The Last Words of David

2 Samuel 23

1 Now these are the last words of David.
Thus says David the son of Jesse;
Thus says a the man raised up on high,
b The anointed of the God of Jacob,
And the sweet psalmist of Israel:

2 "The c Spirit of the LORD spoke by me,
And His word was on my tongue.
3 The God of Israel said,
d The Rock of Israel spoke to me:
'He who rules over men must be just,
Ruling e in the fear of God.
4 And f he shall be like the light of the morning when the sun rises,
A morning without clouds,
Like the tender grass springing out of the earth,
By clear shining after rain.'

5 "Although my house is not so with God,
g Yet He has made with me an everlasting covenant,
Ordered in all things and secure.
For this is all my salvation and all my desire;
Will He not make it increase?
6 But the sons of rebellion shall all be as thorns thrust away,
Because they cannot be taken with hands.
7 But the man who touches them
Must be 1 armed with iron and the shaft of a spear,
And they shall be utterly burned with fire in their place."

  1. Cross References
    2 Samuel 7:12 - 16
    When your days are fulfilled and you rest with your fathers, I will set up your seed after you, who will come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom.
    Psalms 89:29
    His seed also I will make to endure forever, And his throne as the days of heaven.
  2. Cross References
    2 Samuel 7:8
    Now therefore, thus shall you say to My servant David, 'Thus says the LORD of hosts: "I took you from the sheepfold, from following the sheep, to be ruler over My people, over Israel.
    2 Samuel 7:9
    And I have been with you wherever you have gone, and have cut off all your enemies from before you, and have made you a great name, like the name of the great men who are on the earth.
    Psalms 78:70
    He also chose David His servant, And took him from the sheepfolds.
    Psalms 78:71
    From following the ewes that had young He brought him, To shepherd Jacob His people, And Israel His inheritance.
  3. Cross References
    1 Samuel 16:12
    So he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, with bright eyes, and good-looking. And the LORD said, "Arise, anoint him; for this is the one!
    1 Samuel 16:13
    Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel arose and went to Ramah.
    Psalms 89:20
    I have found My servant David; With My holy oil I have anointed him.
  4. Cross References
    Matthew 22:43
    He said to them, "How then does David in the Spirit call Him 'Lord,' saying:
    2 Peter 1:21
    For prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.
  5. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 32:4
    He is the Rock, His work is perfect; For all His ways are justice, A God of truth and without injustice; Righteous and upright is He.
  6. Cross References
    Exodus 18:21
    Moreover you shall select from all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them to be rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens.
    Isaiah 11:1 - 5
    There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, And a Branch shall grow out of his roots.
  7. Cross References
    Psalms 89:36
    His seed shall endure forever, And his throne as the sun before Me.
    Isaiah 60:1
    Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you.
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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