1 Chronicles 12
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1And these were the ones who came to David at Ziklag, while banned from the face of Saul the son of Kish. And they were among the mighty men, helpers of the war, 2Right and left-handed in slinging stones, armed with bows and arrows, from the brethren of Saul, of Benjamin. 3The chief was Ahiezer, and Joash, the sons of Shemaah the Gibeathite, and Jeziel, and Pelet, the sons of Azmaveth, and Berachah, and Jehu of Anathoth, 4And Ishmaiah the Gibeonite, a mighty man among the thirty, and over the thirty, and Jeremiah, and Jahaziel, and Johanan, and Jozabad the Gederathite, 5Eluzai, and Jerimoth, and Bealiah, and Shemariah, and Shephatiah the Haruphite, 6Elkanah, and Jisshiah, and Azarel, and Joezer, and Jashobeam, the Korahites, 7And Joelah, and Zebadiah, the sons of Jeroham of Gedor.

8And of the Gadites mighty men separated themselves to David into the stronghold in the wilderness, men of the army for battle, setting in order shield and buckler, and their faces were the faces of a lion, and were as gazelles upon the mountains for swiftness: 9Ezer the first, Obadiah the second, Eliab the third, 10Mishmannah the fourth, Jeremiah the fifth, 11Attai the sixth, Eliel the seventh, 12Johanan the eighth, Elzabad the ninth, 13Jeremiah the tenth, Machbanai the eleventh. 14These were the sons of Gad, captains of the army. One of the least was over a hundred, and the greatest over a thousand. 15These were they who went over Jordan in the first month when it had overflowed all its banks. And they put all those of the valleys to flight, toward the east and toward the west.

16And some of the children of Benjamin and Judah came to the stronghold to David. 17And David went out to meet them, and answered and said to them, "If you have come to me in peace, to help me, my heart shall be knit to you. But if you come to betray me to my enemies, since there is no wrong in my hands, let the God of our fathers look on it and rebuke it."

18And the spirit came upon Amasai, chief of the thirty. And he said, "We are yours, David, and on your side, son of Jesse. Peace, peace be upon you, and peace upon your helpers, for your God has helped you." And David received them and made them captains of the band.

19And some from Manasseh defected to David when he came with the Philistines to battle against Saul. (But they did not help them, for the lords of the Philistines sent him away on advice, saying, "He will fall to his master Saul to the jeopardy of our heads.") 20As he went to Ziklag, there fell to him these from Manasseh: Adnah, and Jozabad, and Jediael, and Michael, and Jozabad, and Elihu, and Zillethai, captains of the thousands who were from Manasseh. 21And they helped David against the band, for they were all mighty men of valor and were commanders in the army. 22For at that time they came to David day by day to help him until it was a great army, like an army of God.

23And these were the numbers of the chiefs of those armed for war who came to David to Hebron, to turn the kingdom of Saul to him, according to the word of the LORD: 24The sons of Judah bearing shield and spear were six thousand and eight hundred, armed for war. 25From the sons of Simeon the mighty men of power for the war, seven thousand and one hundred. 26From the sons of Levi were four thousand and six hundred. 27And Jehoiada was the leader of the Aaronites, and with him were three thousand and seven hundred. 28And Zadok, a young man mighty of valor, and of his fathers' house were twenty-two captains. 29And the sons of Benjamin, the kindred of Saul, were three thousand. And until then, the greatest part of them had kept their allegiance to the house of Saul. 30And of the children of Ephraim were twenty thousand and eight hundred mighty men of valor, famous throughout the house of their fathers. 31And from the half-tribe of Manasseh were eighteen thousand, who were chosen by name to come and make David king. 32And from the sons of Issachar, men who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do, the heads of them were two hundred. And all their brethren were at their command. 33From Zebulun, such as went forth to battle, expert in war, with all the weapons of war, fifty thousand who could keep rank. They were not of a double heart. 34And from Naphtali, a thousand captains; and with them with shield and spear were thirty-seven thousand. 35And of the Danites, expert in war, were twenty-eight thousand six hundred. 36And of Asher, those who could go out with the army to set in order the battle were forty thousand. 37And on the other side of Jordan, from the Reubenites, and of the Gadites, and from the half-tribe of Manasseh, with all of the weapons of war for battle were a hundred and twenty thousand.

38All these were men of war, keeping rank, they came with a perfect heart to Hebron to make David king over Israel. And also all the rest of Israel was of one heart to make David king. 39And they were with David three days, eating and drinking, for their brethren had prepared food for them. 40And also those who were near them, even to Issachar and Zebulun and Naphtali, brought bread on donkeys, and on camels, and on mules, and on oxen. And they brought food, meal, cakes of figs and bunches of raisins, and wine and oil, and oxen and sheep abundantly, for there was joy in Israel.

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