David accepts The Benjaminite and Judah warriors (1 Chr 12:16-12:18)

“Some Benjaminites and Judahites 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,

Then my heart will be knit to you.

But if you have come to betray me to my adversaries,

Though my hands have done no wrong,

Then may the God of our ancestors see and give judgment.’

Then the Spirit came upon Amasai, chief of the Thirty. He said.

‘We are yours, O David,                  

And with you, O son of Jesse!

Peace, peace to you,

And peace to the one who helps you!

Your God is the one who helps you.’

Then David received them. He made them officers of his troops.”

David welcomed these men into his stronghold. However, he had a warning for them. If they came in friendship, they would be soul mates. However, if they came to betray him, then they would be judged by God. Amasai was the chief of the Thirty, but he was not listed as one of David’s mighty warriors. However, he pledged for the whole group since God was on the side of David. These new men then became officers in his army.

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