The people of Jebus said to David, "You will never get in here!" But David captured the fortress of Zion, now called the City of David.
David had said to his troops, "Whoever leads the attack against the Jebusites will become the commander of my armies!" And Joab, the son of David's sister Zeruiah, led the attack, so he became the commander of David's armies.
David made the fortress his home, and that is why it is called the City of David.
He extended the city from the Millo a to the surrounding area, while Joab rebuilt the rest of Jerusalem.
And David became more and more powerful, because the LORD Almighty was with him.
These are the leaders of David's mighty men. Together with all Israel, they determined to make David their king, just as the LORD had promised concerning Israel.
Here is the record of David's mightiest men: The first was Jashobeam the Hacmonite, who was commander of the Three -- the three greatest warriors among David's men. b He once used his spear to kill three hundred enemy warriors in a single battle.
Next in rank among the Three was Eleazar son of Dodai, c a descendant of Ahoah.
He was with David in the battle against the Philistines at Pas-dammim. The battle took place in a field full of barley, and the Israelite army fled.
But Eleazar and David held their ground in the middle of the field and beat back the Philistines. So the LORD saved them by giving them a great victory.
Once when David was at the rock near the cave of Adullam, the Philistine army was camped in the valley of Rephaim. The Three (who were among the Thirty -- an elite group among David's fighting men) went down to meet him there.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)