Week 21   Day 2


These are stories

            that highlight

            the greatness of Israel 

in individual acts

            of courage

            and heroism 


Stories of past generations 

            told and retold


They encourage 







  They take me to places

       I could not go,

  To times

       in which I've never lived,

  To be with people

       I could not have met,

  To give me thoughts

       I've never known,

  To share with me treasures

       from every age.





           They were fierce as lions and swift as gazelles.
                                     I Chronicles 11 & 12


     4David went to Jerusalem where the Jebusites were.  5But

the inhabitants said to David, "You shall not come in here!" 

6Now David said, "Whoever attacks the Jebusites first shall

be chief and captain."  And Joab the son of Zeruiah went up

first, and became chief.  7Then David dwelt in the stronghold;

therefore they called it the City of David.

     10These were the heads of the mighty men whom David

had, who strengthened themselves in his kingdom.  11David

had:  Jashobeam, chief of the captains, who lifted up his spear

against three hundred at one time.  12After him was Eleazar.

     15Now three of the thirty chief men went down to David

into the cave of Adullam; and the army of the Philistines

encamped in the Valley.   16David was in the stronghold,

and the garrison of the Philistines was then in Bethlehem. 

17David said with longing, "Oh, that someone would give

me a drink of water from the well of Bethlehem, which is

by the gate!"  18So the three broke through the camp of the

Philistines, drew water from the well of Bethlehem and

brought it back to David.

     20Abishal the brother of Joab was chief of another three. 

He had lifted up his spear against three hundred men, killed

them, and won a name among these three and became captain. 

     22Benaiah killed two lion-like heroes of Moab.  He also
had killed a lion in the midst of a pit on a snowy day.  23And
he killed an Egyptian of great
height, five cubits [7 1/2 feet] 
tall.  In the Egyptian's hand there was a
spear like a weaver's
beam; and he went down to him with a
staff, wrested the spear
out of the Egyptian's hand, and killed
him with his own spear. 
25David appointed him to his guard.

     26Also the mighty warriors were Asahel, brother of Joab,

Elhanan the son of Dodo of Bethlehem, 28Ira the son of

Ikkesh the Tekoite, 40 Ira the Ithrite, 41Uriah the Hittite.

     8Some Gadites joined David at the stronghold in the

wilderness, mighty men of valor, men trained for battle, who
could handle shield and spear, whose faces were
like the
faces of lions.  They were as swift as gazelles on the

mountains.  15These are the ones who crossed the Jordan

in the first month, when it had overflowed all its banks; and

they put to flight all those in the valleys, to the east and to

the west.
            This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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