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1 Chronicles 12:1-40

12  And these are those who came to David at Siklag while he was still under ban from Saul the son of Kish; and they were among the champions, a great help in battle, 2  armed with bows, using both right and left hand to send stones and arrows with the bow, brothers of Saul’s from Benjamin: 3  Ahiʽezer the chief and Joash, the sons of Hasshemaʽah the Gibeathite, and Jeziel and Pelet the sons of ʽAzmaveth, and Beracah, and Jehu the ʽAnathothite, 4  and Ishmaʽiah the Gibeonite, a champion among the Thirty and over the Thirty, and Jeremiah and Jahaziel and Johanan and Jozabad the Gederathite, 5  Eleuzai and Jerimoth and Beʽaliah and Shemariah and Shephatiah the Hariphite, 6  Elkanah and Isshijah and ʽAzarel and Joʽezer and Jashobeam the Korahites, 7  and Joʽelah and Zebadiah the sons of Jeroham from Gedor. 8*  And of the Gadites there broke away to David at the fastness in the wilderness the stoutest champions, men to fight in the army, to stand in line with shield and pike, with faces like lions’ faces and in swiftness like gazelles on the mountains, 9  ʽEzer the first, ʽObadiah the second, Eliab the third, 10  Mishmannah the fourth, Jeremiah the fifth, 11  ʽAttai the sixth, Eliel the seventh, 12  Johanan the eighth, Elzabad the ninth, 13*  Jeremiah the tenth, Macbannai the eleventh. 14  These were sons of Gad, heads in army service, one for a hundred the least and the greatest for a thousand. 15*  These were the ones who crossed the Jordan in the first month when it was filling its floodplain and drove back all the vales to east and to west. 16  And there came some of the sons of Benjamin and Judah to David at the fastness; 17*  and David came out before them and answered them “If you have come amicably to me to help me, I will be one in heart with you; but if to cheat me for my foes, for no injury at my hands, let the God of our fathers see and give his verdict.” 18  And ʽAmasai, head of the thirty, was inspired: “For you, David, and with you, son of Jesse; peace, peace to you and peace to your helpers, because your God helps you.” And David received them and put them among the heads of the raiders. 19*  And of Manasseh there fell off to David when he came with the Philistines to the battle against Saul (but he did not help them, because on advice the Sarns of the Philistines sent him away, thinking “He will come down on our heads, deserting to his master Saul”); 20  when he was on his way to Siklag there fell off to him, of Manasseh, ʽAdnah and Jozabad and Jediʽael and Micael and Jozabad and Elihu and Sillethai, the chiefs of thousands of Manasseh; 21  and they helped David against the raiders, for all of them were stalwart champions; and they became captains in the army. 22**  At every time, day by day, there came to David to help him so many as to make a great camp, like God’s camp. 23**  And these are the numbers of the heads of the body armed for service that came to David in Hebron to turn over Saul’s kingship to him in accordance with Jehovah’s voice: 24  Sons of Judah, carrying shield and pike, sixty-eight hundred armed for service. 25  Of the sons of Simeon, stalwart champions for the service, seventy-one hundred. 26  Of the sons of the Levites, forty-six hundred, 27  and Jehojadaʽ the warden for Aaron and with him thirty-seven hundred, 28  and Sadok, a youth, a stalwart champion, and his family, twenty-two captains. 29  And of the sons of Benjamin, Saul’s brothers, three thousand; but up to then the majority of them were maintaining allegiance to Saul’s family. 30  And of the sons of Ephraim twenty thousand and eight hundred, stalwart men, men of reputation in their families. 31  And of the half-tribe of Manasseh eighteen thousand who were picked out by name to come to make David king. 32  And of the sons of Issacar, men with sagacious knowledge of times to know what Israel was to do, their heads two hundred and all their brothers following their directions. 33*  And of Zebulun, men who went out on service, who went into line of battle with all fighting equipment, five thousand, and to hold with no halfheartedness. 34  And of Naphtali a thousand captains, and with them, with shield and spear, thirty-seven thousand. 35  And of the Danites, men who went into line of battle, twenty-eight thousand and six hundred. 36  And of Asher, men who went out in service entering line of battle, forty thousand. 37  And from across the Jordan, of the Reubenites and the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh, with all equipment for service in war, a hundred and twenty thousand. 38  All these were fighting men who would hold in line of battle with whole heart, who had come to Hebron to make David king over all Israel; and the remainder of Israel too was unanimously for making David king. 39  And they were there with David three days, eating and drinking; for their brothers had made preparations for them, 40  and also those who were near them, out to Issacar and Zebulun and Naphtali, were bringing provisions on donkeys and camels and mules and cows, flour products and cakes of figs and clusters of raisins and wine and oil and cattle and sheep and goats in quantities, because there was merrymaking in Israel.


12:8 Var. to David in the wilderness
12:13 Var. Macon the tenth
12:15 Codd. and they drove back Conj. and it was driving back
12:17 Var. amicably to me, I will be
12:19 Or With our heads he will desert
12:22 Codd. For at the time of day by day
12:22 Lit. there came to David, to help him, up to a great camp
12:23 (first half) Susp.
12:23 Lit. Jehovah’s mouth
12:33, 38 (hold) Unc.