1 Chronicles 12 International Children’s Bible (ICB)
Warriors Join David
12 These were the men who came to David at Ziklag. David was hiding from Saul son of Kish at that time. These were the men who helped David in battle. 2 They came with bows for weapons. They could use either their right or left hands to shoot arrows or to sling rocks. They were Saul’s relatives from the tribe of Benjamin. 3 Ahiezer was their leader. And there was Joash. (Ahiezer and Joash were Shemaah’s sons. He was from the town of Gibeah.) There were also Jeziel and Pelet the sons of Azmaveth. There were Beracah and Jehu from the town of Anathoth. 4 And there was Ishmaiah from the town of Gibeon. Ishmaiah was one of the Thirty. In fact, he was the leader of the Thirty. There were Jeremiah, Jahaziel, Johanan and Jozabad from Gederah. 5 There were Eluzai, Jerimoth, Bealiah and Shemariah. There was Shephatiah from Haruph. 6 There were Elkanah, Isshiah, Azarel, Joezer and Jashobeam. They were from the family group of Korah. 7 And there were Joelah and Zebadiah the sons of Jeroham. They were from the town of Gedor.
8 Part of the people of Gad joined David at his protected place in the desert. They were brave warriors trained for war. They were skilled with shields and spears. They were as fierce as lions. And they could run as fast as gazelles over the hills.
9 Ezer was the leader of Gad’s army. Obadiah was second in command. Eliab was third. 10 Mishmannah was fourth, and Jeremiah was fifth. 11 Attai was sixth, and Eliel was seventh. 12 Johanan was eighth, and Elzabad was ninth. 13 Jeremiah was tenth, and Macbannai was eleventh in command.
14 They were the commanders of the army from Gad. The weakest of these leaders was in charge of 100 soldiers. The strongest was in charge of 1,000 soldiers. 15 They crossed the Jordan River and chased away the people living in the valleys. They chased them to the east and to the west. This happened in the first month of the year when the Jordan floods the valley.
16 Other people from the tribes of Benjamin and Judah also came to David at his protected place. 17 David went out to meet them. He said to them, “If you have come peacefully to help me, I welcome you. Join me. But you might have come to turn me over to my enemies, even though I have done nothing wrong. If you do this, the God of our ancestors will see this and punish you.”
18 Then the Spirit entered Amasai, the leader of the Thirty. Amasai said:
“We belong to you, David.
So David welcomed these men. He made them leaders of his army.
19 Some of the men from Manasseh also joined David. They joined him when he went with the Philistines to fight Saul. But David and his men did not really help the Philistines. After talking about it, the Philistine leaders decided to send David away. They said, “If David goes back to his master Saul, we will be killed!” 20 The men from Manasseh joined David when he went to Ziklag. These were the men: Adnah, Jozabad, Jediael, Michael, Jozabad, Elihu and Zillethai. Each of these men was a leader of a thousand men from Manasseh. 21 All these men of Manasseh were brave soldiers. They helped David fight against groups of men who went around the country robbing people. These soldiers became commanders in David’s army. 22 Every day more men joined David. So his army became large. It was like the army of God.
Others Join David at Hebron
23 These are the numbers of the men who joined David at Hebron. They came ready for battle. They came to help turn the kingdom of Saul over to David. The Lord had said this would happen.
24 There were 6,800 men with their weapons from the people of Judah. They carried shields and spears.
25 There were 7,100 men from the people of Simeon. They were warriors ready for war.
26 There were 4,600 men from the people of Levi. 27 Jehoiada, a leader from Aaron’s family, was in that group. There were 3,700 with him. 28 Zadok was also in that group. He was a strong young warrior. He came with 22 leaders from his family.
29 There were 3,000 men from the people of Benjamin. They were Saul’s relatives. And most of them had remained loyal to Saul’s family until then.
30 There were 20,800 men from the people of Ephraim. They were brave warriors. They were famous men in their own family groups.
31 There were 18,000 men from the western half-tribe of Manasseh. Each man was especially chosen to make David king.
32 There were 200 leaders from the family of Issachar. They knew what Israel should do. And they knew the right time to do it. Their relatives were with them and under their command.
33 There were 50,000 men from the people of Zebulun. They were trained soldiers. They were trained to use every kind of weapon of war. They followed David completely.
34 There were 1,000 officers from the people of Naphtali. They had 37,000 men with them who carried shields and spears.
35 There were 28,600 men from the people of Dan. They were ready for war.
36 There were 40,000 trained soldiers from the people of Asher. They were ready for war.
37 There were 120,000 men from the east side of the Jordan River. They were from the people of Reuben, Gad and the eastern half-tribe of Manasseh. They had every kind of weapon.
38 All these fighting men were ready to go to war. They came to Hebron fully agreed to make David king of all Israel. All the other Israelites also agreed to make David king. 39 The men spent three days there with David. They ate and drank, because their relatives had prepared food for them. 40 Also, their neighbors brought food. They came from as far as the areas belonging to Issachar, Zebulun and Naphtali. They brought food on donkeys, camels, mules and oxen. They brought much flour, fig cakes, raisins, wine, oil, cows and sheep. This was because the people of Israel were very happy.
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