2 Samuel 23:16

“And 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.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And the three mightie men 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: neuerthelesse he would not drinke thereof, but powred it out vnto the Lord.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

So the three mighty men 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 he would not drink it, but poured it out to the LORD;
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And the three mighty men 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 he would not drink thereof, but poured it out unto Jehovah.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And the three men, forcing their 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 he would not take it, but, draining it out, made an offering of it to the Lord.
- Basic English Bible

And the three mighty men 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; however he would not drink of it, but poured it out to Jehovah.
- Darby Bible

And the three mighty men 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: nevertheless he would not drink of it, but poured it out to the LORD.
- Webster's Bible

The three mighty men 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 he would not drink of it, but poured it out to Yahweh.
- World English Bible

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,
- Youngs Literal Bible

And the three mighty men 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 he would not drink thereof, but poured it out unto the LORD.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 2 Samuel 23:16


23:16 Would not - Lest by gratifying himself upon such terms, he should seem either to set too high a price upon the satisfaction of his appetite, or too low a price upon the lives of his soldiers. Poured it - As a kind of drink offering, and acknowledgment of God's goodness in preserving the lives of his captains in so dangerous an enterprize; and to shew, that he esteemed it as a sacred thing, which it was not fit for him to drink.


Discussion for 2 Samuel 23

  • Dewey J
    Vivian, amen! For Jesus said in Luke 9:23, "And he said unto them, if anyman will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me". Glory be to God in the highest through our Lord and savior Jesus Christ.
  • Vivian lumumba
    in this verse i think that the Lord needs true worship from us,to be courageous and know that God is fighting for us. We need also to b obedient to Him as the three soldiers obeyed their Leader David and they were courageous no matter the philistines were in their camps so this calls on the cost of discipleship,we need to sacrifice no matter how the battle is hard but for God for he has victory.
  • Bethene for verse 26
    My maternal grandfather was named IRA. I am curious. Where was Tekoa and from where were the Ithrites? Thank you.
  • Chuck
    read the kjb 1john 5-7 there are three that bear record in heaven,the father,the word,and the holy ghost these three are one.colossians 2-9 for in him dwelleth all the fullness of the godhead bodily.
  • OUR SPIRIT AND THE SPIRIT OF GOD ARE ONE
  • Randy Jay Rance for verse 3
    Taking 1st and 2nd Samuel 23 together we see the Trinity; verse one; the Holy Spirit, verse 2 the Father, and the Rock, Jesus Christ as HE is seen in many passages of the bible. Our Rock is Awesome in wonder glory, power and authority. The Trinity represents the God head in the bible. PRAISE GOD WHO WILL ALWAYS REMAIN ON HIGH AND OVER the hearts and lives of those that are surrendered to Him.

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