10:1¤ Now the Philistines fought against Israel, and the men of Israel fled from before the Philistines, and fell down wounded in mount Gelboe.
10:2And the Philistines drew near pursuing after Saul, and his sons, and they killed Jonathan, and Abinadab, and Melchisua the sons of Saul.
10:3And the battle grew hard against Saul and the archers reached him, and wounded him with arrows.
10:4And Saul said to his armourbearer: Draw thy sword, and kill me: lest these uncircumcised come, and mock me. But his armourbearer would not, for he was struck with fear: so Saul took his sword, and fell upon it.
10:5And when his armourbearer saw it, to wit, that Saul was dead, he also fell upon his sword and died.
10:6So Saul died, and his three sons, and all his house fell together.
10:7And when the men of Israel, that dwelt in the plains, saw this, they fled: and Saul and his sons being dead, they forsook their cities, and were scattered up and down: and the Philistines came, and dwelt in them.
10:8And the next day the Philistines taking away the spoils of them that were slain, found Saul and his sons lying on mount Gelboe.
10:9And when they had stripped him, and cut off his head, and taken away his armour, they sent it into their land, to be carried about, and shewn in the temples of the idols and to the people.
10:10And his armour they dedicated in the temple of their god, and his head they fastened up in the temple of Dagon.
10:11And when the men of Jabes Galaad had heard this, to wit, all that the Philistines had done to Saul,
10:12All the valiant men of them arose, and took the bodies of Saul and of his sons, and brought them to Jabes, and buried their bones under the oak that was in Jabes, and they fasted seven days.
10:13So Saul died for his iniquities, because he transgressed the commandment of the Lord, which he had commanded, and kept it not: and moreover consulted also a witch,
10:14And trusted not in the Lord: therefore he slew him, and transferred his kingdom to David the son of Isai.
11:1¤ Then all Israel gathered themselves to David in Hebron, saying: We are thy bone, and thy flesh.
11:2Yesterday also, and the day before when Saul was king, thou wast he that leddest out and broughtest in Israel: for the Lord thy God said to thee: Thou shalt feed my people Israel, and thou shalt be ruler over them.
11:3So all the ancients of Israel came to the king to Hebron, and David made a covenant with them before the Lord: and they anointed him king over Israel according to the word of the Lord which he spoke in the hand of Samuel.
11:4And David and all Israel went to Jerusalem, which is Jebus, where the Jebusites were the inhabitants of the land.
11:5And the inhabitants of Jebus said to David: Thou shalt not come in here. But David took the castle of Sion, which is the city of David.
11:6And he said: Whosoever shall first strike the Jebusites, shall be the head and chief captain. And Joab the son of Sarvia went up first, and was made the general.
11:7And David dwelt in the castle, and therefore it was called the city of David,
11:8And he built the city round about from Mello all round, and Joab built the rest of the city.
11:9And David went on growing and increasing, and the Lord of hosts was with him.
11:10These are the chief of the valiant men of David, who helped him to be made king over all Israel, according to the word of the Lord, which he spoke to Israel.
11:11And this is the number of the heroes of David: Jesbaam the son of Hachamoni the chief among the thirty: he lifted up his spear against three hundred wounded by him at one time.
11:12And after him was Eleazar his uncle's son the Ahohite, who was one of the three mighties.
11:13He was with David in Phesdomim, when the Philistines were gathered to that place to battle: and the field of that country was full of barley, and the people fled from before the Philistines.
11:14But these men stood in the midst of the field, and defended it: and they slew the Philistines, and the Lord gave a great deliverance to his people.
11:15And three of the thirty captains went down to the rock, wherein David was, to the cave of Odollam, when the Philistines encamped in the valley of Raphaim.
11:16And David was in a hold, and the garrison of the Philistines in Bethlehem.
11:17And David longed, and said: O that some man would give me water of the cistern of Bethlehem, which is in the gate.
11:18And these three broke through the midst of the camp of the Philistines, and drew water out of the cistern of Bethlehem, which was in the gate, and brought it to David to drink: and he would not drink of it, but rather offered it to the Lord,
11:19Saying: God forbid that I should do this in the sight of my God, and should drink the blood of these men: for with the danger of their lives they have brought me the water. And therefore he would not drink. These things did the three most valiant.
11:20And Abisai the brother of Joab, he was chief of three, and he lifted up his spear against three hundred whom he slew, and he was renowned among the three,
11:21And illustrious among the second three, and their captain: but yet he attained not to the first three.
11:22Banaias the son of Joiada a most valiant man, of Cabseel, who had done many acts: he slew the two ariels of Moab: and he went down, and killed a lion in the midst of a pit in the time of snow.
11:23And he slew an Egyptian, whose stature was of five cubits, and who had a spear like a weaver's beam: and he went down to him with a staff, and plucked away the spear, that he held in his hand, and slew him with his own spear.
11:24These things did Banaias the son of Joiada, who was renowned among the three valiant ones,
11:25And the first among the thirty, but yet to the three he attained not: and David made him of his council.
11:26Moreover the most valiant men of the army, were Asahel brother of Joab, and Elchanan the son of his uncle of Bethlehem,
11:27Sammoth an Arorite, Helles a Phalonite,
11:28Ira the son of Acces a Thecuite, Abiezer an Anathothite,
11:29Sobbochai a Husathite, Ilai an Ahohite,
11:30Maharai a Netophathite, Heled the son of Baana a Netophathite,
11:31Ethai the son of Ribai of Gabaath of the sons of Benjamin, Banai a Pharathonite,
11:32Hurai of the torrent Gaas, Abiel an Arbathite, Azmoth a Bauramite, Eliaba a Salabonite,
11:33The sons of Assem a Gezonite, Jonathan the son of Sage an Ararite,
11:34Ahiam the son of Sachar an Ararite,
11:35Eliphal the son of Ur,
11:36Hepher a Mecherathite, Ahia a Phelonite,
11:37Hesro a Carmelite, Naarai the son of Azbai,
11:38Joel the brother of Nathan, Mibahar the son of Agarai.
11:39Selec an Ammonite, Naharai a Berothite, the armourbearer of Joab the son of Sarvia.
11:40Ira a Jethrite, Gareb a Jethrite,
11:41Urias a Hethite, Zabad the son of Oholi,
11:42Adina the son of Siza a Rubenite the prince of the Rubenites, and thirty with him:
11:43Hanan the son of Maacha, and Josaphat a Mathanite,
11:44Ozia an Astarothite, Samma, and Jehiel the sons of Hotham an Arorite,
11:45Jedihel the son of Zamri, and Joha his brother a Thosaite,
11:46Eliel a Mahumite, and Jeribai, and Josaia the sons of Elnaim, and Jethma a Moabite,
11:47Eliel, and Obed, and Jasiel of Masobia.
12:1¤ Now these are they that came to David to Siceleg, while he yet fled from Saul the son of Cis, and they were most valiant and excellent warriors,
12:2Bending the bow, and using either hand in hurling stones with slings, and shooting arrows: of the brethren of Saul of Benjamin.
12:3The chief was Ahiezer, and Joas, the sons of Samoa of Gabaath, and Jaziel, and Phallet the sons of Azmoth, and Beracha, and Jehu an Anathothite.
12:4And Samaias of Gabaon, the stoutest amongst the thirty and over the thirty; Jeremias, and Jeheziel and Johanan, and Jozabad of Gaderoth;
12:5And Eluzai, and Jerimuth, and Baalia, and Samaria, and Saphatia the Haruphite;
12:6Elcana, and Jesia, and Azareel, and Joezer, and Jesbaam of Carehim:
12:7And Joela, and Zabadia the sons of Jeroham of Gedor.
12:8From Gaddi also there went over to David, when he lay hid in the wilderness most valiant men, and excellent warriors, holding shield and spear: whose faces were like the faces of a lion, and they were swift like the roebucks on the mountains.
12:9Ezer the chief, Obdias the second, Eliab the third,
12:10Masmana the fourth, Jeremias the fifth,
12:11Ethi the sixth, Eliel the seventh,
12:12Johanan the eighth, Elzebad the ninth,
12:13Jerenias the tenth, Machbani the eleventh,
12:14These were of the sons of Gad, captains of the army: the least of them was captain over a hundred soldiers, and the greatest over a thousand.
12:15These are they who passed over the Jordan in the first month, when it is used to flow over its banks: and they put to flight all that dwelt in the valleys both toward the east and toward the west.
12:16And there came also of the men of Benjamin, and of Juda to the hold, in which David abode.
12:17And David went out to meet them, and said: If you are come peaceably to me to help me, let my heart be joined to you: but if you plot against me for my enemies whereas I have no iniquity in my hands, let the God of our fathers see, and judge.
12:18But the spirit came upon Amasai the chief among thirty, and he said: We are thine, O David, and for thee, O son of Isai: peace, peace be to thee, and peace to thy helpers. For thy God helpeth thee. So David received them, and made them captains of the band.
12:19And there were some of Manasses that went over to David, when he came with the Philistines against Saul to fight: but he did not fight with them: because the lords of the Philistines taking counsel sent him back, saying: With the danger of our heads he will return to his master Saul.
12:20So when he went back to Siceleg, there fled to him of Manasses, Ednas and Jozabad, and Jedihel, and Michael, and Ednas, and Jozabad, and Eliu, and Salathi, captains of thousands in Manasses.
12:21These helped David against the rovers: for they were all most valiant men, and were made commanders in the army.
12:22Moreover day by day there came some to David to help him till they became a great number, like the army of God.
12:23And this is the number of the chiefs of the army who came to David, when he was in Hebron, to transfer to him the kingdom of Saul, according to the word of the Lord.
12:24The sons of Juda bearing shield and spear, six thousand eight hundred well appointed to war.
12:25Of the sons of Simeon valiant men for war, seven thousand one hundred.
12:26Of the sons of Levi, four thousand six hundred.
12:27And Joiada prince of the race of Aaron, and with him three thousand seven hundred.
12:28Sadoc also a young man of excellent disposition, and the house of his father, twenty-two principal men.
12:29And of the sons of Benjamin the brethren of Saul, three thousand: for hitherto a great part of them followed the house of Saul.
12:30And of the sons of Ephraim twenty thousand eight hundred, men of great valour renowned in their kindreds.
12:31And of the half tribe of Manasses, eighteen thousand, every one by their names, came to make David king.
12:32Also of the sons of Issachar men of understanding, that knew all times to order what Israel should do, two hundred principal men: and all the rest of the tribe followed their counsel.
12:33And of Zabulon such as went forth to battle, and stood in array well appointed with armour for war, there came fifty thousand to his aid, with no double heart.
12:34And of Nephtali, a thousand leaders: and with them seven and thirty thousand, furnished with shield and spear.
12:35Of Dan also twenty-eight thousand six hundred prepared for battle.
12:36And of Aser forty thousand going forth to fight, and challenging in battle.
12:37And on the other side of the Jordan of the sons of Ruben, and of Gad, and of the half of the tribe of Manasses a hundred and twenty thousand, furnished with arms for war.
12:38All these men of war well appointed to fight, 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.
12:39And they were there with David three days eating and drinking: for their brethren had prepared for them.
12:40Moreover they that were near them even as far as Issachar, and Zabulon, and Nephtali, brought loaves on asses, and on camels, and on mules, and on oxen, to eat: meal, figs, raisins, wine, oil, and oxen, and sheep in abundance, for there was joy in Israel.
13:1¤ And David consulted with the captains of thousands, and of hundreds, and with all the commanders.
13:2And he said to all the assembly of Israel: If it please you; and if the words which I speak come from the Lord our God, let us send to the rest of our brethren into all the countries of Israel, and to the priests, and the Levites, that dwell in the suburbs of the cities, to gather themselves to us,
13:3And let us bring again the ark of our God to us: for we sought it not in the days of Saul.
13:4And all the multitude answered that it should be so: for the word pleased all the people.
13:5So David assembled all Israel from Sihor of Egypt, even to the entering into Emath, to bring the ark of God from Cariathiarim.
13:6And David went up with all the men of Israel to the hill of Cariathiarim which is in Juda, to bring thence the ark of the Lord God sitting upon the cherubims, where his name is called upon.
13:7And they carried the ark of God upon a new cart out of the house of Abinadab. And Oza and his brother drove the cart.
13:8And David and all Israel played before God with all their might with hymns, and with harps, and with psalteries, and timbrels, and cymbals, and trumpets,
13:9And when they came to the floor of Chidon, Oza put forth his hand, to hold up the ark: for the ox being wanton had made it lean a little on one side.
13:10And the Lord was angry with Oza, and struck him, because he had touched the ark; and he died there before the Lord.
13:11And David was troubled because the Lord had divided Oza: and he called that place the Breach of Oza to this day.
13:12And he feared God at that time, saying: How can I bring in the ark of God to me?
13:13And therefore he brought it not home to himself, that is, into the city of David, but carried it aside into the house of Obededom the Gethite.
13:14And the ark of God remained in the house of Obededom three months: and the Lord blessed his house, and all that he had.