Three hundred versus one: Who wins?

2 Samuel Bible Background

04.30.2017 – Old Testament: 2Sa 23.18–19

To read the Bible in a year, read Second Samuel 23–24 on April 30, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

The mighty men of David did not fear large numbers of the enemy arrayed against them, but through the Lord’s help easily defeated the enemy,

Now Abishai the brother of Joab, the son of Zeruiah, was chief of another three. He lifted his spear against three hundred men, killed them, and won a name among these three. Was he not the most honored of three? Therefore he became their captain. However, he did not attain to the first three (2 Samuel 23.18–19). 

If you put 300 men on one side and Abishai on the opposing side, who would win? Normally, we would say the 300 men would have no problem defeating a single man, but in this case, we are talking about a man who lived by faith and who followed David. Even 300 men could not defeat such a man!


  • Do you know how to use the word of God like a sword?
  • What do you fear?

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