These be the names of the mighty men whom David had: The Tachmonite that sat in the seat, chief among the captains; the same was Adino the Eznite: he lift up his spear against eight hundred, whom he slew at one time.

2 Samuel 23:8

And this is the number of the mighty men whom David had; Jashobeam, an Hachmonite, the chief of the captains: he lifted up his spear against three hundred slain by him at one time.

1 Chronicles 11:11

It is difficult to believe some would have you believe these two verses contradict, that the list do not match. Specifically, Adino and the eight-hundred as opposed to Hachmonite and his three-hundred. The first thing to be noted is that it is not speaking of the same men so it has to be two different events, one where 800 were slew and one where 300 were slew. First impressions should suggest that the two verses are two different lists. What would rationalize this assumption?

1 Chronicles 11:10 These also are the chief of the mighty men whom David had, who strengthened themselves with him in his kingdom, and with all Israel, to make him king, according to the word of the LORD concerning Israel.

2 Samuel 23:1 Now these be the last words of David. David the son of Jesse said, and the man who was raised up on high, the anointed of the God of Jacob, and the sweet psalmist of Israel, said,

It appears that one list was made at the beginning of his reign and the other at the end of it. So the lists are somewhere between 30 to 40 years and many wars apart. If you compare the whole list you will see other substitutes. I am sure some of those brave warriors of the first list died during that time.

I am confident that there is no contradiction between these two passages. It appears that someone is just flipping through the Bible looking for anything to deceive those saints who do not study God’s word.

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