1 Chronicles 12:29
New International Version
from Benjamin, Saul's tribe--3,000, most of whom had remained loyal to Saul's house until then;

New Living Translation
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.

English Standard Version
Of the Benjaminites, the kinsmen of Saul, 3,000, of whom the majority had to that point kept their allegiance to the house of Saul.

Berean Study Bible
From Benjamin, the kinsmen of Saul: 3,000, most of whom had remained loyal to the house of Saul up to that time.

King James Bible
And of the children of Benjamin, the kindred of Saul, three thousand: for hitherto the greatest part of them had kept the ward of the house of Saul.

New King James Version
of the sons of Benjamin, relatives of Saul, three thousand (until then the greatest part of them had remained loyal to the house of Saul);

New American Standard Bible
From the sons of Benjamin, Saul’s kinsmen, three thousand; for until now the majority of them had kept their allegiance to the house of Saul.

NASB 1995
Of the sons of Benjamin, Saul's kinsmen, 3,000; for until now the greatest part of them had kept their allegiance to the house of Saul.

NASB 1977
And of the sons of Benjamin, Saul’s kinsmen, 3,000; for until now the greatest part of them had kept their allegiance to the house of Saul.

Amplified Bible
Of the tribe of Benjamin, the relatives of [King] Saul, 3,000; for until now the majority of them had kept their allegiance to the house of Saul.

Christian Standard Bible
From the Benjaminites, the relatives of Saul: 3,000 (up to that time the majority of the Benjaminites maintained their allegiance to the house of Saul).

Holman Christian Standard Bible
From the Benjaminites, the relatives of Saul: 3,000 (up to that time the majority of the Benjaminites maintained their allegiance to the house of Saul).

American Standard Version
And of the children of Benjamin, the brethren of Saul, three thousand: for hitherto the greatest part of them had kept their allegiance to the house of Saul.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And from the sons of Benyamin, the brothers of Shaul, a thousand three, and until the day when Shaul was killed, those were the Guards of the garrison of the house of Shaul.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And of the sons of Benjamin, the brethren of Saul, three thousand: and still the greater part of them kept the guard of the house of Saul.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And of the sons of Benjamin the brethren of Saul, three thousand: for hitherto a great part of them followed the house of Saul.

English Revised Version
And of the children of Benjamin, the brethren of Saul, three thousand: for hitherto the greatest part of them had kept their allegiance to the house of Saul.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
From Benjamin's descendants, Saul's relatives, there were 3,000 men, though most of them remained loyal to Saul's family.

International Standard Version
The tribe of Benjamin, relatives of Saul numbered 3,000, of whom most had remained allied to what remained of Saul's dynasty.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And of the children of Benjamin, the brethren of Saul, three thousand; for hitherto the greatest part of them had kept their allegiance to the house of Saul.

Literal Standard Version
And of the sons of Benjamin, brothers of Saul, [are] three thousand, and until now their greater part are keeping the charge of the house of Saul.

NET Bible
From Benjamin, Saul's tribe, there were 3,000, most of whom, up to that time, had been loyal to Saul.

New Heart English Bible
Of the people of Benjamin, the brothers of Saul, three thousand: for hitherto the greatest part of them had kept their allegiance to the house of Saul.

World English Bible
Of the children of Benjamin, the brothers of Saul, three thousand: for hitherto the greatest part of them had kept their allegiance to the house of Saul.

Young's Literal Translation
And of the sons of Benjamin, brethren of Saul, are three thousand, and hitherto their greater part are keeping the charge of the house of Saul.

Additional Translations ...
Context
David's Army Grows at Hebron
28and Zadok, a mighty young man of valor, with 22 commanders from his own family. 29From Benjamin, the kinsmen of Saul: 3,000, most of whom had remained loyal to the house of Saul up to that time. 30From Ephraim: 20,800 mighty men of valor, famous among their own clans.…

Cross References
2 Samuel 2:8
Meanwhile, Abner son of Ner, the commander of Saul's army, took Saul's son Ish-bosheth, moved him to Mahanaim,

2 Samuel 2:9
and made him king over Gilead, Asher, Jezreel, Ephraim, and Benjamin--over all Israel.

2 Samuel 3:19
Abner also spoke to the Benjamites and went to Hebron to tell David all that seemed good to Israel and to the whole house of Benjamin.

1 Chronicles 12:2
they were archers using both the right and left hands to sling stones and shoot arrows; and they were Saul's kinsmen from Benjamin):

1 Chronicles 12:30
From Ephraim: 20,800 mighty men of valor, famous among their own clans.


Treasury of Scripture

And of the children of Benjamin, the kindred of Saul, three thousand: for till now the greatest part of them had kept the ward of the house of Saul.

kindred [heb] brethren

1 Chronicles 12:2
They were armed with bows, and could use both the right hand and the left in hurling stones and shooting arrows out of a bow, even of Saul's brethren of Benjamin.

Genesis 31:23
And he took his brethren with him, and pursued after him seven days' journey; and they overtook him in the mount Gilead.

2 Samuel 2:8,9
But Abner the son of Ner, captain of Saul's host, took Ishbosheth the son of Saul, and brought him over to Mahanaim; …









(29) Kindred.--Fellow-tribesmen.

Hitherto.--Up to that time. (Comp., same phrase, 1Chronicles 9:18.)

Had kept.--Were still keeping guard over the house of Saul. For the phrase comp. Numbers 3:38. The Benjamites, as a whole, were still jealously guarding the interests of their own royal house. This remark, as well as the preceding expression, "Saul's fellow-tribesmen," is intended to explain the comparative smallness of the contingent from Benjamin. The tribe's reluctance to recognise David survived the murder of Ish-bosheth.

Verse 29. - Had kept the ward; rather, had kept on the side of; the Hebrew, שֹׁמְרִים מִשְׁמֶרֶת; Vulgate, adhuc sequebatur. The proposed translation of זְעַדיחֵנָח by "still" ('Speaker's Commentary,' in loc.) is very doubtful. The for hitherto of this verse explains the reason of the comparatively small number Of the Benjamites.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
From the Benjamites,
בְּנֵ֧י (bə·nê)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's 1121: A son

the kinsmen
אֲחֵ֥י (’ă·ḥê)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's 251: A brother, )

of Saul:
שָׁא֖וּל (šā·’ūl)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 7586: Saul -- first king of Israel, also an Edomite and two Israelites

3,000,
שְׁלֹ֣שֶׁת (šə·lō·šeṯ)
Number - masculine singular construct
Strong's 7969: Three, third, thrice

most of whom
מַרְבִּיתָ֔ם (mar·bî·ṯām)
Noun - feminine singular construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's 4768: Increase, great number, greatness

had remained
שֹׁמְרִ֕ים (šō·mə·rîm)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine plural
Strong's 8104: To hedge about, guard, to protect, attend to

loyal to
מִשְׁמֶ֖רֶת (miš·me·reṯ)
Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's 4931: A guard, watch, charge, function

the house
בֵּ֥ית (bêṯ)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 1004: A house

of Saul
שָׁאֽוּל׃ (šā·’ūl)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 7586: Saul -- first king of Israel, also an Edomite and two Israelites

up to
וְעַד־ (wə·‘aḏ-)
Conjunctive waw | Preposition
Strong's 5704: As far as, even to, up to, until, while

that time.
הֵ֙נָּה֙ (hên·nāh)
Adverb
Strong's 2008: Hither, thither


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