1 Chronicles 12
1 Now these were the ones who came to David at Ziklag while he was still restrained
from before Saul the son of Kish; and they were among the mighty men, helping in the
2 armed with bows, using both the right hand and the left in hurling stones and shooting
arrows with the bow; Saul's brethren from Benjamin.
3 The chief: Ahiezer, then Joash, the sons of Shemaah the Gibeathite; Jeziel and Pelet the
sons of Azmaveth; Berachah, and Jehu the Anathothite;
4 Ishmaiah the Gibeonite, a mighty man among the thirty, and over the thirty; Jeremiah,
Jahaziel, Johanan, and Jozabad the Gederathite;
5 Eluzai, Jerimoth, Bealiah, Shemariah, and Shephatiah the Haruphite;
6 Elkanah, Jisshiah, Azarel, Joezer, and Jashobeam, the Korahites;
7 and Joelah and Zebadiah the sons of Jeroham of Gedor.
8 Some Gadites had separated over to David at the stronghold in the wilderness, mighty
men of valor, men of war fit for battle, who could handle shield and spear, whose faces
were like the faces of lions, and were as swift as gazelles on the mountains:
9 Ezer the first, Obadiah the second, Eliab the third,
10 Mishmannah the fourth, Jeremiah the fifth,
11 Attai the sixth, Eliel the seventh,
12 Johanan the eighth, Elzabad the ninth,
13 Jeremiah the tenth, and Machbanai the eleventh.
14 These were from the sons of Gad, chiefs of the army; the least was over a hundred,
and the greatest was over a thousand.
15 These are the ones who crossed over the Jordan in the first month, when it was
overflowing all its banks; and they put to flight all those in the valleys, to the east and to the
16 And some of the sons of Benjamin and Judah came to David at the stronghold.
17 And David went out to meet them, and answered and said to them, If you have come
peaceably to me to help me, my heart will be united with you; but if to betray me to my
enemies, since there is no wrong in my hands, may the God of our fathers see it and
18 And when the Spirit had clothed Amasai, chief of the thirty, he said: We are yours, O David; we are on your side, O son of Jesse. Peace, peace to you, and peace to your helpers. For your God helps you. So David received them, and assigned them to the chiefs among the troops.
19 Some from Manasseh had fallen out to David when he was going with the Philistines to
battle against Saul; but they did not help them, for the lords of the Philistines sent him
away after taking counsel, saying, He may fall out to his master Saul with our heads.
20 When he went to Ziklag, those of Manasseh who had fallen out to him: Adnah,
Jozabad, Jediael, Michael, Jozabad, Elihu, and Zillethai; heads of thousands from
21 And they helped David against the bands of raiders, for they were all mighty men of
valor, and they were commanders in the army;
22 for at that time they came to David day by day to help him, until it was a great camp,
like the host of God.
23 These were the numbers of the divisions that were equipped for war, who had come
to David at Hebron to turn over the kingdom of Saul to him, according to the mouth of
24 of the sons of Judah bearing shield and spear, six thousand eight hundred armed for
25 of the sons of Simeon, mighty men of valor fit for war, seven thousand one hundred;
26 of the sons of Levi four thousand six hundred;
27 Jehoiada, the leader of the Aaronites, and with him three thousand seven hundred;
28 Zadok, a young man mighty in valor, and from his father's house twenty-two
29 of the sons of Benjamin, kindred of Saul, three thousand (for until then the greater
number of them were keeping the charge of guarding the house of Saul);
30 of the sons of Ephraim twenty thousand eight hundred, mighty men of valor, famous
men throughout the house of their fathers;
31 of the half-tribe of Manasseh eighteen thousand, who had been designated by name to
come and make David king;
32 of the sons of Issachar who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought
to do, their chiefs were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their command;
33 of Zebulun there were fifty thousand who could go out to war and set the battle in
array with all implements of war, to help with undivided heart;
34 of Naphtali one thousand commanders, and with them thirty-seven thousand with
shield and spear;
35 of the Danites who could draw up in battle formation, twenty-eight thousand six
36 of Asher, those who could go out to war and draw up in battle formation, forty thousand;
37 of the Reubenites and the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh, from the other side
of the Jordan, one hundred and twenty thousand armed for battle with every kind of
implement of war.
38 All these men of war, who could keep ranks, came to Hebron with a perfect heart, to
make David king over all Israel; and all the rest of Israel were of one heart to make David
39 And they were there with David three days, eating and drinking, for their brethren had
prepared for them.
40 Moreover those who were near to them, from as far away as Issachar and Zebulun and
Naphtali, were bringing food on donkeys and camels, on mules and oxen; provisions of
flour and cakes of figs and cakes of raisins, wine and oil and oxen and sheep abundantly,
for there was joy in Israel.