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  • 1 Chronicles 19 8-1 Chronicles 19 19
    David heard about it. So he sent Joab out with the entire army of Israel’s fighting men.The Ammonites marched out. They took up their battle positions at the entrance to their city. The kings who came to help them gathered their troops together in the open country.Joab saw that there were lines of soldiers in front of him and behind him. So he chose some of the best troops in Israel. He sent them to march out against the Arameans.He put the rest of the men under the command of his brother Abishai. They were sent to march out against the Ammonites.Joab said,“ Suppose the Arameans are too strong for me. Then you must come and help me. But suppose the Ammonites are too strong for you. Then I’ll come and help you.Be strong. Let’s be brave as we fight for our people and the cities of our God. The Lord will do what he thinks is best.”Then Joab and the troops with him marched out to attack the Arameans. They ran away from him.The Ammonites realized that the Arameans were running away. So they also ran away from Joab’s brother Abishai. They went inside the city. Then Joab went back to Jerusalem.The Arameans saw that they had been driven away by Israel. So they sent messengers to get some Arameans from east of the Euphrates River. The Arameans were under the command of Shophak. He was the commander of Hadadezer’s army.David was told about it. So he gathered together the whole army of Israel. They went across the Jordan River. David marched out against the Arameans. He lined up his soldiers opposite them. He lined them up to meet the Arameans in battle. The Arameans began to fight against him.But then they ran away from Israel. David killed 7,000 of their chariot riders. He killed 40,000 of their soldiers who were on foot. He also killed Shophak, the commander of their army.The people who were under the rule of Hadadezer saw that Israel had won the battle over them. So they made a peace treaty with David. They were brought under his rule. After that, the Arameans wouldn’t help the Ammonites anymore.
  • 2 Samuel 23 8-2 Samuel 23 39
    Here are the names of David’s mighty warriors. Josheb- Basshebeth was chief of the three mighty warriors. He was a Tahkemonite. He used his spear against 800 men. He killed all of them at one time.Next to him was Eleazar. He was one of the three mighty warriors. He was the son of Dodai, the Ahohite. Eleazar was with David at Pas Dammim. That’s where Israel’s army made fun of the Philistines who were gathered there for battle. Then the Israelites pulled back.But Eleazar stayed right where he was. He struck down the Philistines until his hand grew tired. But he still held on to his sword. The Lord helped him win a great battle that day. The troops returned to Eleazar. They came back to him only to take what they wanted from the dead bodies.Next to him was Shammah, the son of Agee. Shammah was a Hararite. The Philistines gathered together at a place where there was a field full of lentils. Israel’s troops ran away from the Philistines.But Shammah took his stand in the middle of the field. He didn’t let the Philistines capture it. He struck them down. The Lord helped him win a great battle.David was at the cave of Adullam. During harvest time, three of the 30 chief warriors came down to him there. A group of Philistines was camped in the Valley of Rephaim.At that time David was in his usual place of safety. Some Philistine troops were stationed at Bethlehem.David longed for a drink of water. He said,“ I wish someone would get me water from the well near the gate of Bethlehem.”So the three mighty warriors fought their way past the Philistine guards. They got some water from the well near the gate of Bethlehem. They took the water back to David. But David refused to drink it. Instead, he poured it out as a drink offering to the Lord.“ Lord, I would never drink that water!” David said.“ It stands for the blood of these men. They put their lives in danger by going to Bethlehem to get it.” So David wouldn’t drink it. Those were some of the brave things the three mighty warriors did.Abishai was chief over the three mighty warriors. He was the brother of Joab, the son of Zeruiah. He used his spear against 300 men. He killed all of them. So he became as famous as the three mighty warriors were.In fact, he was even more honored than the three mighty warriors. He became their commander. But he wasn’t included among them.Benaiah was a great hero from Kabzeel. He was the son of Jehoiada. Benaiah did many brave things. He struck down two of Moab’s best warriors. He also went down into a pit on a snowy day. He killed a lion there.And he struck down a huge Egyptian. The Egyptian was holding a spear. Benaiah went out to fight against him with a club. He grabbed the spear out of the Egyptian’s hand. Then he killed him with it.Those were some of the brave things Benaiah, the son of Jehoiada, did. He too was as famous as the three mighty warriors were.He was honored more than any of the thirty chief warriors. But he wasn’t included among the three mighty warriors. David put him in charge of his own personal guards.Here is a list of David’s men who were among the thirty chief warriors. Asahel, the brother of Joab Elhanan, the son of Dodo, from BethlehemShammah, the Harodite Elika, the HaroditeHelez, the Paltite Ira, the son of Ikkesh, from TekoaAbiezer from Anathoth Sibbekai, the HushathiteZalmon, the Ahohite Maharai from NetophahHeled, the son of Baanah, from Netophah Ithai, the son of Ribai, from Gibeah in BenjaminBenaiah from Pirathon Hiddai from the valleys of GaashAbi- Albon, the Arbathite Azmaveth, the BarhumiteEliahba, the Shaalbonite the sons of Jashen Jonathan,the son of Shammah, the Hararite Ahiam, the son of Sharar, the HarariteEliphelet, the son of Ahasbai, the Maakathite Eliam, the son of Ahithophel, from GilohHezro from Carmel Paarai, the ArbiteIgal, the son of Nathan, from Zobah the son of HagriZelek from Ammon Naharai from Beeroth, who carried the armor of Joab, the son of ZeruiahIra, the Ithrite Gareb, the Ithriteand Uriah, the Hittite The total number of men was 37.