Some Gadites1 defected to David at his stronghold in the desert. They were brave warriors, ready for battle and able to handle the shield and spear. Their faces were the faces of lions,2 and they were as swift as gazelles3 in the mountains.
Ezer was the chief, Obadiah the second in command, Eliab the third,
Mishmannah the fourth, Jeremiah the fifth,
Attai the sixth, Eliel the seventh,
Johanan the eighth, Elzabad the ninth,
Jeremiah the tenth and Macbannai the eleventh.
These Gadites were army commanders; the least was a match for a hundred,4 and the greatest for a thousand.515
It was they who crossed the Jordan in the first month when it was overflowing all its banks,6 and they put to flight everyone living in the valleys, to the east and to the west.