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  • The battle raged all across the countryside, and more men died because of the forest than were killed by the sword. - 2 Samuel 18:8

  • During the battle, Absalom came unexpectedly upon some of David's men. He tried to escape on his mule, but as he rode beneath the thick branches of a great oak, his head got caught. His mule kept going and left him dangling in the air. - 2 Samuel 18:9

  • They crept back into the city as though they were ashamed and had been beaten in battle. - 2 Samuel 19:3

  • he went to the people of Jabesh-gilead and asked for the bones of Saul and his son Jonathan. (When Saul and Jonathan had died in a battle with the Philistines, it was the people of Jabesh-gilead who had retrieved their bodies from the public square of the Philistine city of Beth-shan.) - 2 Samuel 21:12

  • Once again the Philistines were at war with Israel. And when David and his men were in the thick of battle, David became weak and exhausted. - 2 Samuel 21:15

  • But Abishai son of Zeruiah came to his rescue and killed the Philistine. After that, David's men declared, "You are not going out to battle again! Why should we risk snuffing out the light of Israel?" - 2 Samuel 21:17

  • After this, there was another battle against the Philistines at Gob. As they fought, Sibbecai from Hushah killed Saph, another descendant of the giants. - 2 Samuel 21:18

  • In still another battle at Gob, Elhanan son of Jair* from Bethlehem killed the brother of Goliath of Gath.* The handle of his spear was as thick as a weaver's beam!5 - 2 Samuel 21:19

  • In another battle with the Philistines at Gath, a huge man with six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot--a descendant of the giants-- - 2 Samuel 21:20

  • He prepares me for battle; he strengthens me to draw a bow of bronze. - 2 Samuel 22:35

  • You have armed me with strength for the battle; you have subdued my enemies under my feet. - 2 Samuel 22:40

  • These are the names of David's mightiest men. The first was Jashobeam the Hacmonite,* who was commander of the Three--the three greatest warriors among David's men. He once used his spear to kill eight hundred enemy warriors in a single battle.*1 - 2 Samuel 23:8

  • Abishai son of Zeruiah, the brother of Joab, was the leader of the Thirty.* He once used his spear to kill three hundred enemy warriors in a single battle. It was by such feats that he became as famous as the Three.2 - 2 Samuel 23:18

  • Years before, David had gone to Edom with Joab, his army commander, to bury some Israelites who had died in battle. While there, the Israelite army had killed nearly every male in Edom. - 1 Kings 11:15

  • The king of Israel sent back this answer: "A warrior still dressing for battle should not boast like a warrior who has already won." - 1 Kings 20:11

  • Israel then mustered its army, set up supply lines, and moved into the battle. But the Israelite army looked like two little flocks of goats in comparison to the vast Aramean forces that filled the countryside! - 1 Kings 20:27

  • The two armies camped opposite each other for seven days, and on the seventh day the battle began. The Israelites killed 100,000 Aramean foot soldiers in one day. - 1 Kings 20:29
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    New Living Translation Bible used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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