Excerpt and Insight from today’s reading
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Valiant warriors, loyal friends—the faithfulness of David’s mighty men was as valuable as their military prowess.


Excerpt from today’s reading:


20Abishai, the brother of Joab, was the leader of the Thirty. He once used his spear to kill 300 enemy warriors in a single battle. It was by such feats that he became as famous as the Three. 21Abishai was the most famous of the Thirty and was their commander, though he was not one of the Three.

22There was also Benaiah son of Jehoiada, a valiant warrior from Kabzeel. He did many heroic deeds, which included killing two champions of Moab. Another time, on a snowy day, he chased a lion down into a pit and killed it. 23Once, armed only with a club, he killed an Egyptian warrior who was 71/2 feet tall and who was armed with a spear as thick as a weaver’s beam. Benaiah wrenched the spear from the Egyptian’s hand and killed him with it. 24Deeds like these made Benaiah as famous as the three mightiest warriors. 25He was more honored than the other members of the Thirty, though he was not one of the Three. And David made him captain of his bodyguard.


Daily insight:


David’s mighty men were an elite group of warriors (11:10-47), famous for their courage in battle, their personal valor, and their leadership. For instance, Benaiah earned his reputation by two acts: killing a lion in a pit and killing an Egyptian giant with the giant’s own weapon. Above all, the mighty men showed loyalty to David—a character quality of great worth in the turbulent political intrigues of the day.


Adapted from the Daily Walk Devotional by Walk Thru the Bible www.walkthru.org.