1Some fighting men came to David at Ziklag. They were among those who helped him in battle. David had been forced to hide from Saul, the son of Kish.2The men were armed with bows. They were able to shoot arrows or throw stones from a sling with either hand. They were relatives of Saul from the tribe of Benjamin. Here is a list of them.3Their chief Ahiezer and Joash, the sons of Shemaah the Gibeathite Jeziel and Pelet, the sons of Azmaveth Beracah Jehu from Anathoth4Ishmaiah, the Gibeonite, who was a mighty man among the Thirty and a leader of the Thirty Jeremiah Jahaziel Johanan Jozabad from Gederah5Eluzai Jerimoth Bealiah Shemariah Shephatiah, the Haruphite6the Korahites Elkanah, Isshiah, Azarel, Joezer and Jashobeam7Joelah and Zebadiah, the sons of Jeroham from Gedor8Some men of Gad went over to David's side at his usual place of safety in the desert. They were brave fighting men. They were ready for battle. They were able to use shields and spears. Their faces were like the faces of lions. They could run as fast as antelopes in the mountains.9Ezer was their chief. Obadiah was next in command. Eliab was third.10Mishmannah was fourth. Jeremiah was fifth.11Attai was sixth. Eliel was seventh.12Johanan was eighth. Elzabad was ninth.13Jeremiah was tenth. And Macbannai was eleventh.14All of those men of Gad were army commanders. The least important of them was equal to 100 men. The most important was equal to 1,000.15They went across the Jordan River when it was flowing over its banks. That happened in the first month of spring. They chased away everyone who lived in the valleys. They chased them away from the east and west sides of the river.16Some men from the territories of Benjamin and Judah also came to David at his usual place of safety.17David went out to meet them. He said to them, “Have you come to me in peace? Have you come to help me? If you have, I'm ready to have you join me. But suppose you have come to hand me over to my enemies when I haven't even harmed anyone. Then may the God of our people see it and judge you.”18The Spirit of God came on Amasai. He was chief of the Thirty. He said, “David, we belong to you! Son of Jesse, we're on your side! May you have great success. May those who help you also have success. Your God will help you.” So David welcomed them. He made them leaders in his army.19Some men of Manasseh went over to David's side when he marched out with the Philistines to fight against Saul. But David and his men didn't help the Philistines. That's because after all of the Philistine rulers had discussed the matter, they sent him away. They said, “Suppose he deserts to his master Saul. Then our heads will be cut off!”20So David went to Ziklag. Here are the men of Manasseh who went over to his side. They were Adnah, Jozabad, Jediael, Michael, Jozabad, Elihu and Zillethai. They were leaders of companies of 1,000 men in Manasseh.21They helped David fight against enemy armies. All of the men of Manasseh were brave fighting men. They were commanders in David's army.22Day after day men came to help him. Soon he had a large army. It was like the army of God.
Other Fighting Men Join David at Hebron
23Large numbers of men came to David at Hebron. They were prepared for battle. They came to hand Saul's kingdom over to him, just as the Lord had said. Here are the numbers of the men who came.24The men from Judah carried shields and spears. They were prepared for battle. The total number of them was 6,800.25The fighting men from Simeon were ready for battle. The total number of them was 7,100.26The total number of men from Levi was 4,600.27They included Jehoiada. He was the leader of the family of Aaron. He came with 3,700 men.28They also included Zadok. He was a brave young fighter. He came with 22 officers from his family.29The men from Benjamin were Saul's relatives. Most of them had remained faithful to Saul's family until that time. The total number of them was 3,000.30The men from Ephraim were brave fighting men. They were famous in their own family groups. The total number of them was 20,800.31The men from half of the tribe of Manasseh had been chosen by name to come and make David king. The total number of them was 18,000.32The men from Issachar understood what was going on at that time. They knew what Israel should do. The total number of their chiefs was 200. They came with all of their relatives who were under their command.33The men from Zebulun knew how to fight well. That's because they had done it many times before. They were prepared for battle. They had every kind of weapon. They came to help David with their whole heart. The total number of them was 50,000.34The total number of officers from Naphtali was 1,000. They came with 37,000 men who carried shields and spears.35The men from Dan were ready for battle. The total number of them was 28,600.36The men from Asher knew how to fight well. That's because they had done it many times before. They were prepared for battle. The total number of them was 40,000.37The men from the tribes of Reuben and Gad and half of the tribe of Manasseh were armed with every kind of weapon. The men came from the east side of the Jordan River. The total number of them was 120,000.38All of those fighting men offered to serve in the army. Before they came to Hebron, they had agreed completely to make David king over all of the people of Israel. All of the rest of the people also agreed to make David king.39The men spent three days there with David. They ate and drank what their families had given them.40Their neighbors also brought food. They brought it on donkeys, camels, mules and oxen. They came from as far away as the territories of Issachar, Zebulun and Naphtali. There was plenty of flour, fig cakes, raisin cakes, wine, olive oil, cattle and sheep. The people of Israel brought all of those things because they were so happy.
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The Mighty Men Join David
1Now these are the men who came to David at Ziklag, while he could not move about freely because of Saul the son of Kish. And they were among the mighty men who helped him in war. (1Sa 27:2)2They were bowmen and could shoot arrows and sling stones with either the right or the left hand; they were Benjaminites, Saul’s kinsmen. (Jud 3:15; Jud 20:16; 1Ch 12:29; 2Ch 17:17; Ps 78:9)3The chief was Ahiezer, then Joash, both sons of Shemaah of Gibeah; also Jeziel and Pelet, the sons of Azmaveth; Beracah, Jehu of Anathoth, (Jos 18:28; 1Ch 11:28; 1Ch 27:12)4Ishmaiah of Gibeon, a mighty man among the thirty and a leader over the thirty; Jeremiah, Jahaziel, Johanan, Jozabad of Gederah, (Jos 9:3)5Eluzai, Jerimoth, Bealiah, Shemariah, Shephatiah the Haruphite;6Elkanah, Isshiah, Azarel, Joezer, and Jashobeam, the Korahites; (1Ch 9:19)7And Joelah and Zebadiah, the sons of Jeroham of Gedor.8From the Gadites there went over to David at the stronghold in the wilderness mighty and experienced warriors, expert with shield and spear, whose faces were like the faces of lions and who were swift as gazelles upon the mountains: (2Sa 2:18)9Ezer the chief, Obadiah second, Eliab third,10Mishmannah fourth, Jeremiah fifth,11Attai sixth, Eliel seventh,12Johanan eighth, Elzabad ninth,13Jeremiah tenth, Machbannai eleventh.14These Gadites were officers of the army; the least was a match for a hundred men and the greatest for a thousand. (Le 26:8)15These are the men who crossed the Jordan in the first month, when it was overflowing all its banks, and put to flight all those in the valleys, to the east and to the west. (Jos 3:15)16And some of the men of Benjamin and Judah came to the stronghold to David.17David went out to meet them and said to them, “If you have come to me in friendship to help me, my heart will be joined to you; but if to betray me to my adversaries, although there is no wrong in my hands, then may the God of our fathers see and rebuke you.”18Then the Spirit clothed Amasai, chief of the thirty, and he said, “We are yours, O David, and with you, O son of Jesse! Peace, peace to you, and peace to your helpers! For your God helps you.” Then David received them and made them officers of his troops. (Jud 3:10; 1Sa 25:6; 2Sa 17:25)19Some of the men of Manasseh deserted to David when he came with the Philistines for the battle against Saul. (Yet he did not help them, for the rulers of the Philistines took counsel and sent him away, saying, “At peril to our heads he will desert to his master Saul.”) (1Sa 29:2; 1Sa 29:4)20As he went to Ziklag, these men of Manasseh deserted to him: Adnah, Jozabad, Jediael, Michael, Jozabad, Elihu, and Zillethai, chiefs of thousands in Manasseh.21They helped David against the band of raiders, for they were all mighty men of valor and were commanders in the army. (1Sa 30:1)22For from day to day men came to David to help him, until there was a great army, like an army of God.23These are the numbers of the divisions of the armed troops who came to David in Hebron to turn the kingdom of Saul over to him, according to the word of the Lord. (1Sa 16:1; 1Sa 16:3; 2Sa 2:3; 2Sa 5:1; 1Ch 10:14; 1Ch 11:1; 1Ch 11:3; 1Ch 11:10)24The men of Judah bearing shield and spear were 6,800 armed troops.25Of the Simeonites, mighty men of valor for war, 7,100.26Of the Levites 4,600.27The prince Jehoiada, of the house of Aaron, and with him 3,700.28Zadok, a young man mighty in valor, and twenty-two commanders from his own fathers’ house. (2Sa 8:17; 1Ch 6:8)29Of the Benjaminites, the kinsmen of Saul, 3,000, of whom the majority had to that point kept their allegiance to the house of Saul. (2Sa 2:8; 1Ch 12:2)30Of the Ephraimites 20,800, mighty men of valor, famous men in their fathers’ houses.31Of the half-tribe of Manasseh 18,000, who were expressly named to come and make David king. (Nu 1:17)32Of Issachar, men who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do, 200 chiefs, and all their kinsmen under their command. (Es 1:13)33Of Zebulun 50,000 seasoned troops, equipped for battle with all the weapons of war, to help David with singleness of purpose. (1Ch 12:36; 1Ch 12:38; Ps 12:2)34Of Naphtali 1,000 commanders with whom were 37,000 men armed with shield and spear.35Of the Danites 28,600 men equipped for battle.36Of Asher 40,000 seasoned troops ready for battle. (2Sa 2:9; 1Ch 12:33)37Of the Reubenites and Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh from beyond the Jordan, 120,000 men armed with all the weapons of war.38All these, men of war, arrayed in battle order, came to Hebron with a whole heart to make David king over all Israel. Likewise, all the rest of Israel were of a single mind to make David king. (1Ki 8:61; 1Ch 12:33)39And they were there with David for three days, eating and drinking, for their brothers had made preparation for them.40And also their relatives, from as far as Issachar and Zebulun and Naphtali, came bringing food on donkeys and on camels and on mules and on oxen, abundant provisions of flour, cakes of figs, clusters of raisins, and wine and oil, oxen and sheep, for there was joy in Israel. (1Sa 25:18; 1Sa 30:12)