1All Israel came together to David at Hebron and said, “We are your own flesh and blood.2In the past, even while Saul was king, you were the one who led Israel on their military campaigns. And the Lord your God said to you, ‘You will shepherd my people Israel, and you will become their ruler.’ ”3When all the elders of Israel had come to King David at Hebron, he made a covenant with them at Hebron before the Lord, and they anointed David king over Israel, as the Lord had promised through Samuel.
David Conquers Jerusalem
4David and all the Israelites marched to Jerusalem (that is, Jebus). The Jebusites who lived there5said to David, “You will not get in here.” Nevertheless, David captured the fortress of Zion—which is the City of David.6David had said, “Whoever leads the attack on the Jebusites will become commander-in-chief.” Joab son of Zeruiah went up first, and so he received the command.7David then took up residence in the fortress, and so it was called the City of David.8He built up the city around it, from the terraces to the surrounding wall, while Joab restored the rest of the city.9And David became more and more powerful, because the Lord Almighty was with him.
David’s Mighty Warriors
10These were the chiefs of David’s mighty warriors—they, together with all Israel, gave his kingship strong support to extend it over the whole land, as the Lord had promised—11this is the list of David’s mighty warriors: Jashobeam, a Hakmonite, was chief of the officers; he raised his spear against three hundred men, whom he killed in one encounter.12Next to him was Eleazar son of Dodai the Ahohite, one of the three mighty warriors.13He was with David at Pas Dammim when the Philistines gathered there for battle. At a place where there was a field full of barley, the troops fled from the Philistines.14But they took their stand in the middle of the field. They defended it and struck the Philistines down, and the Lord brought about a great victory.15Three of the thirty chiefs came down to David to the rock at the cave of Adullam, while a band of Philistines was encamped in the Valley of Rephaim.16At that time David was in the stronghold, and the Philistine garrison was at Bethlehem.17David longed for water and said, “Oh, that someone would get me a drink of water from the well near the gate of Bethlehem!”18So the Three broke through the Philistine lines, drew water from the well near the gate of Bethlehem and carried it back to David. But he refused to drink it; instead, he poured it out to the Lord.19“God forbid that I should do this!” he said. “Should I drink the blood of these men who went at the risk of their lives?” Because they risked their lives to bring it back, David would not drink it. Such were the exploits of the three mighty warriors.20Abishai the brother of Joab was chief of the Three. He raised his spear against three hundred men, whom he killed, and so he became as famous as the Three.21He was doubly honored above the Three and became their commander, even though he was not included among them.22Benaiah son of Jehoiada, a valiant fighter from Kabzeel, performed great exploits. He struck down Moab’s two mightiest warriors. He also went down into a pit on a snowy day and killed a lion.23And he struck down an Egyptian who was five cubits tall. Although the Egyptian had a spear like a weaver’s rod in his hand, Benaiah went against him with a club. He snatched the spear from the Egyptian’s hand and killed him with his own spear.24Such were the exploits of Benaiah son of Jehoiada; he too was as famous as the three mighty warriors.25He was held in greater honor than any of the Thirty, but he was not included among the Three. And David put him in charge of his bodyguard.26The mighty warriors were: Asahel the brother of Joab, Elhanan son of Dodo from Bethlehem,27Shammoth the Harorite, Helez the Pelonite,28Ira son of Ikkesh from Tekoa, Abiezer from Anathoth,29Sibbekai the Hushathite, Ilai the Ahohite,30Maharai the Netophathite, Heled son of Baanah the Netophathite,31Ithai son of Ribai from Gibeah in Benjamin, 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 Sakar the Hararite, Eliphal son of Ur,36Hepher the Mekerathite, Ahijah the Pelonite,37Hezro the Carmelite, Naarai son of Ezbai,38Joel the 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, who was chief of the Reubenites, and the thirty with him,43Hanan son of Maakah, Joshaphat the Mithnite,44Uzzia the Ashterathite, Shama and Jeiel the sons of Hotham the Aroerite,45Jediael son of Shimri, his brother Joha the Tizite,46Eliel the Mahavite, Jeribai and Joshaviah the sons of Elnaam, Ithmah the Moabite,47Eliel, Obed and Jaasiel the Mezobaite.
1 Chronicles 11
English Standard Version
David Anointed King
1Then all Israel gathered together to David at Hebron and said, “Behold, we are your bone and flesh. (2Sa 5:1; 2Sa 5:6)2In times past, even when Saul was king, it was you who led out and brought in Israel. And the Lord your God said to you, ‘You shall be shepherd of my people Israel, and you shall be prince over my people Israel.’” (Eze 34:23)3So all the elders of Israel came to the king at Hebron, and David made a covenant with them at Hebron before the Lord. And they anointed David king over Israel, according to the word of the Lord by Samuel. (1Sa 16:1; 1Sa 16:3; 1Sa 16:12; 1Ch 11:10; 1Ch 12:23)
David Takes Jerusalem
4And David and all Israel went to Jerusalem, that is, Jebus, where the Jebusites were, the inhabitants of the land. (Jos 15:8; Jud 1:21)5The inhabitants of Jebus said to David, “You will not come in here.” Nevertheless, David took the stronghold of Zion, that is, the city of David.6David said, “Whoever strikes the Jebusites first shall be chief and commander.” And Joab the son of Zeruiah went up first, so he became chief. (2Sa 8:16)7And David lived in the stronghold; therefore it was called the city of David.8And he built the city all around from the Millo in complete circuit, and Joab repaired the rest of the city.9And David became greater and greater, for the Lord of hosts was with him. (Es 9:4)
David’s Mighty Men
10Now these are the chiefs of David’s mighty men, who gave him strong support in his kingdom, together with all Israel, to make him king, according to the word of the Lord concerning Israel. (2Sa 23:8; 1Ch 11:3)11This is an account of David’s mighty men: Jashobeam, a Hachmonite, was chief of the three. He wielded his spear against 300 whom he killed at one time. (2Sa 23:8; 1Ch 12:18)12And next to him among the three mighty men was Eleazar the son of Dodo, the Ahohite. (1Ch 27:4)13He was with David at Pas-dammim when the Philistines were gathered there for battle. There was a plot of ground full of barley, and the men fled from the Philistines. (2Sa 23:11)14But he took his stand in the midst of the plot and defended it and killed the Philistines. And the Lord saved them by a great victory.15Three of the thirty chief men went down to the rock to David at the cave of Adullam, when the army of Philistines was encamped in the Valley of Rephaim. (1Ch 14:8)16David was then in the stronghold, and the garrison of the Philistines was then at Bethlehem. (1Sa 10:5)17And David said longingly, “Oh that someone would give me water to drink from the well of Bethlehem that is by the gate!”18Then the three mighty men broke through the camp of the Philistines and drew water out of the well of Bethlehem that was by the gate and took it and brought it to David. But David would not drink it. He poured it out to the Lord19and said, “Far be it from me before my God that I should do this. Shall I drink the lifeblood of these men? For at the risk of their lives they brought it.” Therefore he would not drink it. These things did the three mighty men.20Now Abishai, the brother of Joab, was chief of the thirty. And he wielded his spear against 300 men and killed them and won a name beside the three.21He was the most renowned of the thirty and became their commander, but he did not attain to the three.22And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was a valiant man of Kabzeel, a doer of great deeds. He struck down two heroes of Moab. He also went down and struck down a lion in a pit on a day when snow had fallen.23And he struck down an Egyptian, a man of great stature, five cubits tall. The Egyptian had in his hand a spear like a weaver’s beam, but Benaiah went down to him with a staff and snatched the spear out of the Egyptian’s hand and killed him with his own spear. (1Sa 17:7)24These things did Benaiah the son of Jehoiada and won a name beside the three mighty men.25He was renowned among the thirty, but he did not attain to the three. And David set him over his bodyguard.26The mighty men were Asahel the brother of Joab, Elhanan the son of Dodo of Bethlehem, (1Ch 27:7)27Shammoth of Harod, Helez the Pelonite,28Ira the son of Ikkesh of Tekoa, Abiezer of Anathoth,29Sibbecai the Hushathite, Ilai the Ahohite,30Maharai of Netophah, Heled the son of Baanah of Netophah,31Ithai the son of Ribai of Gibeah of the people of Benjamin, Benaiah of Pirathon,32Hurai of the brooks of Gaash, Abiel the Arbathite,33Azmaveth of Baharum, Eliahba the Shaalbonite,34Hashem the Gizonite, Jonathan the son of Shagee the Hararite,35Ahiam the son of Sachar the Hararite, Eliphal the son of Ur,36Hepher the Mecherathite, Ahijah the Pelonite,37Hezro of Carmel, Naarai the son of Ezbai,38Joel the brother of Nathan, Mibhar the son of Hagri, (1Ch 5:10)39Zelek the Ammonite, Naharai of Beeroth, the armor-bearer of Joab the son of Zeruiah,40Ira the Ithrite, Gareb the Ithrite,41Uriah the Hittite, Zabad the son of Ahlai, (1Ch 2:36)42Adina the son of Shiza the Reubenite, a leader of the Reubenites, and thirty with him,43Hanan the son of Maacah, and Joshaphat the Mithnite,44Uzzia the Ashterathite, Shama and Jeiel the sons of Hotham the Aroerite,45Jediael the son of Shimri, and Joha his brother, the Tizite,46Eliel the Mahavite, and Jeribai, and Joshaviah, the sons of Elnaam, and Ithmah the Moabite,47Eliel, and Obed, and Jaasiel the Mezobaite.