1 Chronicles 11
David by a general consent is made king at Hebron.
1 Chronicles 11:1 Then all Israel gathered themselves to David to Hebron, saying, Behold, we [are] thy bone and thy flesh. 1 Chronicles 11:2 And moreover in time past, even when Saul was king, thou [wast] he that leddest out and broughtest in Israel: and the LORD thy God said to thee, Thou shalt feed my people Israel, and thou shalt be ruler over my people Israel. 1 Chronicles 11:3 Therefore came all the elders of Israel 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 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, which [is] Jebus; where the Jebusites [were], the inhabitants of the land. 1 Chronicles 11:5 And the inhabitants of Jebus said to David, Thou shalt not come hither. Nevertheless David took the castle of Zion, which [is] the city of David. 1 Chronicles 11:6 And David said, Whoever smiteth the Jebusites first shall be chief and captain. So Joab the son of Zeruiah went up first, and was chief. 1 Chronicles 11:7 And David dwelt in the castle; therefore they called it, The city of David. 1 Chronicles 11:8 And he built the city around, even from Millo around: and Joab repaired the rest of the city. 1 Chronicles 11:9 So David became greater and greater: for the LORD of hosts [was] with him.
A catalogue of David's mighty men.
1 Chronicles 11:10 These also [are] the chief of the mighty men whom David had, who strengthened themselves with him in his kingdom, [and] 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 a Hachmonite, the chief of the captains: he lifted his spear against three hundred slain [by him] at one time. 1 Chronicles 11:12 And after him [was] Eleazar the son of Dodo, the Ahohite, who [was one] of the three mighties. 1 Chronicles 11:13 He was with David at Pas-dammim, and there the Philistines were gathered to battle, where was a parcel of ground full of barley; and the people fled from before the Philistines. 1 Chronicles 11:14 And they set themselves in the midst of [that] parcel, and delivered it, and slew the Philistines; and the LORD saved [them] by a great deliverance.
1 Chronicles 11:15 Now three of the thirty captains went down to the rock to David, into the cave of Adullam; and the host of the Philistines encamped in the valley of Rephaim. 1 Chronicles 11:16 And David [was] then in the hold, and the Philistines' garrison [was] then at Beth-lehem. 1 Chronicles 11:17 And David longed, and said, Oh that one would give me drink of the water of the well of Beth-lehem, that [is] at the gate! 1 Chronicles 11:18 And the three broke 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 [of] it, but poured it out to the LORD, 1 Chronicles 11:19 And said, My God forbid it me, that I should do this thing: 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 these three mightiest.
1 Chronicles 11:20 And Abishai the brother of Joab, he was chief of the three: for lifting his spear against three hundred, he slew [them], and had a name among the three. 1 Chronicles 11:21 Of the three, he was more honorable than the two; for he was their captain: but 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 many acts; he slew two lion-like men of Moab: also he went down and slew a lion in a pit in a snowy day. 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 the name among the three mighties. 1 Chronicles 11:25 Behold, he was honorable among the thirty, but attained not to the [first] three: and David set him over his guard.
1 Chronicles 11:26 Also the valiant men of the armies [were], 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 Antothite, 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, [that pertained] to 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, Eliphel 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 Haggeri, 1 Chronicles 11:39 Zelek the Ammonite, Naharai the Berothite, the armor-bearer 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 captain of the Reubenites, and thirty with him, 1 Chronicles 11:43 Hanan the son of Maachah, and Joshaphat the Mithnite, 1 Chronicles 11:44 Uzzia the Ashterathite, Shama and Jehiel the sons of Hothan the Aroerite, 1 Chronicles 11:45 Jediael the son of Shimri, and Joha his brother, the Tizite, 1 Chronicles 11:46 Eliel the Mehavite, and Jeribai, and Joshaviah, the sons of Elnaam, and Ithmah the Moabite, 1 Chronicles 11:47 Eliel, and Obed, and Jasiel the Mesobaite.