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David’s Supporters in Ziklag

1 aNow these are the ones who came to David at Ziklag, while he was still restricted because of Saul the son of Kish; and they were among the mighty men who helped [him] in war. 2 They were equipped with bows, ausing both the right hand and the left [to sling] stones and [to shoot] arrows from the bow; b[they were] Saul’s kinsmen from Benjamin. 3 The chief was Ahiezer, then Joash, the sons of Shemaah the Gibeathite; and Jeziel and Pelet, the sons of Azmaveth, and Beracah and Jehu the Anathothite, 4 and Ishmaiah the Gibeonite, a mighty man among the thirty, and over the thirty. IThen Jeremiah, Jahaziel, Johanan, Jozabad the Gederathite, 5 IEluzai, Jerimoth, Bealiah, Shemariah, Shephatiah the Haruphite, 6 Elkanah, Isshiah, Azarel, Joezer, Jashobeam, the Korahites, 7 and Joelah and Zebadiah, the sons of Jeroham of Gedor.

[1] a1S 27:2-6
[2] aJg 3:15; 20:16 b1Ch 12:29
[4] IIn Heb the beginning of v 5, making 41 vv in ch
[5] IV 6 in Heb

8 ¶ From the Gadites there Icame over to David in the stronghold in the wilderness, mighty men of valor, men trained for war, who could handle shield and spear, and whose faces were like the faces of lions, and a[they were] as swift as the gazelles on the mountains. 9 Ezer [was] the first, Obadiah the second, Eliab the third, 10 Mishmannah the fourth, Jeremiah the fifth, 11 Attai the sixth, Eliel the seventh, 12 Johanan the eighth, Elzabad the ninth, 13 Jeremiah the tenth, Machbannai the eleventh. 14 These of the sons of Gad were Icaptains of the army; ahe who was least was equal to a hundred and the greatest to a thousand. 15 aThese are the ones who crossed the Jordan in the first month when it was overflowing all its banks and they put to flight all those in the valleys, both to the east and to the west.

[8] ILit separated themselves a2S 2:18
[14] IOr chiefs aDt 32:30
[15] aJsh 3:15; 4:18

16 ¶ Then some of the sons of Benjamin and Judah came to the stronghold to David. 17 David went out to meet them, and said to them, “If you come peacefully to me to help me, my heart shall be united with you; but if to betray me to my adversaries, since there is no Iwrong in my hands, may the God of our fathers look on [it] and decide.” 18 Then athe Spirit Icame upon bAmasai, who was the chief of the thirty, [and he said],
  “[We] are yours, O David,
  And with you, O son of Jesse!
  cPeace, peace to you,
  And peace to him who helps you;
  Indeed, your God helps you!”
Then David received them and made them IIcaptains of the band.

[17] ILit violence
[18] ILit clothed IIOr chiefs aJg 3:10; 6:34 b1Ch 2:17 c1S 25:5, 6

19aFrom Manasseh also some defected to David when he was about to go to battle with the Philistines against Saul. But they did not help them, for the lords of the Philistines after consultation sent him away, saying, “At [the cost of] our heads he may defect to his master Saul.” 20 As he went to Ziklag there defected to him from Manasseh: Adnah, Jozabad, Jediael, Michael, Jozabad, Elihu and Zillethai, Icaptains of thousands who belonged to Manasseh. 21 They helped David against athe band of raiders, for they were all mighty men of valor, and were captains in the army. 22 For day by day [men] came to David to help him, until there was a great army alike the army of God.

[19] a1S 29:2-9
[20] IOr chiefs
[21] a1S 30:1
[22] aGn 32:2; Jsh 5:13-15

Supporters Gathered at Hebron

23 ¶ Now these are the numbers of the Idivisions equipped for war, awho came to David at Hebron, bto turn the kingdom of Saul to him, caccording to the IIword of the LORD. 24 The sons of Judah who bore shield and spear [were] 6,800, equipped for war. 25 Of the sons of Simeon, mighty men of valor for war, 7,100. 26 Of the sons of Levi 4,600. 27 Now Jehoiada was the leader of [the house of] Aaron, and with him were 3,700, 28 also aZadok, a young man mighty of valor, and of his father’s house twenty-two captains. 29 Of the sons of Benjamin, aSaul’s kinsmen, 3,000; for until now bthe greatest part of them had kept their allegiance to the house of Saul. 30 Of the sons of Ephraim 20,800, mighty men of valor, famous men in their fathers’ households. 31 Of the half-tribe of Manasseh 18,000, who were designated by name to come and make David king. 32 Of the sons of Issachar, amen who understood the times, with knowledge of what Israel should do, their chiefs [were] two hundred; and all their kinsmen [were] at their command. 33 Of Zebulun, there were 50,000 who went out in the army, who could draw up in battle formation with all kinds of weapons of war and helped [David] Iwith aan undivided heart. 34 Of Naphtali [there were] 1,000 captains, and with them 37,000 with shield and spear. 35 Of the Danites who could draw up in battle formation, [there were] 28,600. 36 Of Asher [there were] 40,000 who went out in the army to draw up in battle formation. 37 From the other side of the Jordan, of the Reubenites and the Gadites and of the half-tribe of Manasseh, [there were] 120,000 with all [kinds] of weapons of war for the battle.

[23] ILit heads IILit mouth a2S 2:3, 4 b1Ch 10:14 c1Ch 11:10
[28] a2S 8:17; 1Ch 6:8, 53
[29] a1Ch 12:2 b2S 2:8, 9
[32] aEs 1:13
[33] ILit not of double heart aPs 12:2

38 ¶ All these, being men of war who could draw up in battle formation, came to Hebron with aa perfect heart to make David king over all Israel; and all the rest also of Israel were of one mind to make David king. 39 They were there with David three days, eating and drinking, for their kinsmen had prepared for them. 40 Moreover those who were near to them, [even] as far as Issachar and Zebulun and Naphtali, abrought food on donkeys, camels, mules and on oxen, great quantities of flour cakes, fig cakes and bunches of raisins, wine, oil, oxen and sheep. There was joy indeed in Israel.

[38] a2S 5:1-3; 1Ch 12:33
[40] a1S 25:18


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The companies that came to David at Ziklag.

1 ¶ Now these [are] they that came to David to Ziklag, while he yet kept himself close because of Saul the son of Kish: and they [were] among the mighty men, helpers of the war. 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. 3 The chief [was] Ahiezer, then Joash, the sons of Shemaah the Gibeathite; and Jeziel, and Pelet, the sons of Azmaveth; and Berachah, and Jehu the Antothite, 4 And Ismaiah the Gibeonite, a mighty man among the thirty, and over the thirty; and Jeremiah, and Jahaziel, and Johanan, and Josabad the Gederathite, 5 Eluzai, and Jerimoth, and Bealiah, and Shemariah, and Shephatiah the Haruphite, 6 Elkanah, and Jesiah, and Azareel, and Joezer, and Jashobeam, the Korhites, 7 And Joelah, and Zebadiah, the sons of Jeroham of Gedor. 8 And of the Gadites there separated themselves unto David into the hold to the wilderness men of might, [and] men of war [fit] for the battle, that could handle shield and buckler, whose faces [were like] the faces of lions, and [were] as swift as the roes upon the mountains; 9 Ezer the first, Obadiah the second, Eliab the third, 10 Mishmannah the fourth, Jeremiah the fifth, 11 Attai the sixth, Eliel the seventh, 12 Johanan the eighth, Elzabad the ninth, 13 Jeremiah the tenth, Machbanai the eleventh. 14 These [were] of the sons of Gad, captains of the host: one of the least [was] over an hundred, and the greatest over a thousand. 15 These [are] they that went over Jordan in the first month, when it had overflown all his banks; and they put to flight all [them] of the valleys, [both] toward the east, and toward the west. 16 And there came of the children of Benjamin and Judah to the hold unto David. 17 And David went out to meet them, and answered and said unto them, If ye be come peaceably unto me to help me, mine heart shall be knit unto you: but if [ye be come] to betray me to mine enemies, seeing [there is] no wrong in mine hands, the God of our fathers look [thereon], and rebuke [it]. 18 Then the spirit came upon Amasai, [who was] chief of the captains, [and he said], Thine [are we], David, and on thy side, thou son of Jesse: peace, peace [be] unto thee, and peace [be] to thine helpers; for thy God helpeth thee. Then David received them, and made them captains of the band. 19 And there fell [some] of Manasseh to David, when he came with the Philistines against Saul to battle: but they helped them not: for the lords of the Philistines upon advisement sent him away, saying, He will fall to his master Saul to [the jeopardy of] our heads. 20 As he went to Ziklag, there fell to him of Manasseh, Adnah, and Jozabad, and Jediael, and Michael, and Jozabad, and Elihu, and Zilthai, captains of the thousands that [were] of Manasseh. 21 And they helped David against the band [of the rovers]: for they [were] all mighty men of valour, and were captains in the host. 22 For at [that] time day by day there came to David to help him, until [it was] a great host, like the host of God.

[1] Dt 32:32; 1S 27:2, 6; 2S 1:1; 4:10; 1K 14:10; 21:21; 2K 9:8; 14:26; 1Ch 8:33; 9:39; 11:10, 19, 24.
[2] Jg 3:15; 20:16; 1S 17:49.
[3] 1S 11:4; 2S 21:6; 1Ch 11:28, 33.
[4] Jsh 9:3, 17; 15:36; 1Ch 11:15.
[7] Jsh 15:58; 1Ch 4:18, 39.
[8] 1S 23:14, 29; 24:22; 2S 1:23; 2:18; 17:10; 23:20; 1Ch 11:16, 22; 12:16; 2Ch 25:5; Pv 6:5; 28:1; So 8:14; Jr 46:9.
[14] Lv 26:8; Dt 32:30.
[15] Jsh 3:15; 4:18; Jr 12:5; 49:19.
[16] 1Ch 12:2, 8.
[17] Gn 31:42, 53; 1S 16:4; 18:1, 3; 24:11; 26:23; 2S 3:20; 1K 2:13; 2K 9:22; 10:15; Ps 7:6; 12:1; 86:11; Jr 32:39; Zc 3:2; Ac 4:32; 1Co 1:10; 2Co 13:11; Php 1:27; 1P 2:23; Jde 1:9.
[18] Jg 6:34; 13:25; Ru 1:16; 1S 8:12; 22:7; 25:28; 2S 5:2; 15:21; 17:25; 19:13; 20:4; 1K 9:22; 2K 9:32; 10:5; 1Ch 2:17; Is 59:17; Zc 8:23; Mt 12:30; Jn 6:67; Ga 6:16; Ep 6:23.
[19] 1S 29:2.
[20] Ex 18:21; Dt 1:15; 33:17; 1S 29:11.
[21] 1S 30:1; 1Ch 5:24; 11:10, 21; 12:20.
[22] Gn 32:2; Jsh 5:14; 2S 2:2; 3:1; Jb 17:9; Ps 148:2.

The armies that came to him at Hebron.

23 ¶ And these [are] the numbers of the bands [that were] ready armed to the war, [and] came to David to Hebron, to turn the kingdom of Saul to him, according to the word of the LORD. 24 The children of Judah that bare shield and spear [were] six thousand and eight hundred, ready armed to the war. 25 Of the children of Simeon, mighty men of valour for the war, seven thousand and one hundred. 26 Of the children of Levi four thousand and six hundred. 27 And Jehoiada [was] the leader of the Aaronites, and with him [were] three thousand and seven hundred; 28 And Zadok, a young man mighty of valour, and of his father's house twenty and two captains. 29 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. 30 And of the children of Ephraim twenty thousand and eight hundred, mighty men of valour, famous throughout the house of their fathers. 31 And of the half tribe of Manasseh eighteen thousand, which were expressed by name, to come and make David king. 32 And of the children of Issachar, [which were men] that 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 commandment. 33 Of Zebulun, such as went forth to battle, expert in war, with all instruments of war, fifty thousand, which could keep rank: [they were] not of double heart. 34 And of Naphtali a thousand captains, and with them with shield and spear thirty and seven thousand. 35 And of the Danites expert in war twenty and eight thousand and six hundred. 36 And of Asher, such as went forth to battle, expert in war, forty thousand. 37 And on the other side of Jordan, of the Reubenites, and the Gadites, and of the half tribe of Manasseh, with all manner of instruments of war for the battle, an hundred and twenty thousand. 38 All these men of war, that could keep rank, came with a perfect heart to Hebron, to make David king over all Israel: and all the rest also of Israel [were] of one heart to make David king. 39 And there they were with David three days, eating and drinking: for their brethren had prepared for them. 40 Moreover they that were nigh them, [even] unto Issachar and Zebulun and Naphtali, brought bread on asses, and on camels, and on mules, and on oxen, [and] meat, meal, cakes of figs, and bunches of raisins, and wine, and oil, and oxen, and sheep abundantly: for [there was] joy in Israel.

[23] 1S 16:1, 3, 12; 2S 2:3; 3:18; 5:1; 1Ch 10:14; 11:1, 10; Ps 2:6; 89:19.
[27] 2K 11:4, 9; 25:18; 1Ch 6:49; 9:20; 27:17.
[28] 2S 8:17; 1K 1:8; 2:35; 1Ch 6:8, 53; Ezk 44:15.
[29] Gn 31:23; 2S 2:8; 1Ch 12:2.
[30] Gn 6:4.
[31] Jsh 17:1.
[32] Gn 49:14; Es 1:13; Pv 14:8; 24:5; Ec 7:19; 9:18; Is 22:12; 33:6; Mi 6:9; Mt 16:3; Lk 12:56; Ep 5:17.
[33] Ps 12:2; Jn 1:47.
[36] 1Ch 12:33; Jol 2:7.
[37] Nu 32:33; Dt 3:12; Jsh 13:7; 14:3; 22:1; 1Ch 5:1.
[38] Gn 49:8; 1K 8:61; 11:4; 2K 20:3; 1Ch 12:17, 33; 2Ch 30:12; Ps 101:2; 110:3; Ezk 11:19.
[39] Gn 26:30; 31:54; 2S 6:19; 19:42.
[40] 1S 25:18; 2S 16:1; 17:27; 1K 1:40; 2K 11:20; Pv 11:10; 29:2; Jr 23:5; Lk 19:37; Rv 19:5.


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