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The first book of the Chronicles, chapter 11, New English Translation and King James Version

Chapter 11

New English Translation


   David Becomes King
   1 All Israel joined David at Hebron and said, "Look, we are your very flesh and blood! 2 In the past, even when Saul was king, you were Israel's commanding general. The LORD your God said to you, 'You will shepherd my people Israel; you will rule over my people Israel.'" 3 When all the leaders of Israel came to the king at Hebron, David made an agreement with them in Hebron before the LORD. They anointed David king over Israel, just as the LORD had announced through Samuel.
   David Conquers Jerusalem
   4 David and the whole Israelite army advanced to Jerusalem (that is, Jebus). (The Jebusites, the land's original inhabitants, lived there.) 5 The residents of Jebus said to David, "You cannot invade this place!" But David captured the fortress of Zion (that is, the City of David). 6 David said, "Whoever attacks the Jebusites first will become commanding general!" So Joab son of Zeruiah attacked first and became commander. 7 David lived in the fortress; for this reason it is called the City of David. 8 He built up the city around it, from the terrace to the surrounding walls; Joab restored the rest of the city. 9 David's power steadily grew, for the LORD who commands armies was with him.
   David's Warriors
   10 These were the leaders of David's warriors who helped establish and stabilize his rule over all Israel, in accordance with the LORD's word. 11 This is the list of David's warriors: Jashobeam, a Hacmonite, was head of the officers. He killed three hundred men with his spear in a single battle.
   12 Next in command was Eleazar son of Dodo the Ahohite. He was one of the three elite warriors. 13 He was with David in Pas Dammim when the Philistines assembled there for battle. In an area of the field that was full of barley, the army retreated before the Philistines, 14 but then they made a stand in the middle of that area. They defended it and defeated the Philistines; the LORD gave them a great victory.
   15 Three of the thirty leaders went down to David at the rocky cliff at the cave of Adullam, while a Philistine force was camped in the Valley of Rephaim. 16 David was in the stronghold at the time, while a Philistine garrison was in Bethlehem. 17 David was thirsty and said, "How I wish someone would give me some water to drink from the cistern in Bethlehem near the city gate!" 18 So the three elite warriors broke through the Philistine forces and drew some water from the cistern in Bethlehem near the city gate. They carried it back to David, but David refused to drink it. He poured it out as a drink offering to the LORD 19 and said, "God forbid that I should do this! Should I drink the blood of these men who risked their lives?" Because they risked their lives to bring it to him, he refused to drink it. Such were the exploits of the three elite warriors.
   20 Abishai the brother of Joab was head of the three elite warriors. He killed three hundred men with his spear and gained fame along with the three elite warriors. 21 From the three he was given double honor and he became their officer, even though he was not one of them.
   22 Benaiah son of Jehoiada was a brave warrior from Kabzeel who performed great exploits. He struck down the two sons of Ariel of Moab; he also went down and killed a lion inside a cistern on a snowy day. 23 He even killed an Egyptian who was seven and a half feet tall. The Egyptian had a spear as big as the crossbeam of a weaver's loom; Benaiah attacked him with a club. He grabbed the spear out of the Egyptian's hand and killed him with his own spear. 24 Such were the exploits of Benaiah son of Jehoiada, who gained fame along with the three elite warriors. 25 He received honor from the thirty warriors, though he was not one of the three elite warriors. David put him in charge of his bodyguard.
   26 The mighty warriors were: Asahel the brother of Joab, Elhanan son of Dodo, from Bethlehem,
   27 Shammoth the Harorite, Helez the Pelonite,
   28 Ira son of Ikkesh the Tekoite, Abiezer the Anathothite,
   29 Sibbekai the Hushathite, Ilai the Ahohite,
   30 Maharai the Netophathite, Heled son of Baanah the Netophathite,
   31 Ithai son of Ribai from Gibeah in Benjaminite territory, Benaiah the Pirathonite,
   32 Hurai from the valleys of Gaash, Abiel the Arbathite,
   33 Azmaveth the Baharumite, Eliahba the Shaalbonite,
   34 the sons of Hashem the Gizonite, Jonathan son of Shageh the Hararite,
   35 Ahiam son of Sakar the Hararite, Eliphal son of Ur,
   36 Hepher the Mekerathite, Ahijah the Pelonite,
   37 Hezro the Carmelite, Naarai son of Ezbai,
   38 Joel the brother of Nathan, Mibhar son of Hagri,
   39 Zelek the Ammonite, Naharai the Beerothite, the armor-bearer of Joab son of Zeruiah,
   40 Ira the Ithrite, Gareb the Ithrite,
   41 Uriah the Hittite, Zabad son of Achli,
   42 Adina son of Shiza the Reubenite, leader of the Reubenites and the thirty warriors with him,
   43 Hanan son of Maacah, Joshaphat the Mithnite,
   44 Uzzia the Ashterathite, Shama and Jeiel, the sons of Hotham the Aroerite,
   45 Jediael son of Shimri, and Joha his brother, the Tizite,
   46 Eliel the Mahavite, and Jeribai and Joshaviah, the sons of Elnaam, and Ithmah the Moabite,
   47 Eliel, and Obed, and Jaasiel the Mezobaite.

King James Version


   1 Then all Israel gathered themselves to David unto Hebron, saying, Behold, we are thy bone and thy flesh.
   2 And moreover in time past, even when Saul was king, thou wast he that leddest out and broughtest in Israel: and the LORD thy God said unto thee, Thou shalt feed my people Israel, and thou shalt be ruler over my people Israel.
   3 Therefore came all the elders of Israel to the king to Hebron; and David made a covenant with them in Hebron before the LORD; and they anointed David king over Israel, according to the word of the LORD by Samuel.
   4 ¶ And David and all Israel went to Jerusalem, which is Jebus; where the Jebusites were, the inhabitants of the land.
   5 And the inhabitants of Jebus said to David, Thou shalt not come hither. Nevertheless David took the castle of Zion, which is the city of David.
   6 And David said, Whosoever smiteth the Jebusites first shall be chief and captain. So Joab the son of Zeruiah went first up, and was chief.
   7 And David dwelt in the castle; therefore they called it the city of David.
   8 And he built the city round about, even from Millo round about: and Joab repaired the rest of the city.
   9 So David waxed greater and greater: for the LORD of hosts was with him.
   10 ¶ These also are the chief of the mighty men whom David had, who strengthened themselves with him in his kingdom, and with all Israel, to make him king, according to the word of the LORD concerning Israel.
   11 And this is the number of the mighty men whom David had; Jashobeam, an Hachmonite, the chief of the captains: he lifted up his spear against three hundred slain by him at one time.
   12 And after him was Eleazar the son of Dodo, the Ahohite, who was one of the three mighties.
   13 He was with David at Pas-dammim, and there the Philistines were gathered together to battle, where was a parcel of ground full of barley; and the people fled from before the Philistines.
   14 And they set themselves in the midst of that parcel, and delivered it, and slew the Philistines; and the LORD saved them by a great deliverance.
   15 ¶ Now three of the thirty captains went down to the rock to David, into the cave of Adullam; and the host of the Philistines encamped in the valley of Rephaim.
   16 And David was then in the hold, and the Philistines' garrison was then at Beth-lehem.
   17 And David longed, and said, Oh that one would give me drink of the water of the well of Beth-lehem, that is at the gate!
   18 And the three brake through the host of the Philistines, and drew water out of the well of Beth-lehem, that was by the gate, and took it, and brought it to David: but David would not drink of it, but poured it out to the LORD,
   19 And said, My God forbid it me, that I should do this thing: shall I drink the blood of these men that have put their lives in jeopardy? for with the jeopardy of their lives they brought it. Therefore he would not drink it. These things did these three mightiest.
   20 ¶ And Abishai the brother of Joab, he was chief of the three: for lifting up his spear against three hundred, he slew them, and had a name among the three.
   21 Of the three, he was more honourable than the two; for he was their captain: howbeit he attained not to the first three.
   22 Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, the son of a valiant man of Kabzeel, who had done many acts; he slew two lionlike men of Moab: also he went down and slew a lion in a pit in a snowy day.
   23 And he slew an Egyptian, a man of great stature, five cubits high; and in the Egyptian's hand was a spear like a weaver's beam; and he went down to him with a staff, and plucked the spear out of the Egyptian's hand, and slew him with his own spear.
   24 These things did Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and had the name among the three mighties.
   25 Behold, he was honourable among the thirty, but attained not to the first three: and David set him over his guard.
   26 ¶ Also the valiant men of the armies were, Asahel the brother of Joab, Elhanan the son of Dodo of Beth-lehem,
   27 Shammoth the Harorite, Helez the Pelonite,
   28 Ira the son of Ikkesh the Tekoite, Abiezer the Antothite,
   29 Sibbecai the Hushathite, Ilai the Ahohite,
   30 Maharai the Netophathite, Heled the son of Baanah the Netophathite,
   31 Ithai the son of Ribai of Gibeah, that pertained to the children of Benjamin, Benaiah the Pirathonite,
   32 Hurai of the brooks of Gaash, Abiel the Arbathite,
   33 Azmaveth the Baharumite, Eliahba the Shaalbonite,
   34 The sons of Hashem the Gizonite, Jonathan the son of Shage the Hararite,
   35 Ahiam the son of Sacar the Hararite, Eliphal the son of Ur,
   36 Hepher the Mecherathite, Ahijah the Pelonite,
   37 Hezro the Carmelite, Naarai the son of Ezbai,
   38 Joel the brother of Nathan, Mibhar the son of Haggeri,
   39 Zelek the Ammonite, Naharai the Berothite, the armourbearer of Joab the son of Zeruiah,
   40 Ira the Ithrite, Gareb the Ithrite,
   41 Uriah the Hittite, Zabad the son of Ahlai,
   42 Adina the son of Shiza the Reubenite, a captain of the Reubenites, and thirty with him,
   43 Hanan the son of Maachah, and Joshaphat the Mithnite,
   44 Uzzia the Ashterathite, Shama and Jehiel the sons of Hothan the Aroerite,
   45 Jediael the son of Shimri, and Joha his brother, the Tizite,
   46 Eliel the Mahavite, and Jeribai, and Joshaviah, the sons of Elnaam, and Ithmah the Moabite,
   47 Eliel, and Obed, and Jasiel the Mesobaite.
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