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NEW WORLD TRANSLATION OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES (1984 EDITION) See 2013 revision
11 In time all the Israelites+ collected themselves together to David at He′bron,+ saying: “Look! We are your bone and your flesh.+ 2 Both yesterday and previously, even while Saul happened to be king, you were the one leading Israel out and bringing it in;+ and Jehovah your God proceeded to say to you, ‘You yourself will shepherd+ my people Israel, and you yourself will become leader+ over my people Israel.’” 3 So all the older men* of Israel came to the king at He′bron and David concluded a covenant with them in He′bron before Jehovah; after which they anointed+ David as king over Israel, according to Jehovah’s word+ by means of Samuel.+ 4 Later David and all Israel went to Jerusalem,+ that is to say, Je′bus,+ where the Jeb′u·sites+ were the inhabitants of the land. 5 And the inhabitants of Je′bus began to say to David: “You will not come in here.”+ Just the same, David proceeded to capture the stronghold of Zion,+ that is to say, the City of David.+ 6 So David said: “Anyone striking+ the Jeb′u·sites first, he will become head and prince.” And Jo′ab+ the son of Ze·ru′iah got to go up first, and he came to be head. 7 And David took up dwelling in the place difficult to approach.+ That is why they called it the City of David.+ 8 And he began to build the city all around, from the Mound even to the parts round about, but Jo′ab himself brought to life+ the rest of the city. 9 And David went on getting greater and greater,+ for Jehovah of armies was with him.+ 10 Now these are the heads of the mighty+ men that belonged to David, holding strongly with him in his kingship together with all Israel, to make him king according to Jehovah’s word+ concerning Israel. 11 And this is the list of the mighty men that belonged to David: Ja·sho′be·am+ the son of a Hach′mon·ite, the head of the three.* He was brandishing his spear over three hundred slain at one time.+ 12 And after him there was El·e·a′zar+ the son of Do′do the A·ho′hite.+ He was among the three mighty men.+ 13 He it was that happened to be with David at Pas-dam′mim,+ where the Phi·lis′tines had gathered themselves together for war. Now there happened to be a tract of the field full of barley, and the people, for their part, had fled because of the Phi·lis′tines.+ 14 But he* took his stand in the middle of the tract and delivered it, and kept striking down the Phi·lis′tines, so that Jehovah saved+ with a great salvation.+ 15 And three of the thirty+ head ones proceeded to go down to the rock, to David at the cave of A·dul′lam,+ while a camp of the Phi·lis′tines was camping in the low plain of Reph′a·im.+ 16 And David was then in the place hard to approach;+ and a garrison of the Phi·lis′tines+ was then in Beth′le·hem. 17 After a while David showed his craving and said: “O that I might have a drink+ of the water from the cistern of Beth′le·hem,+ which is at the gate!” 18 At that the three forced their way into the camp of the Phi·lis′tines and drew water from the cistern of Beth′le·hem, which is at the gate, and came carrying and bringing it to David.+ And David did not consent to drink it, but poured it out to Jehovah.+ 19 And he went on to say: “It is unthinkable on my part, as regards my God, to do this! Is it the blood+ of these men that I should drink at the risk of their souls?* For it was at the risk of their souls that they brought it.” And he did not consent to drink it.+ These are the things that the three mighty men did. 20 As for A·bish′ai+ the brother of Jo′ab,+ he himself became head of the three; and he was brandishing his spear over three hundred slain, and he had a reputation like the three.* 21 Of the three* he was more distinguished than the two others, and he came to be a chief to them; and yet he did not come+ up to the [first] three. 22 As for Be·nai′ah+ the son of Je·hoi′a·da,+ the son of a valiant man, who did many deeds in Kab′ze·el,+ he himself struck down the two [sons] of Ar′i·el of Mo′ab; and he himself descended and struck down a lion+ inside a waterpit in the day of snowfall. 23 And he it was that struck down the Egyptian man, a man of extraordinary size, of five cubits.*+ And in the hand of the Egyptian there was a spear+ like the beam of loom workers; yet he went on down to him with a rod and snatched the spear away from the Egyptian’s hand and killed him with his own spear.+ 24 These things Be·nai′ah the son of Je·hoi′a·da did, and he had a name among the three mighty men. 25 Although he was more distinguished than the thirty, yet to the rank of the [first] three he did not come.+ However, David put him over his own bodyguard.+ 26 As for the mighty men of the military forces, there were As′a·hel+ the brother of Jo′ab, El·ha′nan+ the son of Do′do of Beth′le·hem, 27 Sham′moth+ the Ha′ro·rite, He′lez the Pel′o·nite,+ 28 I′ra+ the son of Ik′kesh the Te·ko′ite, Abi-e′zer the An′a·thoth·ite,+ 29 Sib′be·cai+ the Hu′shath·ite, I′lai the A·ho′hite,+ 30 Ma′ha·rai+ the Ne·toph′a·thite,+ He′led+ the son of Ba′a·nah the Ne·toph′a·thite, 31 I′thai the son of Ri′bai+ of Gib′e·ah+ of the sons of Benjamin,+ Be·nai′ah the Pir′a·thon·ite,+ 32 Hu′rai from the torrent valleys of Ga′ash,+ A·bi′el the Ar′bath·ite, 33 Az′ma·veth the Ba·ha′rum·ite,+ E·li′ah·ba the Sha·al′bo·nite, 34 the sons of Ha′shem the Gi′zo·nite, Jon′a·than+ the son of Sha′gee the Har′a·rite, 35 A·hi′am the son of Sa′car+ the Har′a·rite, E·li′phal+ the son of Ur, 36 He′pher the Me·che′rath·ite, A·hi′jah the Pel′o·nite, 37 Hez′ro the Car′mel·ite,+ Na′a·rai the son of Ez′bai, 38 Joel the brother of Nathan,+ Mib′har the son of Hag′ri, 39 Ze′lek the Am′mon·ite, Na′ha·rai the Be·roth′ite, the armor-bearer of Jo′ab the son of Ze·ru′iah, 40 I′ra the Ith′rite, Ga′reb+ the Ith′rite, 41 U·ri′ah+ the Hit′tite,+ Za′bad the son of Ah′lai, 42 Ad′i·na the son of Shi′za the Reu′ben·ite, a head of the Reu′ben·ites, by whom there were thirty; 43 Ha′nan the son of Ma′a·cah, and Josh′a·phat the Mith′nite, 44 Uz·zi′a the Ash′te·rath·ite, Sha′ma and Je·i′el, the sons of Ho′tham the A·ro′er·ite, 45 Je·di′a·el the son of Shim′ri, and Jo′ha his brother the Ti′zite, 46 E′li·el the Ma′ha·vite, and Jer′i·bai and Josh·a·vi′ah the sons of El′na·am, and Ith′mah the Mo′ab·ite. 47 E′li·el and O′bed and Ja·a·si′el the Me·zo′ba·ite.