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1 Chronicles 12
The Mighty Men Join David
 Now these are the men who came to David at Ziklag, while he could not move about freely because of Saul the son of Kish. And they were among the mighty men who helped him in war.  They were bowmen and could shoot arrows and sling stones with either the right or the left hand; they were Benjaminites, Saul's kinsmen.  The chief was Ahiezer, then Joash, both sons of Shemaah of Gibeah; also Jeziel and Pelet, the sons of Azmaveth; Beracah, Jehu of Anathoth,  Ishmaiah of Gibeon, a mighty man among the thirty and a leader over the thirty; Jeremiah, Jahaziel, Johanan, Jozabad of Gederah,  Eluzai, Jerimoth, Bealiah, Shemariah, Shephatiah the Haruphite;  Elkanah, Isshiah, Azarel, Joezer, and Jashobeam, the Korahites;  And Joelah and Zebadiah, the sons of Jeroham of Gedor.
 From the Gadites there went over to David at the stronghold in the wilderness mighty and experienced warriors, expert with shield and spear, whose faces were like the faces of lions and who were swift as gazelles upon the mountains:  Ezer the chief, Obadiah second, Eliab third,  Mishmannah fourth, Jeremiah fifth,  Attai sixth, Eliel seventh,  Johanan eighth, Elzabad ninth,  Jeremiah tenth, Machbannai eleventh.  These Gadites were officers of the army; the least was a match for a hundred men and the greatest for a thousand.  These are the men who crossed the Jordan in the first month, when it was overflowing all its banks, and put to flight all those in the valleys, to the east and to the west.
 And some of the men of Benjamin and Judah came to the stronghold to David.  David went out to meet them and said to them, “If you have come to me in friendship to help me, my heart will be joined to you; but if to betray me to my adversaries, although there is no wrong in my hands, then may the God of our fathers see and rebuke you.”  Then the Spirit clothed Amasai, chief of the thirty, and he said,
“We are yours, O David,
and with you, O son of Jesse!
Peace, peace to you,
and peace to your helpers!
For your God helps you.”
Then David received them and made them officers of his troops.
 Some of the men of Manasseh deserted to David when he came with the Philistines for the battle against Saul. (Yet he did not help them, for the rulers of the Philistines took counsel and sent him away, saying, “At peril to our heads he will desert to his master Saul.”)  As he went to Ziklag, these men of Manasseh deserted to him: Adnah, Jozabad, Jediael, Michael, Jozabad, Elihu, and Zillethai, chiefs of thousands in Manasseh.  They helped David against the band of raiders, for they were all mighty men of valor and were commanders in the army.  For from day to day men came to David to help him, until there was a great army, like an army of God.
 These are the numbers of the divisions of the armed troops who came to David in Hebron to turn the kingdom of Saul over to him, according to the word of the LORD.  The men of Judah bearing shield and spear were 6,800 armed troops.  Of the Simeonites, mighty men of valor for war, 7,100.  Of the Levites 4,600.  The prince Jehoiada, of the house of Aaron, and with him 3,700.  Zadok, a young man mighty in valor, and twenty-two commanders from his own fathers' house.  Of the Benjaminites, the kinsmen of Saul, 3,000, of whom the majority had to that point kept their allegiance to the house of Saul.  Of the Ephraimites 20,800, mighty men of valor, famous men in their fathers' houses.  Of the half-tribe of Manasseh 18,000, who were expressly named to come and make David king.  Of Issachar, men who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do, 200 chiefs, and all their kinsmen under their command.  Of Zebulun 50,000 seasoned troops, equipped for battle with all the weapons of war, to help David with singleness of purpose.  Of Naphtali 1,000 commanders with whom were 37,000 men armed with shield and spear.  Of the Danites 28,600 men equipped for battle.  Of Asher 40,000 seasoned troops ready for battle.  Of the Reubenites and Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh from beyond the Jordan, 120,000 men armed with all the weapons of war.
 All these, men of war, arrayed in battle order, came to Hebron with a whole heart to make David king over all Israel. Likewise, all the rest of Israel were of a single mind to make David king.  And they were there with David for three days, eating and drinking, for their brothers had made preparation for them.  And also their relatives, from as far as Issachar and Zebulun and Naphtali, came bringing food on donkeys and on camels and on mules and on oxen, abundant provisions of flour, cakes of figs, clusters of raisins, and wine and oil, oxen and sheep, for there was joy in Israel.
1 Chronicles 13
The Ark Brought from Kiriath-Jearim
 David consulted with the commanders of thousands and of hundreds, with every leader.  And David said to all the assembly of Israel, “If it seems good to you and from the LORD our God, let us send abroad to our brothers who remain in all the lands of Israel, as well as to the priests and Levites in the cities that have pasturelands, that they may be gathered to us.  Then let us bring again the ark of our God to us, for we did not seek it in the days of Saul.”  All the assembly agreed to do so, for the thing was right in the eyes of all the people.
Uzzah and the Ark
 So David assembled all Israel from the Nile of Egypt to Lebo-hamath, to bring the ark of God from Kiriath-jearim.  And David and all Israel went up to Baalah, that is, to Kiriath-jearim that belongs to Judah, to bring up from there the ark of God, which is called by the name of the LORD who sits enthroned above the cherubim.  And they carried the ark of God on a new cart, from the house of Abinadab, and Uzzah and Ahio were driving the cart.  And David and all Israel were celebrating before God with all their might, with song and lyres and harps and tambourines and cymbals and trumpets.
 And when they came to the threshing floor of Chidon, Uzzah put out his hand to take hold of the ark, for the oxen stumbled.  And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Uzzah, and he struck him down because he put out his hand to the ark, and he died there before God.  And David was angry because the LORD had broken out against Uzzah. And that place is called Perez-uzza to this day.  And David was afraid of God that day, and he said, “How can I bring the ark of God home to me?”  So David did not take the ark home into the city of David, but took it aside to the house of Obed-edom the Gittite.  And the ark of God remained with the household of Obed-edom in his house three months. And the LORD blessed the household of Obed-edom and all that he had.
1 Chronicles 14
David's Wives and Children
 And Hiram king of Tyre sent messengers to David, and cedar trees, also masons and carpenters to build a house for him.  And David knew that the LORD had established him as king over Israel, and that his kingdom was highly exalted for the sake of his people Israel.
 And David took more wives in Jerusalem, and David fathered more sons and daughters.  These are the names of the children born to him in Jerusalem: Shammua, Shobab, Nathan, Solomon,  Ibhar, Elishua, Elpelet,  Nogah, Nepheg, Japhia,  Elishama, Beeliada and Eliphelet.
 When the Philistines heard that David had been anointed king over all Israel, all the Philistines went up to search for David. But David heard of it and went out against them.  Now the Philistines had come and made a raid in the Valley of Rephaim.  And David inquired of God, “Shall I go up against the Philistines? Will you give them into my hand?” And the LORD said to him, “Go up, and I will give them into your hand.”  And he went up to Baal-perazim, and David struck them down there. And David said, “God has broken through my enemies by my hand, like a bursting flood.” Therefore the name of that place is called Baal-perazim.  And they left their gods there, and David gave command, and they were burned.
 And the Philistines yet again made a raid in the valley.  And when David again inquired of God, God said to him, “You shall not go up after them; go around and come against them opposite the balsam trees.  And when you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the balsam trees, then go out to battle, for God has gone out before you to strike down the army of the Philistines.”  And David did as God commanded him, and they struck down the Philistine army from Gibeon to Gezer.  And the fame of David went out into all lands, and the LORD brought the fear of him upon all nations.
I Am the Good Shepherd
 “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber.  But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.  To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.  When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.  A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.”  This figure of speech Jesus used with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them.
 So Jesus again said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.  All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them.  I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture.  The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.  I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.  He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them.  He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.  I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me,  just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep.  And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd.  For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again.  No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father.”
 There was again a division among the Jews because of these words.  Many of them said, “He has a demon, and is insane; why listen to him?”  Others said, “These are not the words of one who is oppressed by a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?”