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1 Chronicles 11

1 Chronicles 11:1  
Then all Israel gathered themselves to David to Hebron, saying, “Behold, we are your bone and your flesh.

1 Chronicles 11:2  
In times past, even when Saul was king, it was you who led out and brought in Israel. Yahweh your God said to you, ‘You shall be shepherd of my people Israel, and you shall be prince over my people Israel.’ ”

1 Chronicles 11:3  
So all the elders of Israel came to the king to Hebron; and David made a covenant with them in Hebron before Yahweh. They anointed David king over Israel, according to Yahweh’s word by Samuel.

1 Chronicles 11:4  
David and all Israel went to Jerusalem (also called Jebus); and the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land, were there.

1 Chronicles 11:5  
The inhabitants of Jebus said to David, “You will not come in here!” Nevertheless David took the stronghold of Zion. The same is David’s city.

1 Chronicles 11:6  
David had said, “Whoever strikes the Jebusites first shall be chief and captain.” Joab the son of Zeruiah went up first, and was made chief.

1 Chronicles 11:7  
David lived in the stronghold; therefore they called it David’s city.

1 Chronicles 11:8  
He built the city all around, from Millo even around; and Joab repaired the rest of the city.

1 Chronicles 11:9  
David grew greater and greater, for Yahweh of Armies was with him.

1 Chronicles 11:10  
Now these are the chief of the mighty men whom David had, who showed themselves strong with him in his kingdom, together with all Israel, to make him king, according to Yahweh’s word concerning Israel.

1 Chronicles 11:11  
This is the number of the mighty men whom David had: Jashobeam, the son of a Hachmonite, the chief of the thirty; he lifted up his spear against three hundred and killed them at one time.

1 Chronicles 11:12  
After him was Eleazar the son of Dodo, the Ahohite, who was one of the three mighty men.

1 Chronicles 11:13  
He was with David at Pasdammim, and there the Philistines were gathered together to battle, where there was a plot of ground full of barley; and the people fled from before the Philistines.

1 Chronicles 11:14  
They stood in the middle of the plot, defended it, and killed the Philistines; and Yahweh saved them by a great victory.

1 Chronicles 11:15  
Three of the thirty chief men went down to the rock to David, into the cave of Adullam; and the army of the Philistines were encamped in the valley of Rephaim.

1 Chronicles 11:16  
David was then in the stronghold, and the garrison of the Philistines was in Bethlehem at that time.

1 Chronicles 11:17  
David longed, and said, “Oh, that someone would give me water to drink from the well of Bethlehem, which is by the gate!”

1 Chronicles 11:18  
The three broke through the army of the Philistines, and drew water out of the well of Bethlehem that was by the gate, took it, and brought it to David; but David would not drink any of it, but poured it out to Yahweh,

1 Chronicles 11:19  
and said, “My God forbid me, that I should do this! Shall I drink the blood of these men who have put their lives in jeopardy?” For they risked their lives to bring it. Therefore he would not drink it. The three mighty men did these things.

1 Chronicles 11:20  
Abishai, the brother of Joab, was chief of the three; for he lifted up his spear against three hundred and killed them, and had a name among the three.

1 Chronicles 11:21  
Of the three, he was more honorable than the two, and was made their captain; however he wasn’t included in the three.

1 Chronicles 11:22  
Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, the son of a valiant man of Kabzeel, who had done mighty deeds, killed the two sons of Ariel of Moab. He also went down and killed a lion in the middle of a pit on a snowy day.

1 Chronicles 11:23  
He killed an Egyptian, a man of great stature, five cubits high. In the Egyptian’s hand was a spear like a weaver’s beam; and he went down to him with a staff, plucked the spear out of the Egyptian’s hand, and killed him with his own spear.

1 Chronicles 11:24  
Benaiah the son of Jehoiada did these things and had a name among the three mighty men.

1 Chronicles 11:25  
Behold, he was more honorable than the thirty, but he didn’t attain to the three; and David set him over his guard.

1 Chronicles 11:26  
The mighty men of the armies also include Asahel the brother of Joab, Elhanan the son of Dodo of Bethlehem,

1 Chronicles 11:27  
Shammoth the Harorite, Helez the Pelonite,

1 Chronicles 11:28  
Ira the son of Ikkesh the Tekoite, Abiezer the Anathothite,

1 Chronicles 11:29  
Sibbecai the Hushathite, Ilai the Ahohite,

1 Chronicles 11:30  
Maharai the Netophathite, Heled the son of Baanah the Netophathite,

1 Chronicles 11:31  
Ithai the son of Ribai of Gibeah of the children of Benjamin, Benaiah the Pirathonite,

1 Chronicles 11:32  
Hurai of the brooks of Gaash, Abiel the Arbathite,

1 Chronicles 11:33  
Azmaveth the Baharumite, Eliahba the Shaalbonite,

1 Chronicles 11:34  
the sons of Hashem the Gizonite, Jonathan the son of Shagee the Hararite,

1 Chronicles 11:35  
Ahiam the son of Sacar the Hararite, Eliphal the son of Ur,

1 Chronicles 11:36  
Hepher the Mecherathite, Ahijah the Pelonite,

1 Chronicles 11:37  
Hezro the Carmelite, Naarai the son of Ezbai,

1 Chronicles 11:38  
Joel the brother of Nathan, Mibhar the son of Hagri,

1 Chronicles 11:39  
Zelek the Ammonite, Naharai the Berothite (the armor bearer of Joab the son of Zeruiah),

1 Chronicles 11:40  
Ira the Ithrite, Gareb the Ithrite,

1 Chronicles 11:41  
Uriah the Hittite, Zabad the son of Ahlai,

1 Chronicles 11:42  
Adina the son of Shiza the Reubenite (a chief of the Reubenites), and thirty with him,

1 Chronicles 11:43  
Hanan the son of Maacah, Joshaphat the Mithnite,

1 Chronicles 11:44  
Uzzia the Ashterathite, Shama and Jeiel the sons of Hotham the Aroerite,

1 Chronicles 11:45  
Jediael the son of Shimri, and Joha his brother, the Tizite,

1 Chronicles 11:46  
Eliel the Mahavite, and Jeribai, and Joshaviah, the sons of Elnaam, and Ithmah the Moabite,

1 Chronicles 11:47  
Eliel, Obed, and Jaasiel the Mezobaite.


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