1 All the people of Israel came to David at the town of Hebron. They said, to David, “We are your own flesh and blood. 2 In the past, you led us in war. You led us even though Saul was the king. The Lord said to you 'David, you will be the shepherd of my people, the people of Israel. You will become the leader over my people.’” 3 All the leaders of Israel came to King David at the town of Hebron. David made an agreement with those leaders in Hebron before the Lord. The leaders anointed David. That made him king over Israel. The Lord promised this would happen. The Lord had used Samuel to make that promise. 4 David and all the people of Israel went to the city of Jerusalem. Jerusalem was called Jebus at that time. The people living in that city were named Jebusites. The people that lived in the city 5 said to David, “You can’t get inside our city.” But David did defeat those people. David took over the fortress of Zion. This place became the City of David. 6 David said, “The person that leads the attack on the Jebusite people will become the commander over all my army.” So Joab led the attack. Joab was Zeruiah’s son. Joab became the commander of the army. 7 Then David made his home in the fortress. That is why it is named the City of David. 8 David built the city around the fort. He built it from the Millo to the wall around the city. Joab repaired the other parts of the city. 9 David continued to grow greater. And the Lord All-Powerful was with him. 10 This is a list of the leaders over David’s special soldiers. These heroes became very powerful with David in his kingdom. They and all the people of Israel supported David and made him king. It happened just like God had promised. 11 This is a list of David’s special soldiers: Jashobeam the Hacmonite. Jashobeam was the leader of the chariot officers. Jashobeam used his spear to kill 300 men at one time. 12 Next, there was Eleazar son of Dodai from Ahoah. Eleazar was one of The Three Heroes. 13 Eleazar was with David at Pasdammim. The Philistines had come to that place to fight a war. There was a field full of barley at that place. The people of Israel ran away from the Philistines. 14 But the ˻Three Heroes˼ stood there in that field and defended it. They defeated the Philistines. The Lord gave the people of Israel a great victory. 15 Once, David was at the cave of Adullam and the Philistine army was down in the Valley of Rephaim. Three of the Thirty Heroes crawled flat on the ground all the way to that cave to join David. 16 Another time, David was in the fortress, and a group of Philistine soldiers was in Bethlehem. 17 David was thirsty ˻for some water from his home town˼. So he said, “I wish someone could give me some water from that well near the city gate in Bethlehem.” ˻David did not really want this, he was only talking.˼ 18 But the Three fought their way through the Philistine army. These three men got some water from the well near the city gate in Bethlehem. Then the Three Heroes brought the water to David. But David refused to drink the water. He poured it out on the ground as an offering to the Lord. 19 David said, “God, I can’t drink this water. It would be like drinking the blood of the men who risked their lives to get this water for me.” That is why David refused to drink the water. The Three Heroes did many brave things like that. 20 Joab’s brother, Abishai, was the leader of the Three Heroes. He fought 300 men with his spear and killed them. Abishai was as famous as the Three Heroes. 21 Abishai was twice as famous as the Thirty Heroes. He became their leader, even though he was not one of the Three Heroes. 22 Benaiah son of Jehoiada was the son of a powerful man. He was from Kabzeel. Benaiah did brave things. Benaiah killed two of the best men from the country of Moab. One day when it was snowing, Benaiah went down into a hole in the ground and killed a lion. 23 And Benaiah killed a big Egyptian soldier. That man was about 7,1/2 feet tall. The Egyptian had a spear that was very large and heavy. It was as big as the pole on a weaver’s loom. Benaiah had only a club. Benaiah grabbed the spear in the Egyptian’s hands and took it away from him. Then Benaiah killed the Egyptian with his own spear. 24 Benaiah son of Jehoiada did many brave things like that. Benaiah was as famous as the Three Heroes. 25 Benaiah was more famous than the Thirty Heroes, but he was not one of the Three Heroes. David chose Benaiah to be the leader of his bodyguards. 26 The Heroic Soldiers ˻(The Thirty Heroes)˼ were: Asahel, the brother of Joab; Elhanan, son of Dodai from Bethlehem; 27 Shammoth the Harodite; Helez the Pelonite; 28 Ira son of Ikkesh from Tekoa; Abiezer from Anathoth; 29 Sibbecai the Hushathite; Ilai from Ahoah; 30 Maharai from Netophah; Heled son of Baanah from Netophah; 31 Ithai son of Ribai from Gibeah in Benjamin; Benaiah, the Pirathonite; 32 Hurai from the Brooks of Gaash; Abiel the Arbathite; 33 Azmaveth the Baharumite; Eliahba the Shaalbonite; 34 the sons of Hashem the Gizonite; Jonathan son of Shagee the Hararite; 35 Ahiam son of Sacar the Hararite; Eliphal son of Ur; 36 Hepher the Mekerathite; Ahijah the Pelonite; 37 Hezro the Carmelite; Naarai son of Ezbai; 38 Joel, Nathan’s brother; Mibhar son of Hagri; 39 Zelek the Ammonite; Naharai from Beeroth (Naharai carried the armor for Joab son of Zeruiah.); 40 Ira the Ithrite; Gareb the Ithrite; 41 Uriah the Hittite; Zabad son of Ahlai; 42 Adina son of Shiza from the family group of Reuben. (Adina was the leader of the family group of Reuben, but he was also one of the Thirty Heroes.); 43 Hanan son of Maacah; Joshaphat the Mithnite; 44 Uzzia the Ashterathite; Shama and Jeiel sons of Hotham from Aroer; 45 Jediael son of Shimri and his brother Joha the Tizite; 46 Eliel the Mahavite; Jeribai and Joshaviah the sons of Elnaam; Ithmah the Moabite; 47 Eliel; Obed; and Jaasiel the Mezobaite.