This is what you must do. One third of you priests and Levites who are on duty during the Sabbath will guard the doors.
to the third white horses, and to the fourth spotted horses, all of them strong. 1
He ordered them, “This is what you must do. One third of the unit that is on duty during the Sabbath will guard the royal palace.
David said to Jonathan, “Tomorrow is the new moon, and I am certainly expected to join the king for a meal. 1 You must send me away so I can hide in the field until the third evening from now.
Jonathan said to David, “The Lord God of Israel is my witness. 1 I will feel out my father about this time the day after tomorrow. If he is favorably inclined toward David, will I not then send word to you and let you know? 2
David then sent out the army – a third under the leadership of Joab, a third under the leadership of Joab’s brother Abishai son of Zeruiah, and a third under the leadership of Ittai the Gittite. The king said to the troops, “I too will indeed march out with you.”
Burn a third of it in the fire inside the city when the days of your siege are completed. Take a third and slash it with a sword all around the city. Scatter a third to the wind, and I will unleash a sword behind them.
Then I will bring the remaining third into the fire; I will refine them like silver is refined and will test them like gold is tested. They will call on my name and I will answer; I will say, ‘These are my people,’ and they will say, ‘The Lord is my God.’” 1