1 In time all the Israelites gathered to David at Hebʹron and said: “Look! We are your own bone and flesh.
2 In times past while Saul was king, you were the one who was leading Israel on its campaigns. And Jehovah your God said to you: ‘You will shepherd my people Israel, and you will become leader over my people Israel.’”
3 So all the elders of Israel came to the king at Hebʹron, and David made a covenant with them in Hebʹron before Jehovah. Then they anointed David as king over Israel, according to Jehovah’s word through Samuel.
4 Later David and all Israel set out for Jerusalem, that is, Jeʹbus, where the Jebʹusites were inhabiting the land.
5 The inhabitants of Jeʹbus taunted David: “You will never come in here!” However, David captured the stronghold of Zion, which is now the City of David.
6 So David said: “Whoever is the first to strike the Jebʹusites will become chief and prince.” And Joʹab the son of Zeruʹiah went up first, and he became the chief.
7 Then David took up residence in the stronghold. That is why they called it the City of David.
8 He began to build up the city all around, from the Mound to the areas around it, and Joʹab restored the rest of the city.
9 Thus David became greater and greater, and Jehovah of armies was with him.
10 Now these are the heads of David’s mighty warriors, who gave him strong support in his kingship, together with all Israel, to make him king according to Jehovah’s word concerning Israel.
11 This is the list of David’s mighty warriors: Jashoʹbeam the son of a Hachʹmonite, the head of the three. He brandished his spear over 300 slain at one time.
12 Next to him was Eleaʹzar the son of Doʹdo the Ahoʹhite. He was among the three mighty warriors.
13 He was with David at Pas-damʹmim, where the Philisʹtines had gathered together for war. Now there was a plot of land full of barley, and the people had fled because of the Philisʹtines.
14 But he took his stand in the middle of the field and defended it and kept striking down the Philisʹtines, so that Jehovah brought about a great victory.
15 Three of the 30 headmen went down to the rock, to David at the cave of Adulʹlam, while a Philisʹtine army was camped in the Valley of Rephʹaim.
16 David was then in the stronghold, and a garrison of the Philisʹtines was in Bethʹlehem.
17 Then David expressed his longing: “If only I could have a drink of the water from the cistern by the gate of Bethʹlehem!”
18 At that the three forced their way into the camp of the Philisʹtines and drew water from the cistern by the gate of Bethʹlehem and brought it to David; but David refused to drink it and poured it out to Jehovah.
19 He said: “It is unthinkable on my part from the standpoint of my God to do this! Should I drink the blood of these men who risked their lives? For it was at the risk of their lives that they brought it.” So he refused to drink it. These are the things that his three mighty warriors did.
20 Abishʹai the brother of Joʹab became head of another three; he brandished his spear over 300 slain, and he had a reputation like the three.
21 Of the other three, he was more distinguished than two of them, and he was their chief; yet he did not attain to the rank of the first three.
22 Benaiʹah the son of Jehoiʹada was a courageous man who performed many exploits in Kabʹzeel. He struck down the two sons of Arʹiel of Moʹab, and he descended into a waterpit on a snowy day and killed a lion.
23 He also struck down an Egyptian man of extraordinary size—five cubits tall. Though the Egyptian had a spear in his hand like the beam of loom workers, he went against him with a rod and snatched the spear away from the Egyptian’s hand and killed him with his own spear.
24 These things Benaiʹah the son of Jehoiʹada did, and he had a reputation like that of the three mighty warriors.
25 Although he was distinguished even more than the thirty, he did not attain to the rank of the three. However, David appointed him over his own bodyguard.
26 The mighty warriors of the military forces were Asʹahel the brother of Joʹab, Elhaʹnan the son of Doʹdo of Bethʹlehem,
27 Shamʹmoth the Haʹrorite, Heʹlez the Pelʹonite,
28 Iʹra the son of Ikʹkesh the Tekoʹite, Abi-eʹzer the Anʹathothite,
29 Sibʹbecai the Huʹshathite, Iʹlai the Ahoʹhite,
30 Maʹharai the Netophʹathite, Heʹled the son of Baʹanah the Netophʹathite,
31 Iʹthai the son of Riʹbai of Gibʹeah of the Benʹjaminites, Benaiʹah the Pirʹathonite,
32 Huʹrai of the wadis of Gaʹash, Abiʹel the Arʹbathite,
33 Azʹmaveth the Bahaʹrumite, Eliʹahba the Shaalʹbonite,
34 the sons of Haʹshem the Giʹzonite, Jonʹathan the son of Shaʹgee the Harʹarite,
35 Ahiʹam the son of Saʹcar the Harʹarite, Eliʹphal the son of Ur,
36 Heʹpher the Mecheʹrathite, Ahiʹjah the Pelʹonite,
37 Hezʹro the Carʹmelite, Naʹarai the son of Ezʹbai,
38 Joel the brother of Nathan, Mibʹhar the son of Hagʹri,
39 Zeʹlek the Amʹmonite, Naʹharai the Berothʹite, the armor-bearer of Joʹab the son of Zeruʹiah;
40 Iʹra the Ithʹrite, Gaʹreb the Ithʹrite,
41 Uriʹah the Hitʹtite, Zaʹbad the son of Ahʹlai,
42 Adʹina the son of Shiʹza the Reuʹbenite, a head of the Reuʹbenites, and 30 with him;
43 Haʹnan the son of Maʹacah, Joshʹaphat the Mithʹnite,
44 Uzziʹa the Ashʹterathite, Shaʹma and Jeiʹel, the sons of Hoʹtham the Aroʹerite;
45 Jediʹael the son of Shimʹri, and Joʹha his brother the Tiʹzite;
46 Eʹliel the Maʹhavite, Jerʹibai and Joshaviʹah the sons of Elʹnaam, and Ithʹmah the Moʹabite;
47 Eʹliel, Oʹbed, and Jaasiʹel the Mezoʹbaite.