1 Chronicles 11
David by a general consent is made king at Hebron.
1 Chronicles 11:1 Then all Israel gathered themselves to David unto Hebron, saying, Behold, we are thy bone and thy flesh. 1 Chronicles 11:2 In times past, even when Saul was king, it was thou 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 prince over my people Israel. 1 Chronicles 11:3 So all the elders of Israel came 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 the hand of Samuel.
He winneth the castle of Zion from the Jebusites by Joab's valour.
1 Chronicles 11:4 And David and all Israel went to Jerusalem (the same is Jebus); and the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land, were there. 1 Chronicles 11:5 And the inhabitants of Jebus said to David, Thou shalt not come in hither. Nevertheless David took the strong hold of Zion; the same is the city of David. 1 Chronicles 11:6 And David said, Whosoever smiteth the Jebusites first shall be chief and captain. And Joab the son of Zeruiah went up first, and was made chief. 1 Chronicles 11:7 And David dwelt in the strong hold; therefore they called it the city of David. 1 Chronicles 11:8 And he built the city round about, from Millo even round about: and Joab repaired the rest of the city. 1 Chronicles 11:9 And David waxed greater and greater; for the LORD of hosts was with him.
A catalogue of David's mighty men.
1 Chronicles 11:10 Now these are the chief of the mighty men whom David had, who shewed themselves strong with him in his kingdom, together with all Israel, to make him king, according to the word of the LORD concerning Israel. 1 Chronicles 11:11 And this is the number of the mighty men whom David had: Jashobeam, the son of a Hachmonite, the chief of the thirty; he lifted up his spear against three hundred and slew them at one time. 1 Chronicles 11:12 And after him was Eleazar the son of Dodo, the Ahohite, who was one of the three mighty men. 1 Chronicles 11:13 He was with David at Pasdammim, and there the Philistines were gathered together to battle, where was a plot of ground full of barley; and the people fled from before the Philistines. 1 Chronicles 11:14 And they stood in the midst of the plot, and defended it, and slew the Philistines; and the LORD saved them by a great victory.
1 Chronicles 11:15 And three of the thirty chief went down to the rock to David, into the cave of Adullam; and the host of the Philistines were encamped in the valley of Rephaim. 1 Chronicles 11:16 And David was then in the hold, and the garrison of the Philistines was then in Beth-lehem. 1 Chronicles 11:17 And David longed, and said, Oh that one would give me water to drink of the well of Beth-lehem, which is by the gate! 1 Chronicles 11:18 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 thereof, but poured it out unto the LORD, 1 Chronicles 11:19 and said, My God forbid it me, that I should do this: 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 the three mighty men.
1 Chronicles 11:20 And Abishai, the brother of Joab, he was chief of the three: for he lifted up his spear against three hundred and slew them, and had a name among the three. 1 Chronicles 11:21 Of the three, he was more honourable than the two and was made their captain: howbeit he attained not to the [first] three. 1 Chronicles 11:22 Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, the son of a valiant man of Kabzeel, who had done mighty deeds, he slew the two [sons of] Ariel of Moab: he went down also and slew a lion in the midst of a pit in time of snow. 1 Chronicles 11:23 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. 1 Chronicles 11:24 These things did Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and had a name among the three mighty men. 1 Chronicles 11:25 Behold, he was more honourable than the thirty, but he attained not to the [first] three: and David set him over his guard.
1 Chronicles 11:26 Also the mighty men of the armies; Asahel the brother of Joab, Elhanan the son of Dodo of Beth-lehem; 1 Chronicles 11:27 Shammoth the Harorite, Helez the Pelonite; 1 Chronicles 11:28 Ira the son of Ikkesh the Tekoite, Abiezer the Anathothite; 1 Chronicles 11:29 Sibbecai the Hushathite, Ilai the Ahohite; 1 Chronicles 11:30 Maharai the Netophathite, Heled the son of Baanah the Netophathite; 1 Chronicles 11:31 Ithai the son of Ribai of Gibeah of the children of Benjamin, Benaiah the Pirathonite; 1 Chronicles 11:32 Hurai of the brooks of Gaash, Abiel the Arbathite; 1 Chronicles 11:33 Azmaveth the Baharumite, Eliahba the Shaalbonite; 1 Chronicles 11:34 the sons of Hashem the Gizonite, Jonathan the son of Shage the Hararite; 1 Chronicles 11:35 Ahiam the son of Sacar the Hararite, Eliphal the son of Ur; 1 Chronicles 11:36 Hepher the Mecherathite, Ahijah the Pelonite; 1 Chronicles 11:37 Hezro the Carmelite, Naarai the son of Ezbai; 1 Chronicles 11:38 Joel the brother of Nathan, Mibhar the son of Hagri; 1 Chronicles 11:39 Zelek the Ammonite, Naharai the Berothite, the armourbearer of Joab the son of Zeruiah; 1 Chronicles 11:40 Ira the Ithrite, Gareb the Ithrite; 1 Chronicles 11:41 Uriah the Hittite, Zabad the son of Ahlai; 1 Chronicles 11:42 Adina the son of Shiza the Reubenite, a chief of the Reubenites, and thirty with him; 1 Chronicles 11:43 Hanan the son of Maacah, and Joshaphat the Mithnite; 1 Chronicles 11:44 Uzzia the Ashterathite, Shama and Jeiel the sons of Hotham the Aroerite; 1 Chronicles 11:45 Jediael the son of Shimri, and Joha his brother, the Tizite; 1 Chronicles 11:46 Eliel the Mahavite, and Jeribai, and Joshaviah, the sons of Elnaam, and Ithmah the Moabite; 1 Chronicles 11:47 Eliel, and Obed, and Jaasiel the Mezobaite.