New Heart English Bible
1Then all Israel gathered together to David at Hebron, saying, "Look, we are your bone and your flesh. 2In times past, even when Saul was king, it was you who led out and brought in Israel. The LORD your God said to you, 'You shall be shepherd of my people Israel, and you shall rule over my people Israel.'" 3So all the elders of Israel came 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.
4David and all Israel went to Jerusalem (that is, Jebus); and the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land, were there. 5The inhabitants of Jebus said to David, "You shall not come in here." Nevertheless David took the stronghold of Zion, that is, the City of David. 6David said, "Whoever strikes the Jebusites first shall be chief and captain." Joab the son of Zeruiah went up first, and was made chief. 7David lived in the stronghold; therefore they called it the City of David. 8He built the city all around, from the Millo even around; and Joab repaired the rest of the city. 9David grew greater and greater; for the LORD of hosts was with him.
10Now these are the chief of the warriors whom David had, who gave him strong support in his kingdom, together with all Israel, to make him king, according to the word of the LORD concerning Israel. 11This is the number of the warriors whom David had: Jeshbaal, the son of a Hachmonite, leader of the Three. And he wielded his spear against eight hundred and killed them at one time.
12After him was Eleazar the son of Dodo, the Ahohite, who was one of the Three warriors. 13He was with David at Pas Dammim, 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. 14And he took his stand in the midst of the plot, and defended it, and killed the Philistines; and the LORD saved them by a great victory.
15And 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 camped in the Valley of Rephaim. 16David was then in the stronghold, and the garrison of the Philistines was then in Bethlehem. 17And David had a craving and said, "Oh that one would give me water to drink of the well of Bethlehem, which is by the gate." 18The Three broke through the army of the Philistines, and drew water out of the well of Bethlehem, 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, 19and said, "Far be it from me before my God, 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 warriors did these things.
20And Abishai, the brother of Joab, was leader of the Thirty. And he wielded his spear against three hundred and killed them, and had a name beside the Three. 21He was the most illustrious of the Thirty, and he became their leader. However, he did not attain to the Three.
22Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was a valiant man of Kabzeel, who performed great deeds. He killed the two of Ariel of Moab. He also went down and killed a lion in the midst of a pit in time of snow. 23He killed an Egyptian, a man of great stature, seven feet five inches tall; and in the Egyptian's hand was a spear like a weaver's beam; and he went down to him with a staff, and grabbed the spear out of the Egyptian's hand, and killed him with his own spear. 24Benaiah the son of Jehoiada did these things, and had a name among the Three warriors. 25Look, he was more honored than the Thirty, but he did not attain to the Three. And David set him over his guard.
26Also the warriors of the armies: Asahel the brother of Joab, Elhanan the son of Dodo of Bethlehem, 27Shammah the Harodite, Elika the Harodite, Helez the Paltite, 28Ira the son of Ikkesh the Tekoite, Abiezer the Anathothite, 29Sibbekai the Hushathite, Zalmon the Ahohite, 30Maharai the Netophathite, Heled the son of Baanah the Netophathite, 31Ithai the son of Ribai of Gibeah of the children of Benjamin, Benaiah the Pirathonite, 32Hiddai of Nahale Gaash, Abiel the Arbathite, 33Azmaveth the Bahurimite, Eliahba the Shaalbonite, 34Jashen the Gizonite, Jonathan the son of Shamma the Hararite, 35Ahiam the son of Sakar the Hararite, Eliphelet the son of Ahasbai the Maacathite, 36Eliam the son of Ahithophel the Gilonite, 37Hezrai the Carmelite, Paarai the Arbite, 38Igal the son of Nathan, from the elite troops of the Hagrites, 39Zelek the Ammonite, Naharai the Beerothite, the armor bearer of Joab the son of Zeruiah, 40Ira the Jattirite, Gareb the Jattirite, 41Uriah the Hittite, Zabad the son of Ahlai, 42Adina the son of Shiza the Reubenite, a chief of the Reubenites, and thirty with him, 43Hanan the son of Maacah, and Joshaphat the Mithnite, 44Uzzia the Ashterathite, Shama and Jeiel the sons of Hotham the Aroerite, 45Jediael the son of Shimri, and Joha his brother, the Tizite, 46Eliel the Mahavite, and Jeribai, and Joshaviah, the sons of Elnaam, and Ithmah the Moabite, 47Eliel, and Obed, and Jaasiel the Mezobaite.