| 1 Now these are they that came to David to Ziklag, while he yet kept
himself close because of Saul the son of Kish; and they were among the mighty
men, his helpers in war. 2 They were armed with bows, and could use both
the right hand and the left in slinging stones and in shooting arrows from
the bow: they were of Saul's brethren of Benjamin. 3 The chief was
Ahiezer; 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 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 Isshiah, and Azarel, and Joezer, and Jashobeam,
the Korahites, 7 and Joelah, and Zebadiah, the sons of Jeroham of
8 And of the Gadites there separated themselves unto David to the
stronghold in the wilderness, mighty men of valor, men trained for war, that
could handle shield and spear; whose faces were like the faces of lions, and
they were as swift as the roes upon the mountains; 9 Ezer the 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 of the sons of Gad were captains of the host: he that was least
was equal to a hundred, and the greatest to a thousand. 15 These are they
that went over the Jordan in the first month, when it had overflowed all its
banks; and they put to flight all them of the valleys, both toward the east,
and toward the west.
16 And there came of the children of Benjamin and Judah to the stronghold
unto David. 17 And David went out to meet them, and answered and said unto
them, If ye be come peaceably unto me to help me, my heart shall be knit unto
you; but if ye be come to betray me to mine adversaries, seeing there
is no wrong in my hands, the God of our fathers look thereon, and rebuke it.
18 Then the Spirit came upon Amasai, who was chief of the thirty, and
he said, Thine are we, David, and on thy side, thou son of Jesse: peace,
peace be unto thee, and peace be to thy helpers; for thy God helpeth thee.
Then David received them, and made them captains of the band.
19 Of Manasseh also there fell away some to David, when he came with the
Philistines against Saul to battle: but they helped them not; for the lords
of the Philistines upon advisement sent him away, saying, He will fall away
to his master Saul to the jeopardy of our heads. 20 As he went to Ziklag,
there fell to him of Manasseh, Adnah, and Jozabad, and Jediael, and Michael,
and Jozabad, and Elihu, and Zillethai, captains of thousands that were of
Manasseh. 21 And they helped David against the band of rovers: for they
were all mighty men of valor, and were captains in the host. 22 For from
day to day men came to David to help him, until there was a great host, like
the host of God.
23 And these are the numbers of the heads of them that were armed for war,
who came to David to Hebron, to turn the kingdom of Saul to him, according to
the word of Jehovah. 24 The children of Judah that bare shield and spear
were six thousand and eight hundred, armed for war. 25 Of the children of
Simeon, mighty men of valor for the war, seven thousand and one hundred.
26 Of the children of Levi four thousand and six hundred. 27 And
Jehoiada was the leader of the house of Aaron; and with him were
three thousand and seven hundred, 28 and Zadok, a young man mighty of
valor, and of his father's house twenty and two captains. 29 And of the
children of Benjamin, the brethren of Saul, three thousand: for hitherto the
greatest part of them had kept their allegiance to the house of Saul.
30 And of the children of Ephraim twenty thousand and eight hundred,
mighty men of valor, famous men in their fathers' houses. 31 And of the
half-tribe of Manasseh eighteen thousand, who were mentioned by name, to come
and make David king. 32 And of the children of Issachar, men that 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 commandment.
33 Of Zebulun, such as were able to go out in the host, that could set the
battle in array, with all manner of instruments of war, fifty thousand, and
that could order the battle array, and were not of double heart.
34 And of Naphtali a thousand captains, and with them with shield and
spear thirty and seven thousand. 35 And of the Danites that could set the
battle in array, twenty and eight thousand and six hundred. 36 And of
Asher, such as were able to go out in the host, that could set the battle in
array, forty thousand. 37 And on the other side of the Jordan, of the
Reubenites, and the Gadites, and of the half-tribe of Manasseh, with all
manner of instruments of war for the battle, a hundred and twenty
38 All these being men of war, that could order the 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 they
were there with David three days, eating and drinking; for their brethren had
made preparation for them. 40 Moreover they that were nigh unto them,
even as far as Issachar and Zebulun and Naphtali, brought bread on
asses, and on camels, and on mules, and on oxen, victuals of meal, cakes of
figs, and clusters of raisins, and wine, and oil, and oxen, and sheep in
abundance: for there was joy in Israel.
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