Johanan the eighth, Elzabad the ninth,
Jeremiah the tenth and Makbannai the eleventh.
These Gadites were army commanders; the least was a match for a hundred,1 and the greatest for a thousand.215
It was they who crossed the Jordan in the first month when it was overflowing all its banks,3 and they put to flight everyone living in the valleys, to the east and to the west.
Other Benjamites4 and some men from Judah also came to David in his stronghold.
David went out to meet them and said to them, "If you have come to me in peace to help me, I am ready for you to join me. But if you have come to betray me to my enemies when my hands are free from violence, may the God of our ancestors see it and judge you."
Then the Spirit5 came on Amasai,6 chief of the Thirty, and he said: "We are yours, David! We are with you, son of Jesse! Success,7 success to you, and success to those who help you, So David received them and made them leaders of his raiding bands.
Some of the tribe of Manasseh defected to David when he went with the Philistines to fight against Saul. (He and his men did not help the Philistines because, after consultation, their rulers sent him away. They said, "It will cost us our heads if he deserts to his master Saul.")820
When David went to Ziklag,9 these were the men of Manasseh who defected to him: Adnah, Jozabad, Jediael, Michael, Jozabad, Elihu and Zillethai, leaders of units of a thousand in Manasseh.
They helped David against raiding bands, for all of them were brave warriors, and they were commanders in his army.
Day after day men came to help David, until he had a great army, like the army of God.a