2 SAMUEL 23:23



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“He was more honourable than the thirty, but he attained not to the first three. And David set him over his guard.”

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2 Samuel 23:23 Translation & Meaning

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He was more honourable נִכְבָּ֔ד To be heavy, i.e., in a bad sense (burdensome, severe, dull) or in a good sense (numerous, rich, honorable); causatively, to make weighty (in the same two senses) more honourable
than מִן Properly, a part of; hence (prepositionally), from or out of in many senses than
the thirty, הַשְּׁלֹשִׁ֣ים Thirty; or (ordinal) thirtieth thirty
but he attained בָ֑א To go or come (in a wide variety of applications) attained
not לֹא Not (the simple or abs. negation); by implication, no; often used with other particles not
to וְאֶל Near, with or among; often in general, to to
the three. הַשְּׁלֹשָׁ֖ה Three; occasionally (ordinal) third, or (multiple) thrice three
first (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
And David דָוִ֖ד David, the youngest son of Jesse David
set וַיְשִׂמֵ֥הוּ To put (used in a great variety of applications, literal, figurative, inferentially, and elliptically) set
him over אֶל Near, with or among; often in general, to him over
his guard. מִשְׁמַעְתּֽוֹ׃ Audience, i.e., the royal court; also obedience, i.e., (concretely) a subject guard

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  • 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.

  • 22  These things did Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and had the name among three mighty men.

  • 23  He was more honourable than the thirty, but he attained not to the first three. And David set him over his guard.

  • 24  Asahel the brother of Joab was one of the thirty; Elhanan the son of Dodo of Bethlehem,

  • 25  Shammah the Harodite, Elika the Harodite,


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