Then all Israel gathered themselves to David unto Hebron, saying, Behold, we are thy bone and thy flesh. And moreover in time past, even when Saul was king, thou wast he that leddest out and broughtest in Israel: and the LORD thy God said unto thee, Thou shalt feed my people Israel, and thou shalt be ruler over my people Israel.* in time…: Heb. both yesterday and the third day feed: or, rule Therefore came all the elders of Israel 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. by: Heb. by the hand of
¶ And David and all Israel went to Jerusalem, which is Jebus; where the Jebusites were, the inhabitants of the land. And the inhabitants of Jebus said to David, Thou shalt not come hither. Nevertheless David took the castle of Zion, which is the city of David. And David said, Whosoever smiteth the Jebusites first shall be chief and captain. So Joab the son of Zeruiah went first up, and was chief.§ chief: Heb. head And David dwelt in the castle; therefore they called it the city of David.** it: that is, Zion And he built the city round about, even from Millo round about: and Joab repaired the rest of the city.†† repaired: Heb. revived So David waxed greater and greater: for the LORD of hosts was with him.‡‡ waxed…: Heb. went in going and increasing
10 ¶ These also are the chief of the mighty men whom David had, who strengthened themselves with him in his kingdom, and with all Israel, to make him king, according to the word of the LORD concerning Israel.§§ strengthened…: or, held strongly with him 11 And this is the number of the mighty men whom David had; Jashobeam, an Hachmonite, the chief of the captains: he lifted up his spear against three hundred slain by him at one time.*** an Hachmonite: or, son of Hachmoni 12 And after him was Eleazar the son of Dodo, the Ahohite, who was one of the three mighties. 13 He was with David at Pas-dammim, and there the Philistines were gathered together to battle, where was a parcel of ground full of barley; and the people fled from before the Philistines.††† Pas-dammim: also called, Ephes-dammim 14 And they set themselves in the midst of that parcel, and delivered it, and slew the Philistines; and the LORD saved them by a great deliverance.‡‡‡ set…: or, stood§§§ deliverance: or, salvation
15 ¶ Now three of the thirty captains went down to the rock to David, into the cave of Adullam; and the host of the Philistines encamped in the valley of Rephaim.* three…: or, three captains over the thirty 16 And David was then in the hold, and the Philistines’ garrison was then at Beth-lehem. 17 And David longed, and said, Oh that one would give me drink of the water of the well of Beth-lehem, that is at the gate! 18 And the three brake through the host of the Philistines, and drew water out of the well of Beth-lehem, 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, 19 And said, My God forbid it me, that I should do this thing: shall I drink the blood of these men that have put their lives in jeopardy? for with the jeopardy of their lives they brought it. Therefore he would not drink it. These things did these three mightiest. that have…: Heb. with their lives?
20 ¶ And Abishai the brother of Joab, he was chief of the three: for lifting up his spear against three hundred, he slew them, and had a name among the three. 21 Of the three, he was more honourable than the two; for he was their captain: howbeit he attained not to the first three. 22 Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, the son of a valiant man of Kabzeel, who had done many acts; he slew two lionlike men of Moab: also he went down and slew a lion in a pit in a snowy day. who had…: Heb. great of deeds 23 And he slew an Egyptian, a man of great stature, five cubits high; and in the Egyptian’s hand was a spear like a weaver’s beam; and he went down to him with a staff, and plucked the spear out of the Egyptian’s hand, and slew him with his own spear.§ great…: Heb. measure 24 These things did Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and had the name among the three mighties. 25 Behold, he was honourable among the thirty, but attained not to the first three: and David set him over his guard.
26 ¶ Also the valiant men of the armies were, Asahel the brother of Joab, Elhanan the son of Dodo of Beth-lehem, 27 Shammoth the Harorite, Helez the Pelonite,** Shammoth: or, Shammah†† Harorite: or, Harodite‡‡ Pelonite: or, Paltite 28 Ira the son of Ikkesh the Tekoite, Abi-ezer the Antothite, 29 Sibbecai the Hushathite, Ilai the Ahohite,§§ Sibbecai: or, Mebunnai*** Ilai: or, Zalmon 30 Maharai the Netophathite, Heled the son of Baanah the Netophathite,††† Heled: or, Heleb 31 Ithai the son of Ribai of Gibeah, that pertained to the children of Benjamin, Benaiah the Pirathonite, 32 Hurai of the brooks of Gaash, Abiel the Arbathite,‡‡‡ Hurai: or, Hiddai§§§ Abiel: or, Abi-albon 33 Azmaveth the Baharumite, Eliahba the Shaalbonite, 34 The sons of Hashem the Gizonite, Jonathan the son of Shage the Hararite,* Hashem: or, Jashen 35 Ahiam the son of Sacar the Hararite, Eliphal the son of Ur, Sacar: or, Sharar Eliphal: or, Eliphelet§ Ur: or, Ahasbai 36 Hepher the Mecherathite, Ahijah the Pelonite, 37 Hezro the Carmelite, Naarai the son of Ezbai,** Hezro: or Hezrai†† Naarai: or Paarai the Arbite 38 Joel the brother of Nathan, Mibhar the son of Haggeri,‡‡ the son…: or, the Haggerite 39 Zelek the Ammonite, Naharai the Berothite, the armourbearer of Joab the son of Zeruiah, 40 Ira the Ithrite, Gareb the Ithrite, 41 Uriah the Hittite, Zabad the son of Ahlai, 42 Adina the son of Shiza the Reubenite, a captain of the Reubenites, and thirty with him, 43 Hanan the son of Maachah, and Joshaphat the Mithnite, 44 Uzzia the Ashterathite, Shama and Jehiel the sons of Hothan the Aroerite, 45 Jediael the son of Shimri, and Joha his brother, the Tizite,§§ son…: or, Shimrite 46 Eliel the Mahavite, and Jeribai, and Joshaviah, the sons of Elnaam, and Ithmah the Moabite, 47 Eliel, and Obed, and Jasiel the Mesobaite.

*11.2 in time…: Heb. both yesterday and the third day

11.2 feed: or, rule

11.3 by: Heb. by the hand of

§11.6 chief: Heb. head

**11.7 it: that is, Zion

††11.8 repaired: Heb. revived

‡‡11.9 waxed…: Heb. went in going and increasing

§§11.10 strengthened…: or, held strongly with him

***11.11 an Hachmonite: or, son of Hachmoni

†††11.13 Pas-dammim: also called, Ephes-dammim

‡‡‡11.14 set…: or, stood

§§§11.14 deliverance: or, salvation

*11.15 three…: or, three captains over the thirty

11.19 that have…: Heb. with their lives?

11.22 who had…: Heb. great of deeds

§11.23 great…: Heb. measure

**11.27 Shammoth: or, Shammah

††11.27 Harorite: or, Harodite

‡‡11.27 Pelonite: or, Paltite

§§11.29 Sibbecai: or, Mebunnai

***11.29 Ilai: or, Zalmon

†††11.30 Heled: or, Heleb

‡‡‡11.32 Hurai: or, Hiddai

§§§11.32 Abiel: or, Abi-albon

*11.34 Hashem: or, Jashen

11.35 Sacar: or, Sharar

11.35 Eliphal: or, Eliphelet

§11.35 Ur: or, Ahasbai

**11.37 Hezro: or Hezrai

††11.37 Naarai: or Paarai the Arbite

‡‡11.38 the son…: or, the Haggerite

§§11.45 son…: or, Shimrite