Sin Crouches

(Genesis 4:7)
Sin Crouches

Sin crouches at
Your door; you must
Master it, or
You will go bust.

~Day Williams

FIRST CHRONICLES CHAPTER ELEVEN

FIRST CHRONICLES CHAPTER ELEVEN

1 Israel’s leaders went to Hebron and

               Told David, “We are your own flesh and blood.

2 In days of old, while Saul was king, you were

The one who guided Israel when we

Had military action, and the LORD

Your God told you, ‘You’ll shepherd my own people

Israel, and you will become their ruler.’”

               3 Israel’s leaders met King David at

Hebron, and he did make a covenant

With them at Hebron in the presence of

The LORD, and they anointed David king

Of Israel, as God had promised through

Samuel, 4 then David and the Israelites

Marched to Jerusalem (or, Jebus), and

The Jebusites who lived there 5 said to David,

“You will not get in here.” Yet David captured

               The citadel of Zion—David’s City.

6 David had said, “The man who leads the strike

On Jebusites will be the chief commander.”

Joab, Zeruiah’s son, went first, and so

Became the general; 7 then David went

To live inside the citadel, so it

Was known as David’s City. 8 He built up

The city close by it, from terraces

To the surrounding wall, while Joab did

Restore the other city sections. 9 David’s

Power expanded, for the LORD Almighty

Was with him. 10 David’s mighty warriors, with

               All Israel, did back his kingship and

               Extended it across the land, as God

Had promised. 11 David’s mighty warriors were

Jashobeam,a Hakmonite, the chief

Of officers; he raised his spear against

Three hundred men and killed them in one fight,

12 And next to him was Eleazar son

Of one of the three mighty warriors, Dodai

The Ahohite, 13 who was with David at

Pas Dammim when the Philistines assembled

There for a battle. At a battleground

Where stood a barley field, the troops retreated

From Philistines, 14 but mid-field took their stand,

Defended it and struck the Philistines

Down, and the LORD brought them a victory.

15 Three of the thirty chiefs came down to David,

Down at the rock at the Adullam cave,

While camped within Rephaim Valley was

A band of Philistines. 16 Now David was

Inside the stronghold, and the garrison

Of Philistines was camped at Bethlehem;

17 Then David longed for water, saying, “Oh,

That someone would get me a drink of water

Out of the well near Bethlehem’s gate!” 18 So

The Three broke through the Philistine lines, drew

Some water from the well close to the gate

Of Bethlehem and carried it to David.

But he refused to drink it, and instead,

He poured it out unto the LORD. 19 “May God

Forbid that I should do this!” he said. “Should

I drink the blood of these men who went out

And risked their lives?” Because they risked their lives

To bring it, David would not drink it. Such  

Were exploits of the three great warriors. 20 Ab-

Ishai, Joab’s brother, was the chief

Out of the Three. He raised his spear against

Three hundred men and killed them all, so he

Became as famous as the Three. 21 He was

Doubly honored above the Three and he

Became their chief, although he was not counted

As one of them. 22 Benaiah son of Je-

Hoiada, valiant fighter out of Kab-  

Zeel, performed great exploits. He struck down

Moab’s two strongest warriors; also, on

A snowy day he went down in a pit 

And killed a lion, 23 and he also struck

Down an Egyptian, height: five cubits, and

Though the Egyptian held in hand a spear

Much like a weaver’s rod, Benaiah

Battled him with a club. He snatched the spear

From the Egyptian’s hand and killed him with

His own spear. 24 Such were exploits by Jehoiada’s

Son, Benaiah, who was famous as

The three great warriors, 25 and he was esteemed

More than were any of the Thirty, but

               Was not included in the Three. And David

Put him in charge of his own bodyguard.

26 The mighty warriors were these: Asahel,

               Brother of Joab, Elhanan the son

Of Dodo out of Bethlehem, 27 and Shammoth

The Harorite, Helez the Pelonite,

               28 Ira the son of Ikkesh from Tekoa,

Abiezer out of Anathoth, 29 Sib-

Bekai the Hushathite, Ilai, who

Was an Ahohite, 30 Maharai, who

Was a Netophathite, Heled son of

Baanah the Netophathite, 31 Ithai

The son of Ribai from Gibeah

In Benjamin, the Pirathonite named

Benaiah, 32 Hurai from ravines

               Of Gaash, Abiel the Arbathite,

33 Azmaveth the Baharumite, Eli-

Ahba the Shaalbonite, 34 sons of Hashem

               The Gizonite, and Jonathan the son

Of Shagee the Hararite, 35 Ahiam son

Of Sakar, Hararite, Eliphal son

               Of Ur, 36 the Mekerathite Hepher, A-

Hijah the Pelonite, 37 the Carmelite

Named Hezro, Naarai son of Ezbai,

               38 And Joel, Nathan’s brother, Mibhar son

Of Hagri, 39 and the Ammonite named Zelek,

The Berothite named Naharai, the armor-

               Bearer of Joab son of Zeruiah,

40 The Ithrite Ira and the Ithrite Gareb,

41 The Hittite called Uriah, Zabad son   

               Of Ahlai, 42 and Adina son of Shiza

The Reubenite, the chief of Reubenites,

 And the whole thirty with him, 43 Hanan son

               O Maakah, the Mithnite Joshaphat,

44 And the Ashterathite Uzzia, Shama

And Jeiel, the sons of Hotham, who

               Was an Aroerite, 45 Jediael

The son of Shimri, and his brother Joha

The Tizite, 46 Eliel the Mahavite,

               Jeribai and Joshaviah, sons

Of Elnaam, the Moabite named Ithmah,

47 Eliel, Obed and Jaasiel

The Mezobaite, all warriors who fought well.