11:1 Then all Israel gathered themselves to David to Hebron,
saying, Behold, we [are] thy bone and thy flesh.
11:2 And moreover in time past, even when Saul was king, thou
[wast] he that leddest out and broughtest in Israel: and the
LORD thy God said to thee, Thou shalt feed my people Israel,
and thou shalt be ruler over my people Israel.
11:3 Therefore came all the elders of Israel to the king to
Hebron; and David made a covenant with them in Hebron before
the LORD; and they anointed David king over Israel, according
to the word of the LORD by Samuel.
11:4 And David and all Israel went to Jerusalem, which [is]
Jebus; where the Jebusites [were], the inhabitants of the land.
11:5 And the inhabitants of Jebus said to David, Thou shalt not
come hither. Nevertheless David took the castle of Zion, which
[is] the city of David.
11:6 And David said, Whoever smiteth the Jebusites first shall
be chief and captain. So Joab the son of Zeruiah went up first,
and was chief.
11:7 And David dwelt in the castle; therefore they called it,
The city of David.
11:8 And he built the city around, even from Millo around: and
Joab repaired the rest of the city.
11:9 So David became greater and greater: for the LORD of hosts
[was] with him.
11:10 These also [are] the chief of the mighty men whom David
had, who strengthened themselves with him in his kingdom, [and]
with all Israel, to make him king according to the word of the
LORD concerning Israel.
11:11 And this [is] the number of the mighty men whom David had;
Jashobeam a Hachmonite, the chief of the captains: he lifted
his spear against three hundred slain [by him] at one time.
11:12 And after him [was] Eleazar the son of Dodo, the Ahohite,
who [was one] of the three mighties.
11:13 He was with David at Pas-dammim, and there the Philistines
were gathered to battle, where was a parcel of ground full of
barley; and the people fled from before the Philistines.
11:14 And they set themselves in the midst of [that] parcel, and
delivered it, and slew the Philistines; and the LORD saved
[them] by a great deliverance.
11:15 Now three of the thirty captains went down to the rock to
David, into the cave of Adullam; and the host of the
Philistines encamped in the valley of Rephaim.
11:16 And David [was] then in the hold, and the Philistines'
garrison [was] then at Beth-lehem.
11:17 And David longed, and said, Oh that one would give me
drink of the water of the well of Beth-lehem, that [is] at the
11:18 And the three broke through the host of the Philistines,
and drew water out of the well of Beth-lehem, that [was] by the
gate, and took [it], and brought [it] to David: but David would
not drink [of] it, but poured it out to the LORD,
11:19 And said, My God forbid it me, that I should do this
thing: shall I drink the blood of these men that 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
these three mightiest.
11:20 And Abishai the brother of Joab, he was chief of the
three: for lifting his spear against three hundred, he slew
[them], and had a name among the three.
11:21 Of the three, he was more honorable than the two; for he
was their captain: but he attained not to the [first] three.
11:22 Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, the son of a valiant man of
Kabzeel, who had done many acts; he slew two lion-like men of
Moab: also he went down and slew a lion in a pit in a snowy
11:23 And he slew 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 slew him with
his own spear.
11:24 These [things] did Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and had
the name among the three mighties.
11:25 Behold, he was honorable among the thirty, but attained
not to the [first] three: and David set him over his guard.
11:26 Also the valiant men of the armies [were], Asahel the
brother of Joab, Elhanan the son of Dodo of Beth-lehem,
11:27 Shammoth the Harorite, Helez the Pelonite,
11:28 Ira the son of Ikkesh the Tekoite, Abiezer the Antothite,
11:29 Sibbecai the Hushathite, Ilai the Ahohite,
11:30 Maharai the Netophathite, Heled the son of Baanah the
11:31 Ithai the son of Ribai of Gibeah, [that pertained] to the
children of Benjamin, Benaiah the Pirathonite,
11:32 Hurai of the brooks of Gaash, Abiel the Arbathite,
11:33 Azmaveth the Baharumite, Eliahba the Shaalbonite,
11:34 The sons of Hashem the Gizonite, Jonathan the son of Shage
11:35 Ahiam the son of Sacar the Hararite, Eliphel the son of
11:36 Hepher the Mecherathite, Ahijah the Pelonite,
11:37 Hezro the Carmelite, Naarai the son of Ezbai,
11:38 Joel the brother of Nathan, Mibhar the son of Haggeri,
11:39 Zelek the Ammonite, Naharai the Berothite, the
armor-bearer of Joab the son of Zeruiah,
11:40 Ira the Ithrite, Gareb the Ithrite,
11:41 Uriah the Hittite, Zabad the son of Ahlai,
11:42 Adina the son of Shiza the Reubenite, a captain of the
Reubenites, and thirty with him,
11:43 Hanan the son of Maachah, and Joshaphat the Mithnite,
11:44 Uzzia the Ashterathite, Shama and Jehiel the sons of
Hothan the Aroerite,
11:45 Jediael the son of Shimri, and Joha his brother, the
11:46 Eliel the Mehavite, and Jeribai, and Joshaviah, the sons
of Elnaam, and Ithmah the Moabite,
11:47 Eliel, and Obed, and Jasiel the Mesobaite.