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2 Samuel 23:2-7

2-7God's Spirit spoke through me,

his words took shape on my tongue.

The God of Israel spoke to me,

Israel's Rock-Mountain said,

"Whoever governs fairly and well,

who rules in the Fear-of-God,

Is like first light at daybreak

without a cloud in the sky,

Like green grass carpeting earth,

glistening under fresh rain."

And this is just how my regime has been,

for God guaranteed his covenant with me,

Spelled it out plainly

and kept every promised word—

My entire salvation,

my every desire.

But the devil's henchmen are like thorns

culled and piled as trash;

Better not try to touch them;

keep your distance with a rake or hoe.

They'll make a glorious bonfire!

8This is the listing of David's top men.

Josheb-Basshebeth, the Tahkemonite. He was chief of the Three. He once put his spear to work against eight hundred—killed them all in a day.