1 Chronicles

 

From the Greek Septuagint text as was used by First Century Christians.
Likely written by the scribe Ezra around 455-BCE,
covering the history from the creation of Adam (about 5509-BCE)
and ending with the death of King David (about 1037-BCE).

Chapter 1

1 Adam, Seth, Enosh, 2 Kainan, MaHalaleEl, Jared, 3 Enoch, MethuSelah, Lamech, 4 Noah.

Noah's sons were Shem, Ham, and JaPheth.

5 JaPheth's sons were Gomer, Magog, Madai, Javan, EliSha, Tubal, MeShech, and Thiras.

6 Gomer's sons were AshKenaz, RiPhath, and TogarMah.

7 Javan's sons were EliSha, Tharsis, KitTim, and Rodanim.

8 Ham's sons were Kush, Mesraim, Put, and CanaAn.

9 Kush's sons were Saba, HaviLah, SaBatha, RegMa, and SebethAha.

RegMa's sons were Sheba and Dedan.

10 It was Kush who fathered NimRod, who became a giant on the earth.

17 Shem's descendants were Elam, AsSur, and ArphaxAd. 18 - 23 24 ArphaxAd's [son was Kainan. Kainan's] son was Shelah (Sala). 25 [Shelah's son was] Heber, [whose son was] Peleg, [whose son was] Ragau, 26 [whose son was] Seruk, [whose son was] Nahor, [whose son was] Terah. 27 AbraHam's sons were 28 IsaAc and IshMaEl.

29 These are the genealogies:
The firstborn of IshMaEl was NabayOth, then Kedar, NabDeEl, MabSam, 30 MasMa, IdoUma, MasSe, Adad, ThaIman, 31 JetTur, Naphes, and Kedma. They were the sons of IshMaEl.
32 The sons of KeTurAh (AbraHam's concubine) were ZemBram, Jexan, Midian, MeDan, Sobak, and Soe.
The sons of JexAn were DeDan and Sheba.
33 The sons of Midian were GaiPhar, Opher, Enok, AviDa, and ElLada.
These were the sons of KeTurAh.

34 AbraHam fathered IsaAc, and IsaAc's sons were Jacob and Esau.

35 Esau's sons were EliPhaz, RagouEl, JeSous, JegLam, and Koreh. 36 The sons of EliPhaz were ThaiMan, Omar, ZepPhoue, GoOtham, and Kanez; and through ThamNa, he had a son named Amalec. 37 The sons of RagouEl were NaCheth, Zare, SamMah, and Mazeh. 38 The sons of SeEir were Lotan, Soubal, SebeGon, Ana, Deson, Asar, and Disan. 39 Lotan's sons were ChorRei and Imam. Lotan also had a sister named ThamNa.
40 Soubal's sons were AlouAm, ManaAth, Oubal, SapPhei, and Onam.
SebeGon's sons were Aia and Ana.
41 Ana's son was Deson, and Deson's sons were Amadan, EseBan, JeThran, and CharRan.
42 Asar's sons were BalaAn, ZaAn, and JoKan. Deson's sons were Uz and Aran.

43 These are the kings who ruled in Edom before there were any kings in IsraEl:
First, there was Balak (the son of BeOr), [who ruled from] DenNaba. 44 When he died, and Jobab (the son of Zara) started reigning from BozRah. 45 After Jobab died, Asom (who was from the land of the Temanites) became the king. 46 Then after Asom died, Adad (the son of BarAd) started to rule – he's the one who captured Midian in the plains of Moab – and the name of his city was GetThaim. 47 Then Adad died and SebLa from MasekKah became the king. 48 After Sebla died, Saul from RobOth by the River became the king. 49 Then Saul died and BelaEnNor (the son of AchObor) became the king. 50 And when BelaEnNor died, Adad (the son of Barad) started ruling after him. The name of his city was Phogor.

51 These were the Governors of Edom:
Governor ThamNa, Governor GolaDa, Governor JeTher, 52 Governor EliBamah, Governor ElAs, Governor PhiNon, 53 Governor Kenez, Governor ThaIman, Governor MabSar, 54 Governor MagediEl, and Governor ZaphoIn. These were the Governors of Edom.

Chapter 2

1 These are the names of the sons and Lords of IsraEl: ReuBen, SimeOn, Levi, Judah, IsSachar, ZebuLun, 2 Dan, JoSeph, BenJamin, NaphTali, Gad, and Asher.

3 The sons of Judah were Er, Onan, and Selom. All three were born to him through the daughter of Shua the CanaAnite. Er was his firstborn, but he proved to be wicked before Jehovah, so He killed him. 4 Then through his daughter-in-law Tamar, he fathered Perez and Zerah. So all five were the sons of Judah.

5 The sons of Perez were HezRon and JemouEl. 6 The sons of Zerah were ZamBri, AiThan, HeMan, KalChal, and Darad… five sons. 7 The son of CharMi was Achar, who brought trouble on IsraEl by breaking the agreement [with God] and was then destroyed. 8 The son of AiThan was AzariJah. 9 The sons of HezRon who were born to him through JaRameEl were Aram and ChelubAi. 10 Then Aram fathered AmiNadab, and AmiNadab fathered NahShon, who became the head of the house of Judah.

11 NahShon fathered SalMon, SalMon fathered BoAz, 12 BoAz fathered Obed, and Obed fathered JesSe. 13 JesSe's sons were EliAb (the firstborn), AmiNadab (the second), SamaAh (the third), 14 NathaniEl (the fourth), ZadDai (the fifth), 15 Asom (the sixth), and David (the seventh). 16 Their sisters were ZeruJah and AbiGail. The three sons of ZeruJah were AbiShai, JoAb, and AsahEl. 17 AbiGail gave birth to AmaSa (whose father was JoThor the IshMaElite) 18 and Caleb (the son of HezRon). He then took Azouba (the daughter of JeriOth) as his woman, and these are her sons: JaSar, Soubab, and Orna. 19 Then Azouba died and Caleb married EphRath, who gave birth to Or. 20 Or then fathered Ouri, and Ouri fathered BeseleEl.

21 It was after this that Lord HezRon [had sex with] the daughter of MachIr (who was the father of GileAd); then he married her when he was sixty-five years old, and she gave birth to SegUb. 22 Then SegUb fathered JaIr, who [ruled over] twenty-three cities in GileAd. 23 Then GedSur and Aram took JaIr's villages (including KaNath – some sixty villages all together), which belonged to the sons of MachIr, the father of GileAd. 24 It was after HezRon died that Lord Caleb moved to EphRatha. HezRon's woman was AbiJah, and she gave birth to AsChod, who became the father of ThekoE.

25 These are the sons of JaRameEl (HezRon's firstborn): His firstborn was Ram, then BaAna, and then Aran and his brother Asom. 26 But JaRameEl also had another woman whose name was Atara, and she was the mother of Ozom. 27 These were the sons of Ram: His firstborn was JaRameEl, then MaAs, JaMin, and Akor. 28 Ozom's sons were SamAi and JaDae. The sons of Samai were NaDab and AbiShur. 29 Then AbiShur married AbiHail and she gave birth to AchAbar and ModDi.

30 The sons of NaDab were Seled and AphaIn. Then Lord Seled died without any children, 31 but [his brother] AphaIn fathered IshEmiEl, who fathered SoSan, and SoSan fathered AadAi. 32 The sons AadAi were AchiSamas, JeTher, and JoNathan. Then Lord JeTher died without having children. 33 But the sons of JoNathan were PhalEd and Ozam. These were all descendants of JaRameEl.

34 Now, no sons were born to SoSan, just daughters. But SoSan was given an Egyptian slave named JochEl, 35 and he gave his daughter [to this slave] as his woman, then she gave birth to Ethi. 36 Thereafter, Ethi fathered Nathan, Nathan fathered Zabed, 37 Zabed fathered AphamEl, AphamEl fathered Obed, 38 Obed fathered JeOu, JeOu fathered AzariJah, 39 AzariJah fathered HelLes, HelLes fathered EliaAsa, 40 EliaAsa fathered SosomAi, SosomAi fathered SaloUm, 41 SaloUm fathered JechemiJah, JechemiJah fathered EliShama, and EliShama fathered IshMaEl.

42 The firstborn son of Caleb (JaRameEl's brother) was MariSha, 43 who fathered Ziph and Hebron. 43 Hebron's sons were KorAh, ThaPhous, Rekom, and SamaAh. 44 SamaAh fathered RaEm, and he fathered JekLan. JekLan then fathered SamAi, 45 and SamAi's son was MaOn, who founded BethZur.

46 Caleb's concubine GaiPha gave birth to ArRan, Mosa, and GezoWe. 47 The sons of Caleb's concubine AdDai were Ragem, JoAtham, Sogar, Phalek, GaiPha, and SagaE. 48 And his sons through his concubine Mocha were Saber, ThaRam, 49 and SagaE, who fathered MarMena, MachaMena, and GaiBaAh. Caleb also had a daughter named AshChah. 50 These were the descendants of Caleb.

The sons of Or were: EphRatha (his firstborn), Sobal (who founded KiriAth JaiRim), 51 and Arim (who founded BethGedor). 52 These are the sons of Sobal (the founder of KiriAth JaiRim, AraAh, AiSi, AmManith, 53 OumasPhae, and the city of JaIr): AiThalim, MiphiThim, EsamaThim, and EmaSaraim. They were the ones who fathered the SaraThaeans and the sons of EsthaAm.

54 Salma's [descendants] founded BethLehem, as well as the NetoPhathites, AtarOth of the house of JoAb, half of the houses of MaLathi and EsAri, 55 the families of the scribes who live in JaBish, the TharGathiIm, the SamathiIm, the Sochathim (the KinaEans), those who come from MeSema, and he was the father of the house of Rechab.

Chapter 3

1 These are the sons of David who were born to him in Hebron: The firstborn was AmNon, whose mother was AchinaAm the JezreElite. The second was DaniEl, the son of AbiGail the CarMelite. 2 The third was AbSalom, the son of Mocha, who was the daughter of TholMai the king of GedsoUr. The fourth was AdoniJah, the son of HagGith. 3 The fifth was ShaphatiYa. 4 These sons were born to him in Hebron, where he reigned for seven years and six months.

After that, he reigned in JeruSalem for thirty-three years, 5 and four sons were born to him there through BathSheba (the daughter of AmiEl). They were KamaAh, SoBab, Nathan, and Solomon. 6 There was also Ebar, EliSha, EliPhaleth, 7 NagAi and NaPhek, HeAphie, 8 EliSama, EliAda, and EliPhala… nine sons who were born David, 9 in addition to the sons of his concubines, and their sister, Tamar.

10 The descendants of Solomon were RehoBoam, then his son AbiJah, then his son Asa, then his son JehoShaphat, then his son 11 JehoRam, then his son AhaziJah, then his son JehoAsh, then his son 12 AmaziJah, then his son AzariJah, then his son JoTham, then his son 13 Ahaz, then his son HezekiJah, then his son ManasSeh, then his son 14 Amon, then his son JosiJah.

15 The sons of JosiJah were JoHanan (his firstborn); the second was JehoiAkim; the third was ZedekiJah; and the fourth was ShalLum. 16 The sons of JehoiAkim were JeconiJah and ZedekiJah. 17 Then the sons of JeconiJah were Asir, ShalathiEl, 18 MelchiRam, PhadiJah, SaneSar, JeKemYa, OsamAth, and NabadYas. 19 The sons of ShalathiEl were ZerubBabel and ShiMei. The sons of ZerubBabel were MosolLam, HananiJah, and their sister SalomEth. 20 He also had five more sons: AsoUbe, Ool, BarachiJah, AsadiJah, and AsoBed. 21 The descendants of HananiJah were PhaletTiJah, his son JesiJah, his son Raphal, his son Orna, his son AbDiJah; his son ShecheniJah, 22 and his son ShemaiJah. ShemaiJah had six sons, HatTush, Igal, BeriJah, NeaJah, and ShaPhat. 23 NeaJah had three sons: EliOnai, HezekiJah, and EzriKam. 24 EliOnai had seven sons: OdolJa, EliAsEbon, PhadaJa, AkoUb, JoHanan, DalaiJa, and Hanan.

Chapter 4

1 The sons of Judah were Perez, HezRon, Carmi, Or, Soubal, 2 and his son Rada. Soubal fathered Jeth, and Jeth fathered AchiMai and LaAd.

These are genealogies of SaraThi: 3 The sons of AiTam were JezreEl, JesMan, and IdBash. Their sister's name was EselebBon. 4 PhanouEl was the father of Gedor, and Azer was the father of Osan. The firstborn son of Or was EphRatha, who was the founder of BethLehem. 5 And AsoUr (whose father was ThekoE) had two women, Aoda and ThoAda. 6 Aoda gave birth to OchaiJa, Ephal, ThaIman, and HaAsther (those were all her sons), 7 and the sons of ThoAda were Serek, SaAr, and EthNan.

8 Kos fathered Enob and SabaTha. They're related to the brother of ReChab, the son of JaRin.

9 JaBez was the most honorable among all his brothers, and his mother named him JaBez, because she said: 'I have given birth in pain (heb. JaBez).' 10 And it was JaBez who called on the God of IsraEl, saying: 'Oh, please bless me, expand my borders, and may Your hand be with me… teach me Your wisdom so I don't [make a fool] of myself.'

Well, God gave him everything that he asked for.

11 And Caleb (the father of AsCha) fathered MachIr, who became the father of AshSathon. 12 Then AshSathon fathered BathRaiAn, BesSee, and Thana, who was the founder of the city of NaHash and a relative of Eselom the Kenezite, who lived in Repha. 13 The sons of Kenez were GothoniEl and SaraJa. GothoniEl's sons were AthAth 14 and ManAthi (who fathered GoPhera). SaraJa fathered JoAb, who was the father of the Harashim, who were craftsmen.

15 The descendants of Caleb (the son of JePhonNe) were Era, ElAh, and NoOm; and the son of ElAh was Kenez.

16 The sons of GeseEl were Ziph, Zepha, ThephiJa, and EseraEl.

17 The sons of EseraEl were JeTher, Morad, Apher, and JaMon. JeTher was the father of MaRon, SemAi, and MaReth… who was the father of EsthaIMon. 18 Then his Judean woman gave birth to JaRed the father of Gedor, Heber the father of Socho, and JechoutiEl the father of ZaNoe.

These are the sons of BethThouiJah (the daughter of PharaOh), who was taken by Marod 19 and the sons of his woman Hodia, the sister of Nahum ([who was also] the father of KeiLa the GarMite and EsthaIMon the Nochathite): 20 Simon, AmNon, Rena (whose sons were HanNan and ThiLon), and Ishi, whose descendants were ZoHath and the ZoHathites.

21 The son of Selom (Judah's son) was Er. He became the father of LeChab and LaAda, who was the father of MariSha, all the descendants of the families of EphraDabak, the house of Esoba, 22 JoAkim, the men of ChozEba, JoAs, and ShaPhat (who lived in Moab and returned [with Moabite women named] AbeDerin and Athoukiim). 23 This [family] became the potters who live in Ataim and GadeRa; and since they were supporters of the king, they became very powerful in these cities.

24 The sons of SimeOn were NamouEl, JaMin, JaRib, Zare, Saul, 25 and Salem, whose son was MabaSam. His son was MasMa; his son was 26 AmJaRameElouEl; his son was SaboUd; his son was ZakChour; and his son was ShiMei. 27 ShiMei had sixteen sons and three daughters. And since there were so few daughters, their families didn't grow as large in Judah, as did those of their brothers.

28 The families [of ShiMei] lived in BeerSheba, Sama, MoLada, EserSouAl, 29 BalaAh, BoAsom, ThoUlad, 30 BathOuEl, Erma, ZikLag, 31 BethMariMoth, EmiSouseOsin, and BethBarouseOrim, where they lived until the reign of King David. 32 They also owned AiTan, En, RemMon, ThokKan, and AiSan (five cities), 33 as well as the land all around these cities all the way to BaAl. They owned it all, and it was distributed among the families of 34 MosoBab, Amalek, JosiJah, the sons of AmasiJah, 35 JoEl (the son of AsAbiJah; the son of SaraiJa; the son of AsiEl), 36 EliOnai, JakAba, JasouJah, AsaiJah, JediEl, IsMaEl, BenaiJah, 37 ZoUza (the son of SaphAi; the son of Alon; the son of JediJah; the son of SemRi; the son of SamiJah).

38 These were the names of the rulers of their generations and the heads of their families (which grew in great numbers). 39 Their land ran from GeraRa to the east of Gai, because they needed a lot of pasture for all their animals. 40 This land had good pasture, and it was large enough for all their animals. It was also a peaceful, restful land… it was where the sons of Ham had lived previously. 41 But it was during the reign of HezekiJah (the king of Judah) that an edict was passed and they attacked the houses there (as well as all the Minaeans whom they found there), and they've been wiped out until this day. So [the family of Judah] moved in and claimed the pastures for their animals.

42 Also, five hundred of the descendants of SimeOn moved there, near Mount SeIr. They were led by PhalaEtiJah, NoAdiJah, RaphiJah, and OziEl, who were the sons of JesSie. 43 They killed the rest of the Amalechites who lived there, and they still live in that land to this day.

Chapter 5

1 These are sons ReuBen, the firstborn of IsraEl:

Although he was the firstborn; because he climbed onto the marriage-bed of his father, [his father] gave the blessing to his son JoSeph (the son of IsraEl). So the rights of the firstborn aren't traced through [ReuBen's] family line. 2 Also, since Judah was the most powerful among his brothers, a leader came from him (though the blessing [of the firstborn] went to JoSeph).

3 The sons of ReuBen (the firstborn of IsraEl) were Enoch, PalLu, AsRom, and Charmi. 4 The son of JoEl was ShiMei, and his son was BenaiJah. GoUg was [also] the son of ShiMei, 5 and his son was Micha, whose son was Recha, whose son was JoEl, 6 whose son was BeEl. BeEl was relocated by Tiglath Pileser (the king of Assyria), and he's the leader of the ReuBenites.

7 These are the genealogies of BeEl's brothers and countrymen who were also resettled [by Tiglath-Pileser]: The first was JoEl, then ZachariJah, 8 Balek, his son AzoUz, his son Sama, his son JoEl (who lived in AroEr, Nebo, and BelMasSon). 9 This family [was relocated] to the east and lived along the edge of the desert near the EuPhrates River. But back in the land of GileAd, they had owned many cattle. 10 And during the time of Saul, they were known to attack and kill travelers from their tents that were located to the east of GileAd.

11 The territory of the sons of Gad bordered theirs, which ran from the land of BaShan to SelCha. 12 JoEl was his firstborn, then ShaPham and JaNin (who was the scribe in BaShan). 13 The seven heads of their family lines were MichaEl, MosolLam, SebeE, JoReE, JoAchan, ZouE, and Heber. 14 They were the sons of AbiChiJah, who was the son of Ouri, who was the son of JaRoAh, who was the son of GileAd, who was the son of MichaEl, who was the son of JeSai, who was the son of JedDai, who was the son of ZabouCham, 15 who was the son of AbDiEl, who was the son of GoUni, the head of the house of those family lines. 16 They lived in the towns all around GileAd in the land of BaShan and in places all the way to the end of ShaRon. 17 However, they were relocated in the days of JoTham the king of Judah, and JeroBoam the king of IsraEl.

18 The sons of ReuBen, Gad, and the half-tribe of ManasSeh [had taken their land] with their army of trained swordsmen and bowmen… forty-four thousand, seven hundred and sixty men, who were fully prepared for battle. 19 They went to war with the Hagareans, Itoureans, NaphiSeans, and NaDabeans, 20 and beat them. The Hagareans were all given into their hands, along with their tents, because during the battle they called out to God – putting their hope in Him – and He listened to them. 21 So they captured all their belongings… five thousand camels, two hundred and fifty-thousand sheep, two thousand burros, and the lives of a hundred-thousand men. 22 That many were killed, because God was fighting the war. So they lived in their land until they were relocated.

23 The large half-tribe of ManasSeh lived in the land that ran from BaShan, to BaAl Hermon, to SenIr, to Mount HerMon, and into Lebanon.

24 Here are the heads of their family lines: Opher, Sei, EliEl, JeremiJah, OdouJah, and JediEl. They were all great, mighty, and famous men… the heads of their family lines. 25 However, they annulled their allegiance to the God of their fathers and prostituted themselves with the gods of the peoples of the land that God had removed from before them. 26 So the God of IsraEl caused the spirit of Pul the king of Assyria (who was also known as Tiglath-Pileser) to become enraged with them. So he sent fifty thousand men and they relocated [the tribes of] ReuBen, Gad, and the half-tribe of ManasSeh. He moved them to Chalak and Mabor along the Gozan River, where they still are today.

Chapter 6

1 The sons of Levi were GedSon, KoHath, and MeraRi.

2 KoHath's sons were AmBram, IsSaAr, Hebron, and OziEl.

3 AmBram's sons were Aaron, Moses, and their sister Miriam.

Aaron's sons were NaDab, AbiHu, EliEzer, and IthaMar. 4 EliEzer fathered Phinehas, Phinehas fathered AbiSou, 5 AbiSou fathered BokAi; BokAi fathered Ozi; 6 Ozi fathered ZariJah; ZariJah fathered MariOth; 7 MariOth fathered AmariJah; AmariJah fathered AhiTub; 8 AhiTub fathered ZaDok; ZaDok fathered AchimaAs; 9 AchimaAs fathered AzarYan; AzarYan fathered JoHanan; 10 JoHanan fathered AzariJah (who was the Priest in the Temple that Solomon built in JeruSalem); 11 AzariJah fathered AmariJah; AmariJah fathered AhiTub; 12 AhiTub fathered ZaDok; ZaDok fathered SelLum; 13 SelLum fathered HelkiJah; HelkiJah fathered AzariJah; 14 AzariJah fathered SaraiJah; SaraiJah fathered JoSadak; 15 and JoSadak was carried off when Judah and JeruSalem were relocated to Babylon by NebuChadnezzar.

16 The sons of Levi were GedSon, KoHath, and MeraRi. 17 The names of the sons of GedSon were LoBeni and ShiMei.

18 The sons of KoHath were AmBram, IsSaAr, Hebron, and OziEl. 19 And the sons of MeraRi were MoOli and OmoUsi.

These are the descendants of Levi by their families: 20 GedSon's son was LoBeni; his son was Jeth; his son was SamMa; his son 21 was JoAb; his son was AdDo; his son was Zara; and his son was JethRi. 22 The descendants of KoHath were AmiNadab, his son Kor; his son Aser, his son 23 ElKana, his son AbiSaph, his son Aser, his son 24 ThaAth, his son OureEl; and his son OziJa.

25 The sons of ElKana were Amasi, AchimOth, 26 and SoUphi. [SoUphi's] son was NaAth; his son 27 was EliAb; his son was JereAm; his son was ElKana; and his son was SamuEl.

28 These are the sons of SamuEl: His firstborn was JoEl and his second was AbiJah.

29 The sons of MeraRi were MoOli and LoBeni. His son was ShiMei; his son was OziJah; his son 30 was SamaAh; his son was AgGiJah; and his son was AsaiJah.

31 These are the ones whom David put in charge of the chorus that sang at the Temple of Jehovah when the [Sacred] Chest was brought there. 32 They were also the ones who officiated at the Tent of Proofs until Solomon built the Temple of Jehovah in JeruSalem, and they each handled their own assigned duties. 33 These are the ones who served there, and their [assistants]: From the sons of KoHath there was HeMan, who was the lead singer. He was the son of JoEl, who was the son of SamuEl, 34 who was the son of ElKana, who was the son of JerEbam, who was the son of EliEl, who was the son of Thou, 35 who was the son of SoUph, who was the son of ElKana, who was the son of MaAth, who was the son of Amathi, 36 who was the son of ElKana, who was the son of JoEl, who was the son of AzariJa, who was the son of SaphaniJah, 37 who was the son of ThaAth, who was the son of Aser, who was the son of AbiAsaph, who was the son of KorAh, 38 who was the son of IsaAr, who was the son of KoHath, who was the son of Levi, who was the son of IsraEl. 39 His assistant was Asaph (who stood on his right), who was the son of BarachiJah, who was the son of SamaAh, 40 the son of MichaEl, the son of BaAsiJah, the son of MelchiJah, 41 the son of Athani, the son of ZarAi, the son of AdAi, 42 the son of Ethan, the son of ZemMa, the son of ShiMei, 43 the son of JeEth, the son of GerShon, the son of Levi.

44 The assistant of MeraRi (the one who stood on his left) was Ethan, who was the son of Kisa, the son of AbDi, the son of MaOch, 45 the son of AsEbi, 46 the son of AmasiJah, the son of HelkiJah, the son of AmasiJah, the son of Bani, the son of Semer, 47 the son of MoOli, the son of MoUsi, the son of MeraRi, the son of Levi.

48 And these were their brothers who were assigned responsibilities over the Tent and the Temple of God by Levite family lines: 49 There was Aaron and his sons who offered whole burnt offerings on the Altar and burned incense on the incense Altar, working inside the Holy of Holies to atone for [the sins] of IsraEl, just as God's servant Moses had instructed them.

50 These are the sons of Aaron: EliEzer, his son Phinehas, his son AbiSou, his son 51 BokAi, his son Ozi, his son ZaraiJah, his son 52 MariOth, his son AmariJah, his son AhiTub, his son 53 ZaDok, and his son AchimaAs.

54 These are the places where the sons of Aaron who descended from KoHath lived by towns and borders, which were assigned by a lottery: 55 They were given towns in the land of Judah that surrounded Hebron. 56 However, the cities themselves and their fields were given to Caleb (the son of JePhonNe). 57 The sons of Aaron were also given the refuge cities of Hebron, LobNa and its outskirts, SelNa and its outskirts, EsThamo and its outskirts, 58 JeThar and its outskirts, DabIr and its outskirts, 59 Asan and its outskirts, and BasaMus and its outskirts. 60 Then in the tribe of BenJamin there was GabaE and its outskirts, GalemEth and its outskirts, and AnathOth and its outskirts. These thirteen cities were assigned to their families.

61 The rest of the family of KoHath was assigned ten cities in the half-tribe of ManasSeh by lottery, 62 and the descendants of GedSon were assigned thirteen cities in the tribes of IsSachar, Asher, NaphTali, and ManasSeh (in BaShan). 63 The descendants of MeraRi were assigned twelve cities (by lottery) in the tribes of ReuBen, Gad, and ZebuLun. 64 In addition, the sons of IsraEl gave cities along their borders to the rest of the Levites. 65 They assigned them by lottery in the tribes of the sons of Judah, SimeOn, and BenJamin.

66 The descendants of KoHath were given cities and refuge cities along the borders of Ephraim, 67 in and around SheChem, in the hills of Ephraim, in and around Gazer, 68 in and around JekmaAn, in and around BethOron, 69 in and around AiLon, and in and around GethRemMon.

70 The half-tribe of ManasSeh gave Anar and its outskirts, as well as JemblaAn and its outskirts to the rest of the descendants of KoHath. 71 They also gave Golan in BaShan and its outskirts and AstarOth and its outskirts to the rest of the descendants of GedSon.

72 The tribe of IsSachar gave them KaDesh and its outskirts, DaBor and its outskirts, 73 RamOth and its surrounding towns, and AiNan and its outskirts.

74 The tribe of Asher gave them MaAsal and its outskirts, AbDon and its outskirts, 75 Akak and its outskirts, and RoOb and its outskirts.

76 The tribe of NaphTali gave them KaDesh in Galilee and its outskirts, HamOth and its outskirts, and KiriAth JaiRim and its outskirts.

77 The tribe of ZebuLun gave RemMon and its outskirts and ThalLia and its outskirts to the remaining descendants of MeraRi.

78 On the other side of the Jordan, from Jericho to the east of the Jordan, the tribe of ReuBen gave them Bosor (in the desert) and its outskirts, Jasa and its outskirts, 79 KadMoth and its outskirts, and MaEphla and its outskirts.

80 The tribe of Gad gave them RamOth GileAd and its outskirts, MaAnaim and its outskirts, 81 HeshBon and its outskirts, and JaZer and its outskirts.

Chapter 7

1 The four sons of IsSachar were Thola, Phua, JasoUb, and SomBran. 2 The sons of Thola were Ozi, RaphiJah, JeriEl, JaMai, JeBasam, and SamuEl, who were each rulers of their houses and family lines. Thola's descendants were renowned for their greatness and strength through their generations. And during the time of David, their [army] was numbered at twenty-two thousand, six hundred.

3 The five sons of Ozi were JezRaiJah, MichaEl, AbDiOu, JoEl, and JesiJah, who were all rulers. 4 Each generation, as well as their houses and families, were renowned warriors. For [they were once] numbered at thirty-six thousand, because they had many women and many sons. 5 In fact, there were eighty-seven thousand mighty men listed in the genealogy of their family line.

6 The three sons of BenJamin were Bale, BachIr, and JaDiEl. 7 Bale's five sons were AsEbon, Ozi, OziEl, JeriMoth, and Ouri, who were all the rulers of their houses and family lines. They were also mighty warriors, for in their genealogy there are twenty-two thousand and thirty-four listed.

8 The sons of BachIr were ZemirAh, JoAs, EliEzer, ElioEnai, AmariJah, JeriMoth, AbiJah, AnathOth, and ElMemeth. 9 According to their genealogies, these were the rulers of their houses and family lines, among whom twenty-thousand two hundred are listed as mighty warriors.

10 The son of JadiEl was BalaAn, and his sons were JaOus, BenJamin, AOth, ChenaAnah, ZaiThan, Tharsi, and AchiSaAr. 11 All these sons of JadiEl were rulers of their families, and seventeen-thousand two hundred are listed as mighty warriors. 12 They include Saphin, Aphin, and the sons of RaOm… especially his son Aer.

13 The sons of NaphTali through BalaA were JasiEl, Goni, IsSaEr, and SalLour.

14 The sons of ManasSeh were AseriEl (who was born through ManasSeh's Syrian concubine) and MachIr, who was the father of GileAd. 15 MachIr took women [for GileAd] from among the Amphin and Mamphin, who were sisters. One was named MoOcha, and the second was SalpaAd. Now, SalpaAd only had daughters, 16 but MoOcha provided MachIr [a male heir] named Perez, and another who was named Soros. His sons were OuLam and Rokom; 17 and OuLam had a son named Badan. These were all the descendants of GileAd (the son of MachIr and grandson of ManasSeh).

18 [GileAd] also had sisters. The one named MalechEth gave birth to IsAdek, AbiEzer, and MaEla. 19 And the sons of SemiRa were JaAim, SheChem, Lachim, and AniAn.

20 The sons of Ephraim were SothAla, Barad, ThaAth, EliaAda, NomeE, 21 Zabed, and SothEle. Then he had two sons named Azer and EliaAd, who were killed by the men of Gath (the natives of the land) because they tried to take their cattle. 22 So Ephraim (their father) mourned for them a very long time, and their brothers came to comfort him. 23 Then he [had sex with] his woman and she got pregnant and gave birth to a son he named BarAga (Son of Trouble), because of the bad things that had happened to his house 24 and to those who were left. Then he built Upper and Lower BethOron, Ozan, and SeEra.

25 [Thereafter, he had a son] named Raphe, who had sons named Saraph and ThaleEs. ThaleEs had a son named ThaEn, who had a son 26 named LaDan. His son was AmiOud; his son was EliSamAi; his son 27 was NoUm; and his son was JesOue. 28 They lived in and owned BethEl and its surrounding villages, the villages east of NoAran and to the west of Gazer, as well as SheChem and its villages and all the villages up to Mount An.

29 The borders of the sons of ManasSeh included BethSaAn and its villages, ThaAnak and its villages, MegidDo and its villages, and Dor and its villages. These are the places where the descendants of JoSeph through ManasSeh lived.

30 The sons of Asher were JemNa, SouYa, IsoWi, and BeriJah… and SoRe was their sister.

31 The sons of BeriJah were Chaber and MelchiEl, who was the father of BerZaith. 32 Chaber was the father of JaPhlet, Samer, Chotham, and their sister Sola. 33 Japhlet's sons were Phasek, BamaEl, and Asith.

34 Samer's sons were Achir, Rouga, Oba, and Aram.

35 The sons of his brother ([who was also known as] Bane Elam) were SoPha, YamNa, SelLes, and Amal. 36 The sons of SoPha were SoWeh, ArnaPhar, SoUda, BarIn, ImRan, 37 Basar, JeoUd, SemMa, SaliSa, JethRan, and BeEra. 38 The sons of JethRan were JePhina, PhasPha, and Ara. 39 The sons of Oba were Orek, AniEl, and RasJa. 40 These were all descendants of Asher, and they were each rulers of their family lines. They were the best of their kind; strong, mighty men who were leaders and rulers, and whose line of descent can be traced through war records… all twenty-six thousand of them.

Chapter 8

1 BenJamin fathered Baleh (his firstborn), then AsBel (his second), Ara (his third), 2 Noa (his fourth), and RaPheh (his fifth). 3 The sons of Baleh were Adir, Gera, AbiHud, 4 AbiShua, NoAma, AchiJah, 5 Gera, SephouPham, and OuRam.

6 These are the sons of Ehud, who were the family heads that lived in GabeE, but were relocated to ManaHath: 7 NaAman, AchiA, Gera, JeglaAm (who fathered Aza and AhiHud), 8 and SaArin (who fathered children in the plains of Moab after he sent his women Osin and BaAda away). 9 Through his woman Ada, he fathered Jobab, SebJa, Misa, MelCham, 10 JoAs, SekiJah, and Marma. These were his sons and the heads of their families. 11 But through Osin he fathered AbiTol and AlphaAl.

12 AlphaAl's sons were Obed, MisaAl, SemMer (who built Ono, Lod, and their surrounding villages), 13 BeriJah, and Sama. These were the family heads of the people who lived in AiLam and who drove out the people who lived in Gath. 14 They were related to SoSel, JeriMoth, 15 ZabadiJa, Ored, Eder, 16 MichaEl, JesPha, and Joda (who were the sons of BeriJah), 17 and to ZabadJa, MosoLam, Azaki, Abar, 18 IsAlmari, JezliAs, and Jobab (the sons of ElPhaAl), 19 and to JaKim, ZachRi, ZabDi, 20 EliOnai, SalaThi, EliEl, 21 AdaiJah, BaraiJah, and SamarAth (who were the sons of ShiMei), 22 and to JesPhan, Obed, EleEl, 23 AbDon, ZechRi, Hanan, 24 HananiJah, Ambri, AiLam, AnathOth, 25 JephadiJah, and PhanouEl (who were the sons of SoSek), 26 and to SamSari, SaAriJah, GotholiJa, 27 JarasiJah, EriJah, and ZechRi (who were the sons of JeroHam).

28 These are the heads of their families and their generations… the chiefs who lived in JeruSalem.

29 The woman of JeEl, the founder of [the city of] GibeOn, was MaAcha. 30 His firstborn son was AbaDon, then SoUr, Kish, BaAl, Ner, NaDab, 31 GedoUr, ZakChoUr, 32 and MakelOth (who was the father of SamaiJah). They all lived around their families in JeruSalem.

33 Ner fathered Kish, Kish fathered Saul, and Saul fathered JoNathan, MelchiShua, AmiNadab, and AsaBal.

34 JoNathan's son was MeriBaAl, MeriBaAl's son was MiChah, 35 and MiChah's sons were PhiThon, MelAk, TharAk, and Ahaz. 36 Ahaz fathered Jada, and Jada fathered SalaiMath, AsMoth, and ZamBri. ZamBri fathered MaiSa, 37 and MaiSa fathered BaAna and RaphaiJah. His son was ElAsa, and his son was EsEl. 38 EsEl had six sons: EzriKam (his firstborn), IsMaEl, SaraiJah, AbDiA, Hanan, and Asa… these were all the sons of EsEl.

39 And the sons of EsEl's brother EshEck were Ulam (his firstborn), Jas (his second), and EliPhalet (his third). 40 These were the strong and mighty bowmen of AiLam who produced a hundred and fifty sons. And these were all the sons of BenJamin.

Chapter 9

1 IsraEl can trace its genealogy because {Look!} it's all written in the scrolls of the kings of IsraEl. However, [the people of] Judah were among those who were resettled in Babylon because they sinned by breaking their Sacred Agreement [with God]. 2 But in the land that they owned prior to that and in the cities of IsraEl, there were the Priests and Levites, who were in charge of everything.

3 In JeruSalem there were mostly Judeans, along with some sons of BenJamin and some of the descendants of Ephraim and ManasSeh. 4 There was also UthAi the son of SamMiHud, who was the son of Omri, the son of BuNi, the son of Perez, the son of Judah. 5 ShiLoh and his firstborn son AsaiJah and his family lived in JeruSalem too, 6 as did JeEl (the son of ZaRa) and six hundred and ninety of that family line.

7 Among the descendants of BenJamin there was Salo, who was the son of MosolLam, the son of HoDaviJah, the son of SanaAn and 8 JebNa, who was the son of JeroBoam and Elo.

There were also the sons of Ozi (who was the son of MachIr and MosolLam, the son of SaphatJa, the son of RagouEl, the son of JemNai) 9 and several generations of their relatives, numbering nine hundred and fifty-six in all. All the men were the heads of their family lines and houses.

10 Then there were the Priests, JehoiAda, JoArim, JaChin, 11 and AzariJah (who was the son of HelkiJah, the son of MosSolLam, the son of ZaDok, the son of MaraiOth, the son of AhiTub), the leader in the Temple of God.

12 Then there was AdaiJa (the son of JeroAm, the son of PhasChor, the son of MelchiJah) and MaAsaJa (the son AdiEl, the son of EziRa, the son of MosolLam, the son of MaselMoth, the son of EmMer) 13 and their families. There were a thousand, seven hundred-and-sixty strong and mighty men who were the heads of their family lines and houses, and who worked at and oversaw everything in the Temple of God.

14 Among the Levites there was SamaiJah (the son of Asob, the son of EzriKam, the son of AsAbiJah) from the family line of MeraRi. 15 And there was BakBakar, Ares, GalaAl, and MatThaniJah, who were the sons of Micha (the son of ZechRi, the son of Asaph), 16 and ObadiJah (the son of SamiJah, the son of GalaAl, the son of IdiThoun) and BarachiJah (the son of OsSa, the son of ElKana), who lived in the courtyards of the NetoPhathites.

17 Then there were the gatekeepers: Salom, AkoUm, TelMon, and AiMan, and their families. Salom was in charge 18 of everything to the eastern King's Gate. The gatekeepers for the camps of the sons of Levi were 19 Salom (the son of KorAh, the son of AbiAsaph, the son of Sore) and his brothers of the paternal houses of the Korites. They were in charge of the work and administration of the watches for guarding the Sacred Tent, because their ancestors were once in charge of the entire camp of Jehovah, and they served as the guards to its entrances. 20 Back then, PhineHas (the son of EliEzer) stood as their leader before Jehovah, 21 and ZachariJah (the son of MasaLami) was in charge of guarding the entrance to the Tent of Proofs. 22 Altogether, those who were chosen as gatekeepers to stand at the entrances were numbered at two hundred and twelve. The records of their genealogies and properties were all counted and established by the trusted offices of David and the Seer SamuEl.

23 Now, it was their sons who were in charge of the doors and who kept watch at the Temple of Jehovah and the house of the Tent. 24 These gatekeepers were stationed as the four winds… in the east, west, north, and south. 25 And their brothers had to leave their homes in shifts every seven weeks and spend seven days there.

26 There were four mighty men who were in charge of the gatekeepers. They were Levites, and they were over everything, including the treasury of the Temple of God. For this reason, they lived close to the Temple. 27 Their watch responsibility was to use the keys both morning and evening to unlock and lock the Temple doors. 28 They were also responsible for the things that were used in the services. They had to count everything when it was taken out and when it was returned. 29 Also, some of them were over the equipment and holy things, such as the fine flour, the wine, the oil, the frankincense, and the aromatics. 30 In addition, some of the Priests' sons were perfumers [who mixed] the fragrant [oils and incense].

31 The Levite MatTathiJah was the firstborn of Salom the Korite. He was entrusted with the work that had to do with the sacrifices of the pan of the High Priest. 32 BenaiJah the KoHathite was selected from among his brothers to be in charge of the loaves of showbread, which had to be prepared for each Sabbath.

33 When it came to the singers; the heads of the Levite families were in charge at the central place of worship. They worked on a daily rotation basis all day and all night long to get everything done. 34 So through the generations, the heads of the families of Levites lived in JeruSalem.

35 The founder of GibeOn (JeEl) lived in the town of GibeOn. His woman's name was MaAcha. 36 His firstborn son was AbaDon, then SoUr, then Kish, then BaAl, then Ner, then NaDab, 37 then GedoUr and his brothers, ZakChour and MakelOth. 38 MakelOth fathered SamaAh, and he and his family lived together in JeruSalem. 39 Ner fathered Kish, then Kish fathered Saul, and Saul fathered JoNathan, MelchiShua, AmiNadab, and AsBal.

40 The son of JoNathan was MeriBaAl, and MeriBaAl fathered Micah. 41 The sons of Micah were PhiThon, MelchiEl, Tharach, 42 and Ahaz, who fathered JaDa. JaDa then fathered GaleMeth, AzMoth, and ZamBri. ZamBri fathered Masa, 43 and Masa fathered BaAna and RaphaJah, whose son was ElAsa, and his son was EsEl. 44 EsEl had six sons: EzriKam (his firstborn), then IshMaEl, SaraiJah, AbdJah, Hanan, and Asa. These were the sons of EsEl.

Chapter 10

1 Back then, the Philistines were fighting a war against IsraEl and the army of IsraEl was losing, so they turned and ran from the Philistines at Mount GilBoa. 2 Then the Philistines started chasing Saul and his sons, and they caught and killed Saul's sons JoNathan, AmiNadab, and MelchiShua. 3 And thereafter, they pressed on in the battle to reach Saul. Then their archers found him and shot him, leaving him in great pain. 4 As the result, Saul said to the aid that was carrying his weapons: 'Unsheathe your broadsword and stab me with it so these uncircumcised don't come here and make sport of me!' But his aid didn't want to do that because he was afraid. So Saul took his sword and fell on it. 5 And when the man who was carrying his weapons saw that Saul had killed himself, he too fell on his sword and died. 6 So Saul and his three sons all died that day, and that was the end of his house. 7 Then when the men of IsraEl who had run into the valley heard that Saul and his sons had been killed, they all just ran back to their homes. So the Philistines then came and lived among them.

8 Then on the day following the battle, when the Philistines came to loot the bodies they found Saul and his sons dead on Mount GilBoa. 9 So they stripped his body and carried his head and weapons back into the land of the Philistines, where it was joyfully paraded before the temples of their idols and their people. 10 Then they put his weapons in the temple of their god and they carried his head and put it into the temple of Dagon. 11 But when the men of Jabish GileAd heard what the Philistines had done to Saul and his sons, and to IsraEl, 12 all their great warriors went and took the body of Saul and his sons and brought them back to JaBish. Then they took their bones and placed them in a tomb that was located under an oak tree in JaBish, whereupon they fasted for the next seven days.

13 So Saul was killed because of the lawless ways in which he had acted against his God. For he had gone against the instructions of Jehovah and he didn't do what he was told. Saul also went to a fortuneteller to speak to the Prophet SamuEl; 14 so because he failed to ask Jehovah, he was killed and his kingdom was handed over to David, the son of JesSe.

Chapter 11

1 Then all the men of [the army of] IsraEl came to David at Hebron and said, 'Look! We're your own flesh and bones. 2 Though Saul used to be our king, you were the one who led the armies of IsraEl, and your God Jehovah said to you, You will take care of My people IsraEl and you will be their leader.'

3 Then all the elders of IsraEl came to him at Hebron and made an agreement with King David before Jehovah, and they anointed him to be the king over IsraEl, just as Jehovah had said through the Prophet SamuEl.

4 Thereafter, King David and [the whole army of] IsraEl marched on JeruSalem (which was then called Jebus). And the Jebusites who lived there said to David: 5 'You won't come in here.' However, he was the first to capture the citadel on Zion, so it became known as 'the city of David.'

6 Back then, David had said: 'Whoever is the first to beat the Jebusites will become my commander-in-chief and the general [over my army].' And the one who did that was JoAb (the son of ZeruJah); so he was appointed the commander-in-chief.

7 Thereafter, David stayed there and took up residence in the citadel, and he started calling it his city; 8 for he had built a siege-wall around the entire city and captured it. 9 And from that point on, David kept getting greater and more famous, because Jehovah the Almighty was with him.

10 These are the leaders and the mighty ones who were with David and who became great along with him when he ruled over all IsraEl, because they were the ones who made him the king over all IsraEl, just as Jehovah had said:

11 Counted among the mighty ones of David was JeseBaAl (the son of AchaMani), who was the first of the thirty, because he once used his broadsword to kill three hundred men all by himself. 12 And with him was EliEzer (the son of DodAi the AchoChite). He was one [of David's] three greatest men, 13 for he was with David at PhasoDomin when the Philistines had gathered for war in a field full of barley. And when [the rest of the army] turned and ran from the Philistines, 14 he stood there alone in the middle of the field and saved them by killing [all of] the Philistines… for Jehovah used him to bring a great victory. 15 He was also one of the three (from among the thirty generals) who went to David when he was at The Rock at the Cave of OdolLam, which was right in the midst of the camp of the Philistines, there in the valley of the giants. 16 David was in the citadel and all the Philistines were in BethLehem 17 when David asked, 'Who will bring me a drink of water from the well at the entrance to BethLehem?' 18 And it was these three men who attacked the Philistines, drew water from the well at the entrance to BethLehem, and brought it to David. But then David refused to drink it. Rather, he offered it to Jehovah, saying, 19 'It was because of Your kindness to me, O God, that they have done this thing. So, shall I now drink the blood of these men… something for which [they offered] their lives? Why, they risked their lives to bring it to me, so I don't want to drink it.' Yes, it was these three mighty men who did these things.

20 There was also AbiShai, the brother of JoAb. He was one of those three generals, and he had unsheathed his broadsword and killed three hundred men all by himself. In fact, he was the most famous of the three 21 and he was the most honored, so he became their leader.

22 There was also the mighty man BenaiJah (the son of JehoiAda). He was the one who accomplished many great things at KaBasaEl, for it was there that he killed the two lion-like soldiers of Moab, it was there that he went down into a pit and killed a lion there on a snowy day, 23 and he also killed the remarkable Egyptian man who stood more than seven-feet tall and carried a spear that was as large as a weaving loom… BenaiJah went and grabbed the spear from the Egyptian's hands and killed him with it. 24 These are the types of things that BenaiJah (the son of JehoiAda) did, and that's why his name is listed among the three mighty ones, 25 But though he was considered the greatest among the thirty, he wasn't one of the three [generals], because David had put him in charge of his family.

26 Also counted among the powerful mighty ones were AsahEl (JoAb's other brother), EliHanan (the son of DoDoe) the BethLehemite, 27 SamMoth the Arorite, HelLes the Phelonite, 28 Ora (the son of EkKish) the Thekoite, AbiEzer the AnathOthite, 29 SoboChai the Asothite, Eli the Achonite, 30 MoorAi the Netophathite, ChoLod (the son of NoOza) the Netophathite, 31 AiRi (the son of RebiE) from the hills of BenJamin, BenaiJah the Pharathonite, 32 Ouri from Nachali-GaAs, AbiEl the Arabethite, 33 AzBon the Baromite, EliAba the SaLobonite, 34 BenAsam the Gizonite, JoNathan (the son of Sola) the Ararite, 35 Achim (the son of Achar) the Ararite, ElPhat (the son of ThuroPhar) 36 the Mechorathite, AhiJah the PhelLonite, 37 EseRe the Charmadite, NaArai (the son of AzobAi), 38 JoEl (Nathan's brother), MeBaAl (the son of Agari), 39 SelLek the AmMonite, Nachor the BerOthite (who carried the weapons for JoAb, the son of ZeruJah), 40 Ira the Jethrite, Gareb the Jethrite, 41 UriJah the Hittite, Sabet (the son of AchaJa), 42 and AdiNa 43 (the son of SaIZa), the head of the ReuBenites. And with the thirty were 43 Hanan (the son of MoOcha), JoShaphat the Mathnite, 44 OziJa the AstarOthite, SamMa and JeiEl (the sons of HoTham) the Ararites, 45 JediEl (the son of Sameri), JoZae and his brother (the ThosSaites), 46 EliEl the Maoite, JaRibi, JosiJa and his son ElLam, JethAma the Moabite, 47 DaliEl, Obed, and JesSiEl the Mesobite.

Chapter 12

1 These are the men who came to David at ZikLag as part of his band to [protect him from] Saul (the son of Kish). They are among the mighty ones who helped in his battles… 2 bowmen who could shoot with both their right and left hands, and who slung rocks and shot with their bows at the followers of the BenJaminite Saul: 3 There was AhiEzer (their leader), JoAsh (the son of Asma) the Gabathite, JoEl and JoPhalet (the sons of AsMoth), BarachiJah, Jehu the AnathOthite, 4 and SamaYas the GibeOnite… they were the mightiest among the thirty and they were the leaders.

Then there was JeremiJah, JeziEl, JoHanan, JoZabath the Gederathite, 5 EliOzi, JarimoUth, BaAlJah, SamariAi, SaphatiJah the Haruphite, 6 ElKana, JesiJah, OzriEl, JoZara, SoboKam, and the Korites 7 JoEla and ZabadJa (the sons of JeroHam), and the sons of Gedor.

8 These men came to David from the tribe of Gad when he was in the desert. They were great mighty men who all stood in battle lines dressed for war carrying shields and spears with faces like lions. They also moved as quickly as light does on the mountains: 9 There was Azer (who was their leader), AbDiJah (who was second in command), EliAb (the third), 10 MasMana (the fourth), JeremiJah (the fifth), 11 Jethi (the sixth), EliAb (the seventh), 12 JoHanan (the eighth), EliAzer (the ninth), 13 JeremiJah (the tenth), and MachaBanai (the eleventh). 14 These were all from the tribe of Gad, and they were all generals over the army… some over hundreds and one over a thousand. 15 They all crossed the Jordan during the first month when it was at its highest level and drove away all the people who lived in the valleys from the east to the west.

16 Some also came from the tribes of BenJamin and Judah to help David. 17 And when David came to meet them, he said to them: 'If you've come to me in peace, may we share the same heart. But if you've come to hand me over to my enemies; may the God of your fathers discipline you.'

18 Well at that, [God's] Breath came over AmasAi (the leader of the thirty), and he said:
'Go on, O David, son of JesSe…
For you and your people, may there be peace!
Yes, may there be peace for you and your helpers,
And on your God, who is sending you aid.'

So David welcomed him and appointed him as a general in his army.

19 Men from the tribe of ManasSeh also joined with David back when the Philistines attacked Saul. David didn't join with the Philistines, because the Philistine generals said, 'He'll just go back over to to his lord, Saul.' 20 So they sent him away, and David returned to ZikLag… and that's when some from the tribe of ManasSeh joined him. There was EdNah, JoZabath, RodiEl, MichaEl, JosaBeth, Eliu, and Selathi… generals over thousands from ManasSeh. 21 They and their troops fought alongside David, and they were all strong, mighty men and leaders of their armies. 22 They came and fought for David every day like a great force from God.

23 And these are the names of the military generals who came to David in Hebron to fight Saul for his kingdom (following the words of Jehovah). 24 From the tribe of Judah, there were six-thousand eight hundred men, all bearing shields and spears, and ready for battle. 25 From the tribe of SimeOn there were seven-thousand, one hundred mighty men who were ready for battle. 26 From the tribe of Levi there were four-thousand, six hundred. 27 And when JehoiAda (the head of the family line of Aaron) came to meet with him, he brought along three-thousand, seven hundred more men.

28 Then there was ZaDok, who was a strong and mighty young man. He brought along twenty-two leaders from his father's household.

29 And from the tribe of BenJamin (Saul's tribe) there were three thousand men; yet, most of them were guards in the house of Saul.

30 And from the tribe of Ephraim there were twenty-thousand, eight hundred strong, mighty, and famous men of their houses and family lines.

31 And from the half-tribe of ManasSeh there were eighteen thousand, all of whom had sworn to make David the king.

32 And from the tribe of IsSachar came two hundred men with their [armies] who understood the times and knew what IsraEl should do.

33 And from [the tribe of] ZebuLon came fifty thousand men all dressed for war and carrying their weapons to help David (but not very wholeheartedly).

34 And from [the tribe of] NaphTali came a thousand leaders with thirty-seven thousand men carrying shields and spears.

35 And from [the tribe of] Dan came twenty-eight thousand, eight hundred men all ready for war.

36 And from [the tribe of] Asher came forty thousand, six hundred to help in the war.

37 And from the other side of the Jordan (from the tribes of ReuBen, Gad, and the half-tribe of ManasSeh) came a hundred-and-twenty thousand, all carrying their weapons of war.

38 All these men were warriors that were dressed and ready for battle, but peaceful in heart. They came to Hebron to make David the king over all IsraEl. And the rest of IsraEl was of the same heart when it came to making David their king. 39 Then they all stayed with David for three days, eating and drinking; for their brothers were providing for them. 40 Those of IsSachar, ZebuLun, and NaphTali who lived nearby loaded up their camels, burros, mules, and oxen, and brought them huge quantities of food… flour, dried figs, raisins, wine, olive oil, veal, and lamb, because everyone in IsraEl was very happy.

Chapter 13

1 Well after that, David met with his generals, lieutenants, and all the leaders. 2 Then he went before the entire gathering of IsraEl and said: 'If you approve, and if our God Jehovah blesses the effort, we should send [a letter] to all our brothers who are left throughout the land of IsraEl, and to the Priests and Levites in their cities, and invite them all to gather with us here. 3 And after that, we will bring the [Sacred] Chest of our God to us, for no one has gone before it since the days of Saul.'

4 Well the entire gathering agreed to this, for in the eyes of the people it seemed to be the right thing to do. 5 So David called all IsraEl from the borders of Egypt to the land of HamAth to gather there, and he had the Chest of God transported from the town of JaiRim. 6 And from there, all IsraEl traveled up to the city of David in Judah to lead [a procession before] the Chest of Jehovah God… the one with the cherubs sitting on top that was used to call on His Name.

7 So they then placed the Chest of God on a new wagon and carried it from the house of AmiNadab. Oza and his brothers walked in front of of the wagon, 8 as David and all IsraEl sang and danced before God with all their might… there were singers, stringed instruments, woodwinds, tambourines, cymbals, and trumpets. 9 But as they were carrying [the Chest] up to a threshing floor, Oza stuck out his hand to steady the Chest (because one of the oxen [pulling the wagon] had bolted), 10 and the Lord became enraged with Oza for doing this. So He struck him down for touching the Chest; and he died there before God.

11 Well, David was so upset over Jehovah cutting Oza down that he named the place 'The Severance of Oza,' which is what it is still called today.

12 And from that day on, David became afraid of The God; for he asked: 'Then, how can I carry the Chest of God to me?' 13 So David didn't go back to carry the Chest of God to himself into the city of David. Rather, he left it in the house of ObedEdom the Gittite, 14 where it remained for the next three months. And during this time, God blessed ObedEdom and his entire household.

Chapter 14

1 After that, HiRam (the king of Tyre) sent emissaries to David, along with cedar wood, tradesmen, and carpenters, to build a palace for him.

2 David knew that Jehovah had prepared him to be the king over IsraEl, and that He would make his kingdom become more important because of His people, IsraEl.

3 After David moved to JeruSalem, he started taking more women and he had many more sons and daughters. 4 These are their names: Those who were born in JeruSalem were SamaAh, Sobab, Nathan, Solomon, 5 IbaAr, EliSae, EliPalet, 6 NaGeth, NaPhag, JaPhie, 7 EliShama, BaAlJada, and EliPhalet.

8 Well when the Philistines heard that David had been anointed as king over all IsraEl, their [entire army] came looking for him, and David went out to face them. 9 So the Philistines assembled for battle in the Valley of the Giants. 10 Therefore,, David went before God and asked, 'Should I go and fight the Philistines; and if so, will You give them into my hands?' And Jehovah replied: 'Go, and I will give them into your hands!' 11 So he marched to BaAl PharaSin and attacked them there.

Then after [the battle], David said: 'God used my hand to cut through my enemies like cutting through water.' So he named that place, 'The Severance of PharaSin.' 12 For the Philistines just ran away, leaving [the images] of their gods lying there, and David [told his men to] burn them in a fire. 13 Then he marched after the Philistines and found them in the Valley of the Giants. 14 So David once again asked God what he should do, and [this time] God replied: 'Don't go after them! Turn away and wait for them near the pear trees. 15 Then when you hear the sound of rumbling from the tops of the pear trees, attack them, for [that will be the sound of] God going ahead of you to attack the camp of the Philistines.'

16 So David did exactly as God told him, and he thereafter kept on attacking the Philistine camps all the way from GibeOn to GeZer. 17 And very soon, the name of David became known throughout the land; for Jehovah had put the fear of him upon all the surrounding nations.

Chapter 15

1 Well after that, he did quite a bit of building in the city of David. He also prepared a place for the Chest of God there, and he had a Tent built for it. 2 Then David said, 'No one is to handle the Chest of God other than the Levites, because Jehovah has chosen them for that purpose… to carry it and to officiate before Him through the ages.' 3 So David then gathered all IsraEl to JeruSalem, and he arranged for the Chest of Jehovah to be carried and put into the place that he had built for it. 4 And thereafter, he collected the descendants of Aaron and the Levites.

5 OuriEl was the leader from the line of KoHath, and there were a hundred and twenty with him. 6 AsaiJa was the leader from the line of MeraRi, and there were two hundred and twenty with him. 7 JoEl was the leader of the line of GerShon, and there were a hundred and thirty with him. 8 Shemei was the leader of the line of EliSaphan, and there were two hundred with him. 9 EliEl was the leader of the line of Hebron, and there were eighty with him. 10 AmiNadab was the leader of the line of OziEl, and there were a hundred and twelve with him.

11 So David called the Priests (ZaDok and AbiAthar) and the Levites (OuriEl, AsaiJah, JoEl, Shemei, EliEl, and AmiNadab) 12 and said to them: 'Since you are the heads of the families of the Levites, you must now purify yourselves and your brothers, so you can carry the Chest of the God of IsraEl to the place that I've prepared for it. 13 The first time you tried to do this you weren't ready, and that's why The God came among us and cut through us… for we didn't ask Him exactly how we should do it.'

14 Then the Priests and the Levites purified themselves so they could carry the Chest of the God of IsraEl, 15 exactly as God had instructed them through Moses and in the way that Moses wrote it should be done, using the staves to bear it.

16 David also instructed the heads of the Levites to assign singers and musicians from among their brothers to play stringed instruments, woodwinds, and cymbals and make loud and happy music. 17 So the Levites appointed HeMan (the son of JoEl) from among his family, and Asaph (the son BarachiJah) from the line of MeraRi, as well as his [friend] Ethan (the son of KishaJah). 18 Then they met and appointed others who were to be under them… ZachariJah, OziEl, SemiRamOth, JeiEl, EliOhel, EliAb, BenaiJah, MaAseJah, MatTathiJah, EliPhaliJah, MakeniJah, and ObedEdom. They appointed JeiEl and OziAs to be in charge [of the Sacred Chest], 19 and HeMan, Asaph, and Ethan to be in charge of the singers.

Those who were put in charge of the brass cymbals (to make sure that the music was loud) were 20 ZachariJah, OziEl, SemiRamOth, JeiEl, Oni, EliAb, MasaiJah, and BenaiJah. And those who were put in charge of the stringed instruments and the many types of woodwinds (so the music would be loud enough) were AlamOth, 21 MatTathiJah, EliPhaliJah, MakeniJah, ObedEdom, JeiEl, and OziJah. 22 Then ChoNeniJah (the head of the Levites) was made the chief conductor of all the music, because he could orchestrate everything.

23 BarachiJah and ElKana were assigned to [carry] the [front end of the Sacred] Chest; 24 SobniJah, JoShaphat, NathaniEl, AmasiJah, ZachariJah, BaniJah, and EliEzer (the Priests) were assigned to blow the trumpets ahead of it; and ObedEdom and JeiJah were [to carry] the back end.

25 Of course, David, the governors of IsraEl, and his generals were to lead the joyful parade as the Chest of God's Sacred Agreement was carried from the house of ObedEdom. 26 And to be sure that God would empower them to carry the Chest of Jehovah, the [Priests] first sacrificed seven calves and seven rams.

27 Then David came dressed in fine linen, followed by the Levites who would bear the Chest of the Sacred Agreement of Jehovah, followed by the singers, and then ChoneniJah who led the musicians.

David came wrapped in a fine linen cape, 28 and all IsraEl walked ahead of the Chest of the Sacred Agreement of Jehovah cheering, blowing ram's horns and trumpets, loudly beating on cymbals, and playing stringed instruments and harps.

29 Well, as the Chest of the Sacred Agreement of Jehovah was entering the city of David, Michal (the daughter of Saul) was leaning over and watching from her window; and when she saw King David dancing and acting like a child, she inwardly felt contempt for him.

Chapter 16

1 So they carried the Chest of God and placed it in the middle of the tent that David had made for it. Then they offered whole burnt offerings and a salvation offering before God. 2 And when David completed these offerings, he blest the people in the name of the Lord. 3 Then he gave every man and woman of IsraEl a freshly-baked loaf of bread and some honey bread.

4 Next, he stood before the Chest of the Sacred Agreement of Jehovah and he ordered the Levites to shout aloud and acknowledge and praise Jehovah, the God of IsraEl. 5 Then Asaph (the orchestra conductor) and those under him (ZachariJah, JeiEl, SemiRamOth, MatTathiJah, EliAb, BenaiJah, ObedEdom, and JeiEl) led the stringed instruments and woodwinds while Asaph had them beat on the cymbals, 6 and BenaiJah and OziEl (the Priests) blew the trumpets continuously before the Chest of the Sacred Agreement of God.

7 So, that was the day when David arranged for Asaph and his brothers to start praising Jehovah. 8 [For they shouted]:
'Give praise to Jehovah!
Call on Him by His Name!
Tell the people of the things He has done!
9 Yes, sing praises to Him!

'Describe all the wonders the Lord has performed;
10 Give praise to His Holy Name!
Make your hearts glad… seek His favor;
11 Seek the Lord and be strong!

'Always search for His face!
12 Remember the wonderful things He has done…
The miracles and decisions that have come from His mouth,
13 O seed of IsraEl, His servants…
You sons of Jacob, His elected.

14 'He is Jehovah, our God!
His judgments have filled the whole earth!
15 Through the ages, remember His Sacred Agreement,
16 And the words that He had instructed
For thousands of generations to follow…
The things that He said to AbraHam,
And the oath that He spoke to IsaAc.

17 'Then He established His Sacred Agreement
Down through the ages with Jacob,
And He gave these orders to IsraEl:
18 I'll give CanaAn's land as a piece of measured ground,
To be your inheritance [through the ages]
.
19 Yet, at the time, they were few,
And [the nation] was growing much smaller.

'But first, they had to travel on foot,
20 As they passed from nation to nation…
Passing kingdoms of many foreign peoples.
21 But, He allowed no one to beat them,
And He disciplined their kings with these words:
22 You may not touch My anointed,
Nor may you be wicked to My Prophets
!

23 'So, may the ground sing to Jehovah,
And proclaim His salvation each day!
24 Tell all the nations of His glory,
And all their peoples of His wonders!

25 'For, Jehovah is great and worthy of praise…
He's more to be feared than all other gods;
26 For the gods of the nations are just idols,
While the skies were made by Jehovah!

27 'Stand before His face and give praise to His strength!
Boast of His Holy Place!
28 Give praise to Jehovah, you families of nations;
Praise the Lord's glory and strength!

29 'Glorify the Name of the Lord!
Before His [Holy] Face, carry gifts.
Before Jehovah, bow low in His courtyard!

30 'Before His face, be in fear,
All you who live on the earth!
May our land become stronger before Him,
And may it never be shaken!

31 'You heavens be glad, and earth cry in joy!
May all nations admit that Jehovah's their king!

32 'May the seas, and the sun, and the trees in the fields,
And all else, tremble before Him.
33 For, even the forests and trees in the fields
Find joy before the face of the Lord,
Who is the judge of the earth!

34 'Acknowledge that Jehovah is good,
And His mercy lasts through the ages.
O God; Deliver and save us!
35 From the nations, please rescue and save us!

'Give praise to His Holy Name…
Boast of the blessings He brings!
36 Praise Jehovah, IsraEl's God,
Through the age of the ages.'

Then all the people shouted, 'Amen!' And they started praising Jehovah.

37 So they left the Chest of the Sacred Agreement of Jehovah there; and thereafter, Asaph and his brothers served before the Chest continually, each day, 38 along with ObedEdom and his family; for ObedEdom (the son of IdiThoun) and Osa were the gatekeepers.

39 ZaDok the Priest and his fellow Priests [set up camp] in front of the Tent of Jehovah, which was located on the High Place of GibeOn. 40 And there they offered whole burnt offerings on the Altar to Jehovah continually, morning and evening, just as it was written in the Law of Jehovah, and as it was given to the sons of IsraEl by the hand of Moses, God's servant.

41 Those who assisted [the Priests] were HeMan, IdiThoun, and many others who were chosen by name to praise Jehovah through the ages for His mercy. 42 There were also the trumpeters, the cymbal players, and all the rest of the musicians who could play their instruments loudly in the songs [of praise] to God.

Then the sons of IdiThoun took their positions at the gates, as all the people returned to their homes, 43 and David went back home to bless his family.

Chapter 17

1 Then one day, as David was in his palace, he said to the Prophet Nathan: 'Look; here I am living in a palace of cedars, while the Chest of the Sacred Agreement of Jehovah is sitting under a tent of leather skins.'

2 And Nathan said to David: 'Then do whatever is in your heart, because God is with you!'

3 But that night, the word of the Lord came to Nathan, saying, 4 'Go and tell My servant David that this is what Jehovah has said: You may not build a House for Me to stay in, 5 for I haven't stayed in a House from the day that I started leading IsraEl until now. Rather, I've stayed in a tent protected by the covering. 6 So, in all the places that I've gone with IsraEl, did I ever ask any tribe of IsraEl or those whom I put in charge of taking care of My people why they didn't build Me a House of cedars? 7 Therefore, tell My servant David that this is what Jehovah the Almighty said this: I took you out of the pastures where you followed the flocks to lead My people IsraEl, 8 and I was with you wherever you went. I destroyed all your enemies from before you, and I've made your name one of the greatest on the earth.

9 'I've also made a place for My people IsraEl and I've planted them there. So although they must camp [separate from the nations], they will have nothing to fear, since no unrighteous person will humble them as has happened in the past. 10 For from the days that I first arranged for the Judges [to lead] My people IsraEl I've been humbling all their enemies, so My [nation] would continue to grow.

'However, a House will [eventually] be built for Jehovah; 11 but that will happen after you've lived a full life and gone to sleep with your ancestors. For I will raise a seed after you who will come from your belly, and I will prepare his kingdom. 12 He will build a House for Me, and I'll make his throne last through the ages. 13 I will be a father to him and he'll be a son to Me, so My mercy will never be removed from him as I have removed it from those who preceded you. 14 I will entrust My House to him and to his kingdom through the ages, and his name will be [remembered] through the ages.'

15 Well, Nathan relayed everything in that vision and told David all that was said. 16 Then King David went and sat before Jehovah and said this: 'Who am I, O Lord God… what is [so good about] my house that You've shown so much love for me throughout this age?

17 Yet now, though it seemed as though this matter was unimportant to You, O God, You have spoken about this House that your servant [has wanted to build] for You for a long time. And in a vision that was given to a man, You actually looked upon me, and that lifted me high, O Jehovah God. 18 So now, how shall I proceed to glorify You? For Your servant knows that 19 You will do whatever is in Your heart, and it is all magnificent!

20 'O Jehovah; There is no other like You, and there's no god other than You… none that we've ever heard of. 21 And there's no other nation like Your people IsraEl anywhere else on the earth that has been guided by You, O God… a people whom You've ransomed for Yourself. For You've given Your people a great name and driven all the others away from before those whom You ransomed out of the nation of Egypt, 22 and You've appointed IsraEl to be Your people exclusively through the ages. Then You, O Jehovah, became their God.

23 'And now, O Jehovah; Concerning what You've said to Your servant about this House… may the words that You said prove trustworthy through the ages, 24 and may Your Name be trusted and magnified through the ages, O Jehovah the Almighty the God of IsraEl. For You are the God of IsraEl and of the house of Your servant David, who is now standing here before You. 25 O Jehovah; You are my God! And now that You've opened the ears of Your servant when it comes to building this House; this is why I saw the need to come and pray before Your face. 26 For Jehovah; You are Him… You are The God! And now You've spoken about these good things to Your servant, 27 and You've started blessing the house of your servant. So may it all continue to stand in this same way before You through the ages. For You, O Jehovah, have blest us, and You've promised us Your blessings through the ages!'

Chapter 18

1 Well after that, David went and attacked the Philistines and drove them away, capturing Gath and all its surrounding villages. 2 Then he attacked Moab and made them serve him and pay a tribute. 3 David also attacked HadraAzar the king of Souba at HamAth as he was marching toward the EuPhrates. 4 There he captured a thousand chariots, seven thousand horses, and twenty thousand of their infantrymen. Then David had all the chariots destroyed except for a hundred of them. 5 And when the Syrians came from Damascus to help HadraAzar, David attacked them and killed twenty-two thousand of their men. 6 Then he left a garrison in Syria near Damascus, so Syria had to serve David and bring tributes to him. For Jehovah watched over David no matter where he went.

7 Then David took the golden collars and other items of gold that were worn by the servants of HadraAzar and had it all carried back to JeruSalem. 8 And he went to MataBeth (which was one of HadraAzar's capital cities) and he brought back a tremendous amount of brass, which Solomon later used to make the Sacred Sea, the brass columns, and many other sacred utensils.

9 Well when Thoa the king of HamAth heard that David had beaten the army of HadraAzar (the king of Souba), 10 he sent his son AdouRam to King David to enquire of his welfare and to congratulate him on winning his war against HadraAzar and killing him, because Thoa had been at war with HadraAzar.

11 Then David took all the gold, silver, and brass items that he captured from the nations of Idumea, Moab, the AmMonites, the Philistines, and the Amalechites, and set them aside as holy to Jehovah. 12 For AbiShai (the son of ZeruJah) had attacked the Idumeans in the Salt Valley, where he killed eighteen thousand of their men. 13 Then he placed a garrison in the Valley, and the Idumeans also became David's servants.

Well, Jehovah watched over David no matter where he went; 14 so David reigned over all IsraEl, and he served as a righteous judge over his people.

15 At the time, JoAb (the son of ZeruJah) was the commanding general of his army, JoShaphat (the son of AchiLoud) was the recorder, 16 ZaDok (the son of AhiTub) and AhiMelech (the son of AbiAthar) were the Priests, SoUsa was the scribe, 17 BenaiJah (the son of JehoiAda) was in charge of the Cherethites and Phelethites, and David's sons served as his second-in-command.

Chapter 19

1 In time, NaHash the king of the sons of AmMon died and his son Hanan became the king in his place. 2 So David asked: 'What sort of kind thing can I do for Hanan the son of NaHash, for his father was very kind toward me?' And thereafter David sent messengers to comfort him after the death of his father. 3 And when the servants of David arrived in the land of the AmMonites and they went to Hanan to comfort him, the AmMonite governors said to [Hanan]: 'Isn't David really glorifying your father over you by sending these comforters? And don't you think that he might be really sending them to look at your city and to spy in our land?'

4 Well as the result, Hanan had the servants of David arrested, then he had [their beards] shaved and their clothes cut off halfway to the waist before he sent them away.

5 Then when the report of what they did to his men reached David, he sent people to meet them because they had been so disgraced; and the king told them to stay in JeriCho and not to return until their beards grew back.

6 Meanwhile, because the sons of AmMon realized that they had disgraced David's emissaries, Hanan and his people sent thirty-five tons of silver to MesoPotamia and to [King] MoOcha in Syria to hire an army along with chariots and cavalry. 7 So King MoOcha brought his army that included thirty-two thousand chariots, and they camped next to MaiDaba. Also, the AmMonites gathered an army from their own cities as they prepared for war [with IsraEl]. 8 And when David heard about this, he told JoAb to gather his entire army to go and fight them.

9 Well, [the plan was that] the sons of AmMon would fight IsraEl from their city gates, while the kings set up camp out in the fields. 10 So when JoAb saw that they were preparing to attack him from both sides, he gathered all the young men in his army to attack the Syrians [in the fields], 11 while he put the rest of the army into the hands of his brother AbiShai, who was to attack the sons of AmMon [at the city gates]. 12 He told [his brother]: 'If the Syrians start to win, you come and help me; but if the AmMonites start to win, I'll come to help you. 13 Let us fight bravely for our people and for the cities of our God, and we'll trust that Jehovah will do whatever He finds good in His eyes.'

14 So then JoAb attacked the Syrians and they fled from before him. 15 And when the AmMonites saw the Syrians retreating, they turned and ran from AbiShai (JoAb's brother), fleeing back into their city. So thereafter, JoAb returned to JeruSalem. 16 But when the Syrians saw that IsraEl had left the field of battle, they sent messengers to the Syrians who had camped on the other side of the river, and SoPha (the commander-in-chief of the army of HadraAzar) then marched back.

17 Well when this was reported to David, he again gathered the whole army of IsraEl and they crossed the Jordan to set up battle lines once more. Then the Syrians came and faced David, and the battle began.

18 Well, Syria once again turned and ran from IsraEl, for David's [men] had killed forty thousand of their infantry, captured seven thousand of their chariots, and they'd killed SoPha, the commander-in-chief of their army. 19 So when the servants of HadraAzar saw that they had lost the battle to IsraEl, they signed a treaty with David and started serving him. And thereafter, the Syrians never again came to help the sons of AmMon.

Chapter 20

1 Well after that, during the time of year when the kings traditionally went to war, JoAb led the entire army [of IsraEl] against the cities of AmMon; so they first went and laid siege against RabBah.

Meanwhile, David had stayed behind in JeruSalem while JoAb was attacking RabBah. And as [JoAb] was destroying the city, 2 David [went there and] took the gold crown from the head of MolChom, their king. It weighed sixty pounds and it was covered with precious stones; so David took it and put it on. Then he looted the city and brought back a huge amount of treasures. 3 He also took the people and had them sawed in half with iron saws and threshing machines (that's what David did to all the sons of AmMon). Then David returned to JeruSalem with his army.

4 However, there was still a war being fought with the Philistines in Gazer. And it was there that SoboChai cut down OuSathi the Raphite (who was from the family of giants) and dishonored him. 5 And as the war with the Philistines raged on, ElHanan (the son of JaIr) killed LachMi (the brother of GoliAth the Gittite) whose wooden spear was as large as the rod of a weaving loom. 6 They also had a huge man there who had twenty-four fingers and toes (six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot), who was a descendant of the giants. 7 And when he came forward and slandered IsraEl, JoNathan (the son of David's brother SamaAh) attacked him and killed him. 8 These men were all sons of Rapha of Gath, and though all four were giants, they all fell by the hand of David and his servants.

Chapter 21

1 Well, a Slanderer came to IsraEl and [he] urged David to count his people. 2 So King David said to JoAb and his generals: 'Go and take a census of IsraEl, from BeerSheba to Dan, then bring [the numbers] to me, so I'll know how many men I have [in my army].'

3 And JoAb said: 'May Jehovah multiply His people a hundred times. But the eyes of my lord the king can see all of his servants; so, why do you want to do this, my lord? Be careful that you don't bring a sin upon IsraEl!'

4 However, the king just wouldn't listen to JoAb. So JoAb traveled throughout all IsraEl, and then he returned to JeruSalem and gave the numbers of the people to David… there were a million, one-hundred-thousand men who could carry the sword. 5 And among the sons of Judah there was an additional four-hundred-and-seventy thousand. 6 However, he didn't count [the tribes of] Levi and BenJamin as being among them, because the king told JoAb not to do so.

7 Well, doing this was wicked [in the eyes of] God, so He struck IsraEl. 8 Then David said to God: 'I [was guilty of] a great sin when I did this thing! So, please forgive the evil of Your servant, for I'm the one who did this foolish thing.'

9 Then the Lord spoke to David's Seer Gad, saying: 10 'Go speak to David and tell him that this is what Jehovah has said: I will give you a choice of three punishments. Choose which you prefer, and I'll bring it upon you.'

11 So Gad went to David and told him, 'This is what Jehovah has said: Choose for yourself 12 from these three:
Š Three years of famine
Š Three months of destruction and fleeing from your enemies
Š Three days of death in the land, when the messenger of the Lord will go among all the inheritance of IsraEl and destroy.

Now, give me an answer for the One who sent me… which do you choose?'

13 And David told Gad: 'Those are three very tough choices, so I'll leave it in the hands of Jehovah, for He is exceptionally compassionate. I don't want to leave myself in the hands of men.'

14 So the Lord sent death throughout all IsraEl, and seventy thousand of their males died. 15 Then God sent His messenger to JeruSalem to wipe it out also. But as he was destroying it, the Lord saw what was happening and felt sorry for the evil. So He said to the messenger who was doing the destroying, 'That's enough; stay your hand!'

Well at the time, the messenger of Jehovah was standing at the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite. 16 And when David looked up and saw the messenger of Jehovah standing in that place between the sky and the ground with an unsheathed broadsword in his hand that was stretched out over JeruSalem, he fell to the ground and he had the elders put on sackcloth and cover their faces.

17 So then David called out to God, saying: 'Wasn't I the one who told them to count the people? Yes, I'm the one who sinned and who told them to do this bad thing! What did these sheep do, O Jehovah God? Please bring Your hand and Your destruction against me and the house of my father instead, not against Your people, O Lord.'

18 Then the messenger of Jehovah said to Gad: 'Tell David that he must build an Altar to Jehovah there at the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite.'

19 So David thereafter went and did what Gad had told him in the Name of the Lord. 20 But when Ornan turned and saw the king and four of his sons coming to see him, he tried to hide (for he'd been threshing wheat at the time). 21 But when David got there, Ornan came down from the threshing floor and bowed with his face to the ground before him. 22 And David said: 'I want to buy your threshing floor, because I wish to build an Altar to Jehovah upon it. Tell me how much you want for it, for this will bring an end to the calamity that has been plaguing the people.'

23 And Ornan said to David: 'Just take it… and may my lord the king do whatever he thinks is best! {Look!} Here are some calves to sacrifice as whole burnt offerings, as well as some wood and some grain. I'm giving it all to you!'

24 But David told him: 'No, I want to pay you whatever it's worth. There's no way that I would take what's yours for Jehovah and then sacrifice whole burnt offerings for myself without paying you.'

25 So David paid Ornan six hundred weighed gold coins for his place, 26 then he built an Altar to Jehovah and sacrificed whole burnt offerings and a deliverance offering, as he stood there calling out to Jehovah.

Well, Jehovah listened to him from the heavens as he was standing there by the fire with the whole burnt offerings on the Altar. 27 So the Lord spoke to the messenger, who then put his broadsword back into its sheath. 28 And David recognized that Jehovah had listened to him there at the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite, where he had offered the sacrifices.

29 Well at the time, the Tent of Jehovah that Moses had made was out in the desert, as was the Altar for sacrificing whole burnt offerings… it was located on the High Place in GibeOn. 30 But David wouldn't go there right away to seek the face of God, because he didn't want to turn away too quickly from the broadsword that was being held by Jehovah's messenger.

Chapter 22

1 Then David said: 'This is where the Temple of Jehovah our God [will be built] and where the Altar for the whole burnt offerings of IsraEl will be located.'

2 And David said: 'Gather all the foreigners in the land of IsraEl and use them as quarry workers to cut and work stones to build the Temple of Jehovah.'

3 Thereafter, he prepared many other things for the project, such as the nails, the doorways, the gates, and the hinges. He also collected a huge amount of brass, so much that its weight couldn't even be calculated, 4 and there was an incalculable amount of cedar lumber, which the Sidonians and the people of Tyre had brought to David.

5 Then David said: 'My son Solomon is still a young boy, but he will erect this great Temple of Jehovah, which will be renown for its glory throughout the whole earth… and I will prepare for it.' So David did prepare for it by [collecting] many things before he died.

6 Then David called his son Solomon and told him that he would have to build the Temple to Jehovah the God of IsraEl. 7 David said to Solomon: 'My child; it has been in my heart to build a [Temple] to the Name of Jehovah God. 8 But the Word of the Lord came to me that said, You've spilled a lot of blood and fought many great wars, so you may not build a Temple to My Name because of all the blood that you've spilled on the ground before Me. 9 Look! A son has been born to you who is a man of peace, and I will give him rest from all his enemies round about. The name that has been given to him is Solomon (Peace); so, I will give him peace and rest, and I will appoint him [as king] over IsraEl when his time comes. 10 He's the one who will build a [Temple] to My Name. He will be My son, I'll be a father to him, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom in IsraEl through the ages.

11 'Now, my son; May Jehovah be with you and bless you, for you will build a Temple to your God Jehovah, just as He said you would. 12 May He give you wisdom, understanding, and make you strong over IsraEl. And may you preserve and keep the Laws of Jehovah your God; 13 for if you carefully obey the instructions and decisions that Jehovah gave to IsraEl through Moses, He will bless you. So you act like be a man and be strong… don't be weak or afraid!

14 'Now, {Look!} in my own poor way, I've made preparations for the Temple of Jehovah. I've collected hundreds of tons of gold, thousands of tons of silver, and so much brass that nobody can estimate its weight. I've also collected the wood and stone, and you must thereafter add to all of this.

15 'So, may Jehovah be with you, and may you finish [this project]. Bring together the huge number of craftsmen that will be needed… the stone workers, carpenters, and all the wise men 16 who know how to work gold, silver, brass, and iron. If you'll stand erect and act, Jehovah will be with you!'

17 Then David instructed all the governors of IsraEl to assist his son Solomon, saying, 18 'Isn't Jehovah with you, and hasn't He provided you with peace roundabout? He has put all those who live here into your hands, and the entire land is now subject to Jehovah and to His people. 19 So, search for Jehovah your God with your whole hearts and souls, then come and build a Holy Place to Jehovah your God where the Chest of the Sacred Agreement of Jehovah must be places, along with all the rest of the holy things of God. Yes, you must build a Temple to the Name of Jehovah!'

Chapter 23

1 Well after David had grown old and lived a full life, his son Solomon took his place as [the king] over IsraEl. 2 But then David assembled all the rulers of IsraEl as well as the Priests and the Levites, 3 and he took a census of all the Levites who were more than thirty years old, which showed that there were thirty-eight thousand qualified men. 4 So he assigned twenty-four thousand of them to be in charge of the Temple of Jehovah, six thousand to be scribes and judges, 5 four thousand [to be] gatekeepers, and four thousand were anointed to praise Jehovah with the sacred musical instruments, which were made specifically for that purpose. 6 So at that time, David divided the Levites by family groups and he worked out their daily rotations.

The sons of Levi had been GerShon, KoHath, and MeraRi. 7 In the family of GerShon, there was Edan and ShiMei. 8 The three sons (and rulers of) of Edan were JeiEl, ZeThan, and JoEl. 9 And the three sons of ShiMei were SalomIth, JeiEl, and Dan, who had been the rulers of the families of LaAdan.

10 The four sons of ShiMei were Jeth, Ziza, JoAs, and BeriJah. 11 Jeth was the firstborn and Ziza was second. But JoAs and BeriJah didn't have any sons, so the whole house and family received the same assignments.

12 The four sons of KoHath were AmBram, IsaAr, Hebron, and OziEl. 13 The sons of AmBram were Aaron and Moses. Then Aaron and his sons were set aside to [serve in] the Holy of Holies, to burn incense before Jehovah, and to officiate and use the power of His Name through the rest of that age.

14 Of course, Moses was the man of God, and his sons were assigned among the tribe of Levi. 15 Moses' sons were GerSam and EliEzer. 16 GerSam's son SoubaEl was the firstborn, 17 and EliEzer's son RabiJah was his firstborn. EliEzer didn't have any other sons, but the family line of RabiJah became very large.

18 The son of IsaAr was SalomOth (the firstborn). 19 The sons of Hebron were JeriJa (the firstborn), AmadiJa (the second), JeziEl (the third), and JekemiJah (the fourth). 20 The sons of OziEl were Micha (the firstborn) and JesShiah (the second). 21 The sons of MeraRi were MoOli and MoUsi. MoOli's sons were EliEzer and Kish. 22 EliEzer died without any sons (just daughters), but the sons of Kish married them. 23 The three sons of MoUsi were MoOli, Eder, and JariMoth. 24 These were the names of the rulers among the descendants of Levi by houses and family lines who were more than twenty years old and who served at the Temple of Jehovah.

25 Then David said: 'Since Jehovah the God of IsraEl has provided rest for His people and He is now camping in JeruSalem through the ages, 26 the Levites won't have to carry the Sacred Tent or any of its things anymore.'

27 And the last order that David [gave] was to count the sons of Levi who were twenty years old and older; 28 for he had appointed them to [assist the descendants] of Aaron as they served in the Temple of Jehovah. They were to be in charge of the courtyards and the place of worship, as well as to handle the cleansing of the holy things and the maintenance of the Temple of God. 29 They were also to be in charge of the place settings, and for mixing and measuring the fine flour for the bread loaves [that were to be used in] the sacrifice offerings, which included the fermentation-free bread and the fried cakes. 30 And every morning and evening they were to praise and acknowledge Jehovah. 31 In addition, they were also to prepare all the whole burnt offerings to Jehovah on the Sabbaths, on the New Moons, and on the holidays (as they were instructed); so their job was to always stand before Jehovah. 32 They were also to stand guard by watches over the Meeting Tent, over the Holy Place, and to be in charge of their brothers the sons of Aaron, as they did their jobs at the Temple of Jehovah.

Chapter 24

1 These are the [Priestly] divisions of the sons of Aaron: NaDab, AbiHu, EliEzer, and IthaMar.

2 Since NaDab and AbiHu died in front of their father and they had no sons, the official Priests were Aaron's sons EliEzer and IthaMar. 3 So David made a similar division. He appointed ZaDok (who was a descendant of EliEzer) and AhiMelech (who was a descendant of IthaMar) to be the heads over their houses and families for their duties [inside the Temple]. 4 But David found that among the descendants of EliEzer there were many more leaders and powerful men than there were among the descendants of IthaMar, so he appointed sixteen descendants of EliEzer as leaders of their houses and families, and he only appointed eight from the descendants of IthaMar.

5 Thereafter, he assigned each of their responsibilities in the Temple of God by lottery, 6 and SamaiJah, the son of NathaniEl (the scribe from the tribe of Levi) recorded the results for the king, the governors, the [High] Priest ZaDok, AhiMelech (the son of AbiAthar), the heads of families, and for the family heads of the Priests and Levites.

In the lottery for the [assignments of the] families of EliEzer and IthaMar, 7 the first group chosen was that of JoaRim. JediJah was the second, 8 Charib was the third, Seorim was the fourth, 9 MelciJah was the fifth, MeiJamin was the sixth, 10 Kos was the seventh, AbiJah was the eighth, 11 JeShua was the ninth, ShecheniJah was the tenth, 12 EliAbi was the eleventh, JaKim was the twelfth, 13 Opha was the thirteenth, JesBaAl was the fourteenth, 14 BelGa was the fifteenth, EmMer was the sixteenth, 15 HezIr was the seventeenth, ApheSe was the eighteenth, 16 PhetaiJah was the nineteenth, EzekiEl was the twentieth, 17 Achim was the twenty-first, GamoUl was the twenty-second, 18 DalaiJah was the twenty-third, and MaAsiJah was the twenty-fourth.

19 So, this is the way that their duties were assigned and the order in which they were to enter the Temple of Jehovah, as the responsibilities were set out by their ancestor Aaron and as they were given to him by Jehovah the God of IsraEl.

20 These are the names of the rest of Levi's descendants:
Among the descendants of AmBram there was SobaEl and his son JediJah.
21 From the descendants of RaAbiJah there was his firstborn, JesiJah.
22 From the descendants of IsaAri there was SalomOth and his son, Jath.
23 From the descendants of JediOu there was AmadiJah, JaziEl, and JekMoAm.
24 From the descendants of OziEl there was Micha and his son Samer.
25 Micha's brother was IsiJa, and his son was ZachariJah.

26 The sons of MeraRi were MoOli, MoUsi, and through BonNi, OziJa. 27 So, OziJa was one of MeraRi's sons, and his sons were IsoAm, SakChour, and Abai. 28 MoOli's only son was EliEzer, 29 his son was Kish, and his son was JaRameEl. 30 The sons of MoUsi were MoOli, Eder, and JariMoth. These were the sons of the Levites by the houses of their families.

Chapter 25

1 King David also assigned some of the sons of Asaph, HeMan, and IdiThoun to be the heads of the orchestra that was to praise [God] with woodwinds, stringed instruments, and cymbals. And these are the numbers of the musicians who were working in their bands:
2 The sons of Asaph were SakChour, JoSeph, NathaniJah, and EraEl. These sons of Asaph worked under Asaph, who was a Prophet, and he reported directly to the king.
3 Under IdiThoun were his six sons, GodoliJah, SoUri, IseAs, ShiMei, AsAbiJah, and MatTathiJah. They all played the woodwinds to praise and acknowledge Jehovah.
4 Under HeMan were his sons BoukiJah, MathaniJah, OziEl, SoubaEl, JeriMoth, HananiJah, Hanan, EliAtha, GodolLathi, RomethiEzer, JesBasaka, MalLithi, OthEri, and MeAzOth. 5 (These were all the sons of HeMan.) They played music to the king about the Word of God with horns.

6 God had given HeMan fourteen sons and three daughters, and they all (including their father) sang in the Temple to the music of the cymbals, stringed instruments, and woodwinds during the services, and they all reported directly to the king (along with Asaph, IdiThoun, and HeMan).

7 In addition, many others in their families were taught to sing to Jehovah; so altogether, there were two hundred and eighty-eight in the chorus. 8 Then they threw lots for themselves to choose the daily rotations of singers… from the unknown to the famous and from the novices to the experts. 9 The first lot fell to Asaph (the son of JoSeph, who was also called GedaliJah) and his sons. The second fell to EneiJa and twelve in his family. 10 The third fell to ZakChour and twelve in his family. 11 The fourth fell to JesRi and twelve in his family. 12 The fifth fell to NathaniJah and twelve in his family. 13 The sixth fell to BoUkiJah and twelve in his family. 14 The seventh fell to IshEriEl and twelve in his family. 15 The eighth fell to JosiJah and twelve in his family. 16 The ninth fell to MathaniJah and twelve in his family. 17 The tenth fell to SemeiJah and twelve in his family. 18 The eleventh fell to AsriEl and twelve in his family. 19 The twelfth fell to AsabiJah and twelve in his family. 20 The thirteenth fell to SoubaEl and twelve in his family. 21 The fourteenth fell to MatTathiJah and twelve in his family. 22 The fifteenth fell to JeriMoth and twelve in his family. 23 The sixteenth fell to HananiJah and twelve in his family. 24 The seventeenth fell to JesBasaka and twelve in his family. 25 The eighteenth fell to HananiJah and twelve in his family. 26 The nineteenth fell to MalLithi and twelve in his family. 27 The twentieth fell to EliAthah and twelve in his family. 28 The twenty- first fell to OthEri and twelve in his family. 29 The twenty-second fell to GodolLathi and twelve in his family. 30 The twenty-third fell to MeAzOth and twelve in his family. And the twenty-fourth fell to RometThiEzer and twelve in his family.

31 Their brothers from the sons of Aaron also threw lots for themselves before the king, including ZaDok and AhiMelech, who were the heads of the families of the Priests and the Levites, as well as the family heads and the younger ones.

Chapter 26

1 These are the groups of the gatekeepers:

From the family of KorAh there was MoselLemiJa and his sons, who descended through Asaph. 2 Under MoselLemiJa there was ZachariJah (his firstborn), JadiEl (the second), ZabadiJa (the third), JethNouEl (the fourth), 3 JoLam (the fifth), JoNathan (the sixth), EliOnai (the seventh), and ObedEdom (the eighth).

4 ObedEdom's sons were SamaiJah (the firstborn), JoZabath (the second), JoAth (the third), Sachar (the fourth), NathaniEl (the fifth), 5 AmiEl (the sixth), IsSachar (the seventh), and PheLathi (the eighth) – for God had blessed him.

6 Then there was SamaiJah's son RoshAi, who was the firstborn of the house of his father (they were all mighty men). 7 SamaiJah's sons were OthNi, RaphaEl, Obed, EliZabath, and AchiOud (they were the most powerful). Then there was EliOu, SabachiJah, and IshBakom. 8 These were the descendants of ObedEdom and their ancestor MoselLemiJa. They all became great in their positions (all sixty-two of them), 9 and eighteen of them became extremely powerful.

10 Then there was Osa (from the line of MeraRi), whose sons guarded the [Temple]. Although he wasn't the firstborn, his father appointed him head of the second division of gate guards. 11 HelkiJah was second under him, then TabliJah (the third), and ZachariJah (the fourth). Altogether, there were thirteen of the sons and family of Osa, 12 and it was from among them that the heads of the divisions of gate guards descended. They were all rulers and important men who handled the daily rotations of their families as they served in the Temple of Jehovah.

13 Thereafter, they all (from the least to the most important) threw lots by houses and families at the gatehouse. 14 And the lot for the gates toward the east fell to SelemiJah and ZachariJah. Then MelchiJah threw the lots for the family of JoAs, and they received the north gate. 15 When the second lot was thrown, ObedEdom received the south gate, which was next to the collection boxes. 16 [And the Family of] Osa received the west gate. Their job was to watch over the road that led into the Temple.

17 Six Levites were assigned to guard the east gate each day and four were in charge of the north gate. Two shifts of two men each watched the south gate (by the collection boxes), 18 and there were also four at the west gate who worked in two shifts of two guards each, who kept an eye the road.

19 These were all the divisions of the gatekeepers from the family of KorAh and MeraRi.

20 The Levites and their families who received the responsibility of being over the treasury in the Temple of Jehovah and watching over the holy things 21 were the family of LaDan (of the line of GerShon). JeiEl was the head of this family group. 22 JeiEl's sons were Zethom and JoEl. They and their families were in charge of the treasury at the Temple of Jehovah, 23 as were AmBram, IsaAr, Hebron, and OziEl. 24 SoubaEl (a descendant of Moses through GerSam) was [the chief of] the treasury. 25 The sons of his brother EliEzer were RabiJah, JosiJah, JoRam, Zechri, and SalomOth. 26 SalomOth and his family [kept watch over] the treasures that were inside the Holy Place… the things that King David had set aside as holy, which had been brought there by the generals, lieutenants, and family heads. 27 They were the things that they brought in from the cities they had captured, so that construction of the Temple of Jehovah God could begin soon thereafter. 28 These men were also in charge of all the holy things that had been dedicated by the Prophet SamuEl, by Saul (the son of Kish), by AbNer (the son of Ner), and by JoAb (the son of ZeruJah). All of these holy things were put into the hands of SalomOth and his family.

29 ChoNeniJah and his family (descendants of IsaAr) were assigned to work outside [of the Temple] as scribes and judges over IsraEl.

30 AsabiJah and his family (descendants of Hebron) – all one thousand, seven hundred of them – were important people, for they watched over IsraEl on the other side of the Jordan up to its western border, serving as representatives of Jehovah and of the king.

31 JoriJah was the leader of the Hebronites and all the generations of their families.

It was in the fortieth year of David's reign that all the powerful men were counted at JaZer [in the land of] GileAd. 32 There were two thousand, seven hundred family heads; and (following Jehovah's instructions) King David put them over the tribes of ReuBen, Gad, and the half-tribe of ManasSeh.

Chapter 27

1 Now, these are the sons of IsraEl by rank who were the heads of their families and who served as generals or lieutenants in the army each month, every month of the year, as it was recorded by the scribes who officially served the king and wrote all his declarations:

In the first division there were twenty-four thousand. 2 The general over this division was IshBoaz (the son of ZabdiEl). His division included twenty-four thousand 3 from the line of Perez. He was in charge of all the army officers during the first month.
4 The general in charge of the division during the second month was DodAi (the son of Ehok), and under him was MakelLoth. There were twenty-four thousand in his division.
5 The general in charge during the third month was BenaiJah (the son of JehoiAda, the High Priest). In his division there were twenty-four thousand. 6 BenaiJah was the greatest of [David's] thirty men, and he was in charge of the thirty. The man who served under him was his son Zabad.
7 In charge during the fourth month was AsahEl, JoAb's brother, and his son ZabadiJah. There were twenty-four thousand in his division.
8 The general in charge during the fifth month was SamaOth the JezreElite, and there were twenty-four thousand in his division.
9 The general in charge during the sixth month was OdouJah (the son of EkKes) the Thekoite, and there were twenty-four thousand in his division.
10 The general in charge of the seventh month was HelLes of PalLu, from the tribe of Ephraim, and there were twenty-four thousand in his division.
11 The general in charge during the eighth month was SoboChai the Ousathite of ZarAi, and there were twenty-four thousand in his division.
12 The general in charge during the ninth month was AbiEzer of AnathOth, from the tribe of BenJamin, and there were twenty-four thousand in his division.
13 The general in charge during the tenth month was MeEra from NetoPhathi of ZarAi, and there were twenty-four thousand in his division.
14 The general in charge during the eleventh month was BenaiJah from PharaThon of the tribe of Ephraim, and there were twenty-four thousand in his division.
15 The general in charge during the twelfth month was CholdiJah from NetoPhathi of GoThoniEl, and there were twenty-four thousand in his division.

16 These were the leaders of each of the tribes of IsraEl:
[In charge of the tribe of] ReuBen was EliEzer (the son of Zechri)
[In charge of the tribe of] SimeOn was SaphatiAs (the son of MaAcha)
17 [In charge of the tribe of] Levi was AsabiJah (the son of KamouEl)
[In charge of the line of] Aaron was ZaDok
18 [In charge of the tribe of] Judah was EliJah (the brother of David)
[In charge of the tribe of] IsSachar was Ambri (the son of MichaEl)
19 [In charge of the tribe of] ZebuLun was SamaiJah (the son of AbDiOu)
[In charge of the tribe of] NaphTali was JeriMoth (the son of OziEl)
20 [In charge of the tribe of] Ephraim was Ose (the son of OziOu)
[In charge of the tribe of] half-tribe of ManasSeh was JoEl (the son of PhadiJah)
21 [In charge of] the half-tribe of ManasSeh in the land of GileAd was JaDai (the son of ZadiJah)
[In charge of the tribe of] BenJamin was JasiEl (the son of AbNer)
22 [In charge of the tribe of] Dan was AzariEl (the son of IroAb).
These were all the patriarchs of the tribes of IsraEl.

23 Now, David never counted the men who were under twenty years old, because Jehovah said that He would cause IsraEl to grow like the stars in the sky. 24 And although JoAb (the son of ZeruJah) did start to take a census of the people, he didn't complete it because this brought [God's] anger against IsraEl. So the number was never written in the scroll of the words of the days of King David.

25 The man who was in charge of the king's storehouses was AsMoth (the son of OdiEl).
The man who was over the storehouses in the countryside, towns, estates, and fortresses was JoNathan (the son of OziOu).
26 The man who was in charge of the farming was EzRai (the son of CheloUb).
27 The man who was in charge of the fields was ShiMei of RaEl.
The man in charge of the wineries in the fields was ZabDi (the son of SephNi).
28 The man who was in charge of the olive groves and mulberry trees (in the plains) was BailHanan the Gedorite.
The man who was in charge of the olive storehouse was JoAs.
29 The man who was in charge of the cattle that grazed in ShaRon was SatRai the ShaRonite.
The man who was in charge of the cattle in the valleys was Shophat (the son of AdLi).
30 The man who was in charge of the camels was AbiJah the IshMaElite.
The man who was in charge of the burros was JadiJah of MeraThon.
31 The man who was in charge of the sheep was JaZiz the Agarite.
These were the superintendents over the personal possessions of King David.

32 JoNathan (David's uncle) was his advisor, because he was a very discerning man and a scribe. JeEl (the son of AchaMani) [watched over] the king's sons. 33 AhiTophel was also one of the king's councilors, and HushAi was David's best friend. 34 After AhiTophel came JehoiAda (the son of BenaiJah), then AbiAthar, and then JoAb (the king's commander-in-chief).

Chapter 28

1 Well, David had called for an assembly of all the governors of IsraEl, the chief justices of the tribes, the king's servants, the army generals and lieutenants, the treasury department, those in charge of the king's property, his sons, his eunuchs, and the most outstanding warriors in JeruSalem. 2 Then King David stood in the midst of the assembly and said: 'Hear me, my brothers and my people; It came into my heart to build a House of rest for the Chest of the Sacred Agreement of Jehovah and a footstool for the feet of our [God, Jehovah]. So I have prepared the things that will be needed to build it. 3 But God said, You may not build a Temple to Me that carries My Name, because you're a man of war and you've spilled [too much] blood. 4 Yet, Jehovah the God of IsraEl chose me from all the house of my father to be the king over IsraEl throughout this age, and He has given the kingship to Judah and to the house of my father. From among his sons God chose me, because He wanted me to be the king over IsraEl. 5 And from among all my sons (and Jehovah has given me many of them), He has chosen my son Solomon and seated him on the throne of His kingdom over IsraEl. 6 For God said to me: Your son Solomon will build My Temple and My courtyard because I have taken him to be My son, and I will be his Father. 7 I will establish his kingdom through the ages, as long as he faithfully obeys My Commandments and instructions as he is doing today.

8 'And now, before this entire assembly of Jehovah and within the hearing of our God, I say [to Solomon]: Guard and seek all the Commandments of Jehovah our God so that you will inherit a good land, which your sons can thereafter inherit with you through the ages!

9 'So, Solomon my son; Know the God of your fathers! You must serve Him with a perfect heart and with a willing soul, for Jehovah regularly checks the hearts and He knows every thought! If you search for Him you can find Him, but if you leave Him, He will leave you in the end.

10 'Now, {Look!} Jehovah has chosen you to build a House as His most holy place. Therefore, you must be strong and act!'

11 Then David gave his son Solomon the plans for the Temple and its surrounding buildings, its treasury, its upper rooms, the inner storehouses, and the place where the [sacrifices are to be offered] for the forgiveness of sins. 12 He had the all plans all laid out in his mind for how the courtyards of the Temple of Jehovah were to be assembled, as well as the places of worship, the storehouses around the Temple, the storehouses for the holy things, and the sleeping quarters. 13 He had even planned the daily rotations of the Priests and Levites, the assignments of work at the Temple of Jehovah, the management of the storehouses, and how the sacred things were to be handled.

14 Then he weighed out the gold and silver 15 for the lamp stands, and he contributed money that had been weighed to make the lamps. 16 Thereafter, he did the same thing for the tables and place settings (because each of the tables were to be made of gold and silver), 17 the meat hooks, the drinking bowls, and the gold bowls. He also specified the weight of the gold and silver wash basin.

18 [Then he provided] pure gold for the incense Altar, clearly specifying how much each item should weigh, and he showed him the plans for the chariot of the cherubs (the ones with the open, spread wings that were to cover the Chest of the Sacred Agreement of Jehovah).

19 By the hand of Jehovah, David had written everything down for Solomon so that he would clearly understand how the plans were to be carried out. 20 Then David said to Solomon: 'Now you must be strong and act like a man! Don't be afraid or terrified, because my God Jehovah will be with you. He won't push you away and He will never abandon you as long as you finish all the work of building the Temple of Jehovah. Look! Here are the plans for the Temple, for His Most Holy, for His treasury, for the upper rooms, for the inner storehouses, and for the place where [the sacrifices are to be offered] for forgiveness of sins at the Temple of Jehovah.

21 'And look! Here are the daily rotations for the Priests and Levites for their services at the Temple of Jehovah, and the people who are to help you. They are all eager, wise, and skilled at all sorts of crafts, as are their supervisors, and they're all ready to follow your instructions.'

Chapter 29

1 Then King David said to the assembly: 'My son Solomon, whom Jehovah has taken for Himself, is still young and inexperienced, and he has a great work to do. However, this isn't going to be accomplished by a man, but by Jehovah God.

2 'Now, I've done everything in my power to prepare for the Temple of my God. [I've accumulated] all the gold for the things of gold, all the silver for the things of silver, all the brass for the things of brass, all the iron for the things of iron, all the wood for the things of wood, and all the stones for the things of stone. There is onyx, precious gems, all types of costly colored stones, and large amounts of white marble. 3 And yet; because I have favored myself by [preparing for] a Temple for my God, I've obtained even more gold and silver. And look… I'm also giving all it to the Temple of my God! For in addition to what I've prepared for the Holy Temple, 4 here is another ten tons of gold from Ophir, and twenty tons of pure silver with which to overlay the walls of the Temple 5 and to make things of gold and silver… whatever the craftsmen can do with it!

'Now, if anyone else is eager to contribute gold to make things of gold and silver to make things of silver, may he fill his hands for Jehovah today.'

6 Well, the heads of families, the governors of the sons of IsraEl, the generals, the lieutenants, and the king's supervisors and managers were eager to contribute to building the Temple of Jehovah. 7 So he collected thirty-tons of gold, ten-thousand gold coins, sixty-tons of silver, six hundred-tons of brass, and three-thousand tons of iron. 8 And they gave whatever stones they had to JeiEl the GerShonite to put into the storehouses for the Temple of Jehovah.

9 Well, everyone there was very happy because they had all shown such eagerness and their hearts had been so filled with their zeal for Jehovah. And because King David was so very happy, 10 he then praised Jehovah before the assembly, saying: 'O Jehovah, the God of IsraEl, our Father through ages of ages; may You truly be praised. 11 For to You, O Jehovah, belongs the greatness, the power, the boasting, the victories, the recognition, and the strength; for You are the One who made everything in skies above and on the ground below. Yet, You are our Lord, and the kings of all the nations are in fear before Your face, 12 for from You comes all the wealth and the glory. You're the Ruler over everything, O Jehovah… You are above all others! For in Your hand there is all strength and control, and in Your hand [is the power] to create all fame and mightiness.

13 'And now, O Jehovah; we acknowledge You and we praise the Name of which You boast. 14 But who am I, and who are my people, that we have felt such eagerness to [contribute] these things? However, it is all really Yours, so all we are doing is giving Your things back to You. 15 We're just visitors before You, as were our ancestors, for [our lives] are like shadows on the ground that are just passing by.

16 'O Jehovah our God; all these things that I've prepared in order to build a Temple to Your Holy Name have come from Your own hands, because everything belongs to You. 17 And I know, O Jehovah, that You are the One who examines hearts and that You love justice. So it is with a pure heart that I've been eager to do all these things… and now I've also seen gladness and eagerness for You among Your people.

18 'O Jehovah, the God of AbraHam, IsaAc, and IsraEl… the God of our fathers; keep this feeling in the minds and hearts of Your people through the ages, and make their hearts straight toward You! 19 Also, give my son Solomon a good heart and make him obey Your Commandments, instructions, and orders, so that he may take the lead in finishing Your Temple.'

20 Then David said to the entire assembly: 'Praise Jehovah our God!' And everyone there praised Jehovah the God of their ancestors, as they bent their knees to bow low before Jehovah and before the king.

21 Thereafter, David offered sacrifices to Jehovah, and on the next day he sacrificed a thousand calves, a thousand rams, and a thousand lambs as whole burnt offerings, as well as drink offerings; and [he offered] many more sacrifices on behalf of IsraEl. 22 So they joyfully ate and drank there before Jehovah that day, and they held a second coronation for David's son Solomon, anointing him as king before Jehovah and before ZaDok the [High] Priest.

23 Well thereafter, Solomon sat on the throne of Jehovah as king in place of his father David, and everyone thought highly of him. For all IsraEl – 24 the governors, the mighty ones, and all the sons of his father (King David) – submitted to him. 25 And Jehovah made Solomon great before all IsraEl, giving him greater glory than any king who had ever existed before him.

26 Well, David (the son of JesSe) had ruled IsraEl for 27 forty years… seven years in Hebron and thirty-three years in JeruSalem. 28 But after he was old and had lived a long and good life filled with wealth and glory, [he died]… and his son Solomon took his place.

29 The rest of the words of King David, from the beginning to the end, were written by the Seer SamuEl, by the Prophet Nathan, and by the Seer Gad… the things about his kingship, the area of his rule, the events of those times, and the things that happened to him, to IsraEl, and to all the other nations in the land.

 

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