11 Then did all Israel gather themselves together to David unto Hebron, saying,—Lo! thy bone and thy flesh are we.
2 Moreover also in time past even when Saul was king, thou wast he that led out and brought in Israel,—and Yahweh thy God said unto thee, Thou shalt shepherd my people Israel, Yea thou shalt be chief ruler over my people Israel.
3 Thus came all the elders of Israel unto the king, to Hebron, and David solemnised to them a covenant in Hebron before Yahweh,—and they anointed David to be king over Israel, according to the word of Yahweh through Samuel.
4 Then went David and all Israel to Jerusalem, the same was Jebus,—where were the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land.
5 And the inhabitants of Jebus said unto David, Thou shalt not come in hither,—But David captured the citadel of Zion, the same is the city of David.
6 And David said, Whosoever smiteth the Jebusites first, shall become a chief and a ruler,—So then Joab son of Zeruiah went up first, and became a chief.
7 And David dwelt in the citadel,—for this cause did they call it The City of David.
8 And he built the city round about, from Millo even as far as the circuit,—but Joab suffered the remainder of the city to live.
9 Thus did David wax greater and yet greater,—and Yahweh of hosts was with him.
10 Now these are the chiefs of the heroes that pertained to David, who held strongly with him in his kingdom, with all Israel, to make him king,—according to the word of Yahweh concerning Israel.
11 And this is the number of the heroes who pertained to David,—Jashobeam son of a Hachmonite, chief of the thirty, the same brandished his spear over three hundred—slain at one time.
12 And after him was Eleazar son of Dodai, the Ahohite,—he was among the three heroes;
13 he was with David in Pas-dammim, where the Philistines were gathered together to battle, and there was a field-plot full of barley,—and the people fled from before the Philistines;
14 so they took their stand in the midst of the plot and rescued it, and smote the Philistines,—and Yahweh wrought a great victory.
15 And three of the thirty chiefs went down upon the rock unto David, into the cave of Adullam,—a host of Philistines being encamped in the vale of Rephaim.
16 Now David then was in the stronghold,—and a garrison of Philistines then was in Bethlehem.
17 And David longed, and said—Who will give me to drink of the water, out of the well of Bethlehem, that is within the gate?
18 And the three brake through the host of the Philistines, and drew water out of the well of Bethlehem, that was within the gate, and bare it, and brought it in unto David,—yet would not David drink it, but poured it out unto Yahweh;
19 and said—Far be it from me, of my God, that I should do this! The blood of these men shall I drink with their lives? For with their lives have they brought it! So he would not drink it. These things did the three heroes.
20 And Abishai brother of Joab—he was the chief of three, he having brandished his spear against three hundred—who were slain,—and so he had a name among three.
21 Of the three in the second rank, was he honourable, therefore became he their captain,—though unto the [first] three did he not attain.
22 Benaiah son of Jehoiada, son of a man of valour, hero of many a deed, from Kabziel—he smote the two [sons] of Ariel of Moab, he also went down and smote a lion in the midst of a pit in time of snow;
23 he also smote an Egyptian, a man of [great] stature, five cubits, and in the hand of the Egyptian was a spear like a weaver’s beam, so he went down unto him with a staff,—and wrested the spear out of the hand of the Egyptian, and slew him with his spear.
24 These things did Benaiah son of Jehoiada, so he had a name among three heroes.
25 Among the thirty, lo! honourable was he, but unto the [first] three did he not attain,—howbeit David set him over his council.
26 Now the heroes of the forces were,—Asahel brother of Joab, Elhanan son of Dodo of Bethlehem;
27 Shammoth the Harorite, Helez the Paltite;
28 Ira son of Ikkesh the Tekoite, Abiezer the Anathothite;
29 Sibbecai the Hushathite, Ilai the Ahohite;
30 Maharai the Netophathite, Heled son of Baanah the Netophathite;
31 Ithai son of Ribai of Gibeah, of the sons of Benjamin,—Benaiah the Pirathonite;
32 Hurai of the torrents of Gaash, Abiel the Arbathite;
33 Azmaveth the Baharumite, Eliahba the Shaalbonite;
34 the sons of Hashem the Gizonite, Jonathan son of Shageh the Hararite;
35 Ahiam son of Sacar the Hararite, Eliphal son of Ur;
36 Hepher the Mecherathite, Ahijah the Pelonite;
37 Hezro the Carmelite, Naarai son of Ezbai;
38 Joel brother of Nathan, Mibhar son of Hagri;
39 Zelek the Ammonite,—Naharai the Berothite, the armour-bearer of Joab son of Zeruiah;
40 Ira the Ithrite, Gareb the Ithrite;
41 Uriah the Hittite, Zabad son of Ahlai;
42 Adina son of Shiza the Reubenite, a chief of the Reubenites and over the thirty;
43 Hanan son of Maacah, and Joshaphat the Mithnite;
44 Uzzia the Ashterathite,—Shama and Jeiel, sons of Hotham the Aroerite;
45 Jediael son of Shimri, and Joha his brother the Tizite;
46 Eliel the Mahavite, and Jeribai and Joshaviah sons of Elnaam,—and Ithmah the Moabite;
47 Eliel and Obed, and Jaasiel of Zobah.