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1 Chronicles 12 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Warriors Join David

(1Sa 22:1, 2 )
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:1 - These were the men who came to David at Ziklag, while he was banished from the presence of Saul son of Kish (they were among the warriors who helped him in battle;
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:2 - they were armed with bows and were able to shoot arrows or to sling stones right-handed or left-handed; they were relatives of Saul from the tribe of Benjamin):
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:3 - Ahiezer their chief and Joash the sons of Shemaah the Gibeathite; Jeziel and Pelet the sons of Azmaveth; Berakah, Jehu the Anathothite,
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:4 - and Ishmaiah the Gibeonite, a mighty warrior among the Thirty, who was a leader of the Thirty; Jeremiah, Jahaziel, Johanan, Jozabad the Gederathite,[fn]
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:5 - Eluzai, Jerimoth, Bealiah, Shemariah and Shephatiah the Haruphite;
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:6 - Elkanah, Ishiah, Azarel, Joezer and Jashobeam the Korahites;
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:7 - and Joelah and Zebadiah the sons of Jeroham from Gedor.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:8 - Some Gadites defected to David at his stronghold in the wilderness. They were brave warriors, ready for battle and able to handle the shield and spear. Their faces were the faces of lions, and they were as swift as gazelles in the mountains.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:9 - Ezer was the chief, 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 Makbannai the eleventh.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:14 - These Gadites were army commanders; the least was a match for a hundred, and the greatest for a thousand.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:15 - It was they who crossed the Jordan in the first month when it was overflowing all its banks, and they put to flight everyone living in the valleys, to the east and to the west.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:16 - Other Benjamites and some men from Judah also came to David in his stronghold.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:17 - David went out to meet them and said to them, “If you have come to me in peace to help me, I am ready for you to join me. But if you have come to betray me to my enemies when my hands are free from violence, may the God of our ancestors see it and judge you.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:18 - Then the Spirit came on Amasai, chief of the Thirty, and he said: “We are yours, David! We are with you, son of Jesse! Success, success to you, and success to those who help you, for your God will help you.” So David received them and made them leaders of his raiding bands.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:19 - Some of the tribe of Manasseh defected to David when he went with the Philistines to fight against Saul. (He and his men did not help the Philistines because, after consultation, their rulers sent him away. They said, “It will cost us our heads if he deserts to his master Saul.”)
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:20 - When David went to Ziklag, these were the men of Manasseh who defected to him: Adnah, Jozabad, Jediael, Michael, Jozabad, Elihu and Zillethai, leaders of units of a thousand in Manasseh.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:21 - They helped David against raiding bands, for all of them were brave warriors, and they were commanders in his army.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:22 - Day after day men came to help David, until he had a great army, like the army of God.[fn]

Others Join David at Hebron

Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:23 - These are the numbers of the men armed for battle who came to David at Hebron to turn Saul’s kingdom over to him, as the LORD had said:
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:24 - from Judah, carrying shield and spear—6,800 armed for battle;
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:25 - from Simeon, warriors ready for battle—7,100;
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:26 - from Levi—4,600,
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:27 - including Jehoiada, leader of the family of Aaron, with 3,700 men,
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:28 - and Zadok, a brave young warrior, with 22 officers from his family;
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:29 - from Benjamin, Saul’s tribe—3,000, most of whom had remained loyal to Saul’s house until then;
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:30 - from Ephraim, brave warriors, famous in their own clans—20,800;
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:31 - from half the tribe of Manasseh, designated by name to come and make David king—18,000;
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:32 - from Issachar, men who understood the times and knew what Israel should do—200 chiefs, with all their relatives under their command;
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:33 - from Zebulun, experienced soldiers prepared for battle with every type of weapon, to help David with undivided loyalty—50,000;
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:34 - from Naphtali—1,000 officers, together with 37,000 men carrying shields and spears;
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:35 - from Dan, ready for battle—28,600;
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:36 - from Asher, experienced soldiers prepared for battle—40,000;
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:37 - and from east of the Jordan, from Reuben, Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh, armed with every type of weapon—120,000.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:38 - All these were fighting men who volunteered to serve in the ranks. They came to Hebron fully determined to make David king over all Israel. All the rest of the Israelites were also of one mind to make David king.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:39 - The men spent three days there with David, eating and drinking, for their families had supplied provisions for them.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:40 - Also, their neighbors from as far away as Issachar, Zebulun and Naphtali came bringing food on donkeys, camels, mules and oxen. There were plentiful supplies of flour, fig cakes, raisin cakes, wine, olive oil, cattle and sheep, for there was joy in Israel.
NIV Footnotes
In Hebrew texts the second half of this verse (Jeremiah ? Gederathite) is numbered 12:5, and 12:5-40 is numbered 12:6-41.
Or a great and mighty army

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