1 Chronicles 11-12 Bible in Basic English

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David Made King over Israel

11 1  Then all Israel came together to David at Hebron, and said, Truly, we are your bone and your flesh. 2  In the past, when Saul was king, it was you who went at the head of Israel when they went out or came in; and the Lord your God said to you, You are to be the keeper of my people Israel, and their ruler. 3  So all the responsible men of Israel came to the king at Hebron; and David made an agreement with them in Hebron before the Lord; and they put the holy oil on David and made him king over Israel, as the Lord had said by Samuel.

David Captures Zion

4  Then David and all Israel went to Jerusalem (which is Jebus); and the Jebusites, the people of the land, were there. 5  And the people of Jebus said to David, You will not come in here. But still, David took the strong place of Zion, which is the town of David. 6  And David said, The first to overcome the Jebusites will be chief and captain. And Joab, the son of Zeruiah, went up first, and became chief. 7  And David took the strong tower for his living-place, so it was named the town of David. 8  And he took in hand the building of the town all round, starting from the Millo; and Joab put the rest of the town in order. 9  And David became greater and greater in power, because the Lord of armies was with him.

David's Mighty Men

10  Now these are the chief of David's men of war who were his strong supporters in the kingdom, and, with all Israel, made him king, as the Lord had said about Israel. 11  This is the list of David's men of war: Ishbaal, the son of a Hachmonite, the chief of the three: he put to death three hundred at one time with his spear. 12  And after him was Eleazar, the son of Dodo the Ahohite, who was one of the three great fighters. 13  He was with David at Pas-dammim, where the Philistines had come together for the fight, near a bit of land full of barley; and the people went in flight before the Philistines. 14  And he took up his position in the middle of the bit of land, and kept back their attack, and overcame the Philistines; and the Lord gave a great salvation. 15  And three of the thirty went down to David, to the rock, into the strong place of Adullam; and the army of the Philistines had taken up their position in the valley of Rephaim. 16  At that time David had taken cover in the strong place, and an armed force of the Philistines was in Beth-lehem. 17  And David, moved by a strong desire, said, If only someone would give me a drink of the water from the water-hole of Beth-lehem by the doorway into the town! 18  So the three, forcing a way through the Philistine army, got water from the water-hole of Beth-lehem, by the doorway into the town, and took it back to David; but David would not take it, but made an offering of it, draining it out to the Lord, 19  Saying, By my God, far be it from me to do this! How may I take as drink the life-blood of these men who have put their lives in danger? so he did not take it. These things did the three great men of war. 20  And Abishai, the brother of Joab, was chief of the thirty, for he put to death three hundred with his spear, but he had not a name among the three. 21  Of the thirty, he was the noblest, and was made their captain, but he was not equal to the first three. 22  Benaiah, the son of Jehoiada, a fighting-man of Kabzeel, had done great acts; he put to death two young lions going into their secret place; and he went down into a hole and put a lion to death in time of snow. 23  And he made an attack on an Egyptian, a very tall man about five cubits high, armed with a spear like a cloth-worker's rod; he went down to him with a stick, and pulling his spear out of the hand of the Egyptian, put him to death with that same spear. 24  These were the acts of Benaiah, the son of Jehoiada, who had a great name among the thirty men of war. 25  He was honoured over the thirty, but he was not equal to the first three: and David put him over his servants. 26  And these were the great men of war: Asahel, the brother of Joab, Elhanan, the son of Dodo of Beth-lehem, 27  Shammoth the Harodite, Helez the Pelonite, 28  Ira, the son of Ikkesh the Tekoite, Abiezer the Anathothite, 29  Sibbecai the Hushathite, Ilai the Ahohite, 30  Maharai the Netophathite, Heled, the son of Baanah the Netophathite, 31  Ithai, the son of Ribai of Gibeah, of the children of Benjamin, Benaiah the Pirathonite, 32  Hurai of Nahale-gaash, Abiel the Arbathite, 33  Azmaveth of Bahurim, Eliahba the Shaalbonite, 34  The sons of Hashem the Gizonite, Jonathan, the son of Shage the Hararite, 35  Ahiam, the son of Sacar the Hararite, Eliphal, the son of Ur, 36  Hepher the Mecherathite, Ahijah the Pelonite, 37  Hezro the Carmelite, Naarai, the son of Ezbai, 38  Joel, the brother of Nathan, Mibhar, the son of Hagri, 39  Zelek the Ammonite, and Naharai the Berothite, the servant who had the care of the arms of Joab, the son of Zeruiah; 40  Ira the Ithrite, Gareb the Ithrite, 41  Uriah the Hittite, Zabad, the son of Ahlai, 42  Adina, the son of Shiza the Reubenite, a chief of the Reubenites, and thirty with him; 43  Hanan, the son of Maacah, and Joshaphat the Mithnite, 44  Uzzia the Ashterathite, Shama and Jeiel, the sons of Hotham the Aroerite, 45  Jediael, the son of Shimri, and Joha his brother, the Tizite, 46  Eliel the Mahavite, and Jeribai and Joshaviah, the sons of Elnaam, and Ithmah the Moabite, 47  Eliel and Obed, and Jaasiel the Mezobaite.

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.

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