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1 Chronicles 12 :: New English Translation (NET)

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Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:1 - These were the men who joined David in Ziklag, when he was banished from the presence of Saul son of Kish. (They were among the warriors who assisted him in battle.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:2 - They were armed with bows and could shoot arrows or sling stones right or left-handed. They were fellow tribesmen of Saul from Benjamin.) These were:
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:3 - Ahiezer, the leader, and Joash, the sons of Shemaah the Gibeathite; Jeziel and Pelet, the sons of Azmaveth; Berachah, Jehu the Anathothite,
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:4 - Ishmaiah the Gibeonite, one of the thirty warriors and their leader, (12:5) Jeremiah, Jahaziel, Johanan, Jozabad the Gederathite,
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:5 - (12:6) Eluzai, Jerimoth, Bealiah, Shemariah, Shephatiah the Haruphite,
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:6 - Elkanah, Isshiah, Azarel, Joezer, and Jashobeam, who were Korahites,
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:7 - and Joelah and Zebadiah, the sons of Jeroham from Gedor.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:8 - Some of the Gadites joined David at the stronghold in the desert. They were warriors who were trained for battle; they carried shields and spears. They were as fierce as lions and could run as quickly as gazelles across the hills.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:9 - Ezer was the leader, Obadiah the second in command, Eliab the third,
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:10 - Mishmannah the fourth, Jeremiah the fifth,
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:11 - Attai the sixth, Eliel the seventh,
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:12 - Johanan the eighth, Elzabad the ninth,
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:13 - Jeremiah the tenth, and Machbannai the eleventh.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:14 - These Gadites were military leaders; the least led a hundred men, the greatest a thousand.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:15 - They crossed the Jordan River in the first month, when it was overflowing its banks, and routed those living in all the valleys to the east and west.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:16 - Some from Benjamin and Judah also came to David's stronghold.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:17 - David went out to meet them and said, "If you come to me in peace and want to help me, then I will make an alliance with you. But if you come to betray me to my enemies when I have not harmed you, may the God of our ancestors take notice and judge!"
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:18 - But a spirit empowered Amasai, the leader of the thirty warriors, and he said: "We are yours, O David! We support you, O son of Jesse! May you greatly prosper! May those who help you prosper! Indeed your God helps you!" So David accepted them and made them leaders of raiding bands.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:19 - Some men from Manasseh joined David when he went with the Philistines to fight against Saul. (But in the end they did not help the Philistines because, after taking counsel, the Philistine lords sent David away, saying: "It would be disastrous for us if he deserts to his master Saul.")
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:20 - When David went to Ziklag, the men of Manasseh who joined him were Adnach, Jozabad, Jediael, Michael, Jozabad, Elihu, and Zillethai, leaders of a thousand soldiers each in the tribe of Manasseh.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:21 - They helped David fight against raiding bands, for all of them were warriors and leaders in the army.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:22 - Each day men came to help David until his army became very large.

Supporters Gathered at Hebron

Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:23 - The following is a record of the armed warriors who came with their leaders and joined David in Hebron in order to make David king in Saul's place, in accordance with the LORD's decree:
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:24 - From Judah came 6,800 trained warriors carrying shields and spears.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:25 - From Simeon there were 7,100 warriors.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:26 - From Levi there were 4,600.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:27 - Jehoiada, the leader of Aaron's descendants, brought 3,700 men with him,
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:28 - along with Zadok, a young warrior, and twenty-two leaders from his family.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:29 - From Benjamin, Saul's tribe, there were 3,000, most of whom, up to that time, had been loyal to Saul.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:30 - From Ephraim there were 20,800 warriors, who had brought fame to their families.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:31 - From the half tribe of Manasseh there were 18,000 who had been designated by name to come and make David king.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:32 - From Issachar there were 200 leaders and all their relatives at their command - they understood the times and knew what Israel should do.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:33 - From Zebulun there were 50,000 warriors who were prepared for battle, equipped with all kinds of weapons, and ready to give their undivided loyalty.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:34 - From Naphtali there were 1,000 officers, along with 37,000 men carrying shields and spears.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:35 - From Dan there were 28,600 men prepared for battle.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:36 - From Asher there were 40,000 warriors prepared for battle.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:37 - From the other side of the Jordan, from Reuben, Gad, and the half tribe of Manasseh, there were 120,000 men armed with all kinds of weapons.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:38 - All these men were warriors who were ready to march. They came to Hebron to make David king over all Israel by acclamation; all the rest of the Israelites also were in agreement that David should become king.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:39 - They spent three days feasting there with David, for their relatives had given them provisions.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:40 - Also their neighbors, from as far away as Issachar, Zebulun, and Naphtali, were bringing food on donkeys, camels, mules, and oxen. There were large supplies of flour, fig cakes, raisins, wine, olive oil, beef, and lamb, for Israel was celebrating.

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