1 And all Yisra’ĕl came together to Dawiḏ at Ḥeḇron, saying, “See, we are your bone and your flesh.

2 “Also, in time past, even when Sha’ul was sovereign, you were the one who led Yisra’ĕl out and brought them in. And 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 your Elohim said to you, ‘Shepherd My people Yisra’ĕl, and be ruler over My people Yisra’ĕl.’ ”

3 So all the elders of Yisra’ĕl came to the sovereign at Ḥeḇron, and Dawiḏ made a covenant with them at Ḥeḇron before 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄. And they anointed Dawiḏ sovereign over Yisra’ĕl, according to the word of 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 by Shemu’ĕl.

4 And Dawiḏ and all Yisra’ĕl went to Yerushalayim, which is Yeḇus, where the Yeḇusites were, the inhabitants of the land.

5 And the inhabitants of Yeḇus said to Dawiḏ, “You do not come in here.” But Dawiḏ captured the stronghold of Tsiyon, the City of Dawiḏ.

6 And Dawiḏ said, “Whoever smites the Yeḇusites first becomes chief and commander.” And Yo’aḇ son of Tseruyah went up first, and became chief.

7 And Dawiḏ dwelt in the stronghold, so they called it the City of Dawiḏ.

8 And he built the city around it, from Millo round about, and Yo’aḇ restored the rest of the city.

9 And Dawiḏ went on and became great, and 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 of hosts was with him.

10 And these were the heads of the mighty men whom Dawiḏ had, who strengthened themselves with him in his reign, with all Yisra’ĕl, to appoint him to reign over Yisra’ĕl, according to the word of 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄.

11 And these are the number of the mighty men whom Dawiḏ had: Yashoḇ’am son of a Ḥaḵmonite, chief of the thirty. He had lifted up his spear against three hundred, slain at one time.

12 And after him was El’azar son of Doḏo, the Aḥoḥite, who was one of the three mighty men.

13 He was with Dawiḏ at Pasdammim, and the Pelishtites were gathered there for battle, and a portion of the field was filled with barley, and the people had fled before the Pelishtites.

14 But they took their stand in the midst of that field, and delivered it, and smote the Pelishtites. Thus 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 saved them by a great deliverance.

15 And three of the thirty chiefs went down to the rock to Dawiḏ, into the cave of Aḏullam, while the army of the Pelishtites encamped in the Valley of Repha’im.

16 And Dawiḏ was then in the stronghold, and the watch-post of the Pelishtites was then in Bĕyth Leḥem.

17 And Dawiḏ longed and said, “Oh, that someone would give me a drink of water from the well of Bĕyth Leḥem, which is by the gate!”

18 And the three broke through the camp of the Pelishtites, and drew water from the well of Bĕyth Leḥem that was by the gate, and took it and brought it to Dawiḏ. But Dawiḏ would not drink it, but poured it out to 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄.

19 And he said, “Far be it from me, O my Elohim, that I should do this! Should I drink the blood of these men who have risked their lives? For at the risk of their lives they brought it.” And he would not drink it. This is what the three mighty men did.

20 And Aḇishai the brother of Yo’aḇ was chief of another three. And he had lifted up his spear against three hundred men, who were slain, and won a name among the three.

21 Of the three he was more esteemed than the other two men, so he became their head. However he did not come to the first three.

22 Benayah was the son of Yahoyaḏa, the son of a brave man from Qaḇtse’ĕl, who had done many deeds. He smote two lion-like Mo’aḇites. He also went down and smote a lion in the midst of a pit on a snowy day.

23 And he smote a Mitsrite, a man of great height, five ammah tall. And in the Mitsrite’s hand was a spear like a weaver’s beam, and he went down to him with a staff and wrenched the spear out of the Mitsrite’s hand, and slew him with his own spear.

24 This is what Benayahu Yahoyaḏa did, and won a name among the three mighty men.

25 See, he was more esteemed than the thirty, but he did not come to the first three. And Dawiḏ appointed him over his court.

26 And the mighty men of the armies were Asah’ĕl the brother of Yo’aḇ, Ĕlḥanan son of Doḏo of Bĕyth Leḥem.

27 Shammoth the Harorite, Ḥĕlets the Pelonite,

28 Ira son of Iqqĕsh the Teqowite, Aḇi’ezer the Anathothite,

29 Sibbeḵai the Ḥushathite, Ilai the Aḥoḥite,

30 Maharai the Netophathite, Ḥĕleḏ son of Ba’anah the Netophathite,

31 Ithai son of Ribai of Giḇ’ah, of the children of Binyamin, Benayah the Pirathonite,

32 Ḥurai of the wadis of Ga’ash, Aḇi’ĕl the Arbathite,

33 Azmaweth the Baḥarumite, Elyaḥba the Sha’albonite,

34 the sons of Hashĕm the Gizonite, Yahonathan son of Shaḡĕ the Hararite,

35 Aḥyam son of Saḵar the Hararite, Eliphal son of Ur,

36 Ḥĕpher the Mekĕrathite, Aḥiyah the Pelonite,

37 Ḥetsro the Karmelite, Na’arai son of Ezbai,

38 Yo’ĕl the brother of Nathan, Miḇḥar son of Haḡri,

39 Tseleq the Ammonite, Naḥarai the Berothite – the armour-bearer of Yo’aḇ son of Tseruyah,

40 Ira the Yithrite, Gareb the Yithrite,

41 Uriyah the Ḥittite, Zaḇaḏ son of Aḥlai,

42 Aḏina son of Shiza the Re’uḇĕnite, the head of the Re’uḇĕnites, and thirty with him,

43 Ḥanan son of Ma’aḵah, Yoshaphat the Mithnite,

44 Uzziya the Ashterathite, Shama and Ye’i’ĕl the sons of Ḥotham the Aro’ĕrite,

45 Yeḏiya’ĕl son of Shirnri, and Yoḥa his brother, the Titsite,

46 Eli’ĕl the Maḥawite, and Yeriḇai and Yoshawyah the sons of Elna’am, Yithmah the Mo’aḇite,

47 Eli’ĕl, and Oḇĕḏ, and Ya’asi’ĕl of Metsoḇayah.