12 These were the men who joined David in Ziklag, when he was banished 1 from the presence of Saul son of Kish. (They were among the warriors who assisted him in battle. 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. 2 ) These were: 3
3 Ahiezer, the leader, and Joash, the sons of Shemaah the Gibeathite; Jeziel and Pelet, the sons of Azmaveth;
Jehu the Anathothite,
4 Ishmaiah the Gibeonite, one of the thirty warriors and their leader, 4
Jozabad the Gederathite,
Shephatiah the Haruphite,
6 Elkanah, Isshiah, Azarel, Joezer, and Jashobeam, who were Korahites,
7 and Joelah and Zebadiah, the sons of Jeroham from Gedor.
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. 5 9 Ezer was the leader, Obadiah the second in command, Eliab the third, 10 Mishmannah the fourth, Jeremiah the fifth, 11 Attai the sixth, Eliel the seventh, 12 Johanan the eighth, Elzabad the ninth, 13 Jeremiah the tenth, and Machbannai the eleventh. 14 These Gadites were military leaders; the least led a hundred men, the greatest a thousand. 6 15 They crossed the Jordan River 7 in the first month, 8 when it was overflowing its banks, and routed those living in all the valleys to the east and west. 9
16 Some from Benjamin and Judah also came to David’s stronghold. 17 David went out to meet them and said, 10 “If you come to me in peace and want to help me, then I will make an alliance with you. 11 But if you come to betray me to my enemies when I have not harmed you, 12 may the God of our ancestors 13 take notice and judge!” 18 But a spirit 14 empowered 15 Amasai, the leader of the thirty warriors, and he said: 16
“We are yours, O David!
We support 17 you, O son of Jesse!
May you greatly prosper! 18
May those who help you prosper! 19
Indeed 20 your God helps you!”
So David accepted them and made them leaders of raiding bands.
19 Some men from Manasseh joined 21 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.”) 22 20 When David 23 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. 21 They helped David fight against raiding bands, for all of them were warriors and leaders in the army. 22 Each day men came to help David until his army became very large. 24
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: 25
24 From Judah came 6,800 trained warriors carrying shields and spears. 26
25 From Simeon there were 7,100 warriors.
26 From Levi there were 4,600. 27 Jehoiada, the leader of Aaron’s descendants, brought 3,700 men with him, 28 along with Zadok, a young warrior, and twenty-two leaders from his family.
29 From Benjamin, Saul’s tribe, 27 there were 3,000, most of whom, up to that time, had been loyal to Saul. 28
30 From Ephraim there were 20,800 warriors, who had brought fame to their families. 29
31 From the half tribe of Manasseh there were 18,000 who had been designated by name to come and make David king.
32 From Issachar there were 200 leaders and all their relatives at their command – they understood the times and knew what Israel should do. 30
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. 31
34 From Naphtali there were 1,000 officers, along with 37,000 men carrying shields and spears.
35 From Dan there were 28,600 men prepared for battle.
36 From Asher there were 40,000 warriors prepared for battle.
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.
38 All these men were warriors who were ready to march. 32 They came to Hebron to make David king over all Israel by acclamation; 33 all the rest of the Israelites also were in agreement that David should become king. 34 39 They spent three days feasting 35 there with David, for their relatives had given them provisions. 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, 36 for Israel was celebrating. 37
13 David consulted with his military officers, including those who led groups of a thousand and those who led groups of a hundred. 1 2 David said to the whole Israelite assembly, “If you so desire and the Lord our God approves, 2 let’s spread the word 3 to our brothers who remain in all the regions of Israel, and to the priests and Levites in their cities, 4 so they may join us. 3 Let’s move the ark of our God back here, 5 for we did not seek his will 6 throughout Saul’s reign.” 7 4 The whole assembly agreed to do this, 8 for the proposal seemed right to all the people. 9 5 So David assembled all Israel from the Shihor River 10 in Egypt to Lebo Hamath, 11 to bring the ark of God from Kiriath Jearim. 6 David and all Israel went up to Baalah (that is, Kiriath Jearim) in Judah to bring up from there the ark of God the Lord, who sits enthroned between the cherubim – the ark that is called by his name. 12
7 They transported the ark on a new cart from the house of Abinadab; Uzzah and Ahio were guiding the cart, 8 while David and all Israel were energetically 13 celebrating before God, singing and playing various stringed instruments, 14 tambourines, cymbals, and trumpets. 9 When they arrived at the threshing floor of Kidon, Uzzah reached out his hand to take hold of 15 the ark, because the oxen stumbled. 10 The Lord was so furious with Uzzah, 16 he killed him, because he reached out his hand and touched the ark. 17 He died right there before God. 18
11 David was angry because the Lord attacked Uzzah; 19 so he called that place Perez Uzzah, 20 which remains its name to this very day. 12 David was afraid of God that day and said, “How will I ever be able to bring the ark of God up here?” 13 So David did not move the ark to the City of David; 21 he left it in the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite. 14 The ark of God remained in Obed-Edom’s house for three months; the Lord blessed Obed-Edom’s family and everything that belonged to him.
14 King Hiram of Tyre 1 sent messengers to David, along with cedar logs, stonemasons, 2 and carpenters to build a palace for him. 2 David realized that the Lord had established him as king over Israel and that he had elevated 3 his kingdom for the sake of his people Israel.
3 In Jerusalem 4 David married 5 more wives and fathered more sons and daughters. 4 These are the names of children born to him in Jerusalem: Shammua, Shobab, Nathan, Solomon, 5 Ibhar, Elishua, Elpelet, 6 Nogah, Nepheg, Japhia, 7 Elishama, Beeliada, 6 and Eliphelet.
8 When the Philistines heard that David had been anointed 7 king of all Israel, all the Philistines marched up to confront him. 8 When David heard about it, he marched out against 9 them. 9 Now the Philistines had come and raided 10 the Valley of Rephaim. 10 David asked God, “Should I march up against the Philistines? Will you hand them over to me?” The Lord said to him, “March up! I will hand them over to you!” 11 So they marched against Baal Perazim and David defeated them there. David said, “Using me as his instrument, 11 God has burst out against my enemies like water bursts out.” So that place is called Baal Perazim. 12 12 The Philistines left 13 their idols 14 there, so David ordered that they be burned.
13 The Philistines again raided the valley. 14 So David again asked God what he should do. 15 This time 16 God told him, “Don’t march up after them; circle around them and come against them in front of the trees. 17 15 When you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the trees, then attack. 18 For at that moment the Lord is going before you to strike down the army 19 of the Philistines.” 16 David did just as God commanded him, and they struck down the Philistine army from Gibeon to Gezer.
17 So David became famous 20 in all the lands; the Lord caused all the nations to fear him. 21