2 SAMUEL 23:3

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“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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2 Samuel 23:3 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Hebrew Meaning/ Definition
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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 Israel יִשְׂרָאֵ֔ל He will rule as God; Jisraël, a symbolical name of Jacob; also (typically) of his posterity Israel
said, אָמַר֙ To say (used with great latitude) said
the Rock צ֣וּר Properly, a cliff (or sharp rock, as compressed); generally, a rock or boulder; figuratively, a refuge; also an edge (as precipitous) Rock
of Israel יִשְׂרָאֵ֑ל He will rule as God; Jisraël, a symbolical name of Jacob; also (typically) of his posterity Israel
spake דִבֶּ֖ר Perhaps properly, to arrange; but used figuratively (of words), to speak; rarely (in a destructive sense) to subdue spake
to me, He that ruleth over מוֹשֵׁל֙ To rule ruleth
men בָּֽאָדָ֔ם Ruddy i.e., a human being (an individual or the species, mankind, etc.) men
must be (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
just, צַדִּ֕יק Just just
ruling מוֹשֵׁ֖ל To rule ruling
in the fear יִרְאַ֥ת Fear (also used as infinitive); morally, reverence fear
of God. אֱלֹהִֽים׃ 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

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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.

  • 4  And he shall be as the light of the morning, when the sun riseth, even a morning without clouds; as the tender grass springing out of the earth by clear shining after rain.

  • 5  Although my house be not so with God; yet he hath made with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things, and sure: for this is all my salvation, and all my desire, although he make it not to grow.




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