The inhabitants of Jebus said to David, "You will never get in here." Yet David did capture the stronghold of Zion (that is, the city of David).
David said, "Whoever is the first to kill a Jebusite will become commander-in-chief." Joab son of Zeruiah went up first, so he became the chief.
Then David took up residence in the stronghold; therefore, it was called the city of David.
He built up the city all the way around, from the supporting terraces to the surrounding parts, and Joab restored the rest of the city.
David steadily grew more powerful, and the Lord of Hosts was with him.a
The following were the chiefs of David's warriors who, together with all Israel, strongly supported him in his reign to make him king according to the Lord's word about Israel.
This is the list of David's warriors: Jashobeam son of Hachmoni was chief of the Thirty;b he wielded his spear against 300 and killed them at one time.
After him, Eleazar son of Dodo the Ahohite was one of the three warriors.
He was with David at Pas-dammim when the Philistines had gathered there for battle. A plot of ground full of barley was there, where the troops had fled from the Philistines.
But Eleazar and Davidc took their stand in the middle of the plot and defended it. They killed the Philistines, and the Lord gave them a great victory.
Three of the 30 chief men went down to David, to the rock at the cave of Adullam,d while the Philistine army was encamped in the Valley of Rephaim.