David’s last words. The title makes this chapter sound so ominous!
“These are the last words of David:” – 2 Samuel 23:1
Wow, these really are going to be the last words of David!
“When one rules over people in righteousness, when he rules in the fear of God, he is like the light of morning at sunrise on a cloudless morning like the brightness after rain that brings grass from the earth.” – 2 Samuel 23:3-4
If you rule in fear of God as your justification to rape and murder, you are a rapist and a murderer. Very simple. David has a few other last words, but this verse pretty much sums it up. David followed God. God demanded murder. David murdered in the name of God. God is a murderer. Therefore, David is a murderer and an evil human being.
“These are the names of David’s mighty warriors: Josheb-Basshebeth, a Tahkemonite, was chief of the Three; he raised his spear against eight hundred men, whom he killed in one encounter.” – 2 Samuel 23:8
One man kills 800 men with just one spear? Nope. Never happened.
“Abishai the brother of Joab son of Zeruiah was chief of the Three. He raised his spear against three hundred men, whom he killed, and so he became as famous as the Three.” – 2 Samuel 23:18
Only 300 men? That’s weak sauce! The dude a few verses earlier killed 800 men! That’s the true definition of a manly man!
“Although the Egyptian had a spear in his hand, Benaiah went against him with a club. He snatched the spear from the Egyptian’s hand and killed him with his own spear.” – 2 Samuel 23:21
Ah snap! This dude stopped a spear with a club and then used the other dude’s spear to kill said dude. God’s definition of a manly man!
This is basically how this chapter ends. There are a several more verses on who the different warriors are, but this chapter is basically a few words about fearing God, followed by a list of all the great accomplishments of killing men that took place. A book of morals? If so, this chapter says it is moral to kill and the more men you kill, the more moral you are.
Coming Soon: Psalm – Chapter 57: For the director of music. To the tune of “Do Not Destroy.” Of David. A miktam. When he had fled from Saul into the cave.