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1 Chronicles 12 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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The Growth of David’s Army
The Army of David
(1 Sam. 22:1, 2 )
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:1 - Now these were the men who came to David at Ziklag while he was still a fugitive from Saul the son of Kish; and they were among the mighty men, helpers in the war,
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:2 - armed with bows, using both the right hand and the left in hurling stones and shooting arrows with the bow. They were of Benjamin, Saul’s brethren.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:3 - The chief was Ahiezer, then Joash, the sons of Shemaah the Gibeathite; Jeziel and Pelet the sons of Azmaveth; Berachah, and Jehu the Anathothite;
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:4 - Ishmaiah the Gibeonite, a mighty man among the thirty, and over the thirty; Jeremiah, Jahaziel, Johanan, and Jozabad the Gederathite;
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:5 - Eluzai, Jerimoth, Bealiah, Shemariah, and Shephatiah the Haruphite;
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:6 - Elkanah, Jisshiah, Azarel, Joezer, and Jashobeam, the Korahites;
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:7 - and Joelah and Zebadiah the sons of Jeroham of Gedor.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:8 - Some Gadites joined David at the stronghold in the wilderness, mighty men of valor, men trained for battle, who could handle shield and spear, whose faces were like the faces of lions, and were as swift as gazelles on the mountains:
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:9 - Ezer the first, Obadiah the second, 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 Machbanai the eleventh.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:14 - These were from the sons of Gad, captains of the army; the least was over a hundred, and the greatest was over a thousand.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:15 - These are the ones who crossed the Jordan in the first month, when it had overflowed all its banks; and they put to flight all those in the valleys, to the east and to the west.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:16 - Then some of the sons of Benjamin and Judah came to David at the stronghold.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:17 - And David went out to meet them, and answered and said to them, “If you have come peaceably to me to help me, my heart will be united with you; but if to betray me to my enemies, since there is no wrong in my hands, may the God of our fathers look and bring judgment.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:18 - Then the Spirit came upon Amasai, chief of the captains, and he said:

We are yours, O David;
We are on your side, O son of Jesse!
Peace, peace to you,
And peace to your helpers!
For your God helps you.”
So David received them, and made them captains of the troop.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:19 - And some from Manasseh defected to David when he was going with the Philistines to battle against Saul; but they did not help them, for the lords of the Philistines sent him away by agreement, saying, “He may defect to his master Saul and endanger our heads.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:20 - When he went to Ziklag, those of Manasseh who defected to him were Adnah, Jozabad, Jediael, Michael, Jozabad, Elihu, and Zillethai, captains of the thousands who were from Manasseh.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:21 - And they helped David against the bands of raiders, for they were all mighty men of valor, and they were captains in the army.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:22 - For at that time they came to David day by day to help him, until it was a great army, like the army of God.
David’s Army at Hebron
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:23 - Now these were the numbers of the divisions that were equipped for war, and came to David at Hebron to turn over the kingdom of Saul to him, according to the word of the LORD:
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:24 - of the sons of Judah bearing shield and spear, six thousand eight hundred armed for war;
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:25 - of the sons of Simeon, mighty men of valor fit for war, seven thousand one hundred;
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:26 - of the sons of Levi four thousand six hundred;
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:27 - Jehoiada, the leader of the Aaronites, and with him three thousand seven hundred;
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:28 - Zadok, a young man, a valiant warrior, and from his father’s house twenty-two captains;
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:29 - of the sons of Benjamin, relatives of Saul, three thousand (until then the greatest part of them had remained loyal to the house of Saul);
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:30 - of the sons of Ephraim twenty thousand eight hundred, mighty men of valor, famous men throughout their father’s house;
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:31 - of the half-tribe of Manasseh eighteen thousand, who were designated by name to come and make David king;
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:32 - of the sons of Issachar who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do, their chiefs were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their command;
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:33 - of Zebulun there were fifty thousand who went out to battle, expert in war with all weapons of war, stouthearted men who could keep ranks;
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:34 - of Naphtali one thousand captains, and with them thirty-seven thousand with shield and spear;
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:35 - of the Danites who could keep battle formation, twenty-eight thousand six hundred;
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:36 - of Asher, those who could go out to war, able to keep battle formation, forty thousand;
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:37 - of the Reubenites and the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh, from the other side of the Jordan, one hundred and twenty thousand armed for battle with every kind of weapon of war.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:38 - All these men of war, who could keep ranks, came to Hebron with a loyal heart, to make David king over all Israel; and all the rest of Israel were of one mind to make David king.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:39 - And they were there with David three days, eating and drinking, for their brethren had prepared for them.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 12:40 - Moreover those who were near to them, from as far away as Issachar and Zebulun and Naphtali, were bringing food on donkeys and camels, on mules and oxen—provisions of flour and cakes of figs and cakes of raisins, wine and oil and oxen and sheep abundantly, for there was joy in Israel.

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