David

David

 
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  • He was with David in the battle against the Philistines at Pas-dammim. The battle took place in a field full of barley, and the Israelite army fled. - 1 Chronicles 11:13


  • But Eleazar and David held their ground in the middle of the field and beat back the Philistines. So the LORD saved them by giving them a great victory. - 1 Chronicles 11:14


  • Once when David was at the rock near the cave of Adullam, the Philistine army was camped in the valley of Rephaim. The Three (who were among the Thirty--an elite group among David's fighting men) went down to meet him there. - 1 Chronicles 11:15


  • David was staying in the stronghold at the time, and a Philistine detachment had occupied the town of Bethlehem. - 1 Chronicles 11:16


  • David remarked longingly to his men, "Oh, how I would love some of that good water from the well in Bethlehem, the one by the gate." - 1 Chronicles 11:17


  • So the Three broke through the Philistine lines, drew some water from the well, and brought it back to David. But David refused to drink it. Instead, he poured it out before the LORD. - 1 Chronicles 11:18


  • "God forbid that I should drink this!" he exclaimed. "This water is as precious as the blood of these men who risked their lives to bring it to me." So David did not drink it. This is an example of the exploits of the Three. - 1 Chronicles 11:19


  • He was more honored than the other members of the Thirty, though he was not one of the Three. And David made him commander of his bodyguard. - 1 Chronicles 11:25


  • These were also included among David's mighty men: Asahel, Joab's brother; Elhanan son of Dodo from Bethlehem; - 1 Chronicles 11:26


  • The following men joined David at Ziklag while he was hiding from Saul son of Kish. They were among the warriors who fought beside David in battle. - 1 Chronicles 12:1


  • Some brave and experienced warriors from the tribe of Gad also defected to David while he was at the stronghold in the wilderness. They were expert with both shield and spear, as fierce as lions and as swift as deer on the mountains. - 1 Chronicles 12:8


  • Others from Benjamin and Judah came to David at the stronghold. - 1 Chronicles 12:16


  • David went out to meet them and said, "If you have come in peace to help me, we are friends. But if you have come to betray me to my enemies when I am innocent, then may the God of our ancestors see and judge you." - 1 Chronicles 12:17


  • Then the Spirit came upon Amasai, who later became a leader among the Thirty, and he said, "We are yours, David! We are on your side, son of Jesse. Peace and prosperity be with you, and success to all who help you, for your God is the one who helps you." So David let them join him, and he made them officers over his troops. - 1 Chronicles 12:18


  • Some men from Manasseh defected from the Israelite army and joined David when he went with the Philistines to fight against Saul. But as it turned out, the Philistine leaders refused to let David and his men go with them. After much discussion, they sent them back, for they said, "It will cost us our lives if David switches loyalties to Saul and turns against us." - 1 Chronicles 12:19


  • Here is a list of the men from Manasseh who defected to David as he was returning to Ziklag: Adnah, Jozabad, Jediael, Michael, Jozabad, Elihu, and Zillethai. Each commanded a thousand troops from the tribe of Manasseh. - 1 Chronicles 12:20


  • They helped David chase down bands of raiders, for they were all brave and able warriors who became commanders in his army. - 1 Chronicles 12:21
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    New Living Translation Bible used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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