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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge: 1 Chronicles 12

Chapter 12

Now these are they that came to David to Ziklag, while he yet kept himself close because of Saul the son of Kish: and they were among the mighty men, helpers of the war.

these are

1 Samuel 27:2,6 2 Samuel 1:1 4:10

while he yet, etc

Heb. being yet shut up. Sometimes, in the East, when a successful prince endeavoured to extirpate the preceding royal family, some of them escaped the slaughter, and secured themselves in an impregnable fortress, or in a place of great secrecy; while others have been known to seek an asylum in a foreign county, from when they have occasioned, from time to time, great anxiety and great difficulties to the usurper of the crown. The expression shut up, so often applied to the extermination of eastern royal families. (De 32:32. 1 Ki 14:10; 21:21. 2 Ki 9:8; 14:26,) strictly speaking, refers to the two first of these cases; but the term may be used in a more extensive sense, for those who, by retiring into deserts, or foreign countries, preserve themselves from being slain by the men who usurp the dominions of their ancestors. Thus the term is here applied to David, though he did not shut himself up, strictly speaking, in Ziklag. It is described as a town in the country, and was probably an unwalled town; and it is certain that he did not confine himself to it, but, on the contrary, was continually making excursions from thence.


8:33 9:39

the mighty


They were armed with bows, and could use both the right hand and the left in hurling stones and shooting arrows out of a bow, even of Saul's brethren of Benjamin.

could use

Judges 3:15 20:16

in hurling

1 Samuel 17:49

The chief was Ahiezer, then Joash, the sons of Shemaah the Gibeathite; and Jeziel, and Pelet, the sons of Azmaveth; and Berachah, and Jehu the Antothite,


or, Hasmaah. Gibeathite.

1 Samuel 11:4 2 Samuel 21:6



the Antothite


And Ismaiah the Gibeonite, a mighty man among the thirty, and over the thirty; and Jeremiah, and Jahaziel, and Johanan, and Josabad the Gederathite,


Joshua 9:3,17-23

a mighty man



Joshua 15:36

And Joelah, and Zebadiah, the sons of Jeroham of Gedor.


4:18,39 Joshua 15:58

And of the Gadites there separated themselves unto David into the hold to the wilderness men of might, and men of war fit for the battle, that could handle shield and buckler, whose faces were like the faces of lions, and were as swift as the roes upon the mountains;

into the hold

16 11:16 1 Samuel 23:14,29 24:22

of war

Heb. of the host. handle.

2 Chronicles 25:5 Jeremiah 46:9

whose faces

11:22 2 Samuel 1:23 17:10 23:20 Proverbs 28:1

as swift as the roes upon the mountains

Heb. as the roes upon the mountains to make haste.

2 Samuel 2:18 Proverbs 6:5 Song of Solomon 8:14

These were of the sons of Gad, captains of the host: one of the least was over an hundred, and the greatest over a thousand.

one of the least was over an hundred, and the greatest over a thousand

or, one that was least could resist an hundred, the greatest a thousand.

Leviticus 26:8 Deuteronomy 32:30

These are they that went over Jordan in the first month, when it had overflown all his banks; and they put to flight all them of the valleys, both toward the east, and toward the west.

it had overflown

Heb. it had filled over.

Joshua 3:15 4:18 Jeremiah 12:5 49:19

And there came of the children of Benjamin and Judah to the hold unto David.

the children

the hold

Verse 17

And David went out to meet them, and answered and said unto them, If ye be come peaceably unto me to help me, mine heart shall be knit unto you: but if ye be come to betray me to mine enemies, seeing there is no wrong in mine hands, the God of our fathers look thereon, and rebuke it.

to meet them

Heb. before them. If ye be come.

1 Samuel 16:4 2 Samuel 3:20-25 1 Kings 2:13 2 Kings 9:22 Psalms 12:1,2


1 Samuel 18:1,3 2 Kings 10:15 Psalms 86:11 2 Corinthians 13:11 Philippians 1:27


Heb. one.

Jeremiah 32:39 Acts 4:32 1 Corinthians 1:10


or, violence. God.

Genesis 31:42,53 1 Samuel 24:11-17 26:23,24 Psalms 7:6 1 Peter 2:23

rebuke it

Zechariah 3:2 Jude 1:9

Then the spirit came upon Amasai, who was chief of the captains, and he said, Thine are we, David, and on thy side, thou son of Jesse: peace, peace be unto thee, and peace be to thine helpers; for thy God helpeth thee. Then David received them, and made them captains of the band.

the spirit

Judges 6:34 13:25 Isaiah 59:17

came upon Amasai

Heb. clothed Amasai.

2:17 2 Samuel 17:25 19:13 20:4-8


Thine are we.

2 Kings 10:5

and on they side

Ruth 1:16 2 Samuel 15:21 2 Kings 9:32 Matthew 12:30


Galatians 6:16 Ephesians 6:23,24

thy God

1 Samuel 25:28,29 2 Samuel 5:2 Zechariah 8:23 John 6:67,68

captains of the band

1 Samuel 8:12 22:7 1 Kings 9:22

And there fell some of Manasseh to David, when he came with the Philistines against Saul to battle: but they helped them not: for the lords of the Philistines upon advisement sent him away, saying, He will fall to his master Saul to the jeopardy of our heads.

when he came

1 Samuel 29:2-4

to the jeopardy of our heads

Heb. on our heads.

As he went to Ziklag, there fell to him of Manasseh, Adnah, and Jozabad, and Jediael, and Michael, and Jozabad, and Elihu, and Zilthai, captains of the thousands that were of Manasseh.

As he went

These captains of Manasseh seem to have met David as he was returning from the army of the Philistines to Ziklag. It is probable that they did not bring their companies with them; yet they both assured him of future assistance, and very seasonably helped him against the Amalekites who had spoiled Ziklag.

1 Samuel 29:11


Exodus 18:21 Deuteronomy 1:15 33:17

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

against the band

or, with a band.

1 Samuel 30:1-17

mighty men

20 5:24 11:10,21,22

For at that time day by day there came to David to help him, until it was a great host, like the host of God.

day by day

2 Samuel 2:2-4 3:1 Job 17:9

like the host of God

That is, says the Targumist, a very numerous army, like the army of the angel of God.

Genesis 32:2 Joshua 5:14 Psalms 148:2

And these are the numbers of the bands that were ready armed to the war, and came to David to Hebron, to turn the kingdom of Saul to him, according to the word of the LORD.

A. M. 2956. B.C. 1048. An. Ex. Is. 433. the numbers

11:1-3 2 Samuel 2:3,4 5:1-3


or, captains, or men. Heb. heads. came to David. Some learned men understand this as relating to the time when David was make king over Judah, on his first coming to Hebron: but it seems wholly to refer to his being made king over all Israel, after the death of Ishbosheth; for there was no such union or assembly of the several tribes on the former occasion, as is here described.

to turn



11:10 1 Samuel 16:1,3,12,13 2 Samuel 3:18 Psalms 2:6 89:19,20

The children of Judah that bare shield and spear were six thousand and eight hundred, ready armed to the war.


or, prepared.

And Jehoiada was the leader of the Aaronites, and with him were three thousand and seven hundred;

the leader

9:20 2 Kings 11:4,9 25:18


6:49-57 27:17

And Zadok, a young man mighty of valour, and of his father's house twenty and two captains.


6:8,53 2 Samuel 8:17 1 Kings 1:8 2:35 Ezekiel 44:15

And of the children of Benjamin, the kindred of Saul, three thousand: for hitherto the greatest part of them had kept the ward of the house of Saul.


Heb. brethren.

2 Genesis 31:23

the greatest part of them

Heb. a multitude of them.

2 Samuel 2:8,9

And of the children of Ephraim twenty thousand and eight hundred, mighty men of valour, famous throughout the house of their fathers.


Heb. men of names.

Genesis 6:4

And of the half tribe of Manasseh eighteen thousand, which were expressed by name, to come and make David king.

the half tribe

Joshua 17:1-18

And of the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do; the heads of them were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their commandment.

understanding of the times

That is, as the following words indicate, intelligent men, who understood the signs of the times, well versed in political affairs, and knew what was proper to be done in all the exigencies of human life; and who now perceived that it was both the duty and political interest of Israel to advance David to the throne.

Genesis 49:14 Esther 1:13 Isaiah 22:12-14 33:6 Micah 6:9 Matthew 16:3 Luke 12:56,57

to know

Proverbs 14:8 Ephesians 5:17

all their

Proverbs 24:5 Ecclesiastes 7:19 9:18

Of Zebulun, such as went forth to battle, expert in war, with all instruments of war, fifty thousand, which could keep rank: they were not of double heart.

expert in war

or, rangers of battle, or ranged in battle. keep rank. or, set the battle in array. they were not of double heart. Heb. they were without a heart and a heart. That is, they were all sincerely affected towards David, though so numerous.

Psalms 12:2 John 1:47

And of Asher, such as went forth to battle, expert in war, forty thousand.

expert in war

or, keeping their rank.

33 Joel 2:7

And on the other side of Jordan, of the Reubenites, and the Gadites, and of the half tribe of Manasseh, with all manner of instruments of war for the battle, an hundred and twenty thousand.

the other side

5:1-10 Numbers 32:33-42 Deuteronomy 3:12-16 Joshua 13:7-32 14:3 22:1-10

All these men of war, that could keep rank, came with a perfect heart to Hebron, to make David king over all Israel: and all the rest also of Israel were of one heart to make David king.

with a perfect heart

The meaning of this expression may be inferred from that of a double heart in ver. 33. If a double heart be expressive of insincerity or duplicity, a perfect heart, which seems to be put in opposition to it, must signify a sincere, faithful, and entire attachment.

1 Kings 8:61 11:4 2 Kings 20:3 Psalms 101:2

all the rest

17,18 Genesis 49:8-10 2 Chronicles 30:12 Psalms 110:3 Ezekiel 11:19

And there they were with David three days, eating and drinking: for their brethren had prepared for them.

eating and drinking

Genesis 26:30 31:54 2 Samuel 6:19 19:42

Moreover they that were nigh them, even unto Issachar and Zebulun and Naphtali, brought bread on asses, and on camels, and on mules, and on oxen, and meat, meal, cakes of figs, and bunches of raisins, and wine, and oil, and oxen, and sheep abundantly: for there was joy in Israel.


The Septuagint reads [ ] "brought (to) them" which is probably correct; the Hebrew lahem, "to them" might be easily mistaken for lechem, "bread." The passage will then read, "bought them on asses, on camels, and on mules, and on oxen, meat, meal, cakes of figs," etc., which renders the introduction of and unnecessary. From the mention of oil, figs, and raisins, Mr. Harmer thinks that this assembly was held in autumn.

2 Samuel 16:1 17:27-29

meat, meal

or, victual of meal. cakes of figs.

1 Samuel 25:18

there was joy

1 Kings 1:40 2 Kings 11:20 Proverbs 11:10 29:2 Jeremiah 23:5,6 Luke 19:37,38 Revelation 19:5-7