1 Chronicles 12

Bishops(i) 1 These are they that came to Dauid to Ziklag while he yet kept himselfe close because of Saul the sonne of Cis: and they were very strong helpers in battaile 2 They were weaponed with bowes, and could hurle stones with the right hand and with the left, and shoote arrowes out of a bowe, & were of Sauls brethren, euen of Beniamin 3 The chiefest were Ahiezer, and Ioas the sonnes of Simaa a Gibeonite, and Ieziel and Pelet the sonnes of Asmaueth, Beracah and Iehu of Anathoth 4 And Ismaia a Gibeonite, a mightie man among thirtie, and more then the thirtie: Ieremiah, Iehaziel, Iehonan, and Iosabad of Gedor 5 Eleusai, Ierimoth, Bealia, Semaria, and Seaphatia, the Haraphites 6 Elcana, Iesia, Azarael, Ioezer, Iosebeam, Coranites 7 Ioela and Zebadiah the sonnes of Ieroam of Gedor 8 And of the Gadites there seperated themselues some vnto Dauid into the houlde of the wildernesse, men of might and men apt for the warre, & that coulde handle shielde and speare, whose faces were lyke the faces of lions, and they were as swyft as the Roes in the mountaynes 9 Ezer the first, Obdia the seconde, and Eliab the third 10 Masmana the fourth, Ieremia the fifth 11 Atthai the sixt, Eliel the seuenth 12 Iohanan the eight, Elsabad the ninth 13 Ieremia the tenth, and Machbanai the eleuenth 14 These were of the sonnes of Gad, and were captaines ouer the men of warre: one of the least coulde resist an hundred, and the greatest a thousand 15 These are they that went ouer Iordane in the first moneth when he had filled ouer all his banckes, and they put to flight all them of the valley both toward the east and west 16 And there came of the children of Beniamin & Iuda to the houlde vnto Dauid 17 And Dauid went out to meete them, and aunswered, and sayd vnto them: If ye be come peaceably vnto me, to helpe me, myne heart shalbe knit vnto you: but and if you come to betraye me to myne aduersaries, seeing there is no wickednes in myne handes, the God of our fathers loke thereon and rebuke it 18 And the spirite came vpon Amasai, which was the chiefe among thirtie, & saide: Thyne are we Dauid, and on thy side thou sonne of Isai: Peace, peace be vnto thee, & peace be to thy helpers, for thy God is thyne helpe. Then Dauid receaued them, & made them heades of companies of the men of warre 19 And there fell some of Manasse to Dauid, when he came with the Philistines against Saul to battaile, but they helped them not: For the lordes of the Philistines toke aduisement, and sent him away againe, saying: he will fall to his maister Saul to the ieoperdie of our heades 20 As he went to Ziklag, there fel to him of Manasse Adna, Iozadad, Iediel, Michael, Iozabad, Elihu, and Zilthai, heades of the thousandes that were of Manasse 21 And they holpe Dauid against the rouers: For they were all mightie men of warre, and captaynes in the hoast 22 For at that tyme there came one or other to Dauid day by day to helpe him, vntil it was a great hoast, like the hoast of God 23 And this is the number of the chiefe captaynes that were prepared to battaile, and came to Dauid to Hebron, to turne the kingdome of Saul to him, according to the word of the Lorde 24 The children of Iuda that bare shield and speare, were sixe thousand & eight hundred, redie prepared to the warre 25 Of the children of Simeon, men of might to warre 7 M. & one hundred 26 Of the children of Leui, foure thousand and sixe hundred 27 And Iehoiada was the chiefe of them of Aaron, and with him three thousand and seuen hundred 28 And Zadoc a young man, strong and valiaunt, and of his fathers housholde, twentie and two captaines 29 And of the children of Beniamin the brothren of Saul, three thousand: And a great part of them did vnto that tyme folowe the house of Saul 30 And of the children of Ephraim, twentie thousand and eight hundred, mightie men of warre, and famous men in the houshoulde of their fathers 31 And of the halfe tribe of Manasse, eyghteene thousand, which were appointed by name to come and make Dauid king 32 And of the children of Isachar, which were men that had vnderstanding of the tymes, to knowe what Israel ought to do, the heads of them were two hundred: & all their brethren were at their wyll 33 And of Zabulon which went out to battaile, expert in warre and in all instrumentes of warre, fiftie thousand, which coulde set the battaile in arraye, they were not of double heart 34 And of Nephthali a thousand captaines, and with them with shielde and speare thirtie and seuen thousand 35 And of Dan expert in battayle, twentie & eyght thousand and sixe hundred 36 And of Aser that went out to the warre and kept the forefront of the battaile fourtie thousand 37 And of the othersyde of Iordane, of the Rubenites, and Gadites, and of the halfe tribe of Manasse, with all manner of instrumentes of warre, and hundred and twentie thousand 38 All these were men of warre, keping the forefront of the battel [and] with perfecte heart came to Hebron to make Dauid king ouer all Israel: And all the rest of Israel was of one accorde to make Dauid king 39 And there they were with Dauid three dayes eating & drinking: for their brethren had prepared for them 40 Moreouer, they that were nye them, euen vnto Isachar, Zabulon, & Nephthali, brought bread on asses, cammels, mules, & oxen, & meate, flowre, figges, reasinges, wine, & oyle, oxen, and sheepe aboundantly: For there was ioy in Israel