Now these are the men who came to David at Ziklag, while he could not move about freely because of Saul the son of Kish; and they were among the mighty men who helped him in war.
They were bowmen, and could shoot arrows and sling stones with either the right or the left hand; they were Benjaminites, Saul's kinsmen.
The chief was Ahi-e'zer, then Jo'ash, both sons of Shema'ah of Gib'e-ah; also Je'zi-el and Pelet the sons of Az'maveth; Ber'acah, Jehu of An'athoth,
Ishma'iah of Gibeon, a mighty man among the thirty and a leader over the thirty; Jeremiah, Jaha'ziel, Joha'nan, Joz'abad of Gede'rah,
Elu'zai, Jer'imoth, Beali'ah, Shemari'ah, Shephati'ah the Har'uphite;
Elka'nah, Isshi'ah, Az'arel, Jo-e'zer, and Jasho'be-am, the Ko'rahites;
and Joe'lah and Zebadi'ah, the sons of Jero'ham of Gedor.
From the Gadites there went over to David at the stronghold in the wilderness mighty and experienced warriors, expert with shield and spear, whose faces were like the faces of lions, and who were swift as gazelles upon the mountains:
Ezer the chief, Obadi'ah second, Eli'ab third,
Mishman'nah fourth, Jeremiah fifth,
Attai sixth, Eli'el seventh,
Joha'nan eighth, Elza'bad ninth,
Jeremiah tenth, Mach'bannai eleventh.
These Gadites were officers of the army, the lesser over a hundred and the greater over a thousand.
These are the men who crossed the Jordan in the first month, when it was overflowing all its banks, and put to flight all those in the valleys, to the east and to the west.
And some of the men of Benjamin and Judah came to the stronghold to David.
David went out to meet them and said to them, "If you have come to me in friendship to help me, my heart will be knit to you; but if to betray me to my adversaries, although there is no wrong in my hands, then may the God of our fathers see and rebuke you."
Then the Spirit came upon Ama'sai, chief of the thirty, and he said, "We are yours, O David; and with you, O son of Jesse! Peace, peace to you, and peace to your helpers! For your God helps you." Then David received them, and made them officers of his troops.
Some of the men of Manas'seh deserted to David when he came with the Philistines for the battle against Saul. (Yet he did not help them, for the rulers of the Philistines took counsel and sent him away, saying, "At peril to our heads he will desert to his master Saul.")
As he went to Ziklag these men of Manas'seh deserted to him: Adnah, Joz'abad, Jedi'a-el, Michael, Joz'abad, Eli'hu, and Zil'lethai, chiefs of thousands in Manas'seh.
They helped David against the band of raiders; for they were all mighty men of valor, and were commanders in the army.
For from day to day men kept coming to David to help him, until there was a great army, like an army of God.
These are the numbers of the divisions of the armed troops, who came to David in Hebron, to turn the kingdom of Saul over to him, according to the word of the LORD.
The men of Judah bearing shield and spear were six thousand eight hundred armed troops.
Of the Simeonites, mighty men of valor for war, seven thousand one hundred.
Of the Levites four thousand six hundred.
The prince Jehoi'ada, of the house of Aaron, and with him three thousand seven hundred.
Zadok, a young man mighty in valor, and twenty-two commanders from his own father's house.
Of the Benjaminites, the kinsmen of Saul, three thousand, of whom the majority had hitherto kept their allegiance to the house of Saul.
Of the E'phraimites twenty thousand eight hundred, mighty men of valor, famous men in their fathers' houses.
Of the half-tribe of Manas'seh eighteen thousand, who were expressly named to come and make David king.
Of Is'sachar men who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do, two hundred chiefs, and all their kinsmen under their command.
Of Zeb'ulun fifty thousand seasoned troops, equipped for battle with all the weapons of war, to help David with singleness of purpose.
Of Naph'tali a thousand commanders with whom were thirty-seven thousand men armed with shield and spear.
Of the Danites twenty-eight thousand six hundred men equipped for battle.
Of Asher forty thousand seasoned troops ready for battle.
Of the Reubenites and Gadites and the half-tribe of Manas'seh from beyond the Jordan, one hundred and twenty thousand men armed with all the weapons of war.
All these, men of war, arrayed in battle order, came to Hebron with full intent to make David king over all Israel; likewise all the rest of Israel were of a single mind to make David king.
And they were there with David for three days, eating and drinking, for their brethren had made preparation for them.
And also their neighbors, from as far as Is'sachar and Zeb'ulun and Naph'tali, came bringing food on asses and on camels and on mules and on oxen, abundant provisions of meal, cakes of figs, clusters of raisins, and wine and oil, oxen and sheep, for there was joy in Israel.
David consulted with the commanders of thousands and of hundreds, with every leader.
And David said to all the assembly of Israel, "If it seems good to you, and if it is the will of the LORD our God, let us send abroad to our brethren who remain in all the land of Israel, and with them to the priests and Levites in the cities that have pasture lands, that they may come together to us.
Then let us bring again the ark of our God to us; for we neglected it in the days of Saul."
All the assembly agreed to do so, for the thing was right in the eyes of all the people.
So David assembled all Israel from the Shihor of Egypt to the entrance of Hamath, to bring the ark of God from Kir'iath-je'arim.
And David and all Israel went up to Ba'alah, that is, to Kir'iath-je'arim which belongs to Judah, to bring up from there the ark of God, which is called by the name of the LORD who sits enthroned above the cherubim.
And they carried the ark of God upon a new cart, from the house of Abin'adab, and Uzzah and Ahi'o were driving the cart.
And David and all Israel were making merry before God with all their might, with song and lyres and harps and tambourines and cymbals and trumpets.
And when they came to the threshing floor of Chidon, Uzzah put out his hand to hold the ark, for the oxen stumbled.
And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Uzzah; and he smote him because he put forth his hand to the ark; and he died there before God.
And David was angry because the LORD had broken forth upon Uzzah; and that place is called Pe'rez-uz'za to this day.
And David was afraid of God that day; and he said, "How can I bring the ark of God home to me?"
So David did not take the ark home into the city of David, but took it aside to the house of O'bed-e'dom the Gittite.
And the ark of God remained with the household of O'bed-e'dom in his house three months; and the LORD blessed the household of O'bed-e'dom and all that he had.
And Hiram king of Tyre sent messengers to David, and cedar trees, also masons and carpenters to build a house for him.
And David perceived that the LORD had established him king over Israel, and that his kingdom was highly exalted for the sake of his people Israel.
And David took more wives in Jerusalem, and David begot more sons and daughters.
These are the names of the children whom he had in Jerusalem: Shammu'a, Shobab, Nathan, Solomon,
Ibhar, Eli'shu-a, El'pelet,
Nogah, Nepheg, Japhi'a,
Eli'shama, Beeli'ada, and Eliph'elet.
When the Philistines heard that David had been anointed king over all Israel, all the Philistines went up in search of David; and David heard of it and went out against them.
Now the Philistines had come and made a raid in the valley of Reph'aim.
And David inquired of God, "Shall I go up against the Philistines? Wilt thou give them into my hand?" And the LORD said to him, "Go up, and I will give them into your hand."
And he went up to Ba'al-pera'zim, and David defeated them there; and David said, "God has broken through my enemies by my hand, like a bursting flood." Therefore the name of that place is called Ba'al-pera'zim.
And they left their gods there, and David gave command, and they were burned.
And the Philistines yet again made a raid in the valley.
And when David again inquired of God, God said to him, "You shall not go up after them; go around and come upon them opposite the balsam trees.
And when you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the balsam trees, then go out to battle; for God has gone out before you to smite the army of the Philistines."
And David did as God commanded him, and they smote the Philistine army from Gibeon to Gezer.
And the fame of David went out into all lands, and the LORD brought the fear of him upon all nations.
Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright 1952 [2nd edition, 1971] by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. (Revised Standard Version - Holy Bible)