2 Samuel 23

2 Samuel 23 contains the last words that David said.  And he ends his leadership by thinking back over the accomplishments of his career as king.  He shares a little wisdom on leadership: “When one rules justly over men, ruling in the fear of God, he dawns on them like the morning light, like the sun shining forth on a cloudless morning, like rain that makes grass to sprout from the earth”.  Leadership matters, not only for the leader, but for those who follow too.  David was a great leader – not without some mistakes and faults – but still a great leader.

But the rest of his last words were focused on his men – and particularly the mighty men.  He begins by talking about the three:

  1. Josheb-basshebeth a Tahchemonite; he was chief of the three. He wielded his spear against eight hundred whom he killed at one time.
  2. Eleazar the son of Dodo, son of Ahohi. He rose and struck down the Philistines until his hand was weary, and his hand clung to the sword.
  3. Shammah, the son of Agee the Hararite. He took his stand in the midst of the plot and defended it and struck down the Philistines, and the Lord worked a great victory

These were the three mighty men.  But they were surrounded by 34 others who are also called out and mentioned by name.

Next David calls out “Abishai, the brother of Joab, the son of Zeruiah, who was chief of the thirty. And he wielded his spear against three hundred men and killed them and won a name beside the three. He was the most renowned of the thirty and became their commander, but he did not attain to the three”.  Abishi was obviously one of the key leaders for David, but not quite up to the ranks of the three mighty men.  But obviously important, as he was the commander of this elite force.

David also calls out “Benaiah the son of Jehoiada….a valiant man of Kabzeel, a doer of great deeds”.  David goes on to tell us he “won a name beside the three mighty men.  He was renowned among the thirty, but he did not attain to the three”.  There was obviously something different about the three mighty men, as well as Abishai and Benaiah.  The other thirty two are listed by name and lineage, but there are no details for them like there are for these five.  David assembled an amazing fighting team.  They were almost always successful in their pursuit of the enemy.


One response to this post.

  1. Love the Mighty Men!


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