11[1-3] Then all Israel gathered together to go to David at Hebron, saying, See, we’re your own flesh and bone. In times past, even when Saul was our ruler, it was you who led Israel out and in; and Yahweh your God said to you, You’ll be the spiritual and political leader over My people Israel. So all the elders of Israel came to the ruler to Hebron; and David made an agreement with them in Hebron before Yahweh; and they anointed David ruler over Israel, according to the Word of Yahweh by Samuel.
[4-9] David and all Israel went to Jerusalem, which is Jebus; and the Jebusites, the people of the land were there also. The people of Jebus said to David, “Don’t come in here!” But David took the stronghold of Zion, which is the same as the city of David. David said, “Whoever fights the Jebusites first will be leader and captain.” Joab of Zeruiah went up first, and was made leader. David lived in the stronghold; so they called it the city of David. He built the city up all around it, from Millo all around it; and Joab built the rest of the city. David grew greater and greater because Yahweh, the God of All Creation, was with him.
[10-14] Now these are the leaders of the soldiers whom David had, who proved their strength with him in his countries, together with all Israel, to make him ruler, according to the word of Yahweh about Israel. This is the number of the soldiers whom David had; Jashobeam, of a Hachmonite, was the leader of the 30; he fought against 300 at one time and killed them all. After him was Eleazar of Dodo, the Ahohite, who was one of the three strongest soldiers. He was with David at Pasdammim, where the Philistines were gathered together to battle, where there was a plot of ground full of barley; and the people ran from the Philistines. They stood in the midst of the plot, and defended it, and killed the Philistines; and Yahweh saved them by a great victory.
[15-21] Three of the 30 leaders went down to the rock to David, into the cave of Adullam; and the soldiers of the Philistines were encamped in the valley of Rephaim. David was then in the stronghold, and the fortress of the Philistines was then in Bethlehem. David groaned, saying, Oh that someone would give me a drink of water from the well of Bethlehem, which is by the gate! So the three broke through the troops of the Philistines, and drew water out of the well of Bethlehem, that was by the gate, and took it, and brought it to David; but David wouldn’t drink it, but poured it out as an offering to Yahweh, saying, My God forbid it me, that I should do this; I’ll drink the blood of these men, who have put their lives on the line? for with danger to their lives they brought it. So he wouldn’t drink it. These things did the three soldiers. Abishai, the brother of Joab, he was leader of the three because he fought against 300 and killed them, and had a name among the three. Of the three, he was more honorable than the other two, and was made their captain; But he wasn’t part of the first three.
[22-25] Benaiah, who was of Jehoiada, who was born of a brave man of Kabzeel who had done very brave things, he killed the two sons of Ariel of Moab; he also went down and killed a lion in the bottom of a pit in the snow. He also killed an Egyptian of great height, who was 7 ½ feet tall; and in the Egyptian’s hand was a spear as long as a weaver’s beam; and he went down to him with a staff, and knocked the spear out of the Egyptian’s hand, and killed him with his own spear. Benaiah of Jehoiada did these things, and had a name among the three soldiers, so he was more honorable than the 30, but he wasn’t part of the first three; and David set him over his guard.
[26-47] Also the strongest of the troops were Asahel, the brother of Joab, Elhanan of Dodo, of Bethlehem, Shammoth, the Harorite, Helez, the Pelonite, Ira of Ikkesh, the Tekoite, Abiezer the Anathothite, Sibbecai the Hushathite, Ilai the Ahohite, Maharai the Netophathite, Heled of Baanah, the Netophathite, Ithai of Ribai, of Gibeah of the people of Benjamin, Benaiah the Pirathonite, Hurai of the rivers of Gaash, Abiel the Arbathite, Azmaveth the Baharumite, Eliahba the Shaalbonite, the people of Hashem the Gizonite, Jonathan of Shagee, the Hararite, Ahiam of Sacar, the Hararite, Eliphal of Ur, Hepher the Mecherathite, Ahijah the Pelonite, Hezro the Carmelite, Naarai of Ezbai, Joel, the brother of Nathan, Mibhar of Hagri, Zelek the Ammonite, Naharai the Berothite, the armor bearer of Joab of Zeruiah, Ira the Ithrite, Gareb the Ithrite, Uriah the Hittite, Zabad of Ahlai, Adina of Shiza, the Reubenite, a leader of the Reubenites, and 30 with him, Hanan of Maacah, Joshaphat the Mithnite, Uzzia the Ashterathite, Shama and Jeiel of Hotham the Aroerite, Jediael of Shimri, Joha his brother, the Tizite, Eliel the Mahavite, Jeribai, and Joshaviah of Elnaam, Ithmah the Moabite, Eliel, Obed, and Jaasiel the Mezobaite.
12[1-7] Now these are those who came to David to Ziklag, while he still kept himself close because of Saul of Kish; and they were among the soldiers, his helpers in war. They were armed with bows and arrows, and could use both the right and left hand in slinging stones and in shooting; they were of Saul’s brothers of Benjamin. The leader was Ahiezer; then Joash, who were of Shemaah the Gibeathite; Jeziel and Pelet, who were of Azmaveth, Beracah and Jehu the Anathothite, Ishmaiah the Gibeonite, the strongest among the 30, and leader over the 30, Jeremiah, Jahaziel, Johanan, Jozabad the Gederathite, Eluzai, Jerimoth, Bealiah, Shemariah, Shephatiah the Haruphite, Elkanah, Isshiah, Azarel, Joezer, Jashobeam, the Korahites, Joelah, Zebadiah, of Jeroham of Gedor.
[8-15] Of the Gadites, there came over to David to the stronghold in the countryside, strong experienced soldiers, men trained for war, that could handle shield and spear; whose faces were as fierce as lions, and they were as fast as the deer on the mountains; Ezer the leader, Obadiah the second, Eliab the third, Mishmannah the fourth, Jeremiah the fifth, Attai the 6th, Eliel the 7th, Johanan the 8th, Elzabad the 9th, Jeremiah the 10th, Machbannai the 11th. These of the descendants of Gad were leaders of the troops; Those who were least were equal to a hundred men, and the greatest to a thousand men. These are those who went over the Jordan in the first month, when it had overflowed all its banks; and they ran off all those of the valleys, both toward the east and the west.
[16 -18] Some of the people of Benjamin and Judah came to the stronghold to David. David went out to meet them, and said to them, “If you come peaceably to help me, I will welcome you wholeheartedly; but if you come to hand me over to my enemies, seeing I’ve done nothing wrong, the God of our ancestors will look on it, and punish you. Then the Spirit came on Amasai, who was the leader of the 30, and he said, “We’re your people, David, and on your side, you son of Jesse; peace, be at peace, and we’re your helpers because your God helps you.” Then David took them, and made them leaders of the troop.
[19-22] Some of Manasseh also came to David, when he came with the Philistines against Saul to battle; but they didn’t help them because the leaders of the Philistines sent him away after talking with one another, saying, He’ll turn against us back to his master Saul to put our lives in danger. As he went to Ziklag, Adnah, Jozabad, Jediael, Michael, Jozabad, Elihu, and Zillethai came to him of Manasseh, captains of thousands who were of Manasseh. They helped David against a band of drifters because they were all strong experienced soldiers, and were captains in the troops. For from day to day men came to David to help him, until there was a great troop, like the troops of God.
[23-37] These are the numbers of the heads of those who were armed for war, who came to David to Hebron, to turn the countries of Saul over to him, according to the word of Yahweh. The people of Judah who had shield and spear were 6,800, armed for war. Of the people of Simeon, 7,100 strong experienced soldiers for war. There were 4,600 of the people of Levi. Jehoiada was the leader of the house of Aaron; and with him were 3,700, and Zadok, a young man very brave, and of his father’s house 22 captains. There were 3,000 of the people of Benjamin, the family of Saul because up to now most of them had been loyal to the house of Saul. Of the people of Ephraim 20,800, strong experienced soldiers, well known in their ancestors’ houses. Of the half family group of Manasseh 18,000 were mentioned by name, to come and make David ruler. Of the people of Issachar, those who understood the times, and knew what’srael should do, the leaders were 200; and all their families followed at their word. Of Zebulun, 50,000 were able to go out in the troops, who could outfit the troops with all kinds of weapons, and who could set everything in order for David with an undivided heart. Of Naphtali 1,000 captains, and with them 37,000 with weapons. Of the Danites, 28,600, who could march in battle. Of Asher, 40,000 were able to go out in the troops, who could march in battle. On the other side of the Jordan, of the Reubenites, and the Gadites, and of half the family of Manasseh, 120,000 with all kinds of weapons of war for the battle.
[38-40] All these being soldiers, who could march in battle, came with a perfect heart to Hebron, to make David ruler over all Israel; and all the rest of Israel was of a heart to make David their ruler also. They were there with David for three days, eating and drinking because their people had prepared for them. Besides, those who were near to them, even as far as Issachar, Zebulun, and Naphtali, brought on donkeys, camels, mules, and oxen, food of cornbread, cakes of figs, clusters of raisins, wine, and oil, and oxen and sheep in wealth because there was great happiness in Israel.
13[1 -8] David consulted with every leader, with the captains of thousands and hundreds. David said to all the assembly of Israel, “If it seems good to you, and if it be the will of Yahweh our God, let us send everywhere to our families who are in all the land of Israel with whom the preachers and Levites are in their cities with their outskirts, that they may come to us; and let us bring back the Chest of our God to us because we didn’t go after it in the days of Saul.” All the assembly said that they would do so because the thing was right in the eyes of all the people. So David gathered all Israel together, from the Shihor, the River of Egypt, all the way to the entrance of Hamath, to bring the Chest of God from Kiriath Jearim. David and all Israel went up to Baalah, that is, to Kiriath Jearim, which belonged to Judah, to bring up from there the Chest of Yahweh God that sits above the cherubim (angelic winged creatures), upon which God’s Name is called. They carried the Chest of God on a new cart, and brought it out of the house of Abinadab; and Uzza and Ahio drove the cart. David and all Israel played before God with all their strength, with songs and with harps, lyres, tambourines, cymbals, and horns.
[9-14] When they came to the threshing floor of Chidon, Uzza reached out to hold the Chest because the oxen stumbled. Yahweh was angry at Uzza, and killed him, because he touched the Chest; so he died before God. David was unhappy, because Yahweh had killed Uzza; and he called that place Perez Uzza, to today. David was afraid of God that day, saying, “How will I bring the Chest of God home to me?” So David didn’t bring the Chest to him into the city of David, but carried it aside into the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite. The Chest of God was left with the family of Obed-Edom in his house for three months; and Yahweh blessed the house of Obed-Edom, and whatever he had.
14[1-7] Hiram, ruler of Tyre, sent messengers to David, and and gave him cedar trees, stonebuilders, and woodworkers to build him a house. David understood that Yahweh had made him ruler over Israel because his land was uplifted, for his people Israel ‘s sake. David took more wives at Jerusalem and had more children. These are the names of the children whom he had in Jerusalem; Shammua, Shobab, Nathan, Solomon, Ibhar, Elishua, Elpelet, Nogah, Nepheg, Japhia, Elishama, Beeliada, and Eliphelet.
[8-12] When the Philistines heard that David was anointed ruler over all Israel, all the Philistines went up to look for David; and David heard it, and went out against them. Now the Philistines had come and made a raid in the valley of Rephaim; So David asked of God, saying, “Should I go up against the Philistines? and will you put them in my power?” Yahweh said to him, “Go up; I’ll put them into your power.” So they came up to Baal Perazim, and David fought them there; and David said, “God has broken my enemies by my hand, like the waters were divided. So they called the name of that place Baal Perazim. They left their gods there; and David gave word, and they were burned with fire.
[13-17] Then the Philistines raided the valley again. David asked again of God; and God said to him, “You won’t chase after them; but turn away from them, and come up on them next to the mulberry trees. When you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the mulberry trees, that then you’ll go out to battle because I, your God, will go out before you to fight the troops of the Philistines.” David did as God told him; and they fought the troops of the Philistines from Gibeon to Gezer. The fame of David went out into all lands; and Yahweh brought the fear of him on all nations.
15[1-15] David built houses in the city of David; and he prepared a place for the Chest of God, and pitched a tent for it. Then David said, No one should carry the Chest of God but the Levites because Yahweh has chosen them to carry it, and to minister to him forever. David gathered all Israel at Jerusalem, to bring up the Chest of Yahweh to its place, which he had prepared for it. David gathered together the descendants of Aaron, and the Levites; of the descendants of Kohath, Uriel the leader, and 120 family members; of the descendants of Merari, Asaiah the leader, and 220 family members; of the descendants of Gershom, Joel the leader, and 130 family members; of the descendants of Elizaphan, Shemaiah the leader, and 200 family members; of the descendants of Hebron, Eliel the leader, and 80 family members; of the descendants of Uzziel, Amminadab the leader, and 112 family members. David called for Zadok and Abiathar, the preachers, and for the Levites, for Uriel, Asaiah, and Joel, Shemaiah, and Eliel, and Amminadab, saying to them, “You’re the heads of the ancestors’ houses of the Levites; sanctify yourselves, both you and your family, that you may bring up the Chest of Yahweh, the God of Israel, to the place that I’ve made for it. Because you didn’t carry it at the first, the power of Yahweh our God broke out on us, because we didn’t watch out for God according to the rule.” So the preachers and the Levites dedicated themselves to bring up the Chest of Yahweh, the God of Israel. The people of the Levites had the Chest of God on their shoulders with the poles on it, as Moses told them according to the word of Yahweh.
[16 -25] David said to the leader of the Levites to appoint their families the singers with instruments of music, lyres, harps, and cymbals, sounding aloud and lifting up their voices with great happiness. So the Levites set Heman of Joel; and his family members, Asaph of Berechiah; and of the descendants of Merari their families, Ethan of Kushaiah; and with them their families of the second degree, Zechariah, Ben, Jaaziel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Unni, Eliab, Benaiah, Maaseiah, Mattithiah, Eliphelehu, Mikneiah, Obed-Edom, and Jeiel, the doorkeepers. So the singers, Heman, Asaph, and Ethan were set with cymbals of brass to sound aloud; and Zechariah, Aziel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Unni, Eliab, Maaseiah, and Benaiah with lyres set to Alamoth; and Mattithiah, Eliphelehu, Mikneiah, Obed-Edom, Jeiel, and Azaziah with harps tuned to the eight-stringed lyre, to lead. Chenaniah, head of the Levites was over the song; he taught the singing, because he was skillful. Berechiah and Elkanah were doorkeepers for the Chest. Shebaniah, Joshaphat, Nethanel, Amasai, Zechariah, Benaiah, and Eliezer, the preachers, blew the horns before the Chest of God; and Obed-Edom and Jehiah were doorkeepers for the Chest.
[25 -29] So David, and the elders of Israel, and the captains over thousands went to bring up the Chest of the promised agreement of Yahweh out of the house of Obed-Edom with great happiness. When God helped the Levites who had the Chest of the promised agreement of Yahweh, they sacrificed seven bulls and seven rams. David was clothed with a robe of fine linen, and all the Levites who had the Chest, and the singers, and Chenaniah the master of the song with the singers; and David had on him a golden breastplate of linen. So all Israel brought up the Chest of the promised agreement of Yahweh with shouting, and with sound of the cornet, horns, cymbals, and sounding aloud with lyres and harps. As the Chest of the promised agreement of Yahweh came to the city of David, Michal, the daughter of Saul, looked out at the window, and saw the ruler David dancing and playing; and she hated him in her heart.