1 Then all Yisrael gathered themselves to Dawid unto Hebron, saying, “Behold, we are your bone and your flesh.
2 And moreover in time past, even when Saul was king, you wast he that leddest out and broughtest in Yisrael; and יהוה your God (Elohim) said unto you, ‘You shalt feed My people Yisrael, and you shalt be ruler over My people Yisrael.’”
3 Therefore came all the elders of Yisrael to the king to Hebron; and Dawid made a covenant with them in Hebron before יהוה; and they anointed Dawid king over Yisrael, according to the word of יהוה by Shemuel.
4 And Dawid and all Yisrael went to Jerusalem (Yerushalayim), which is Yevus; where the Yevusis were, the inhabitants of the land.
5 And the inhabitants of Yevus said to Dawid, “You shalt not come hither.” Nevertheless Dawid took the castle of Zion (Tsiyon), which is the city of Dawid.
6 And Dawid said, “Whosoever smiteth the Yevusis first shall be chief and captain.” So Yoav the son of Zeruyah went first up, and was chief.
7 And Dawid dwelt in the castle; therefore they called it the city of Dawid.
8 And he built the city round about, even from Millo round about; and Yoav repaired the rest of the city.
9 So Dawid waxed greater and greater, for N8יהוה of hosts (YHWH Tsevaot) was with him.
10 These also are the chief of the mighty men whom Dawid had, who strengthened themselves with him in his kingdom, and with all Yisrael, to make him king, according to the word of יהוה concerning Yisrael.
11 And this is the number of the mighty men whom Dawid had; Yashovam, an Hachmonite, the chief of the captains; he lifted up his spear against three hundred slain by him at one time.
12 And after him was Eleazar the son of Dodo, the Ahohite, who was one of the three mighties.
13 He was with Dawid at Pasdammim, and there the Philistines were gathered together to battle, where was a parcel of ground full of barley; and the people fled from before the Philistines.
14 And they set themselves in the midst of that parcel, and delivered it, and slew the Philistines; and יהוה saved them by a great deliverance.
15 Now three of the thirty captains went down to the rock to Dawid, into the cave of Adullam; and the army of the Philistines encamped in the valley of Rephaim.
16 And Dawid was then in the hold, and the Philistines’ garrison was then at Bethlehem (Beit-Lechem).
17 And Dawid longed, and said, “Oh that one would give me drink of the water of the well of Bethlehem (Beit-Lechem), that is at the gate!”
18 And the three broke through the army of the Philistines, and drew water out of the well of Bethlehem (Beit-Lechem), that was by the gate, and took it, and brought it to Dawid; but Dawid would not drink of it, but poured it out to יהוה,
19 And said, “My God (Elohai) forbid it me, that I should do this thing; shall I drink the blood of these men that have put their lives in jeopardy? For with the jeopardy of their lives they brought it.” Therefore he would not drink it. These things did these three mightiest.
20 And Avishai the brother of Yoav, he was chief of the three; for lifting up his spear against three hundred, he slew them, and had a name among the three.
21 Of the three, he was more honourable than the two; for he was their captain; howbeit he attained not to the first three.
22 Benayah the son of Yehoyada, the son of a valiant man of Kabzeel, who had done many acts; he slew two lionlike men of Moav; also he went down and slew a lion in a pit in a snowy day.
23 And he slew an Egyptian (Mitsri), a man of great stature, five cubits high; and in the Egyptian (Mitsri)’s hand was a spear like a weaver’s beam; and he went down to him with a staff, and plucked the spear out of the Egyptian (Mitsri)’s hand, and slew him with his own spear.
24 These things did Benayah the son of Yehoyada, and had the name among the three mighties.
25 Behold, he was honourable among the thirty, but attained not to the first three; and Dawid set him over his guard.
26 Also the valiant men of the armies were, Asahel the brother of Yoav, Elhanan the son of Dodo of Bethlehem (Beit-Lechem),
27 Shammoth the Harorite, Helez the Pelonite,
28 Ira the son of Ikkesh the Tekoite, Aviezer the Antothite,
29 Sibbecai the Hushathite, Ilai the Ahohite,
30 Maharai the Netophathite, Heled the son of Baanah the Netophathite,
31 Ithai the son of Ribai of Gibeah, that pertained to the children of Benjamin (Binyamin), Benayah the Pirathonite,
32 Hurai of the brooks of Gaash, Aviel the Arbathite,
33 Azmaveth the Baharumite, Eliyahba the Shaalbonite,
34 The sons of Hashem the Gizonite, Yonatan the son of Shage the Hararite,
35 Ahiam the son of Sacar the Hararite, Eliphal the son of Ur,
36 Hepher the Mecherathite, Achiyah the Pelonite,
37 Hezro the Carmelite, Naarai the son of Ezbai,
38 Yoel the brother of Nathan, Mibhar the son of Haggeri,
39 Zelek the Ammonite, Naharai the Berothite, the armourbearer of Yoav the son of Zeruyah,
40 Ira the Ithrite, Gareb the Ithrite,
41 Uriyah the Hittite, Zabad the son of Ahlai,
42 Adina the son of Shiza the Reubenite (Reuveni), a captain of the Reubenites (Reuveni), and thirty with him,
43 Hanan the son of Maachah, and Yoshafat the Mithnite,
44 Uzzia the Ashterathite, Shama and Yeiel the sons of Hothan the Aroerite,
45 Yediael the son of Shimri, and Yocha his brother, the Tizite,
46 Eliel the Mahavite, and Yerivai, and Yoshawyah, the sons of Elnaam, and Ithmah the Moavite,
47 Eliel, and Oved, and Yasiel the Mesobaite.