1Then all Israel gathered themselues to Dauid vnto Hebron, saying, Beholde, we are thy bones and thy flesh.
2And in time past, euen when Saul was King, thou leddest Israel out and in: and the Lord thy God sayde vnto thee, Thou shalt feede my people Israel, and thou shalt be captaine ouer my people Israel.
3So came all the Elders of Israel to the King to Hebron, and Dauid made a couenant with them in Hebron before the Lord. And they anoynted Dauid King ouer Israel, according to the word of the Lord by the hand of Samuel.
4And Dauid and all Israel went to Ierusalem, which is Iebus, where were the Iebusites, the inhabitants of the land.
5And 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.
6And Dauid sayd, Whosoeuer smiteth the Iebusites first, shalbe the chiefe and captaine. So Ioab the sonne of Zeruiah went first vp, and was captaine.
7And Dauid dwelt in the tower: therefore they called it the citie of Dauid.
8And he built the citie on euery side, from Millo euen round about, and Ioab repaired the rest of the citie.
9And Dauid prospered, and grewe: for the Lord of hostes was with him.
10These also are the chiefe of the valiant men that were with Dauid, and ioyned their force with him in his kingdome with al Israel, to make him King ouer Israel, according to the worde of the Lord.
11And this is the nomber of the valiant men whome Dauid had, Iashobeam the sonne of Hachmoni, the chiefe among thirtie: he lift vp his speare against three hundreth, whom he slewe at one time.
12And after him was Eleazar the sonne of Dodo the Ahohite, which was one of the three valiant men.
13He 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, and the people fled before the Philistims.
14And they stood in the middes of the field, and saued it, and slewe the Philistims: so the Lord gaue a great victorie.
15And three of the thirtie captaines went to a rocke to Dauid, into the caue of Adullam. And the armie of the Philistims camped in the valley of Rephaim.
16And when Dauid was in the hold, the Philistims garison was at Beth-lehem.
17And 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.
18Then these three brake thorowe the hoste of the Philistims, and drewe water out of the well 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,
19And said, Let not my God suffer me to do this: should I drinke the blood of these mens liues? for they haue brought it with the ieopardie of their liues: therefore he would not drinke it: these things did these three mightie men.
20And Abishai the brother of Ioab, he was chiefe of the three, and he lift vp his speare against three hundreth, and slew them, and had the name among the three.
21Among the three he was more honourable then the two, and he was their captaine: but he attained not vnto the first three.
22Benaiah 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.
23And 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.
24These things did Benaiah ye sonne of Iehoiada, and had the name among the three worthies.
25Behold, he was honourable among thirtie, but he attained not vnto the first three. And Dauid made him of his counsell.
26These also were valiant men of warre, Asahel the brother of Ioab, Elhanan the sonne of Dodo of Beth-lehem,
27Shammoth the Harodite, Helez the Pelonite,
28Ira the sonne of Ikkesh the Tekoite, Abiezer the Antothite,
29Sibbecai the Husathite, Ilai the Ahohite,
30Maharai the Netophathite, Heled ye sonne of Baanah the Netophathite,
31Ithai the sonne of Ribai of Gibeah of the children of Beniamin, Benaiah the Pirathonite,
32Hurai of the riuers of Gaash, Abiel the Arbathite,
33Azmaueth the Baharumite, Elihaba the Shaalbonite,
34The sonnes of Hashem the Gizonite, Ionathan the sonne of Shageh the Harite,
35Ahiam the sonne of Sacar the Hararite, Eliphal the sonne of Vr,
36Hepher the Mecherathite, Ahiiah the Pelonite,
37Hezro the Carmelite, Naarai the sonne of Ezbai,
38Ioel the brother of Nathan, Mibhar the sonne of Haggeri,
39Zelek the Ammonite, Nahrai the Berothite, the armour bearer of Ioab, the sonne of Zeruiah,
40Ira the Ithrite, Garib the Ithrite,
41Vriah the Hittite, Zabad the sonne of Ahlai,
42Adina the sonne of Shiza the Reubenite, a captaine of the Reubenites, and thirtie with him,
43Hanan the sonne of Maachah, and Ioshaphat the Mithnite,
44Vzia the Ashterathite, Shama and Ieiel the sonnes of Otham the Aroerite,
45Iediael the sonne of Shimri, and Ioha his brother the Tizite,
46Eliel the Mahauite, and Ieribai and Ioshauiah the sonnes of Elnaam, and Ithmah the Moabite,
47Eliel and Obed, and Iaasiel the Mesobaite.