1 Chronicles 11-12 Darby’s Translation

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David Made King over Israel

11 1  And all Israel assembled themselves to David to Hebron, saying, Behold, we are thy bone and thy flesh. 2  Even aforetime, even when Saul was king, thou wast he that leddest out and broughtest in Israel; and Jehovah thy God said to thee, Thou shalt feed my people Israel, and thou shalt be prince over my people Israel. 3  And all the elders of Israel came to the king to Hebron; and David made a covenant with them in Hebron before Jehovah; and they anointed David king over Israel according to the word of Jehovah through Samuel.

David Captures Zion

4  And David and all Israel went to Jerusalem, which is Jebus; where the Jebusites were, the inhabitants of the land. 5  And the inhabitants of Jebus said to David, Thou shalt not come in hither. But David took the stronghold of Zion, which is the city of David. 6  And David said, Whoever smites the Jebusites first shall be chief and captain. And Joab the son of Zeruiah went first up, and was chief. 7  And David dwelt in the stronghold; therefore they called it the city of David. 8  And he built the city round about, even from the Millo round about; and Joab renewed the rest of the city. 9  And David became continually greater; and Jehovah of hosts was with him.

David's Mighty Men

10  And these are the chief of the mighty men whom David had, who shewed themselves valiant with him in his kingdom, with all Israel, to make him king, according to the word of Jehovah concerning Israel. 11  And this is the number of the mighty men whom David had: Jashobeam, the son of Hachmoni, the chief of the captains; he brandished his spear against three hundred, slain [by him] at one time. 12  And after him, Eleazar the son of Dodo, the Ahohite; he was one of the three mighty men. 13  He was with David at Pas-dammim, where the Philistines were gathered together to battle; and there was [there] a plot of ground full of barley; and the people had fled from before the Philistines. 14  And they stood in the midst of the plot and delivered it, and smote the Philistines; and Jehovah wrought a great deliverance. 15  And three of the thirty chiefs went down to the rock to David, to the cave of Adullam, when the army of the Philistines was encamped in the valley of Rephaim. 16  And David was then in the stronghold; and the Philistines' garrison was then at Bethlehem. 17  And David longed, and said, Oh that one would give me to drink of the water of the well of Bethlehem, which is in the gate! 18  And the three broke through the camp of the Philistines, and drew water out of the well of Bethlehem, which is in the gate, and took it, and brought it to David; David however would not drink of it, but poured it out to Jehovah. 19  And he said, My God forbid it me, that I should do this thing! should I drink the blood of these men [who went] at the risk of their lives? for at the risk of their lives they brought it. Therefore he would not drink it. These things did the three mighty men. 20  And Abishai the brother of Joab, he was the chief of three; and he brandished his spear against three hundred and slew them; and he had a name among the three. 21  Of the three he was more honourable than the two, and he was their captain; but he did not attain to the [first] three. 22  Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, the son of a valiant man, great in exploits, of Kabzeel: he it was that smote two lions of Moab; and he went down and smote a lion in the midst of a pit on a snowy day. 23  He also smote the Egyptian, a man of stature, five cubits high: and in the Egyptian's hand was a spear like a weaver's beam; and he went down to him with a staff, and plucked the spear out of the Egyptian's hand, and slew him with his own spear. 24  These things did Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and he had a name among the three mighty men. 25  Behold, he was honoured above the thirty, but he did not attain to the [first] three. And David set him in his council. 26  And the valiant men of the forces were: Asahel the brother of Joab, Elhanan the son of Dodo of Bethlehem, 27  Shammoth the Harorite, Helez the Pelonite, 28  Ira the son of Ikkesh the Tekoite, Abiezer the Anathothite, 29  Sibbechai the Hushathite, Ilai the Ahohite, 30  Maharai the Netophathite, Heled the son of Baanah the Netophathite, 31  Ittai the son of Ribai of Gibeah of the children of Benjamin, Benaiah the Pirathonite, 32  Hurai of the brooks of Gaash, Abiel the Arbathite, 33  Azmaveth the Baharumite, Eliahba the Shaalbonite, 34  Bene-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, Naharai the Berothite, the armour-bearer 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 captain of the Reubenites, and thirty with him; 43  Hanan the son of Maachah, and Joshaphat the Mithnite, 44  Uzzia the Ashtarothite, Shama and Jeiel the sons of Hotham the Aroerite, 45  Jediael the son of Shimri, and Joha his brother, the Tizite, 46  Eliel of Mahavim, and Jeribai, and Joshaviah, the sons of Elnaam, and Jithmah the Moabite, 47  Eliel, and Obed, and Jaasiel the Mezobaite.

David's Army

12 1  Now these are they that came to David to Ziklag, while he kept still close because of Saul the son of Kish; and they were among the mighty men who helped him in the conflict; 2  armed with bows, using both the right hand and the left with stones and with arrows on the bow; [they were] of Saul's brethren of Benjamin: 3  the chief Ahiezer, and Joash, the sons of Shemaah the Gibeathite; and Jeziel, and Pelet, the sons of Azmaveth; and Berachah, and Jehu the Anathothite, 4  and Jishmaiah the Gibeonite, a mighty man among the thirty, and over the thirty; and Jeremiah, and Jahaziel, and Johanan, and Jozabad the Gederathite. 5  Eluzai, and Jerimoth, and Bealiah, and Shemariah, and Shephatiah the Haruphite; 6  Elkanah, and Jishijah, and Azareel, and Joezer, and Jashobeam, the Korahites; 7  and Joelah, and Zebadiah, the sons of Jeroham of Gedor. 8  And of the Gadites, there separated themselves to David in the stronghold in the wilderness mighty men of valour, men fit for the service of war, armed with shield and spear; whose faces were [like] the faces of lions, and who were swift as the gazelles upon the mountains: 9  Ezer the first, 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 were of the sons of Gad, captains of the host: one of the least was over a hundred, and the greatest over a thousand. 15  These are they that went over Jordan in the first month, when it overflows all its banks, and they put to flight all [them] of the valleys, toward the east and toward the west. 16  And there came of the children of Benjamin and Judah to the stronghold to David. 17  And David went out to meet them, and answered and said to them, If ye come peaceably to me to help me, my heart shall be knit unto you; but if to betray me to mine enemies, seeing there is no wrong in my hands, the God of our fathers see [it] and rebuke [it]. 18  And the Spirit came upon Amasai, the chief of the captains, [and he said,] Thine [are we], David, And with thee, thou son of Jesse: Peace, peace be to thee! And peace be to thy helpers! For thy God helps thee. And David received them, and made them chiefs of bands. 19  And there fell some of Manasseh to David, when he came with the Philistines against Saul to battle: but they helped them not; for the lords of the Philistines upon deliberation sent him away, saying, He will fall to his master Saul at the peril of our heads. 20  As he went away to Ziklag, there fell to him of Manasseh: Adnah, and Jozabad, and Jediael, and Michael, and Jozabad, and Elihu, and Zilthai, captains of the thousands that were of Manasseh. 21  And they helped David in his expeditions; for they were all mighty men of valour, and were captains in the host. 22  For day by day there came [men] to David to help him, until it was a great camp, like the camp of God.

23  And this is the number of the men equipped for military service, who came to David to Hebron, to transfer the kingdom of Saul to him, according to the word of Jehovah. 24  The children of Judah that bore shield and spear were six thousand eight hundred, equipped for military service. 25  Of the children of Simeon, mighty men of valour for war, seven thousand one hundred. 26  Of the children of Levi four thousand six hundred. 27  And Jehoiada the prince of Aaron, and with him were three thousand seven hundred; 28  and Zadok, a valiant young man, and his father's house two and twenty chief men. 29  And of the children of Benjamin, the brethren of Saul, three thousand; but hitherto the greater part of them had adhered to the house of Saul. 30  And of the children of Ephraim twenty thousand eight hundred, mighty men of valour, men of name in their fathers' houses. 31  And of the half tribe of Manasseh eighteen thousand, who were expressed by name, to come and make David king. 32  And of the children of Issachar, who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do, the heads of them were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their bidding. 33  Of Zebulun, such as went forth in the host, armed for war with all weapons of war, fifty thousand, keeping rank without double heart. 34  And of Naphtali a thousand captains, and with them thirty-seven thousand with shield and spear. 35  And of the Danites armed for war twenty-eight thousand six hundred. 36  And of Asher such as went forth in the host, to set themselves in battle array, forty thousand. 37  And from the other side of the Jordan, of the Reubenites, and the Gadites, and of the half tribe of Manasseh, with all manner of weapons of war for battle, a hundred and twenty thousand. 38  All of them men of war, keeping rank in battle array, came with a perfect heart to Hebron, to make David king over all Israel; and all the rest also of Israel were of one heart to make David king. 39  And there they were with David three days, eating and drinking; for their brethren had prepared for them; 40  and those too that were near them, as far as Issachar and Zebulun and Naphtali, brought food on asses, and on camels, and on mules, and on oxen; provisions of meal, fig-cakes and raisin-cakes, and wine and oil, and oxen and sheep, abundantly; for there was joy in Israel.

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