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1Chronicles 12
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Warriors Join David’s Army

12The following men joined David at Ziklag while he was hiding from Saul son of Kish. They were among the warriors who fought beside David in battle.H935H1732H6860H6113H6440H7586H1121H7027H1368H5826H4421 2All of them were expert archers, and they could shoot arrows or sling stones with their left hand as well as their right. They were all relatives of Saul from the tribe of Benjamin.H5401H7198H3231H8041H68H2671H7198H7586H251H1144 3Their leader was Ahiezer son of Shemaah from Gibeah; his brother Joash was second-in-command. These were the other warriors: Jeziel and Pelet, sons of Azmaveth; Beracah; Jehu from Anathoth;H7218H295H3101H1121H8094H1395H3149H6404H1121H5820H1294H3058H6069 4Ishmaiah from Gibeon, a famous warrior and leader among the Thirty; Jeremiah, Jahaziel, Johanan, and Jozabad from Gederah;H3460H1393H1368H7970H7970H3414H3166H3110H3107H1452 5Eluzai, Jerimoth, Bealiah, Shemariah, and Shephatiah from Haruph;H498H3406H1183H8114H8203H2741 6Elkanah, Isshiah, Azarel, Joezer, and Jashobeam, who were Korahites;H511H3449H5832H3134H3434H7145 7Joelah and Zebadiah, sons of Jeroham from Gedor.H3132H2069H1121H3395H1446 8Some brave and experienced warriors from the tribe of Gad also defected to David while he was at the stronghold in the wilderness. They were expert with both shield and spear, as fierce as lions and as swift as deer on the mountains.H1425H914H1732H4679H4057H1368H2428H582H6635H4421H6186H6793H7420H6440H6440H738H4116H6643H2022 9Ezer was their leader. Obadiah was second. Eliab was third.H5829H7218H5662H8145H446H7992 10Mishmannah was fourth. Jeremiah was fifth.H4925H7243H3414H2549 11Attai was sixth. Eliel was seventh.H6262H8345H447H7637 12Johanan was eighth. Elzabad was ninth.H3110H8066H443H8671 13Jeremiah was tenth. Macbannai was eleventh.H3414H6224H4344H6249H6240 14These warriors from Gad were army commanders. The weakest among them could take on a hundred regular troops, and the strongest could take on a thousand!H1121H1410H7218H6635H259H6996H3967H1419H505 15These were the men who crossed the Jordan River during its seasonal flooding at the beginning of the year and drove out all the people living in the lowlands on both the east and west banks.H5674H3383H7223H2320H4390H1415H1428H1272H6010H4217H4628 16Others from Benjamin and Judah came to David at the stronghold.H935H1121H1144H3063H4679H1732 17David went out to meet them and said, "If you have come in peace to help me, we are friends. But if you have come to betray me to my enemies when I am innocent, then may the God of our ancestors see it and punish you."H1732H3318H6440H6030H559H935H7965H5826H3824H3162H7411H6862H3808H2555H3709H430H1H7200H3198 18Then the Spirit came upon Amasai, the leader of the Thirty, and he said, "We are yours, David! We are on your side, son of Jesse. Peace and prosperity be with you, and success to all who help you, for your God is the one who helps you." So David let them join him, and he made them officers over his troops.H7307H3847H6022H7218H7970H7991H1732H1121H3448H7965H7965H7965H5826H430H5826H1732H6901H5414H7218H1416 19Some men from Manasseh defected from the Israelite army and joined David when he set out with the Philistines to fight against Saul. But as it turned out, the Philistine rulers refused to let David and his men go with them. After much discussion, they sent them back, for they said, "It will cost us our heads if David switches loyalties to Saul and turns against us."H5307H4519H1732H935H6430H7586H4421H5826H5633H6430H6098H7971H559H5307H113H7586H7218 20Here is a list of the men from Manasseh who defected to David as he was returning to Ziklag: Adnah, Jozabad, Jediael, Michael, Jozabad, Elihu, and Zillethai. Each commanded 1,000 troops from the tribe of Manasseh.H3212H6860H5307H4519H5734H3107H3043H4317H3107H453H6769H7218H505H4519 21They helped David chase down bands of raiders, for they were all brave and able warriors who became commanders in his army.H5826H1732H1416H1368H2428H8269H6635 22Day after day more men joined David until he had a great army, like the army of God.H6256H3117H3117H935H1732H5826H1419H4264H4264H430 23These are the numbers of armed warriors who joined David at Hebron. They were all eager to see David become king instead of Saul, just as the LORD had promised.H4557H7218H2502H6635H935H1732H2275H5437H4438H7586H6310H3068 24From the tribe of Judah, there were 6,800 warriors armed with shields and spears.H1121H3063H5375H6793H7420H8337H505H8083H3967H2502H6635 25From the tribe of Simeon, there were 7,100 brave warriors.H1121H8095H1368H2428H6635H7651H505H3967 26From the tribe of Levi, there were 4,600 warriors.H1121H3878H702H505H8337H3967 27This included Jehoiada, leader of the family of Aaron, who had 3,700 under his command.H3077H5057H175H7969H505H7651H3967 28This also included Zadok, a brave young warrior, with 22 members of his family who were all officers.H6659H5288H1368H2428H1H1004H6242H8147H8269 29From 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.H1121H1144H251H7586H7969H505H4768H8104H4931H1004H7586 30From the tribe of Ephraim, there were 20,800 brave warriors, each highly respected in his own clan.H1121H669H6242H505H8083H3967H1368H582H2428H8034H1004H1 31From the half-tribe of Manasseh west of the Jordan, 18,000 men were designated by name to help David become king.H2677H4294H4519H8083H6240H505H5344H8034H935H1732H4427 32From the tribe of Issachar, there were 200 leaders of the tribe with their relatives. All these men understood the signs of the times and knew the best course for Israel to take.H1121H3485H998H3045H6256H3045H3478H6213H7218H3967H251H6310 33From the tribe of Zebulun, there were 50,000 skilled warriors. They were fully armed and prepared for battle and completely loyal to David.H2074H3318H6635H6186H4421H3627H4421H2572H505H5737H3820H3820 34From the tribe of Naphtali, there were 1,000 officers and 37,000 warriors armed with shields and spears.H5321H505H8269H6793H2595H7970H7651H505 35From the tribe of Dan, there were 28,600 warriors, all prepared for battle.H1839H6186H4421H6242H8083H505H8337H3967 36From the tribe of Asher, there were 40,000 trained warriors, all prepared for battle.H836H3318H6635H6186H4421H705H505 37From the east side of the Jordan River—where the tribes of Reuben and Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh lived—there were 120,000 troops armed with every kind of weapon.H5676H3383H7206H1425H2677H7626H4519H3627H6635H4421H3967H6242H505 38All these men came in battle array to Hebron with the single purpose of making David the king over all Israel. In fact, everyone in Israel agreed that David should be their king.H582H4421H5737H4634H935H8003H3820H2275H1732H4427H3478H7611H3478H259H3824H1732H4427 39They feasted and drank with David for three days, for preparations had been made by their relatives for their arrival.H1732H7969H3117H398H8354H251H3559 40And people from as far away as Issachar, Zebulun, and Naphtali brought food on donkeys, camels, mules, and oxen. Vast supplies of flour, fig cakes, clusters of raisins, wine, olive oil, cattle, sheep, and goats were brought to the celebration. There was great joy throughout the land of Israel.H7138H3485H2074H5321H935H3899H2543H1581H6505H1241H3978H7058H1690H6778H3196H8081H1241H6629H7230H8057H3478


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