men of Dan, ready for battle--28,600;
men of Asher, experienced soldiers prepared for battle--40,000;
and from east of the Jordan, men of Reuben, Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh, armed with every type of weapon--120,000.
All these were fighting men who volunteered to serve in the ranks. They came to Hebron fully determined to make David king over all Israel.1 All the rest of the Israelites were also of one mind to make David king.
The men spent three days there with David, eating and drinking,2 for their families had supplied provisions for them.
Also, their neighbors from as far away as Issachar, Zebulun and Naphtali came bringing food on donkeys, camels, mules and oxen. There were plentiful supplies3 of flour, fig cakes, raisin4 cakes, wine, oil, cattle and sheep, for there was joy5 in Israel.