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1 Chronicles 11 1 Then all Israel went to David at Hebron and told him, "We are all members of your family.
1 Chronicles 11 2 For a long time, even while Saul was our king, you were the one who really led Israel. And the LORD your God has told you, `You will be the shepherd of my people Israel. You will be their leader.'"
1 Chronicles 11 3 So there at Hebron David made a covenant with the leaders of Israel before the LORD. They anointed him king of Israel, just as the LORD had promised through Samuel.
1 Chronicles 11 4 Then David and all Israel went to Jerusalem (or Jebus, as it used to be called), where the Jebusites, original inhabitants of the land, lived.
1 Chronicles 11 5 The people of Jebus said to David, "You will never get in here!" But David captured the fortress of Zion, now called the City of David.
1 Chronicles 11 6 David had said to his troops, "Whoever leads the attack against the Jebusites will become the commander of my armies!" And Joab, the son of David's sister Zeruiah, led the attack, so he became the commander of David's armies.
1 Chronicles 11 7 David made the fortress his home, and that is why it is called the City of David.
1 Chronicles 11 8 He extended the city from the Millo to the surrounding area, while Joab rebuilt the rest of Jerusalem.
1 Chronicles 11 9 And David became more and more powerful, because the LORD Almighty was with him.
1 Chronicles 11 10 These are the leaders of David's mighty men. Together with all Israel, they determined to make David their king, just as the LORD had promised concerning Israel.
1 Chronicles 11 11 Here is the record of David's mightiest men: The first was Jashobeam the Hacmonite, who was commander of the Three--the three greatest warriors among David's men. He once used his spear to kill three hundred enemy warriors in a single battle.
1 Chronicles 11 12 Next in rank among the Three was Eleazar son of Dodai, a descendant of Ahoah.
1 Chronicles 11 13 He was with David in the battle against the Philistines at Pas-dammim. The battle took place in a field full of barley, and the Israelite army fled.
1 Chronicles 11 14 But Eleazar and David held their ground in the middle of the field and beat back the Philistines. So the LORD saved them by giving them a great victory.
1 Chronicles 11 15 Once when David was at the rock near the cave of Adullam, the Philistine army was camped in the valley of Rephaim. The Three (who were among the Thirty--an elite group among David's fighting men) went down to meet him there.
1 Chronicles 11 16 David was staying in the stronghold at the time, and a Philistine detachment had occupied the town of Bethlehem.
1 Chronicles 11 17 David remarked longingly to his men, "Oh, how I would love some of that good water from the well in Bethlehem, the one by the gate."
1 Chronicles 11 18 So the Three broke through the Philistine lines, drew some water from the well, and brought it back to David. But David refused to drink it. Instead, he poured it out before the LORD.
1 Chronicles 11 19 "God forbid that I should drink this!" he exclaimed. "This water is as precious as the blood of these men who risked their lives to bring it to me." So David did not drink it. This is an example of the exploits of the Three.
1 Chronicles 11 20 Abishai, the brother of Joab, was the leader of the Thirty. He once used his spear to kill three hundred enemy warriors in a single battle. It was by such feats that he became as famous as the Three.
1 Chronicles 11 21 Abishai was the most famous of the Thirty and was their commander, though he was not one of the Three.
1 Chronicles 11 22 There was also Benaiah son of Jehoiada, a valiant warrior from Kabzeel. He did many heroic deeds, which included killing two of Moab's mightiest warriors. Another time he chased a lion down into a pit. Then, despite the snow and slippery ground, he caught the lion and killed it.
1 Chronicles 11 23 Another time, armed with only a club, he killed an Egyptian warrior who was seven and a half feet tall and whose spear was as thick as a weaver's beam. Benaiah wrenched the spear from the Egyptian's hand and killed him with it.
1 Chronicles 11 24 These are some of the deeds that made Benaiah as famous as the Three.
1 Chronicles 11 25 He was more honored than the other members of the Thirty, though he was not one of the Three. And David made him commander of his bodyguard.
1 Chronicles 11 26 These were also included among David's mighty men: Asahel, Joab's brother; Elhanan son of Dodo from Bethlehem;
1 Chronicles 11 27 Shammah from Harod; Helez from Pelon;
1 Chronicles 11 28 Ira son of Ikkesh from Tekoa; Abiezer from Anathoth;
1 Chronicles 11 29 Sibbecai from Hushah; Zalmon from Ahoah;
1 Chronicles 11 30 Maharai from Netophah; Heled son of Baanah from Netophah;
1 Chronicles 11 31 Ithai son of Ribai from Gibeah (from the tribe of Benjamin); Benaiah from Pirathon;
1 Chronicles 11 32 Hurai from near Nahale-gaash; Abi-albon the Arbathite;
1 Chronicles 11 33 Azmaveth from Bahurim; Eliahba from Shaalbon;
1 Chronicles 11 34 the sons of Jashen from Gizon; Jonathan son of Shagee from Harar;
1 Chronicles 11 35 Ahiam son of Sharar from Harar; Eliphal son of Ur;
1 Chronicles 11 36 Hepher from Mekerah; Ahijah from Pelon;
1 Chronicles 11 37 Hezro from Carmel; Paarai son of Ezbai;
1 Chronicles 11 38 Joel, the brother of Nathan; Mibhar son of Hagri;
1 Chronicles 11 39 Zelek from Ammon; Naharai from Beeroth (Joab's armor bearer);
1 Chronicles 11 40 Ira from Jattir; Gareb from Jattir;
1 Chronicles 11 41 Uriah the Hittite; Zabad son of Ahlai;
1 Chronicles 11 42 Adina son of Shiza, the Reubenite leader who had thirty men with him;
1 Chronicles 11 43 Hanan son of Maacah; Joshaphat from Mithna;
1 Chronicles 11 44 Uzzia from Ashtaroth; Shama and Jeiel, the sons of Hotham, from Aroer;
1 Chronicles 11 45 Jediael son of Shimri; Joha, his brother, from Tiz;
1 Chronicles 11 46 Eliel from Mahavah; Jeribai and Joshaviah, the sons of Elnaam; Ithmah from Moab;
1 Chronicles 11 47 Eliel and Obed; Jaasiel from Zobah.
1 Chronicles 12 1 The following men joined David at Ziklag while he was hiding from Saul son of Kish. They were among the warriors who fought beside David in battle.
1 Chronicles 12 2 All of them were expert archers, and they could shoot arrows or sling stones with their left hand as well as their right. They were all relatives of Saul from the tribe of Benjamin.
1 Chronicles 12 3 Their leader was Ahiezer son of Shemaah from Gibeah; his brother Joash was second-in-command. These were the other warriors: Jeziel and Pelet, sons of Azmaveth; Beracah and Jehu from Anathoth;
1 Chronicles 12 4 Ishmaiah from Gibeon, a famous warrior and leader among the Thirty; Jeremiah, Jahaziel, Johanan, and Jozabad from Gederah;
1 Chronicles 12 5 Eluzai, Jerimoth, Bealiah, Shemariah, and Shephatiah from Haruph;
1 Chronicles 12 6 Elkanah, Isshiah, Azarel, Joezer, and Jashobeam, who were Korahites;
1 Chronicles 12 7 Joelah and Zebadiah, sons of Jeroham from Gedor.
1 Chronicles 12 8 Some brave and experienced warriors from the tribe of Gad also defected to David while he was at the stronghold in the wilderness. They were expert with both shield and spear, as fierce as lions and as swift as deer on the mountains.
1 Chronicles 12 9 Ezer was their leader. Obadiah was second. Eliab was third.
1 Chronicles 12 10 Mishmannah was fourth. Jeremiah was fifth.
1 Chronicles 12 11 Attai was sixth. Eliel was seventh.
1 Chronicles 12 12 Johanan was eighth. Elzabad was ninth.
1 Chronicles 12 13 Jeremiah was tenth. Macbannai was eleventh.
1 Chronicles 12 14 These warriors from Gad were army commanders. The weakest among them could take on a hundred regular troops, and the strongest could take on a thousand!
1 Chronicles 12 15 They crossed the Jordan River during its seasonal flooding at the beginning of the year and drove out all the people living in the lowlands on both the east and west banks.
1 Chronicles 12 16 Others from Benjamin and Judah came to David at the stronghold.
1 Chronicles 12 17 David went out to meet them and said, "If you have come in peace to help me, we are friends. But if you have come to betray me to my enemies when I am innocent, then may the God of our ancestors see and judge you."
1 Chronicles 12 18 Then the Spirit came upon Amasai, who later became a leader among the Thirty, and he said, "We are yours, David! We are on your side, son of Jesse. Peace and prosperity be with you, and success to all who help you, for your God is the one who helps you." So David let them join him, and he made them officers over his troops.
1 Chronicles 12 19 Some men from Manasseh defected from the Israelite army and joined David when he went with the Philistines to fight against Saul. But as it turned out, the Philistine leaders refused to let David and his men go with them. After much discussion, they sent them back, for they said, "It will cost us our lives if David switches loyalties to Saul and turns against us."
1 Chronicles 12 20 Here is a list of the men from Manasseh who defected to David as he was returning to Ziklag: Adnah, Jozabad, Jediael, Michael, Jozabad, Elihu, and Zillethai. Each commanded a thousand troops from the tribe of Manasseh.
1 Chronicles 12 21 They helped David chase down bands of raiders, for they were all brave and able warriors who became commanders in his army.
1 Chronicles 12 22 Day after day more men joined David until he had a great army, like the army of God.
1 Chronicles 12 23 These are the numbers of armed warriors who joined David at Hebron. They were all eager to see David become king instead of Saul, just as the LORD had promised.
1 Chronicles 12 24 From the tribe of Judah, there were 6,800 warriors armed with shields and spears.
1 Chronicles 12 25 From the tribe of Simeon, there were 7,100 warriors.
1 Chronicles 12 26 From the tribe of Levi, there were 4,600 troops.
1 Chronicles 12 27 This included Jehoiada, leader of the family of Aaron, who had 3,700 under his command.
1 Chronicles 12 28 This also included Zadok, a young warrior, with twenty-two members of his family who were all officers.
1 Chronicles 12 29 From the tribe of Benjamin, Saul's relatives, there were 3,000 warriors. Most of the men from Benjamin had remained loyal to Saul until this time.
1 Chronicles 12 30 From the tribe of Ephraim, there were 20,800 warriors, each famous in his own clan.
1 Chronicles 12 31 From the half-tribe of Manasseh west of the Jordan, 18,000 men were sent for the express purpose of helping David become king.
1 Chronicles 12 32 From the tribe of Issachar, there were 200 leaders of the tribe with their relatives. All these men understood the temper of the times and knew the best course for Israel to take.
1 Chronicles 12 33 From the tribe of Zebulun, there were 50,000 skilled warriors. They were fully armed and prepared for battle and completely loyal to David.
1 Chronicles 12 34 From the tribe of Naphtali, there were 1,000 officers and 37,000 warriors armed with shields and spears.
1 Chronicles 12 35 From the tribe of Dan, there were 28,600 warriors, all prepared for battle.
1 Chronicles 12 36 From the tribe of Asher, there were 40,000 trained warriors, all prepared for battle.
1 Chronicles 12 37 From the east side of the Jordan River--where the tribes of Reuben and Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh lived--there were 120,000 troops armed with every kind of weapon.
1 Chronicles 12 38 All these men came in battle array to Hebron with the single purpose of making David the king of Israel. In fact, all Israel agreed that David should be their king.
1 Chronicles 12 39 They feasted and drank with David for three days, for preparations had been made by their relatives for their arrival.
1 Chronicles 12 40 And people from as far away as Issachar, Zebulun, and Naphtali brought food on donkeys, camels, mules, and oxen. Vast supplies of flour, fig cakes, raisins, wine, olive oil, cattle, and sheep were brought to the celebration. There was great joy throughout the land of Israel.
1 Chronicles 13 1 David consulted with all his officials, including the generals and captains of his army.
1 Chronicles 13 2 Then he addressed the entire assembly of Israel as follows: "If you approve and if it is the will of the LORD our God, let us send messages to all the Israelites throughout the land, including the priests and Levites in their towns and pasturelands. Let us invite them to come and join us.
1 Chronicles 13 3 It is time to bring back the Ark of our God, for we neglected it during the reign of Saul."
1 Chronicles 13 4 The whole assembly agreed to this, for the people could see it was the right thing to do.
1 Chronicles 13 5 So David summoned all the people of Israel, from one end of the country to the other, to join in bringing the Ark of God from Kiriath-jearim.
1 Chronicles 13 6 Then David and all Israel went to Baalah of Judah (also called Kiriath-jearim) to bring back the Ark of God, which bears the name of the LORD who is enthroned between the cherubim.
1 Chronicles 13 7 They transported the Ark of God from the house of Abinadab on a new cart, with Uzzah and Ahio guiding it.
1 Chronicles 13 8 David and all Israel were celebrating before God with all their might, singing and playing all kinds of musical instruments--lyres, harps, tambourines, cymbals, and trumpets.
1 Chronicles 13 9 But when they arrived at the threshing floor of Nacon, the oxen stumbled, and Uzzah put out his hand to steady the Ark.
1 Chronicles 13 10 Then the LORD's anger blazed out against Uzzah, and he struck him dead because he had laid his hand on the Ark. So Uzzah died there in the presence of God.
1 Chronicles 13 11 David was angry because the LORD's anger had blazed out against Uzzah. He named that place Perez-uzzah (which means "outbreak against Uzzah"). It is still called that today.
1 Chronicles 13 12 David was now afraid of God and asked, "How can I ever bring the Ark of God back into my care?"
1 Chronicles 13 13 So David decided not to move the Ark into the City of David. He took it instead to the home of Obed-edom of Gath.
1 Chronicles 13 14 The Ark of God remained there with the family of Obed-edom for three months, and the LORD blessed him and his entire household.
1 Chronicles 14 1 Now King Hiram of Tyre sent messengers to David, along with stonemasons and carpenters to build him a palace. Hiram also sent many cedar logs for lumber.
1 Chronicles 14 2 And David realized that the LORD had made him king over Israel and had made his kingdom very great for the sake of his people Israel.
1 Chronicles 14 3 Then David married more wives in Jerusalem, and they had many sons and daughters.
1 Chronicles 14 4 These are the names of David's sons who were born in Jerusalem: Shimea, Shobab, Nathan, Solomon,
1 Chronicles 14 5 Ibhar, Elishua, Elpelet,
1 Chronicles 14 6 Nogah, Nepheg, Japhia,
1 Chronicles 14 7 Elishama, Eliada, and Eliphelet.
1 Chronicles 14 8 When the Philistines heard that David had been anointed king over all Israel, they mobilized all their forces to capture him. But David was told they were coming, so he and his men marched out to meet them.
1 Chronicles 14 9 The Philistines had arrived in the valley of Rephaim and raided it.
1 Chronicles 14 10 So David asked God, "Should I go out to fight the Philistines? Will you hand them over to me?" The LORD replied, "Yes, go ahead. I will give you the victory."
1 Chronicles 14 11 So David and his troops went to Baal-perazim and defeated the Philistines there. "God has done it!" David exclaimed. "He used me to burst through my enemies like a raging flood!" So that place was named Baal-perazim (which means "the Lord who bursts through").
1 Chronicles 14 12 The Philistines had abandoned their idols there, so David gave orders to burn them up.
1 Chronicles 14 13 But after a while, the Philistines returned and raided the valley again.
1 Chronicles 14 14 And once again David asked God what to do. "Do not attack them straight on," God replied. "Instead, circle around behind them and attack them near the balsam trees.
1 Chronicles 14 15 When you hear a sound like marching feet in the tops of the balsam trees, attack! That will be the signal that God is moving ahead of you to strike down the Philistines."
1 Chronicles 14 16 So David did what God commanded, and he struck down the Philistine army all the way from Gibeon to Gezer.
1 Chronicles 14 17 So David's fame spread everywhere, and the LORD caused all the nations to fear David.
1 Chronicles 15 1 David now built several buildings for himself in the City of David. He also prepared a place for the Ark of God and set up a special tent there to shelter it.
1 Chronicles 15 2 Then he issued these instructions: "When we transport the Ark of God this time, no one except the Levites may carry it. The LORD has chosen them to carry the Ark of the LORD and to minister before him forever."
1 Chronicles 15 3 Then David summoned all the Israelites to Jerusalem to bring the Ark of the LORD to the place he had prepared for it.
1 Chronicles 15 4 These are the priests and Levites who were called together:
1 Chronicles 15 5 There were 120 from the clan of Kohath, with Uriel as their leader.
1 Chronicles 15 6 There were 220 from the clan of Merari, with Asaiah as their leader.
1 Chronicles 15 7 There were 130 from the clan of Gershon, with Joel as their leader.
1 Chronicles 15 8 There were 200 descendants of Elizaphan, with Shemaiah as their leader.
1 Chronicles 15 9 There were 80 descendants of Hebron, with Eliel as their leader.
1 Chronicles 15 10 There were 112 descendants of Uzziel, with Amminadab as their leader.
1 Chronicles 15 11 Then David summoned the priests, Zadok and Abiathar, and these Levite leaders: Uriel, Asaiah, Joel, Shemaiah, Eliel, and Amminadab.
1 Chronicles 15 12 He said to them, "You are the leaders of the Levite families. You must purify yourselves and all your fellow Levites, so you can bring the Ark of the LORD, the God of Israel, to the place I have prepared for it.
1 Chronicles 15 13 Because you Levites did not carry the Ark the first time, the anger of the LORD our God burst out against us. We failed to ask God how to move it in the proper way."
1 Chronicles 15 14 So the priests and the Levites purified themselves in order to bring the Ark of the LORD, the God of Israel, to Jerusalem.
1 Chronicles 15 15 Then the Levites carried the Ark of God on their shoulders with its carrying poles, just as the LORD had instructed Moses.
1 Chronicles 15 16 David also ordered the Levite leaders to appoint a choir of Levites who were singers and musicians to sing joyful songs to the accompaniment of lyres, harps, and cymbals.
1 Chronicles 15 17 So the Levites appointed Heman son of Joel, Asaph son of Berekiah, and Ethan son of Kushaiah from the clan of Merari to direct the musicians.
1 Chronicles 15 18 The following men were chosen as their assistants: Zechariah, Jaaziel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Unni, Eliab, Benaiah, Maaseiah, Mattithiah, Eliphelehu, Mikneiah, and the gatekeepers, Obed-edom and Jeiel.
1 Chronicles 15 19 Heman, Asaph, and Ethan were chosen to sound the bronze cymbals.
1 Chronicles 15 20 Zechariah, Aziel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Unni, Eliab, Maaseiah, and Benaiah were chosen to play the lyres.
1 Chronicles 15 21 Mattithiah, Eliphelehu, Mikneiah, Obed-edom, Jeiel, and Azaziah were chosen to play the harps.
1 Chronicles 15 22 Kenaniah, the head Levite, was chosen as the choir leader because of his skill.
1 Chronicles 15 23 Berekiah and Elkanah were chosen to guard the Ark.
1 Chronicles 15 24 Shebaniah, Joshaphat, Nethanel, Amasai, Zechariah, Benaiah, and Eliezer--all of whom were priests--were chosen to blow the trumpets as they marched in front of the Ark of God. Obed-edom and Jehiah were chosen to guard the Ark.
1 Chronicles 15 25 Then David and the leaders of Israel and the generals of the army went to the home of Obed-edom to bring the Ark of the LORD's covenant up to Jerusalem with a great celebration.
1 Chronicles 15 26 And because God was clearly helping the Levites as they carried the Ark of the LORD's covenant, they sacrificed seven bulls and seven lambs.
1 Chronicles 15 27 David was dressed in a robe of fine linen, as were the Levites who carried the Ark, the singers, and Kenaniah the song leader. David was also wearing a priestly tunic.
1 Chronicles 15 28 So all Israel brought up the Ark of the LORD's covenant to Jerusalem with shouts of joy, the blowing of horns and trumpets, the crashing of cymbals, and loud playing on harps and lyres.
1 Chronicles 15 29 But as the Ark of the LORD's covenant entered the City of David, Michal, the daughter of Saul, looked down from her window. When she saw King David dancing and leaping for joy, she was filled with contempt for him.