A Humanist perspective on what we can learn about what is morality from the Bible.
2 Samuel 23: David thanks his men
David now reminisces about how wonderful his soldiers are and discusses the honorable and mighty deeds of his men. Adino slew 800 men at one time! And then there was the time David was imprisoned by the Philistines and asked for water and 3 mighty men, including Abishai, broke through the host of Philistines and brought water from the well at Beth-lehem to David, which David did not drink because it belonged to God. Abishai killed 300 people that day. In total 37 people are called out for their military valor in support of David.
In other words:
David gives props to his troops.
2 Samuel 23:1 Now these be the last words of David.
2 Samuel 23:2 The spirit of the Lord spake by me, and his word was in my tongue. (in other words, all this praise – comes from god)
My overall impression of this chapter:
I didn’t really care for it. While the first bit goes into some detail about the nature of the heroics, but the time we get 2 Samuel 23:24 -39 – it’s just a listing a names with no clue what they did to be called out as special by David. It’s a bit disappointing and boring really as it’s just a list of names of people we’ve never heard of before and won’t hear of again.
Moral Lesson Learned:
Even if you are important – you aren’t actually all that important (2 Samuel 23)