was Jashobeam the son of Zabdiel;
the first and chief of David's worthies, ( 1 Chronicles 11:11 )
and in his course were twenty and four;
and so in all the following ones; this man was of the posterity of Perez, or Pharez, a son of Judah, and so had the preference and command of all the captains of the army for that month:
Dodai an Ahohite;
the same with Dodo, ( 1 Chronicles 11:12 ) was over the course of the second month, the month Ziv, sometimes called Jiar, or April; and his lieutenant or successor was Mikloth:
Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, a chief priest;
or rather a prince, a principal officer, was general of the army for the third month, Sivan, or May; the same was mighty among the thirty, and even above them, for he was among the three mighty, ( 1 Chronicles 11:22 1 Chronicles 11:24 ) and Ammizabad his son succeeded him, or was his deputy, when other ways employed: though led by our version here, and following the Jewish writers, I have called Benaiah a priest, (See Gill on 1 Kings 2:31), yet I am now rather of opinion that he was not one; for though priests might bear arms on some occasions, yet it is not likely that one should be in a constant military office, and especially general of an army; and besides, this man was of Kabzeel, a city in the tribe of Judah, which is not mentioned among the Levitical cities, see ( 2 Samuel 23:20 ) ( Joshua 15:21 ) . Asahel the brother of Joab was over the course for the fourth month, Tammuz, or June, and who being slain by Abner, his son Zebadiah succeeded him: Shamhuth, the same with Shammah, ( 2 Samuel 23:11 ) and Shammoth, ( 1 Chronicles 11:27 ) was captain for the fifth month, Ab, or July: Ira the son of Ikkesh, the Tekoite, was over the course of the sixth month, Elul, or August, see ( 1 Chronicles 11:28 ) . Helez the Pelonite was captain for the seventh month, Tisri, or September, see ( 1 Chronicles 11:27 ) , the captain for the eighth month, Marchesvan, sometimes called Bul, or October, was Sibbecai the Hushathite, of the Zarbites, of the posterity of Zerah, a son of Judah in the line of Hushah, ( 1 Chronicles 4:4 ) ( 11:29 ) , the captain of the course for the ninth month, Cisleu, or November was Abiezer, of Anethoth, in the tribe of Benjamin, see ( 1 Chronicles 11:28 ) , Maharai, of Netophah, in the tribe of Judah, and of the posterity of Zerah, was over the course for the tenth month, Tebet, or December, see ( 1 Chronicles 11:30 ) and the captain for the eleventh month, Sheber, or January, was Benaiah, of Pirathon, in the tribe of Ephraim, see ( 1 Chronicles 11:31 ) and over the course for the twelfth month, Adar, or February, was Heldai the Netophathite, the same with Heled, ( 1 Chronicles 11:30 ) and who was of the posterity of Othniel, the first judge in Israel, ( Judges 1:13 ) ( 3:9 ) .