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LORD, YOUR POWER CAN SAVE all who seek you, all
who come to you believing. The apostle Paul’s teaching
influenced people living in Rome, the seat of power, but
he also prayed for them day and night. I am reminded
to lift up all people in our nation. This daily time in
your Word has deepened my faith and my resolve to
continue praying for our country, for those who do
not yet know you. Amen.
1 CHRONICLES 12:19–14:17
Some men from Manasseh defected from the
Israelite army and joined David when he set
out with the Philistines to fight against Saul.
But as it turned out, the Philistine rulers re
fused to let David and his men go with them.
After much discussion, they sent them back,
for they said, “It will cost us our heads if David
switches loyalties to Saul and turns against us.”
20 Here is a list of the men from Manasseh
who defected to David as he was returning to
Ziklag: Adnah, Jozabad, Jediael, Michael, Joz
abad, Elihu, and Zillethai. Each commanded
1,000 troops from the tribe of Manasseh.
21 They helped Da
vid chase down bands of
raiders, for they were all brave and able war
riors who became commanders in his army.
22 Day after day more men joined David until
he had a great army, like the army of God.
23 These are the numbers of armed war
riors who joined David at Hebron. They were
all eager to see David become king instead of
Saul, just as the Lord had promised.
24 From the tribe of Judah, there were 6,800
warriors armed with shields and spears.
25 From the tribe of Simeon, there were 7,100
26 From the tribe of Levi, there were 4,600
warriors. 27 This included Jehoiada, leader
of the family of Aaron, who had 3,700
under his command. 28 This also included
Zadok, a brave young warrior, with
22 members of his family who were all
29 From the tribe of Benjamin, Saul’s relatives,
there were 3,000 warriors. Most of the
men from Benjamin had remained loyal to
Saul until this time.
30 From the tribe of Ephraim, there were
20,800 brave warriors, each highly
respected in his own clan.
31 From the h
alf-tribe of Manasseh west of
the Jordan, 18,000 men were designated by
name to help David become king.
32 From the tribe of Issachar, there were
200 leaders of the tribe with their relatives.
All these men understood the signs of the
times and knew the best course for Israel
33 From the tribe of Zebulun, there were
50,000 skilled warriors. They were fully
armed and prepared for battle and
completely loyal to David.
34 From the tribe of Naphtali, there were
1,000 officers and 37,000 warriors armed
with shields and spears.
35 From the tribe of Dan, there were 28,600
warriors, all prepared for battle.
36 From the tribe of Asher, there were 40,000
trained warriors, all prepared for battle.
37 From the east side of the Jordan R
where the tribes of Reuben and Gad and
the half-tribe of Manasseh lived—there
were 120,000 troops armed with every
kind of weapon.
38 All these men came in battle array to He
bron with the single purpose of making David
the king over all Israel. In fact, everyone in Is
rael agreed that David should be their king.
39 They feasted and drank with David for three
days, for preparations had been made by their
relatives for their arrival. 40 And people from
as far away as Issachar, Z ebulun, and Naphtali
brought food on donkeys, camels, mules, and
oxen. Vast supplies of flour, fig cakes, clusters
of raisins, wine, olive oil, cattle, sheep, and
goats were brought to the celebration. There
was great joy throughout the land of Israel.
consulted with all his officials, in
cluding the generals and captains of his
army.* 2 Then he addressed the entire assem
bly of Israel as follows: “If you approve and if
it is the will of the Lord our God, let us send
messages to all the Israelites throughout the
land, including the priests and Levites in their
towns and pasturelands. Let us invite them to
come and join us. 3 It is time to bring back the
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