1 Chronicles 11

Then all Israel gathered themselves to Dawud to Hebron, saying, Behold, we are your bone and your flesh. 2In times past, even when Talut was king, it was you who led out and brought in Israel: and Allah your God said to you, You shall be shepherd of my people Israel, and you shall be prince over my people Israel. 3So all the elders of Israel came to the king to Hebron; and Dawud made a covenant with them in Hebron before Allah; and they anointed Dawud king over Israel, according to the word of Allah by Samuel. 4Dawud and all Israel went to Jerusalem (the same is Jebus); and the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land, were there. 5The inhabitants of Jebus said to Dawud, You shall not come in here. Nevertheless Dawud took the stronghold of Al-Quds; the same is the city of Dawud. 6Dawud said, Whoever strikes the Jebusites first shall be chief and captain. Joab Ibn Zeruiah went up first, and was made chief. 7Dawud lived in the stronghold; therefore they called it the city of Dawud. 8He built the city around it, from Millo to the surrounding area; and Joab repaired the rest of the city. 9Dawud grew greater and greater; for Allah, Lord of the universe was with him. 10Now these are the chief of the mighty men whom Dawud had, who showed themselves strong with him in his kingdom, together with all Israel, to make him king, according to the word of Allah concerning Israel. 11This is the number of the mighty men whom Dawud had: Jashobeam, the son of a Hachmonite, the chief of the thirty; he lifted up his spear against three hundred and killed them at one time. 12After him was Eleazar Ibn Dodo, the Ahohite, who was one of the three mighty men. 13He was with Dawud at Pasdammim, and there the Philistines were gathered together to battle, where was a plot of ground full of barley; and the people fled from before the Philistines. 14They stood in the midst of the plot, and defended it, and killed the Philistines; and Allah saved them by a great victory. 15Three of the thirty chief men went down to the rock to Dawud, into the cave of Adullam; and the forces of the Philistines were encamped in the valley of Rephaim. 16Dawud was then in the stronghold, and the garrison of the Philistines was then in Bethlehem. 17Dawud longed, and said, Oh that one would give me water to drink of the well of Bethlehem, which is by the gate! 18The three broke through the forces of the Philistines, and drew water out of the well of Bethlehem, that was by the gate, and took it, and brought it to Dawud: but Dawud would not drink of it, but poured it out to Allah, 19and said, My God forbid it me, that I should do this: shall I drink the blood of these men who have put their lives in jeopardy? For with the jeopardy of their lives they brought it. Therefore he would not drink it. These things did the three mighty men. 20Abishai, the brother of Joab, he was chief of the three; for he lifted up his spear against three hundred and killed them, and had a name among the three. 21Of the three, he was more honourable than the two, and was made their captain: however he did not attain to the first three. 22Benaiah Ibn Jehoiada, the son of a valiant man of Kabzeel, who had done mighty deeds, he killed the two sons of Ariel of Moab: he went down also and killed a lion in the midst of a pit in time of snow. 23He killed an Egyptian, a man of great stature, five cubits high; and in the Egyptian’s hand was a spear like a weaver’s beam; and he went down to him with a staff, and plucked the spear out of the Egyptian’s hand, and killed him with his own spear. 24These things did Benaiah Ibn Jehoiada, and had a name among the three mighty men. 25Behold, he was more honourable than the thirty, but he did not attain to the first three: and Dawud set him over his guard. 26Also the mighty men of the armies: Asahel the brother of Joab, Elhanan Ibn Dodo of Bethlehem, 27Shammoth the Harorite, Helez the Pelonite, 28Ira Ibn Ikkesh the Tekoite, Abiezer the Anathothite, 29Sibbecai the Hushathite, Ilai the Ahohite, 30Maharai the Netophathite, Heled Ibn Baanah the Netophathite, 31Ithai Ibn Ribai of Gibeah of the children of Binyamin, Benaiah the Pirathonite, 32Hurai of the brooks of Gaash, Abiel the Arbathite, 33Azmaveth the Baharumite, Eliahba the Shaalbonite, 34the sons of Hashem the Gizonite, Jonathan Ibn Shagee the Hararite, 35Ahiam Ibn Sacar the Hararite, Eliphal Ibn Ur, 36Hepher the Mecherathite, Ahijah the Pelonite, 37Hezro the Carmelite, Naarai Ibn Ezbai, 38Joel the brother of Nathan, Mibhar Ibn Hagri, 39Zelek the Ammonite, Naharai the Berothite, the armour-bearer of Joab Ibn Zeruiah, 40Ira the Ithrite, Gareb the Ithrite, 41Uriah the Hittite, Zabad Ibn Ahlai, 42Adina Ibn Shiza the Reubenite, a chief of the Reubenites, and thirty with him, 43Hanan Ibn Maacah, and Joshaphat the Mithnite, 44Uzzia the Ashterathite, Shama and Jeiel the sons of Hotham the Aroerite, 45Jediael Ibn Shimri, and Joha his brother, the Tizite, 46Eliel the Mahavite, and Jeribai, and Joshaviah, the sons of Elnaam, and Ithmah the Moabite, 47Eliel, and Obed, and Jaasiel the Mezobaite.


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