2 SAMUEL 23:1



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“Now these be the last words of David. David the son of Jesse said, and the man who was raised up on high, the anointed of the God of Jacob, and the sweet psalmist of Israel, said,”

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2 Samuel 23:1 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Hebrew Meaning/ Definition
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Now these וְאֵ֛לֶּה These or those Now these
be (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
the last הָאַֽחֲרֹנִ֑ים Hinder; generally, late or last; specifically (as facing the east) western last
words דִּבְרֵ֥י A word; by implication, a matter (as spoken of) or thing; adverbially, a cause words
of David. דָוִ֖ד David, the youngest son of Jesse David
David דָּוִ֣ד David, the youngest son of Jesse David
the son בֶּן A son (as a builder of the family name), in the widest sense (of literal and figurative relationship, including grandson, subject, nation, quality or condition, etc., (like father or brother), etc.) son
of Jesse יִשַׁ֗י Jishai, David's father Jesse
said, נְאֻ֧ם An oracle said
and the man הַגֶּ֙בֶר֙ Properly, a valiant man or warrior; generally, a person simply man
who was (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
raised up הֻ֣קַם To rise (in various applications, literal, figurative, intensive and causative) raised up
on high, עָ֔ל Properly, the top; specifically, the Highest (i.e., God); also (adverb) aloft, to Jehovah high
the anointed מְשִׁ֙יחַ֙ Anointed; usually a consecrated person (as a king, priest, or saint); specifically, the Messiah anointed
of the God אֱלֹהֵ֣י Gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates; and sometimes as a superlative God
of Jacob, יַֽעֲקֹ֔ב Jaakob, the Israelitish patriarch Jacob
and the sweet וּנְעִ֖ים Delightful (objective or subjective, literal or figurative) sweet
psalmist זְמִר֥וֹת A song to be accompanied with instrumental music psalmist
of Israel, יִשְׂרָאֵֽל׃ He will rule as God; Jisraël, a symbolical name of Jacob; also (typically) of his posterity Israel
said, וּנְאֻ֤ם An oracle said

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  • 1  Now these be the last words of David. David the son of Jesse said, and the man who was raised up on high, the anointed of the God of Jacob, and the sweet psalmist of Israel, said,

  • 2  The Spirit of the Lord spake by me, and his word was in my tongue.

  • 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.


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