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1 Chronicles 12:1
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Warriors Join David

These were the men who came to David at Ziklag,(a) while he was banished from the presence of Saul son of Kish (they were among the warriors who helped him in battle;
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1 Chronicles 12:2
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they were armed with bows and were able to shoot arrows or to sling stones right-handed or left-handed;(b) they were relatives of Saul(c) from the tribe of Benjamin):
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1 Chronicles 12:3
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Ahiezer their chief and Joash the sons of Shemaah the Gibeathite; Jeziel and Pelet the sons of Azmaveth; Berakah, Jehu the Anathothite,
1 Chronicles 12:4
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and Ishmaiah the Gibeonite, a mighty warrior among the Thirty, who was a leader of the Thirty; Jeremiah, Jahaziel, Johanan, Jozabad the Gederathite,[a](d)
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1 Chronicles 12:5
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Eluzai, Jerimoth, Bealiah, Shemariah and Shephatiah the Haruphite;
1 Chronicles 12:6
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Elkanah, Ishiah, Azarel, Joezer and Jashobeam the Korahites;
1 Chronicles 12:7
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and Joelah and Zebadiah the sons of Jeroham from Gedor.(e)
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1 Chronicles 12:8
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Some Gadites(f) defected to David at his stronghold in the wilderness. They were brave warriors, ready for battle and able to handle the shield and spear. Their faces were the faces of lions,(g) and they were as swift as gazelles(h) in the mountains.
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1 Chronicles 12:9
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Ezer was the chief, Obadiah the second in command, Eliab the third,
1 Chronicles 12:10
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Mishmannah the fourth, Jeremiah the fifth,
1 Chronicles 12:11
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Attai the sixth, Eliel the seventh,
1 Chronicles 12:12
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Johanan the eighth, Elzabad the ninth,
1 Chronicles 12:13
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Jeremiah the tenth and Makbannai the eleventh.
1 Chronicles 12:14
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These Gadites were army commanders; the least was a match for a hundred,(i) and the greatest for a thousand.(j)
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1 Chronicles 12:15
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It was they who crossed the Jordan in the first month when it was overflowing all its banks,(k) and they put to flight everyone living in the valleys, to the east and to the west.
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1 Chronicles 12:16
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Other Benjamites(l) and some men from Judah also came to David in his stronghold.
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1 Chronicles 12:17
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David went out to meet them and said to them, "If you have come to me in peace to help me, I am ready for you to join me. But if you have come to betray me to my enemies when my hands are free from violence, may the God of our ancestors see it and judge you."
1 Chronicles 12:18
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Then the Spirit(m) came on Amasai,(n) chief of the Thirty, and he said: "We are yours, David! We are with you, son of Jesse! Success,(o) success to you, and success to those who help you, for your God will help you." So David received them and made them leaders of his raiding bands.
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1 Chronicles 12:19
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Some of the tribe of Manasseh defected to David when he went with the Philistines to fight against Saul. (He and his men did not help the Philistines because, after consultation, their rulers sent him away. They said, "It will cost us our heads if he deserts to his master Saul.")(p)
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1 Chronicles 12:20
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When David went to Ziklag,(q) these were the men of Manasseh who defected to him: Adnah, Jozabad, Jediael, Michael, Jozabad, Elihu and Zillethai, leaders of units of a thousand in Manasseh.
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1 Chronicles 12:21
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They helped David against raiding bands, for all of them were brave warriors, and they were commanders in his army.
1 Chronicles 12:22
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Day after day men came to help David, until he had a great army, like the army of God.[b]
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1 Chronicles 12:23
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These are the numbers of the men armed for battle who came to David at Hebron(r) to turn(s) Saul's kingdom over to him, as the Lord had said:(t)
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1 Chronicles 12:24
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from Judah, carrying shield and spear—6,800 armed for battle;
1 Chronicles 12:25
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from Simeon, warriors ready for battle—7,100;
1 Chronicles 12:26
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from Levi—4,600,
1 Chronicles 12:27
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including Jehoiada, leader of the family of Aaron, with 3,700 men,
1 Chronicles 12:28
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and Zadok,(u) a brave young warrior, with 22 officers from his family;
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1 Chronicles 12:29
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from Benjamin,(v) Saul's tribe—3,000, most(w) of whom had remained loyal to Saul's house until then;
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1 Chronicles 12:30
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from Ephraim, brave warriors, famous in their own clans—20,800;
1 Chronicles 12:31
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from half the tribe of Manasseh, designated by name to come and make David king—18,000;
1 Chronicles 12:32
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from Issachar, men who understood the times and knew what Israel should do(x)—200 chiefs, with all their relatives under their command;
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1 Chronicles 12:33
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from Zebulun, experienced soldiers prepared for battle with every type of weapon, to help David with undivided loyalty—50,000;
1 Chronicles 12:34
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from Naphtali—1,000 officers, together with 37,000 men carrying shields and spears;
1 Chronicles 12:35
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from Dan, ready for battle—28,600;
1 Chronicles 12:36
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from Asher, experienced soldiers prepared for battle—40,000;
1 Chronicles 12:37
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and from east of the Jordan, from Reuben, Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh, armed with every type of weapon—120,000.
1 Chronicles 12:38
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All these were fighting men who volunteered to serve in the ranks. They came to Hebron fully determined to make David king over all Israel.(y) All the rest of the Israelites were also of one mind to make David king.
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1 Chronicles 12:39
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The men spent three days there with David, eating and drinking,(z) for their families had supplied provisions for them.
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1 Chronicles 12:40
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Also, their neighbors from as far away as Issachar, Zebulun and Naphtali came bringing food on donkeys, camels, mules and oxen. There were plentiful supplies(aa) of flour, fig cakes, raisin(ab) cakes, wine, olive oil, cattle and sheep, for there was joy(ac) in Israel.
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