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FIRST CHRONICLES

and Bealiah, and Shemariah, and Shephatiah the Hariphite; 7Elkanah, and Isshiah, and Azarel, and Joezer, and Jashobeam, the Korahites; 8and Joelah, and Zebadiah, the sons of Jeroham of the troop.

9And of the Gadites there separated themselves unto David to the stronghold in the wilderness, mighty men of valour, men trained for war, that could handle shield and spear; whose faces were like the faces of lions, and they were as swift as the roes upon the mountains; 10Ezer the chief, Obadiah the second, Eliab the third; 11Mashmannah the fourth, Jeremiah the fifth; 12Attai the sixth, Eliel the seventh; 13Johanan the eighth, Elzabad the ninth; 14Jeremiah the tenth, Machbannai the eleventh. 15These of the sons of Gad were captains of the host; he that was least was equal to a hundred, and the greatest to a thousand. 16These are they that went over the Jordan in the first month, when it had overflown all its banks; and they put to flight all them of the valleys, both toward the east, and toward the west.

17And there came of the children of Benjamin and Judah to the stronghold unto David. 18And David went out to meet them, and answered and said unto them: 'If ye be come peaceably unto me to help me, my heart shall be knit unto you; but if ye be come to betray me to mine adversaries, seeing there is no wrong in my hands, the God of our fathers look thereon, and give judgment.' 19Then the spirit clothed Amasai, who was chief of the captains:

Thine are we, David,
And on thy side, thou son of Jesse;
Peace, peace be unto thee,
And peace be to thy helpers;
For thy God helpeth thee.

Then David received them, and made them captains of the band.

20Of Manasseh also there fell away some to David, when he came with the Philistines against Saul to battle, but [1]they helped them not; for the lords of the Philistines upon advisement sent him away, saying: 'He will fall away to his master Saul to the jeopardy of our heads.' 21As he went to Ziklag, there fell to him of Manasseh, Adnah, and Jozabad, and Jediael, and Michael, and Jozabad, and Elihu, and Zillethai, captains of thousands that were of Manasseh. 22And they helped David against the troop, for they were all mighty men of valour, and were captains in the host. 23For from day to day men came to David to help him, until there was a great host, like the host of God.

24And these are the numbers of the heads of them that were armed for war, who came to David to Hebron, to turn the kingdom of Saul to him, according to the word of the Lord. 25The children of Judah that bore shield and spear were six thousand and eight hundred, armed for war. 26Of the children of Simeon, mighty men of valour for the war, seven thousand and one hundred. 27Of the children of Levi four thousand and six hundred. 28And Jehoiada was the leader of the house of Aaron, and with him were three thousand and seven hundred; 29and Zadok, a young man mighty of valour, and of his father's house twenty and two captains. 30And of the children of Benjamin, the brethren of Saul, three thousand; for hitherto the greatest part of them had kept their allegiance to the house of Saul. 31And of the children of Ephraim twenty thousand and eight hundred, mighty men of valour, famous men in their fathers'

  1. That is, David and his men.

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