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1 Chronicles 11 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Then all Israel went to David at Hebron and told him, "We are all members of your family. 1 All Israel came together to David at Hebron and said, "We are your own flesh and blood.
2 For a long time, even while Saul was our king, you were the one who really led Israel. And the LORD your God has told you, 'You will be the shepherd of my people Israel. You will be their leader.'" 2 In the past, even while Saul was king, you were the one who led Israel on their military campaigns. And the LORD your God said to you, 'You will shepherd my people Israel, and you will become their ruler.' "
3 So there at Hebron David made a covenant with the leaders of Israel before the LORD. They anointed him king of Israel, just as the LORD had promised through Samuel. 3 When all the elders of Israel had come to King David at Hebron, he made a compact with them at Hebron before the LORD, and they anointed David king over Israel, as the LORD had promised through Samuel.
4 Then David and all Israel went to Jerusalem (or Jebus, as it used to be called), where the Jebusites, original inhabitants of the land, lived. 4 David and all the Israelites marched to Jerusalem (that is, Jebus). The Jebusites who lived there
5 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. 5 said to David, "You will not get in here." Nevertheless, David captured the fortress of Zion, the City of David.
6 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. 6 David had said, "Whoever leads the attack on the Jebusites will become commander-in-chief." Joab son of Zeruiah went up first, and so he received the command.
7 David made the fortress his home, and that is why it is called the City of David. 7 David then took up residence in the fortress, and so it was called the City of David.
8 He extended the city from the Millo to the surrounding area, while Joab rebuilt the rest of Jerusalem. 8 He built up the city around it, from the supporting terraces to the surrounding wall, while Joab restored the rest of the city.
9 And David became more and more powerful, because the LORD Almighty was with him. 9 And David became more and more powerful, because the LORD Almighty was with him.
10 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. 10 These were the chiefs of David's mighty men--they, together with all Israel, gave his kingship strong support to extend it over the whole land, as the LORD had promised--
11 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. He once used his spear to kill three hundred enemy warriors in a single battle. 11 this is the list of David's mighty men: Jashobeam, a Hacmonite, was chief of the officers; he raised his spear against three hundred men, whom he killed in one encounter.
12 Next in rank among the Three was Eleazar son of Dodai, a descendant of Ahoah. 12 Next to him was Eleazar son of Dodai the Ahohite, one of the three mighty men.
13 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. 13 He was with David at Pas Dammim when the Philistines gathered there for battle. At a place where there was a field full of barley, the troops fled from the Philistines.
14 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. 14 But they took their stand in the middle of the field. They defended it and struck the Philistines down, and the LORD brought about a great victory.
15 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. 15 Three of the thirty chiefs came down to David to the rock at the cave of Adullam, while a band of Philistines was encamped in the Valley of Rephaim.
16 David was staying in the stronghold at the time, and a Philistine detachment had occupied the town of Bethlehem. 16 At that time David was in the stronghold, and the Philistine garrison was at Bethlehem.
17 David remarked longingly to his men, "Oh, how I would love some of that good water from the well in Bethlehem, the one by the gate." 17 David longed for water and said, "Oh, that someone would get me a drink of water from the well near the gate of Bethlehem!"
18 So the Three broke through the Philistine lines, drew some water from the well, and brought it back to David. But David refused to drink it. Instead, he poured it out before the LORD. 18 So the Three broke through the Philistine lines, drew water from the well near the gate of Bethlehem and carried it back to David. But he refused to drink it; instead, he poured it out before the LORD.
19 "God forbid that I should drink this!" he exclaimed. "This water is as precious as the blood of these men who risked their lives to bring it to me." So David did not drink it. This is an example of the exploits of the Three. 19 "God forbid that I should do this!" he said. "Should I drink the blood of these men who went at the risk of their lives?" Because they risked their lives to bring it back, David would not drink it. Such were the exploits of the three mighty men.
20 Abishai, the brother of Joab, was the leader of the Thirty. He once used his spear to kill three hundred enemy warriors in a single battle. It was by such feats that he became as famous as the Three. 20 Abishai the brother of Joab was chief of the Three. He raised his spear against three hundred men, whom he killed, and so he became as famous as the Three.
21 Abishai was the most famous of the Thirty and was their commander, though he was not one of the Three. 21 He was doubly honored above the Three and became their commander, even though he was not included among them.
22 There was also Benaiah son of Jehoiada, a valiant warrior from Kabzeel. He did many heroic deeds, which included killing two of Moab's mightiest warriors. Another time he chased a lion down into a pit. Then, despite the snow and slippery ground, he caught the lion and killed it. 22 Benaiah son of Jehoiada was a valiant fighter from Kabzeel, who performed great exploits. He struck down two of Moab's best men. He also went down into a pit on a snowy day and killed a lion.
23 Another time, armed with only a club, he killed an Egyptian warrior who was seven and a half feet tall and whose spear was as thick as a weaver's beam. Benaiah wrenched the spear from the Egyptian's hand and killed him with it. 23 And he struck down an Egyptian who was seven and a half feet tall. Although the Egyptian had a spear like a weaver's rod in his hand, Benaiah went against him with a club. He snatched the spear from the Egyptian's hand and killed him with his own spear.
24 These are some of the deeds that made Benaiah as famous as the Three. 24 Such were the exploits of Benaiah son of Jehoiada; he too was as famous as the three mighty men.
25 He was more honored than the other members of the Thirty, though he was not one of the Three. And David made him commander of his bodyguard. 25 He was held in greater honor than any of the Thirty, but he was not included among the Three. And David put him in charge of his bodyguard.
26 These were also included among David's mighty men: Asahel, Joab's brother; Elhanan son of Dodo from Bethlehem; 26 The mighty men were: Asahel the brother of Joab, Elhanan son of Dodo from Bethlehem,
27 Shammah from Harod; Helez from Pelon; 27 Shammoth the Harorite, Helez the Pelonite,
28 Ira son of Ikkesh from Tekoa; Abiezer from Anathoth; 28 Ira son of Ikkesh from Tekoa, Abiezer from Anathoth,
29 Sibbecai from Hushah; Zalmon from Ahoah; 29 Sibbecai the Hushathite, Ilai the Ahohite,
30 Maharai from Netophah; Heled son of Baanah from Netophah; 30 Maharai the Netophathite, Heled son of Baanah the Netophathite,
31 Ithai son of Ribai from Gibeah (from the tribe of Benjamin); Benaiah from Pirathon; 31 Ithai son of Ribai from Gibeah in Benjamin, Benaiah the Pirathonite,
32 Hurai from near Nahale-gaash; Abi-albon the Arbathite; 32 Hurai from the ravines of Gaash, Abiel the Arbathite,
33 Azmaveth from Bahurim; Eliahba from Shaalbon; 33 Azmaveth the Baharumite, Eliahba the Shaalbonite,
34 the sons of Jashen from Gizon; Jonathan son of Shagee from Harar; 34 the sons of Hashem the Gizonite, Jonathan son of Shagee the Hararite,
35 Ahiam son of Sharar from Harar; Eliphal son of Ur; 35 Ahiam son of Sacar the Hararite, Eliphal son of Ur,
36 Hepher from Mekerah; Ahijah from Pelon; 36 Hepher the Mekerathite, Ahijah the Pelonite,
37 Hezro from Carmel; Paarai son of Ezbai; 37 Hezro the Carmelite, Naarai son of Ezbai,
38 Joel, the brother of Nathan; Mibhar son of Hagri; 38 Joel the brother of Nathan, Mibhar son of Hagri,
39 Zelek from Ammon; Naharai from Beeroth (Joab's armor bearer); 39 Zelek the Ammonite, Naharai the Berothite, the armor-bearer of Joab son of Zeruiah,
40 Ira from Jattir; Gareb from Jattir; 40 Ira the Ithrite, Gareb the Ithrite,
41 Uriah the Hittite; Zabad son of Ahlai; 41 Uriah the Hittite, Zabad son of Ahlai,
42 Adina son of Shiza, the Reubenite leader who had thirty men with him; 42 Adina son of Shiza the Reubenite, who was chief of the Reubenites, and the thirty with him,
43 Hanan son of Maacah; Joshaphat from Mithna; 43 Hanan son of Maacah, Joshaphat the Mithnite,
44 Uzzia from Ashtaroth; Shama and Jeiel, the sons of Hotham, from Aroer; 44 Uzzia the Ashterathite, Shama and Jeiel the sons of Hotham the Aroerite,
45 Jediael son of Shimri; Joha, his brother, from Tiz; 45 Jediael son of Shimri, his brother Joha the Tizite,
46 Eliel from Mahavah; Jeribai and Joshaviah, the sons of Elnaam; Ithmah from Moab; 46 Eliel the Mahavite, Jeribai and Joshaviah the sons of Elnaam, Ithmah the Moabite,
47 Eliel and Obed; Jaasiel from Zobah. 47 Eliel, Obed and Jaasiel the Mezobaite.