King David 11 1Then all Israel assembled before David at Hebron. “Look at us,” they said. “We’re your very flesh and blood. 2In the past, yes, even while Saul was king, you were the real leader of Israel. God told you, ‘You will shepherd my people Israel; you are to be the ruler of my people Israel.’ ” 3When all the elders of Israel came to the king at Hebron, David made a covenant with them in the presence of God at Hebron. Then they anointed David king over Israel exactly as God had commanded through Samuel. 4David and all Israel went to Jerusalem (it was the old Jebus, where the Jebusites lived). 5The citizens of Jebus told David, “No trespassing—you can’t come here.” David came on anyway and captured the fortress of Zion, the City of David. 6David had said, “The first person to kill a Jebusite will be commander–in–chief.” Joab son of Zeruiah was the first; and he became the chief. 7David took up residence in the fortress city; that’s how it got its name, “City of David.” 8David fortified the city all the way around, both the outer bulwarks (the Millo) and the outside wall. Joab rebuilt the city gates. 9David’s stride became longer, his embrace larger—yes, God–of–the–Angel–Armies was with him! David’s Mighty Men 10These are the chiefs of David’s Mighty Men, the ones who linked arms with him as he took up his kingship, with all Israel joining in, helping him become king in just the way God had spoken regarding Israel. 11The list of David’s Mighty Men: Jashobeam son of Hacmoni was chief of the Thirty. Singlehandedly he killed three hundred men, killed them all in one skirmish. 12Next was Eleazar son of Dodai the Ahohite, one of the Big Three of the Mighty Men. 13He was with David at Pas Dammim, where the Philistines had mustered their troops for battle. It was an area where there was a field of barley. The army started to flee from the Philistines 14and then took its stand right in that field—and turned the tide! They slaughtered the Philistines, God helping them—a huge victory. 15The Big Three from the Thirty made a rocky descent to David at the Cave of Adullam while a company of Philistines was camped in the Valley of Rephaim. 16David was holed up in the Cave while the Philistines were prepared for battle at Bethlehem. 17David had a sudden craving: “What I wouldn’t give for a drink of water from the well in Bethlehem, the one at the gate!” 18The Three penetrated the Philistine camp, drew water from the well at the Bethlehem gate, shouldered it, and brought it to David. And then David wouldn’t drink it! He poured it out as a sacred offering to God, 19saying, “I’d rather be damned by God than drink this! It would be like drinking the lifeblood of these men—they risked their lives to bring it.” So he refused to drink it. These are the kinds of things that the Big Three of the Mighty Men did. 20Abishai brother of Joab was the chief of the Thirty. Singlehandedly he fought three hundred men, and killed the lot, but he never made it into the circle of the Three. 21He was highly honored by the Thirty—he was their chief—still, he didn’t measure up to the Three. 22Benaiah son of Jehoiada was a Mighty Man from Kabzeel with many exploits to his credit: he killed two famous Moabites; he climbed down into a pit and killed a lion on a snowy day; 23and he killed an Egyptian, a giant seven and a half feet tall. The Egyptian had a spear like a ship’s boom but Benaiah went at him with a mere club, tore the spear from the Egyptian’s hand, and killed him with it. 24These are some of the things Benaiah son of Jehoiada did. But he was never included with the Three. 25He was highly honored among the Thirty, but didn’t measure up to the Three. David put him in charge of his personal bodyguard. 26The Mighty Men of the military were Asahel brother of Joab, Elhanan son of Dodo of Bethlehem, 27Shammoth the Harorite, Helez the Pelonite, 28Ira son of Ikkesh the Tekoite, Abiezer the Anathothite, 29Sibbecai the Hushathite, Ilai the Ahohite, 30Maharai the Netophathite, Heled son of Baanah the Netophathite, 31Ithai son of Ribai from Gibeah of the Benjaminite, Benaiah the Pirathonite, 32Hurai from the ravines of Gaash, Abiel the Arbathite, 33Azmaveth the Baharumite, Eliahba the Shaalbonite, 34the sons of Hashem the Gizonite, Jonathan son of Shagee the Hararite, 35Ahiam son of Sacar the Haranite, Eliphal son of Ur, 36Hepher the Mekerathite, Ahijah the Pelonite, 37Hezro the Carmelite, Naarai son of Ezbai, 38Joel brother of Nathan, Mibhar son of Hagri, 39Zelek the Ammonite, Naharai the Berothite, the armor bearer of Joab son of Zeruiah, 40Ira the Ithrite, Gareb the Ithrite, 41Uriah the Hittite, Zabad son of Ahlai, 42Adina son of Shiza the Reubenite, the Reubenite chief of the Thirty, 43Hanan son of Maacah, Joshaphat the Mithnite, 44Uzzia the Ashterathite, Shama and Jeiel the sons of Hotham the Aroerite, 45Jediael son of Shimri, Joha the Tizite his brother, 46Eliel the Mahavite, Jeribai and Joshaviah the sons of Elnaam, Ithmah the Moabite, 47Eliel, Obed, and Jaasiel the Mezobaite.
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