1 Chronicles

1 Chronicles 12 ©

1 The companies that came to David at Ziklag. 23 The armed troops that came to him at Hebron.


NOW athese are they that came to David to Ziklag, 1while he yet kept himself close bbecause of Saul the son of Kish: and they were among the mighty men, helpers of the war.


They were armed with bows, and could use both the cright hand and the left in hurling stones and shooting arrows out of a bow, even of Saul's brethren of Benjamin.


The chief was Ahiezer, then Joash, the sons of 2Shemaah the dGibeathite; and Jeziel, and Pelet, the sons of Azmaveth; and Berachah, and Jehu the eAntothite,


And Ismaiah the fGibeonite, a mighty man among the thirty, and over the thirty; and Jeremiah, and Jahaziel, and Johanan, and Josabad the gGederathite,


Eluzai, and Jerimoth, and Bealiah, and Shemariah, and Shephatiah the hHaruphite,


Elkanah, and Jesiah, and Azareel, and Joezer, and Jashobeam, the Korhites,


And Joelah, and Zebadiah, the sons of Jeroham of iGedor.


And of the Gadites there separated themselves unto David into jthe hold to the wilderness men of might, and men 3of war fit for the battle, that could handle shield and *buckler, whose kfaces were like the faces of lions, and were 4as swift as the roes upon the mountains;


Ezer the first, Obadiah the second, Eliab the third,


Mishmannah the fourth, Jeremiah the fifth,


Attai the sixth, Eliel the seventh,


Johanan the eighth, Elzabad the ninth,


Jeremiah the tenth, Machbanai the eleventh.


These were of the sons of Gad, captains of the host: 5one of the least was over an hundred, and the greatest over a thousand.


These are they that went over Jordan in the first month, when it lhad 6overflown all his banks; and they put to flight all them of the valleys, both toward the east, and toward the west.


And there came of the children of Benjamin and Judah mto the hold unto David.


And David went out 7to meet them, and answered and said unto them, If ye be come peaceably unto me to help me, mine heart shall 8be knit unto you: but if ye be come to betray me to mine enemies, seeing there is no 9wrong in mine hands, the God of our fathers look thereon, and nrebuke it.


Then othe spirit 10came upon pAmasai, who was chief of the captains, and he said, Thine are we, David, and on thy side, thou son of Jesse: peace, peace be unto thee, and peace be to thine helpers; for thy God helpeth thee. Then David received them, and made them captains of the band.


And there fell some of Manasseh to David, qwhen he came with the Philistines against Saul to battle: but they helped them not: for rthe lords of the Philistines upon *advisement sent him away, saying, He will fall to his master Saul 11to the jeopardy of our heads.


As he swent 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.


And tthey helped David 12against the band of the rovers : for they were all umighty men of valour, and were captains in the host.


For at that time vday by day there came to David to help him, until it was a great host, like the host of God.


¶And wthese are the numbers of the 13bands that were ready armed to the war, and xcame to David to Hebron, to turn the kingdom of Saul to him, yaccording to the word of the LORD.

x 2Sa. 2.3,4; 5.1.

The zchildren of Judah that bare shield and spear were six thousand and eight hundred, 14ready armed to the war.


Of athe children of Simeon, mighty men of valour for the war, seven thousand and one hundred.


Of bthe children of Levi four thousand and six hundred.


And Jehoiada was the leader of the Aaronites, and with him were three thousand and seven hundred;


And cZadok, a young man mighty of valour, and of his father's house twenty and two captains.


And dof the children of Benjamin, the 15kindred of Saul, three thousand: for *hitherto 16the greatest part of them ehad kept the ward of the house of Saul.

e 2Sa. 2.8,9.

And fof the children of Ephra-im twenty thousand and eight hundred, mighty men of valour, 17famous throughout the house of their fathers.


And of the ghalf tribe of Manasseh eighteen thousand, which were expressed by name, to come and make David king.

g Jos. 17.

And hof the children of Issachar, which were men that had iunderstanding 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.


Of jZebulun, such as went forth to battle, 18expert in war, with all instruments of war, fifty thousand, which could 19keep rank: they were 20not of double heart.


And kof Naphtali a thousand captains, and with them with shield and spear thirty and seven thousand.


And of the Danites expert in war twenty and eight thousand and six hundred.


And of Asher, such as went forth to battle, 21expert in war, forty thousand.


And lon the other side of Jordan, of the Reubenites, and the Gadites, and of the half tribe of Manasseh, with all *manner of instruments of war for the battle, an hundred and twenty thousand.


All mthese men of war, that could keep rank, 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.


And there they were with David three days, neating and drinking: for their brethren had prepared for them.


Moreover they that were nigh them, even unto Issachar and Zebulun and Naphtali, brought bread on asses, and on camels, and on mules, and on oxen, and 22meat, meal, cakes of figs, and bunches of raisins, and wine, and oil, and oxen, and sheep abundantly: for there was ojoy in Israel.