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2 Samuel 23 COMMENTARY (Matthew Henry)
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2 Samuel 23
Matthew Henry's Commentary
2 Samuel 23:1
the last words of David. David the son of Jesse said, and the man
raised up on high, the anointed of the God of Jacob, and the sweet psalmist of Israel, said,
23:1-7 These words of David are very worthy of regard. Let those who have had long experience of God's goodness, and the pleasantness of heavenly wisdom, when they come to finish their course, bear their testimony to the truth of the promise. David avows his Divine inspiration, that the Spirit of God spake by him. He, and other holy men, spake and wrote as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. In many things he had his own neglect and wrong conduct to blame. But David comforted himself that the Lord had made with him an everlasting covenant. By this he principally intended the covenant of mercy and peace, which the Lord made with him as a sinner, who believed in the promised Saviour, who embraced the promised blessing, who yielded up himself to the Lord, to be his redeemed servant. Believers shall for ever enjoy covenant blessings; and God the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, shall be for ever glorified in their salvation. Thus pardon, righteousness, grace, and eternal life, are secured as the gift of God through Jesus Christ. There is an infinite fulness of grace and all blessings treasured up in Christ, for those who seek his salvation. This covenant was all David's salvation, he so well knew the holy law of God and the extent of his own sinfulness, that he perceived what was needful for his own case in this salvation. It was therefore all his desire. In comparison, all earthly objects lost their attractions; he was willing to give them up, or to die and leave them, that he might enjoy full happiness, Ps 73:24-28. Still the power of evil, and the weakness of his faith, hope, and love, were his grief and burden. Doubtless he would have allowed that his own slackness and want of care were the cause; but the hope that he should soon be made perfect in glory, encouraged him in his dying moments.
2 Samuel 23:2
The Spirit of the LORD spake by me, and his word
in my tongue.
2 Samuel 23:3
The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, He that ruleth over men
just, ruling in the fear of God.
2 Samuel 23:4
he shall be
as the light of the morning,
the sun riseth,
a morning without clouds;
the tender grass
out of the earth by clear shining after rain.
2 Samuel 23:5
Although my house
not so with God; yet he hath made with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all
, and sure: for
all my salvation, and all
desire, although he make
not to grow.
2 Samuel 23:6
all of them as thorns thrust away, because they cannot be taken with hands:
2 Samuel 23:7
But the man
shall touch them must be fenced with iron and the staff of a spear; and they shall be utterly burned with fire in the
2 Samuel 23:8
the names of the mighty men whom David had: The Tachmonite that sat in the seat, chief among the captains; the same
Adino the Eznite:
he lift up his spear
against eight hundred, whom he slew at one time.
23:8-39 David once earnestly longed for the water at the well of Bethlehem. It seems to be an instance of weakness. He was thirsty; with the water of that well he had often refreshed himself when a youth, and it was without due thought that he desired it. Were his valiant men so forward to expose themselves, upon the least hint of their prince's mind, and so eager to please him, and shall not we long to approve ourselves to our Lord Jesus, by ready compliance with his will, as shown us by his word, Spirit, and providence? But David poured out the water as a drink-offering to the Lord. Thus he would cross his own foolish fancy, and punish himself for indulging it, and show that he had sober thoughts to correct his rash ones, and knew how to deny himself. Did David look upon that water as very precious which was got at the hazard of these men's blood, and shall not we much more value those benefits for purchasing which our blessed Saviour shed his blood? Let all beware of neglecting so great salvation.
2 Samuel 23:9
And after him
Eleazar the son of Dodo the Ahohite,
of the three mighty men with David, when they defied the Philistines
were there gathered together to battle, and the men of Israel were gone away:
2 Samuel 23:10
He arose, and smote the Philistines until his hand was weary, and his hand clave unto the sword: and the LORD wrought a great victory that day; and the people returned after him only to spoil.
2 Samuel 23:11
And after him
Shammah the son of Agee the Hararite. And the Philistines were gathered together into a troop, where was a piece of ground full of lentiles: and the people fled from the Philistines.
2 Samuel 23:12
But he stood in the midst of the ground, and defended it, and slew the Philistines: and the LORD wrought a great victory.
2 Samuel 23:13
And three of the thirty chief went down, and came to David in the harvest time unto the cave of Adullam: and the troop of the Philistines pitched in the valley of Rephaim.
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then in an hold, and the garrison of the Philistines
2 Samuel 23:15
And David longed, and said, Oh that one would give me drink of the water of the well of Bethlehem, which
by the gate!
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
by the gate, and took
, and brought
to David: nevertheless he would not drink thereof, but poured it out unto the LORD.
2 Samuel 23:17
And he said, Be it far from me, O LORD, that I should do this:
is not this
the blood of the men that went in jeopardy of their lives? therefore he would not drink it. These things did these three mighty men.
2 Samuel 23:18
And Abishai, the brother of Joab, the son of Zeruiah, was chief among three. And he lifted up his spear against three hundred,
, and had the name among three.
2 Samuel 23:19
Was he not most honourable of three? therefore he was their captain: howbeit he attained not unto the
2 Samuel 23:20
And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, the son of a valiant man, of Kabzeel, who had done many acts, he slew two lionlike men of Moab: he went down also and slew a lion in the midst of a pit in time of snow:
2 Samuel 23:21
And he slew an Egyptian, a goodly man: and the Egyptian had a spear in his hand; but he went down to him with a staff, and plucked the spear out of the Egyptian's hand, and slew him with his own spear.
2 Samuel 23:22
did Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and had the name among three mighty men.
2 Samuel 23:23
He was more honourable than the thirty, but he attained not to the
three. And David set him over his guard.
2 Samuel 23:24
Asahel the brother of Joab
one of the thirty; Elhanan the son of Dodo of Bethlehem,
2 Samuel 23:25
Shammah the Harodite, Elika the Harodite,
2 Samuel 23:26
Helez the Paltite, Ira the son of Ikkesh the Tekoite,
2 Samuel 23:27
Abiezer the Anethothite, Mebunnai the Hushathite,
2 Samuel 23:28
Zalmon the Ahohite, Maharai the Netophathite,
2 Samuel 23:29
Heleb the son of Baanah, a Netophathite, Ittai the son of Ribai out of Gibeah of the children of Benjamin,
2 Samuel 23:30
Benaiah the Pirathonite, Hiddai of the brooks of Gaash,
2 Samuel 23:31
Abialbon the Arbathite, Azmaveth the Barhumite,
2 Samuel 23:32
Eliahba the Shaalbonite, of the sons of Jashen, Jonathan,
2 Samuel 23:33
Shammah the Hararite, Ahiam the son of Sharar the Hararite,
2 Samuel 23:34
Eliphelet the son of Ahasbai, the son of the Maachathite, Eliam the son of Ahithophel the Gilonite,
2 Samuel 23:35
Hezrai the Carmelite, Paarai the Arbite,
2 Samuel 23:36
Igal the son of Nathan of Zobah, Bani the Gadite,
2 Samuel 23:37
Zelek the Ammonite, Naharai the Beerothite, armourbearer to Joab the son of Zeruiah,
2 Samuel 23:38
Ira an Ithrite, Gareb an Ithrite,
2 Samuel 23:39
Uriah the Hittite: thirty and seven in all.
Courtesy of Open Bible
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