of the Philistines, and drew water out of the well of Bethlehem, that was by the gate, and tooke it and brought it to Dauid. But Dauid would not drink of it, but powred it out to the Lord,
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

So the three broke through the camp of the Philistines and drew water from the well of Bethlehem which {was} by the gate, and took {it} and brought {it} to David; nevertheless David would not drink it, but poured it out to the LORD;
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And the three brake through the host of the Philistines, and drew water out of the well of Beth-lehem, that was by the gate, and took it, and brought it to David: but David would not drink thereof, but poured it out unto Jehovah,
- American Standard Version (1901)

So the three, forcing a way through the Philistine army, got water from the water-hole of Beth-lehem, by the doorway into the town, and took it back to David; but David would not take it, but made an offering of it, draining it out to the Lord,
- Basic English Bible

And the three broke through the camp of the Philistines, and drew water out of the well of Bethlehem, which is in the gate, and took it, and brought it to David; David however would not drink of it, but poured it out to Jehovah.
- Darby Bible

And the three broke through the host of the Philistines, and drew water out of the well of Beth-lehem, that was by the gate, and took it, and brought it to David: but David would not drink of it, but poured it out to the LORD,
- Webster's Bible

The three broke through the army 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: but David would not drink of it, but poured it out to Yahweh,
- World English Bible

And the three break through the camp of the Philistines, and draw water from the well of Beth-Lehem, that [is] at the gate, and bear and bring in unto David, and David hath not been willing to drink it, and poureth it out to Jehovah,
- Youngs Literal Bible

And the three broke through the host of the Philistines, and drew water out of the well of Beth-lehem, that was by the gate, and took it, and brought it to David; but David would not drink thereof, but poured it out unto the LORD,
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Chronicles 11:18


11:18 Would not drink of it - That water which he thought too preciousfor his own drinking, he poured out to the Lord for a drink - offering.If we have any thing better than other, let God be honoured with it, whois the best and should have the best.


Discussion for 1 Chronicles 11:18

  • After David expressed his craving for a drink of the water from the cistern of Bethlehem three of David 's men forced their way into the city and bought back water. To David, the water was as precious as the blood of the three men. Therefore, it was unthinkable for him to drink the water, instead he poured it out on the ground.

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