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Chapter 1[edit]

1 Adam, Seth, Enosh, 2 Kenan, Mahalalel, Jared, 3 Enoch, Methuselah, Lamech, 4 Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

5 The sons of Japheth: Gomer, and Magog, and Madai, and Javan, and Tubal,[1] and Meshech, and Tiras. 6 And the sons of Gomer: Ashkenaz, and Diphath, and Togarmah.[2] 7 And the sons of Javan: Elisha and Tarshishah,[3] Kittim and Rodanim.[4]

8 The sons of Ham: Cush, and Mizraim, and Put, and Canaan. 9 And the sons of Cush: Seba, and Havilah, and Sabta, and Raamah, and Sabtecha.[5] And the sons of Raamah: Sheba and Dedan. 10 And Cush begot Nimrod. He was the first great warrior upon the earth. [6]11 And Mizraim begot Ludim, and Anamim, and Lehabim, and Naphtuhim, 12 and Pathrusim, and Casluhim, from whom Philistines came, and Caphtorim. 13 And Canaan begot Sidon his firstborn, and Heth, 14 and the Jebusite, and the Amorite, and the Girgashite, 15 and the Hivite, and the Arkite, and the Sinite, 16 and the Arvadite, and the Zemarite, and the Hamathite.[6]

17 The sons of Shem: Elam, and Asshur, and Arpachshad, and Lud, and Aram, and Uz, and Hul, and Gether, and Meshech.[6] 18 And Arpachshad begot Shelah, and Shelah begot Eber. 19 And to Eber two sons were born: the name of the one was Pegel, because in his days the earth was divided, and the name of his brother was Joktan. 20 And Joktan begot Almodad, and Sheleph, and Hazarmaveth, and Jerah, 21 and Hadoram, and Uzal, and Diklah, 22 and Ebal, and Abimael, and Sheba, 23 and Ophir, and Havilah, and Jobab. All these were the sons of Joktan.

24 Shem, Arpachshad, Shelah, 25 Eber, Peleg, Reu, 26 Serug, Nahor, Terah, 27 Abram, who is Abraham. 28 The sons of Abraham: Isaac and Ishmael.

29 These are their genealogies. The firstborn of Ishmael, Nebaioth, and Kedar, and Adbeel, and Mibsam, 30 Mishmah and Dumah, Massa, Hadad, and Tema,[7] 31 Jetur, Naphish, and Kedemah. These are the sons of Ishmael.

32 And the sons of Keturah, Abraham's concubine: she bore him Zimran, and Jokshan, and Medan, and Midian, and Ishbak, and Shuah. And the sons of Jokshan: Sheba and Dedan. 33 And the sons of Midian: Ephah, and Epher, and Hanoch, and Abida, and Eldaah. And these were the sons of Keturah.

34 And Abraham begot Isaac. The sons of Isaac: Esau and Israel. 35 The sons of Esau: Eliphaz, Reuel, and Jeush,[8] and Jaalam, and Korah. 36 The sons of Eliphaz: Teman and Omar, Zephi[9] and Gatam, Kenaz and Timna, and Amalek. 37 The sons of Reuel: Nahath, Zerah, Shammah, and Mizzah.

38 And the sons of Seir: Lotan, and Shobal, and Zibeon, and Anah, and Dishon, and Ezer, and Dishan. 39 And the sons of Lotan: Hori and Homam. And Timna was Lotan's sister.[10] 40 And the sons of Shobal: Alian, and Manahath, and Ebal, Shephi,[11] and Onam. And the sons of Zibeon: Aiah and Anah. 41 The sons of Anah: Dishon. And the sons of Dishon: Hamran, and Eshban, and Ithran, and Cheran. 42 The sons of Ezer: Bilhan, and Zaavan,[12] Jakan. The sons of Dishon: Uz and Aran.

43 And these are the kings who reigned in the land of Edom before [any] king reigned among the Israelites: Bela son of Beor, and the name of his city was Dinhabah. 44 And Bela died, and was succeeded by Jobab son of Zerah of Bozrah. 45 And Jobab died, and was succeeded by Husham of the land of the Temanites. 46 And Husham died, and was succeeded by Hadad son of Bedad, who defeated Midian in the territory of Moab. And the name of his city was Avith.[13] 47 And Hadad died, and was succeeded by Samlah of Masrekah. 48 And Samlah died, was was succeeded by Shaul of Rehoboath of the River. 49 And Shaul died, and was succeeded by Baal Hanan son of Akbor. 50 And Baal Hanan died, and was succeeded by Hadad.[14] And the name of his city was Pai,[15] and his wife's name was Mehetabel daughter of Matred daughter of Me Zahab. 51 And Hadad died.

And the chiefs of Edom were chief Timna, chief Alvah,[16] chief Jetheth, 52 chief Aholibamah, chief Elah, chief Pinon, 53 chief Kenaz, chief Teman, chief Mibzar, 54 chief Magdiel, chief Iram. There were the chiefs of Edom.

Chapter 2[edit]

1 These are the sons of Israel: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah; Issachar and Zebulun; 2 Dan, Joseph, and Benjamin; Naphtali, Gad, and Asher.

3 The sons of Judah were Er, and Onan, and Shelah, the three born to him by the Canaanite daughter of Shua. And Er, the firstborn of Judah, was evil in the eyes of Yahweh, and he killed him. 4 And Tamar, his daughter-in-law, bore him Perez and Zerah. All the sons of Judah were five.

5 The sons of Perez were Hezron and Hamul. 6 And the sons of Zerah were Zimri, and Ethan, and Heman, and Calcol, and Dara: five in all.

7 And the sons of Carmi was Achar, the one who troubled Israel, who transgressed regarded the thing that was devoted for destruction.

8 And the sons of Ethan was Azariah.

9 And the sons of Hezron, who were born to him, were Jerahmeel, and Ram, and Chelubai.[17] 10 And Ram begot Amminadab, and Amminadab begot Nahshon, leader of the people of Judah. 11 And Nahshon begot Salma, and Salma begot Boaz. 12 And Boaz begot Obed, and Obed begot Jesse. 13 And Jesse begot his firstborn Eliab, and Abinadab the second, and Shimea the third, 14 Nethaneel the fourth, Raddai the fifth, 15 Ozem the sixth, David the seventh, 16 and their sisters were Zeruiah and Abigail. And the sons of Zeruiah were Abishai, and Joab, and Asahel: three. 17 And Abigail bore Amasa, and the father of Amasa was Jether the Ishmaelite.

18 And Caleb son of Hezron had children with Azubah his wife, and Jerioth. And these were her sons: Jesher, and Shobab, and Ardon. 19 And Azubah died, and Caleb took for himself Ephrath, and she bore him Hur. 20 And Hur begot Uri, and Uri begot Bezaleel.

21 And afterward Hezron went to bed with the daughter of Machir the father of Gilead, and he married her when he was sixty years old, and she bore him Segub. 22 And Segub beogt Jair, who had twenty-three cities in the land of Gilead. 23 And he took Geshur, and Aram, with the towns of Jair, from them, with Kenath and its villages, sixty towns. All these [belonged to] the sons of Machir the father of Gilead. 24 And after Hezron was dead in Caleb Ephrathah, Hezron's wife Abiah bore him Ashhur the father of Tekoa.

25 And the sons of Jerahmeel the firstborn of Hezron were Ram the firstborn, and Bunah, and Oren, and Ozem, Ahijah.[18] 26 And Jerahmeel had another wife, whose name was Atarah. She was the mother of Onam. 27 And the sons of Ram the firstborn of Jerahmeel were Maaz, and Jamin, and Eker. 28 And the sons of Onam were Shammai and Jada. And the sons of Shammai were Nadab and Abishur.

29 And the name of the wife of Abishur was Abihail, and she bore him Ahban and Molid. 30 And the sons of Nadab were Seled and Appaim, and Seled died without sons. 31 And the sons of Appaim were Ishi. And the sons of Ishi were Sheshan. And the sons of Sheshan were Ahlai. 32 And the sons of Jada the brother of Shammai were Jether and Jonathan, and Jether died without sons. 33 And the sons of Jonathan were Peleth and Zaza. These were the sons of Jerahmeel.

34 And Sheshan had no sons, but only daughters. And Sheshan had a servant, an Egypt, whose name was Jarha. 35 And Sheshan gave his daughter to Jarha his servant as wife, and she bore him Attai. 36 And Attai begot Nathan, and Nathan begot Zabad. 37 And Zabad begot Ephlal, and Ephlal begot Obed. 38 And Obed begot Jehu, and Jehu begot Azariah. 39 And Azariah begot Helez, and Helez begot Eleasah. 40 And Eleasah begot Sismai, and Sismai begot Shallum. 41 And Shallum begot Jekemiah, and Jekemiah begot Elishama.

42 And the sons of Caleb the brother of Jerahmeel were Mesha his firstborn, who was the father of Ziph, and the sons of Maresha the father of Hebron. 43 And the sons of Hebron were Korah, and Tappuah, and Rekem, and Shema. 44 And Shema begot Raham, the father of Jorkoam, and Rekem begot Shammai. 45 And the son of Shammai was Maon, and Maon was the father of Beth Zur.

46 And Ephah, Caleb's concubine, begot Haran, and Moza, and Gazez; and Haran begot Gazez. 47 And the sons of Jahdai were Regem, and Jotham, and Geshan, and Pelet, and Ephah, and Shaaph. 48 Caleb's concubine Maacah bore Sheber and Tirhanah. 49 And she bore Shaaph, the father of Madmannah, Sheva the father of Machbenah, and the father of Gibea, and the daughter of Caleb was Achsah.

50 These were the sons of Caleb son of Hur, the firstborn of Ephrathah: Shobal father of Kiriath Jearim, 51 Salma father of Bethlehem, Hareph father of Beth Gader.

52 And Shobal father of Kiriath-Jearim had sons: Haroeh, half the Menuhoth. 53 And the clans of Kiriath Jearim were the Ithrites, the Puthites, the Shumathites, the Mishraites, from these cam the Zareathites, and the Eshtaulites.

54 The sons of Salma were Bethlehem and Netophathites, Ataroth, the house of Joab, and half the Manahethites, the Zorites.

55 And the clans of the scribes who lived at Jabez were Tirathites, Shimeathites, Suchathites. These are the Kenites who came from Hammath, the father of the house of Rechab.

Chapter 3[edit]

1 And these were the sons of David born to him in Hebron: the firstborn Amnon, by Ahinoam the Jezreelite; the second, Daniel, by Abigail the Carmelite; 2 the third, Absalom son of Maacah daughter of Talmai king of Geshur; the fourth, Adonijah son of Haggith; 3 the fifth, Shephatiah, by Abital; the sixth, Ithream, by his wife Eglah.

4 Six were born to him in Hebron, and there he reigned seven years and six months, and he reigned in Jerusalem thirty-three years. 5 And these were born to him in Jerusalem: Shimea, and Shobab, and Nathan, and Solomon: four, by Bathshua the daughter of Ammiel. 6 And Ibhar, and Elishama, and Eliphelet, 7 and Nogah, and Nepheg, and Japhia, 8 and Elishama, and Eliada, and Eliphelet: nine. 9 All the sons of David, besides the sons of the concubines. And Tamar was their sister.

10 And Solomon's son was Rehoboam, Abijah his son, Asa his son, Jehoshaphat his son, 11 Joram his son, Ahaziah his son, Joash his son, 12 Amaziah his son, Azariah his son, Jotham his son, 13 Ahaz his son, Hezekiah his son, Manasseh his son, 14 Amon his son, Josiah his son. 15 And the sons of Josiah were the firstborn Johanan, the second Jehoiakim, the third Zedekiah, the fourth Shallum. 16 And the sons of Jehoiakim: Jeconiah his son, Zedekiah his son. 17 And the sons of Jeconiah: Assir, Shealtiel his son, 18 and Malchiram, and Pedaiah, Jekamiah, Hoshama, and Nedabiah. 19 And the sons of Pedaiah were Zerubbabel and Shimei. And the son of Zerubbabel: Meshullam, and Hananiah, and Shelomith their sister; 20 and Hashubah, and Ohel, and Berechiah, and Hasadiah, and Jushab Hesed: five.

21 And the son of Hananiah: Pelatiah and Jesaiah. The sons of Rephaiah, the sons of Arnan, the sons of Obadiah, the sons of Shechaniah. 22 And the sons of Shechaniah: Shemaiah; and the sons of Shemaiah: Hattush, and Igeal, and Bariah, and Neariah, and Shaphat: six. 23 And the son of Neariah: Elioenai, and Hezekiah, and Azrikam, three. 24 And the sons of Elioenai were Hodaiah, and Eliashib, and Pelaiah, and Akkub, and Johanan, and Dalaiah, and Anani, seven.

Chapter 4[edit]

1 The sons of Judah: Perez, Hezron, and Carmi, and Hur, and Shobal. 2 And Reaiah son of Shobal begot Jahath, and Jahath begot Ahumai and Lahad. These are the clans of the Zorathites. 3 And these the father of Etam: Jezreel, and Ishma, and Idbash (and the name of their sister was Hazelelponi), 4 and Penuel the father of Gedor, and Ezer the father of Hushah. These were the sons of Hur, the firstborn of Ephrathah, the father of Bethlehem.

5 And Ashhur the father of Tekoa had two wives: Helah and Naarah. 6 And Naarah bore him Ahuzzam, and Hepher, and Temani, and the Ahashtari. These were the sons of Naarah. 7 And the sons of Helah were Zereth, and Zohar,[19] and Ethnan. 8 And Koz begot Anub, and Zobebah, and the clans of Aharhel son of Harum.[20]

9 And Jabez was more honorable than his brothers, and his mother named him Jabez, saying, Because I bore him in pain.

10 And Jabez called out to the god of Israel, saying, Oh that you would bless me with blessing, and enlarge my territory, and that your hand would be with me, and that you would keep me from evil, so that I am not in pain! And God granted his request.

11 And Chelub[21] brother of Shuhah[22] begot Mehir, who was the father of Eshton. 12 And Eshton begot Beth Raphah, and Paseah, and Tehinnah the father of Nahash City. These are the men of Rechah.

13 And the sons of Kenaz: Othniel, and Seraiah. And the sons of Othniel: Hahath.[23] 14 And Meonothai begot Ophrah, and Seraiah begot Joab, the father of the valley of Harashim, because they were craftsmen.[24] 15 And the sons of Caleb son of Jephunneh: Iru, Elah, and Naam. And the sons of Elah: Kenaz.[25] 16 And the sons of Jehalelel:[26] Ziph,[27] and Ziphah, Tiria,[28] and Asarel. 17 And the son of Ezrah was Jether, and Mered, and Epher, and Jalon; and she bore Miriam and Shammai,[29] and Ishbah father of Eshtemoa.[30] 18 And his wife ha-Yehudiyyah bore Jared father of Gedor, and Heber father of Socho, and Jekuthiel father of Zanoah. And these are the sons of Bithiah daughter of Pharaoh, whom Mered took [as wife].

19 And the sons of the wife of Hodiah the sister of Naham, the father of Keilah the Garmite, and Eshtemoa the Maachathite. 20 And the sons of Shimon: Amnon, and Rinnah, Ben-hanan, and Tilon,[31] And the sons of Ishi: Zoheth, and the son of Zoheth.

21 The sons of Shelah son of Judah: Er the father of Lecah, and Laadah father of Mareshah, and the clans of the house of the linen-workers of the house of Ashbea, 22 and Jokim, and the men of Kozebah, and Joash, and Saraph, who were the rulers of Moab, and Jashubi Lehem. These are ancient words. 23 These were the potters, and the inhabitants of Netaim and Gederah, living near the king for his business.

24 The sons of Simeon: Nemuel, and Jamin, and Jarib, Zerah, Shaul, 25 Shallum his son, Mibsam his son, Mishma his son. 26 And the sons of Mishma: Hammuel his son, Zakkur his son, Shimei his son. 27 And Shimei had sixteen sons and six daughters, and his brother did not have many children, nor did all their clan multiply like the sons of Judah.

28 And they lived in Beersheba, and Moladah, and Hazar Shaul, 29 and in Bilhah, and in Ezem, and in Tolad, 30 and in Bethuel, and in Hormah, and in Ziklag, 31 and in Beth Markaboth, and in Hazar Susim,[32] and in Beth Birei, and in Shaaraim. These were their towns until the reign of David. 32 And their villages were Eitam, and Ain Rimmon, and Tochen, and Ashan, five towns, 33 and all the villages which surrounded these cities, as far as Baal. These were their dwellings and their genealogy. 34 And Meshobab, and Jamlech, and Joshah son of Amaziah, 35 and Joel, and Jehu son of Joshibiah son of Seraiah son of Asiel, 36 and Elioenai, and Jaakobah, and Jeshohaiah, and Asaiah, and Adiel, and Jesimiel,[33] and Benaiah, 37 and Ziza[34] son of Shiphi son of Allon son of Jedaiah son of Shimri son of Shemaiah. 38 These mentioned by name were leaders of their clans, and their families increased greatly.

39 And they went to the entrance of Gedor, as far as the east side of the valley, to seek pasture for their flocks. 40 And they found good fertile pasture, and the land was good, and wide, and peaceful, because people from Ham had dwelt there in the past. 41 And these, written by name, came in the days of Hezekiah king of Judah, and struck their tents, and the dwellings that they found there, and utterly exterminated them to this day, and dwelt in their place, because there was pasture there for their flocks. 42 And some of them, of the sons of Simeon, five hundred men, went to Mount Seir, with Pelatiah, and Neariah, and Rephaiah, and Uzziel, the sons of Ishi, leading them. 43 And they struck down the rest of the Amalekites who had escaped, and dwelt there to this day.

Chapter 5[edit]

1 And the sons of Reuben the firstborn of Israel. Now, he was the firstborn, and because he defiled his father's bed, his birthright was given to the sons of Joseph the son of Israel, and the genealogy is not reckoned according to the birthright. 2 Yet Judah prevailed above his brothers, and the ruler came from him, although the birthright belonged to Joseph. 3 The sons of Reuben the firstborn of Israel: Hanoch, and Pallu, and Hezron, and Carmi. 4 The sons of Joel: Shemaiah his son, Gog his son, Shimei his son, 5 Micah his son, Reaiah his son, Baal his son, 6 Beerah his son, whom Tiglath Pilneser king of Assyria took captive. He was the leader of the Reubenites. 7 And his brothers by their clans, when their genealogy was taken, were the leader, Jeiel, and Zechariah, 8 and Bela son of Azaz son of Shema son of Joel, who dwelt in Aroer, and as far as Nebo and Baal Meon. 9 And eastward he dwelt as far as the entrance of the wilderness from the river Euphrates, because their cattle were multiplied in the land of Gilead.

10 And in the days of Saul they made war with the Hagrites, who fell by their hand, and they lived in their tents throughout the east of Gilead.

11 And the Gadites lived opposite them in the land of the Bashan, as far as Salchah: 12 Joel the leader, and Shapham the next, and Jaanai, and Shaphat in the Bashan. 13 And their brothers, among their kin, were Michael, and Meshullam, and Sheba, and Jorai, and Jachan, and Zia,[35] and Eber:[36] seven. 14 These are the sons of Abihail son of Huri son of Jaroah son of Gilead son of Michael son of Jeshishai son of Jahdo son of Buz:[37] 15 Ahi son of Abdiel son of Guni, leader of their paternal house. 16 And they lived in the Gilead in the Bashan, and in its daughter-villages, and in all the hinterlands of Sharon, along their limits. 17 All these were recorded in genealogies in the days of Jotham king of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam king of Israel.

18 The sons of Reuben, and the Gadites, and half the tribe of Manasseh, of valiant men, wearers of swords and shields, shooters of bow and arrows, learned in warfare, were forty-four thousand and sixty who went out to war. 19 And they made war with the Hagrites, and with Jeturn, and Naphish, and Nodab. 20 And they were helped against them, and the Hagrites were delivered into their hand, and all who were with them, because they cried out to God in the battle, and he answered their prayer, because they put their trust in him. 21 And they seized their livestock: fifty thousand of their camels, and two hundred fifty thousand sheep, and two thousand donkeys, and one hundred thousand persons; 22 because many fell slain because the war was from God. And they lived in the places until the captivity.

23 And the sons of half the tribe of Manasseh dwelt in the land: from Bashan to Baal Hermon and Senir, and Mount Hermon, they increased. 24 All these were leaders of their paternal houses, and Epher, and Ishi, and Eliel, and Azriel, and Jeremiah, and Hodaviah, and Jahdiel, mighty warriors, renowned men, heads of their paternal houses.

25 And they dealt treacherously with the god of their fathers, and went whoring after the gods of the peoples of the land whom God destroyed before them. 26 And the god of Israel roused the spirit of Pul king of Assyria, and the spirit of Tiglath Pilneser king of Assyria, and he carried them away: the Reubenites, and the Gadites, and half the tribe of Manasseh, and brought them to Halah, and Habor, and Hara, and to the river Gozan, to this day.

Chapter 6[edit]

1 And the sons of Levi were Gershon, Kohath, and Merari. 2 And the sons of Kohath were Amram, Izhar, and Hebron, and Uzziel. 3 And the children of Amram were Aaron, and Moses, and Miriam. And the sons of Aaron were Nadab, and Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar. 4 Eleazar begot Pinhas, and Pinhas begot Abishua, 5 and Abishua begot Bukki, and Bukki begot Uzzi, 6 and Uzzi begot Zerahiah, and Zerahiah begot Meraioth, 7 Meraioth begot Amariah, and Amariah begot Ahitub, 8 and Ahitub begot Zadok, and Zadok begot Ahimaaz, 9 and Ahimaaz begot Azariah, and Azariah begot Johanan, 10 and Johanan begot Azariah (who was priest in the house which Solomon built in Jerusalem), 11 and Azariah begot Amariah, and Amariah begot Ahitub, 12 and Ahitub begot Zadok, and Zadok begot Shallum, 13 and Shallum begot Hilkiah, and Hilkiah begot Azariah, 14 and Azariah begot Seraiah, and Seraiah begot Jehozadak, 15 and Jehozadak went into captivity when Yahweh carried away Judah and Jerusalem by the hand of Nebuchadnezzar.

16 The sons of Levi were Gershom, Kohath, and Merari. 17 And these are the names of the sons of Gershom: Libni and Shimei. 18 And the sons of Kohath were Amram, and Izhar, and Hebron, and Uzziel. 19 The sons of Merari were Mahli and Mushi. And these are the clans of the Levites by their paternal houses. 20 Of Gershom: Libni his son, Jahath his son, Zimmah his son, 21 Joah his son, Iddo[38] his son, Zerah his son, Jeathrai his son.

22 The sons of Kohath were Amminadab his son, Korah his son, Assir his son, 23 Elkanah his son, and Abiasaph his son, and Assir his son, 24 Tahath his son, Uriel his son, Uzziah his son, and Shaul his son. 25 And the sons of Elkanah were Amasai and Ahimoth. 26 Elkanah, the sons of Elkanah:[39] Zophai his son, and Nahath his son, 27 Eliab his son, Jeroham his son, Elkanah his son, 28 and the sons of Samuel: the firstborn Vashni, and Abiah. 29 The sons of Merari were Mahli, Libni his son, Shimei his son, Uzza his son, 30 Shimea his son, Haggiah his son, Asaiah his son.

31 And these are those whom David stationed over the ministry of song in the house of Yahweh, after the ark had rest. 32 And they ministered before the dwelling place of the tent of meeting with song, until Solomon had built the house of Yahweh in Jerusalem. And they stood in their appointed places according to their service.

33 And these are those who were stationed, and their sons. Of the sons of the Kohathites: Heman the singer, son of Joel, son of Shemuel, 34 son of Elkanah, son of Jeroham, son of Eliel, son of Toah, 35 son of Zuph,[40] son of Elkanah, son of Mahath, son of Amasai, 36 son of Elkanah, son of Joel, son of Azariah, son of Zephaniah, 37 son of Tahath, son of Assir, son of Ebiasaph, son of Korah, 38 son of Izhar, son of Kohath, son of Levi, son of Israel. 39 And his brother Asaph, who stood at his right, Asaph son of Berechiah, son of Shimea, 40 son of Michael, son of Maaseiah,[41] son of Malchiah, 41 son of Ethni, son of Zerah, son of Adaiah, 42 son of Ethan, son of Zimmah, son of Shimei, 43 son of Jahath, son of Gershom, son of Levi.

44 And their brothers the sons of Merari were on the left: Ethan son of Kishi, son of Abdi, son of Malluch, 45 son of Hashabiah, son of Amaziah, son of Hilkiah, 46 son of Amzi, son of Bani, son of Shemer, 47 son of Mahli, son of Mushi, son of Merari, son of Levi.

48 And their brothers the Levites were appointed to all kinds of service of the dwelling-place of the house of God.

49 Aaron and his sons offered incense on the altar of burnt offerings, and on the altar of the incense, for all the work of the holy place, and to atone for Israel, just as Moses the servant of God commanded. 50 And these were the sons of Aaron: Eleazar his son, Pinhas his son, Abishua his son, 51 Bukki his son, Uzzi his son, Zerahiah his son, 52 Meraioth his son, Amariah his son, Ahitub his son, 53 Zadok his son, Ahimaaz his son.

54 And these are their dwellings according to their settlements in their territory, of the sons of Aaron, of the clans of the Kohathites, because theirs was the lot. 55 And they gave them Hebron in the land of Judah, and its surrounding hinterland. 56 And the field of the city, and its villages, they gave to Caleb son of Jephunneh. 57 And to the sons of Aaron they gave cities of Judah: Hebron, and Libnah with its hinterlands, and Jattir, and Eshtemoa with its hinterlands, 58 and Hilez[42] with its hinterlands, and Debir with its hinterlands, 59 and Ashan with its hinterlands, and Beth Shemesh with its hinterlands. 60 And of the tribe of Benjamin: Geba with its hinterlands, and Alemeth with its hinterlands, and Anathoth with its hinterlands. All their cities by clans were thirteen cities.

61 And belonging to the sons of Kohath, remaining of the family of that tribe, from the half tribe, half of Manasseh, were ten cities by lot. 62 And belonging to the sons of Gershom by their clans, from the tribe of Issachar, and from the tribe of Asher, and from the tribe of Naphtali, and from the tribe of Manasseh in the Bashan, were thirteen cities. 63 Belonging to the sons of Merari by their clans, from the tribe of Reuben, and from the tribe of Gad, and from the tribe of Zebulun, were twelve cities. 64 And the sons of Israel gave to the Levites these towns with their hinterlands. 65 And they gave [them] by lot from the tribe of the sons of Judah, and from the tribe of the sons of Simeon, and from the tribe of the sons of Benjamin, these towns which are given by name.

66 And some of the clans of the sons of Kohath had towns of their own from the tribe of Ephraim. 67 And they gave them the towns of refuge: Shechem in the hill-country of Ephraim with its hinterlands, and Gezer with its hinterlands, 68 and Jokmeam with its hinterlands, and Beth Horon with its hinterlands, 69 and Ayalon with its hinterlands, and Gath-Rimmon with its hinterlands. 70 And from the half-tribe of Manasseh: Aner with its hinterlands, and Bileam with its hinterlands, for the remaining clan of the sons of Kohath.

71 For the sons of Gershom, from the clan of the half-tribe of Manasseh: Golan in the Bashan with its hinterlands, and Ashtaroth with its hinterlands. 72 And from the tribe of Issachar: Kedesh with its hinterlands, Debarath with its hinterlands, 73 and Ramoth with its hinterlands, and Anem with its hinterlands. 74 And from the tribe of Asher: Mashal with its hinterlands, Abdon with iits hinterlands, 75 and Hukok with its hinterlands, Rehob with its hinterlands. 76 And from the tribe of Naphtali: Kedesh in the Galilee with its hinterlands, and Hammon with its hinterlands, and Kiriathaim with its hinterlands.

77 To the rest of the descendants of Merari, from the tribe of Zebulun: Rimmono with its hinterlands, Tabor with its hinterlands. 78 And from the other side of the Jordan by Jericho, on the east side of the Jordan, from the tribe of Reuben: Bezer in the wilderness with its hinterlands, and Jahzah with its hinterlands, 79 Kedemoth with its hinterlands, and Mephaath with its hinterlands. 80 And from the tribe of Gad: Ramoth in the Gilead with its hinterlands, and Mahanaim with its hinterlands, 81 and Heshbon with its hinterlands, and Jazer with its hinterlands.

Chapter 7[edit]

1 And of the sons of Issachar: Tola, and Puah, Jashub[43] and Shimron: four. 2 And the sons of Tola: Uzzi, and Rephaiah, and Jeriel, and Jahmai, and Jibsam, and Shemuel, heads of their paternal houses, of Tola, valiant warriors of their generations. Their number in the days of David were twenty-two thousand six hundred. 3 And the sons of Uzzi: Izrahiah. And the sons of Izrahiah: Michael, and Obadiah, and Joel, Ishiah: five, all of them heads. 4 And with them, by their genealogies, by their paternal houses, were troops for war, thirty-six thousand, because they had many wives and sons. 5 And their brothers among all the clans of Issachar were valiant warriors, eighty thousand in all as recorded in the genealogies.

6 Benjamin: Bela, and Becher, and Jediael, three. 7 And the sons of Bela were Ezbon, and Uzzi, and Uzziel, and Jerimoth, and Iri: five, heads of paternal houses, valiant warriors, and were accounted by their genealogies as twenty-two thousand thirty-four.

8 And the sons of Becher: Zemirah, and Joash, and Eliezer, and Elioenai, and Omri, and Jerimoth, and Abiah, and Anathoth, and Alemeth. All these are the sons of Becher. 9 And their number according to their genealogies, heads of paternal houses, valiant warriors, was twenty thousand and two hundred. 10 And the sons of Jediael: Bilhan. And the sons of Bilhan: Jeush,[44] and Benjamin, and Ehud, Chenaanah, and Zethan, and Tarshish,[45] and Ahishahar.

11 All these are the sons of Jediael, by their paternal leaders, valiant warriors, seventeen thousand and two hundred men who would go out for war and battle. 12 And Shuppim, and Huppim, the sons of Ir, Hushim, the sons of Aher.

13 The sons of Naphtali: Jahziel, and Guni, and Jezer, and Shallum, sons of Bilhah.

14 The sons of Manasseh: Ashriel, whom [name missing] bore. His concubine the Aramean bore Machir the father of Gilead. 15 And Machir took as wife Huppim and Shuppim's sister, named Maachah. And the name of the second was Zelophehad, and Zelophehad had daughters. 16 And Maachah the wife of Machir bore a son, and she called his name Peresh, and the name of his brother was Sheresh, and his sons were Ulam and Rekem. 17 And the sons of Ulam: Bedan. These are the sons of Gilead son of Machir son of Manasseh.

18 And his sister Hammoleketh bore Ishdod, and Abiezer, and Mahalah.

19 And the sons of Shemida: Ahian, and Shechem, and Likhi, and Aniam.

20 And the sons of Ephraim: Shethelah, and Bered his son, and Tahath his son, and Eladah his son, and Tahath his son,[46] 21 and Zabad his son, and Shuthelah his son, and Ezer and Elead, who were killed by the native men of Gath when they came down to take their livestock. 22 And Ephraim their father mourned many days, and his brothers came to comfort him.

23 And he came to bed with his wife, and she conceived, and bore a son, and called his name Beriah, because disaster came upon his house.[47] 24 And his daughter was Sheerah, who built Lower and Upper Beth Horon, and Uzzen Sheerah. 25 And Rephah was his son, and Resheph, and Telah his son, and Tahan his son, 26 Laadan his son, Ammihud his son, Elishama his son, 27 Non his son, Joshua his son. 28 And their possession and dwelling-place was Bethel and its daughter-villages, and to the east Naaran, and to the west Gezer and its daughter-villages, and Shechem and its daughter-villages, as far as Gaza and its daughter-villages; 29 and along the borders of the descendants of Manasseh, Beth-Shean and its daughter-villages, Taanach and its daughter-villages, Megiddo and its daughter-villages, Dor and its daughter-villages. In these [places] the descendants of Joseph the son of Israel dwelt.

30 The sons of Asher: Imnah, and Ishvah, and Ishvi, and Beriah, and Serah their sister. 31 And the sons of Beriah: Heber, and Malkiel, who is the father of Birzaith.[48] 32 And Heber begot Japhlet, and Shomer, and Hotham, and Shua[49] their sister. 33 And the sons of Japhlet: Pasak, and Bimhal, and Ashvath. These are the sons of Japhlet. 34 And the sons of Shamer: Ahi and Rohgah, Jehubbah and Aram.[50] 35 And the son of Helem his brother: Zophah, and Imnah, and Shelesh, and Amal. 36 The sons of Zophah: Suah,[51] and Harnepher, and Shual, and Beri, and Imrah, 37 Bezer,[52] and Hod, and Shamma, and Shilshah, and Ithran, and Beera. 38 And the sons of Jether: Jephunneh,[53] and Pispah, and Ara. 39 And the sons of Ulla: Arah, and Haniel, and Rizia.

40 All these were the sons of Asher, heads of paternal [houses], choice and valiant warriors, leaders of the nobles. And their number according to the genealogical reckoning of the military was twenty-six thousand men.

Chapter 8[edit]

1 And Benjamin begot Bela his firstborn, Ashbel the second, and Aharah the third, 2 Nohah the fourth, and Rapha the fifth. 3 And the sons of Bela: Addar, and Gera, and Abihud, 4 and Abishua, and Naaman, and Ahoah, 5 and Gera, and Sephuphan, and Huram.

6 And these are the sons of Ehud. These are the paternal heads of the inhabitants of Geba, who were taken captive to Manahath; 7 and Naaman, and Ahiah, and Gera -- they were taken captive -- and he begot Uzza and Ahihud.

8 And Shaharaim begot children in the plain of Moab after he sent them away; Hushim and Baara were his wives. 9 And he begot by Hodesh his wife Jobab, and Zibia, and Mesha, and Malcam, 10 and Jeuz, and Shachia, and Mirma. These were his sons, paternal heads.

11 And by Hushim he begot Abitub and Elpaal. 12 And the sons of Elpaal: Eber,[54] and Misham, and Shemed, who built Ono, and Lod and its daughter-villages; 13 and Beriah, and Shema, paternal heads of the inhabitants of Ayalon. They drove away the inhabitants of Gath. 14 And Ahio, and Shashak, and Jerimoth, 15 and Zebadiah, and Arad, and Ader,[55] 16 and Michael, and Ishpah, and Joha, the sons of Beriah; 17 and Zebadiah, and Meshullam, and Hizki, and Heber, 18 and Ishmerai, and Jizliah, and Jobab, the sons of Elpaal; 19 and Jakim, and Zichri, and Zabdi, 20 and Elienai, and Zilthai, and Eliel, 21 and Adaiah, and Beraiah, and Shimrath, the sons of Shimhi; 22 and Ishpan, and Eber, and Eliel, 23 and Abdon, and Zichri, and Hanan, 24 and Hananiah, and Elam, and Antothijah, 25 and Iphdeiah, and Peniel,[56] the sons of Shashak; 26 and Shamsherai, and Shehariah, and Athaliah, 27 and Jaareshiah, and Eliah, and Zichri, the sons of Jeroham. 28 These were the paternal heads, by their genealogies, leaders. They lived in Jerusalem.

29 And at Gibeon there dwelt the father of Gibeon, and the name of his wife was Maachah. 30 And his firstborn son was Abdon, and Zur, and Kish, and Baal, and Nadab,[57] 31 and Gedor, and Ahio,[58] and Zecher, and Makaloth.[59] 32 And Mikloth begot Shimeah. They also lived in Jerusalem with their brethren. 33 And Ner begot Kish, and Kish begot Saul, and Saul begot Jonathan, and Malchi-shua, and Abinadab, and Eshbaal.[60] 34 And the son of Jonathan was Merib Baal, and Merib Baal begot Micah. 35 And the sons of Micah: Pithon, and Melech, and Tarea, and Ahaz. 36 And Ahaz begot Jehoadah, and Jehoadah begot Alemeth, and Azmaveth, and Zimri. And Zimri begot Moza.[61] 37 And Moza begot Bineah. Raphah was his son, Eleasah his son, Azel his son.

38 And Azel had six sons, and these are their names: Azrikam, and Bokru,[62] and Ishmael, and Sheariah, and Obadiah, and Hanan. All these were the sons of Azel. 39 And the sons of Eshek[63] his brother were Ulam[64] his firstborn, Jeush[65] the second, and Eliphelet the third.

40 And the sons of Ulam were valiant warriors, archer, and they had many sons, one hundred and fifty. All these are the sons of Benjamin.

Chapter 9[edit]

1 And all Israel was recorded by their genealogies, and surely they are written in the book of the kings of Israel and Judah. They were taken captive to Babylon for their rebellion. 2 And the first who lived in their landholdings, in their towns, were Israel, the priests, the Levites, and the Nethinim.

3 And in Jerusalem there lived some of the descendants of Judah, and of the descendants of Benjamin, and of the descendants of Ephraim and Manasseh: 4 Uthai son of Ammihud, son of Omri, son of Imri, son of Bani, of the sons of Perez,[66] the son of Judah. 5 And of the Shilonites: Asaiah the firstborn, and his sons. 6 And of the sons of Zerah: Jeuel, and their brothers, six hundred and ninety. 7 And of the sons of Benjamin: Sallu son of Meshullam, son of Hodaviah, son of Hassenuah; 8 and Ibneiah son of Jeroham; and Elah son of Uzzi, son of Michri; and Mushullam son of Shephatiah, son of Reuel, son of Ibniah; 9 and their brethren, according to their genealogies, nine hundred and fifty-six. All these men were paternal heads of their paternal houses.

10 And of the priests: Jedaiah, and Jehoiarib, and Jachin, 11 and Azariah son of Hilkiah, son of Meshullam, son of Zadok, son of Meraioth, son of Ahitub, ruler of the house of God; 12 and Adaiah son of Jeroham, son of Pashhur, son of Malkiah; and Masai[67] son of Adiel, son of Jahzerah,[68] son of Meshullam, son of Meshillemith,[69] son of Immer; 13 and their brethren, heads of their paternal houses, a thousand seven hundred and sixty; valiant warriors for the work of the service of the house of God.

14 And of the Levites: Shemaiah son of Hashub, son of Azrikam, son of Hashabiah, of the sons of Merari; 15 and Bakbakkar, Heresh, and Galal, and Mattaniah son of Mica, son of Zichri, son of Asaph; 16 and Obadiah son of Shemaiah, son of Galal, son of Jeduthun;[70] and Berechiah son of Asa, son of Elkanah, who lived in the villages of the Netophathites.

17 And the gatekeepers were Shallum, and Akkub, and Talmon, and Ahiman, and their brethren. Shallum was the leader, 18 and up to this time they have been stationed at the king's gate eastward. They were gatekeepers of the encampments of the Levites.

19 And Shallum son of Kore, son of Ebiasaph, son of Korah, and his brethren of the house of his father, the Korahites, were over the work of the service, keepers of the gates of the tabernacle. And their fathers, over the army of Yahweh, were keepers of the entrance. 20 And Phinehas son of Eleazar was their leader in the past, and Yahweh was with him. 21 Zechariah son of Meshelemiah was gatekeeper of the door of the tent of meeting.

22 And these who were selected as gatekeepers were two hundred and twelve. They were recorded by their genealogies in their villages, whom David and Samuel the seer placed in their offices. 23 And they and their sons were over the gates of the house of Yahweh, the house of the tent, by their watches. 24 Toward the four directions the porters were stationed: east, west, north, and south. 25 And their brethren, in their villages, were to come in seven-day shifts alongside them them; 26 because these four chief gatekeepers, Levites, were entrusted with the chambers and treasuries of the house of God. 27 And they would spend the night surrounding the house of God, because it was their responsibility to watch over it and to open it every morning.

28 And some of them were responsible for the sacred vessels, which they would account for by number, bringing them in and out. 29 And some of them were appointed to oversee the vessels, and all the sacred objects, and the fine flour, and the wine, and the oil, and the frankincense, and the spices. 30 And some of the sons of the priests compounded the mixture of spices.

31 And Mattithiah, one of the Levites, was the firstborn of Shallum the Korahite, was entrusted with the bread for offerings. 32 And some of the sons of the Korahites, of their brethren, were over the arranged bread, to prepare it each Sabbath.

33 And these are the singers, paternal heads of the Levites in the chambers, exempt from other responsibility because they were on duty day and night. 34 These paternal heads of the Levites were heads by their genealogies. They lived in Jerusalem.

35 And in Gibeon there dwelt the father of Gibeon, Jeiel,[71] whose wife's name was Maachah. 36 And his firstborn son was Abdon, and Zur, and Kish, and Baal, and Ner, and Nadab, 37 and Gedor, and Ahio,[72] and Zechariah, and Mikloth. 38 And Mikloth begot Shimeam. They also dwelt with their brethren at Jerusalem, alongside their brethren. 39 And Ner begot Kish, and Kish begot Saul, and Saul begot Jonathan, and Malchi-shua, and Abinadab, and Eshbaal. 40 And the son of Jonathan was Merib Baal, and Meri-baal begot Micah. 41 And the sons of Micah were Pithon, and Melech, and Tahrea. 42 And Ahaz begot Jarah, and Jarah begot Alemeth, and Azmaveth, and Zimri, and Zimri begot Moza;[73] 43 And Moza begot Binea, and Rephaiah was his son, Eleasah his son, Azel his son. 44 And Azel had six sons, and these are their names: Azrikam, Bokru,[74] and Ishmael, and Sheariah, and Obadiah, and Hanan. These were the sons of Azel.

Chapter 10[edit]

1 And Philistines fought against Israel, and the men of Israel fled from before the Philistines, and fell slain on Mount Gilboa. 2 And the Philistines closely pursued Saul and his sons, and the Philistines struck down Jonathan, and Abinadab, and Malchi-shua, the sons of Saul. 3 And the battle was heavy against Saul, and the archers hit him, and he was wounded by the archers. 4 And Saul said to his porter, Draw your sword and thrust it through me, lest the these uncicumcised come and abuse me. And his porter refused, because he was greatly afraid. And Saul took the sword and fell on it. 5 And his porter saw that Saul was dead, and he also fell on his sword, and died. 6 And Saul died, and his three sons, and all his house died together. 7 And all the men of Israel who were in the valley saw that they fled, and that Saul and his sons were dead, and they abandoned their towns, and they fled, and Philistines came and inhabited them.

8 And the next morning, when the Philistines came to loot the bodies, they found Saul and his sons fallen on Mount Gilboa. 9 And they looted him, and took his head, and his gear, and sent it to the land of the Philistines all around, to bring the good news to their idols and to the people. 10 And they placed his armor in the house of their gods, and pinned up his head in the temple of Dagan.

11 And all Jabesh Gilead heard all that the Philistines had done to Saul. 12 And they arose, all the brave men, and took away the corpse of Saul, and the corpses of his sons, and brought them to Jabesh, and buried their bones under the oak in Jabesh, and fasted seven days.

13 And Saul died for his rebellion which he committed against Yahweh, against the word of Yahweh, which he did not keep, and also for asking a medium to inquire. 14 But he did not inquire of Yahweh, and he killed him, and turned the kingdom to David son of Jesse.

Chapter 11[edit]

1 And all Israel gathered themselves to David at Hebron, saying, Surely we are your bone and your flesh. 2 And in the past, when Saul was king, it was you who lead Israel in battle, and Yahweh your god said to you, You will shepherd my people Israel, and you will rule over my people Israel. 3 And all the elders of Israel came to the king to Hebron, and David made a covenant with them in Hebron before Yahweh, and they anointed David king over Israel, as Yahweh directed by the hand of Samuel.

4 And David and all Israel went to Jerusalem, which is Jebus, where the Jebusites were, the inhabitants of the land. 5 And the inhabitants of Jebus said to David, You will not enter here. And David seized the stronghold of Zion, which is in the city of David.

6 And David said, Whoever strikes the Jebusites first will be head and captain. And Joab son of Zeruiah went up first, and was made head. 7 And David lived in the stronghold. That is why it is called the city of David. 8 And he built up the city around it, from the Millo and around, and Joab restored the rest of the city. 9 And David continued to grow stronger, and Yahweh of Armies was with him.

10 And these are the leading warriors whom David had, who strengthened themselves with him in his kingdom, with all Israel, to make him king, according to the word of Yahweh concerning Israel.

11 And this is the number of the warriors whom David had: Jashobeam son of Hachmoni, head of the thirty. He lifted his spear against three hundred slain at one time.

12 And after him was Eleazar son of Dodo, the Ahohite, who was one of the three warriors. 13 He was with David at Pas Dammim, and the Philistines were gathered there for battle, and there was a plot of land full of barley, and the people fled from before the Philistines. 14 And they stood in the middle of the plot, and were victorious, and killed the Philistines, and Yahweh granted them a great deliverance.

15 And three of the thirty heads went down to the cliff to David, to the cave of Adullam, and the Philistine forces encamped in the valley of Rephaim. 16 And David was then in the stronghold, and the Philistines' garrison was then at Bethlehem. 17 And David was thirsty, and said, Oh, that someone would give me water to drink from the well of Bethlehem, which is at the gate! 18 And the three broke through the Philistine camp, and drew water from the well of Bethlehem, which was at the gate, and carried it to David. But David refused to drink it, and poured it out to Yahweh. 19 And he said, My god forbid that I should do such a thing! Should I drink the blood of these men who risked their lives? For they brought it at the risk of their lives. And he refused to drink it. The three warriors did these things.

20 And Abshai the brother of Joab was the leader of the three. He lifted up his sword against three hundred that he killed, and had a name among the three.[75] 21 Of the three, he was more honorable than the two. He was their captain, but he did not attain to the three. 22 Benaiah son of Jehoiada, son of a valiant man of mighty deeds, killed two lion-like champions[76] of Moab. And he went down and killed a lion at the bottom of a pit on a snowy day. 23 And he killed an Egyptian, a man five cubits tall, and in the Egyptian's hand was a spear like a weaver's beam. He went to him with his staff, and snatched the spear from the Egyptian's hand, and killed him with his own spear. 24 Benaiah son of Jehoiada did these things, and his name was among the three warriors. 25 He was, indeed, more honorable than the thirty, but he did not attain to the three. And David placed him over his bodyguard.

26 And his mighty warriors were Asahel brother of Joab, Elhanan son of Dodo of Bethlehem, 27 Shammoth the Harorite,[77] Helez the Pelonite, 28 Ira[78] son of Ikkesh the Tekoite, Abiezer the Anathothite, 29 Sibbecai the Hushathite, Ilai the Ahohite, 30 Maharai the Netophathite, Heled son of Baanah[79] the Netophathite, 31 Ithai son of Ribai of Gibeah[80] of the Benjamites, Benaiah the Pirathonite, 32 Hurai of Nahalei Gaash, Abiel the Arbathite, 33 Azmaveth the Baharumite,[81] Eliahba the Shaalbonite, 34 the sons of[82] Hashem the Gizonite, Jonathan son of Shageh[83] the Hararite, 35 Ahiam son of Shakar the Hararite, Eliphal son of Ur, 36 Hepher the Mecherathite, Ahiah the Pelonite, 37 Hezro[84] the Carmelite, Naarai son of Ezbai, 38 Joel brother of Nathan, Mibhar son of Hagri, 39 Zelek the Ammonite, Naharai[85] the Berothite (the porter to Joab son of Zeruiah), 40 Ira the Ithrite, Gareb the Ithrite, 41 Uriah the Ithrite, Zabad son of Ahlai, 42 Adina son of Shiza the Reubenite (leader of the Reubenites) and thirty with him, 43 Hanan son of Maachah, and Joshaphat the Mithnite,[86] 44 Uzzia the Ashterathite, Shama and Jeiel[87] the sons of Hotham the Aroerite,[88] 45 Jediael son of Shimri, and Joha[89] his brother, the Tizite,[90] 46 Eliel the Mahavites,[91] and Jeribai, and Joshaviah, the sons[92] of Elnaam, and Ithmah the Moabite, 47 Eliel, and Obed, and Jaasiel the Mezobayah.

Chapter 12[edit]

1 And these are those who came to David at Ziklag, when his movements were constrained because of Saul son of Kish, and they were among the warriors, helpers in battle, 2 armed with bows, ambidextrous with stones and bows and arrows, among the brethren of Saul from Benjamin.

3 The leader was Ahiezer, then Joash, the sons of Hashemaah[93] the Gibeathite, and Jeziel,[94] and Pelet,[95] the sons of Azmaveth, and Berachah,[96] and Jehu[97] the Anathothite, 4 and Ishmaiah[98] the Gibeonite, a warrior among the thirty, and over the thirty, and Jeremiah, and Jahaziel, and Johanan, and Jozabad the Gederathite, 5 Eluzai,[99] and Jerimoth, and Bealiah, and Shemaryahu, and Shephatyahu the Hariphite,[100] 6 Elkanah, and Yishiyahu,[101] and Azarel, and Joezer, and Jashobeam, the Korhites, 7 and Joelah,[102] and Zebadiah, the sons of Jeroham of Gedor.[103]

8 And some of the Gadites defected to David at the stronghold in the wilderness, valiant warriors, soldiers for battle, bearing shields and lances, their faces like lions' faces, and as swift as gazelles on the mountains: 9 Ezer the first, Obadiah the second, Eliab the third, 10 Mishmannah the fourth, Jeremiah the fifth, 11 Attai the sixth, Eliel the seventh, 12 Johanan the eighth, Elzabad[104] the ninth, 13 Jeremiah the tenth, Machbanai the eleventh. 14 These were of the sons of Gad, leaders of the army; a lesser one lead one hundred, and a greater one a thousand. 15 These are those who crossed the Jordan in the first month, as it had flooded over all its banks, and they put to flight all the valleys, east and west.

16 And some of the Benjamites and Judahites came to the stronghold to David. 17 And David went out to meet them, and said to them, If you have come to me with honest and peaceful intentions to help me, we will be joined at the heart. But if you betray me to my enemies, when I am not guilty of harming anyone, may the god of our fathers see it and judge. 18 And a spirit came upon Amasai, the leader of the thirty, [and he said,] We are yours, David; on your side, son of Jesse. Peace, peace to you, and peace to those who aid you, because your god aids you. And David accepted them, and made them troop leaders.

19 And some of Manasseh turned to David, when he came with the Philistines against Saul for battle. But they did not help them, because the sarens of the Philistines took counsel and sent them away, saying, He will fall to his master Saul. 20 When he went to Ziklag, there turned to him of Manasseh Adnah, and Jozabad, and Jediael, and Michael, and Jozabad, and Elihu,[105] and Zilthai, leaders of the thousands that belonged to Manasseh. 21 And they helped David against the raiding party, for they were all valiant warriors, and they were captains of the army. 22 From that time on, day by day, they came to David to help him, until there were a great host, like the host of God.

23 And these are the numbers of the leaders who were equipped for battle, who came to David at Hebron, to turn the kingdom of Saul over to him, as Yahweh had said. 24 The Judahites who bore shield and lance were six thousand eight hundred, equipped for battle. 25 Of the Simeonites, mighty warriors in battle, seven thousand one hundred. 26 Of the Levites, four thousand six hundred. 27 And Jehoiada was the leader of the Aaronites, and with him were three thousand seven hundred. 28 And Zadok, a valiant young warrior, and his father's house, twenty-two captains. 29 And of the Benjamites, the brethren of Saul, three thousand, and up to then the majority of them stayed loyal to the house of Sual. 30 And of the Ephraimites twenty thousand eight hundred, valiant warriors, reputable in the house of their fathers. 31 And the half-tribe of Manasseh eighteen thousand, designated by name, to come to make David king. 32 And of the tribe of Issachar, who had knowledge of the times and knew what Israel should do, their leaders were two hundred, and all their brethren at their command. 33 Of Zebulun, those who would go out to battle, skilled in warfare with all the implements of war, fifty thousand, to help wholeheartedly. 34 And of Naphtali, a thousand captains, and with them with shield and spear thirty-seven thousand. 35 And of the Danites, skilled in warfare, twenty-eight thousand six hundred. 36 And of Asher, going forth to battle, skilled in war, forty thousand. 37 And on the other side of the Jordan, from the Reubenites, and the Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh, with all the military gear for battle, one hundred and twenty thousand.

38 All these men of war came in battle array to Hebron with the sole purpose of making David king over all Israel, and also all the erst of Israel were united in their aim to make David king. 39 And they were there with David three days, eating and drinking, because their brothers had prepared for them. 40 And also those who were nearby, and as far as Issachar and Zebulun and Naphtali, brought bread on donkeys, and on camels, and on mules, and on oxen: food, flour, cakes of figs, cakes of raisins, and wine, and oil, and oxen, and sheep in great numbers, because there was rejoicing in Israel.

Chapter 13[edit]

1 And David consulted with the captains of thousands and hundreds, with all the leaders. 2 And David said to all the assembly of Israel, If it seems good to you, and from Yahweh our god, let us send abroad to our remaining brothers who are left throughout all the lands of Israel, and with them the priests and the Levites in the cities of their hinterlands, and let them be gathered to us. 3 And let us bring back the ark of our god to us, because we did not inquire of it in the days of Saul. 4 And all the congregation agreed, because this thing seemed good in the view of all the people.

5 And David gathered all Israel together, from Shihor of Egypt to Lebo Hamath, to bring the ark of God from Kiriath Jearim. 6 And David went up with all Israel to Baalah, to Kiriath Jearim, which belongs to Judah, to bring up from there the ark of God, which sits among the cherubim, where his name is called. 7 And they carried the ark of God in a new cart from the house of Abinadab, and Uzza and Ahio[106] drove the cart. 8 And David and all Israel danced before god with all their strength, and with singing, and with lyres, and with harps, and with tambourines, and with with cymbals, and with trumpets.

9 And they came to the threshingfloor of Chidon, and Uzza reached out his hand to steady the ark, because the oxen stumbled. 10 And the wrath of Yahweh burned hot against Uzza, and he struck him, because he put his hand on the ark, and there he died before God. 11 And David was angry because of Yahweh's outburst against Uzza, and the place is called Perez Uzza[107] to this day. 12 And David was afraid of God that day, saying, How can I bring the ark of God to myself?

13 And David did not bring the ark to himself in the City of David, but moved it aside to the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite. 14 And the ark of God remained with the house of Obed Edom in his house three months. And Yahweh blessed the house of Obed-Edom, and all that he had.

Chapter 14[edit]

1 And Hiram[108] king of Tyre sent messengers to David, and cedar timber, and stone-workers and wood-workers, to built a house for him. 2 And David knew that Yahweh had established him as king over Israel, because his kingdom was exalted, for the sake of his people Israel.

3 And David took more wives at Jerusalem, and David begot more sons and daughters. 4 And these are the names of the children which he had in Jerusalem: Shammua and Shobab,[109] Nathan and Solomon, 5 and Ibhar, and Elishua,[110] and Elpalet,[111] 6 and Nogah, and Nepheg, and Japhia, 7 and Elishama, and Beeliada, and Eliphelet.

8 And the Philistines heard that David was anointed as king over all Israel, and all the Philistines went up to find David. And David heard, and went out against them. 9 And the Philistines came and spread themselves across the valley of Rephaim. 10 And David inquired of God, saying, Should I go up against the Philistines? And will you deliver them into my hand?

And Yahweh said to him, Go up, and I will deliver them into your hand.

11 And they came to Baal Perazim, and David struck them down there. And David said, God has burst out against my enemies by my hand like floodwaters bursting out. There is why they called the name of the place Baal Perazim.[112] 12 And when they had abandoned their gods there, David gave the word, and they were burned with fire.

13 And yet again Philistines spread themselves across the valley. 14 And again David inquired of God, and God said to him, Do not go up after them. Turn away from them, and come upon them over by the balsam trees.[113] 15 And then, when you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the balsam trees, then go out to battle, because Yahweh has gone out before you to strike the Philistine camp. 16 And David did as God commanded him, and they struck the Philistine army from Gibeon to Gezer. 17 And David's reputation spread out to all lands, and Yahweh brought the fear of him on all the peoples.

Chapter 15[edit]

1 And David made himself houses in the City of David, and prepared a place for the ark of God, and pitched a tent for it. 2 Then David said, None is to carry the ark of God but the Levites, because Yahweh has chosen them to carry the ark of Yahweh, and to minister to it forever. 3 And David gathered all Israel together to Jerusalem, to bring up the ark of Yahweh to its place which he had prepared for it. 4 And David assembled the sons of Aaron, and the Levites: 5 of the sons of Kohath, Uriel the chief, and his brethren, one hundred and twenty; 6 of the sons of Merari, Asaiah the chief, and his brethren, two hundred twenty; 7 of the sons of Gershom, Joel the chief, and his brethren, one hundred thirty; 8 of the sons of Elizaphan, Shemaiah the chief, and his brethren, two hundred; 9 of the sons of Hebron, Eliel the chief, and his brethren, eighty; 10 of the sons of Uzziel, Amminadab the chief, and his brethren, one hundred twelve.

11 And David called for Zadok and Abiathar, the priests, and for the Levites, for Uriel, Asaiah, Joel, Shemaiah, and Eliel, and Amminadab. 12 And he said to them, You are the paternal heads of the Levites. Sanctify yourselves and your brethren, and bring up the ark of Yahweh, the god of Israel, to the place I have prepared for it. 13 Because you did not do it at first, Yahweh our god burst out against us, because we did not inquire of him correctly.

14 And the priests and the Levites consecrated themselves to bring up the ark of Yahweh, the god of Israel. 15 And the sons of the Levites carried the ark of God as Moses commanded by direction of Yahweh, with its poles upon their shoulders.

16 And David told to the captains of the Levites to appoint their brethren as singers with musical instruments, harps, and lyres, and cymbals, sounding, lifting up their voices with joy. 17 And the Levites appointed Heman son of Joel, of his brethren, Asaph son of Berechiah; and of the sons of Merari, their brethren, Ethan son of Kushaiah.[114] 18 And with them were their brethren second [in rank]: Zechariah, Ben, and Jaaziel,[115] and Shemiramoth, and Jehiel, and Unni, Eliab, and Benaiah, and Maaseiah, and Mattithiah, and Eliphelehu,[116] and Mikneiah, and Obed Edom, and Jeiel, the gatekeepers; 19 and the singers Heman, Asaph, and Ethan, to sound with cymbals of bronze; 20 and Zechariah, and Aziel, and Shemiramoth, and Jehiel, and Unni, and Eliab, and Maaseiah, and Benaiah, with harps on Alamoth; 21 and Mattithiah, and Eliphelehu,[117] and Mikneiah, and Obed Edom, and Jeiel, and Azaziah, with lyres on the Sheminith to lead. 22 And Chenaniah, captain of the Levites, was over the music. He instructed concerning the music, because he was skillful. 23 And Berechiah and Elkanah were gatekeepers for the ark. 24 And Shebaniah, and Joshaphat, and Nethaneel, and Amasai, and Zechariah, and Benaiah, and Eliezer, the priests, played the trumpets before the ark of God. And Obed Edom and Jehiah were gatekeepers of the ark.[118]

25 And then David, and the elders of Israel, and the captains of thousands, went to bring up the ark of the covenant of God from the house of Obed-Edom with rejoicing. 26 And then, when God helped the Levites who carried the ark of the covenant of Yahweh, they offered seven bulls and seven rams. 27 And David was clothed in a robe of fine linen, and all the Levites who carried the ark, and the singers, and Chenaniah the director of music with the singers. And David was wearing an ephod of linen. 28 And all Israel brought up the ark of the covenant of Yahweh with shouting, and with the sound of the shofar, and with trumpets, and with cymbals, sounding on harps and lyres.

29 And then as the ark of the covenant of Yahweh came to the city of David, Michal the daughter of Saul looked out the window and saw King David leaping and dancing, and she felt contempt for him.

Chapter 16[edit]

1 And they brought the ark of God, and set it in the middle of the tent that David had pitched for it, and they offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before God. 2 And David finished the burnt offerings and peace offerings, and he blessed the people in the name of Yahweh. 3 And he apportions to each Israelites, both men and women, to each a loaf of bread, an eshpar,[119] and a cake of raisins. 4 And he placed some of the Levites before the ark of Yahweh to minister, and to memorialize, and to thank and praise Yahweh, the god of Israel: 5 Asaph the leader, and after him Zechariah, and Jeiel, and Shemiramoth, and Jehiel, and Mattithiah, and Eliab, and Benaiah, and Obed Edom, and Jeiel with harps and lyres, and Asaph sounded the cymbals. 6 And Benaiah and Jahaziel, the priests with trumpets, were continually before the ark of the covenant of God.

7 Then on that day David first directed that thanksgiving be given to Yahweh by the hand of Asaph and his brethren.

8 Give thanks to Yahweh; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples. 9 Sing to him; intone to him; preach of all his wonders. 10 Glory in his holy name; rejoice, O heart that seeks Yahweh. 11 Seek Yahweh and his strength; seek his face always. 12 Remembers the wonders he has done, his marvels, his spoken judgments; 13 you seed of Israel his servant, sons of Jacob, his chosen. 14 He is Yahweh our god; throughout the earth his judgments are. 15 Remember forever his covenant, the word he commanded to a thousand generations, 16 which he made with Abraham, and his oath to Isaac. 17 And he confirmed it to Jacob as law, to Israel, an eternal covenant, 18 saying, I give you Canaan's land, your lot to inherit, 19 when you were a little, a few, and strangers there. 20 They wandered from country to country, from kingdom to nation. 21 He let none harm him; he chastised kings for you. 22 Touch not my anointed, and do my prophets no ill. 23 Sing to Yahweh, all the earth; announce his victory day to day. 24 Recount his glory among the nations; his wonders among the peoples; 25 for great is Yahweh, and greatly to be praised, a terror above all gods. 26 For the gods of the peoples are nothing, and Yahweh made the sky. 27 Glory and splendor are before him, strength and joy are with him. 28 Ascribe to Yahweh, families of nations, ascribe to Yahweh glory and strength. 29 Ascribe to Yahweh the glory of his name. Bring an offering, and come before him; worship Yahweh in the splendid sanctuary. 30 Tremble before him, all the earth. The world is established; it cannot be moved. 31 Let sky be glad, and earth rejoice, and men say among the nations, Yahweh is king. 32 Let sea roar, and its fulness, let fields rejoice, and all therein. 33 Then let forest trees sing out at Yahweh's presence as he comes to judge the earth. 34 Give thanks to Yahweh, for he is good, for his faithfulness is forever. 35 And say, Save us, god of our salvation, and gather us and deliver us from the nations, to give thinks to your holy name, to commend you with praise. 36 Blessed be Yahweh, god of Israel, from eternity to eternity.

And all the people said, Amen, and praised Yahweh.

37 And he left Asaph and his brethren there before the ark of the covenant of Yahweh, to minister before the ark continually, day by day; 38 and Obed Edom and and sixty eight of their brethren -- Obed Edom son of Jedithun and Hosah served as gatekeepers -- 39 and Zadok the priest, and his brethren the priests, before the dwelling-place of Yahweh at the shrine which was at Gibeon, 40 to offer burnt offerings to Yahweh on the altar of burnt offering continually, morning and evening, and according to all that is written in the law of Yahweh, which he commanded Israel. 41 And with them were Heman and Jeduthun, and the rest who were chosen, who were designated by name, to give thanks to Yahweh, because his faithfulness is eternal. 42 And with them were Heman and Jeduthun to sound trumpets and cymbols, and musical instruments of God. And the sons of Jeduthun were gatekeepers.

43 And all the people left, each man to his house, and David turned back to bless his own house.

Chapter 17[edit]

1 Now, as David sat in his house, David said to Nathan the prophet, Look how I live in a house of cedar, while the ark of the covenant of Yahweh is beneath tent-curtains.

2 And Nathan said to David, Do all that is in your heart, because God is with you.

3 But that very night the word of Yahweh came to Nathan, saying, 4 Go and tell David my servant, Thus says Yahweh, You shall not build me a house to dwell in, 5 because I have not lived in a house from the day that I brought up Israel to the present day, but have gone from tent to tent, and from dwelling-place. 6 Wherever I have travelled with all Israel, did I ever say a word to any of the judges of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd my people, saying, Why have you not built me a house of cedars? 7 So now, then, say to my servant David, Thus says Yahweh of Armies: I took you from the pasture, from following sheep, to be ruler over my people Israel. 8 And I have been with you wherever you walked, and have cut off all your enemies before you, and have made your name like the name of the great ones of the earth. 9 And I will set a place for my people Israel, and I will plant them, and they will dwell there, and be disturbed no more. And no longer will the sons of oppression consume them any more, as before, 10 and since the time that I commanded judges to be over my people Israel. And I will subdue all your enemies, and I declare to you that Yahweh will build you a house. 11 And when you have lived a full life and pass on to be with your fathers, I will raise up your seed after you, who will be one of your sons, and I will establish his kingdom. 12 He will build me a house, and I will secure his throne forever. 13 I will become his father, and he will before my son, and I will not turn my loyalty away from him, as I did to the one before you. 14 And I will set him in my house and in my kingdom forever, and his throne will be established forever.

15 According to all these things, and according to all this prophetic vision, Nathan spoke to David.

16 And King David came and sat before Yahweh, and said, Who am I, Yahweh God, and what is my house, that you have brought me here. 17 And this was a too little in your eyes, O God, and you have spoken concerning your servant's house into the distant future, and have looked upon me as one would a person of high station, O Yahweh God. 18 What more can David say to you for the honor of your servant? You know your servant. 19 Yahweh, for the sake of your servant, and of your own intention, you have done all this great thing to reveal your great deeds. 20 Yahweh, there is none like you, and there is no god beside you, considering all we have heard with our ears. 21 Is there a single nation in the earth like your people Israel, whom God went to rescue as his own people, to make a name for yourself of greatness and terror, driving out nations before your people whom you redeemed from Egypt? 22 And you made your people Israel your own people forever, and you, Yahweh, became their god.

23 Therefore, Yahweh, let the thing which you have spoken about your servant and about his house be made sure forever, and do as you have said. 24 And let it be made certain that your name be magnified forever, saying, Yahweh of Armies is the god of Israel. And let the house of David your servant be established before you. 25 Because you, my god, told your servant that you would build him a house. Therefore your servant has taken it upon himself to pray before you. 26 And now, Yahweh, you are God, and have promised this good thing to your servant. 27 So let it please you to bless the house of your servant, to stand before you forever, because you have blessed, O Yahweh, and it will be blessed forever.

Chapter 18[edit]

1 And it happened after this that David defeated the Philistines, and subdued them, and took Gath and its daughter-villages from the hand of the Philistines. 2 And he defeated Moab, and the Moabites became David's servants, and brought tribute.

3 And David defeated Hadarezer king of Zobah as far as Hamath, as he went to establish his rule at the river Euphrates. 4 And David took from him a thousand chariots, and seven thousand horsemen, and twenty thousand foot soldiers. And David hamstrung all the horses, but kept enough of them for one hundred chariots.

5 And Aram Damascus came to help Hadadezer king of Zobah, and David killed twenty-two thousand men of Aram. 6 And David placed [garrisons] in Aram Damascus, and Aram became servants of David, bearing tribute. And Yahweh gave David victory wherever he went. 7 And David took the shields of gold which were on the servants of Hadadezer, and brought them to Jerusalem. 8 And from Tibhath, and from Chun, cities of Hadadezer, David brought a great deal of bronze, with which Solomon made the bronze sea, and the pillars, and the implements of bronze.

9 And Tou king of Hamath heard that David had struck all the forces of Hadadezer king of Zobah. 10 And he sent his son Hadoram to King David, to greet him and bless him for fighting with Hadadezer and defeating him, because Hadadezer had been a military opponent of Tou. And he brought with him all kinds of objects of gold, and silver, and bronze. 11 King David consecrated them to Yahweh, with the silver and the gold which he brought from all the nations: from Edom, and from Moab, and from the Ammonites, and from the Philistines, and from Amalek.

12 And Abshai son of Zeruiah struck down eighteen thousand Edomites in the Valley of Salt. 13 And he placed garrisons in Edom, and all the Edomites became David's servants. And Yahweh gave David victory wherever he went.

14 And David reigned over all Israel, and executed justice and decency for all his people. 15 And Joab son of Zeruiah was over the army, and Jehoshaphat son of Ahilud was the recorder. 16 And Zadok son of Ahitub, and Abimelech son of Abiathar, were the priests, and Shavsha was the scribe. 17 And Benaiah son of Jehoiada was over the Cherethites and the Pelethites, and the sons of David were his chief agents.

Chapter 19[edit]

1 Now after this, Nahash king of the Ammonites died, and his son reigned in his place. 2 And David said, I will deal loyally with Hanun son of Nahash, because his father dealt loyally with me. And David sent messengers with condolences concerning his father. And the servants of David came to the land of the Ammonites to Hanun, to comfort him.

3 And the nobles of the Ammonites said to Hanun, Do you think it is to honor your father that David sent comforters to you? Are his servants not here to investigate, and overthrow, and spy out the land?

4 And Hanun took David's servants, and shaved them, and cut off their garments in the middle by their buttocks, and sent them off. 5 And people came and told David about the men. And David sent men to meet them, because the men were greatly ashamed. And the king said, Stay at Jericho until your bears have grown, and then return.

6 And the Ammonites saw that they had made themselves odious to David, Hanun and the Ammonites sent a thousand talents of silver to hire themselves chariots and horsemen from Aram Naharaim, and from Aram Maachah, and from Zobah. 7 And they hired thirty-two thousand chariots, and the king of Maachah and his people, and they camp and encamped in front of Medeba. And the Ammonites gathered themselves from their cities, and came to battle.

8 And David heard, and he sent Joab, and all the army of warriors. 9 And the Ammonites came out, and arrayed themselves for battle at the entrance of the city, and the kings who had come were by themselves in the field.

10 And Joab saw that the battle was the front lines were both before and behind him, he chose some of all the choicest of Israel, and set them in array against Aram. 11 And the rest of the people he placed under the command of Abshai his brother, and they arrayed themselves against the Ammonites. 12 And he said, If the Arameans are too strong for me, then you will come to my aid; and if the Ammonites are too strong for you, then I will come to your aid. 13 Be strong, and let us strengthen ourselves for the sake of our people, and for the cities of our god, and may Yahweh do as what is good in his eyes.

14 And Joab and the people with him approached Aram for battle, and they fled before them. 15 And the Ammonites saw that Aram had fled, and they also fled before Abshai his brother, and entered the city. And Joab came to Jerusalem.

16 And when the Syrians saw that they were defeated before Israel, they sent messengers and brought out the Arameans who were across the river, and Shophak, the general of Hadadezer's army, lead them. 17 And it was reported to David, and he gathered all Israel, and crossed over the Jordan, and came upon them, and arrayed his forces against the Syrians, and fought with them. 18 And Aram fled before Israel, and David killed seven thousand charioteers and forty thousand foot soldiers. And he killed Shophak, the captain of the army. 19 And the servants of Hadadezer saw that they were defeated before Israel, and they made peace with David, and served him. And the Arameans refused to aid the Ammonites any more.

Chapter 20[edit]

1 Now, in the spring, at the time when kings go out to battle, Joab lead the armed forces, and destroyed the land of the Ammonites, and came and besieged Rabbah. And David stayed at Jerusalem. And Joab struck Rabbah and destroyed it. 2 And David took the crown of their king from on his head, and found it to weigh a talent of gold, and there were precious stones on it. And it was on the head of David, and he took a very great deal of plunder from the city. 3 And he brought out the people who were in it, and forced them to labor[120] with saws, and with iron pickaxes,[121] and with saws. This is how David dealt with all the Ammonite towns. And David and all the people returned to Jerusalem.

4 Now, after this, a war arose at Gezer with the Philistines. At that time Sibbecai the Hushathite killed Sippai, of the children of the Rephaim, and they were subdued.

5 And again there was war with the Philistines, and Elhanan son of Jair[122] killed Lahmi the brother of Goliath the Gittite, the staff of whose spear was like a weaver's beam.

6 And again there was war at Gath, where there was a man of great stature, with twenty-four digits, six on each [hand and foot]. And he also was born of the Rapha. 7 And when he spoke contemptuously of Israel, Jonathan son of Shimea, David's brother, killed him.

8 These were born to the giant in Gath, and they fell by the hand of David, and by the hand of his servants.

Chapter 21[edit]

1 And a satan stood against Israel, and incited David to take a census of Israel. 2 And David said to Joab, and to the military commanders, Go take a count of Israel, from Beersheba to Dan,[123] and come back and inform me about the number.

3 And Joab said, May Yahweh increase his people a hundredfold! But my lord the king, are they not all the servants of my lord? Why does my lord want this thing? Why should he bring guilt upon Israel?

4 But the king's word was too strong for Joab. And Joab went out, and travelled through all Israel, and came to Jerusalem. 5 And Joab gave the total count of the people to David. And all Israel were a million and one hundred thousand men who drew the sword, and Judah was four hundred seventy thousand[124] men who drew the sword. 6 But he did not number Levi and Benjamin among them, because the king's command was detestable to Joab.

7 And this thing was evil in the eyes of God, and he struck Israel. 8 And David said to God, I have surely sinned greatly by doing this thing. So please, overlook the guilt of your servant, because I have acted very recklessly.

9 And Yahweh spoke to Gad, David's seer of visions, saying, 10 Go and tell David, Thus says Yahweh, I offer you three things. Choose one of them, and I will do it to you.

11 And Gad came to David, and said to him, Thus says Yahweh, Choose for yourself: 12 either three years of famine, or three months fleeing from your enemies as the sword of your enemies overtakes you, or else three days of the sword of Yahweh and plague in the land, and an angel of Yahweh destroying throughout all the territory of Israel. So consider which message I should bring back to the one who sent me.

13 And David said to Gad, I am in a difficult position. Let me fall into the hand of Yahweh, because his mercies are great, but do not let me fall into the hand of man.

14 And Yahweh sent a plague upon Israel, and seventy thousand Israelite men fell. 15 And God sent an angel to Jerusalem to destroy it, and as it was destroying, Yahweh saw, and regretted the disaster, and said to the destroying angel, Enough! Now withdraw your hand. And the angel of Yahweh stood by the threshing-floor of Ornan the Jebusite.

16 And David lifted up his eyes, and saw the angel standing between earth and sky, with his sword drawn in his hand, stretched out over Jerusalem. And David and the elders, clothed in sackcloth, fell on their faces. 17 And David said to God, Is it not I who commanded the counting of the people? It is I who have sinned and done evil. But these sheep -- what have they done? Please, let your hand be against me and against my father's house, but these people do not deserve to be plagued.

18 And the angel of Yahweh commanded Gad to say to David that David should go up to set up an altar to Yahweh at the threshing-floor of Ornan the Jebusite. 19 And David went up, as Gad told him in the name of Yahweh. 20 And Ornan turned back, and saw the angel, and his four sons who were with him hid themselves. Now Ornan was threshing wheat. 21 And David came to Ornan, and Ornan looked and saw David, and went out from the threshing-floor, and bowed to David face down.

22 And David said to Ornan, Give me the site of this threshing-floor, and I will build an altar here to Yahweh. Give it to me at full price, and the plague will be held back from the people.

23 And Ornan said to David, Take it for yourself, and let my lord the king do as he wishes. See, I will give the oxen for burnt offerings, and the threshing-sledges for wood, and the wheat for the meal-offering. I give it all to you.

24 And the king said to Ornan, No, but I will buy it at full price, because I will not take what is yours for Yahweh, and offer burnt offerings at no cost. 25 And David gave to Ornan for the place six hundred shekels' weight in gold.[125] 26 And there David built an altar to Yahweh, and offered burnt offerings and peace-offerings. And he called to Yahweh, and he answered him from the sky with fire upon the altar of burnt offering.

27 And Yahweh commanded the angel, and he put his sword into his sheath.

28 When David saw that Yahweh had answered him at the threshing-floor of Ornan the Jebusite, he sacrificed there. 29 And the tabernacle of Yahweh, which Moses made in the wilderness, and the altar of burnt offering, where then at the shrine at Gibeon. 30 And David was unable to go before it to inquire of God, because he was afraid of the sword of the angel of Yahweh.

Chapter 22[edit]

1 And David said, This is the house of Yahweh God, and this is the altar of burnt offering for Israel. 2 And David commanded that the aliens who lived in the land of Israel be gathered, and he appointed masons to cut the hewn stones to built the house of God. 3 And David prepared an abundance of iron for nails for the doors of the gates, and for the fittings, and more brass than could be weighed, 4 and a limitless quantity of cedar wood, because the Sidonians and the Tyrians brought a great deal of cedar to David.

5 And David said, Solomon my son is young and tender, and the house to be build for Yahweh must be of enormous size, famous and splendid to all lands. So I will prepare for it. And David prepared abundantly before his death.

6 And he called for Solomon his son, and commanded him to build a house for Yahweh, the god of Israel. 7 And David said to Solomon his son, I had intended to build a house for the name of Yahweh, my god. 8 But a message from Yahweh came to me: You have spilled much blood, and carried out great battles. You will not build a house for my name, because you have shed much blood on the earth before me. 9 Yet a son will be born to you, who will be a peaceable man, and I will give him rest from all his enemies round about, so that his name will be Solomon, and I will give peace and quiet to Israel in his days.[126] 10 He will build a house for my name, and he will be my son, and I will be his father, and I will establish the throne of his kingship over Israel forever. 11 Now, my son, may Yahweh be with you, and give you success, and may you build the house of Yahweh your god, as he promised concerning you. 12 Only may Yahweh give you wisdom and understanding, and command you concerning Israel, to keep the law of Yahweh your god. 13 Then you will have success, if you keep and observe the statutes, and the judgments which Yahweh commanded Moses concerning Israel. Be strong, and of good courage. Do not fear or be dismayed. 14 And see, I have taken pains to prepare for the house of Yahweh one hundred talents of gold, and one million talents of silver, and brass and iron beyond measure, because it is an abundance. And I have prepared timber and stone, and you will add to it. 15 And there are many workmen with you, hewers of stone and timber, and all those skilled in every craft. 16 Of gold, and of silver, and of bronze, and of iron there is no measuring. Arise, and do it, and may Yahweh be with you.

17 And David commanded all the nobles of Israel to help Solomon his son: 18 Is Yahweh not with you? And has he not given you rest round about, because he has given the inhabitants of the land into your hand, and the land is subdued before Yahweh and before his people. 19 So set your heart and your soul to inquire of Yahweh your god. Arise, and build the sanctuary of Yahweh God, bringing the ark of the covenant of Yahweh, and the holy things of God, to the house which will be built for the name of Yahweh.

Chapter 23[edit]

1 And David was old, well on in years, he made Solomon his son king over Israel.

2 And he gathered all the nobles of Israel, and the priests and the Levites. 3 And the Levites were numbered from the age of thirty years and above, and the headcount was thirty-eight thousand. 4 Of these, twenty-four thousand were appointed over the work of the house of Yahweh, and six thousand were magistrates and judges. 5 And four thousand were gatekeepers, and four thousand praised Yahweh with instruments which I made for worship.

6 And David divided them into divisions by the sons of Levi: Gershon, Kohath, and Merari. 7 And of the Gershonites, Laadan and Shimei. 8 The sons of Laadan:[127] the first was Jehiel, and Zetham, and Joel: three. 9 The sons of Shimei: Shelomith,[128] and Haziel,[129] and Haran: three. These were the paternal heads of Laadan. 10 And the sons of Shimei: Jahath, Zina,[130] and Jeush,[131] and Beriah. These four were the sons of Shimei. 11 And Jahath was the first, and Zizah the second, and Jeush and Beriah did not have many sons. Therefore they are counted as a single clan.

12 The sons of Kohath: Amram, Izhar, Hebron, and Uzziel: four. 13 The sons of Amram: Aaron and Moses. And Aaron was separated to consecrate the holy of holies, he and his sons forever, to burn incense before Yahweh, to minister to him, and to bless his name forever. 14 And as for Moses the man of God, his sons were considered of the tribe of Levi. 15 The sons of Moses: Gershom and Eliezer. 16 The sons of Gershom: Shebuel the chief. 17 And the sons of Eliezer were Rehabiah the first. And Eliezer had no other sons, but the sons of Rehabiah were very many. 18 The sons of Izhar: Shelomith the first. 19 The sons of Hebron: Jeriah the first, Amariah the second, Jahaziel the third, and Jakmeam the fourth. 20 The sons of Uzziel: Micah the first, and Jishiah the second.

21 The sons of Merari: Mahli and Mushi. The sons of Mahli: Eleazar and Kish. 22 And Eleazar died, and had no sons, but only daughters, and the sons of Kish married them. 23 The sons of Mushi: Mahli, and Eder, and Jeremoth: three.

24 These are the sons of Levi by their paternal houses, the paternal heads, reckoned by the number of names in their headcount, who worked in the service of the house of Yahweh, from twenty years old and up.

25 For David said, Yahweh, the god of Israel, has given rest to his people, and they will dwell in Jerusalem forever. 26 And as for the Levites, they are no longer to carry the tabernacle, or any of the implements of its service. 27 For by the last words of David the Levites were numbered from age twenty and up, 28 because it was their place to assist the Aaronites in the service of the house of Yahweh, concerning the courtyards, and concerning the chambers, and concerning the purification of all the sanctuary, and the work of the service of the house of God, 29 both for the arranged bread, and for the fine flour for the meal-offering, and for unleavened wafers, and for the cooking-pans, and for the mixtures, and for all measures of volume and size; 30 and to stand every morning to thank and praise Yahweh, and likewise in the evening; 31 and to offer all burnt offerings to Yahweh on sabbaths, on new moons, and on the festivals, by number, according to the prescribed method, continually before Yahweh. 32 And they were to keep the charge of the tent of meeting, and the charge of the sanctuary, and the charge of the sons of Aaron, their brothers, for the service of the house of Yahweh.

Chapter 24[edit]

1 And the divisions of the sons of Aaron. The sons of Aaron: Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar. 2 And Nadab and Abihu died before their father, and had no children. And Eleazar and Ithamar were the priests. 3 And David divided them, both Zadok from the sons of Eleazar and Ahimelech from the sons of Ithamar, by their positions in their service.

4 And there were more significant leaders found of the sons of Eleazar than of the sons of Ithamar, and so they were divided. Of the sons of Eleazar were sixteen leaders of paternal houses; and of the sons of Ithamar, by their paternal houses, eight. 5 And they were divided, these with those, because the commanders of the sanctuary, and the commanders of God, were from the sons of Eleazar and from the sons of Ithamar. 6 And Shemaiah son of Nethaneel the scribe, of the Levites, wrote them before the king and the commanders, and Zadok the priest, and Ahimelech son of Abiathar, and the paternal heads of the priests and Levites. One paternal house would be taken from Eleazar, and then one from Ithamar.

7 And the first lot was cast for Jehoiarib, the second for Jedaiah, 8 the third to Harim, the fourth to Seorim, 9 the fifth to Malkiah, the sixth to Miamin, 10 the seventh to Hakkoz, the eighth to Abiah, 11 the ninth to Jeshua, the tenth to Shechaniah, 12 the eleventh to Eliashib, the twelfth to Jakim, 13 the thirteenth to Huppah, the fourteenth to Ishbaal,[132] 14 the fifteenth to Bilgah, the sixteenth to Immer, 15 the seventeenth to Hezir, the eighteenth to Hapizez, 16 the nineteenth to Pethahiah, the twentieth to Jehezkel, 17 the twenty-first to Jachin, the twenty-second to Gamul, 18 the twenty-third to Delaiah, the twenty-fourth to Maaziah.

19 These were their assignments for their service, for coming in to the house of Yahweh in their regular order, under Aaron their father, as Yahweh, the god of Israel, had commanded him.

20 And the rest of the sons of Levi. Of the sons of Amram: Shubael. Of the sons of Shubael: Jehdaiah. 21 Of Rehabiah, of the sons of Rehabiah, the first was Ishiah. 22 Of the Izharites, Shelomoth. Of the sons of Shelomoth, Jahath. 23 And the sons of Jeriah: Amariah the second, Jahaziel the third, Jekameam the fourth. 24 The sons of Uzziel: Micah. Of the sons of Micah: Shamir.[133] 25 The brother of Micah was Ishiah. Of the sons of Ishiah: Zechariah. 26 The sons of Merari: Mahli and Mushi. The sons of Jaaziah, his son,[134] 27 the sons of Merari belonging to Jaaziah his son: Ishoam,[135] and Zakkur, and Ibri. 28 Of Mahli: Eleazar, who had no sons. 29 Of Kish, the sons of Kish: Jerahmeel.

30 And the sons of Mushi: Mahli, and Eder, and Jerimoth. These were the sons of the Levites by their paternal houses.

31 And these also cast lots alongside their brethren the sons of Aaron before David the king, and Zadok, and Ahimelech, and the paternal heads of the priests and the Levites, heads paternal over their younger brethren.

Chapter 25[edit]

1 And David and the army commanders separated to the service of the sons of Asaph, and of Heman, and Jeduthun, leading prophetic liturgy with lyres, and harps, and cymbals. And the count of those assigned to the service were as follows. 2 Of the sons of Asaph: Zakkur, and Joseph, and Nethaniah, and Asarelah, sons of Asaph in the office of Asaph, who gave the prophetic liturgy under the direction of the king. 3 Of Jeduthun, the sons of Jeduthun: Gedaliah, and Zeri, and Jeshaiah, and Hashabiah, and Mattithiah, six, under the hand of their father Jeduthun, who gave prophetic worship on the harp, to thank and praise Yahweh. 4 Of Heman, the sons of Heman: Bukkiah, Mattaniah, Uzziel,[136] Shebuel,[137] and Jerimoth, Hananiah, Hanani, Eliathah, Gidalti, and Romamti Ezer, Joshbekashah, Mallothi, Hothir, Mahazioth. 5 All these were sons of Heman, the king's seer in the words of God, to lift up the horn. And God gave Heman fourteen sons and three daughters.

6 All these were under the hands of their father for song in the house of God, with cymbals, and harps, and lyres, for the service of the house of God, by the direction of the king. Asaph, Jeduthun, and Heman.

7 And the number of them, with their brethren who were instructed in song for Yahweh, all who were skilled, were two hundred eighty-eight.

8 And they threw lots for their responsibilities, whether small or great, teacher or student.

9 And the first lot came out for Asaph to Joseph, the second to Gedaliah. He and his brothers and his sons were twelve. 10 The third, Zakkur, his sons, and his brothers -- twelve. 11 The fourth to Izri, his sons, and his brothers -- twelve. 12 The fifth, Nethaniah, his sons, and his brothers -- twelve. 13 The sixth, Bukkiah, his sons, and his brothers -- twelve. 14 The seventh, Jesharelah, his sons, and his brothers -- twelve. 15 The eighth, Jeshaiah, his sons, and his brothers -- twelve. 16 The ninth, Mattaniah, his sons, and his brothers -- twelve. 17 The tenth, to Shimei, his sons, and his brothers -- twelve. 18 The eleventh, Azareel,[138] his sons, and his brothers -- twelve. 19 The twelfth, to Hashabiah, his sons, and his brothers -- twelve. 20 The thirteenth, Shubael, his sons, and his brothers -- twelve. 21 The fourteenth, to Mattithiah, his sons, and his brothers -- twelve. 22 The fifteenth, to Jeremoth, his sons, and his brothers -- twelve. 23 The sixteenth, to Hananiah, his sons, and his brothers -- twelve. 24 The seventeenth, to Joshbekashah, his sons, and his brothers -- twelve. 25 The eighteenth, to Hanani, his sons, and his brothers -- twelve. 26 The nineteenth, to Mallothi,[139] his sons, and his brothers -- twelve. 27 For the twentieth, to Eliathah, his sons, and his brothers -- twelve. 28 For the twenty-first, to Hothir,[140] his sons, and his brothers -- twelve. 29 For the twenty-second, to Giddalti, his sons, and his brothers -- twelve. 30 For the twenty-third, to Mahazioth, his sons, and his brothers -- twelve. 31 The twenty-fourth to Romamti Ezer, his sons, and his brothers -- twelve.

Chapter 26[edit]

1 Of the divisions of the gatekeepers. Of the Korahites, Meshelemiah son of Kore, of the sons of Asaph. 2 And Meshelemiah's sons, Zechariah the firstborn, Jediael the second, Zebadiah the third, Jathniel[141] the fourth, 3 Elam[142] the fifth, Jehohanan the sixth, Elioenai the seventh.

4 And Obed Edom's sons: Shemaiah the firstborn, Jehozabad the second, Joah the third, Shakar the fourth, Nethanel the fifth, 5 Ammiel the sixth, Issachar the seventh, Peulthai the eighth, because God blessed him.

6 And to Shemaiah his son, sons were born, who ruled their paternal house, because they were mighty warriors. 7 The sons of Shemaiah: Othni, and Rephael, and Obed, Elzabad, Ahio, valiant men,[143] Elihu, and Semachiah.

8 All these were of the sons of Obed Edom: they, and their sons, and their brothers, capable men for the service, sixty-two of Obed Edom.

9 And Meshelemiah had sons and brothers, capable men, eighteen.

10 And Hosah, of the sons of Merari, had sons: Simri the first (who, though not the firstborn, was appointed as first by his father), 11 Hilkiah the second, Tebaliah the third, Zechariah the fourth. All the sons and brothers of Hosah were thirteen.

12 Of these were the divisions of the gatekeepers, of the leading mighty men, each with their responsibilities, to minister in the house of Yahweh. 13 And they cast lots, the small as well as the great, by their paternal houses, for each gate. 14 And the lot eastward fell to Shelemiah. And [for] Zechariah his son, a wise advisor, they cast lots, and his lot fell to the north. 15 To Obed Edom was the south, and to his sons the house of Asuppim. 16 To Shuppim and Hosah was the west, with the gate Shallecheth, by the highway going up, watch by watch. 17 To the east were six Levites, to the north four daily, to the south four daily, and toward Asuppim two by two. 18 Toward the Parbar westward, four at the highway, two at the Parbar. 19 These are the divisions of the gatekeepers of the sons of the Korahites, and of the sons of Merari.

20 And [as for] the Levites, Ahiah was over the treasuries of the house of God, and over the treasuries of the holy things. 21 The sons of Laadan, sons of the Gershunite, of Laadan, paternal heads, of Laadan: Jehieli. 22 The sons of Jehieli: Zetham and Joel his brother, over the treasuries of the house of Yahweh. 23 Of the Amramites, of the Izharites, of the Hebronites, of the Uzzielites. 24 And Shebuel son of Gershom, son of Moses, was ruler over the treasuries. 25 And his brethren of Eliezer: Rehabiah his son, and Jeshaiah his son, and Joram his son, and Zikri his son, and Shelomoth his son.[144]

26 This Shelomoth and his brothers were over all the treasuries of the holy things, which were consecrated by David the king, and the paternal heads of the commanders of thousands and hundreds, and the army commanders. 27 Of plunder from warfare they consecrated and strengthened the house of Yahweh. 28 And all that Samuel the seer, and Saul son of Kish, and Abner son of Ner, and Joab son of Zeruiah, had consecrated, anyone who had consecrated, it was under the hand of Shelomoth[145] and his brothers.

29 Of the Izharites, Chenaniah and his sons were for the outward business concerning Israel, as officials and judges.

30 Of the Hebronites, Hashabiah and his brothers, capable men, a thousand and seven hundred had responsibility for Israel on the other side of the Jordan westward, for all the business of Yahweh and the service of the king. 31 Of the Hebronites, Jeriah was the chief of the Hebronites, by the genealogies of his ancestors. In the fourtieth year of the kingship of David they were searched out, and were found among them, mighty warriors in Jazer of Gilead. 32 And his brethren, valiant men, two thousand and seven hundred paternal heads, and David the king placed them over the Reubenites, the Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh for every matter pertaining to God, and matters pertaining to the king.

Chapter 27[edit]

1 And the sons of Israel by their number, the paternal heads and commanders of thousands and hundreds, and their officials who served the king for any matter of their divisions, we went in and out month by month for all the months of the year. Each divisions was twenty-four thousand.

2 Over the first divisions for the first month was Jashobeam son of Zabdiel, and in his division were twenty-four thousand. 3 Of the sons of Perez was the first of all the captains of the army for the first month. 4 And over the division of the second month was Dodai the Ahohite, and his division, and Mikloth was the ruler. And in his division was twenty-four thousand. 5 The third commander of the army for the third month was Benaiah son of Jehoiada, the leading priest, and in his division were twenty-four thousand. 6 This is the Benaiah who was mighty among the thirty, and over the thirty, and in his division was Ammizabad his son. 7 The fourth, of the fourth month, was Asahel brother of Joab, and Zebadiah his son after him, and in his division were twenty-four thousand. 8 The fifth commander for the fifth month was Shamhuth the Izrah, and in his division were twenty-four thousand. 9 The sixth for the sixth month was Ira son of Ikkesh the Tekoite, and in his divison were twenty-four thousand. 10 The seventh, for the seventh month, was Helez the Pelonite, of the Ephraimite, and in his division were twenty-four thousand. 11 The eighth, for the eighth month, was Sibbecai the Hushathite, of the Zarhites, and in his division were twenty-four thousand. 12 The ninth, of the ninth month, was Abiezer the Anathothite, of the Benjamites, and in his division were twenty-four thousand. 13 The tenth, of the tenth month, was Maharai the Netophathite, of the Zarhites, and in his division were twenty-four thousand. 14 The eleventh, for the eleventh month, was Benaiah the Pirathonite, of the Ephraimites, and in his division were twenty-four thousand. 15 The twelfth, for the twelfth month, was Heldai the Netophathite, of Othniel, and in his division were twenty-four thousand.

16 And over the tribes of Israel. The ruler of the Reubenites was Eliezer son of Zikri. Of the Simeonites, Shephatiah son of Maachah. 17 Of the Levites, Hashabiah son of Kemuel. Of Aaron, Zadok. 18 Of Judah, Elihu, of the brethren of David. Of Issachar, Omri son of Michael. 19 Of Zebulun, Ishmaiah son of Obadiah. Of Naphtali, Jerimoth son of Azriel. 20 Of the Ephraimites, Hoshea son of Azaziah. Of the half-tribe of Manasseh, Joel son of Pedaiah. 21 Of the half of Manasseh in Gilead, Iddo son of Zechariah. Of Benjamin, Jaasiel[146] son of Abner. 22 Of Dan, Azarel son of Jeroham. These were the commanders of the tribes of Israel.

23 And David did not take their number from twenty years and upward, because Yahweh said he would increase Israel like the stars of the sky. 24 Joab son of Zeruiah began to count, but he did not finish, because it caused wrath to fall upon Israel, and the number was not put in the account of the annals of King David.

25 And over the king's treasuries was Azmaveth son of Adiel. And over the treasuries in the fields, in the cities, and in the villages, and in the fortresses, was Jonathan son of Uzziah. 26 And over those who worked cultivating the fields was Ezri son of Chelub. 27 And over the vineyards was Shimei the Ramathite. Over the what was from the vineyards for the wine-treasuries was Zabdi the Shiphmite. 28 And over the olive trees and sycamore trees in the Shephelah was Baal Hanan the Gederite. And over the treasuries of olive oil was Joash. 29 And over the cattle that pastured in the Sharon was Shitrai[147] the Sharonite, and over the cattle in the valleys was Shaphat son of Adlai. 30 And over the camels was Obil the Ishmaelite. And over the donkeys was Jehdaiah the Meronothite. 31 And over the sheep was Jaziz the Hagrite. All these were stewards of the King David's property. 32 And Jonathan, David's uncle, was an advisor, a wise man and a scribe. Jehiel son of Hachmoni was with the king's sons. 33 And Ahithophel was the king's advisor. And Hushai the Archite was the king's friend. 34 And after Ahithophel was Jehoiada son of Benaiah, and Abiathar. And the commander of the king's army was Joab.

Chapter 28[edit]

1 And David assembled all the commanders of Israel, the commanders of the tribes, and the commanders of the divisions that ministered to the king, and the commanders of thousands, and the commanders of hundreds, and the stewards of all the king's property, and of his sons, with the officers, and with the warriors, and of all the valiant warriors, to Jerusalem.

2 And David the king stood up on his feet, and said, Hear me, my brothers and my people. I intended to build a house of rest for the ark of the covenant of Yahweh, and for the footstool of our god, and I prepared for building. 3 But God said to me, You will not build a house for my name, because you are a man of war, and have shed blood. 4 And Yahweh, the god of Israel, chose me among all my father's house to be king over Israel forever, because he has chosen Judah for the ruler, of the house of Judah, the house of my father. And among the sons of my father he desired to make me king over all Israel. 5 And of all my sons, for Yahweh has given me many sons, he has chosen Solomon my son to sit on the throne of the kingdom of Yahweh over Israel. 6 And he said to me, Solomon my son is the one who will build my house and my courtyards, because I have chosen him as my son, and I will be his father. 7 And I will establish his kingdom forever, if he is strong in carrying out my commands and my customs, as at this day. 8 So, in the eyes of all Israel, the assembly of Yahweh, and in the ears of God, keep and investigate all the commands of Yahweh your god, in order that you may possess this good land, and leave it as an inheritance for your children after you forever. 9 And you, Solomon my son, know the god of your father, and serve him wholeheartedly, and with delight in your soul, because Yahweh searches all hearts, and knows every thought. If you seek him, you will find him, but if you abandon him he will reject you forever. 10 Take care now, because Yahweh has chosen you to build a house for the sanctuary. Be strong and do it.

11 And David gave Solomon his son the plan for the portico, and its houses, its storehouses, and its upper rooms, and its inner chambers, and the house of the ark's lid. 12 And he had the pattern for it all by the spirit, of the courtyards of the house of Yahweh, and of all the chambers surrounding it, of the treasuries of the house of God, and of the treasuries of holy things. 13 And for the divisions of the priests and the Levites, and for all the work of the service of the house of God, and for all the implements of the service of Yahweh. 14 For gold, gold was weighed out for all the implements of every kind of service. For all the implements of silver by weight, and for all the implements of every kind of service. 15 And the weight of the lampstands of gold, and the lamps of gold, by weight for every lampstand, and for its lamps, and for the lampstands of silver by weight. For the lampstand and its lamps, for the use of every lampstand. 16 And by weight gold for the tables of the arranged bread for every table, and silver for the silver tables. 17 And the forks, and the basins, and the pitchers were pure gold. And for the gold dishes by weight for each dish, and by weight for every silver dish. 18 And for the altar of incense refined gold by weight, and gold for the plan of the chariot of the cherubim that spread [their wings] and overshadowed the ark of the covenant of Yahweh. 19 All this, in writing, by the hand of Yahweh upon me, he made me understand all the work of this pattern.

20 And David said to Solomon his son, Be strong and brave, and do it. Do not be afraid, or dismayed, because Yahweh God, my god, is with you. He will not fail you or abandon you before you have finished all the work for the service of the house of Yahweh. 21 And know that the divisions of the priests and the Levites will be with you for all the service of the house of God, and for all kinds of work every willing skillful man with me with you for any kind of service, and the officials and all the people will follow your orders.

Chapter 29[edit]

1 And David the king said to all the assembly, Solomon my son, the one whom God has chosen, is young and tender, and the work is great, because the palace is not for a human being, but for God. 2 And with all my might I have prepared for the house of my god the gold for the golden things, the silver for the silver things, the bronze for the bronze things, the iron for the iron things, the timber for the wooden things, the shoham stones, and [the stones] to be set [in the ephod], stones of antimony, colored stones, and every sort of precious stone, and an abundance of marble. 3 Moreover, in my zeal for the house of my god, I have of my own property gold and silver. I have given it to the house of my god, in addition to all that I have prepared for the holy house: 4 three thousand talents of gold, of the gold of Ophir, and seven thousand talents of refined silver, to overlay the walls of the houses; 5 the gold for the gold things, the silver for the silver things, and for all kinds of work by the hands of craftsmen. And who then is willing to volunteer to consecrate his service today to Yahweh.

6 And the clan leaders and nobles of the tribes of Israel, and commanders of thousands and hundreds, and the commanders of the kings business, volunteered. 7 And they gave for the service of the house of God gold, five thousand talents and ten thousand darics, and silver, ten thousand talents, and brass, eighteen thousand talents, and one hundred thousand talents of iron. 8 And those had stones gave them to the treasury of the house of Yahweh by the hand of Jehiel the Gershonite. 9 And the peoples rejoiced that they had volunteered, because wholeheartedly they volunteered for Yahweh, and David the king rejoices with great joy.

10 And David blessed Yahweh in the sight of all the assembly, and David said, Blessed art thou, Yahweh, god of Israel, our father, from eternity to eternity. 11 Yours, Yahweh, is the greatness, and the power, and the splendor, and the victory, and the majesty, because all that is in sky and earth is yours, Yahweh, and you are exalted as head above all. 12 Both riches and honor are from before you, and you reign over all, and in your hand is the power to make great, and to give strength to all. 13 And so, our god, we thank you, and praise your splendid name. 14 But who am I, and who is this people, to be able to offer like this? Because all things come from you, and from your own hand we have given to you. 15 For we are foreigners before you, and sojourners, like all our fathers. Our days on the earth are as a shadow, without hope.

16 Yahweh our god, all this abundance that we have prepared to built you a house for your holy name is from your own hand, and is all your own. 17 And I know, my god, that you examine hearts, and take pleasure in righteousness. As for me, in the righteousness of my heart I have willingly offered all these things, and now I have seen with joy your people, who are present here to give generously with gladness. 18 Yahweh, god of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, our fathers, guard this forever in the thoughts of the heart of your people, and prepare their heart for you. 19 And give Solomon my son a whole heart to keep your commandments, and your regulations, and your statutes, and to do it all, and to build the palace for which I have made provision.

20 And David said to all the assembly, Bless Yahweh your god. And all the assembly blessed the Yahweh, the god of their fathers, and bowed their heads, and did homage to Yahweh and the king.

21 And they offered sacrifices to Yahweh, and offered burnt offerings to Yahweh on the next day, a thousand bulls, and a thousand rams, and a thousand lambs with their drink offerings, and sacrifices in abundance for all Israel. 22 And they ate and drank before Yahweh on that day with great rejoicing. And they made Solomon the son of David king for a second time, and anointed him to Yahweh as ruler, and Zadok as priest. 23 And Solomon sat on the throne of Yahweh as king instead of David his father, and all Israel obeyed him. 24 And all the commanders, and the warriors, and all the sons of King David gave their allegiance to Solomon the king. 25 And Yahweh exalted Solomon in the eyes of all Israel, and granted him royal majesty had not been upon any king before him over Israel.

26 So David the son of Jesse had ruled over all Israel. 27 And the days that he reigned over Israel were forty years. In Hebrew he reigned seven years, and in Jerusalem he reigned thirty-three. 28 And he died in a good old age, full of days, wealth, and honor. And Solomon his son reigned in his place. 29 And the deeds of David the king, first and last, are indeed written in the words of Samuel the seer, and in the words of Nathan the prophet, and in the book of Gad the visionary, 30 with all his reign and his might, and the times that passed over him, and over Israel, and over all the surrounding kingdoms.

Footnotes[edit]

  1. (1:5) The Septuagint adds Elisa between Tubal and Meshech.
  2. Diphath, and Togarmah. Following the Masoretic Text. The Septuagint reads, Riphath and Thorgama. Genesis (10:3) likewise has Riphath.
  3. (1:7) Tarshishah. The Septuagint reads, Tarsis, and Genesis 10 reads Tarshish.
  4. (1:7) Rodanim. The KJV, following Genesis 10, reads, Dodanim.
  5. (1:9) Sabtecha. Following the Masoretic Text. The Septuagint reads Sebekatha.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 1:11-16 are not found in the Septuagint. Verses 17-27 are found only in very abbreviated form: Sons of Sem: Ailam, and Assour, and Arphaxad, Sala, Eber, Phalek, Ragau, Serouch, Nachor, Thara, Abraam.
  7. (1:30) Tema. The Septuagint has Taiman.
  8. (1:35) Jeush. The Septuagint reads, Ieoul.
  9. (1:36) Zephi. Following the Masoretic Text. The Septuagint reads Sophar.
  10. (1:39) And Timna was Lotan's sister. Following the Masoretic Text. The Septuagint, instead of this sentence, simply adds to more sons of Lotan: and Ailath and Namna.
  11. (1:40) Shephi. Following the Masoretic Text. The Septuagint reads Sob.
  12. (1:42) Zaavan. Following the Masoretic Text. The Septuagint reads, Zoukan.
  13. (1:46) Avith. Following the Qere. The Kethib reads something like Avoth, while the Septuagint reads Geththaim.
  14. (1:50) Hadad. Following the Masoretic Text. The Septuagint calls him Hadad son of Barad.
  15. (1:50) Pai. Following the Masoretic Text. The Septuagint reads, Phogor.
  16. (1:51) Aliah. Following the Kethib. The Qere reads Alvah. The Septuagint reads Gola.
  17. (2:9, 10) Ram, and Chelubai. Following the Masoretic Text. The Septuagint reads, Ram, and Chaleb, and Aram. The Septuagint also reads "Aram" instead of "Ram" in verse 10.
  18. (2:25) Following the Masoretic Text. The Septuagint lists the sons as the firstborn Ram, and Baana, and Aran, and Arom his brothers.
  19. (4:7) and Zohar. Following the Kethib. The Qere reads something like "Jezhar." The Septuagint (at least as far as consonants are concerned) sides with the Kethib, reading Saar.
  20. (4:8) and the clans of Aharhel son of Harum. Following the Masoretic Text. The Septuagint reads, and the offspring of his brother Rechab son of Iarim.
  21. (4:11) Chelub. Following the Masoretic Text. The Septuagint reads Chaleb.
  22. (4:11) Shuhah. Following the Masoretic Text. The Septuagint reads, Ascha.
  23. (4:13) Hahath. Following the Masoretic Text. The Septuagint reads, Hathath.
  24. (4:14) The word Harashim means craftsmen in Hebrew.
  25. (4:15) Kenaz. Following the Septuagint (Kenez). The Masoretic Text reads "and Kenaz."
  26. (4:16) Jehalelel. Following the Masoretic Text. The Septuagint reads, Geseel.
  27. (4:16) Ziph. Following the Masoretic Text. The Septuagint reads, Ameschi.
  28. (4:16) Tiria. Following the Masoretic Text. The Septuagint reads, Zaira.
  29. (4:17) Miriam and Shammai. Following the Masoretic Text. The Septuagint reads, Iether and Marom and Semai.
  30. (4:17) Ishbah father of Eshtemoa. Following the Masoretic Text. The Septuagint reads, Mareth father of Esthemon.
  31. (4:20) Tilon. Following the Qere. The Kethib reads something like Tolon.
  32. (4:31) Hazar Susim. Following the Masoretic Text. The Septuagint reads, half of Sosim.
  33. (4:36) Jesimiel. Following the Masoretic Text. The Septuagint reads, Ismael.
  34. (4:37) Ziza. Following the Masoretic Text. The Septuagint reads, Zouza.
  35. (5:13) Zia. Following the Masoretic Text. The Septuagint reads, Zoue.
  36. (5:13) Eber. Following the Masoretic Text. The Septuagint reads, Obed.
  37. (5:14) Jahdo son of Buz. Following the Masoretic Text. The Septuagint reads, Iouri son of Zaboucham.
  38. (6:21) Iddo. Following the Masoretic Text. The Septuagint reads Addi.
  39. (6:26) Elkanah, the sons of Elkanah. Following the Qere. The Kethib reads, Elkanah his son, Elkanah.
  40. (6:35) Zuph. Following the Qere and Septuagint. The Kethib reads, Ziph.
  41. (6:40) son of Maaseiah. Following the Septuagint. The Masoretic Text reads Maaseiah.
  42. (6:58) Hilez. Following the Masoretic Text. The Septuagint reads, Ieththar.
  43. (7:1) Jashub. Following the Qere. The Kethib reads something like Jashib.
  44. (7:10) Jeush. Following the Qere and Septuagint. The Kethib reads something like Jeish.
  45. (7:10) Tarshish. Following the Masoretic Text. The Septuagint reads, Ramessai.
  46. (7:20) Eladah his son, and Tahath his son. Following the Septuagint. In this second mention of Tahath, the Septuagint has instead Nomee.
  47. (7:23) because disaster came upon his house. A more literalistic translation of the Hebrew would read, because with disaster it was in his household. The Hebrew contains a naming pun, in which the name Beriah is compared to beraah ("with disaster").
  48. (7:31) Birzaith. Following the Qere and Septuagint. The Kethib reads something like Birzavith.
  49. (7:32) Shua. Following the Masoretic Text. The Septuagint reads, Sola.
  50. (7:34) Ahi and Rohgah, Jehubbah and Aram. Following the Masoretic Text. The Septuagint reads, Achiouraoga and Oba and Aram.
  51. (7:36) Suah. Following the Masoretic Text. The Septuagint reads, Chouchi.
  52. (7:37) Bezer. Following the Masoretic Text. The Septuagint reads, Sobal.
  53. (7:38) Jephunneh. Following the Masoretic Text. The Septuagint reads, Iphina.
  54. (8:12) Eber. Following the Masoretic Text. The Septuagint reads Obed.
  55. (8:15) Arad, and Ader. Following the Masoretic Text. The Septuagint reads Orer and Oded.
  56. (8:25) Peniel. Following the Kethib. The Qere reads Penuel; the Septuagint, Peliel.
  57. (8:30) Baal, and Nadab. Following the Masoretic Text. The Septuagint reads, Baal, and Ner, and Nadab.
  58. (8:31) Ahio. Following the Masoretic vowel-points. Reading the vowels differently, one could read ahiv, and translate "his brother," as the Septuagint does.
  59. (8:31) and Mikloth. Following the Septuagint. The Septuagint omits these two words.
  60. (8:33) Eshbaal. The figure more often known as "Ishbosheth.
  61. (8:36) Moza. Following the Masoretic Text. The Septuagint reads Maisa.
  62. (8:38) and Bokru. Following the Masoretic Text. The Septuagint reading his firstborn, equivalent to the Hebrew b'koro.
  63. (8:39) Eshek. Following the Masoretic Text. The Septuagint reads Asel.
  64. (8:39) Ulam. Following the Masoretic Text. The Septuagint reads, Ailam.
  65. (8:39) Jeush. Following the Masoretic Text. The Septuagint reads, Iais.
  66. (9:4) son of Bani, of the sons of Perez. Following the Qere. The Kethib reads, son of Benjamin, son of Perez. The Septuagint reads, son of the sons of Phares.
  67. (9:12) Masai. Following the Masoretic Text. The Septuagint reads Maasaia.
  68. (9:12) Jahzerah. Following the Masoretic Text. The Septuagint reads, Iediou.
  69. Meshillemith. Following the Masoretic Text. The Septuagint reads, Maselmoth.
  70. (9:16) Jeduthun. Following the Masoretic Text. The Septuagint reads, Idithon.
  71. (9:35) Jeiel. Following the Kethib and Septuagint. The Qere reads something like Jeuel.
  72. (9:37) Ahio. Following the Masoretic Text. The Septuagint reads, brother.
  73. (9:42) Moza. Following the Masoretic Text. The Septuagint reads, Masa.
  74. (9:44) Azrikam, Bokru. Following the pointing of the Masoretic text. The Septuagint, assuming a reading of bekoro, reads "his firstborn."
  75. (11:20) and had a name among the three. Following the Qere. The Kethib reads, and [his] name was not among the three.
  76. (11:22) lion-like champions. This phrase translates a Hebrew term, ariel, of uncertain meaning that occurs only in this story -- both in Chronicles and the version in 2 Samuel (23:20).
  77. (11:27) Harorite. Where the Masoretic Text has Harori ("Harorite"), the Septuagint reads, Adi.
  78. (11:28) Ira. Following the Masoretic Text. The Septuagint reads Orai.
  79. (11:30) Baanah. Following the Masoretic Text. The Septuagint reads, Nooza.
  80. (11:31) Gibeah. Following the Masoretic Text. The Septuagint reads Bounos.
  81. (11:33) Baharumite. Following the Masoretic Hebrew Baharumi. The Septuagint reads, Beermi.
  82. (11:34) sons of. Following the Masoretic Text. The Septuagint has a proper name: Bennaias
  83. (11:34) Shageh. Following the Masoretic Text. The Septuagint reads, Sola.
  84. (11:37) Hezro. Following the Masoretic Text. The Septuagint reads, Eserai.
  85. (11:39) Naharai. Following the Masoretic Text. The Septuagint reads Nachor.
  86. (11:43) Mithnite. Following the Masoretic Text's Mithni. The Septuagint reads Baithani.
  87. (11:44) Jeiel. Following the Qere and Septuagint. The Kethib reads something like Jeuel.
  88. (11:44) the sons of Hothan. As this translation has it, the "the sons of Hothan" are Shama and Jeiel. The Masoretic punctuation suggests reading "Shama, and Jeiel, [and] the sons of Hothan".
  89. (11:45) Joha. Following the Masoretic Text. The Septuagint reads, Joazae.
  90. (11:45) the Tizite. Following the Masoretic Text (ha-Titzi). The Septuagint reads, the Ieasi[te].
  91. (11:46) the Mahavites. Following the Masoretic Text. The Septuagint reads, the Mii[ite].
  92. (11:46) Joshaviah, the sons. Following the Masoretic Text. The Septuagint reads Iosia son of.
  93. (12:3) Joash, the sons of Hashemaah. Following the Masoretic Text. The Septuagint reads, Ioas son of Asma.
  94. (12:3) Jeziel. Following the Qere. The Kethib reads something like Jezuel, while the Septuagint reads Joel.
  95. (12:3) Pelet. Following the Masoretic Text. The Septuagint reads, Iophalet.
  96. (12:3) Berachah. Following the Masoretic Text. The Septuagint reads, Berchia.
  97. (12:3) Jehu. Following the Masoretic Text. The Septuagint reads, Ieoul
  98. (12:4) Ishmaiah. Following the Masoretic Text. The Septuagint reads, Samaias.
  99. (12:5) Eluzai. Following the Masoretic Text. The Septuagint reads, Eliazai.
  100. (12:5) Hariphite. Following the Kethib and, to some extent, the Septuagint. The Qere reads, Haruphite.
  101. (12:6) Yishiyahu. Following the Masoretic Text. The Septuagint reads, Iesouni.
  102. (12:7) Joelah. Following the Masoretic Text. The Septuagint reads Elia.
  103. (12:7) the sons of Jeroham of Gedor. The Septuagint reads, the sons of Iraam, the sons of Gedor.
  104. (12:12) Elzabad. Following the Masoretic Text. The Septuagint reads Eliezer.
  105. (12:20) Elihu. Following the Masoretic Text. The Septuagint reads, Elimouth.
  106. (13:7) Ahio. Following the vowel-points of the Masoretic Text. The same text can be read with different vowels, as the Septuagint does, to yield the reads "his brothers."
  107. (13:11) Perez Uzza. Hebrew for Outburst [against] Uzza.
  108. (14:1) Hiram. Following the Kethib and the Septuagint. The Qere reads, Huram.
  109. (14:14) Shammua. Following the Masoretic Text. The Septuagint reads, Samaa, Isobaam.
  110. (14:5) Elishua. Following the Masoretic Text. The Septuagint reads, Elisae.
  111. (14:5) Elpalet. Following the Masoretic Text. The Septuagint reads, Eliphalet, just as it does in verse 7, where the Masoretic Text has Eliphelet.
  112. (14:11) Baal Perazim. Hebrew for Master of Outbursts.
  113. (14:14) balsam trees. The Hebrew term here, baka, is of uncertain meaning. It is not sure what type of tree it refers to.
  114. (15:17) Kushaiah. Following the Masoretic Text. The Septuagint reads, Kisaiou.
  115. (15:18) Ben, and Jaaziel. Following the Masoretic Text. Here the Septuagint omits Ben and reads only Oziel.
  116. (15:18) Eliphelehu. Following the Masoretic Text. The Septuagint reads, Eliphalia.
  117. (15:21) Eliphelehu. Following the Masoretic Text. The Septuagint reads, Eliphalias.
  118. (15:24) gatekeepers of the ark. Following the Masoretic Text. The Septuagint reads, gatekeepers of the ark of God.
  119. (16:3) eshpar. The meaning of this Hebrew term is uncertain.
  120. (20:3) forced them to labor. The meaning of this Hebrew term is uncertain, as it appears only in this version of this story.
  121. (20:3) pickaxes. This Hebrew word is of uncertain meaning, and is used only in this story.
  122. (20:5) Jair. Following the Qere. The Kethib reads something like Jaur.
  123. (21:2) from Beersheba to Dan. A biblical idiom for "the whole land of Israel/Canaan, from its southern end at Beersheba, to its northern end at Dan."
  124. (21:5) four hundred seventy thousand. Following the Masoretic Text. The Septuagint reads, Four hundred eighty thousand.
  125. (21:25) shekels'. A shekel was about 11 grams, making David's payment to Ornan about 6.6 kilograms of gold.
  126. (22:9) Solomon. In Hebrew, Shelomo, which the author compares to shalom, "peace."
  127. (23:8) Laadan. Following the Masoretic Text. The Septuagint has Edan, both here and in verse 9.
  128. (23:9) Shelomith. Following the Qere and Septuagint. The Kethib reads something like Shelemoth.
  129. (23:9) Haziel. Following the Masoretic Text. The Septuagint reads, Iiel.
  130. (23:10) Zina. Following the Masoretic Text. The Septuagint reads, Ziza.
  131. (23:10) Jeush. Following the Masoretic Text. The Septuagint reads, Ioas.
  132. (24:13) Ishbaal. Following the Septuagint. The Masoretic Text reads Jeshebeam.
  133. (24:24) Shamir. Following the Qere and Septuagint. The Kethib reads something like Shemor.
  134. (24:26) his son. It is possible to read the Hebrew beno as a proper name: "Beno." The Septuagint reads Bonni.
  135. (24:27) Ishoham. Following the Septuagint. The Masoretic text reads, "And Shoham." As in verse 26, the Hebrew for "his son" could conceivably be read as the name "Beno."
  136. (25:4) Uzziel. Following the Masoretic Text. The Septuagint reads Azarael.
  137. (24:4) Shebuel. Following the Masoretic Text. The Septuagint reads, Soubael.
  138. (25:18) Azareel. Following the Masoretic Text. The Septuagint reads Azaria.
  139. (25:26) Mallothi. Following the Masoretic Text. The Septuagint reads Mallethi.
  140. (25:28) Hothir. Following the Masoretic Text. The Septuagint reads Ethir.
  141. (26:2) Jathniel. Following the Masoretic Text. The Septuagint reads, Iethnouel.
  142. (26:3) Elam. Following the Masoretic Text. The Septuagint reads Olam.
  143. (26:7) Ahio, valiant men. Following the Septuagint. The Masoretic pointing suggests "his brothers were valiant men."
  144. Shelomoth. Following the Kethib and Septuagint. The Qere reads, Shelomith.
  145. (26:28) Shelomoth. Following the Septuagint. The Masoretic Text reads Shelomith.
  146. (27:20) Jaasiel. Following the Masoretic Text. The Septuagint reads, Asiel.
  147. (27:29) Shitrai. Following the Kethib and Septuagint. The Qere reads Shirtai.

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