1 Then all Israel
gathered themselves to David unto Hebron, saying, Behold, we
are thy bone and thy flesh.
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 unto thee, Thou shalt feed my people Israel, and thou
shalt be ruler over my people Israel, and thou shalt be ruler
over my people Israel.
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.
4 And David and all Israel went to Jerusalem, which is Jebus;
where the Jebusites were, the inhabitants of the land.
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.
6 And David said, Whosoever smiteth the Jebusites first shall
be chief and captain. So Joab the son of Zeruiah went first
up, and was chief.
7 And David dwelt in the castle; therefore they called it the
city of David.
8 And he built the city round about, even from Millo round about:
and Joab repaired the rest of the city.
9 So David waxed greater and greater: for the LORD of hosts
was with him.
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
11 And this is the number of the mighty men whom David had;
Jashobeam, and 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 son of Dodo, the Ahohite, who
was one of the three mighties.
13 He was with David at Pas-dammim, and there the Philistines
were gathered together to battle, where was a parcel of ground
full of barley; and the people fled from before the Philistines.
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 David was then in the hold, and the Philistines' garrison
was then at Bethlehem.
17 And David longed, and said, Oh that one would give me drink
of the water of the well of Bethlehem, that is at the gate!
18 And the three brake through the host of the Philistines,
and drew water out of the well of Bethlehem, 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,
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
20 And Abishai the brother of Joab, he was chief of the three:
for lifting up his spear against three hundred, he slew them,
and had a name among the three.
21 Of the three, he was more honourable than the two; for he
was their captain: howbeit he attained not to the first three.
22 Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, the son of a valiant man of
Kabzeel, who had done many acts; he slew two lionlike men of
Moab: also he went down and slew a lion in a pit in a snowy
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
24 These things did Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and had the
name among the three mighties.
25 Behold, he was honourable among the thirty, but attained
not to the first three: and David set him over his guard.
26 Also the valiant men of the armies were, Asahel the brother
of Joab, Elhanan the son of Dodo of Bethlehem,
27 Shammoth the Harorite, Helez the Pelonite,
28 Ira the son of Ikkesh the Tekoite, Abi-ezer the Antothite,
29 Sibbecai the Hushathite, Ilai the Ahohite,
30 Maharai the Netophathite, Heled the son of Baanah the Netophathite,
31 Ithai the son of Ribai of Gibeah, that pertained to the children
of Benjamin, Benaiah the Pirathonite,
32 Hurai of the brooks of Gaash, Abiel the Arbathite,
33 Azmaveth the Baharumite, Eliahba the Shaalbonite,
34 The sons of Hashem the Gizonite, Jonathan the son of Shage
35 Ahiam the son of Sacar the Hararite, Eliphal the son of Ur,
36 Hepher the Mecherathite, Ahijah the Pelonite,
37 Hezro the Carmelite, Naarai the son of Ezbai,
38 Joel the brother of Nathan, Mibhar the son of Haggeri,
39 Zelek the Ammonite, Naharai the Berothite, the armourbearer
of Joab the son of Zeruiah,
40 Ira the Ithrite, Gareb the Ithrite,
41 Uriah the Hittite, Zabad the son of Ahlai,
42 Adina the son of Shiza the Reubenite, a captain of the Reubenites,
and thirty with him,
43 Hanan the son of Maachah, and Joshaphat the Mithnite,
44 Uzzia the Ashterathite, Shama and Jehiel the sons of Hothan
45 Jediael the son of Shimri, and Joha his brother, the Tizite,
46 Eliel the Mahavite, and Jeribai, and Joshaviah, the sons
of Elnaam, and Ithmah the Moabite,
47 Eliel, and Obed, and Jasiel the Mesobaite.
1 Now these are
they that came to David to Ziklag, while he yet kept himself
close because of Saul the son of Kish: and they were among the
mighty men, helpers of the war.
2 They were armed with bows, and could use both the right hand
and the left in hurling stones and shooting arrows out of a
bow, even of Saul's brethren of Benjamin.
3 The chief was Ahiezer, then Joash, the sons of Shemaah the
Gibeathite; and Jeziel, and Pelet, the sons of Azmaveth; and
Berachah, and Jehu the Antothite,
4 And Ismaiah the Gibeonite, a mighty man among the thirty,
and over the thirty; and Jeremiah, and Jahaziel, and Johanan,
and Josabad the Gederathite,
5 Eluzai, and Jerimoth, and Bealiah, and Shemariah, and Shephatiah
6 Elkanah, and Jesiah, and Azareel, and Joezer, and Jashobeam,
7 And Joelah, and Zebadiah, the sons of Jeroham of Gedor.
8 And of the Gadites there separated themselves unto David into
the hold to the wilderness men of might, and men of war fit
for the battle, that could handle shield and buckler, whose
faces were like the faces of lions, and were as swift as the
roes upon the mountains;
9 Ezer the first, Obadiah the second, Eliab the third,
10 Mishmannah the fourth, Jeremiah the fifth,
11 Attai the sixth, Eliel the seventh,
12 Johanan the eighth, Elzabad the ninth,
13 Jeremiah the tenth, Machbanai the eleventh.
14 These were of the sons of Gad, captains of the host: one
of the least was over an hundred, and the greatest over a thousand.
15 These are they that went over Jordan in the first month,
when it had overflown all his banks; and they put to flight
all them of the valleys, both toward the east, and toward the
16 And there came of the children of Benjamin and Judah to the
hold unto David.
17 And David went out to meet them, and answered and said unto
them, If ye be come peaceably unto me to help me, mine heart
shall be knit unto you: but if ye be come to betray me to mine
enemies, seeing there is no wrong in mine hands, the God of
our fathers look thereon, and rebuke it.
18 Then the spirit came upon Amasai, who was chief of the captains,
and he said, Thine are we, David, and on thy side, thou son
of Jesse: peace, peace be unto thee, and peace be to thine helpers;
for thy God helpeth thee. Then David received them, and made
them captains of the band.
19 And there fell some of Manasseh to David, when he came with
the Philistines against Saul to battle: but they helped them
not: for the lords of the Philistines upon advisement sent him
away, saying, He will fall to his master Saul to the jeopardy
of our heads.
20 As he went to Ziklag, there fell to him of Manasseh, Adnah,
and Jozabad, and Jediael, and Michael, and Jozabad, and Elihu,
and Zilthai, captains of the thousands that were of Manasseh.
21 And they helped David against the band of the rovers: for
they were all mighty men of valour, and were captains in the
22 For at that time day by day there came to David to help him,
until it was a great host, like the host of God.
23 And these are the numbers of the bands that were ready armed
to the war, and came to David to Hebron, to turn the kingdom
of Saul to him, according to the word of the LORD.
24 The children of Judah that bare shield and spear were six
thousand and eight hundred, ready armed to the war.
25 Of the children of Simeon, mighty men of valour for the war,
seven thousand and one hundred.
26 Of the children of Levi four thousand and six hundred.
27 And Jehoiada was the leader of the Aaronites, and with him
were three thousand and seven hundred;
28 And Zadok, a young man mighty of valour, and of his father's
house twenty and two captains.
29 And of the children of Benjamin, the kindred of Saul, three
thousand: for hitherto the greatest part of them had kept the
ward of the house of Saul.
30 And of the children of Ephraim twenty thousand and eight
hundred, mighty men of valour, famous throughout the house of
31 And of the half tribe of Manasseh eighteen thousand, which
were expressed by name, to come and make David king.
32 And of the children of Issachar, which were men that had
understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do;
the heads of them were two hundred; and all their brethren were
at their commandment.
33 Of Zebulun, such as went forth to battle, expert in war,
with all instruments of war, fifty thousand, which could keep
rank: they were not of double heart.
34 And of Naphtali a thousand captains, and with them with shield
and spear thirty and seven thousand.
35 And of the Danites expert in war twenty and eight thousand
and six hundred.
36 And of Asher, such as went forth to battle, expert in war,
37 And on the other side of Jordan, of the Reubenites, and the
Gadites, and of the half tribe of Manasseh, with all manner
of instruments of war for the battle, an hundred and twenty
38 All these men of war, that could keep rank, came with a perfect
heart to Hebron, to make David king over all Israel: and all
the rest also of Israel were of one heart to make David king.
39 And there they were with David three days, eating and drinking:
for their brethren had prepared for them.
40 Moreover they that were nigh them, even unto Issachar and
Zebulun and Naphtali, brought bread on asses, and on camels,
and on mules, and on oxen, and meat, meal, cakes of figs, and
bunches of raisins, and wine, and oil, and oxen, and sheep abundantly:
for there was joy in Israel.
1 And David consulted
with the captains of thousands and hundreds, and with every
2 And David said unto all the congregation of Israel, If it
seem good unto you, and that it be of the LORD our God, let
us send abroad unto our brethren every where, that are left
in all the land of Israel, and with them also to the priests
and Levites which are in their cities and suburbs, that they
may gather themselves unto us:
3 And let us bring again the ark of our God to us: for we enquired
not at it in the days of Saul.
4 And all the congregation said that they would do so: for the
thing was right in the eyes of all the people.
5 So David gathered all Israel together, from Shihor of Egypt
even unto the entering of Hamath, to bring the ark of God from
6 And David went up, and all Israel, to Baalah, that is, to
Kirjath-jearim, which belonged to Judah, to bring up thence
the ark of God the LORD, that dwelleth between the cherubims,
whose name is called on it.
7 And they carried the ark of God in a new cart out of the house
of Abinadab: and Uzza and Ahio drave the cart.
8 And David and all Israel played before God with all their
might, and with singing, and with harps, and with psalteries,
and with timbrels, and with cymbals, and with trumpets.
9 And when they came unto the threshingfloor of Chidon, Uzza
put forth his hand to hold the ark; for the oxen stumbled.
10 And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Uzza, and he
smote him, because he put his hand to the ark: and there he
died before God.
11 And David was displeased, because the LORD had made a breach
upon Uzza: wherefore that place is called Perez-uzza to this
12 And David was afraid of God that day, saying, How shall I
bring the ark of God home to me?
13 So David brought not the ark home to himself to the city
of David, but carried it aside into the house of Obed-edom the
14 And the ark of God remained with the family of Obed-edom
in his house three months. And the LORD blessed the house of
Obed-edom, and all that he had.
1 Now Hiram king
of Tyre sent messengers to David, and timber of cedars, with
masons and carpenters, to build him an house.
2 And David perceived that the LORD had confirmed him king over
Israel, for his kingdom was lifted up on high, because of his
3 And David took more wives at Jerusalem: and David begat more
sons and daughters.
4 Now these are the names of his children which he had in Jerusalem;
Shammua, and Shobab, Nathan, and Solomon,
5 And Ibhar, and Elishua, and Elpalet,
6 And Nogah, and Nepheg, and Japhia,
7 And Elishama, and Beeliada, and Eliphalet.
8 And when the Philistines heard that David was anointed king
over all Israel, all the Philistines went up to seek David.
And David heard of it, and went out against them.
9 And the Philistines came and spread themselves in the valley
10 And David enquired of God, saying, Shall I go up against
the Philistines? and wilt thou deliver them into mine hand?
And the LORD said unto him, Go up; for I will deliver them into
11 So they came up to Baal-perazim; and David smote them there.
Then David said, God hath broken in upon mine enemies by mine
hand like the breaking forth of waters: therefore they called
the name of that place Baal-perazim.
12 And when they had left their gods there, David gave a commandment,
and they were burned with fire.
13 And the Philistines yet again spread themselves abroad in
14 Therefore David enquired again of God; and God said unto
him, Go not up after them; turn away from them, and come upon
them over against the mulberry trees.
15 And it shall be, when thou shalt hear a sound of going in
the tops of the mulberry trees, that then thou shalt go out
to battle: for God is gone forth before thee to smite the host
of the Philistines.
16 David therefore did as God commanded him: and they smote
the host of the Philistines from Gibeon even to Gazer.
17 And the fame of David went out into all lands; and the LORD
brought the fear of him upon all nations.
1 And David made
him houses in the city of David, and prepared a place for the
ark of God, and pitched for it a tent.
2 Then David said, None ought to carry the ark of God but the
Levites: for them hath the LORD chosen to carry the ark of God,
and to minister unto him for ever.
3 And David gathered all Israel together to Jerusalem, to bring
up the ark of the LORD unto his place, which he had prepared
4 And David assembled the children of Aaron, and the Levites:
5 Of the sons of Kohath; Uriel the chief, and his brethren an
hundred and twenty:
6 Of the sons of Merari; Asaiah the chief, and his brethren
two hundred and twenty:
7 Of the sons of Gershom; Joel the chief, and his brethren an
hundred and thirty:
8 Of the sons of Elizaphan; Shemaiah the chief, and his brethren
9 Of the sons of Hebron; Eliel the chief, and his brethren fourscore:
10 Of the sons of Uzziel; Amminadab the chief, and his brethren
an hundred and twelve.
11 And David called for Zadok and Abiathar the priests, and
for the Levites, for Uriel, Asaiah, and Joel, Shemaiah, and
Eliel, and Amminadab,
12 And said unto them, Ye are the chief of the fathers of the
Levites: sanctify yourselves, both ye and your brethren, that
ye may bring up the ark of the LORD God of Israel unto the place
that I have prepared for it.
13 For because ye did it not at the first, the LORD our God
made a breach upon us, for that we sought him not after the
14 So the priests and the Levites sanctified themselves to bring
up the ark of the LORD God of Israel.
15 And the children of the Levites bare the ark of God upon
their shoulders with the staves thereon, as Moses commanded
according to the word of the LORD.
16 And David spake to the chief of the Levites to appoint their
brethren to be the singers with instruments of musick, psalteries
and harps and cymbals, sounding, by lifting up the voice with
17 So the Levites appointed Heman the son of Joel; and of his
brethren, Asaph the son of Berechiah; and of the sons of Merari
their brethren, Ethan the son of Kushaiah;
18 And with them their brethren of the second degree, Zechariah,
Ben, and Jaaziel, and Shemiramoth, and Jehiel, and Unni, Eliab,
and Benaiah, and Maaseiah, and Mattithiah, and Elipheleh, and
Mikneiah, and Obed-edom, and Jeiel, the porters.
19 So the singers, Heman, Asaph, and Ethan, were appointed to
sound with cymbals of brass;
20 And Zechariah, and Aziel, and Shemiramoth, and Jehiel, and
Unni, and Eliab, and Maaseiah, and Benaiah, with psalteries
21 And Mattithiah, and Elipheleh, and Mikneiah, and Obed-edom,
and Jeiel, and Azaziah, with harps on the Sheminith to excel.
22 And Chenaniah, chief of the Levites, was for song: he instructed
about the song, because he was skilful.
23 And Berechiah and Elkanah were doorkeepers for the ark.
24 And Shebaniah, and Jehoshaphat, and Nethaneel, and Amasai,
and Zechariah, and Benaiah, and Eliezer, the priests, did blow
with the trumpets before the ark of God: and Obed-edom and Jehiah
were doorkeepers for the ark.
25 So David, and the elders of Israel, and the captains over
thousands, went to bring up the ark of the covenant of the LORD
out of the house of Obed-edom with joy.
26 And it came to pass, when God helped the Levites that bare
the ark of the covenant of the LORD, that they offered seven
bullocks and seven rams.
27 And David was clothed with a robe of fine linen, and all
the Levites that bare the ark, and the singers, and Chenaniah
the master of the song with the singers: David also had upon
him an ephod of linen.
28 Thus all Israel brought up the ark of the covenant of the
LORD with shouting, and with sound of the cornet, and with trumpets,
and with cymbals, making a noise with psalteries and harps.
29 And it came to pass, as the ark of the covenant of the LORD
came to the city of David, that Michal the daughter of Saul
looking out at a window saw king David dancing and playing:
and she despised him in her heart.