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SECOND SAMUEL

44Thou also hast delivered me from the contentions of my people;
Thou hast kept me to be the head of the nations;
A people whom I have not known serve me.
45The sons of the stranger dwindle away before me;
As soon as they hear of me, they obey me.
46The sons of the stranger fade away,
And come halting out of their close places.
 
47The Lord liveth, and blessed be my Rock;
And exalted be the God, my Rock of salvation;
48Even the God that executeth vengeance for me,
And bringeth down peoples under me,
49And that bringeth me forth from mine enemies;
Yea, Thou liftest me up above them that rise up against me;
Thou deliverest me from the violent man.
50Therefore I will give thanks unto Thee, O Lord, among the nations,
And will sing praises unto Thy name.
51A tower of salvation is He to His king;
And showeth mercy to His anointed,
To David and to his seed, for evermore.

23Now these are the last words of David:

The saying of David the son of Jesse,
And the saying of the man raised on high,
The anointed of the God of Jacob,
And the sweet singer of Israel:
2The spirit of the Lord spoke by me,
And His word was upon my tongue.
 
3The 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,
4And as the light of the morning, when the sun riseth,
A morning without clouds;
When through clear shining after rain,
The tender grass springeth out of the earth.'
5For is not my house established with God?
For an everlasting covenant He hath made with me,
Ordered in all things, and sure;
For all my salvation, and all my desire,
Will he not make it to grow?
6But the ungodly, they are as thorns thrust away, all of them,
For they cannot be taken with the hand;
7But the man that toucheth them
Must be armed with iron and the staff of a spear;
And they shall be utterly burned with fire in their place.

8These are the names of the mighty men whom David had: Josheb-basshebeth a Tahchemonite, chief of the captains; the same was Adino the Eznite; [he lifted up his spear] against eight hundred, whom he slew at one time.

9And after him was Eleazar the son of Dodo the son of an Ahohite, one of the three mighty men with David, when they jeoparded their lives against the Philistines that were

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