1 Chronicles 12:1-22English Standard Version (ESV)
The Mighty Men Join David
12 Now these are the men who came to David at Ziklag, while he could not move about freely because of Saul the son of Kish. And they were among the mighty men who helped him in war.2 They were bowmen and could shoot arrows and sling stones with either the right or the left hand; they were Benjaminites, Saul's kinsmen.3 The chief was Ahiezer, then Joash, both sons of Shemaah of Gibeah; also Jeziel and Pelet, the sons of Azmaveth; Beracah, Jehu of Anathoth,4 Ishmaiah of Gibeon, a mighty man among the thirty and a leader over the thirty; Jeremiah,[a] Jahaziel, Johanan, Jozabad of Gederah,5 Eluzai,[b] Jerimoth, Bealiah, Shemariah, Shephatiah the Haruphite;6 Elkanah, Isshiah, Azarel, Joezer, and Jashobeam, the Korahites;7 And Joelah and Zebadiah, the sons of Jeroham of Gedor.
8 From the Gadites there went over to David at the stronghold in the wilderness mighty and experienced warriors, expert with shield and spear, whose faces were like the faces of lions and who were swift as gazelles upon the mountains:9 Ezer the chief, Obadiah second, Eliab third,10 Mishmannah fourth, Jeremiah fifth,11 Attai sixth, Eliel seventh,12 Johanan eighth, Elzabad ninth,13 Jeremiah tenth, Machbannai eleventh.14 These Gadites were officers of the army; the least was a match for a hundred men and the greatest for a thousand.15 These are the men who crossed the Jordan in the first month, when it was overflowing all its banks, and put to flight all those in the valleys, to the east and to the west.
16 And some of the men of Benjamin and Judah came to the stronghold to David.17 David went out to meet them and said to them, “If you have come to me in friendship to help me, my heart will be joined to you; but if to betray me to my adversaries, although there is no wrong in my hands, then may the God of our fathers see and rebuke you.”18 Then the Spirit clothed Amasai, chief of the thirty, and he said,
“We are yours, O David, and with you, O son of Jesse! Peace, peace to you, and peace to your helpers! For your God helps you.”
Then David received them and made them officers of his troops.
19 Some of the men of Manasseh deserted to David when he came with the Philistines for the battle against Saul. (Yet he did not help them, for the rulers of the Philistines took counsel and sent him away, saying, “At peril to our heads he will desert to his master Saul.”)20 As he went to Ziklag, these men of Manasseh deserted to him: Adnah, Jozabad, Jediael, Michael, Jozabad, Elihu, and Zillethai, chiefs of thousands in Manasseh.21 They helped David against the band of raiders, for they were all mighty men of valor and were commanders in the army.22 For from day to day men came to David to help him, until there was a great army, like an army of God.
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