1 Then all Israel gathered themselves to David unto Hebron, saying, Behold, we [are] thy bone and thy flesh.
2 And in time past, euen when Saul was King, thou leddest Israel out & in: and the Lord thy God sayde vnto thee, Thou shalt feede my people Israel, and thou shalt be captaine ouer my people Israel.
3 So came all the Elders of Israel to the King to Hebron, & Dauid made a couenant with them in Hebron before the Lord; they anoynted Dauid King ouer Israel, according to the word of the Lord by the hand of Samuel.
4 And Dauid and all Israel went to Ierusalem, which is Iebus, where were the Iebusites, the inhabitants of the land.
5 And the inhabitants of Iebus said to Dauid, Thou shalt not come in hither. Neuertheles Dauid tooke the towre of Zion, which is the city of Dauid.
6 And Dauid sayd, Whosoeuer smiteth the Iebusites first, shalbe the chiefe and captaine. So Ioab the sonne of Zeruiah went first vp, and was captaine.
7 And Dauid dwelt in the tower: therefore they called it the citie of Dauid.
8 And he built the citie on euery side, from Millo euen round about, and Ioab repaired the rest of the citie.
9 And Dauid prospered, and grewe: for the Lord of hostes was with him.
10 These also are the chiefe of the valiant men that were with Dauid, & ioyned their force with him in his kingdome with al Israel, to make him King ouer Israel, according to the worde of the Lorde.
11 And this [is] the number of the mighty men whom David had; Jashobeam, an Hachmonite, the chief of the captains: he lifted up his spear against three hundred slain [by him] at one time.
12 And after him was Eleazar the sonne of Dodo the Ahohite, which was one of the three valiant men.
13 He was with Dauid at Pas-dammim, and there the Philistims were gathered together to battel: and there was a parcell of ground full of barley, & the people fled before the Philistims.
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.
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.
16 And when Dauid was in the hold, the Philistims garison was at Beth-lehem.
17 And Dauid longed, and said, Oh, that one would giue me to drinke of the water of the well of Beth-lehem that is at the gate.
18 Then these three brake thorowe the hoste of the Philistims, and drewe water out of the wel of Beth-lehem that was by the gate, and tooke it and brought it to Dauid: but Dauid would not drinke of it, but powred it for an oblation to the Lord,
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.
20 And Abishai the brother of Ioab, he was chiefe of the three, & he lift vp his speare against three hundreth, and slew them, and had the name among the three.
21 Among the three he was more honourable then the two, and he was their captaine: but he attained not vnto the first three.
22 Benaiah the sonne of Iehoiada (the sonne of a valiant man) which had done many actes, and was of Kabzeel, he slewe two strong men of Moab: he went downe also and slewe a lion in the middes of a pit in time of snowe.
23 And he slewe an Egyptian, a man of great stature, euen fiue cubites long, and in the Egyptians hand was a speare like a weauers beame: and he went downe to him with a staffe, and plucked the speare out of the Egyptians hand, and slewe him with his owne speare.
24 These things did Benaiah ye sonne of Iehoiada, & had the name among the three worthies.
25 Behold, he was honourable among the thirty, but attained not to the [first] three: and David set him over his guard.
26 These also were valiant men of warre, Asahel the brother of Ioab, Elhanan the sonne of Dodo of Beth-lehem,
27 Shammoth the Harorite, Helez the Pelonite,
28 Ira the sonne of Ikkesh the Tekoite, Abiezer the Antothite,
29 Sibbecai the Hushathite, Ilai the Ahohite,
30 Maharai the Netophathite, Heled ye sonne of Baanah the Netophathite,
31 Ithai the sonne of Ribai of Gibeah of the children of Beniamin, Benaiah the Pirathonite,
32 Hurai of the riuers of Gaash, Abiel the Arbathite,
33 Azmaueth the Baharumite, Elihaba the Shaalbonite,
34 The sonnes of Hashem the Gizonite, Ionathan the sonne of Shageh the Harite,
35 Ahiam the sonne of Sacar the Hararite, Eliphal the sonne of Vr,
36 Hepher the Mecherathite, Ahiiah the Pelonite,
37 Hezro the Carmelite, Naarai the sonne of Ezbai,
38 Ioel the brother of Nathan, Mibhar the sonne of Haggeri,
39 Zelek the Ammonite, Nahrai the Berothite, the armour bearer of Ioab, the sonne of Zeruiah,
40 Ira the Ithrite, Garib the Ithrite,
41 Vriah the Hittite, Zabad the sonne of Ahlai,
42 Adina the sonne of Shiza the Reubenite, a captaine of the Reubenites, and thirtie with him,
43 Hanan the sonne of Maachah, and Ioshaphat the Mithnite,
44 Vzia the Ashterathite, Shama and Ieiel the sonnes of Otham the Aroerite,
45 Iediael the sonne of Shimri, and Ioha his brother the Tizite,
46 Eliel the Mahauite, and Ieribai and Ioshauiah the sonnes of Elnaam, and Ithmah the Moabite,
47 Eliel and Obed, and Iaasiel the Mesobaite.