11Then allIsraelgathered to David at Hebronaand said, "Behold, we are your bone and your flesh.
"In timespast, even when Saul was king, you were the one who led out and brought in Israel; and the LORD your Godsaid to you, '2You shall shepherd My peopleIsrael, and you shall be princeover My peopleIsrael.' "
So all the elders of Israelcame to the king at Hebron, and Davidmade a covenant with them in Hebronbefore the LORD; and 3they anointedDavidkingoverIsrael, 4according to the word of the LORDthroughSamuel.
Then David and allIsraelwent to Jerusalem (5that is, Jebus ); and the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land, were there.
The inhabitants of Jebussaid to David, "You shall not enterhere." Nevertheless Davidcaptured the stronghold of Zion (that is, the city of David ).
Now David had said, "Whoeverstrikesdown a Jebusitefirst shall be chief and commander." 6Joab the son of Zeruiahwent up first, so he becamechief.
Then Daviddwelt in the stronghold; therefore it was called the city of David.
He bbuilt the cityallaround, from the cMillo even to the surroundingarea; and Joabdrepaired the rest of the city.
97Davidbecamegreater and greater, for the LORD of hosts was with him.
108Now these are the heads of the mightymenwhomDavid had, who gave him strongsupport in his kingdom, together with allIsrael, to make him king, 9according to the word of the LORDconcerningIsrael.
11These constitute the list of the mightymenwhomDavid had: 10Jashobeam, the son of a Hachmonite, 11the chief of the thirty; he lifted up his spearagainstthreehundredewhom he killed at onetime.
12After him was Eleazar the son of 12Dodo, the Ahohite, who was fone of the threemightymen.
He was with David at gPasdammim13when the Philistines were gathered together there to battle, and there was a plot of groundfull of barley; and the peoplefledbefore the Philistines.
They took their stand in the midst of the plot and defended it, and struckdown the Philistines; and the LORDsaved them by a greathvictory.
Now three of the thirtychiefmenwentdown to the rock to David, into the cave of Adullam, while 14the army of the Philistines was camping in the valley of Rephaim.
16David was then in the stronghold, while 15the garrison of the Philistines was then in Bethlehem.
17Davidhad a craving and said, "Oh that someone would give me water to drink from the well of Bethlehem, which is by the gate!"
So the threebrokethrough the camp of the Philistines and drewwater from the well of Bethlehemwhich was by the gate, and took it and brought it to David; nevertheless Davidwould not drink it, but poured it out to the LORD;
and he said, "Be it far from me before my God that I should dothis. Shall I drink the blood of thesemen who went iat the risk of their lives? For at the risk of their lives they brought it." Therefore he would not drink it. Thesethings the threemightymendid.
As for jAbshai the brother of Joab, he was chief of the kthirty, and he swung his spearagainstthreehundredland killed them; and he had a name as well as the mthirty.
Of the three in the second rank he was the most honored and became their commander; however, he did not attain to the first three.
2216Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, the son of a valiantman of Kabzeel, mighty in deeds, struckdown the ntwo sons of Ariel of Moab. He also wentdown and okilled a lioninside a pit on a snowyday.
He pkilled an Egyptian, a man of great staturefiveqcubits tall. Now in the Egyptian'shand was 17a spear like a weaver'sbeam, but he wentdown to him with a club and snatched the spear from the Egyptian'shand and rkilled him with his own spear.
24These things Benaiah the son of Jehoiadadid, and had a name as well as the threemightymen.
25Behold, he was honoredamong the thirty, but he did not attain to the three; and Davidappointed him over his guard.
Now the mightymen of the armies were Asahel the brother of Joab, Elhanan the son of Dodo of Bethlehem,
27sShammoth the Harorite, Helez the tPelonite,
28Ira the son of Ikkesh the Tekoite, Abiezer the Anathothite,
29uSibbecai the Hushathite, vIlai the Ahohite,
30Maharai the Netophathite, wHeled the son of Baanah the Netophathite,
31Ithai the son of Ribai of Gibeah of the sons of Benjamin, Benaiah the Pirathonite,
32xHurai of the brooks of Gaash, yAbiel the Arbathite,
33Azmaveth the Baharumite, Eliahba the Shaalbonite,
the sons of zHashem the Gizonite, Jonathan the son of Shagee the Hararite,
35Ahiam the son of aaSacar the Hararite, bbEliphal the son of Ur,
36Hepher the Mecherathite, Ahijah the Pelonite,
37Hezro the Carmelite, ccNaarai the son of Ezbai,
38Joel the brother of Nathan, Mibhar the son of Hagri,
39Zelek the Ammonite, Naharai the Berothite, the armorbearer of Joab the son of Zeruiah,
40Ira the Ithrite, Gareb the Ithrite,
41Uriah the Hittite, Zabad the son of Ahlai,
42Adina the son of Shiza the Reubenite, a chief of the Reubenites, and thirty with him,
43Hanan the son of Maacah and Joshaphat the Mithnite,
44Uzzia the Ashterathite, Shama and Jeiel the sons of Hotham the Aroerite,
45Jediael the son of Shimri and Joha his brother, the Tizite,
46Eliel the Mahavite and Jeribai and Joshaviah, the sons of Elnaam, and Ithmah the Moabite,
47Eliel and Obed and Jaasiel the Mezobaite.