Daily Bible Reading “David’s Thirty” (2 Samuel 23:24-39)

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Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from 2 Samuel 23:24-39. The Scripture for today lists thirty of David’s men. Read through the list and see if there are any of the names that you recognize.

These were some of the people who were closest to King David. They were among the top men in his army. They learned from one of the best warriors how to fight and defend their country.

As part of this lesson, I would like to introduce you to a tool that I use in preparing for these Bible studies. It is a Strong’s concordance. Beside each name of these men there is a number that you can click on to see who they were. If you’re curious and have the time I’d like to suggest you give it a try. Click on this link and check it out: http://tinyurl.com/kn66e6f

Daily Bible Reading:

2 Samuel 23:24-39

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,
26 Helez the Paltite, Ira the son of Ikkesh the Tekoite,
27 Abiezer the Anethothite, Mebunnai the Hushathite,
28 Zalmon the Ahohite, Maharai the Netophathite,
29 Heleb the son of Baanah, a Netophathite, Ittai the son of Ribai out of Gibeah of the children of Benjamin,
30 Benaiah the Pirathonite, Hiddai of the brooks of Gaash,
31 Abialbon the Arbathite, Azmaveth the Barhumite,
32 Eliahba the Shaalbonite, of the sons of Jashen, Jonathan,
33 Shammah the Hararite, Ahiam the son of Sharar the Hararite,
34 Eliphelet the son of Ahasbai, the son of the Maachathite, Eliam the son of Ahithophel the Gilonite,
35 Hezrai the Carmelite, Paarai the Arbite,
36 Igal the son of Nathan of Zobah, Bani the Gadite,
37 Zelek the Ammonite, Naharai the Beerothite, armourbearer to Joab the son of Zeruiah,
38 Ira an Ithrite, Gareb an Ithrite,
39 Uriah the Hittite: thirty and seven in all.


Things to think about:

  • Can you imagine being one of the top thirty in the king’s tribe.
  • How would it feel to be in the king’s inner circle?
  • Can you imagine having to constantly defend yourself, your fellow soldiers, your country, and the king?
  • What are some of the characteristics that it would take to be a good soldier?


Prayer of the Day:

As we read this Scripture and learn about the men that were closest to King David we think about what it would take to be in this group. Help us to have the characteristics that these men had. Help us to defend You and Your Word like these men defended their country and their king. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.


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