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1 Chronicles 11:1 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Then all Israel gathered themselves to David unto Hebron, saying, Behold, we are thy bone and thy flesh.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Then all Israel gathered themselves to David unto Hebron, saying, Behold, we [are] thy bone and thy flesh.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Then all Israel gathered to David at Hebron and said, “Behold, we are your bone and your flesh.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Then all Israel gathered themselves to David to Hebron, saying, Behold, we [are] thy bone and thy flesh.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— And all Israel assembled themselves to David to Hebron, saying, Behold, we are thy bone and thy flesh.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Then did all Israel gather themselves together to David, unto Hebron, saying,—Lo! thy bone and thy flesh, are we.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— And gathered are all Israel unto David to Hebron, saying, 'Lo, thy bone and thy flesh [are] we;
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Then all Israel gathered themselves to David in Hebron, saying: We are thy bone, and thy flesh.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Then all Israel gathered themselues to Dauid vnHebron, saying, Behold, wee [are] thy bone and thy flesh.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— And all Israel came to David in Hebron{gr.Chebron}, saying, Behold, we [are] thy bones and thy flesh.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Then all Yisrael gathered themselves to Dawid unto Chevron, saying, Behold, we [are] thy bone and thy flesh.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Then all x3605
(3605) Complement
From H3634; properly the whole; hence all, any or every (in the singular only, but often in a plural sense).
Yi$rl יִשׂרָאֵל 3478
{3478} Prime
From H8280 and H0410; he will rule as God; Jisrael, a symbolical name of Jacob; also (typically) of his posterity.
gathered y6908
[6908] Standard
A primitive root; to grasp, that is, collect.
<8735> Grammar
Stem - Niphal (See H8833)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 1602
themselves x6908
(6908) Complement
A primitive root; to grasp, that is, collect.
to x413
(0413) Complement
(Used only in the shortened constructive form (the second form)); a primitive particle, properly denoting motion towards, but occasionally used of a quiescent position, that is, near, with or among; often in general, to.
Dwi דָּוִד 1732
{1732} Prime
From the same as H1730; loving; David, the youngest son of Jesse.
unto evrn חֶברוֹן, 2275
{2275} Prime
From H2267; seat of association; Chebron, a place in Palestine, also the name of two Israelites.
saying, 559
{0559} Prime
A primitive root; to say (used with great latitude).
<8800> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Infinitive (See H8812)
Count - 4888
Behold, x2009
(2009) Complement
Prolonged for H2005; lo!.
we x587
(0587) Complement
Apparently from H0595; we.
[are] thy bone 6106
{6106} Prime
From H6105; a bone (as strong); by extension the body; figuratively the substance, that is, (as pronoun) selfsame.
and thy flesh. 1320
{1320} Prime
From H1319; flesh (from its freshness); by extension body, person; also (by euphemism) the pudenda of a man.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

1 Chronicles 11:1

_ _ 1 Chronicles 11:1-3. David made king.

_ _ Then all Israel gathered themselves to David unto Hebron — This event happened on the death of Ish-bosheth (see on 2 Samuel 5:1). The convention of the estates of the kingdom, the public and solemn homage of the representatives of the people, and the repeated anointing of the new king in their presence and by their direction, seem to have been necessary to the general acknowledgment of the sovereign on the part of the nation (compare 1 Samuel 11:15).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

1 Chronicles 11:1-9

_ _ David is here brought to the possession.

_ _ I. Of the throne of Israel, after he had reigned seven years in Hebron, over Judah only. In consideration of his relation to them (1 Chronicles 11:1), his former good services, and especially the divine designation (1 Chronicles 11:2), they anointed him their king: he covenanted to protect them, and they to bear faith and true allegiance to him, 1 Chronicles 11:3. Observe, 1. God's counsels will be fulfilled at last, whatever difficulties lie in the way. If God had said, David shall rule, it is in vain to oppose it. 2. Men that have long stood in their own light, when they have long wearied themselves with their lying vanities, it is to be hoped, will understand the things that belong to their peace and return to their own mercies. 3. Between prince and people there is an original contract, which both ought religiously to observe. If ever any prince might have claimed an absolute despotic power, David might, and might as safely as any have been entrusted with it; and yet he made a covenant with the people, took the coronation-oath, to rule by law.

_ _ II. Of the strong-hold of Zion, which was held by the Jebusites till David's time. Whether David had a particular eye upon it as a place fit to make a royal city, or whether he had a promise of it from God, it seems that one of his first exploits was to make himself master of that fort; and, when he had it, he called it the city of David, 1 Chronicles 11:7. To this reference is had, Psalms 2:6. I have set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. See here what quickens and engages resolution in great undertakings. 1. Opposition. When the Jebusites set David at defiance, and said, Thou shalt not come hither. he resolved to force it, whatever it cost him. 2. Prospect of preferment. When David proposed to give the general's place to him that would lead the attack upon the castle of Zion, Joab was fired with the proposal, and he went up first, and was chief. It has been said, “Take away honour out of the soldier's eye and you cut off the spurs from his heels.”

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

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Geneva Bible Translation Notes

1 Chronicles 11:1

Then all Israel (a) gathered themselves to David unto Hebron, saying, Behold, we [are] thy bone and thy flesh.

(a) This was after the death of Ishbosheth Saul's son, when David had reigned over Judah seven years and six months in Hebron, (2 Samuel 5:5).

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
am 2956, bc 1048, An, Ex, Is, 443

all Israel:

1 Chronicles 12:23-40 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. ... 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.
2 Samuel 5:1-16 Then came all the tribes of Israel to David unto Hebron, and spake, saying, Behold, we [are] thy bone and thy flesh. ... And Elishama, and Eliada, and Eliphalet.


Numbers 13:22 And they ascended by the south, and came unto Hebron; where Ahiman, Sheshai, and Talmai, the children of Anak, [were]. (Now Hebron was built seven years before Zoan in Egypt.)
2 Samuel 2:1 And it came to pass after this, that David enquired of the LORD, saying, Shall I go up into any of the cities of Judah? And the LORD said unto him, Go up. And David said, Whither shall I go up? And he said, Unto Hebron.
2 Samuel 15:10 But Absalom sent spies throughout all the tribes of Israel, saying, As soon as ye hear the sound of the trumpet, then ye shall say, Absalom reigneth in Hebron.
1 Kings 2:11 And the days that David reigned over Israel [were] forty years: seven years reigned he in Hebron, and thirty and three years reigned he in Jerusalem.


Genesis 29:14 And Laban said to him, Surely thou [art] my bone and my flesh. And he abode with him the space of a month.
Deuteronomy 17:15 Thou shalt in any wise set [him] king over thee, whom the LORD thy God shall choose: [one] from among thy brethren shalt thou set king over thee: thou mayest not set a stranger over thee, which [is] not thy brother.
Judges 9:2 Speak, I pray you, in the ears of all the men of Shechem, Whether [is] better for you, either that all the sons of Jerubbaal, [which are] threescore and ten persons, reign over you, or that one reign over you? remember also that I [am] your bone and your flesh.
2 Samuel 19:12-13 Ye [are] my brethren, ye [are] my bones and my flesh: wherefore then are ye the last to bring back the king? ... And say ye to Amasa, [Art] thou not of my bone, and of my flesh? God do so to me, and more also, if thou be not captain of the host before me continually in the room of Joab.
Ephesians 5:30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.
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Gn 29:14. Nu 13:22. Dt 17:15. Jg 9:2. 2S 2:1; 5:1; 15:10; 19:12. 1K 2:11. 1Ch 12:23. Ep 5:30.

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