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1 Chronicles -- Chapter 2

[11] All Israel came together at Hebron and said, "We are you own flesh and blood. Even when Saul was king you led our military campaigns, and god said you would shepherd us mindless sheep, so you can be king!" And they annointed him (poured that gooky stuff all over him) king.

Then David and all the Israelites marched to Jerusalem. The Jebusites said, "You ain't gonna get in here, suckers. No way!" But David showed them, and he captured the fortress of Zion. David said, "Whoever leads the attack will be commander-in-chief." Joab led the attack, so he got the command.

David took up residence there, so it was called the City of David. He and Joab built up the city, and David became stronger and stronger because our great Mr. I Am was with him.

David had a bunch of mighty warriors; they were scary bastards. First there was Jashobeam, a Hakomite. He killed three hundred men with his spear in one encounter. Then there was Eleazar son of Dodai the Ahohite. He was one of the special mighty warriors called the Three. He was with David at Pas Dammim when the Philistines fought Israel. They took their stand in a field of barley when the rest of the Israelites fled, defended it, and struck down those nasty Philistines.

Three of the thirty chiefs came to the cave of Adullam when David was in the stronghold there. David said, "If only I had a drink of water from the well near the gate of Bethlehem," so those Three, brave and strong, broke through the Philistine lines and brought back water for King David. Such were the exploits of the Three mighty warriors.

Abishai was chief of the Three. He killed three hundred men with his spear and became as famous as the Three, even though he wasn't one of them.

Benaiah, son of Jehoiada, a valiant fighter from Kabzeel showed 'em how it's done! He killed two of Moab's two mightiest warriors. He struck down an Egyptian who was five cubits tall with a spear like a weaver's rod, when he had only a club. He also went down into a pit on a snowy day and killed a lion. He was also as famous as the Three, and David put him in charge of his bodyguard.

The mighty warriors were: Asahel the brother of Joab, Elhanan son of Dodo from Bethlehem, Shammoth the Harorite, Helez the Pelonite, Ira son of Ikkesh from Tekoa, Abiezer from Anathoth, Sibbekai the Hushathite, Ilai the Ahohite, Maharai the Netophathite, Heled son of Baanah the Netophathite, Ithai son of Ribai from Gibeah in Benjamin, Benaiah the Pirathonite, Hurai from the ravines of Gaash, Abiel the Arbathite, Azmaveth the Baharumite, Eliahba the Shaalbonite, the sons of Hashem the Gizonite, Jonathan son of Shagee the Hararite, Ahiam son of Sakar the Hararite, Eliphal son of Ur, Hepher the Mekerathite, Ahijah the Pelonite, Hezro the Carmelite, Naarai son of Ezbai, Joel the brother of Nathan, Mibhar son of Hagri, Zelek the Ammonite, Naharai the Berothite, the armor-bearer of Joab son of Zeruiah, Ira the Ithrite, Gareb the Ithrite, Uriah the Hittite, Zabad son of Ahlai, Adina son of Shiza the Reubenite, who was chief of the Reubenites, and the thirty with him, Hanan son of Maakah, Joshaphat the Mithnite, Uzzia the Ashterathite, Shama and Jeiel the sons of Hotham the Aroerite, Jediael son of Shimri, his brother Joha the Tizite, Eliel the Mahavite, Jeribai and Joshaviah the sons of Elnaam, Ithmah the Moabite, Eliel, Obed and Jaasiel the Mezobaite. [It will be left to the reader to decide if this list is in agreement with that in 2 Samuel.]

[12] These were the men who came to David in Ziklag while he was banished from the presence of Saul: Ahiezer their chief and Joash the sons of Shemaah the Gibeathite; Jeziel and Pelet the sons of Azmaveth; Berakah, Jehu the Anathothite, and Ishmaiah the Gibeonite, a mighty warrior among the Thirty, who was a leader of the Thirty; Jeremiah, Jahaziel, Johanan, Jozabad the Gederathite, Eluzai, Jerimoth, Bealiah, Shemariah and Shephatiah the Haruphite; Elkanah, Ishiah, Azarel, Joezer and Jashobeam the Korahites; and Joelah and Zebadiah the sons of Jeroham from Gedor. These were relatives of Saul from the tribe of Benjamin. (And you thought we were done with all those long lists of names! The joke's on you!)

Some Gadites also defected to David at his stronghold in the wilderness. Ezer was the chief, Obadiah the second in command, Eliab the third, Mishmannah the fourth, Jeremiah the fifth, Attai the sixth, Eliel the seventh, Johanan the eighth, Elzabad the ninth, Jeremiah the tenth and Makbannai the eleventh. These Gadites were army commanders; the least was a match for a hundred, and the greatest for a thousand. It was they who crossed the Jordan in the first month when it was overflowing all its banks, and they put to flight everyone living in the valleys, to the east and to the west.

Some of the tribe of Manasseh also defected to David: Adnah, Jozabad, Jediael, Michael, Jozabad, Elihu and Zillethai, leaders of units of a thousand in Manasseh.

Day after day men came to help David until he had a great army like the army of god.

These are the numbers of the men armed for battle who came to David at Hebron to turn Saulís kingdom over to him as the Lord had said:

from Judah, carrying shield and spear - 6,800 armed for battle;
from Simeon, warriors ready for battle -7,100;
from Levi- 4,600, including Jehoiada, leader of the family of Aaron, with 3,700 men, and Zadok, a brave young warrior, with 22 officers from his family;
from Benjamin, Saulís tribe - 3,000, most of whom had remained loyal to Saulís house until then;
from Ephraim, brave warriors, famous in their own clans - 20,800;
from half the tribe of Manasseh, designated by name to come and make David king - 18,000;
from Issachar, men who understood the times and knew what Israel should do - 200 chiefs, with all their relatives under their command;
from Zebulun, experienced soldiers prepared for battle with every type of weapon, to help David with undivided loyalty - 50,000;
from Naphtali - 1,000 officers, together with 37,000 men carrying shields and spears;
from Dan, ready for battle - 28,600;
from Asher, experienced soldiers prepared for battle - 40,000;
and from east of the Jordan, from Reuben, Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh, armed with every type of weapon - 120,000.


They came to Hebron fully determined to make David king over all Israel. All the rest of the Israelites were also of one mind to make David king.