2 Samuel 23:3

“The 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.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

The God of Israel said, the Rocke of Israel spake to me: he that ruleth ouer men must be iust, ruling in the feare of God:
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"The God of Israel said, The Rock of Israel spoke to me, 'He who rules over men righteously, Who rules in the fear of God,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

The God of Israel said, The Rock of Israel spake to me: One that ruleth over men righteously, That ruleth in the fear of God,
- American Standard Version (1901)

The God of Israel said, the word of the Rock of Israel came to me: When an upright king is ruling over men, when he is ruling in the fear of God,
- Basic English Bible

The God of Israel said, The Rock of Israel spoke to me, The ruler among men shall be just, Ruling in the fear of God;
- Darby Bible

The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spoke to me, He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God.
- Webster's Bible

The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spoke to me, 'One who rules over men righteously, who rules in the fear of God,
- World English Bible

He 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.
- Youngs Literal Bible

The God of Israel said, The Rock of Israel spoke to me: 'Ruler over men shall be the righteous, even he that ruleth in the fear of God,
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 2 Samuel 23:3


23:3 Rock - He who is the strength, and defence, and protector of his people; which he manifests by directing kings and rulers so to manage their power as may most conduce to their comfort and benefit. Ruleth - Here are the two principal parts of a king's duty, answerable to the two tables of God's law, justice towards men, and piety towards God, both which he is to maintain and promote among his people.


Discussion for 2 Samuel 23:3

  • 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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