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The Story So Far

(Category 13 of 16)

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CHAPTER 11 References

1 a2 Sam. 5:1
2 a1 Sam.
16:1–3; Ps.
b2 Sam. 7:7
3 a2 Sam. 5:3
b1 Sam. 16:1,
4, 12, 13 1Lit.
by the hand
of Samuel
4 a2 Sam. 5:6
bJosh. 15:8,
63; Judg. 1:21;
19:10, 11
6 1Lit. head
7 1Zion,
2 Sam. 5:7
8 1Lit. The
Landfill 2Lit.
9 a2 Sam. 3:1
b1 Sam. 16:18
10 a2 Sam.
23:8 b1 Sam.
16:1, 12
11 a1 Chr. 27:2
b1 Chr. 12:18
1So with Qr.;
Kt., LXX,Vg.
the thirty (cf.
2 Sam. 23:8)
12 a1 Chr. 27:4
13 1Ephes
1 Sam. 17:1

David Made King over All Israel


1 Then aall Israel came together to David at Hebron, saying, “Indeed we are your bone and your flesh.
2 “Also, in time past, even when Saul was king, you were the one who led Israel out and brought them in; and the LORD your aGod said to you, ‘You shall bshepherd My people Israel, and be ruler over My people Israel.’ ”
3 Therefore all the elders of Israel came to the king at Hebron, and David made a covenant with them at Hebron before the LORD. And athey anointed David king over Israel, according to the word of the LORD 1by bSamuel.

The City of David

4 And David and all Israel awent to Jerusalem, which is Jebus, bwhere the Jebusites were, the inhabitants of the land.
5 But the inhabitants of Jebus said to David, “You shall not come in here!” Nevertheless David took the stronghold of Zion (that is, the City of David).
6 Now David said, “Whoever attacks the Jebusites first shall be 1chief and captain.” And Joab the son of Zeruiah went up first, and became chief.
7 Then David dwelt in the stronghold; therefore they called it 1the City of David.
8 And he built the city around it, from 1the Millo to the surrounding area. Joab 2repaired the rest of the city.
9 So David awent on and became great, and the LORD of hosts was with bhim.

The Mighty Men of David

10 Now athese were the heads of the mighty men whom David had, who strengthened themselves with him in his kingdom, with all Israel, to make him king, according to bthe word of the LORD concerning Israel.
11 And this is the number of the mighty men whom David had: aJashobeam the son of a Hachmonite, bchief of 1the captains; he had lifted up his spear against three hundred, killed by him at one time.
12 After him was Eleazar the son of aDodo, the Ahohite, who was one of the three mighty men.
13 He was with David at 1Pasdammim. Now there the Philistines were gathered for battle, and there

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was a piece of ground full of barley. So the people fled from the Philistines.
14 But they 1stationed themselves in the middle of that field, defended it, and killed the Philistines. So the LORD brought about a great victory.
15 Now three of the thirty chief men awent down to the rock to David, into the cave of Adullam; and the army of the Philistines encamped bin the Valley of 1Rephaim.
16 David was then in the stronghold, and the garrison of the Philistines was then in Bethlehem.
17 And David said with longing, “Oh, that someone would give me a drink of water from the well of Bethlehem, which is by the gate!”
18 So the three broke through the camp of the Philistines, drew water from the well of Bethlehem that was by the gate, and took it and brought it to David. Nevertheless David would not drink it, but poured it out to the LORD.
19 And he said, “Far be it from me, O my God, that I should do this! Shall I drink the blood of these men who have put their lives in jeopardy? For at the risk of their lives they brought it.” Therefore he would not drink it. These things were done by the three mighty men.
20 aAbishai the brother of Joab was chief of another 1three. He had lifted up his spear against three hundred men, killed them, and won a name among these three.
21 aOf the three he was more honored than the other two men. Therefore he became their captain. However he did not attain to the first three.
22 Benaiah was the son of Jehoiada, the son of a valiant man from Kabzeel, who 1had done many deeds. aHe had killed two lion-like heroes of Moab. He also had gone down and killed a lion in the midst of a pit on a snowy day.
23 And he killed an Egyptian, a man of great height, 1five cubits tall. In the Egyptian’s hand there was a spear like a weaver’s beam; and he went down to him with a staff, wrested the spear out of the Egyptian’s hand, and killed him with his own spear.
24 These things Benaiah the son of Jehoiada did, and won a name among three mighty men.
25 Indeed he was more honored than the thirty, but he did not attain to the first three. And David appointed him over his guard.
26 Also the mighty warriors were aAsahel the brother of Joab, Elhanan the son of Dodo of Bethlehem,
27 1Shammoth the Harorite, aHelez the 2Pelonite,
28 aIra the son of Ikkesh the Tekoite, bAbiezer the Anathothite,

14 1Lit. took
their stand
15 a2 Sam.
23:13 b2 Sam.
5:18; 1 Chr.
14:9 1Lit.
20 a2 Sam.
23:18; 1 Chr.
18:12 1So with
MT, LXX,Vg.;
Syr. thirty
21 a2 Sam.
22 a2 Sam.
23:20 1was
great in deeds
23 1About 71⁄2
26 a2 Sam.
27 a2 Sam.
23:26; 1 Chr.
the Harodite,
2 Sam. 23:25
2 Sam. 23:26
28 a1 Chr. 27:9
b1 Chr. 27:12
29 1Mebunnai,
2 Sam. 23:27
2 Sam. 23:28
30 a1 Chr.
27:13 1Heleb,
2 Sam. 23:29,
or Heldai,
1 Chr. 27:15
31 a1 Chr.
27:14 1Ittai,
2 Sam. 23:29
32 1Hiddai,
2 Sam. 23:30
2 Sam. 23:31
33 1Barhumite,
2 Sam.
34 1Jashen,
2 Sam. 23:32
35 1Sharar,
2 Sam. 23:33
2 Sam. 23:34
2 Sam. 23:34
37 1Hezrai,
2 Sam. 23:38
2Paarai the
2 Sam. 23:35
39 1Beerothite,
2 Sam.
41 a2 Sam. 11
1The last sixteen
are not
added in
2 Sam. 23.

CHAPTER 12 References

1 a1 Sam. 27:2
b1 Sam. 27:6
2 aJudg. 3:15;
3 1Or Hasmaah


29 1Sibbechai the Hushathite, 2Ilai the Ahohite,
30 aMaharai the Netophathite, 1Heled the son of Baanah the Netophathite,
31 1Ithai the son of Ribai of Gibeah, of the sons of Benjamin, aBenaiah the Pirathonite,
32 1Hurai of the brooks of Gaash, 2Abiel the Arbathite,
33 Azmaveth the 1Baharumite, Eliahba the Shaalbonite,
34 the sons of 1Hashem the Gizonite, Jonathan the son of Shageh the Hararite,
35 Ahiam the son of 1Sacar the Hararite, 2Eliphal the son of 3Ur,
36 Hepher the Mecherathite, Ahijah the Pelonite,
37 1Hezro the Carmelite, 2Naarai the son of Ezbai,
38 Joel the brother of Nathan, Mibhar the son of Hagri,
39 Zelek the Ammonite, Naharai the 1Berothite (the armorbearer of Joab the son of Zeruiah),
40 Ira the Ithrite, Gareb the Ithrite,
41 aUriah the Hittite, 1Zabad the son of Ahlai,
42 Adina the son of Shiza the Reubenite (a chief of the Reubenites) and thirty with him,
43 Hanan the son of Maachah, Joshaphat the Mithnite,
44 Uzzia the Ashterathite, Shama and Jeiel the sons of Hotham the Aroerite,
45 Jediael the son of Shimri, and Joha his brother, the Tizite,
46 Eliel the Mahavite, Jeribai and Joshaviah the sons of Elnaam, Ithmah the Moabite,
47 Eliel, Obed, and Jaasiel the Mezobaite.

The Growth of David’s Army


1 Now athese were the men who came to David at bZiklag while he was still a fugitive from Saul the son of Kish; and they were among the mighty men, helpers in the war,
2 armed with bows, using both the right hand and athe left in hurling stones and shooting arrows with the bow. They were of Benjamin, Saul’s brethren.
3 The chief was Ahiezer, then Joash, the sons of 1Shemaah the Gibeathite; Jeziel and Pelet the sons of Azmaveth; Berachah, and Jehu the Anathothite;
4 Ishmaiah the Gibeonite, a mighty man among the thirty, and over the thirty; Jeremiah, Jahaziel, Johanan, and Jozabad the Gederathite;
5 Eluzai, Jerimoth, Bealiah, Shemariah, and Shephatiah the Haruphite;
6 Elkanah, Jisshiah, Azarel, Joezer, and Jashobeam, the Korahites;

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7 and Joelah and Zebadiah the sons of Jeroham of Gedor.
8 Some Gadites 1joined David at the stronghold in the wilderness, mighty men of valor, men trained for battle, who could handle shield and spear, whose faces were like the faces of lions, and were aas swift as gazelles on 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, and Machbanai the eleventh.
14 These were from the sons of Gad, captains of the army; the least was over a hundred, and the greatest was over a athousand.
15 These are the ones who crossed the Jordan in the first month, when it had overflowed all its abanks; and they put to flight all those in the valleys, to the east and to the west.
16 Then some of the sons of Benjamin and Judah came to David at the stronghold.
17 And David went out 1to meet them, and answered and said to them, “If you have come peaceably to me to help me, my heart will be united with you; but if to betray me to my enemies, since there is no 2wrong in my hands, may the God of our fathers look and bring judgment.”
18 Then the Spirit 1came upon aAmasai, chief of the captains, and he said: “We are yours, O David; We are on your side, O son of Jesse! Peace, peace to you, And peace to your helpers! For your God helps you.” So David received them, and made them captains of the troop.
19 And some from Manasseh defected to David awhen he was going with the Philistines to battle against Saul; but they did not help them, for the lords of the Philistines sent him away by agreement, saying, b“He may defect to his master Saul and endanger our heads.”
20 When he went to Ziklag, those of Manasseh who defected to him were Adnah, Jozabad, Jediael, Michael, Jozabad, Elihu, and Zillethai, captains of the thousands who were from Manasseh.
21 And they helped David against athe bands of raiders, for they were all mighty men of valor, and they were captains in the army.
22 For at that time they came to David day by day to help him, until it

8 a2 Sam. 2:18
1Lit. separated
14 a1 Sam.
15 aJosh. 3:15;
4:18, 19
17 1Lit. before
them 2Lit. violence
18 a2 Sam.
17:25 1Lit.
19 a1 Sam.
29:2 b1 Sam.
21 a1 Sam.
30:1, 9, 10
22 aGen. 32:2;
Josh. 5:13–15
23 a2 Sam.
2:1–4 b1 Chr.
11:1 c1 Chr.
10:14 d1 Sam.
16:1–4 1Lit.
heads of
24 1equipped
28 a2 Sam.
8:17; 1 Chr.
6:8, 53
29 a2 Sam.
2:8, 9
30 1Lit. men of
32 aEsth. 1:13
33 aPs. 12:2;
[James 1:8] 38 a2 Chr.

was a great army, alike the army of God.

David’s Army at Hebron

23 Now these were the numbers of the 1divisions that were equipped for war, and acame to David at bHebron to cturn over the kingdom of Saul to him, daccording to the word of the LORD:
24 of the sons of Judah bearing shield and spear, six thousand eight hundred 1armed for war;
25 of the sons of Simeon, mighty men of valor fit for war, seven thousand one hundred;
26 of the sons of Levi four thousand six hundred;
27 Jehoiada, the leader of the Aaronites, and with him three thousand seven hundred;
28 aZadok, a young man, a valiant warrior, and from his father’s house twenty-two captains;
29 of the sons of Benjamin, relatives of Saul, three thousand (until then athe greatest part of them had remained loyal to the house of Saul);
30 of the sons of Ephraim twenty thousand eight hundred, mighty men of valor, 1famous men throughout their father’s house;
31 of the half-tribe of Manasseh eighteen thousand, who were designated by name to come and make David king;
32 of the sons of Issachar awho had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do, their chiefs were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their command;
33 of Zebulun there were fifty thousand who went out to battle, expert in war with all weapons of war, astouthearted men who could keep ranks;
34 of Naphtali one thousand captains, and with them thirty-seven thousand with shield and spear;
35 of the Danites who could keep battle formation, twenty-eight thousand six hundred;
36 of Asher, those who could go out to war, able to keep battle formation, forty thousand;
37 of the Reubenites and the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh, from the other side of the Jordan, one hundred and twenty thousand armed for battle with every kind of weapon of war.
38 All these men of war, who could keep ranks, came to Hebron with a loyal heart, to make David king over all Israel; and all the rest of Israel were of aone mind to make David king.
39 And they were there with David three days, eating and drinking, for their brethren had prepared for them.
40 Moreover those who were near to them, from as far away as Issachar

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and Zebulun and Naphtali, were bringing food on donkeys and camels, on mules and oxen—provisions of flour and cakes of figs and cakes of raisins, wine and oil and oxen and sheep abundantly, for there was joy in Israel.

The Ark Brought from Kirjath Jearim


1 Then David consulted with the acaptains of thousands and hundreds, and with every leader.
2 And David said to all the assembly of Israel, “If it seems good to you, and if it is of the LORD our God, let us send out to our brethren everywhere who are aleft in all the land of Israel, and with them to the priests and Levites who are in their cities and their common-lands, that they may gather together to us;
3 “and let us bring the ark of our God back to us, afor we have not inquired at it since the days of Saul.”
4 Then all the assembly said that they would do so, for the thing was right in the eyes of all the people.
5 So aDavid gathered all Israel together, from bShihor in Egypt to as far as the entrance of Hamath, to bring the ark of God cfrom Kirjath Jearim.
6 And David and all Israel went up to aBaalah,1 to Kirjath Jearim, which belonged to Judah, to bring up from there the ark of God the LORD, bwho dwells between the cherubim, where His name is proclaimed.
7 So they 1carried the ark of God aon a new cart bfrom the house of Abinadab, and Uzza and Ahio drove the cart.
8 Then aDavid and all Israel played music before God with all their might, with 1singing, on harps, on stringed instruments, on tambourines, on cymbals, and with trumpets.
9 And when they came to 1Chidon’s threshing floor, Uzza put out his hand to hold the ark, for the oxen 2stumbled.
10 Then the anger of the LORD was aroused against Uzza, and He struck him abecause he put his hand to the ark; and he bdied there before God.
11 And David became angry because of the LORD’s outbreak against Uzza; therefore that place is called 1Perez Uzza to this day.
12 David was afraid of God that day, saying, “How can I bring the ark of God to me?”
13 So David would not move the ark with him into the City of David, but took it aside into the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite.
14 aThe ark of God remained with the family of Obed-Edom in his house three months. And the LORD

CHAPTER 13 References

1 a1 Chr.
11:15; 12:34
2 a1 Sam. 31:1;
Is. 37:4
3 a1 Sam.
7:1, 2
5 a1 Sam. 7:5
bJosh. 13:3
c1 Sam. 6:21;
7:1, 2
6 aJosh. 15:9,
60 bEx. 25:22;
1 Sam. 4:4;
2 Kin. 19:15
1Baale Judah,
2 Sam. 6:2
7 aNum. 4:15;
1 Sam. 6:7
b1 Sam. 7:1
1Lit. caused
the ark of
God to ride
8 a2 Sam. 6:5
9 1Nachon,
2 Sam. 6:6 2Or
let it go off
10 a[Num.
4:15]; 1 Chr.
15:13, 15 bLev.
11 1Lit. Outburst
14 a2 Sam.
6:11 b[Gen.
30:27]; 1 Chr.

CHAPTER 14 References

1 a2 Sam. 5:11;
1 Kin. 5:1
2 aNum. 24:7
4 a1 Chr. 3:5–8
1 Chr. 3:5
5 1Elishama,
1 Chr. 3:6
1 Chr. 3:6
7 1Eliada,
2 Sam. 5:6;
1 Chr. 3:8
8 a2 Sam.
9 aJosh. 17:15;
18:16; 1 Chr.
11:15; 14:13
1Lit. Giants
10 a1 Sam.
23:2, 4; 30:8;
2 Sam. 2:1;
5:19, 23; 21:1
11 1Lit. Master
of Breakthroughs
13 a2 Sam.
14 a2 Sam.
16 1Geba,
2 Sam. 5:25
17 aJosh. 6:27;
2 Chr. 26:8
Deut. 2:25;
11:25]; 2 Chr.


blessed bthe house of Obed-Edom and all that he had.

David Established at Jerusalem


1 Now aHiram king of Tyre sent messengers to David, and cedar trees, with masons and carpenters, to build him a house.
2 So David knew that the LORD had established him as king over Israel, for his kingdom was ahighly exalted for the sake of His people Israel.
3 Then David took more wives in Jerusalem, and David begot more sons and daughters.
4 And athese are the names of his children whom he had in Jerusalem: 1Shammua, Shobab, Nathan, Solomon,
5 Ibhar, 1Elishua, 2Elpelet,
6 Nogah, Nepheg, Japhia,
7 Elishama, 1Beeliada, and Eliphelet.

The Philistines Defeated

8 Now when the Philistines heard that aDavid had been anointed king over all Israel, all the Philistines went up to search for David. And David heard of it and went out against them.
9 Then the Philistines went and made a raid aon the Valley of 1Rephaim.
10 And David ainquired of God, saying, “Shall I go up against the Philistines? Will You deliver them into my hand?” The LORD said to him, “Go up, for I will deliver them into your hand.”
11 So they went up to Baal Perazim, and David defeated them there. Then David said, “God has broken through my enemies by my hand like a breakthrough of water.” Therefore they called the name of that place 1Baal Perazim.
12 And when they left their gods there, David gave a commandment, and they were burned with fire.
13 aThen the Philistines once again made a raid on the valley.
14 Therefore David inquired again of God, and God said to him, “You shall not go up after them; circle around them, aand come upon them in front of the mulberry trees.
15 “And it shall be, when you hear a sound of marching in the tops of the mulberry trees, then you shall go out to battle, for God has gone out before you to strike the camp of the Philistines.”
16 So David did as God commanded him, and they drove back the army of the Philistines from 1Gibeon as far as Gezer.
17 Then athe fame of David went out into all lands, and the LORD bbrought the fear of him upon all nations.

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Praise to God for His Awesome Works

To the Chief Musician. A Song. A Psalm.

1 MAKE aa joyful shout to God, all the earth!
2 Sing out the honor of His name; Make His praise glorious.
3 Say to God, “How aawesome are Your works! bThrough the greatness of Your power Your enemies shall submit themselves to You.
4 aAll the earth shall worship You And sing praises to You; They shall sing praises to Your name.” Selah

5 Come and see the works of God; He is awesome in His doing toward the sons of men.
6 aHe turned the sea into dry land; bThey went through the river on foot. There we will rejoice in Him.
7 He rules by His power forever; His eyes observe the nations; Do not let the rebellious exalt themselves. Selah

8 Oh, bless our God, you peoples! And make the voice of His praise to be heard,
9 Who keeps our soul among the living, And does not allow our feet to 1be moved.

PSALM 66 References

1 aPs. 100:1
3 aPs. 65:5 bPs.
4 aPs. 117:1;
Zech. 14:16
6 aEx. 14:21
bJosh. 3:14–16
9 1slip
10 aJob 23:10;
Ps. 17:3 b[Is.
48:10; Zech.
13:9; Mal. 3:3;
1 Pet. 1:7] 11 aLam. 1:13;
Ezek. 12:13
12 aIs. 51:23
bIs. 43:2
13 aPs. 100:4;
116:14, 17–19
b[Eccl. 5:4] 1Promised
17 1praised
18 aJob 27:9;
[Prov. 15:29;
28:9]; Is. 1:15;
[John 9:31;
James 4:3] 19 aPs. 116:1, 2

10 For aYou, O God, have tested us; bYou have refined us as silver is refined.
11 aYou brought us into the net; You laid affliction on our backs.
12 aYou have caused men to ride over our heads; bWe went through fire and through water; But You brought us out to 1rich fulfillment.

13 aI will go into Your house with burnt offerings; bI will pay You my 1vows,
14 Which my lips have uttered And my mouth has spoken when I was in trouble.
15 I will offer You burnt sacrifices of fat animals, With the sweet aroma of rams; I will offer bulls with goats. Selah

16 Come and hear, all you who fear God, And I will declare what He has done for my soul.
17 I cried to Him with my mouth, And He was 1extolled with my tongue.
18 aIf I regard iniquity in my heart, The Lord will not hear.
19 But certainly God ahas heard me; He has attended to the voice of my prayer.

20 Blessed be God, Who has not turned away my prayer, Nor His mercy from me!




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