The Holy Bible – Knox Translation
The First Book or Paralipomena
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Chapter 12
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Here are the names of the men who rallied to David’s side at Siceleg, while he was yet being hunted down by Saul, the son of Cis; brave men all, and tried warriors,
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archers, too, that could sling stone or shoot arrow as well with the left hand as with the right; fellow tribesmen of Saul himself, from Benjamin.
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Ahiezer and his brother Joas, the sons of Samaa, from Gabaath; Jaziel and Phallet, sons of Asmoth; Baracha, Jehu of Anathoth,
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Samaias of Gabaon (one of the thirty chiefs, with thirty men behind him), Jeremias, Jeheziel, Johanan, Jezabad of Gaderoth,
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Eluzai, Jerimuth, Baalia, Samaria, Saphatia the Haruphite,
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Elcana, Jesia, Azareel, the Carehites Joezer and Jesbaam,
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Joela, and Zabadia that was son to Jeroham of Gedor.

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There were men of Gad, too, that went over to David’s allegiance when he was taking refuge in the desert, strong men, brave warriors, armed with shield and spear; no lion so terrible of aspect, no hind on the mountains so fleet of foot.
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These were their names in order of rank, Ezer, Obdias, Eliab,
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Masmana, Jeremias,
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Ethi, Eliel,
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Johanan, Elzebad,
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Jeremias, Machbanai.
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All these eleven were Gadites, and all held command, the last with a hundred men under him, the first with a thousand.
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It was in the first month, a time of flood, that they came across Jordan; and all the dwellers in those valleys, east and west of it, fled at their coming.

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There were others that came to the stronghold where David lay, from Benjamin and Juda.
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To these David said, as he went out to meet them, If you come as friends, to aid me, knit be my heart with yours; if you are abetting my enemies, by laying a trap for an innocent man, then may the Lord God of our fathers look down and judge between us.
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With that, inspired to utterance, Amasai answered him, that was one of the thirty chiefs: Thine, David, we are; with thee, son of Jesse, our lot is cast. Peace be to thee, peace to all who take part with thee; thou hast thy God with thee, taking thy part. So David welcomed them, and made them captains in his army.
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And there were Manassites that went over to David; this was at the time when he would march out with the Philistines against Saul, but bring them aid he might not; the Philistine chiefs agreed to send him home, fearing he might go back to Saul’s allegiance, to their great peril.
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So he had returned to Siceleg before these men of Manasses reached him, Ednas, Jozabad, Jedihel, Michael, (Ednas, Jozabad,) Eliu and Salathi, all chiefs of battalion among the Manassites.
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Brave warriors these were, and helped David to make war on the freebooters, as captains in his army.
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And now no day could pass but it brought David fresh allies, till his company reached great strength, like a host of God’s own mustering.

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And here is the muster-roll of the armed men who came to find David in Hebron, and make him heir, as the Lord had promised, to Saul’s kingdom.
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There were six thousand eight hundred men of Juda that bore shield and sword, all in battle array;
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Simeon sent seven thousand one hundred fighting men,
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and Levi four thousand six hundred.
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(Among these were Joiada, chief of Aaron’s clan, with three thousand seven hundred at his back,
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and Sadoc, a young man of rare promise, with twenty-two other chieftains, his kinsmen.)
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Saul’s tribe of Benjamin sent but three thousand, since the greater part of them were loyal to Saul’s race;
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Ephraim twenty thousand eight hundred, men well known among their clans for their prowess in war;
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and from the western half of Manasses came eighteen thousand, each one of them sworn to make David king.
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From Issachar came two hundred clan chiefs, men of good parts, that could give sure advice to Israel as the times demanded; the rest of their tribe was of the same mind with them.
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From Zabulon, fifty thousand fighting men, all armed for battle, rallied to David with loyalty unfeigned.
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Nephthali sent a thousand chiefs, in command of thirty-seven thousand that carried shield and spear;
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Dan twenty-eight thousand six hundred men in arms;
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and Aser forty thousand warriors prepared to do battle.
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Besides these, there were a hundred and twenty thousand men in battle array from the tribes beyond Jordan, Ruben and Gad and the eastern half of Manasses.

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So many armed warriors came to Hebron with loyal hearts, there to make David king of all Israel; and the rest of Israel, too, had but one thought, that David should be king.
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There they spent three whole days in the royal presence, and of food and drink had no lack, so well had their fellow tribesmen made provision for them;
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nay, there were asses and camels and mules and oxen bringing them food from their neighbours, as far away as Issachar, Zabulon and Nephthali; flour and figs and raisins and wine and oil; cattle, too and rams they had in great abundance. Such high festival they kept in the land of Israel.