The men from Manasseh who defected to David at Ziklag were Adnah, Jozabad, Jediael, Michael, Jozabad, Elihu, and Zillethai, all leaders among the families of Manasseh. They helped David in his raids against the desert bandits; they were all stalwart fighters and good leaders among his raiders. Hardly a day went by without men showing up to help—it wasn’t long before his band seemed as large as God’s own army!
As David requested the aid of his Philistine allies in a battle against Saul, some Manassehites defected from Saul’s army to David’s army. The Manassehites included Adnah, Jozabad, Jediael, Michael, Jozabad, Elihu, and Zillethai—all captains of thousands in their tribe. They could help David against attackers because they were all warriors and captains in the army. Every day the numbers of David’s army increased, until it was as great as the army of God—large in number and justified by God’s will. But the Philistines at Ziklag refused to help David. Philistines at Ziklag(fearfully): David may join Saul’s army and kill us.
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