And gathered are all Israel unto David to Hebron, saying,
'Lo, thy bone and thy flesh are we;
even in time past, even in Saul's being king, it is thou who
art taking out and bringing in Israel, and Jehovah thy God saith to thee: Thou
dost feed My people Israel, and thou art leader over My people Israel.'
And all the elders of Israel come in unto the king to
Hebron, and David maketh with them a covenant in Hebron before Jehovah, and
they anoint David for king over Israel, according to the word of Jehovah by the
hand of Samuel.
And David goeth, and all Israel, to Jerusalem -- it is
Jebus -- and there the Jebusite, the inhabitants of the land.
And the inhabitants of Jebus say to David, 'Thou dost not
come in hither;' and David captureth the fortress of Zion -- it is the city
And David saith, 'Whoever smiteth the Jebusite first doth
become head and prince;' and go up first doth Joab son of Zeruiah and becometh
And David dwelleth in the fortress, therefore they have called
it, 'City of David;'
and he buildeth the city round about, from Millo, and unto
the circumference, and Joab restoreth the rest of the city.
And David goeth, going on and becoming great, and Jehovah of
Hosts is with him.
And these are heads of the mighty ones whom David
hath, who are strengthening themselves with him in his kingdom, with all
Israel, to cause him to reign, according to the word of Jehovah, over Israel.
And this is an account of the mighty ones whom David
hath: Jashobeam son of a Hachmonite is head of the thirty; he is lifting
up his spear against three hundred -- wounded, at one time.
And after him is Eleazar son of Dodo the Ahohite, he is
among the three mighty;
he hath been with David in Pas-Dammim, and the Philistines
have been gathered there to battle, and a portion of the field is full of
barley, and the people have fled from the face of the Philistines,
and they station themselves in the midst of the portion, and
deliver it, and smite the Philistines, and Jehovah saveth -- a great salvation.
And three of the thirty heads go down on the rock unto
David, unto the cave of Adullam, and the host of the Philistines is encamping
in the valley of Rephaim,
and David is then in the fortress, and the station of
the Philistines is then in Beth-Lehem,
and David longeth, and saith, 'Who doth give me to drink
water from the well of Beth-Lehem, that is at the gate!'
And the three break through the camp of the Philistines, and
draw water from the well of Beth-Lehem, that is at the gate, and bear
and bring in unto David, and David hath not been willing to drink it, and
poureth it out to Jehovah,
and saith, 'Far be it from me, by my God, to do this; the
blood of these men do I drink with their lives? for with their lives they have
brought it;' and he was not willing to drink it; these things did the
three mighty ones.
And Abishai brother of Joab, he hath been head of the three:
and he is lifting up his spear against three hundred -- wounded, and hath a
name among three.
Of the three by the two he is honoured, and becometh their
head; and unto the first three he hath not come.
Benaiah son of Jehoiada, son of a man of valour, of great
deeds, from Kabzeel: he hath smitten the two lion-like Moabites, and he hath
gone down and smitten the lion in the midst of the pit, in the day of snow.
And he hath smitten the man, the Egyptian -- a man of
measure, five by the cubit -- and in the hand of the Egyptian is a spear
like a beam of weavers, and he goeth down unto him with a rod, and taketh
violently away the spear out of the hand of the Egyptian, and slayeth him with
his own spear.
These things hath Benaiah son of Jehoiada done, and
hath a name among the three mighty ones.
Of the thirty, lo, he is honoured, and unto the first
three he hath not come, and David setteth him over his guard.
And the mighty ones of the forces are Asahel brother
of Joab, Elhanan son of Dodo of Beth-Lehem,
Shammoth the Harorite, Helez the Pelonite,
Ira son of Ikkesh the Tekoite, Abi-Ezer the Annethothite,
Sibbecai the Hushathite, Ilai the Ahohite,
Maharai the Netophathite, Heled son of Baanah the
Ithai son of Ribai of Gibeah, of the sons of Benjamin,
Benaiah the Pirathonite,
Hurai of the brooks of Gaash, Abiel the Arbathite,
Azmaveth the Baharumite, Eliahba the Shaalbonite,
the sons of Hashem the Gizonite, Jonathan son of Shage the
Ahiam son of Sacar the Hararite, Eliphal son of Ur,
Hepher the Mecherathite, Ahijah the Pelonite,
Hezor the Carmelite, Naarai son of Ezbai,
Joel brother of Nathan, Mibhar son of Haggeri,
Zelek the Ammonite, Naharai the Berothite, bearer of the
weapons of Joab son of Zeruiah,
Ira the Ithrite, Gareb the Ithrite,
Uriah the Hittite, Zabad son of Ahlai,
Adina son of Shiza the Reubenite, head of the Reubenites,
and by him thirty,
Hanan son of Maachah, and Joshaphat the Mithnite,
Uzzia the Ashterathite, Shama and Jehiel sons of Hothan the
Jediael son of Shimri, and Joha his brother the Tizite,
Eliel the Mahavite, and Jeribai, and Joshaviah, sons of
Elnaam, and Ithmah the Moabite,
Eliel, and Obed, and Jaasiel the Mesobaite.