1.1 Adam,Seth,E'nosh,

1.2 Ke'nan,Mahal'alel,Ja'red,

1.3 E'noch,Methu'selah,La'mech,

1.4 Noah,Shem, Ham, and Ja'pheth.

1.5 The sons of Ja'pheth were Go'mer, Ma'gog, Ma'dai, Ja'van, Tu'bal, Me'shech, and Ti'ras.

1.6 The sons of Go'mer were Ash'kenaz, Ri'phath, and Togar'mah.

1.7 The sons of Ja'van were Eli'shah, Tar'shish, Kit'tim, and Ro'danim.

1.8 The sons of Ham were Cush, Miz'raim, Put, and Ca'naan.

1.9 The sons of Cush were Se'ba, Hav'ilah, Sab'tah, Ra'amah, and Sab'teca.

The sons of Ra'amah were She'ba and De'dan.

1.10 Cush became father to Nim'rod. He was the first to become a mighty one on the earth.

1.11 Miz'raim became father to Lu'dim, An'amim, Leha'bim, Naphtu'him,

1.12 Pathru'sim, Caslu'him (from whom the Philis'tines came, and Caph'torim.

1.13 Ca'naan became father to Si'don, his firstborn, and Heth,

1.14 as well as the Jeb'usite, the Am'orite, the Gir'gashite,

1.15 the Hi'vite, the Ark'ite, the Si'nite,

1.16 the Ar'vadite, the Zem'arite, and the Ha'mathite.

1.17 The sons of Shem were E'lam, As'shur, Arpach'shad, Lud, and A'ram,and Uz, Hul, Ge'ther, and Mash.

1.18 Arpach'shad became father to She'lah, and She'lah became father to E'ber.

1.19 Two sons were born to E'ber. The name of the one was Pe'leg, because in his lifetime the earth was divided. The name of his brother was Jok'tan.

1.20 Jok'tan became father to Almo'dad, She'leph, Hazarma'veth, Je'rah,

1.21 Hado'ram, U'zal, Dik'lah,

1.22 O'bal, Abim'ael, She'ba,

1.23 O'phir, Hav'ilah, and Jo'bab; all of these were the sons of Jok'tan.

1.24 Shem,Arpach'shad,She'lah,

1.25 E'ber,Pe'leg,Re'u,

1.26 Se'rug,Na'hor,Te'rah,

1.27 A'bram, that is, Abraham.

1.28 The sons of Abraham were Isaac and Ish'mael.

1.29 These are their family origins: Ish'mael’s firstborn Neba'ioth, then Ke'dar, Ad'beel, Mib'sam,

1.30 Mish'ma, Du'mah, Mas'sa, Ha'dad, Te'ma,

1.31 Je'tur, Na'phish, and Ked'emah. These were the sons of Ish'mael.

1.32 The sons that Ketu'rah, Abraham’s concubine, gave birth to were Zim'ran, Jok'shan, Me'dan, Mid'ian, Ish'bak, and Shu'ah.

The sons of Jok'shan were She'ba and De'dan.

1.33 The sons of Mid'ian were E'phah, E'pher, Ha'noch, Abi'da, and Elda'ah.

All of these were the sons of Ketu'rah.

1.34 Abraham became father to Isaac. The sons of Isaac were E'sau and Israel.

1.35 The sons of E'sau were El'iphaz, Reu'el, Je'ush, Ja'lam, and Kor'ah.

1.36 The sons of El'iphaz were Te'man, O'mar, Ze'pho, Ga'tam, Ke'naz, Tim'na, and Am'alek.

1.37 The sons of Reu'el were Na'hath, Ze'rah, Sham'mah, and Miz'zah.

1.38 The sons of Se'ir were Lo'tan, Sho'bal, Zib'eon, A'nah, Di'shon, E'zer, and Di'shan.

1.39 The sons of Lo'tan were Ho'ri and Ho'mam. Lo'tan’s sister was Tim'na.

1.40 The sons of Sho'bal were Al'van, Man'ahath, E'bal, She'pho, and O'nam.

The sons of Zib'eon were A'iah and A'nah.

1.41 The son of A'nah was Di'shon.

The sons of Di'shon were Hem'dan, Esh'ban, Ith'ran, and Che'ran.

1.42 The sons of E'zer were Bil'han, Za'avan, and A'kan.

The sons of Di'shan were Uz and A'ran.

1.43 These are the kings who reigned in the land of E'dom before any king reigned over the Israelites: Be'la the son of Be'or; the name of his city was Din'habah.

1.44 When Be'la died, Jo'bab the son of Ze'rah from Boz'rah began to reign in his place.

1.45 When Jo'bab died, Hu'sham from the land of the Te'manites began to reign in his place.

1.46 When Hu'sham died, Ha'dad the son of Be'dad, who defeated Mid'ian in the territory of Mo'ab, began to reign in his place. The name of his city was A'vith.

1.47 When Ha'dad died, Sam'lah from Masre'kah began to reign in his place.

1.48 When Sam'lah died, Sha'ul from Reho'both by the River began to reign in his place.

1.49 When Sha'ul died, Ba'al-ha'nan the son of Ach'bor began to reign in his place.

1.50 When Ba'al-ha'nan died, Ha'dad began to reign in his place. The name of his city was Pa'u, and the name of his wife was Mehet'abel the daughter of Ma'tred, the daughter of Me'zahab.

1.51 Then Ha'dad died.
The sheikhs of E'dom were Sheikh Tim'na, Sheikh Al'vah, Sheikh Je'theth,

1.52 Sheikh Oholiba'mah, Sheikh E'lah, Sheikh Pi'non,

1.53 Sheikh Ke'naz, Sheikh Te'man, Sheikh Mib'zar,

1.54 Sheikh Mag'diel, Sheikh I'ram. These were the sheikhs of E'dom.

2.1 These were the sons of Israel: Reu'ben, Sim'eon, Le'vi, Judah, Is'sachar, Zeb'ulun,

2.2 Dan, Joseph, Benjamin, Naph'tali, Gad, and Ash'er.

2.3 The sons of Judah were Er, O'nan, and She'lah. These three were born to him from Shu'a’s daughter, the Ca'naanitess. But Er, Judah’s firstborn, was displeasing to Jehovah, so He put him to death.

2.4 Ta'mar, Judah’s daughter-in-law, bore to him Pe'rez and Ze'rah. Judah had five sons in all.

2.5 The sons of Pe'rez were Hez'ron and Ha'mul.

2.6 The sons of Ze'rah were Zim'ri, E'than, He'man, Cal'col, and Da'ra. There were five of them in all.

2.7 The son of Car'mi was A'char, who brought disaster on Israel, who was unfaithful with regard to what had been devoted to destruction.

2.8 The son of E'than was Azari'ah.

2.9 The sons of Hez'ron who were born to him were Jerah'meel, Ram, and Chelu'bai.

2.10 Ram became father to Ammin'adab. Ammin'adab became father to Nah'shon the chieftain of the descendants of Judah.

2.11 Nah'shon became father to Sal'ma. Sal'ma became father to Bo'az.

2.12 Bo'az became father to O'bed. O'bed became father to Jes'se.

2.13 Jes'se became father to his firstborn Eli'ab, Abin'adab the second, Shim'ea the third,

2.14 Nethan'el the fourth, Rad'dai the fifth,

2.15 O'zem the sixth, and David the seventh.

2.16 Their sisters were Zeru'iah and Ab'igail. The sons of Zeru'iah were Abish'ai, Jo'ab, and As'ahel, three.

2.17 Ab'igail gave birth to Ama'sa, and the father of Ama'sa was Je'ther the Ish'maelite.

2.18 Ca'leb the son of Hez'ron became father to sons by his wife Azu'bah and by Jer'ioth; and these were her sons: Je'sher, Sho'bab, and Ar'don.

2.19 When Azu'bah died, Ca'leb married Eph'rath, and she bore Hur to him.

2.20 Hur became father to U'ri. U'ri became father to Bez'alel.

2.21 Afterward Hez'ron had relations with the daughter of Ma'chir the father of Gil'ead. He married her when he was 60 years old, and she bore Se'gub to him.

2.22 Se'gub became father to Ja'ir, who had 23 cities in the land of Gil'ead.

2.23 Later Gesh'ur and Syria took Hav'voth-ja'ir from them, along with Ke'nath and its dependent towns, 60 cities. All of these were the descendants of Ma'chir the father of Gil'ead.

2.24 After the death of Hez'ron in Ca'leb-eph'rathah, Abi'jah the wife of Hez'ron bore him Ash'hur the father of Teko'a.

2.25 The sons of Jerah'meel the firstborn of Hez'ron were Ram the firstborn, Bu'nah, O'ren, O'zem, and Ahi'jah.

2.26 Jerah'meel had another wife, whose name was At'arah. She was the mother of O'nam.

2.27 The sons of Ram the firstborn of Jerah'meel were Ma'az, Ja'min, and E'ker.

2.28 The sons of O'nam were Sham'mai and Ja'da. The sons of Sham'mai were Na'dab and Abi'shur.

2.29 The name of Abi'shur’s wife was Ab'ihail, who bore him Ah'ban and Mo'lid.

2.30 The sons of Na'dab were Se'led and Ap'paim. But Se'led died without sons.

2.31 The son of Ap'paim was Ish'i. And the son of Ish'i was She'shan, and the son of She'shan, Ah'lai.

2.32 The sons of Ja'da the brother of Sham'mai were Je'ther and Jon'athan. But Je'ther died without sons.

2.33 The sons of Jon'athan were Pe'leth and Za'za. These were the descendants of Jerah'meel.

2.34 She'shan had no sons, only daughters. Now She'shan had an Egyptian servant whose name was Jar'ha.

2.35 She'shan gave his daughter to be the wife of his servant Jar'ha, and she bore him At'tai.

2.36 At'tai became father to Nathan. Nathan became father to Za'bad.

2.37 Za'bad became father to Eph'lal. Eph'lal became father to O'bed.

2.38 O'bed became father to Je'hu. Je'hu became father to Azari'ah.

2.39 Azari'ah became father to He'lez. He'lez became father to Elea'sah.

2.40 Elea'sah became father to Sis'mai. Sis'mai became father to Shal'lum.

2.41 Shal'lum became father to Jekami'ah. Jekami'ah became father to Elish'ama.

2.42 The sons of Ca'leb the brother of Jerah'meel were Me'sha his firstborn, who was the father of Ziph, and the sons of Mare'shah the father of Heb'ron.

2.43 The sons of Heb'ron were Kor'ah, Tap'puah, Re'kem, and She'ma.

2.44 She'ma became father to Ra'ham the father of Jor'keam. Re'kem became father to Sham'mai.

2.45 The son of Sham'mai was Ma'on. Ma'on was the father of Beth-zur.

2.46 Ca'leb’s concubine E'phah gave birth to Ha'ran, Mo'za, and Ga'zez. Ha'ran became father to Ga'zez.

2.47 The sons of Jah'dai were Re'gem, Jo'tham, Ge'shan, Pel'et, E'phah, and Sha'aph.

2.48 Ca'leb’s concubine Ma'acah gave birth to She'ber and Tir'hanah.

2.49 In time she bore Sha'aph the father of Madman'nah and She'va the father of Machbe'nah and Gib'ea. Ca'leb’s daughter was Ach'sah.

2.50 These were the descendants of Ca'leb.
The sons of Hur the firstborn of Eph'rathah were Sho'bal the father of Kir'iath-je'arim,

2.51 Sal'ma the father of Beth'lehem, and Ha'reph the father of Beth-ga'der.

2.52 Sho'bal the father of Kir'iath-je'arim had sons: Haro'eh and half of the Menu'hoth.

2.53 The families of Kir'iath-je'arim were the Ith'rites, the Pu'thites, the Shu'mathites, and the Mish'raites. It was from these that the Zo'rathites and the Esh'taolites came.

2.54 The sons of Sal'ma were Beth'lehem, the Netoph'athites, At'roth-beth-jo'ab, half of the Manaha'thites, and the Zor'ites.

2.55 The families of the scribes dwelling at Ja'bez were the Ti'rathites, the Shim'eathites, and the Su'cathites. These were the Ken'ites who came from Ham'math the father of the house of Re'chab.

3.1 These were the sons of David who were born to him in Heb'ron: the firstborn Am'non, whose mother was Ahin'oam of Jez'reel; the second, Daniel, whose mother was Ab'igail the Car'melite;

3.2 the third, Ab'salom the son of Ma'acah the daughter of Tal'mai the king of Gesh'ur; the fourth, Adoni'jah the son of Hag'gith;

3.3 the fifth, Shephati'ah, whose mother was Abi'tal; and the sixth, Ith'ream, whose mother was David’s wife Eg'lah.

3.4 These six were born to him in Heb'ron; he reigned there for 7 years and 6 months, and for 33 years he reigned in Jerusalem.

3.5 These were born to him in Jerusalem: Shim'ea, Sho'bab, Nathan, and Sol'omon; the mother of these four was Bath-she'ba the daughter of Am'miel.

3.6 And nine other sons were Ib'har, Elish'ama, Eliph'elet,

3.7 No'gah, Ne'pheg, Japhi'a,

3.8 Elish'ama, Eli'ada, and Eliph'elet.

3.9 All of these were the sons of David, besides the sons of the concubines, and Ta'mar was their sister.

3.10 The son of Sol'omon was Rehobo'am; Abi'jah was his son, A'sa his son, Jehosh'aphat his son,

3.11 Jeho'ram his son, Ahazi'ah his son, Jeho'ash his son,

3.12 Amazi'ah his son, Azari'ah his son, Jo'tham his son,

3.13 A'haz his son, Hezeki'ah his son, Manas'seh his son,

3.14 A'mon his son, Josi'ah his son.

3.15 The sons of Josi'ah were the firstborn, Joha'nan, the second, Jehoi'akim, the third, Zedeki'ah, the fourth, Shal'lum.

3.16 The sons of Jehoi'akim were Jeconi'ah his son and Zedeki'ah his son.

3.17 The sons of Jeconi'ah the prisoner were Sheal'tiel,

3.18 Malchi'ram, Pedai'ah, Shenaz'zar, Jekami'ah, Hosh'ama, and Nedabi'ah.

3.19 The sons of Pedai'ah were Zerub'babel and Shim'ei; and the sons of Zerub'babel were Meshul'lam and Hanani'ah (and Shelo'mith was their sister;

3.20 and five other sons were Hashu'bah, O'hel, Berechi'ah, Hasadi'ah, and Ju'shab-he'sed.

3.21 And the sons of Hanani'ah were Pelati'ah and Jesha'iah; the son of Jesha'iah was Repha'iah; the son of Repha'iah was Ar'nan; the son of Ar'nan was Obadi'ah; the son of Obadi'ah was Shecani'ah;

3.22 and the sons of Shecani'ah were Shemai'ah and the sons of Shemai'ah: Hat'tush, I'gal, Bari'ah, Neari'ah, and Sha'phat—six in all.

3.23 And the sons of Neari'ah were Elioe'nai, Hizki'ah, and Azri'kam, three.

3.24 And the sons of Elioe'nai were Hodavi'ah, Eli'ashib, Pela'iah, Ak'kub, Joha'nan, Dela'iah, and Ana'ni, seven.

4.1 The sons of Judah were Pe'rez, Hez'ron, Car'mi, Hur, and Sho'bal.

4.2 Rea'iah the son of Sho'bal became father to Ja'hath; Ja'hath became father to Ahu'mai and La'had. These were the families of the Zo'rathites.

4.3 These were the sons of the father of E'tam: Jez'reel, Ish'ma, and Id'bash (and the name of their sister was Hazzelelpo'ni,

4.4 and Penu'el was the father of Ge'dor, and E'zer was the father of Hu'shah. These were the sons of Hur, the firstborn of Eph'rathah and the father of Beth'lehem.

4.5 Ash'hur the father of Teko'a had two wives, He'lah and Na'arah.

4.6 Na'arah bore to him Ahuz'zam, He'pher, Te'meni, and Haahash'tari. These were the sons of Na'arah.

4.7 And the sons of He'lah were Ze'reth, Iz'har, and Eth'nan.

4.8 Koz became father to A'nub, Zobe'bah, and the families of Ahar'hel the son of Ha'rum.

4.9 Ja'bez was more honorable than his brothers; and his mother named him Ja'bez, saying: “I gave birth to him in pain.”

4.10 Ja'bez called on the God of Israel, saying: “O that you would bless me and enlarge my territory and let your hand be with me and preserve me from calamity, so that it may bring no harm to me!” So God brought about what he had asked for.

4.11 Che'lub the brother of Shu'hah became father to Me'hir, who was the father of Esh'ton.

4.12 Esh'ton became father to Beth-ra'pha, Pase'ah, and Tehin'nah, the father of Ir-na'hash. These were the men of Re'cah.

4.13 And the sons of Ke'naz were Oth'niel and Serai'ah, and the son of Oth'niel was Ha'thath.

4.14 Meo'nothai became father to Oph'rah. Serai'ah became father to Jo'ab the father of Ge-har'ashim, so called because they were craftsmen.

4.15 The sons of Ca'leb the son of Jephun'neh were I'ru, E'lah, and Na'am; and the son of E'lah was Ke'naz.

4.16 The sons of Jehal'lelel were Ziph, Zi'phah, Tir'ia, and As'arel.

4.17 The sons of Ez'rah were Je'ther, Me'red, E'pher, and Ja'lon; she conceived and bore Mir'iam, Sham'mai, and Ish'bah the father of Eshtemo'a.

4.18 (And his Jewish wife gave birth to Je'red the father of Ge'dor, He'ber the father of So'co, and Jeku'thiel the father of Zano'ah. These were the sons of Bithi'ah, the daughter of Phar'aoh, whom Me'red married.

4.19 The sons of Hodi'ah’s wife, the sister of Na'ham, were the fathers of Kei'lah the Gar'mite and Eshtemo'a the Maac'athite.

4.20 And the sons of Shi'mon were Am'non, Rin'nah, Ben-ha'nan, and Ti'lon. And the sons of Ish'i were Zo'heth and Ben-zo'heth.

4.21 The sons of She'lah the son of Judah were Er the father of Le'cah, La'adah the father of Mare'shah, and the families of the workers of fine fabric of the house of Ashbe'a,

4.22 and Jo'kim, the men of Coze'ba, Jo'ash, and Sa'raph, who became husbands of Mo'abite women, and Jash'ubi-le'hem. These records are ancient.

4.23 They were potters who lived in Neta'im and Gede'rah. They lived there and worked for the king.

4.24 The sons of Sim'eon were Nem'uel, Ja'min, Ja'rib, Ze'rah, and Sha'ul.

4.25 Shal'lum was his son, Mib'sam his son, and Mish'ma his son.

4.26 And the sons of Mish'ma were Ham'muel his son, Zac'cur his son, Shim'ei his son.

4.27 And Shim'ei had 16 sons and 6 daughters; but his brothers did not have many sons, and none of their families had as many as the men of Judah had.

4.28 They lived in Be'er-she'ba, Mola'dah, Ha'zar-shu'al,

4.29 Bil'hah, E'zem, To'lad,

4.30 Bethu'el, Hor'mah, Zik'lag,

4.31 Beth-mar'caboth, Ha'zar-su'sim, Beth-bir'i, and Sha'ara'im. These were their cities until the reign of David.

4.32 Their settlements were E'tam, A'in, Rim'mon, To'chen, and A'shan, five cities,

4.33 along with their settlements that were all around these cities as far as Ba'al. These were their genealogical enrollments and the places where they lived.

4.34 And Mesho'bab, Jam'lech, Jo'shah the son of Amazi'ah,

4.35 Joel, Je'hu son of Joshibi'ah son of Serai'ah son of As'iel,

4.36 and Elioe'nai, Jaako'bah, Jeshohai'ah, Asai'ah, Ad'iel, Jesim'iel, Benai'ah,

4.37 and Zi'za son of Shi'phi son of Al'lon son of Jeda'iah son of Shim'ri son of Shemai'ah;

4.38 these mentioned by name were the chieftains among their families, and the household of their forefathers increased in number.

4.39 And they went to the entrance of Ge'dor, to the east side of the valley, to look for pastures for their flocks.

4.40 They eventually found rich and good pastures, and the land was spacious, quiet, and undisturbed. Those who previously lived there were Ham'ites.

4.41 These whose names are listed came during the days of King Hezeki'ah of Judah and struck down the tents of the Ham'ites and the Meu'nim who were there. They devoted them to destruction down to this day; and they settled in their place because there were pastures for their flocks there.

4.42 Some of the Sim'eonites, 500 men, went to Mount Se'ir with Pelati'ah, Neari'ah, Repha'iah, and Uz'ziel, the sons of Ish'i who led them.

4.43 And they struck down the rest of the Amal'ekites who had escaped, and they have lived there down to this day.

5.1 These are the sons of Reu'ben, Israel’s firstborn. He was the firstborn, but because he defiled the bed of his father, his right as firstborn was given to the sons of Joseph the son of Israel, so he was not enrolled genealogically for the right of the firstborn.

5.2 Though Judah was superior to his brothers and from him came the one to be the leader, the right as firstborn belonged to Joseph.

5.3 The sons of Reu'ben the firstborn of Israel were Ha'noch, Pal'lu, Hez'ron, and Car'mi.

5.4 The sons of Joel were Shemai'ah his son, Gog his son, Shim'ei his son,

5.5 Mi'cah his son, Rea'iah his son, Ba'al his son,

5.6 and Beer'ah his son, whom King Til'gath-pilne'ser of Assyr'ia took into exile; he was a chieftain of the Reu'benites.

5.7 His brothers by their families in the genealogical enrollment by their descendants were, as the head, Jei'el, Zechari'ah,

5.8 and Be'la son of A'zaz son of She'ma son of Joel, who lived in Aro'er and as far as Ne'bo and Ba'al-me'on.

5.9 To the east he settled as far as the beginning of the wilderness at the Euphra'tes River, for their livestock had become numerous in the land of Gil'ead.

5.10 In the days of Saul, they waged war against the Hag'rites, who were defeated before them, so they dwelled in their tents throughout all the territory east of Gil'ead.

5.11 Now the descendants of Gad lived next to them in the land of Ba'shan as far as Sal'ecah.

5.12 Joel was the head, Sha'pham the second, and Ja'nai and Sha'phat in Ba'shan.

5.13 And their brothers belonging to their paternal houses were Mi'chael, Meshul'lam, She'ba, Jo'rai, Ja'can, Zi'a, and E'ber, seven in all.

5.14 These were the sons of Ab'ihail son of Hu'ri son of Jaro'ah son of Gil'ead son of Mi'chael son of Jeshish'ai son of Jah'do son of Buz.

5.15 A'hi son of Ab'diel son of Gu'ni was head of their paternal house.

5.16 They lived in Gil'ead, in Ba'shan and its dependent towns, and in all the pastures of Shar'on as far as they extended.

5.17 They were all enrolled genealogically in the days of King Jo'tham of Judah and in the days of King Jerobo'am of Israel.

5.18 The Reu'benites, the Gad'ites, and the half tribe of Manas'seh had 44,760 mighty warriors in their army who carried shields and swords and were armed with bows, and they were trained in war.

5.19 They waged war against the Hag'rites, Je'tur, Na'phish, and No'dab.

5.20 And they were helped in fighting them, so that the Hag'rites and all who were with them were given into their hand, for they called to God for help in the war, and he responded to their entreaty because they trusted in him.

5.21 They captured their livestock—50,000 camels, 250,000 sheep, and 2,000 donkeys—as well as 100,000 people.

5.22 Many had fallen slain, because the war was waged by the true God. And they lived in their place until the time of the exile.

5.23 The descendants of the half tribe of Manas'seh lived in the land from Ba'shan to Ba'al-her'mon and Se'nir and Mount Her'mon. They were numerous.

5.24 These were the heads of their paternal houses: E'pher, Ish'i, E'liel, Az'riel, Jeremiah, Hodavi'ah, and Jah'diel; they were mighty warriors, men of fame, and heads of their paternal houses.

5.25 But they acted unfaithfully toward the God of their forefathers and prostituted themselves to the gods of the peoples of the land, whom God had annihilated from before them.

5.26 So the God of Israel stirred up the spirit of King Pul of Assyr'ia (that is, King Til'gath-pilne'ser of Assyr'ia so that he took into exile those of the Reu'benites, the Gad'ites, and the half tribe of Manas'seh and brought them to Ha'lah, Ha'bor, Ha'ra, and the river Go'zan, where they are until this day.

6.1 The sons of Le'vi were Ger'shon, Ko'hath, and Merar'i.

6.2 The sons of Ko'hath were Am'ram, Iz'har, Heb'ron, and Uz'ziel.

6.3 The children of Am'ram were Aaron, Moses, and also Mir'iam. And the sons of Aaron were Na'dab, Abi'hu, Elea'zar, and Ith'amar.

6.4 Elea'zar became father to Phin'ehas; Phin'ehas became father to Abishu'a.

6.5 Abishu'a became father to Buk'ki; Buk'ki became father to Uz'zi.

6.6 Uz'zi became father to Zerahi'ah; Zerahi'ah became father to Mera'ioth.

6.7 Mera'ioth became father to Amari'ah; Amari'ah became father to Ahi'tub.

6.8 Ahi'tub became father to Za'dok; Za'dok became father to Ahim'aaz.

6.9 Ahim'aaz became father to Azari'ah; Azari'ah became father to Joha'nan.

6.10 Joha'nan became father to Azari'ah. He served as priest in the house that Sol'omon built in Jerusalem.

6.11 Azari'ah became father to Amari'ah; Amari'ah became father to Ahi'tub.

6.12 Ahi'tub became father to Za'dok; Za'dok became father to Shal'lum.

6.13 Shal'lum became father to Hilki'ah; Hilki'ah became father to Azari'ah.

6.14 Azari'ah became father to Serai'ah; Serai'ah became father to Jehoz'adak.

6.15 And Jehoz'adak went into exile when Jehovah took Judah and Jerusalem into exile by the hand of Nebuchadnez'zar.

6.16 The sons of Le'vi were Ger'shom, Ko'hath, and Merar'i.

6.17 These are the names of the sons of Ger'shom: Lib'ni and Shim'ei.

6.18 The sons of Ko'hath were Am'ram, Iz'har, Heb'ron, and Uz'ziel.

6.19 The sons of Merar'i were Mah'li and Mu'shi.
These were the families of the Levites by their forefathers:

6.20 Of Ger'shom, Lib'ni his son, Ja'hath his son, Zim'mah his son,

6.21 Jo'ah his son, Id'do his son, Ze'rah his son, Jeath'erai his son.

6.22 The sons of Ko'hath were Ammin'adab his son, Kor'ah his son, As'sir his son,

6.23 Elka'nah his son, Ebi'asaph his son, As'sir his son,

6.24 Ta'hath his son, Uri'el his son, Uzzi'ah his son, and Sha'ul his son.

6.25 The sons of Elka'nah were Ama'sai and Ahi'moth.

6.26 As for Elka'nah, the sons of Elka'nah were Zo'phai his son, Na'hath his son,

6.27 Eli'ab his son, Jero'ham his son, Elka'nah his son.

6.28 The sons of Samuel were Joel the firstborn and Abi'jah the second.

6.29 The sons of Merar'i were Mah'li, Lib'ni his son, Shim'ei his son, Uz'zah his son,

6.30 Shim'ea his son, Haggi'ah his son, and Asai'ah his son.

6.31 These were the ones whom David appointed to direct the singing at the house of Jehovah after the Ark came to rest there.

6.32 They were responsible for the singing at the tabernacle of the tent of meeting until Sol'omon built the house of Jehovah in Jerusalem, and they carried out their service as prescribed for them.

6.33 These are the men who served with their sons: Of the Ko'hathites, He'man the singer, son of Joel son of Samuel

6.34 son of Elka'nah son of Jero'ham son of E'liel son of To'ah

6.35 son of Zuph son of Elka'nah son of Ma'hath son of Ama'sai

6.36 son of Elka'nah son of Joel son of Azari'ah son of Zephani'ah

6.37 son of Ta'hath son of As'sir son of Ebi'asaph son of Kor'ah

6.38 son of Iz'har son of Ko'hath son of Le'vi son of Israel.

6.39 His brother A'saph stood at his right hand; A'saph was son of Berechi'ah son of Shim'ea

6.40 son of Mi'chael son of Baase'iah son of Malchi'jah

6.41 son of Eth'ni son of Ze'rah son of Adai'ah

6.42 son of E'than son of Zim'mah son of Shim'ei

6.43 son of Ja'hath son of Ger'shom son of Le'vi.

6.44 The descendants of Merar'i their brothers were at the left hand; there was E'than son of Kish'i son of Ab'di son of Mal'luch

6.45 son of Hashabi'ah son of Amazi'ah son of Hilki'ah

6.46 son of Am'zi son of Ba'ni son of She'mer

6.47 son of Mah'li son of Mu'shi son of Merar'i son of Le'vi.

6.48 Their brothers the Levites were appointed for all the service of the tabernacle, the house of the true God.

6.49 Aaron and his sons made the sacrifices smoke on the altar of burnt offering and on the altar of incense, performing the duties connected with the most holy things, to make atonement for Israel, according to all that Moses the servant of the true God had commanded.

6.50 These were the descendants of Aaron: Elea'zar his son, Phin'ehas his son, Abishu'a his son,

6.51 Buk'ki his son, Uz'zi his son, Zerahi'ah his son,

6.52 Mera'ioth his son, Amari'ah his son, Ahi'tub his son,

6.53 Za'dok his son, and Ahim'aaz his son.

6.54 These were their settlements by their encampments in their territory: for the descendants of Aaron belonging to the family of the Ko'hathites, as the first lot fell to them,

6.55 they gave them Heb'ron in the land of Judah, with its surrounding pastures.

6.56 But the field of the city and its settlements they gave to Ca'leb the son of Jephun'neh.

6.57 And to the descendants of Aaron they gave the cities of refuge, Heb'ron, also Lib'nah with its pastures, Jat'tir, Eshtemo'a with its pastures,

6.58 Hi'len with its pastures, De'bir with its pastures,

6.59 A'shan with its pastures, and Beth-she'mesh with its pastures;

6.60 and from the tribe of Benjamin, Ge'ba with its pastures, Al'emeth with its pastures, and An'athoth with its pastures. All their cities for their families were 13 cities.

6.61 To the rest of the Ko'hathites, there were allotted ten cities, from the family of the tribe, from the half tribe, the half of Manas'seh.

6.62 To the Ger'shomites by their families they assigned 13 cities from the tribe of Is'sachar, the tribe of Ash'er, the tribe of Naph'tali, and the tribe of Manas'seh in Ba'shan.

6.63 To the Merar'ites by their families they assigned by lot 12 cities from the tribe of Reu'ben, the tribe of Gad, and the tribe of Zeb'ulun.

6.64 Thus the Israelites gave the Levites these cities with their pastures.

6.65 Furthermore, they assigned by lot these cities from the tribe of Judah, the tribe of Sim'eon, and the tribe of Benjamin, which are mentioned by their names.

6.66 Some of the Ko'hathite families had cities from the tribe of E'phraim as their territory.

6.67 They gave them the cities of refuge, She'chem with its pastures in the mountainous region of E'phraim, Ge'zer with its pastures,

6.68 Jok'meam with its pastures, Beth-ho'ron with its pastures,

6.69 Ai'jalon with its pastures, and Gath-rim'mon with its pastures;

6.70 and from half of the tribe of Manas'seh, A'ner with its pastures and Bil'eam with its pastures, to the rest of the families of the Ko'hathites.

6.71 To the Ger'shomites they assigned from the family of the half tribe of Manas'seh, Go'lan in Ba'shan with its pastures and Ash'taroth with its pastures;

6.72 and from the tribe of Is'sachar, Ke'desh with its pastures, Dab'erath with its pastures,

6.73 Ra'moth with its pastures, and A'nem with its pastures;

6.74 and from the tribe of Ash'er, Ma'shal with its pastures, Ab'don with its pastures,

6.75 Hu'kok with its pastures, and Re'hob with its pastures;

6.76 and from the tribe of Naph'tali, Ke'desh in Gal'ilee with its pastures, Ham'mon with its pastures, and Kiriatha'im with its pastures.

6.77 To the rest of the Merar'ites they assigned from the tribe of Zeb'ulun, Rim'mono with its pastures, Ta'bor with its pastures;

6.78 and in the region of the Jordan at Jer'icho, to the east of the Jordan, from the tribe of Reu'ben, they were given Be'zer in the wilderness with its pastures, Ja'haz with its pastures,

6.79 Ked'emoth with its pastures, and Meph'aath with its pastures;

6.80 and from the tribe of Gad, Ra'moth in Gil'ead with its pastures, Mahana'im with its pastures,

6.81 Hesh'bon with its pastures, and Ja'zer with its pastures.

7.1 Now the sons of Is'sachar were To'la, Pu'ah, Ja'shub, and Shim'ron—four.

7.2 And the sons of To'la were Uz'zi, Repha'iah, Je'riel, Jah'mai, Ib'sam, and Shemu'el, the heads of their paternal houses. Descended from To'la were mighty warriors, whose number in the days of David was 22,600.

7.3 And the descendants of Uz'zi were Izrahi'ah and the sons of Izrahi'ah: Mi'chael, Obadi'ah, Joel, and Isshi'ah—all five of them were chiefs.

7.4 And with them by their descendants, according to their paternal houses, there were 36,000 soldiers in their army available for war, for they had many wives and sons.

7.5 And their brothers of all the families of Is'sachar were mighty warriors, 87,000 as listed in the genealogical enrollment.

7.6 The sons of Benjamin were Be'la, Be'cher, and Jedi'ael—three.

7.7 And the sons of Be'la were Ez'bon, Uz'zi, Uz'ziel, Jer'imoth, and I'ri—five—heads of their paternal houses, mighty warriors, and 22,034 were in their genealogical enrollment.

7.8 And the sons of Be'cher were Zemi'rah, Jo'ash, Elie'zer, Elioe'nai, Om'ri, Jer'emoth, Abi'jah, An'athoth, and Al'emeth—all of these were the sons of Be'cher.

7.9 Their genealogical enrollment by their descendants as respects the heads of their paternal houses was 20,200 mighty warriors.

7.10 And the sons of Jedi'ael were Bil'han and the sons of Bil'han: Je'ush, Benjamin, E'hud, Chena'anah, Ze'than, Tar'shish, and Ahish'ahar.

7.11 All of these were the sons of Jedi'ael, according to the heads of their forefathers, 17,200 mighty warriors ready to go out to the army for war.

7.12 The Shup'pim and the Hup'pim were the sons of Ir; the Hu'shim were the sons of A'her.

7.13 The sons of Naph'tali were Jah'ziel, Gu'ni, Je'zer, and Shal'lum—descendants of Bil'hah.

7.14 The sons of Manas'seh: As'riel, whom his Syrian concubine bore. (She bore Ma'chir the father of Gil'ead.

7.15 Ma'chir took a wife for Hup'pim and for Shup'pim, and the name of his sister was Ma'acah. The name of the second was Zelo'phehad, but Zelo'phehad had daughters.

7.16 Ma'acah, Ma'chir’s wife, bore a son and named him Pe'resh; and the name of his brother was She'resh; and his sons were U'lam and Re'kem.

7.17 And the son of U'lam was Be'dan. These were the sons of Gil'ead son of Ma'chir son of Manas'seh.

7.18 And his sister was Hammo'lecheth. She gave birth to Ish'hod, Abi-e'zer, and Mah'lah.

7.19 And the sons of Shemi'da were Ahi'an, She'chem, Lik'hi, and Ani'am.

7.20 The sons of E'phraim were Shu'thelah, Be'red his son, Ta'hath his son, Elea'dah his son, Ta'hath his son,

7.21 Za'bad his son, Shu'thelah his son, E'zer, and E'lead. The men of Gath who were born in the land killed them because they went down to take their livestock.

7.22 E'phraim their father carried on mourning for many days, and his brothers kept coming in to comfort him.

7.23 Afterward he had relations with his wife, and she became pregnant and gave birth to a son. But he named him Beri'ah because it was with calamity that she was in his house.

7.24 And his daughter was She'erah, who built Lower and Upper Beth-ho'ron and Uz'zen-she'erah.

7.25 And there was Re'phah his son, Re'sheph, Te'lah his son, Ta'han his son,

7.26 La'dan his son, Ammi'hud his son, Elish'ama his son,

7.27 Nun his son, and Joshua his son.

7.28 Their possession and their settlements were Beth'el and its dependent towns, and to the east Na'aran, and to the west Ge'zer and its dependent towns, and She'chem and its dependent towns, as far as Ay'yah and its dependent towns;

7.29 and next to the descendants of Manas'seh, Beth-she'an and its dependent towns, Ta'anach and its dependent towns, Megid'do and its dependent towns, and Dor and its dependent towns. In these the descendants of Joseph the son of Israel lived.

7.30 The sons of Ash'er were Im'nah, Ish'vah, Ish'vi, and Beri'ah, and their sister was Se'rah.

7.31 The sons of Beri'ah were He'ber and Mal'chiel, who was the father of Bir'zaith.

7.32 He'ber became father to Japh'let, Sho'mer, and Ho'tham, and to Shu'a their sister.

7.33 The sons of Japh'let were Pa'sach, Bim'hal, and Ash'vath. These were the sons of Japh'let.

7.34 The sons of She'mer were A'hi, Roh'gah, Jehub'bah, and A'ram.

7.35 The sons of He'lem his brother were Zo'phah, Im'na, She'lesh, and A'mal.

7.36 The sons of Zo'phah were Su'ah, Har'nepher, Shu'al, Be'ri, Im'rah,

7.37 Be'zer, Hod, Sham'ma, Shil'shah, Ith'ran, and Bee'ra.

7.38 The sons of Je'ther were Jephun'neh, Pis'pah, and A'ra.

7.39 The sons of Ul'la were A'rah, Han'niel, and Rizi'a.

7.40 All of these were the sons of Ash'er, heads of their paternal houses, select, mighty warriors, heads of the chieftains; and their number listed in the genealogical enrollment was 26,000 men in the army available for war.

8.1 Benjamin became father to Be'la his firstborn, Ash'bel the second, Ahar'ah the third,

8.2 No'hah the fourth, and Ra'pha the fifth.

8.3 Be'la’s sons were Ad'dar, Ge'ra, Abi'hud,

8.4 Abishu'a, Na'aman, Aho'ah,

8.5 Ge'ra, Shephu'phan, and Hu'ram.

8.6 These were the sons of E'hud, the heads of the paternal houses of the inhabitants of Ge'ba, who were taken into exile to Man'ahath:

8.7 Na'aman, Ahi'jah, and Ge'ra—he was the one who took them into exile and he became father to Uz'za and Ahi'hud.

8.8 Shahara'im became father to children in the territory of Mo'ab after he sent them away. Hu'shim and Ba'ara were his wives.

8.9 And by his wife Ho'desh, he became father to Jo'bab, Zib'ia, Me'sha, Mal'cam,

8.10 Je'uz, Sachi'a, and Mir'mah. These were his sons, heads of the paternal houses.

8.11 By Hu'shim he became father to Abi'tub and Elpa'al.

8.12 And the sons of Elpa'al were E'ber, Mi'sham, She'med (who built O'no and Lod and its dependent towns,

8.13 Beri'ah, and She'ma. These were heads of the paternal houses of the inhabitants of Ai'jalon. These drove out the inhabitants of Gath.

8.14 And there were Ahi'o, Sha'shak, Jer'emoth,

8.15 Zebadi'ah, A'rad, E'der,

8.16 Mi'chael, Ish'pah, Jo'ha, the sons of Beri'ah;

8.17 and Zebadi'ah, Meshul'lam, Hiz'ki, He'ber,

8.18 Ish'merai, Izli'ah, Jo'bab, the sons of Elpa'al;

8.19 and Ja'kim, Zich'ri, Zab'di,

8.20 Elie'nai, Zil'lethai, E'liel,

8.21 Adai'ah, Bera'iah, Shim'rath, the sons of Shim'ei;

8.22 and Ish'pan, E'ber, E'liel,

8.23 Ab'don, Zich'ri, Ha'nan,

8.24 Hanani'ah, E'lam, Anthothi'jah,

8.25 Iphde'iah, Penu'el, the sons of Sha'shak;

8.26 and Sham'sherai, Shehari'ah, Athali'ah,

8.27 Jaareshi'ah, Eli'jah, Zich'ri, the sons of Jero'ham.

8.29 The father of Gib'eon, Jei'el, lived in Gib'eon. His wife’s name was Ma'acah.

8.30 And his firstborn son was Ab'don, followed by Zur, Kish, Ba'al, Na'dab,

8.31 Ge'dor, Ahi'o, and Ze'cher.

8.32 Mik'loth became father to Shim'eah. And they all lived near their brothers in Jerusalem, along with their other brothers.

8.33 Ner became father to Kish; Kish became father to Saul; Saul became father to Jon'athan, Mal'chi-shu'a, Abin'adab, and Eshba'al.

8.34 And Jon'athan’s son was Mer'ib-ba'al. Mer'ib-ba'al became father to Mi'cah.

8.35 And the sons of Mi'cah were Pi'thon, Mel'ech, Tare'a, and A'haz.

8.36 A'haz became father to Jeho'addah; Jeho'addah became father to Al'emeth, Az'maveth, and Zim'ri. Zim'ri became father to Mo'za.

8.37 Mo'za became father to Bin'ea, Ra'phah his son, Elea'sah his son, A'zel his son.

8.38 A'zel had six sons, and their names were Azri'kam, Bo'cheru, Ish'mael, Sheari'ah, Obadi'ah, and Ha'nan. All of these were the sons of A'zel.

8.39 And the sons of his brother E'shek were U'lam his firstborn, Je'ush the second, and Eliph'elet the third.

8.40 And the sons of U'lam were mighty warriors who could handle the bow, and they had many sons and grandsons, numbering 150. All of these were descendants of Benjamin.

9.1 All the Israelites were enrolled genealogically, and they are written in the Book of the Kings of Israel. And Judah was taken into exile to Babylon for their unfaithfulness.

9.2 The first inhabitants to return to their possession in their cities were some Israelites, the priests, the Levites, and the temple servants.

9.3 And some of the descendants of Judah, of Benjamin, of E'phraim, and of Manas'seh settled in Jerusalem:

9.4 U'thai son of Ammi'hud son of Om'ri son of Im'ri son of Ba'ni, of the descendants of Pe'rez son of Judah.

9.5 And of the Shi'lonites, Asai'ah the firstborn and his sons.

9.6 And of the sons of Ze'rah, Jeu'el and 690 of their brothers.

9.7 And of the descendants of Benjamin, Sal'lu son of Meshul'lam son of Hodavi'ah son of Hassenu'ah,

9.8 Ibne'iah son of Jero'ham, E'lah son of Uz'zi son of Mich'ri, and Meshul'lam son of Shephati'ah son of Reu'el son of Ibni'jah.

9.9 And their brothers by line of descent were 956. All these men were heads of their paternal houses.

9.10 And of the priests, there were Jeda'iah, Jehoi'arib, Ja'chin,

9.11 Azari'ah son of Hilki'ah son of Meshul'lam son of Za'dok son of Mera'ioth son of Ahi'tub, a leader of the house of the true God,

9.12 Adai'ah son of Jero'ham son of Pash'hur son of Malchi'jah, Ma'asai son of Ad'iel son of Jah'zerah son of Meshul'lam son of Meshil'lemith son of Im'mer,

9.13 and their brothers, heads of the paternal houses, 1,760 mighty, capable men available for the service of the house of the true God.

9.14 And of the Levites, there were Shemai'ah son of Has'shub son of Azri'kam son of Hashabi'ah from the descendants of Merar'i;

9.15 and Bakbak'kar, He'resh, Ga'lal, Mattani'ah son of Mi'ca son of Zich'ri son of A'saph,

9.16 Obadi'ah son of Shemai'ah son of Ga'lal son of Jedu'thun, and Berechi'ah son of A'sa son of Elka'nah, who was dwelling in the settlements of the Netoph'athites.

9.17 The gatekeepers were Shal'lum, Ak'kub, Tal'mon, Ahi'man, and their brother Shal'lum the head,

9.18 and until then he was at the king’s gate to the east. These were the gatekeepers of the camps of the Levites.

9.19 And Shal'lum son of Ko're son of Ebi'asaph son of Kor'ah, and his brothers of his paternal house, the Kor'ahites, were over the duties of the service, the doorkeepers of the tent, and their fathers had been over the camp of Jehovah as the keepers of the entryway.

9.20 It was Phin'ehas the son of Elea'zar who had been their leader in the past; Jehovah was with him.

9.21 Zechari'ah the son of Meshelemi'ah was the gatekeeper of the entrance of the tent of meeting.

9.22 All those selected as gatekeepers at the thresholds numbered 212. They were in their settlements by their genealogical enrollment. David and Samuel the seer appointed these to their office of trust.

9.23 They and their sons were over the guard service for the gates of the house of Jehovah, the house of the tent.

9.24 The gatekeepers were on the four sides—east, west, north, and south.

9.25 From time to time, their brothers were to come in from their settlements for seven days to serve along with them.

9.26 There were four chief gatekeepers in the office of trust. They were Levites, and they were in charge of the chambers and of the treasuries of the house of the true God.

9.27 They would spend the night in their stations all around the house of the true God, for they cared for the guard service and were in charge of the key and would open up the house from morning to morning.

9.28 Some of them were in charge of the utensils of the service; they would count them when they brought them in and count them when they took them out.

9.29 Some of them were appointed over the utensils, over all the holy utensils, and over the fine flour, the wine, the oil, the frankincense, and the balsam oil.

9.30 Some of the sons of the priests mixed the ointment of balsam oil.

9.31 And Mattithi'ah of the Levites, who was the firstborn of Shal'lum the Kor'ahite, was in the office of trust over the things baked in pans.

9.32 Some of their brothers of the Ko'hathites were in charge of the layer bread, to prepare it every sabbath.

9.33 These were the singers, the heads of the paternal houses of the Levites in the chambers, those set free from other duties; for by day and by night it was their responsibility to be on duty.

9.34 These were the heads of the paternal houses of the Levites by their line of descent, headmen. These lived in Jerusalem.

9.35 The father of Gib'eon, Jei'el, lived in Gib'eon. His wife’s name was Ma'acah.

9.36 And his firstborn son was Ab'don, followed by Zur, Kish, Ba'al, Ner, Na'dab,

9.37 Ge'dor, Ahi'o, Zechari'ah, and Mik'loth.

9.38 Mik'loth became father to Shim'eam. And they all lived near their brothers in Jerusalem, along with their other brothers.

9.39 Ner became father to Kish; Kish became father to Saul; Saul became father to Jon'athan, Mal'chi-shu'a, Abin'adab, and Eshba'al.

9.40 And Jon'athan’s son was Mer'ib-ba'al. Mer'ib-ba'al became father to Mi'cah.

9.41 And the sons of Mi'cah were Pi'thon, Mel'ech, Tahr'ea, and A'haz.

9.42 A'haz became father to Ja'rah; Ja'rah became father to Al'emeth, Az'maveth, and Zim'ri. Zim'ri became father to Mo'za.

9.43 Mo'za became father to Bin'ea and Repha'iah his son, Elea'sah his son, A'zel his son.

9.44 A'zel had six sons, and their names were Azri'kam, Bo'cheru, Ish'mael, Sheari'ah, Obadi'ah, and Ha'nan. These were the sons of A'zel.

10.1 Now the Philis'tines were fighting against Israel. And the men of Israel fled from before the Philis'tines, and many fell slain on Mount Gilbo'a.

10.2 The Philis'tines kept in close range of Saul and his sons, and the Philis'tines struck down Jon'athan, Abin'adab, and Mal'chi-shu'a, Saul’s sons.

10.3 The fighting grew fierce against Saul, and the archers found him, and he was wounded by the archers.

10.4 Then Saul said to his armor-bearer: “Draw your sword and run me through with it, so that these uncircumcised men may not come and deal ruthlessly with me.” But his armor-bearer was unwilling, because he was very much afraid. So Saul took the sword and fell on it.

10.5 When his armor-bearer saw that Saul was dead, he too fell on his own sword and died.

10.6 Thus Saul and his three sons died, and all those of his house died together.

10.7 When all the people of Israel in the valley saw that everyone had fled and that Saul and his sons had died, they began to abandon their cities and flee; the Philis'tines then came and occupied them.

10.8 The next day, when the Philis'tines came to strip the slain, they found Saul and his sons fallen on Mount Gilbo'a.

10.9 So they stripped him and took off his head and his armor, and they sent word throughout the land of the Philis'tines to spread the news to their idols and the people.

10.10 Then they put his armor in the house of their god and fastened his skull to the house of Da'gon.

10.11 When all those of Ja'besh in Gil'ead heard about all that the Philis'tines had done to Saul,

10.12 all the warriors rose up and carried off the corpse of Saul and the corpses of his sons. They brought them to Ja'besh and buried their bones under the big tree in Ja'besh, and they fasted for seven days.

10.13 Thus Saul died for the unfaithfulness he had shown against Jehovah because he had not obeyed the word of Jehovah, also for consulting a spirit medium

10.14 instead of inquiring of Jehovah. So He put him to death and turned the kingship over to David the son of Jes'se.

11.1 In time all the Israelites gathered to David at Heb'ron and said: “Look! We are your own bone and flesh.

11.2 In times past while Saul was king, you were the one who was leading Israel on its campaigns. And Jehovah your God said to you: ‘You will shepherd my people Israel, and you will become leader over my people Israel.’”

11.3 So all the elders of Israel came to the king at Heb'ron, and David made a covenant with them in Heb'ron before Jehovah. Then they anointed David as king over Israel, according to Jehovah’s word through Samuel.

11.4 Later David and all Israel set out for Jerusalem, that is, Je'bus, where the Jeb'usites were inhabiting the land.

11.5 The inhabitants of Je'bus taunted David: “You will never come in here!” However, David captured the stronghold of Zion, which is now the City of David.

11.6 So David said: “Whoever is the first to strike the Jeb'usites will become chief and prince.” And Jo'ab the son of Zeru'iah went up first, and he became the chief.

11.7 Then David took up residence in the stronghold. That is why they called it the City of David.

11.8 He began to build up the city all around, from the Mound to the areas around it, and Jo'ab restored the rest of the city.

11.9 Thus David became greater and greater, and Jehovah of armies was with him.

11.10 Now these are the heads of David’s mighty warriors, who gave him strong support in his kingship, together with all Israel, to make him king according to Jehovah’s word concerning Israel.

11.11 This is the list of David’s mighty warriors: Jasho'beam the son of a Hach'monite, the head of the three. He brandished his spear over 300 slain at one time.

11.12 Next to him was Elea'zar the son of Do'do the Aho'hite. He was among the three mighty warriors.

11.13 He was with David at Pas-dam'mim, where the Philis'tines had gathered together for war. Now there was a plot of land full of barley, and the people had fled because of the Philis'tines.

11.14 But he took his stand in the middle of the field and defended it and kept striking down the Philis'tines, so that Jehovah brought about a great victory.

11.15 Three of the 30 headmen went down to the rock, to David at the cave of Adul'lam, while a Philis'tine army was camped in the Valley of Reph'aim.

11.16 David was then in the stronghold, and a garrison of the Philis'tines was in Beth'lehem.

11.17 Then David expressed his longing: “If only I could have a drink of the water from the cistern by the gate of Beth'lehem!”

11.18 At that the three forced their way into the camp of the Philis'tines and drew water from the cistern by the gate of Beth'lehem and brought it to David; but David refused to drink it and poured it out to Jehovah.

11.19 He said: “It is unthinkable on my part from the standpoint of my God to do this! Should I drink the blood of these men who risked their lives? For it was at the risk of their lives that they brought it.” So he refused to drink it. These are the things that his three mighty warriors did.

11.20 Abish'ai the brother of Jo'ab became head of another three; he brandished his spear over 300 slain, and he had a reputation like the three.

11.21 Of the other three, he was more distinguished than two of them, and he was their chief; yet he did not attain to the rank of the first three.

11.22 Benai'ah the son of Jehoi'ada was a courageous man who performed many exploits in Kab'zeel. He struck down the two sons of Ar'iel of Mo'ab, and he descended into a waterpit on a snowy day and killed a lion.

11.23 He also struck down an Egyptian man of extraordinary size—five cubits tall. Though the Egyptian had a spear in his hand like the beam of loom workers, he went against him with a rod and snatched the spear away from the Egyptian’s hand and killed him with his own spear.

11.24 These things Benai'ah the son of Jehoi'ada did, and he had a reputation like that of the three mighty warriors.

11.25 Although he was distinguished even more than the thirty, he did not attain to the rank of the three. However, David appointed him over his own bodyguard.

11.26 The mighty warriors of the military forces were As'ahel the brother of Jo'ab, Elha'nan the son of Do'do of Beth'lehem,

11.27 Sham'moth the Ha'rorite, He'lez the Pel'onite,

11.28 I'ra the son of Ik'kesh the Teko'ite, Abi-e'zer the An'athothite,

11.29 Sib'becai the Hu'shathite, I'lai the Aho'hite,

11.30 Ma'harai the Netoph'athite, He'led the son of Ba'anah the Netoph'athite,

11.31 I'thai the son of Ri'bai of Gib'eah of the Ben'jaminites, Benai'ah the Pir'athonite,

11.32 Hu'rai of the wadis of Ga'ash, Abi'el the Ar'bathite,

11.33 Az'maveth the Baha'rumite, Eli'ahba the Shaal'bonite,

11.34 the sons of Ha'shem the Gi'zonite, Jon'athan the son of Sha'gee the Har'arite,

11.35 Ahi'am the son of Sa'car the Har'arite, Eli'phal the son of Ur,

11.36 He'pher the Meche'rathite, Ahi'jah the Pel'onite,

11.37 Hez'ro the Car'melite, Na'arai the son of Ez'bai,

11.38 Joel the brother of Nathan, Mib'har the son of Hag'ri,

11.39 Ze'lek the Am'monite, Na'harai the Beroth'ite, the armor-bearer of Jo'ab the son of Zeru'iah;

11.40 I'ra the Ith'rite, Ga'reb the Ith'rite,

11.41 Uri'ah the Hit'tite, Za'bad the son of Ah'lai,

11.42 Ad'ina the son of Shi'za the Reu'benite, a head of the Reu'benites, and 30 with him;

12.1 These were the men who came to David at Zik'lag while he was unable to move about freely because of Saul the son of Kish, and they were among the mighty warriors who supported him in battle.

12.2 They were armed with the bow, and they could use both the right hand and the left hand to sling stones or to shoot arrows with the bow. They were of the brothers of Saul, from Benjamin.

12.3 The head was Ahie'zer, along with Jo'ash, both sons of Shema'ah the Gib'eathite; Je'ziel and Pel'et the sons of Az'maveth, Ber'acah, Je'hu the An'athothite,

12.4 Ishma'iah the Gib'eonite, a mighty warrior among the thirty and over the thirty; also Jeremiah, Jahazi'el, Joha'nan, Jo'zabad the Gede'rathite,

12.5 Elu'zai, Jer'imoth, Beali'ah, Shemari'ah, Shephati'ah the Har'iphite,

12.6 Elka'nah, Isshi'ah, Az'arel, Joe'zer, and Jasho'beam, the Kor'ahites;

12.7 and Joe'lah and Zebadi'ah the sons of Jero'ham of Ge'dor.

12.8 Some of the Gad'ites went over to David’s side at the stronghold in the wilderness; they were mighty warriors, soldiers trained for war, standing ready with the large shield and the lance, whose faces were like those of lions and who were as swift as the gazelles on the mountains.

12.9 E'zer was the head, Obadi'ah the second, Eli'ab the third,

12.10 Mishman'nah the fourth, Jeremiah the fifth,

12.11 At'tai the sixth, E'liel the seventh,

12.12 Joha'nan the eighth, Elza'bad the ninth,

12.13 Jeremiah the tenth, Mach'bannai the eleventh.

12.14 These were of the Gad'ites, heads of the army. The least one was equal to 100, and the greatest to 1,000.

12.15 These are the men who crossed the Jordan in the first month when it was overflowing its banks, and they chased away all those living in the lowlands, to the east and to the west.

12.16 Some of the men of Benjamin and Judah also came to David at his stronghold.

12.17 Then David went out before them and said to them: “If you have come to me in peace to help me, my heart will be united with you. But if it is to betray me to my adversaries when my hands have done no wrong, let the God of our forefathers see it and judge.”

12.18 Then the spirit came upon Ama'sai, the head of the thirty:

“We are yours, O David, and we are with you, O son of Jes'se.

Peace, peace be yours, and peace to the one helping you,For your God is helping you.”

So David received them and appointed them among the heads of the troops.

12.19 Some from Manas'seh also deserted to David when he came with the Philis'tines to battle against Saul; but he did not help the Philis'tines, for after consultation, the lords of the Philis'tines sent him away, saying: “He will desert to his lord Saul, and it will cost us our heads.”

12.20 When he went to Zik'lag, these deserted to him from Manas'seh: Ad'nah, Jo'zabad, Jedi'ael, Mi'chael, Jo'zabad, Eli'hu, and Zil'lethai, heads of the thousands of Manas'seh.

12.21 They helped David against the marauder band, because all of them were mighty, courageous men, and they became chiefs in the army.

12.22 Day after day people kept coming to David to help him until it was a camp as great as the camp of God.

12.23 This is the number of the heads of those armed for battle who came to David at Heb'ron to turn the kingship of Saul over to him according to Jehovah’s order.

12.24 The men of Judah carrying the large shield and the lance were 6,800, armed for battle.

12.25 Of the Sim'eonites, the mighty, courageous men of the army were 7,100.

12.26 Of the Levites, 4,600.

12.27 Jehoi'ada was the leader of the sons of Aaron, and with him were 3,700,

12.28 as well as Za'dok, a mighty and courageous young man, along with 22 chiefs from his paternal house.

12.29 Of the Ben'jaminites, the brothers of Saul, there were 3,000, of whom the greater number had previously been guarding the interests of the house of Saul.

12.30 Of the E'phraimites, there were 20,800 mighty, courageous men of fame among their paternal houses.

12.31 Of the half tribe of Manas'seh, there were 18,000 who had been designated by name to come to make David king.

12.32 Of the tribe of Is'sachar, who understood the times and knew what Israel should do, there were 200 of their headmen, and all their brothers were under their command.

12.33 Of Zeb'ulun, there were 50,000 who could serve in the army, drawing up in battle formation with all the weapons of war, all joining David with undivided loyalty.

12.34 Of Naph'tali, there were 1,000 chiefs, and with them were 37,000 with the large shield and the spear.

12.35 Of the Dan'ites, those drawing up in battle formation were 28,600.

12.36 And of Ash'er, those who could serve in the army for drawing up in battle formation were 40,000.

12.37 From across the Jordan, of the Reu'benites, the Gad'ites, and the half tribe of Manas'seh, there were 120,000 soldiers with all kinds of weapons of war.

12.38 All of these were men of war, joining together in battle line; they came with a complete heart to Heb'ron to make David king over all Israel, and also all the rest of Israel were united in wanting to make David king.

12.39 And they remained there with David for three days, eating and drinking, for their brothers had made preparation for them.

12.40 Also those near them, and even those as far as Is'sachar, Zeb'ulun, and Naph'tali, were bringing food on donkeys, camels, mules, and cattle—provisions of flour, cakes of pressed figs and raisins, wine, oil, and cattle and sheep in great quantity, for there was rejoicing in Israel.

13.1 David consulted with the chiefs of the thousands and of the hundreds and with every leader.

13.2 Then David said to all the congregation of Israel: “If it seems good to you and it is acceptable to Jehovah our God, let us send word to our remaining brothers in all regions of Israel and also to the priests and the Levites in their cities with pastures to come and join us.

13.3 And let us bring back the Ark of our God.” For they had not cared for it in the days of Saul.

13.4 All the congregation agreed to do that, for it seemed right to all the people.

13.5 So David congregated all Israel, from the river of Egypt as far as Le'bo-ha'math, to bring the Ark of the true God from Kir'iath-je'arim.

13.6 David and all Israel went up to Ba'alah, to Kir'iath-je'arim, which belongs to Judah, to bring up from there the Ark of the true God, Jehovah, who sits enthroned above the cherubs, where his name is called on.

13.7 However, they placed the Ark of the true God on a new wagon and brought it from the house of Abin'adab, and Uz'zah and Ahi'o were leading the wagon.

13.8 David and all Israel were celebrating before the true God with all their might, accompanied by songs, harps, other stringed instruments, tambourines, cymbals, and trumpets.

13.9 But when they came to the threshing floor of Chi'don, Uz'zah thrust his hand out and grabbed hold of the Ark, for the cattle nearly upset it.

13.10 At that Jehovah’s anger blazed against Uz'zah, and He struck him down because he had thrust his hand out to the Ark, and he died there before God.

13.11 But David became angry because Jehovah’s wrath had broken through against Uz'zah; and that place has been called Pe'rez-uz'zah down to this day.

13.12 So David became fearful of the true God on that day and said: “How can I bring the Ark of the true God to me?”

13.13 David did not bring the Ark to where he was in the City of David, but he had it taken to the house of O'bed-e'dom the Git'tite.

13.14 The Ark of the true God was with the household of O'bed-e'dom, remaining at his house for three months, and Jehovah kept blessing the household of O'bed-e'dom and all he had.

14.1 King Hi'ram of Tyre sent messengers to David, along with cedar timbers, stonemasons, and woodworkers to build a house for him.

14.2 And David knew that Jehovah had firmly established him as king over Israel, for his kingship was highly exalted for the sake of His people Israel.

14.3 David took more wives in Jerusalem, and David became father to more sons and daughters.

14.4 These are the names of the children born to him in Jerusalem: Shammu'a, Sho'bab, Nathan, Sol'omon,

14.5 Ib'har, Eli'shua, El'pelet,

14.6 No'gah, Ne'pheg, Japhi'a,

14.7 Elish'ama, Beeli'ada, and Eliph'elet.

14.8 When the Philis'tines heard that David had been anointed as king over all Israel, all the Philis'tines came up to search for David. When David heard about it, he went out against them.

14.9 Then the Philis'tines came in and kept making raids in the Valley of Reph'aim.

14.10 David inquired of God, saying: “Should I go up against the Philis'tines? Will you give them into my hand?” At this Jehovah said to him: “Go up, and I will surely give them into your hand.”

14.11 So David went up to Ba'al-pera'zim, and he struck them down there. At that David said: “The true God has broken through my enemies by my hand, like a breach made by waters.” That is why they named that place Ba'al-pera'zim.

14.12 The Philis'tines abandoned their gods there, and when David gave the order, these were burned in the fire.

14.13 Later the Philis'tines once again made a raid in the valley.

14.14 David again inquired of God, but the true God said to him: “Do not go directly up after them. Instead, go around behind them, and come against them in front of the ba'ca bushes.

14.15 And when you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the ba'ca bushes, launch your attack, for the true God will have gone out before you to strike down the army of the Philis'tines.”

14.16 So David did just as the true God commanded him, and they struck down the Philis'tine army from Gib'eon to Ge'zer.

14.17 And David’s fame spread into all the lands, and Jehovah put the dread of him upon all the nations.

15.1 And he continued building houses for himself in the City of David, and he prepared a place for the Ark of the true God and pitched a tent for it.

15.2 It was then that David said: “No one is to carry the Ark of the true God except the Levites, for Jehovah has chosen them to carry the Ark of Jehovah and to minister to him always.”

15.3 Then David congregated all Israel at Jerusalem to bring the Ark of Jehovah up to the place that he had prepared for it.

15.4 David gathered the descendants of Aaron and the Levites:

15.5 from the Ko'hathites, Uri'el the chief and 120 of his brothers;

15.6 from the Merar'ites, Asai'ah the chief and 220 of his brothers;

15.7 from the Ger'shomites, Joel the chief and 130 of his brothers;

15.8 from the descendants of Eliza'phan, Shemai'ah the chief and 200 of his brothers;

15.9 from the descendants of Heb'ron, E'liel the chief and 80 of his brothers;

15.10 from the descendants of Uz'ziel, Ammin'adab the chief and 112 of his brothers.

15.11 Furthermore, David called the priests Za'dok and Abi'athar and the Levites Uri'el, Asai'ah, Joel, Shemai'ah, E'liel, and Ammin'adab,

15.12 and he said to them: “You are the heads of the paternal houses of the Levites. Sanctify yourselves, you and your brothers, and bring the Ark of Jehovah the God of Israel up to the place that I have prepared for it.

15.13 Since you did not carry it the first time, the anger of Jehovah our God broke out against us, because we did not search out the proper procedure.”

15.14 So the priests and the Levites sanctified themselves to bring up the Ark of Jehovah the God of Israel.

15.15 Then the Levites carried the Ark of the true God on their shoulders with the poles, just as Moses had commanded by Jehovah’s word.

15.16 David then told the chiefs of the Levites to appoint their brothers the singers to sing out joyfully, accompanied by musical instruments: stringed instruments, harps, and cymbals.

15.17 So the Levites appointed He'man the son of Joel and, of his brothers, A'saph the son of Berechi'ah and, of the Merar'ites their brothers, E'than the son of Kusha'iah.

15.18 Together with them were their brothers of the second division, Zechari'ah, Ben, Jaa'ziel, Shemir'amoth, Jehi'el, Un'ni, Eli'ab, Benai'ah, Maasei'ah, Mattithi'ah, Eliph'elehu, and Mikne'iah and O'bed-e'dom and Jei'el the gatekeepers.

15.19 The singers He'man, A'saph, and E'than were to play the copper cymbals;

15.20 and Zechari'ah, A'ziel, Shemir'amoth, Jehi'el, Un'ni, Eli'ab, Maasei'ah, and Benai'ah played stringed instruments tuned to Al'amoth;

15.21 and Mattithi'ah, Eliph'elehu, Mikne'iah, O'bed-e'dom, Jei'el, and Azazi'ah played harps tuned to Shem'inith, to act as directors.

15.22 Chenani'ah the chief of the Levites supervised the transport, for he was an expert,

15.23 and Berechi'ah and Elka'nah were gatekeepers for the Ark.

15.24 The priests Shebani'ah, Josh'aphat, Nethan'el, Ama'sai, Zechari'ah, Benai'ah, and Elie'zer loudly sounded the trumpets before the Ark of the true God, and O'bed-e'dom and Jehi'ah also served as gatekeepers for the Ark.

15.25 Then David and the elders of Israel and the chiefs of the thousands were walking along to bring the ark of the covenant of Jehovah up from the house of O'bed-e'dom with rejoicing.

15.26 When the true God helped the Levites who were carrying the ark of the covenant of Jehovah, they sacrificed seven young bulls and seven rams.

15.27 David was dressed in a sleeveless coat of fine fabric, as were all the Levites carrying the Ark, the singers, and Chenani'ah the chief of the transport and the singers; David was also wearing a linen eph'od.

15.28 All the Israelites were bringing up the ark of the covenant of Jehovah with joyful shouting, with the sound of the horn, with trumpets, with cymbals, playing loudly on stringed instruments and harps.

15.29 But when the ark of the covenant of Jehovah came to the City of David, Saul’s daughter Mi'chal looked down through the window and saw King David skipping about and celebrating; and she began to despise him in her heart.

16.1 So they brought the Ark of the true God in and placed it inside the tent that David had pitched for it; and they presented burnt offerings and communion sacrifices before the true God.

16.2 When David finished offering up the burnt offerings and the communion sacrifices, he blessed the people in the name of Jehovah.

16.3 Further, he distributed to all the Israelites, to each man and woman, a round loaf of bread, a date cake, and a raisin cake.

16.4 Then he appointed some of the Levites to minister before the Ark of Jehovah, to honor, thank, and praise Jehovah the God of Israel.

16.5 A'saph was the head, and second to him was Zechari'ah; and Jei'el, Shemir'amoth, Jehi'el, Mattithi'ah, Eli'ab, Benai'ah, O'bed-e'dom, and Jei'el played stringed instruments and harps; and A'saph played the cymbals,

16.6 and Benai'ah and Jahazi'el the priests blew the trumpets constantly before the ark of the covenant of the true God.

16.7 It was on that day that David first contributed a song of thanks to Jehovah through A'saph and his brothers:

16.8 “Give thanks to Jehovah, call on his name,Make his deeds known among the peoples!

16.9 Sing to him, sing praises to him,Ponder over all his wonderful works.

16.10 Boast about his holy name.

Let the hearts of those seeking Jehovah rejoice.

16.11 Search for Jehovah and his strength.

Seek his face constantly.

16.12 Remember the wonderful works he has performed,His miracles and the judgments he has pronounced,

16.13 You offspring of Israel his servant,You sons of Jacob, his chosen ones.

16.14 He is Jehovah our God.

His judgments are throughout the earth.

16.15 Remember his covenant forever,The promise he made, to a thousand generations,

16.16 The covenant he made with Abraham,And the oath he swore to Isaac,

16.17 Which he established as a decree to JacobAnd as a lasting covenant to Israel,

16.18 Saying, ‘I will give you the land of Ca'naanAs your allotted inheritance.’

16.19 This was when you were few in number,Yes, very few, and you were foreigners in the land.

16.20 They walked about from nation to nation,From one kingdom to another people.

16.21 He did not allow any man to oppress them,But on their account he reproved kings,

16.22 Saying, ‘Do not touch my anointed ones,And to my prophets do nothing bad.’

16.23 Sing to Jehovah, all the earth!

Announce his salvation day after day!

16.24 Declare his glory among the nations,His wonderful works among all the peoples.

16.25 For Jehovah is great and most worthy of praise.

He is more awe-inspiring than all other gods.

16.26 All the gods of the peoples are worthless gods,But Jehovah is the one who made the heavens.

16.27 In his presence are majesty and splendor;Strength and joy are in his dwelling place.

16.28 Give Jehovah his due, you families of the peoples,Give Jehovah his due for his glory and strength.

16.29 Give Jehovah the glory due his name;Bring a gift and come in before him.

Bow down to Jehovah in holy adornment.

16.30 Tremble before him, all the earth!

The earth is firmly established; it cannot be moved.

16.31 Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be joyful;Declare among the nations: ‘Jehovah has become King!’

16.32 Let the sea thunder and all that fills it;Let the fields and everything in them rejoice.

16.33 At the same time let the trees of the forest shout joyfully before Jehovah,For he is coming to judge the earth.

16.34 Give thanks to Jehovah, for he is good;His loyal love endures forever.

16.35 And say, ‘Save us, O God of our salvation,Gather us and rescue us from the nations,So that we may give thanks to your holy nameAnd exult in praising you.

16.36 May Jehovah, the God of Israel, be praisedThroughout all eternity.’”

And all the people said, “Amen!” and they praised Jehovah.

16.37 Then David left A'saph and his brothers there before the ark of the covenant of Jehovah to minister continually before the Ark, according to the daily routine.

16.38 O'bed-e'dom and his brothers, numbering 68, and O'bed-e'dom, the son of Jedu'thun, and Ho'sah were gatekeepers;

16.39 and Za'dok the priest and his fellow priests were before the tabernacle of Jehovah on the high place at Gib'eon

16.40 to offer up burnt offerings to Jehovah regularly on the altar of burnt offering, morning and evening, and to do all that is written in the Law of Jehovah that he commanded Israel.

16.41 With them were He'man and Jedu'thun and the rest of the selected men who were designated by their names to thank Jehovah, because “his loyal love endures forever”;

16.42 and with them were He'man and Jedu'thun to sound the trumpets, cymbals, and the instruments used to praise the true God; and the sons of Jedu'thun were at the gate.

16.43 Then all the people went to their homes, and David went to bless his own household.

17.1 As soon as David was settled in his own house, he said to Nathan the prophet: “Here I am living in a house of cedars while the ark of the covenant of Jehovah is under tent cloths.”

17.2 Nathan replied to David: “Do whatever is in your heart, for the true God is with you.”

17.3 On that very night, the word of God came to Nathan, saying:

17.4 “Go and say to my servant David, ‘This is what Jehovah says: “You are not the one who will build the house for me to dwell in.

17.5 For I have not dwelled in a house from the day I brought Israel out to this day, but I continued going from tent to tent and from one tabernacle to another.

17.6 During all the time that I went with all Israel, did I ever say one word to any of the judges of Israel whom I appointed to shepherd my people, saying, ‘Why did you not build a house of cedars for me?’”’

17.7 “Now say this to my servant David, ‘This is what Jehovah of armies says: “I took you from the pastures, from following the flock, to become a leader over my people Israel.

17.8 And I will be with you wherever you go, and I will do away with all your enemies from before you; and I will make a name for you like the name of the great men of the earth.

17.9 I will appoint a place for my people Israel and settle them, and they will live there and not be disturbed anymore; and wicked men will not oppress them again as they did in the past,

17.10 from the day that I appointed judges over my people Israel. And I will subdue all your enemies. Moreover, I tell you, ‘Jehovah will build a house for you.’

17.11 “‘“When your days come to an end and you go to be with your forefathers, I will raise up your offspring after you, one of your sons, and I will firmly establish his kingship.

17.12 He is the one who will build a house for me, and I will firmly establish his throne forever.

17.13 I will become his father, and he will become my son. I will not remove my loyal love from him the way I removed it from the one who was prior to you.

17.14 I will cause him to stand in my house and in my kingship forever, and his throne will last forever.”’”

17.15 Nathan told David all these words and this entire vision.

17.16 At that King David came in and sat down before Jehovah and said: “Who am I, O Jehovah God? And what is my house that you have brought me this far?

17.17 As if this were not enough, O God, you also speak about the house of your servant down to a distant future time, and you have looked on me as if I were a man who should be further exalted, O Jehovah God.

17.18 What more can your servant David say to you about the honor given me when you know your servant so well?

17.19 O Jehovah, for the sake of your servant and in agreement with your heart you have done all these great things by revealing your greatness.

17.20 O Jehovah, there is no one like you, and there is no God except you; everything we have heard with our ears confirms this.

17.21 And what other nation on earth is like your people Israel? The true God went and redeemed them as his people. You made a name for yourself by your great and awe-inspiring deeds, driving out nations from before your people, whom you redeemed from Egypt.

17.22 You made your people Israel your own people for all time; and you, O Jehovah, became their God.

17.23 Now, O Jehovah, may the promise you have made concerning your servant and his house prove faithful for all time, and may you do just as you have promised.

17.24 May your name endure and be exalted forever, so that people may say, ‘Jehovah of armies, the God of Israel, is God to Israel,’ and may the house of your servant David be firmly established before you.

17.25 For you, my God, have revealed to your servant your purpose to build him a house. That is why your servant has the confidence to offer this prayer to you.

17.26 And now, O Jehovah, you are the true God, and you have promised these good things concerning your servant.

17.27 So may it please you to bless the house of your servant, and may it continue forever before you, for you, O Jehovah, have blessed, and it is blessed forever.”

18.1 Some time later, David defeated the Philis'tines and subdued them and took Gath and its dependent towns out of the hands of the Philis'tines.

18.2 Then he defeated Mo'ab, and the Mo'abites became David’s servants and brought tribute.

18.3 David defeated King Hadade'zer of Zo'bah near Ha'math as he was on his way to establish his authority at the Euphra'tes River.

18.4 David captured 1,000 chariots, 7,000 horsemen, and 20,000 foot soldiers from him. Then David hamstrung all but 100 of the chariot horses.

18.5 When the Syrians of Damascus came to help King Hadade'zer of Zo'bah, David struck down 22,000 of the Syrians.

18.6 David then established garrisons in Syria of Damascus, and the Syrians became David’s servants and brought tribute. Jehovah gave David victory wherever he went.

18.7 Moreover, David took the circular shields of gold from the servants of Hadade'zer and brought them to Jerusalem.

18.8 From Tib'hath and Cun, cities of Hadade'zer, David took a great quantity of copper. With it Sol'omon made the copper Sea, the pillars, and the copper utensils.

18.9 When King To'u of Ha'math heard that David had defeated the entire army of King Hadade'zer of Zo'bah,

18.10 he immediately sent his son Hado'ram to King David to ask about his welfare and to congratulate him because he had fought and defeated Hadade'zer (for Hadade'zer had often fought against To'u, and he brought all sorts of articles of gold, silver, and copper.

18.11 King David sanctified these to Jehovah, along with the silver and the gold that he had carried off from all the nations: from E'dom and Mo'ab, from the Am'monites, the Philis'tines, and the Amal'ekites.

18.12 Abish'ai the son of Zeru'iah struck down 18,000 E'domites in the Valley of Salt.

18.13 He established garrisons in E'dom, and all the E'domites became David’s servants. Jehovah gave David victory wherever he went.

18.14 David kept reigning over all Israel, and he was administering justice and righteousness for all his people.

18.15 Jo'ab the son of Zeru'iah was over the army, Jehosh'aphat the son of Ahi'lud was recorder,

18.16 Za'dok the son of Ahi'tub and Ahim'elech the son of Abi'athar were priests, and Shav'sha was secretary.

18.17 Benai'ah the son of Jehoi'ada was over the Cher'ethites and the Pel'ethites. And David’s sons were first in position next to the king.

19.1 Later Na'hash the king of the Am'monites died, and his son became king in his place.

19.2 At that David said: “I will show loyal love toward Ha'nun the son of Na'hash, because his father showed loyal love toward me.” So David sent messengers to offer him comfort over the loss of his father. But when David’s servants came into the land of the Am'monites to comfort Ha'nun,

19.3 the princes of the Am'monites said to Ha'nun: “Do you think that David is honoring your father by sending comforters to you? Is it not to make a thorough search and to overthrow you and to spy out the land that his servants have come to you?”

19.4 So Ha'nun took the servants of David and shaved them and cut their garments in half at their buttocks and sent them away.

19.5 When David was told about the men, he at once sent others to meet them, because the men had been deeply humiliated; and the king told them: “Stay in Jer'icho until your beards grow back, and then return.”

19.6 In time the Am'monites saw that they had become a stench to David, so Ha'nun and the Am'monites sent 1,000 silver talents to hire chariots and horsemen from Mesopota'mia, A'ram-ma'acah, and Zo'bah.

19.7 Thus they hired 32,000 chariots, along with the king of Ma'acah and his people. Then they came and camped before Med'eba. The Am'monites gathered together from their cities and came out for the battle.

19.8 When David heard about it, he sent Jo'ab and the entire army, including his mightiest warriors.

19.9 And the Am'monites went out and drew up in battle formation at the entrance of the city while the kings who had come were by themselves in the open field.

19.10 When Jo'ab saw that the battle charges were coming against him from the front and the rear, he chose some of the best troops in Israel and drew them up in battle formation to meet the Syrians.

19.11 He put the rest of the men under the command of his brother Abish'ai, in order to draw them up in battle formation to meet the Am'monites.

19.12 Then he said: “If the Syrians become too strong for me, then you must come to my rescue; but if the Am'monites become too strong for you, I will rescue you.

19.13 We must be strong and courageous for our people and for the cities of our God, and Jehovah will do what is good in his eyes.”

19.14 Then Jo'ab and his men advanced to meet the Syrians in battle, and they fled from before him.

19.15 When the Am'monites saw that the Syrians had fled, they also fled from his brother Abish'ai and went into the city. After that Jo'ab came to Jerusalem.

19.16 When the Syrians saw that they had been defeated by Israel, they sent messengers to summon the Syrians in the region of the River, with Sho'phach the chief of the army of Hadade'zer leading them.

19.17 When the report was made to David, he immediately gathered all Israel and crossed the Jordan and came to them and drew up in battle formation against them. David drew up in battle formation to meet the Syrians, and they fought against him.

19.18 But the Syrians fled from Israel; and David killed 7,000 charioteers and 40,000 foot soldiers of the Syrians, and he put Sho'phach the chief of the army to death.

19.19 When the servants of Hadade'zer saw that they had been defeated by Israel, they promptly made peace with David and became his subjects; and Syria did not want to help the Am'monites anymore.

20.1 At the start of the year, at the time when kings go on campaigns, Jo'ab led a military expedition and devastated the land of the Am'monites; he came and besieged Rab'bah, while David stayed in Jerusalem. Jo'ab attacked Rab'bah and tore it down.

20.2 Then David took the crown of Mal'cam from its head, and found that it weighed a talent of gold, and in it there were precious stones; and it was placed on David’s head. He also took a vast amount of spoil from the city.

20.3 And he brought out the people who were in it and put them to work at sawing stones and at working with sharp iron instruments and with axes. That was what David did to all the cities of the Am'monites. Finally David and all the troops returned to Jerusalem.

20.4 After this, war broke out at Ge'zer with the Philis'tines. At that time Sib'becai the Hu'shathite struck down Sip'pai, who was a descendant of the Reph'aim, and they were subdued.

20.5 And there was war again with the Philis'tines, and Elha'nan the son of Ja'ir struck down Lah'mi the brother of Goli'ath the Git'tite, whose spear had a shaft like the beam of loom workers.

20.6 War broke out yet again at Gath, where there was a man of extraordinary size, with 6 fingers on each hand and 6 toes on each foot, 24 in all; and he too was a descendant of the Reph'aim.

20.7 He kept taunting Israel. So Jon'athan the son of Shim'ea, David’s brother, struck him down.

20.8 These were descendants of the Reph'aim in Gath, and they fell by the hand of David and by the hand of his servants.

21.1 Then Satan stood up against Israel and incited David to number Israel.

21.2 So David said to Jo'ab and the chiefs of the people: “Go, count Israel from Be'er-she'ba to Dan; then report to me so that I may know their number.”

21.3 But Jo'ab said: “May Jehovah multiply his people 100 times! My lord the king, are not all of them already servants of my lord? Why does my lord want to do this? Why should he become a cause of guilt to Israel?”

21.4 But the king’s word prevailed over Jo'ab. So Jo'ab went out and traveled throughout Israel, after which he came to Jerusalem.

21.5 Jo'ab now gave to David the number of the people who were registered. All Israel amounted to 1,100,000 men armed with swords, and Judah, 470,000 men armed with swords.

21.6 But Le'vi and Benjamin were not registered among them, because the king’s word was detestable to Jo'ab.

21.7 Now this was very displeasing to the true God, so he struck Israel.

21.8 David then said to the true God: “I have sinned greatly by doing this. And now, please, forgive your servant’s error, for I have acted very foolishly.”

21.9 Jehovah then spoke to Gad, David’s visionary, saying:

21.10 “Go and say to David, ‘This is what Jehovah says: “I am giving you three options. Choose the one that I should bring on you.”’”

21.11 So Gad came in to David and said to him: “This is what Jehovah says, ‘Take your pick

21.12 whether there should be three years of famine, or three months of being swept away by your adversaries while the sword of your enemies overtakes you, or three days of the sword of Jehovah—pestilence in the land—with Jehovah’s angel bringing destruction in all the territory of Israel.’ Now consider what I should reply to the One who sent me.”

21.13 So David said to Gad: “It is very distressing to me. Please, let me fall into the hand of Jehovah, for his mercy is very great; but do not let me fall into the hand of man.”

21.14 Then Jehovah sent a pestilence on Israel, so that 70,000 people out of Israel fell.

21.15 Moreover, the true God sent an angel to Jerusalem to destroy it; but as he was about to do so, Jehovah saw it and felt regret over the calamity, and he said to the angel bringing destruction: “It is enough! Now let your hand drop.” Jehovah’s angel was standing close to the threshing floor of Or'nan the Jeb'usite.

21.16 When David raised his eyes, he saw Jehovah’s angel standing between the earth and the heavens with a drawn sword in his hand extended toward Jerusalem. David and the elders, covered with sackcloth, at once threw themselves down with their faces to the ground.

21.17 David said to the true God: “Was it not I who said to number the people? I am the one who sinned, and I am the one who did wrong; but these sheep—what have they done? O Jehovah my God, let your hand, please, come against me and my father’s house; but do not bring this scourge on your people.”

21.18 Jehovah’s angel then told Gad to tell David to go up and erect an altar to Jehovah on the threshing floor of Or'nan the Jeb'usite.

21.19 So David went up at the word of Gad, which he had spoken in the name of Jehovah.

21.20 Meanwhile, Or'nan turned around and saw the angel, and his four sons who were with him hid themselves. Now Or'nan had been threshing wheat.

21.21 When David came up to him, Or'nan looked and saw David, and he immediately went out from the threshing floor and bowed down to David with his face to the ground.

21.22 David said to Or'nan: “Sell me the site of the threshing floor, so that I may build an altar to Jehovah on it. Sell it to me for the full price, so that the scourge against the people may be halted.”

21.23 But Or'nan said to David: “Take it as your own, and let my lord the king do what seems good to him. Here, I am providing the cattle for burnt offerings and the threshing sledge for the wood and the wheat as a grain offering. I give all of it.”

21.24 However, King David said to Or'nan: “No, I must buy it for the full price, because I will not take what is yours and give it to Jehovah or offer up burnt sacrifices that cost me nothing.”

21.25 So David gave Or'nan 600 gold shekels by weight for the site.

21.26 And David built an altar there to Jehovah and offered up burnt sacrifices and communion sacrifices, and he called on Jehovah, who now answered him with fire from the heavens on the altar of burnt offering.

21.27 Then Jehovah ordered the angel to return his sword to its sheath.

21.28 At that time, when David saw that Jehovah had answered him at the threshing floor of Or'nan the Jeb'usite, he continued to sacrifice there.

21.29 However, the tabernacle of Jehovah that Moses had made in the wilderness and the altar of burnt offering were at that time on the high place at Gib'eon.

21.30 But David had not been able to go before it to consult God, for he was terrified because of the sword of Jehovah’s angel.

22.1 David then said: “This is the house of Jehovah the true God, and this is an altar for burnt offering for Israel.”

22.2 David then gave orders to bring together the foreign residents who were in the land of Israel, and he assigned them to be stonecutters to cut and shape stones for building the house of the true God.

22.3 David also prepared iron in great quantity for nails for the doors of the gates and for clamps, and so much copper that it was beyond weighing,

22.4 and also cedar timbers without number, for the Sido'nians and the Tyr'ians brought great quantities of cedar timbers to David.

22.5 And David said: “My son Sol'omon is young and inexperienced, and the house to be built for Jehovah is to be exceedingly magnificent, so that its fame and beauty will be known in all lands. Therefore, I will make preparation for him.” So David prepared materials in great quantity before his death.

22.6 Moreover, he summoned his son Sol'omon and instructed him to build a house for Jehovah the God of Israel.

22.7 David told his son Sol'omon: “As for me, it was my heart’s desire to build a house for the name of Jehovah my God.

22.8 But Jehovah’s word came to me, saying, ‘You have shed a great deal of blood, and you have fought great wars. You will not build a house for my name, for you have shed a great deal of blood on the earth before me.

22.9 Look! You will have a son who will be a man of peace, and I will give him rest from all his enemies who surround him, for Sol'omon will be his name and I will grant Israel peace and quiet in his days.

22.10 He is the one who will build a house for my name. He will become my son, and I will be his father. I will firmly establish the throne of his kingship over Israel forever.’

22.11 “Now, my son, may Jehovah be with you, and may you be successful and build the house of Jehovah your God, just as he has spoken concerning you.

22.12 Only may Jehovah give you discretion and understanding when he gives you authority over Israel, so that you may keep the law of Jehovah your God.

22.13 Then you will be successful if you carefully observe the regulations and the judgments that Jehovah ordered Moses to give Israel. Be courageous and strong. Do not be afraid or be terrified.

22.14 Here I have taken great pains to prepare for Jehovah’s house 100,000 talents of gold and 1,000,000 talents of silver and such great quantities of copper and iron that they cannot be weighed, and I have prepared timbers and stones, but you will add to them.

22.15 A great number of workmen are with you—stonecutters, stonemasons, woodworkers, and all kinds of skilled workers.

22.16 The gold, silver, copper, and iron are beyond measure. Get up and begin the work, and may Jehovah be with you.”

22.17 David then ordered all the princes of Israel to help his son Sol'omon:

22.18 “Is not Jehovah your God with you, and has he not given you rest on every side? For he handed over to me the inhabitants of the land, and the land has been subdued before Jehovah and before his people.

22.19 Now determine with all your heart and soul to seek Jehovah your God, and start building the sanctuary of Jehovah the true God, in order to bring the ark of the covenant of Jehovah and the holy utensils of the true God to the house built for the name of Jehovah.”

23.1 When David had grown old and was near the end of his life, he made his son Sol'omon king over Israel.

23.2 He then gathered all the princes of Israel, the priests, and the Levites.

23.3 The Levites who were 30 years old and up were numbered; their number, their head count man by man, was 38,000.

23.4 Of these, 24,000 served as supervisors over the work of Jehovah’s house, and there were 6,000 officers and judges,

23.5 and there were 4,000 gatekeepers, and 4,000 gave praise to Jehovah on the instruments about which David said, “I made them for giving praise.”

23.6 Then David organized them into divisions according to the sons of Le'vi: Ger'shon, Ko'hath, and Merar'i.

23.7 Of the Ger'shonites were La'dan and Shim'ei.

23.8 The sons of La'dan were Jehi'el the headman, Ze'tham, and Joel, three.

23.9 The sons of Shim'ei were Shelo'moth, Ha'ziel, and Ha'ran, three. These were the heads of the paternal houses for La'dan.

23.10 And the sons of Shim'ei were Ja'hath, Zi'na, Je'ush, and Beri'ah. These four were the sons of Shim'ei.

23.11 Ja'hath was the head and Zi'zah, the second. But since Je'ush and Beri'ah did not have many sons, they were counted as one paternal house with one area of responsibility.

23.12 The sons of Ko'hath were Am'ram, Iz'har, Heb'ron, and Uz'ziel, four.

23.13 The sons of Am'ram were Aaron and Moses. But Aaron was permanently set apart to sanctify the Most Holy, he and his sons, to offer sacrifices before Jehovah, to minister to him, and to pronounce blessings in his name always.

23.14 As for Moses the man of the true God, his sons were named among the tribe of the Levites.

23.15 The sons of Moses were Ger'shom and Elie'zer.

23.16 Of the sons of Ger'shom, Sheb'uel was the head.

23.17 Of the descendants of Elie'zer, Rehabi'ah was the head; Elie'zer did not have other sons, but the sons of Rehabi'ah were very many.

23.18 Of the sons of Iz'har, Shelo'mith was the headman.

23.19 The sons of Heb'ron were Jeri'ah the head, Amari'ah the second, Jahazi'el the third, and Jekame'am the fourth.

23.20 The sons of Uz'ziel were Mi'cah the head and Isshi'ah the second.

23.21 The sons of Merar'i were Mah'li and Mu'shi. The sons of Mah'li were Elea'zar and Kish.

23.22 Elea'zar died, but he had no sons, only daughters. So the sons of Kish, their relatives, took them as wives.

23.23 The sons of Mu'shi were Mah'li, E'der, and Jer'emoth, three.

23.24 These were the sons of Le'vi according to their paternal houses, the heads of the paternal houses, by those registered who were counted and listed by their names and who carried out the work for the service of the house of Jehovah, from 20 years old and up.

23.25 For David had said: “Jehovah the God of Israel has given rest to his people, and he will reside in Jerusalem forever.

23.26 Also the Levites will not have to carry the tabernacle or any of its utensils for its service.”

23.27 For according to the last instructions of David, the Levites from 20 years old and up were numbered.

23.28 Their function was to assist the sons of Aaron for the service of the house of Jehovah, to be in charge of the courtyards, the dining rooms, the purification of every holy thing, and any work needed for the service of the house of the true God.

23.29 They assisted with the layer bread, the fine flour for the grain offering, the wafers of unleavened bread, the griddle cakes, the mixed dough, and all measures of quantity and size.

23.30 They were to stand morning by morning to thank and praise Jehovah and likewise in the evening.

23.31 They assisted whenever the burnt sacrifices were offered to Jehovah on the Sabbaths, the new moons, and during the festival seasons, according to the number required by the rules concerning them, doing so regularly before Jehovah.

23.32 They also took care of their responsibilities toward the tent of meeting, toward the holy place, and toward their brothers the sons of Aaron for the service of the house of Jehovah.

24.1 Now the divisions of the descendants of Aaron were these: The sons of Aaron were Na'dab, Abi'hu, Elea'zar, and Ith'amar.

24.2 However, Na'dab and Abi'hu died before their father, and they did not have any sons; but Elea'zar and Ith'amar continued to serve as priests.

24.3 David, along with Za'dok from the sons of Elea'zar and Ahim'elech from the sons of Ith'amar, made divisions of them for the office of their service.

24.4 Since the sons of Elea'zar had more headmen than the sons of Ith'amar had, they divided them accordingly: The sons of Elea'zar had 16 as heads of their paternal houses, and the sons of Ith'amar had 8 as heads of their paternal houses.

24.5 Further, they divided them by lots, the one group along with the other, for there were chiefs of the holy place and chiefs of the true God from both the sons of Elea'zar and the sons of Ith'amar.

24.6 Then Shemai'ah the son of Nethan'el the secretary of the Levites recorded their names before the king, the princes, Za'dok the priest, Ahim'elech the son of Abi'athar, and the heads of the paternal houses of the priests and of the Levites, one paternal house being selected for Elea'zar and one being selected for Ith'amar.

24.7 The first lot came out to Jehoi'arib; the second to Jeda'iah,

24.8 the third to Ha'rim, the fourth to Seo'rim,

24.9 the fifth to Malchi'jah, the sixth to Mij'amin,

24.10 the seventh to Hak'koz, the eighth to Abi'jah,

24.11 the ninth to Jesh'ua, the tenth to Shecani'ah,

24.12 the 11th to Eli'ashib, the 12th to Ja'kim,

24.13 the 13th to Hup'pah, the 14th to Jesheb'eab,

24.14 the 15th to Bil'gah, the 16th to Im'mer,

24.15 the 17th to He'zir, the 18th to Hap'pizzez,

24.16 the 19th to Pethahi'ah, the 20th to Jehez'kel,

24.17 the 21st to Ja'chin, the 22nd to Ga'mul,

24.18 the 23rd to Dela'iah, the 24th to Maazi'ah.

24.19 These were their offices for their service when they would come into the house of Jehovah according to the procedure set by their forefather Aaron, just as Jehovah the God of Israel had commanded him.

24.20 And of the rest of the Levites: of the sons of Am'ram, there was Shu'bael; of the sons of Shu'bael, Jehde'iah;

24.21 of Rehabi'ah: of the sons of Rehabi'ah, Isshi'ah the head;

24.22 of the Iz'harites, Shelo'moth; of the sons of Shelo'moth, Ja'hath;

24.23 and of the sons of Heb'ron, Jeri'ah the head, Amari'ah the second, Jahazi'el the third, Jekame'am the fourth;

24.24 of the sons of Uz'ziel, Mi'cah; of the sons of Mi'cah, Sha'mir.

24.25 The brother of Mi'cah was Isshi'ah; of the sons of Isshi'ah, Zechari'ah.

24.26 The sons of Merar'i were Mah'li and Mu'shi; of the sons of Jaazi'ah, Be'no.

24.27 The sons of Merar'i: of Jaazi'ah, Be'no, Sho'ham, Zac'cur, and Ib'ri;

24.28 of Mah'li, Elea'zar, who did not have any sons;

24.29 of Kish: the sons of Kish, Jerah'meel;

24.30 and the sons of Mu'shi were Mah'li, E'der, and Jer'imoth.
These were the sons of Le'vi by their paternal houses.

24.31 And they also cast lots just as their brothers the sons of Aaron did in the presence of King David, Za'dok, Ahim'elech, and the heads of the paternal houses of the priests and of the Levites. Regarding the paternal houses, the head one was just as his younger brother.

25.1 Further, David and the chiefs of the groups for the service separated some of the sons of A'saph, He'man, and Jedu'thun to serve by prophesying with the harps, the stringed instruments, and the cymbals. The list of the official men for this service was,

25.2 of the sons of A'saph: Zac'cur, Joseph, Nethani'ah, and Ashare'lah, the sons of A'saph under the direction of A'saph, who prophesied under the direction of the king.

25.3 Of Jedu'thun, the sons of Jedu'thun: Gedali'ah, Ze'ri, Jesha'iah, Shim'ei, Hashabi'ah, and Mattithi'ah, six, under the direction of their father Jedu'thun, who prophesied with the harp, thanking and praising Jehovah.

25.4 Of He'man, the sons of He'man: Bukki'ah, Mattani'ah, Uz'ziel, Sheb'uel, Jer'imoth, Hanani'ah, Hana'ni, Eli'athah, Giddal'ti, Romam'ti-e'zer, Joshbekash'ah, Mallo'thi, Ho'thir, and Maha'zioth.

25.5 All of these were sons of He'man, a visionary of the king in matters pertaining to the true God to his glory; thus the true God gave He'man 14 sons and 3 daughters.

25.6 All of these were under the direction of their father for singing at the house of Jehovah, with cymbals, stringed instruments, and harps for the service of the house of the true God.

Under the king’s direction were A'saph, Jedu'thun, and He'man.

25.7 The number of them and their brothers who were trained in song to Jehovah, all experts, was 288.

25.8 So they cast lots for their duties, the small and the great alike, the expert along with the learner.

25.9 The first lot to come out belonged to A'saph for Joseph, the second for Gedali'ah (he and his brothers and his sons were 12;

25.10 the third for Zac'cur, his sons and his brothers, 12;

25.11 the fourth for Iz'ri, his sons and his brothers, 12;

25.12 the fifth for Nethani'ah, his sons and his brothers, 12;

25.13 the sixth for Bukki'ah, his sons and his brothers, 12;

25.14 the seventh for Jeshare'lah, his sons and his brothers, 12;

25.15 the eighth for Jesha'iah, his sons and his brothers, 12;

25.16 the ninth for Mattani'ah, his sons and his brothers, 12;

25.17 the tenth for Shim'ei, his sons and his brothers, 12;

25.18 the 11th for Az'arel, his sons and his brothers, 12;

25.19 the 12th for Hashabi'ah, his sons and his brothers, 12;

25.20 for the 13th, Shu'bael, his sons and his brothers, 12;

25.21 for the 14th, Mattithi'ah, his sons and his brothers, 12;

25.22 for the 15th, for Jer'emoth, his sons and his brothers, 12;

25.23 for the 16th, for Hanani'ah, his sons and his brothers, 12;

25.24 for the 17th, for Joshbekash'ah, his sons and his brothers, 12;

25.25 for the 18th, for Hana'ni, his sons and his brothers, 12;

26.1 The divisions of gatekeepers were as follows: of the Kor'ahites, Meshelemi'ah the son of Ko're of the sons of A'saph.

26.2 And Meshelemi'ah had sons: Zechari'ah the firstborn, Jedi'ael the second, Zebadi'ah the third, Jath'niel the fourth,

26.3 E'lam the fifth, Jehoha'nan the sixth, El'ieho-e'nai the seventh.

26.4 And O'bed-e'dom had sons: Shemai'ah the firstborn, Jehoz'abad the second, Jo'ah the third, Sa'car the fourth, Nethan'el the fifth,

26.5 Am'miel the sixth, Is'sachar the seventh, and Peul'lethai the eighth; for God had blessed him.

26.6 And to his son Shemai'ah, there were sons born who were rulers of their paternal house, for they were mighty, capable men.

26.7 The sons of Shemai'ah: Oth'ni, Reph'ael, O'bed, and Elza'bad; and his brothers Eli'hu and Semachi'ah were also capable men.

26.8 All of these were of the sons of O'bed-e'dom; they and their sons and their brothers were capable men and qualified for the service, 62 belonging to O'bed-e'dom.

26.9 And Meshelemi'ah had sons and brothers, 18 capable men.

26.10 And Ho'sah of the sons of Merar'i had sons. Shim'ri was the head, for although he was not the firstborn, his father appointed him as head,

26.11 Hilki'ah the second, Tebali'ah the third, Zechari'ah the fourth. All the sons and brothers of Ho'sah were 13.

26.12 Of these divisions of the gatekeepers, the headmen had duties just as their brothers did, to minister at the house of Jehovah.

26.13 So they cast lots, the small and the great alike by their paternal houses, for the different gates.

26.14 Then the lot to the east fell to Shelemi'ah. For Zechari'ah his son, a discreet adviser, they cast the lots, and his lot came out to the north.

26.15 O'bed-e'dom had his to the south, and his sons were assigned the storehouses.

26.16 Shup'pim and Ho'sah had theirs to the west, near the Shal'lecheth Gate by the highway that goes up, guard group corresponding to guard group;

26.17 there were six Levites to the east; to the north, four each day and to the south, four each day; and for the storehouses, two by two;

26.18 for the portico to the west, there were four at the highway and two at the portico.

26.19 These were the divisions of the gatekeepers from the sons of the Kor'ahites and of the Merar'ites.

26.20 As regards the Levites, Ahi'jah was in charge of the treasuries of the house of the true God and the treasuries of the things made holy.

26.21 The sons of La'dan: the sons of the Ger'shonite belonging to La'dan, the heads of the paternal houses belonging to La'dan the Ger'shonite, Jehi'eli

26.22 and the sons of Jehi'eli, Ze'tham and his brother Joel. They were in charge of the treasuries of the house of Jehovah.

26.23 From the Am'ramites, the Iz'harites, the Heb'ronites, and the Uzzi'elites,

26.24 Sheb'uel son of Ger'shom son of Moses was a leader in charge of the storehouses.

26.25 As regards his brothers, of Elie'zer, there was Rehabi'ah his son, Jesha'iah his son, Jo'ram his son, Zich'ri his son, and Shelo'moth his son.

26.26 This Shelo'moth and his brothers were in charge of all the treasuries of the things made holy, which King David, the heads of the paternal houses, the chiefs of the thousands and of the hundreds, and the chiefs of the army had made holy.

26.27 From the wars and from the spoil, they had made things holy to maintain the house of Jehovah;

26.28 also, all that Samuel the seer, Saul the son of Kish, Ab'ner the son of Ner, and Jo'ab the son of Zeru'iah had made holy. Whatever anyone made holy was put in the care of Shelo'mith and his brothers.

26.29 Of the Iz'harites, Chenani'ah and his sons were assigned outside administrative duties as officers and as judges over Israel.

26.30 Of the Heb'ronites, Hashabi'ah and his brothers, 1,700 capable men, were over the administration of Israel in the region west of the Jordan for all the work of Jehovah and for the king’s service.

26.31 Of the Heb'ronites, Jeri'jah was the head of the Heb'ronites by line of descent of their paternal house. In the 40th year of David’s kingship, they were sought out, and mighty, capable men were found among them in Ja'zer in Gil'ead.

26.32 And his brothers numbered 2,700 capable men, heads of the paternal houses. So King David assigned them over the Reu'benites, the Gad'ites, and the half tribe of the Manas'sites, for every matter of the true God and matter of the king.

27.1 This is the number of Israelites, the heads of the paternal houses, the chiefs of the thousands and of the hundreds, and their officers who ministered to the king in every matter of the divisions that would come in and go out month by month during all the months of the year; there were 24,000 in each division.

27.2 Over the first division of the first month was Jasho'beam the son of Zab'diel, and 24,000 were in his division.

27.3 Of the sons of Pe'rez, he was the head of all the chiefs of the groups assigned to serve during the first month.

27.4 Over the division of the second month was Do'dai the Aho'hite with his division, and Mik'loth was the leader, and 24,000 were in his division.

27.5 The chief of the third group assigned to serve during the third month was Benai'ah the son of Jehoi'ada the chief priest, and 24,000 were in his division.

27.6 This Benai'ah was a mighty warrior of the thirty and in charge of the thirty, and over his division was his son Ammiz'abad.

27.7 The fourth for the fourth month was As'ahel, Jo'ab’s brother, and his son Zebadi'ah after him, and 24,000 were in his division.

27.8 The fifth chief for the fifth month was Sham'huth the Iz'rahite, and 24,000 were in his division.

27.9 The sixth for the sixth month was I'ra the son of Ik'kesh the Teko'ite, and 24,000 were in his division.

27.10 The seventh for the seventh month was He'lez the Pel'onite of the E'phraimites, and 24,000 were in his division.

27.11 The eighth for the eighth month was Sib'becai the Hu'shathite of the Ze'rahites, and 24,000 were in his division.

27.12 The ninth for the ninth month was Abi-e'zer the An'athothite of the Ben'jaminites, and 24,000 were in his division.

27.13 The tenth for the tenth month was Ma'harai the Netoph'athite of the Ze'rahites, and 24,000 were in his division.

27.14 The 11th for the 11th month was Benai'ah the Pir'athonite of the sons of E'phraim, and 24,000 were in his division.

27.15 The 12th for the 12th month was Hel'dai the Netoph'athite, of Oth'niel, and 24,000 were in his division.

27.16 These were the leaders of the tribes of Israel: Of the Reu'benites, Elie'zer the son of Zich'ri was leader; of the Sim'eonites, Shephati'ah the son of Ma'acah;

27.17 of Le'vi, Hashabi'ah the son of Kemu'el; of Aaron, Za'dok;

27.18 of Judah, Eli'hu, one of David’s brothers; of Is'sachar, Om'ri the son of Mi'chael;

27.19 of Zeb'ulun, Ishma'iah the son of Obadi'ah; of Naph'tali, Jer'imoth the son of Az'riel;

27.20 of the E'phraimites, Hoshe'a the son of Azazi'ah; of the half tribe of Manas'seh, Joel the son of Pedai'ah;

27.21 of the half tribe of Manas'seh in Gil'ead, Id'do the son of Zechari'ah; of Benjamin, Jaasi'el the son of Ab'ner;

27.22 of Dan, Az'arel the son of Jero'ham. These were the princes of the tribes of Israel.

27.23 David did not count those 20 years of age and under, because Jehovah had promised to make Israel as many as the stars of the heavens.

27.24 Jo'ab the son of Zeru'iah had started to take the count, but he did not finish; and God’s anger came against Israel because of this, and the number was not entered into the account of the history of the times of King David.

27.25 Over the treasuries of the king was Az'maveth the son of Ad'iel. Jon'athan the son of Uzzi'ah was over the storehouses in the fields, in the cities, in the villages, and in the towers.

27.26 Over the field workers who cultivated the soil was Ez'ri the son of Che'lub.

27.27 Shim'ei the Ra'mathite was over the vineyards; over the produce of the vineyards for the wine supplies was Zab'di the Shiph'mite.

27.28 Over the olive groves and the sycamore trees in the Shephe'lah was Ba'al-ha'nan the Gede'rite; over the oil supplies was Jo'ash.

27.29 Over the herds that grazed in Shar'on was Shit'rai the Shar'onite, and Sha'phat the son of Ad'lai was over the herds in the valley plains.

27.30 Over the camels was O'bil the Ish'maelite; over the donkeys was Jehde'iah the Meron'othite.

27.31 Over the flocks was Ja'ziz the Hag'rite. All of these were the chiefs of King David’s property.

27.32 Jon'athan, David’s nephew, was an adviser, a man of understanding and a secretary, and Jehi'el the son of Hach'moni looked after the king’s sons.

27.33 Ahith'ophel was an adviser to the king, and Hu'shai the Ar'chite was the king’s friend.

27.34 After Ahith'ophel there were Jehoi'ada the son of Benai'ah and Abi'athar; and Jo'ab was chief of the king’s army.

28.1 David then congregated all the princes of Israel to Jerusalem: the princes of the tribes, the chiefs of the divisions ministering to the king, the chiefs of thousands and the chiefs of hundreds, the chiefs of all the property and livestock of the king and of his sons, together with the court officials and every mighty and capable man.

28.2 Then King David rose to his feet and said:
“Hear me, my brothers and my people. It was my heart’s desire to build a house as the resting-place for the ark of the covenant of Jehovah and as the footstool of our God, and I made preparations to build.

28.3 But the true God told me, ‘You will not build a house for my name, for you are a man of wars, and you have shed blood.’

28.4 However, Jehovah the God of Israel chose me out of all the house of my father to become king over Israel forever, for he chose Judah as leader and of the house of Judah, my father’s house, and of my father’s sons, I was the one whom he approved, to make me king over all Israel.

28.5 And of all my sons—for Jehovah has given me many sons—he chose my son Sol'omon to sit on the throne of the kingship of Jehovah over Israel.

28.6 “He said to me, ‘Your son Sol'omon is the one who will build my house and my courtyards, for I have chosen him as my son and I will become his father.

28.7 I will firmly establish his kingship forever if he resolutely observes my commandments and my judicial decisions, as he is now doing.’

28.8 So I say before the eyes of all Israel, Jehovah’s congregation, and in the ears of our God: Carefully observe and search for all the commandments of Jehovah your God, so that you may possess the good land and pass it on as a permanent inheritance to your sons after you.

28.9 “And you, Sol'omon my son, know the God of your father and serve him with a complete heart and with a delightful soul, for Jehovah searches through all hearts, and he discerns every inclination of the thoughts. If you search for him, he will let himself be found by you, but if you leave him, he will reject you forever.

28.10 See, now, for Jehovah has chosen you to build a house as a sanctuary. Be courageous and go to work.”

28.11 David then gave to his son Sol'omon the architectural plan of the porch and of its houses, its storerooms, its roof chambers, its inner rooms, and the house of the propitiatory cover.

28.12 He gave him the architectural plan of everything that had been conveyed to him through inspiration for the courtyards of Jehovah’s house, for all the dining rooms around it, for the treasuries of the house of the true God, and for the treasuries of the things made holy;

28.13 also for the divisions of the priests and of the Levites, for all the duties of the service of Jehovah’s house, and for all the utensils of the service of Jehovah’s house;

28.14 also for the weight of the gold, the gold for all the utensils for the different services, the weight of all the utensils of silver, and for all the utensils for the different services;

28.15 also the weight for the gold lampstands and their gold lamps, the weight of the different lampstands and their lamps, and the weight of the silver lampstands, for each lampstand and its lamps according to its use;

28.16 also the weight of the gold for the tables of the layer bread, for each table, as well as the silver for the tables of silver,

28.17 for the forks, the bowls, the pitchers of pure gold, and the weight of the small gold bowls, for each small bowl, and the weight of the small silver bowls, for each small bowl.

28.18 He also gave the weight for the refined gold for the incense altar and for the representation of the chariot, namely, the cherubs of gold that spread their wings out and overshadow the ark of the covenant of Jehovah.

28.19 David said: “The hand of Jehovah was upon me, and he gave me insight to put all the details of the architectural plan in writing.”

28.20 Then David said to his son Sol'omon: “Be courageous and strong and go to work. Do not be afraid or be terrified, for Jehovah God, my God, is with you. He will not desert you or abandon you, but he will be with you until all the work for the service of Jehovah’s house is finished.

28.21 And here are the divisions of the priests and of the Levites for all the service of the house of the true God. You have willing, skilled workers to perform every kind of service, as well as the princes and all the people who will carry out all your instructions.”

29.1 King David now said to all the congregation: “My son Sol'omon, the one whom God has chosen, is young and inexperienced, and the work is great, for it is not a temple for man but for Jehovah God.

29.2 And I have spared no effort to prepare for the house of my God, providing the gold for the goldwork, the silver for the silverwork, the copper for the copperwork, the iron for the ironwork, the timbers for the timberwork, onyx stones, and stones to be set with mortar, mosaic pebbles, every kind of precious stone, and alabaster stones in great quantity.

29.3 Moreover, because of my delight in the house of my God, there is also my private treasure of gold and silver that I am giving to the house of my God, in addition to all that I have prepared for the holy house,

29.4 including 3,000 talents of gold from O'phir and 7,000 talents of refined silver, for coating the walls of the houses,

29.5 the gold for the goldwork and the silver for the silverwork, and for all the work to be done by the craftsmen. Now who volunteers to come forward today with a gift in hand for Jehovah?”

29.6 So the princes of the paternal houses, the princes of the tribes of Israel, the chiefs of thousands and of hundreds, and the chiefs of the business of the king came forward voluntarily.

29.7 And they gave to the service of the house of the true God: 5,000 talents of gold, 10,000 darics, 10,000 talents of silver, 18,000 talents of copper, and 100,000 talents of iron.

29.8 Whoever had precious stones gave them to the treasury of the house of Jehovah, under the care of Jehi'el the Ger'shonite.

29.9 The people rejoiced over making these voluntary offerings, for they made the voluntary offerings to Jehovah with a complete heart, and David the king also rejoiced greatly.

29.10 Then David praised Jehovah before the eyes of all the congregation. David said: “May you be praised, O Jehovah the God of Israel our father, throughout all eternity.

29.11 Yours, O Jehovah, are the greatness and the mightiness and the beauty and the splendor and the majesty, for everything in the heavens and on the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O Jehovah. You are the One exalting yourself as head over all.

29.12 The riches and the glory are from you, and you rule over everything, and in your hand there are power and mightiness, and your hand is able to make great and to give strength to all.

29.13 And now, O our God, we thank you and praise your beautiful name.

29.14 “And yet, who am I and who are my people that we should be in a position to make voluntary offerings like this? For everything is from you, and we have given to you what comes from your own hand.

29.15 For we are foreign residents in your presence and settlers, just like all our forefathers. For our days on the earth are like a shadow—without hope.

29.16 O Jehovah our God, all this wealth that we have prepared to build for you a house for your holy name is from your own hand, and it all belongs to you.

29.17 I well know, O my God, that you examine the heart and that you take pleasure in integrity. In the uprightness of my heart, I have voluntarily offered all these things, and I am overjoyed to see your people who are present here make voluntary offerings to you.

29.18 O Jehovah, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, our forefathers, keep these inclinations and thoughts in the hearts of your people forever, and direct their hearts to you.

29.19 And give a complete heart to my son Sol'omon, so that he may observe your commandments, your reminders, and your regulations and do all these things and build the temple for which I have made preparation.”

29.20 David then said to all the congregation: “Now praise Jehovah your God.” And all the congregation praised Jehovah the God of their forefathers and bowed low and prostrated themselves to Jehovah and to the king.

29.21 And they continued to offer sacrifices to Jehovah and to offer up burnt offerings to Jehovah on the following day, 1,000 young bulls, 1,000 rams, 1,000 male lambs, and their drink offerings; they offered sacrifices in great number for all Israel.

29.22 They continued eating and drinking before Jehovah on that day with great rejoicing, and for a second time they made Sol'omon the son of David king and anointed him before Jehovah as leader, and also Za'dok as priest.

29.23 And Sol'omon sat on Jehovah’s throne as king in place of David his father, and he was successful, and all the Israelites were obedient to him.

29.24 All the princes, the mighty warriors, and also all the sons of King David submitted themselves to Sol'omon the king.

29.25 And Jehovah made Sol'omon exceedingly great before the eyes of all Israel and bestowed on him royal majesty such as no king over Israel ever had before.

29.26 Thus David the son of Jes'se reigned over all Israel,

29.27 and the length of his reign over Israel was 40 years. In Heb'ron he reigned for 7 years, and in Jerusalem he reigned for 33 years.

29.28 And he died at a good old age, satisfied with long life, wealth, and glory; and his son Sol'omon became king in his place.

29.29 As for the history of King David, from beginning to end, it is written among the words of Samuel the seer, Nathan the prophet, and Gad the visionary,

29.30 together with all his kingship, his mightiness, and the events of the times involving him and Israel and all the surrounding kingdoms.

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