The three mighty warriors of David (2 Sam 23:8-23:12)

“These are the names of the warriors whom David had. Josheb-basshebeth a Tahchemonite was chief of the three. He wielded his spear against eight hundred whom he killed at one time.”

This is the listing of the great warriors who fought with David. There were 3 outstanding fighters who were called the ‘Three.” Josheb-basshebeth was the chief of these 3 men. He once killed 800 people at one time. Interesting enough, this is the only time that his name is mentioned in all the biblical literature. He must have been a humble guy.

“Next to him among the three warriors was Eleazar son of Dodo, son of Ahohi. He was with David when they defied the Philistines who were gathered there for battle. The men of Israel withdrew, but he stood his ground. He struck down the Philistines until his arm grew weary, though his hand clung to the sword. Yahweh brought about a great victory that day. Then the men came back to him, but only to strip the dead.”

The second of the 3 great warriors was Eleazar, son of Dodo. He once stood his ground and fought the Philistines when everyone else had run off. Even though his arm was weary, he never let go of his sword. There was a great victory and the others returned to strip the dead. The only other mention of him will be in Chronicles, chapter 11.

“Next to him was Shammah, son of Agee the Hararite. The Philistines gathered together at Lehi, where there was a plot of ground full of lentils. The army fled from the Philistines. But he took his stand in the middle of the plot, defended it, and killed the Philistines. Yahweh brought about a great victory.”

The final person of this trio was Shammah. He stood in a field full of lentils and fought off the Philistines to gain a great victory. There is some question here as to whether this was David’s brother who had the same name. However, he is called the son of Agee the Hararite, which would not make him David’s brother. He is from some place called Hara and gets mentioned again.

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