1 Chronicles 12-14 Bible in Basic English

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David's Army

12 1  Now these are the men who came to David at Ziklag, while he was still shut up, because of Saul, the son of Kish; they were among the strong men, his helpers in war. 2  They were armed with bows, and were able to send stones, and arrows from the bow, with right hand or left: they were Saul's brothers, of Benjamin. 3  Ahiezer was their chief, then Joash, the sons of Shemaah the Gibeathite; and Jeziel and Pelet, the sons of Azmaveth; and Beracah and Jehu the Anathothite; 4  And Ishmaiah the Gibeonite, a great man among the thirty, and their chief; and Jeremiah and Jehaziel and Johanan and Jozabad the Gederathite; 5  Eluzai and Jerimoth and Bealiah and Shemariah and Shephatiah the Haruphite; 6  Elkanah and Isshiah and Azarel and Joezer and Jashobeam, the Korahites; 7  And Joelah and Zebadiah, the sons of Jeroham of Gedor. 8  And some of the Gadites, siding with David, went to his strong place in the waste land, great and strong men, trained for war, expert in the use of arms, whose faces were like the faces of lions, and they were quick-footed like roes on the mountains; 9  Ezer their chief, Obadiah the second, Eliab the third, 10  Mishmannah the fourth, Jeremiah the fifth, 11  Attai the sixth, Eliel the seventh, 12  Johanan the eighth, Elzabad the ninth, 13  Jeremiah the tenth, Machbannai the eleventh. 14  These Gadites were captains of the army; the least of them was captain over a hundred men, and the greatest over a thousand. 15  It was they who went over Jordan in the first month, when the river was overflowing, and put to flight all the people of the valleys, to the east and to the west. 16  And some of the children of Benjamin and Judah came to David in his strong place. 17  And David went out to them, and said to them, If you have come in peace to give me help, my heart will be united with yours; but if you have come to give me up to those who would take my life, though my hands are clean from wrongdoing, then may the God of our fathers see it and give you punishment. 18  Then the spirit came on Amasai, who was chief of the captains, and he said, We are yours, David, we are on your side, O son of Jesse: may peace be with you and peace be with your helpers; for God is your helper. Then David took them into his army and made them captains of the band. 19  And some of the men of Manasseh came over to David, when he went with the Philistines to the war against Saul, but he gave them no help: for the lords of the Philistines, after discussion, sent him away, saying, He will go back to his master Saul, at the price of our lives. 20  Then when he went back to Ziklag, there came over to him, of the men of Manasseh, Adnah and Jozabad and Jediael and Michael and Jozabad and Elihu and Zillethai, captains of thousands from the armies of Manasseh. 21  And they gave David help against the armed bands, for they were all great men of war, and captains in the army. 22  And from day to day more supporters came to David, till he had a great army like the army of God.

23  These are the numbers of the chiefs of the armed men, ready for war, who came to David at Hebron, to give the kingdom of Saul into his hands, as the Lord had said. 24  There were six thousand, eight hundred spearmen of the children of Judah, armed for war; 25  Seven thousand, one hundred of the children of Simeon, great men of war; 26  Of the children of Levi, four thousand, six hundred. 27  And Jehoiada, chief of the family of Aaron, and with him three thousand, seven hundred men; 28  And Zadok, a young man, great and strong in war, with twenty-two captains from his father's people. 29  And of the children of Benjamin, the brothers of Saul, three thousand; for up to that time the greater part of them had been true to Saul. 30  And of the children of Ephraim, twenty thousand, eight hundred great men of war, men of great name in their families. 31  And from the half-tribe of Manasseh, eighteen thousand, listed by name, came to make David king. 32  And of the children of Issachar, there were two hundred chiefs, men who had expert knowledge of the times and what it was best for Israel to do, and all their brothers were under their orders. 33  Of Zebulun, there were fifty thousand men, who went out with the army, expert in ordering the fight, to give help with all sorts of arms; true-hearted men. 34  And of Naphtali, a thousand captains with thirty-seven thousand spearmen. 35  And of the Danites, twenty-eight thousand, six hundred, expert in ordering the fight. 36  And of Asher, forty thousand who went out with the army, expert in ordering the fight. 37  From the other side of Jordan, there were a hundred and twenty thousand of the Reubenites and the Gadites and the men of the half-tribe of Manasseh, armed with every sort of instrument of war. 38  All these men of war, expert in ordering the fight, came to Hebron with the full purpose of making David king over all Israel; and all the rest of Israel were united in their desire to make David king. 39  For three days they were there with David, feasting at his table, for their brothers had made ready food for them. 40  And those who were near, as far as Issachar and Zebulun and Naphtali, came with food on asses and camels and mules and oxen, with meal for food and cakes of figs and masses of grapes, and wine and oil and oxen and sheep in great numbers, for there was joy in Israel.

David Proposes to Bring the Ark to Jerusalem

13 1  Then David had discussions with the captains of thousands and the captains of hundreds and with every chief. 2  And David said to all the men of Israel who had come together there, If it seems good to you and if it is the purpose of the Lord our God, let us send to all the rest of our brothers, everywhere in the land of Israel, and to the priests and the Levites in their towns and the country round them, and get them to come together here to us; 3  And let us get back for ourselves the ark of our God: for in the days of Saul we did not go to it for directions. 4  And all the people said they would do so, for it seemed right to them.

David Goes to Get the Ark

5  So David sent for all Israel to come together, from Shihor, the river of Egypt, as far as the way into Hamath, to get the ark of God from Kiriath-jearim. 6  And David went up, with all Israel, to Baalah, that is, to Kiriath-jearim in Judah, to get up from there the ark of God, over which the holy Name is named, the name of the Lord whose place is between the winged ones. 7  And they put the ark of God on a new cart, and took it out of the house of Abinadab; and Uzza and Ahio were the drivers of the cart. 8  Then David and all Israel made melody before God with all their strength, with songs and corded instruments of music, and with brass instruments and horns.

9  And when they came to the grain-floor of Chidon, Uzza put out his hand to keep the ark in its place, for the oxen were slipping. 10  And the wrath of the Lord, burning against Uzza, sent destruction on him because he had put his hand on the ark, and death came to him there before God. 11  And David was angry because of the Lord's outburst of wrath against Uzza, and he gave that place the name Perez-uzza, to this day. 12  And so great was David's fear of God that day, that he said, How may I let the ark of God come to me? 13  So David did not let the ark come back to him to the town of David, but had it turned away and put into the house of Obed-edom the Gittite. 14  And the ark of God was in the house of Obed-edom for three months; and the Lord sent a blessing on the house of Obed-edom and on all he had.

Hiram's Recognition of David

14 1  And Hiram, king of Tyre, sent men to David with cedar-trees, and stoneworkers and woodworkers for the building of his house. 2  And David saw that the Lord had made his position safe as king over Israel, lifting up his kingdom on high because of his people Israel.

David's Children Born at Jerusalem

3  And while he was living in Jerusalem, David took more wives and became the father of more sons and daughters. 4  These are the names of the children he had in Jerusalem: Shammua and Shobab, Nathan and Solomon 5  And Ibhar and Elishua and Elpelet 6  And Nogah and Nepheg and Japhia 7  And Elishama and Beeliada and Eliphelet.

David Defeats the Philistines

8  And when the Philistines had news that David had been made king over all Israel, they went up in search of David, and David, hearing of it, went out against them. 9  Now the Philistines had come, and had gone out in every direction in the valley of Rephaim. 10  And David, desiring directions from God, said, Am I to go up against the Philistines? and will you give them into my hands? And the Lord said, Go up; for I will give them into your hands. 11  So they went up to Baal-perazim, and David overcame them there, and David said, God has let the forces fighting against me be broken by my hand, as a wall is broken down by rushing water; so they gave that place the name of Baal-perazim. 12  And the Philistines did not take their images with them in their flight; and at David's orders they were burned with fire. 13  Then the Philistines again went out in every direction in the valley. 14  And David went for directions to God; and God said to him, You are not to go up after them; but, turning away from them, come face to face with them opposite the spice-trees. 15  And at the sound of footsteps in the tops of the trees, go out to the fight, for God has gone out before you to overcome the army of the Philistines. 16  And David did as the Lord had said; and they overcame the army of the Philistines, attacking them from Gibeon as far as Gezer. 17  And David's name was honoured in all lands; and the Lord put the fear of him on all nations.

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