1 Chronicles 12:23-40

The men who joined David's army at Hebron

23 This is a list of the soldiers who joined David's army at Hebron. They came with their officers and they were ready to fight. They wanted to help David become king of Israel instead of Saul. The Lord had promised that this would happen.

24 From Judah's tribe, there were 6,800 men who carried shields and spears. They knew how to fight well.

25 From Simeon's tribe, there were 7,100 strong men who knew how to fight well.

26 From Levi's tribe, there were 4,600 men. 27 Jehoiada was the leader of the men who were Aaron's descendants. He brought 3,700 men with him. 28 Zadok was also in that group. He was a brave young soldier. There were also 22 officers who belonged to his clan.

29 From Benjamin's tribe that Saul belonged to, there were 3,000 men. Most of those men had served Saul faithfully until that time.

30 From Ephraim's tribe, there were 20,800 men who were brave soldiers. The people in their clans respected them very much.

31 From the half tribe of Manasseh on the west side of the Jordan river, there were 18,000 men. Their clans had chosen those men to go and help David become their king.

32 From Issachar's tribe, there were 200 officers and their relatives who obeyed their commands. Those officers understood that this was an important time for Israel. They knew what Israel should do.

33 From Zebulun's tribe, there were 50,000 brave men who were ready to fight. They knew how to use many different kinds of weapons. They were completely faithful to David.

34 From Naphtali's tribe, there were 1,000 officers and 37,000 men who carried shields and spears.

35 From Dan's tribe, there were 28,600 men who were ready for war.

36 From Asher's tribe there were 40,000 soldiers who were ready for war.

37 From the east side of the Jordan river, there were 120,000 soldiers who knew how to use many different kinds of weapons. Those men belonged to the tribes of Reuben, Gad and the other half tribe of Manasseh.

38 All those men were soldiers who were ready to fight in war. They came to David in Hebron because they wanted to make him king to rule all Israel. All the other Israelites also agreed that David should become king. 39 The men stayed there with David for three days. Their relatives had prepared a lot of food for them. So they enjoyed a big feast together. 40 People also came from places as far away as Issachar, Zebulun and Naphtali. They brought food on donkeys, camels, mules and oxen. So there was plenty of flour to make bread, and lots of figs, raisins, wine, olive oil, cows and sheep. All the Israelites had a very happy party!