from Issachar, men who understood both the times and Israel's duties, 200 leaders with their families;
from Zebulun, 50,000 well-equipped veteran warriors, unswervingly loyal;
from Naphtali, 1,000 chiefs leading 37,000 men heavily armed;
from Dan, 28,600 battle-ready men;
from Asher, 40,000 veterans, battle-ready;
and from East of Jordan, men from Reuben, Gad, and the half-tribe of Manasseh, heavily armed, 120,000.
All these soldiers came to David at Hebron, ready to fight if necessary; they were both united and determined to make David king over all Israel. And everyone else in Israel was of the same mind - "Make David king!"
They were with David for three days of feasting celebration, with food and drink supplied by their families.
Neighbors ranging from as far north as Issachar, Zebulun, and Naphtali arrived with donkeys, camels, mules, and oxen loaded down with food for the party: flour, fig cakes, raisin cakes, wine, oil, cattle, and sheep - joy in Israel! David Goes to Get the Chest of God
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