23:8 These are the names of David’s warriors:
2 Samuel 23:18Context
1 tn The Hebrew word is sometimes rendered as “the three,” but BDB is probably correct in taking it to refer to military officers (BDB 1026 s.v. שְׁלִישִׁי). In that case the etymological connection of this word to the Hebrew numerical adjective for “three” can be explained as originating with a designation for the third warrior in a chariot.
2 tc The translation follows some LXX
3 tc The translation follows the Qere, many medieval Hebrew
4 tn Heb “and he was wielding his spear against three hundred, [who were] slain, and to him there was a name among the three.”