1 Chronicles 12:21
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New International Version
They helped David against raiding bands, for all of them were brave warriors, and they were commanders in his army.

New Living Translation
They helped David chase down bands of raiders, for they were all brave and able warriors who became commanders in his army.

English Standard Version
They helped David against the band of raiders, for they were all mighty men of valor and were commanders in the army.

New American Standard Bible
They helped David against the band of raiders, for they were all mighty men of valor, and were captains in the army.

King James Bible
And they helped David against the band of the rovers: for they were all mighty men of valour, and were captains in the host.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They helped David against the raiders, for they were all brave warriors and commanders in the army.

International Standard Version
They helped David against raiders, since they were all warriors and commanders in the army.

NET Bible
They helped David fight against raiding bands, for all of them were warriors and leaders in the army.

New Heart English Bible
They helped David against the band of rovers: for they were all mighty men of valor, and were captains in the army.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They helped David fight raiding parties because they were all warriors, commanders in the army.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And they helped David against the troop, for they were all mighty men of valour, and were captains in the host.

New American Standard 1977
And they helped David against the band of raiders, for they were all mighty men of valor, and were captains in the army.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And they helped David with a band; for they were all mighty men of valour and were captains in the host.

King James 2000 Bible
And they helped David against the band of raiders: for they were all mighty men of valor, and were captains in the army.

American King James Version
And they helped David against the band of the rovers: for they were all mighty men of valor, and were captains in the host.

American Standard Version
And they helped David against the band of rovers: for they were all mighty men of valor, and were captains in the host.

Douay-Rheims Bible
These helped David against the rovers: for they were all most valiant men, and were made commanders in the army.

Darby Bible Translation
And they helped David in his expeditions; for they were all mighty men of valour, and were captains in the host.

English Revised Version
And they helped David against the band of rovers: for they were all mighty men of valour, and were captains in the host.

Webster's Bible Translation
And they helped David against the band of the rovers: for they were all mighty men of valor, and were captains in the host.

World English Bible
They helped David against the band of rovers: for they were all mighty men of valor, and were captains in the army.

Young's Literal Translation
and they have helped with David over the troop, for mighty of valour are all of them, and they are captains in the host,
Study Bible
The Mighty Men Join David at Ziklag
20As he went to Ziklag there defected to him from Manasseh: Adnah, Jozabad, Jediael, Michael, Jozabad, Elihu and Zillethai, captains of thousands who belonged to Manasseh. 21They helped David against the band of raiders, for they were all mighty men of valor, and were captains in the army. 22For day by day men came to David to help him, until there was a great army like the army of God.…
Cross References
1 Samuel 30:1
Then it happened when David and his men came to Ziklag on the third day, that the Amalekites had made a raid on the Negev and on Ziklag, and had overthrown Ziklag and burned it with fire;

1 Chronicles 12:20
As he went to Ziklag there defected to him from Manasseh: Adnah, Jozabad, Jediael, Michael, Jozabad, Elihu and Zillethai, captains of thousands who belonged to Manasseh.
Treasury of Scripture

And they helped David against the band of the rovers: for they were all mighty men of valor, and were captains in the host.

against the band. or, with a band

1 Samuel 30:1-17 And it came to pass, when David and his men were come to Ziklag on …

mighty men

1 Chronicles 12:20 As he went to Ziklag, there fell to him of Manasseh, Adnah, and Jozabad, …

1 Chronicles 5:24 And these were the heads of the house of their fathers, even Epher, …

1 Chronicles 11:10,21,22 These also are the chief of the mighty men whom David had, who strengthened …

(21) And they helped David against the band of the rovers.--So the Vulg. and Syr. The Heb. text has been called "brief and unintelligible," and its explanation has been sought in 1Samuel 30:8; 1Samuel 30:15, where "the band" (haggedd, as here) of Amalek, which had captured and burnt Ziklag in David's absence, is spoken of. But why may we not render, "And these helped David over the band," i.e., in the joint command of his forces. (Comp. 1Chronicles 12:18, "made them captains of the band.") It is pretty clear that the names enumerated (1Chronicles 12:1-20) are those of captains and chiefs, not of ordinary warriors. (Comp, 1Chronicles 12:14; 1Chronicles 12:18.) Consequently 1Chronicles 12:21-22 form a subscription or concluding remark to the entire list.

Verse 21. - The band. The band referred to is evidently that of Amalek in 1 Samuel 30:8, 9. Were captains; better, became captains. And they helped David against the band of the rovers,.... The Amalekites, who, while he was gone with the Philistines, had seized on Ziklag, and burnt it, and carried the women captive, with what spoil they could make; these coming to David thus opportunely, assisted him in his pursuit and defeat of them:

for they were all mighty men of valour, and were captains in the host; or army of David. 21, 22. they helped David against the band—that is, the Amalekites who had pillaged Ziklag in David's absence. This military expedition was made by all his men (1Sa 30:9), who, as David's early helpers, are specially distinguished from those who are mentioned in the latter portion of the chapter.12:1-22 Here is an account of those who appeared and acted as David's friends, while he was persecuted. No difficulties or dangers should keep the sinner from coming to the Savior, nor drive the believer from the path of duty. Those who break through, and overcome in these attempts, will find abundant recompence. From the words of Amasai we may learn how to testify our affection and allegiance to the Lord Jesus; his we must be throughly; on his side we must be forward to appear and act. If we are under the influence of the Spirit, we shall desire to have our lot among them, and to declare ourselves on their side; if in faith and love we embrace the cause of Christ, he will receive, employ, and advance us.
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