1 Chronicles 11; 1 Chronicles 12

1 Then the people of Israel came to David at the town of Hebron and said, "Look, we are your own family. 2 Even when Saul was king, you were the one who led Israel in battle. The Lord your God said to you, 'You will be the shepherd for my people Israel. You will be their leader.'" 3 So all the older leaders of Israel came to King David at Hebron. He made an agreement with them in Hebron in the presence of the Lord. Then they poured oil on David to make him king over Israel. The Lord had promised through Samuel that this would happen. 4 David and all the Israelites went to the city of Jerusalem. At that time Jerusalem was called Jebus, and the people living there were named Jebusites. 5 They said to David, "You can't get inside our city." But David did take the city of Jerusalem with its strong walls, and it became the City of David. 6 David had said, "The person who leads the attack against the Jebusites will become the commander over all my army." Joab son of Zeruiah led the attack, so he became the commander of the army. 7 Then David made his home in the strong, walled city, which is why it was named the City of David. 8 David rebuilt the city, beginning where the land was filled in and going to the wall that was around the city. Joab repaired the other parts of the city. 9 David became stronger and stronger, and the Lord All-Powerful was with him. 10 This is a list of the leaders over David's warriors who helped make David's kingdom strong. All the people of Israel also supported David's kingdom. These heroes and all the people of Israel made David king, just as the Lord had promised. 11 This is a list of David's warriors: Jashobeam was from the Hacmonite people. He was the head of the Three, David's most powerful soldiers. He used his spear to fight three hundred men at one time, and he killed them all. 12 Next was Eleazar, one of the Three. Eleazar was Dodai's son from the Ahohite people. 13 Eleazar was with David at Pas Dammim when the Philistines came there to fight. There was a field of barley at that place. The Israelites ran away from the Philistines, 14 but they stopped in the middle of that field and fought for it and killed the Philistines. The Lord gave them a great victory. 15 Once, three of the Thirty, David's chief soldiers, came down to him at the rock by the cave near Adullam. At the same time the Philstine army had camped in the Valley of Rephaim. 16 At that time David was in a stronghold, and some of the Philistines were in Bethlehem. 17 David had a strong desire for some water. He said, "Oh, I wish someone would get me water from the well near the city gate of Bethlehem!" 18 So the Three broke through the Philistine army and took water from the well near the city gate in Bethlehem. Then they brought it to David, but he refused to drink it. He poured it out before the Lord, 19 saying, "May God keep me from drinking this water! It would be like drinking the blood of the men who risked their lives to bring it to me!" So David refused to drink it. These were the brave things that the three warriors did. 20 Abishai brother of Joab was the captain of the Three. Abishai fought three hundred soldiers with his spear and killed them. He became as famous as the Three 21 and was more honored than the Three. He became their commander even though he was not one of them. 22 Benaiah son of Jehoiada was a brave fighter from Kabzeel who did mighty things. He killed two of the best warriors from Moab. He also went down into a pit and killed a lion on a snowy day. 23 Benaiah killed an Egyptian who was about seven and one-half feet tall and had a spear as large as a weaver's rod. Benaiah had a club, but he grabbed the spear from the Egyptian's hand and killed him with his own spear. 24 These were the things Benaiah son of Jehoiada did. He was as famous as the Three. 25 He received more honor than the Thirty, but he did not become a member of the Three. David made him leader of his bodyguards. 26 These were also mighty warriors: Asahel brother of Joab; Elhanan son of Dodo from Bethlehem; 27 Shammoth the Harorite; Helez the Pelonite; 28 Ira son of Ikkesh from Tekoa; Abiezer the Anathothite; 29 Sibbecai the Hushathite; Ilai the Ahohite; 30 Maharai the Netophathite; Heled son of Baanah the Netophathite; 31 Ithai son of Ribai from Gibeah in Benjamin; Benaiah the Pirathonite; 32 Hurai from the ravines of Gaash; Abiel the Arbathite; 33 Azmaveth the Baharumite; Eliahba the Shaalbonite; 34 the sons of Hashem the Gizonite; Jonathan son of Shagee the Hararite; 35 Ahiam son of Sacar the Hararite; Eliphal son of Ur; 36 Hepher the Mekerathite; Ahijah the Pelonite; 37 Hezro the Carmelite; Naarai son of Ezbai; 38 Joel brother of Nathan; Mibhar son of Hagri; 39 Zelek the Ammonite; Naharai the Berothite, the officer who carried the armor for Joab son of Zeruiah; 40 Ira the Ithrite; Gareb the Ithrite; 41 Uriah the Hittite; Zabad son of Ahlai; 42 Adina son of Shiza the Reubenite, who was the leader of the Reubenites, and his thirty soldiers; 43 Hanan son of Maacah; Joshaphat the Mithnite; 44 Uzzia the Ashterathite; Shama and Jeiel sons of Hotham the Aroerite; 45 Jediael son of Shimri; Joha, Jediael's brother, the Tizite; 46 Eliel the Mahavite; Jeribai and Joshaviah, Elnaam's sons; Ithmah the Moabite; 47 Eliel, Obed, and Jaasiel the Mezobaites.
1 These were the men who came to David at Ziklag when David was hiding from Saul son of Kish. They were among the warriors who helped David in battle. 2 They came with bows for weapons and could use either their right or left hands to shoot arrows or to sling rocks. They were Saul's relatives from the tribe of Benjamin. 3 Ahiezer was their leader, and there was Joash. (Ahiezer and Joash were sons of Shemaah, who was from the town of Gibeah.) There were also Jeziel and Pelet, the sons of Azmaveth. There were Beracah and Jehu from the town of Anathoth. 4 And there was Ishmaiah from the town of Gibeon; he was one of the Thirty. In fact, he was the leader of the Thirty. There were Jeremiah, Jahaziel, Johanan, and Jozabad from Gederah. 5 There were Eluzai, Jerimoth, Bealiah, and Shemariah. There was Shephatiah from Haruph. 6 There were Elkanah, Isshiah, Azarel, Joezer, and Jashobeam from the family group of Korah. 7 And there were Joelah and Zebadiah, the sons of Jeroham, from the town of Gedor. 8 Part of the people of Gad joined David at his stronghold in the desert. They were brave warriors trained for war and skilled with shields and spears. They were as fierce as lions and as fast as gazelles over the hills. 9 Ezer was the leader of Gad's army, and Obadiah was second in command. Eliab was third, 10 Mishmannah was fourth, Jeremiah was fifth, 11 Attai was sixth, Eliel was seventh, 12 Johanan was eighth, Elzabad was ninth, 13 Jeremiah was tenth, and Macbannai was eleventh in command. 14 They were the commanders of the army from Gad. The least of these leaders was in charge of a hundred soldiers, and the greatest was in charge of a thousand. 15 They crossed the Jordan River and chased away the people living in the valleys, to the east and to the west. This happened in the first month of the year when the Jordan floods the valley. 16 Other people from the tribes of Benjamin and Judah also came to David at his stronghold. 17 David went out to meet them and said to them, "If you have come peacefully to help me, I welcome you. Join me. But if you have come to turn me over to my enemies, even though I have done nothing wrong, the God of our fathers will see this and punish you." 18 Then the Spirit entered Amasai, the leader of the Thirty, and he said: "We belong to you, David. We are with you, son of Jesse. Success, success to you. Success to those who help you, because your God helps you." So David welcomed these men and made them leaders of his army. 19 Some of the men from Manasseh also joined David when he went with the Philistines to fight Saul. But David and his men did not really help the Philistines. After talking about it, the Philistine leaders decided to send David away. They said, "If David goes back to his master Saul, we will be killed." 20 These are the men from Manasseh who joined David when he went to Ziklag: Adnah, Jozabad, Jediael, Michael, Jozabad, Elihu, and Zillethai. Each of them was a leader of a thousand men from Manasseh. 21 All these men of Manasseh were brave soldiers, and they helped David fight against groups of men who went around the country robbing people. These soldiers became commanders in David's army. 22 Every day more men joined David, and his army became large, like the army of God. 23 These are the numbers of the soldiers ready for battle who joined David at Hebron. They came to help turn the kingdom of Saul over to David, just as the Lord had said. 24 There were sixty-eight hundred men with their weapons from Judah. They carried shields and spears. 25 There were seventy-one hundred men from Simeon. They were warriors ready for war. 26 There were forty-six hundred men from Levi. 27 Jehoiada, a leader from Aaron's family, was in that group. There were thirty-seven hundred with him. 28 Zadok was also in that group. He was a strong young warrior, and with him came twenty-two leaders from his family. 29 There were three thousand men from Benjamin, who were Saul's relatives. Most of them had remained loyal to Saul's family until then. 30 There were twenty thousand eight hundred men from Ephraim. They were brave warriors and were famous men in their own family groups. 31 There were eighteen thousand men from West Manasseh. Each one was especially chosen to make David king. 32 There were two hundred leaders from Issachar. They knew what Israel should do, and they knew the right time to do it. Their relatives were with them and under their command. 33 There were fifty thousand men from Zebulun. They were trained soldiers and knew how to use every kind of weapon of war. They followed David completely. 34 There were one thousand officers from Naphtali. They had thirty-seven thousand soldiers with them who carried shields and spears. 35 There were twenty-eight thousand six hundred men from Dan, who were ready for war. 36 There were forty thousand trained soldiers from Asher, who were ready for war. 37 There were one hundred twenty thousand soldiers from the east side of the Jordan River from the people of Reuben, Gad, and East Manasseh. They had every kind of weapon. 38 All these fighting men were ready to go to war. They came to Hebron fully agreed to make David king of all Israel. All the other Israelites also agreed to make David king. 39 They spent three days there with David, eating and drinking, because their relatives had prepared food for them. 40 Also, their neighbors came from as far away as Issachar, Zebulun, and Naphtali, bringing food on donkeys, camels, mules, and oxen. They brought much flour, fig cakes, raisins, wine, oil, cows, and sheep, because the people of Israel were very happy.
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