Adam, Seth, Enosh,
Kenan, Mahalalel, Jared,
Enoch, Methuselah, Lamech,
Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
The sons of Japheth: Gomer, and Magog, and Madai,
and Javan, and Tubal, and Meshech, and Tiras. And
the sons of Gomer: Ashkenaz, and Diphath, and Togarmah.
And the sons of Javan: Elishah, and Tarshish,
Kittim, and Rodanim.
The sons of Ham: Cush, and Mizraim, Put, and
Canaan. And the sons of Cush: Seba, and Havilah,
and Sabta, and Raama, and Sabteca. And the sons of Raamah: Sheba, and
Dedan. And Cush begat Nimrod; he began to be a
mighty one in the earth. And Mizraim begat
Ludim, and Anamim, and Lehabim, and Naphtuhim,
and Pathrusim, and Casluhim (from whence came
the Philistines), and Caphtorim. And Canaan
begat Sidon his first-born, and Heth, and the
Jebusite, and the Amorite, and the Girgashite,
and the Hivite, and the Arkite, and the Sinite,
and the Arvadite, and the Zemarite, and the
The sons of Shem: Elam, and Asshur, and
Arpachshad, and Lud, and Aram, and Uz, and Hul, and Gether, and Meshech.
And Arpachshad begat Shelah, and Shelah begat
Eber. And unto Eber were born two sons: the name
of the one was Peleg; for in his days the earth was divided; and his
brother's name was Joktan. And Joktan begat
Almodad, and Sheleph, and Hazarmaveth, and Jerah,
and Hadoram, and Uzal, and Diklah,
and Ebal, and Abimael, and Sheba,
and Ophir, and Havilah, and Jobab. All these
were the sons of Joktan.
Shem, Arpachshad, Shelah,
Eber, Peleg, Reu,
Serug, Nahor, Terah,
Abram (the same is Abraham).
The sons of Abraham: Isaac, and Ishmael.
These are their generations: the first-born of
Ishmael, Nebaioth; then Kedar, and Adbeel, and Mibsam,
Mishma, and Dumah, Massa, Hadad, and Tema,
Jetur, Naphish, and Kedemah. These are the sons
And the sons of Keturah, Abraham's concubine:
she bare Zimran, and Jokshan, and Medan, and Midian, and Ishbak, and
Shuah. And the sons of Jokshan: Sheba, and Dedan.
And the sons of Midian: Ephah, and Epher, and
Hanoch, and Abida, and Eldaah. All these were the sons of Keturah.
And Abraham begat Isaac. The sons of Isaac:
Esau, and Israel.
The sons of Esau: Eliphaz, Reuel, and Jeush, and
Jalam, and Korah. The sons of Eliphaz: Teman,
and Omar, Zephi, and Gatam, Kenaz, and Timna, and Amalek.
The sons of Reuel: Nahath, Zerah, Shammah, and
And the sons of Seir: Lotan, and Shobal, and
Zibeon, and Anah, and Dishon, and Ezer, and Dishan.
And the sons of Lotan: Hori, and Homam; and
Timna was Lotan's sister. The sons of Shobal:
Alian, and Manahath, and Ebal, Shephi, and Onam. And the sons of Zibeon:
Aiah, and Anah. The sons of Anah: Dishon. And
the sons of Dishon: Hamran, and Eshban, and Ithran, and Cheran.
The sons of Ezer: Bilhan, and Zaavan, Jaakan.
The sons of Dishan: Uz, and Aran.
Now these are the kings that reigned in the land
of Edom, before there resigned any king over the children of Israel: Bela
the son of Beor; and the name of his city was Dinhabah.
And Bela died, and Jobab the son of Zerah of
Bozrah reigned in his stead. And Jobab died, and
Husham of the land of the Temanites reigned in his stead.
And Husham died, and Hadad the son of Bedad, who
smote Midian in the field of Moab, reigned in his stead; and the name of
his city was Avith. And Hadad died, and Samlah
of Masrekah reigned in his stead. And Samlah
died, and Shaul of Rehoboth by the River reigned in his stead.
And Shaul died, and Baal-hanan the son of Achbor
reigned in his stead. And Baal-hanan died, and
Hadad reigned in his stead; and the name of his city was Pai: and his
wife's name was Mehetabel, the daughter of Matred, the daughter of
Me-zahab. And Hadad died.
And the chiefs of Edom were: chief Timna, chief Aliah, chief Jetheth,
chief Oholibamah, chief Elah, chief Pinon,
chief Kenaz, chief Teman, chief Mibzar,
chief Magdiel, chief Iram. These are the chiefs
These are the sons of Israel: Reuben, Simeon,
Levi, and Judah, Issachar, and Zebulun, Dan,
Joseph, and Benjamin, Naphtali, Gad, and Asher.
The sons of Judah: Er, and Onan, and Shelah;
which three were born unto him of Shua's daughter the Canaanitess. And Er,
Judah's first-born, was wicked in the sight of Jehovah; and he slew him.
And Tamar his daughter-in-law bare him Perez and
Zerah. All the sons of Judah were five.
The sons of Perez: Hezron, and Hamul.
And the sons of Zerah: Zimri, and Ethan, and
Heman, and Calcol, and Dara; five of them in all.
And the sons of Carmi: Achar, the troubler of
Israel, who committed a trespass in the devoted thing.
And the sons of Ethan: Azariah.
The sons also of Hezron, that were born unto him:
Jerahmeel, and Ram, and Chelubai. And Ram begat
Amminadab, and Amminadab begat Nahshon, prince of the children of Judah;
and Nahshon begat Salma, and Salma begat Boaz,
and Boaz begat Obed, and Obed begat Jesse;
and Jesse begat his first-born Eliab, and
Abinadab the second, and Shimea the third,
Nethanel the fourth, Raddai the fifth,
Ozem the sixth, David the seventh;
and their sisters were Zeruiah and Abigail. And
the sons of Zeruiah: Abishai, and Joab, and Asahel, three.
And Abigail bare Amasa; and the father of Amasa
was Jether the Ishmaelite.
And Caleb the son of Hezron begat
children of Azubah his wife, and of Jerioth; and these were
her sons: Jesher, and Shobab, and Ardon. And
Azubah died, and Caleb took unto him Ephrath, who bare him Hur.
And Hur begat Uri, and Uri begat Bezalel.
And afterward Hezron went in to the daughter of
Machir the father of Gilead, whom he took to wife when he was
threescore years old; and she bare him Segub.
And Segub begat Jair, who had three and twenty
cities in the land of Gilead. And Geshur and
Aram took the towns of Jair from them, with Kenath, and the villages
thereof, even threescore cities. All these were the sons of Machir the
father of Gilead. And after that Hezron was dead
in Caleb-ephrathah, then Abijah Hezron's wife bare him Ashhur the father
And the sons of Jerahmeel the first-born of
Hezron were Ram the first-born, and Bunah, and Oren, and Ozem, Ahijah.
And Jerahmeel had another wife, whose name was
Atarah; she was the mother of Onam. And the sons
of Ram the first-born of Jerahmeel were Maaz, and Jamin, and Eker.
And the sons of Onam were Shammai, and Jada. And
the sons of Shammai: Nadab, and Abishur. And the
name of the wife of Abishur was Abihail; and she bare him Ahban, and
Molid. And the sons of Nadab: Seled, and Appaim;
but Seled died without children. And the sons of
Appaim: Ishi. And the sons of Ishi: Sheshan. And the sons of Sheshan:
Ahlai. And the sons of Jada the brother of
Shammai: Jether, and Jonathan; and Jether died without children.
And the sons of Jonathan: Peleth, and Zaza.
These were the sons of Jerahmeel. Now Sheshan
had no sons, but daughters. And Sheshan had a servant, an Egyptian, whose
name was Jarha. And Sheshan gave his daughter to
Jarha his servant to wife; and she bare him Attai.
And Attai begat Nathan, and Nathan begat Zabad,
and Zabad begat Ephlal, and Ephlal begat Obed,
and Obed begat Jehu, and Jehu begat Azariah,
and Azariah begat Helez, and Helez begat
Eleasah, and Eleasah begat Sismai, and Sismai
begat Shallum, and Shallum begat Jekamiah, and
Jekamiah begat Elishama.
And the sons of Caleb the brother of Jerahmeel
were Mesha his first-born, who was the father of Ziph; and the sons of
Mareshah the father of Hebron. And the sons of
Hebron: Korah, and Tappuah, and Rekem, and Shema.
And Shema begat Raham, the father of Jorkeam;
and Rekem begat Shammai. And the son of Shammai
was Maon; and Maon was the father of Beth-zur.
And Ephah, Caleb's concubine, bare Haran, and
Moza, and Gazez; and Haran begat Gazez. And the
sons of Jahdai: Regem, and Jothan, and Geshan, and Pelet, and Ephah, and
Shaaph. Maacah, Caleb's concubine, bare Sheber
and Tirhanah. She bare also Shaaph the father of
Madmannah, Sheva the father of Machbena, and the father of Gibea; and the
daughter of Caleb was Achsah.
These were the sons of Caleb, the son of Hur,
the first-born of Ephrathah: Shobal the father of Kiriath-jearim,
Salma the father of Beth-lehem, Hareph the
father of Beth-gader. And Shobal the father of
Kiriath-jearim had sons: Haroeh, half of the Menuhoth.
And the families of Kiriath-jearim: The
Ithrites, and the Puthites, and the Shumathites, and the Mishraites; of
them came the Zorathites and the Eshtaolites.
The sons of Salma: Beth-lehem, and the
Netophathites, Atroth-beth-joab, and half of the Manahathites, the
Zorites. And the families of scribes that dwelt
at Jabez: the Tirathites, the Shimeathites, the Sucathites. These are the
Kenites that came of Hammath, the father of the house of Rechab.
Now these were the sons of David, that were born
unto him in Hebron: the first-born, Amnon, of Ahinoam the Jezreelitess;
the second, Daniel, of Abigail the Carmelitess;
the third, Absalom the son of Maacah the daughter
of Talmai king of Geshur; the fourth, Adonijah the son of Haggith;
the fifth, Shephatiah of Abital; the sixth,
Ithream by Eglah his wife: six were born unto him
in Hebron; and there he reigned seven years and six months. And in
Jerusalem he reigned thirty and three years; and
these were born unto him in Jerusalem: Shimea, and Shobab, and Nathan, and
Solomon, four, of Bath-shua the daughter of Ammiel;
and Ibhar, and Elishama, and Eliphelet,
and Nogah, and Nepheg, and Japhia,
and Elishama, and Eliada, and Eliphelet, nine.
All these were the sons of David, besides the
sons of the concubines; and Tamar was their sister.
And Solomon's son was Rehoboam, Abijah his son,
Asa his son, Jehoshaphat his son, Joram his son,
Ahaziah his son, Joash his son, Amaziah his son,
Azariah his son, Jotham his son, Ahaz his son,
Hezekiah his son, Manasseh his son, Amon his
son, Josiah his son. And the sons of Josiah: the
first-born Johanan, the second Jehoiakim, the third Zedekiah, the fourth
Shallum. And the sons of Jehoiakim: Jeconiah his
son, Zedekiah his son. And the sons of Jeconiah,
the captive: Shealtiel his son, and Malchiram,
and Pedaiah, and Shenazzar, Jekamiah, Hoshama, and Nedabiah.
And the sons of Pedaiah: Zerubbabel, and Shimei.
And the sons of Zerubbabel: Meshullam, and Hananiah; and Shelomith was
their sister; and Hashubah, and Ohel, and
Berechiah, and Hasadiah, Jushab-hesed, five. And
the sons of Hananiah: Pelatiah, and Jeshaiah; the sons of Rephaiah, the
sons of Arnan, the sons of Obadiah, the sons of Shecaniah.
And the sons of Shecaniah: Shemaiah. And the
sons of Shemaiah: Hattush, and Igal, and Bariah, and Neariah, and Shaphat,
six. And the sons of Neariah: Elioenai, and
Hizkiah, and Azrikam, three. And the sons of
Elioenai: Hodaviah, and Eliashib, and Pelaiah, and Akkub, and Johanan, and
Delaiah, and Anani, seven.
The sons of Judah: Perez, Hezron, and Carmi, and
Hur, and Shobal. And Reaiah the son of Shobal
begat Jahath; and Jahath begat Ahumai and Lahad. These are the families of
the Zorathites. And these were the sons of
the father of Etam: Jezreel, and Ishma, and Idbash; and the name of their
sister was Hazzelelponi; and Penuel the father of
Gedor, and Ezer the father of Hushah. These are the sons of Hur, the
first-born of Ephrathah, the father of Beth-lehem.
And Ashhur the father of Tekoa had two wives,
Helah and Naarah. And Naarah bare him Ahuzzam,
and Hepher, and Temeni, and Haahashtari. These were the sons of Naarah.
And the sons of Helah were Zereth, Izhar, and
Ethnan. And Hakkoz begat Anub, and Zobebah, and
the families of Aharhel the son of Harum. And
Jabez was more honorable than his brethren: and his mother called his name
Jabez, saying, Because I bare him with sorrow.
And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying,
Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my border, and that thy
hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it
be not to my sorrow! And God granted him that which he requested.
And Chelub the brother of Shuhah begat Mehir,
who was the father of Eshton. And Eshton begat
Beth-rapha, and Paseah, and Tehinnah the father of Ir-nahash. These are
the men of Recah. And the sons of Kenaz:
Othniel, and Seraiah. And the sons of Othniel: Hathath.
And Meonothai begat Ophrah: and Seraiah begat
Joab the father of Ge-harashim; for they were craftsmen.
And the sons of Caleb the son of Jephunneh: Iru,
Elah, and Naam; and the sons of Elah; and Kenaz.
And the sons of Jehallelel: Ziph, and Ziphah,
Tiria, and Asarel. And the sons of Ezrah:
Jether, and Mered, and Epher, and Jalon; and she bare Miriam, and Shammai,
and Ishbah the father of Eshtemoa. And his wife
the Jewess bare Jered the father of Gedor, and Heber the father of Soco,
and Jekuthiel the father of Zanoah. And these are the sons of Bithiah the
daughter of Pharaoh, whom Mered took. And the
sons of the wife of Hodiah, the sister of Naham, were the father of Keilah
the Garmite, and Eshtemoa the Maacathite. And
the sons of Shimon: Amnon, and Rinnah, Ben-hanan, and Tilon. And the sons
of Ishi: Zoheth, and Ben-zoheth. The sons of
Shelah the son of Judah: Er the father of Lecah, and Laadah the father of
Mareshah, and the families of the house of them that wrought fine linen,
of the house of Ashbea; and Jokim, and the men
of Cozeba, and Joash, and Saraph, who had dominion in Moab, and
Jashubilehem. And the records are ancient. These
were the potters, and the inhabitants of Netaim and Gederah: there they
dwelt with the king for his work.
The sons of Simeon: Nemuel, and Jamin, Jarib,
Zerah, Shaul; Shallum his son, Mibsam his son,
Mishma his son. And the sons of Mishma: Hammuel
his son, Zaccur his son, Shimei his son. And
Shimei had sixteen sons and six daughters; but his brethren had not many
children, neither did all their family multiply like to the children of
Judah. And they dwelt at Beer-sheba, and
Moladah, and Hazarshual, and at Bilhah, and at
Ezem, and at Tolad, and at Bethuel, and at
Hormah, and at Ziklag, and at Beth-marcaboth,
and Hazar-susim, and at Beth-biri, and at Shaaraim. These were their
cities unto the reign of David. And their
villages were Etam, and Ain, Rimmon, and Tochen, and Ashan, five cities;
and all their villages that were round about the
same cities, unto Baal. These were their habitations, and they have their
genealogy. And Meshobab, and Jamlech, and Joshah
the son of Amaziah, and Joel, and Jehu the son
of Joshibiah, the son of Seraiah, the son of Asiel,
and Elioenai, and Jaakobah, and Jeshohaiah, and
Asaiah, and Adiel, and Jesimiel, and Benaiah,
and Ziza the son of Shiphi, the son of Allon,
the son of Jedaiah, the son of Shimri, the son of Shemaiah-
these mentioned by name were princes in their
families: and their fathers' houses increased greatly.
And they went to the entrance of Gedor, even
unto the east side of the valley, to seek pasture for their flocks.
And they found fat pasture and good, and the
land was wide, and quiet, and peaceable; for they that dwelt there
aforetime were of Ham. And these written by name
came in the days of Hezekiah king of Judah, and smote their tents, and the
Meunim that were found there, and destroyed them utterly unto this day,
and dwelt in their stead; because there was pasture there for their
flocks. And some of them, even of the sons of
Simeon, five hundred men, went to mount Seir, having for their captains
Pelatiah, and Neariah, and Rephaiah, and Uzziel, the sons of Ishi.
And they smote the remnant of the Amalekites
that escaped, and have dwelt there unto this day.
And the sons of Reuben the first-born of Israel
(for he was the first-born; but, forasmuch as he defiled his father's
couch, his birthright was given unto the sons of Joseph the son of Israel;
and the genealogy is not to be reckoned after the birthright.
For Judah prevailed above his brethren, and of
him came the prince; but the birthright was Joseph's:)
the sons of Reuben the first-born of Israel:
Hanoch, and Pallu, Hezron, and Carmi. The sons of
Joel: Shemaiah his son, Gog his son, Shimei his son,
Micah his son, Reaiah his son, Baal his son,
Beerah his son, whom Tilgath-pilneser king of
Assyria carried away captive: he was prince of the Reubenites.
And his brethren by their families, when the
genealogy of their generations was reckoned: the chief, Jeiel, and
Zechariah, and Bela the son of Azaz, the son of
Shema, the son of Joel, who dwelt in Aroer, even unto Nebo and Baal-meon:
and eastward he dwelt even unto the entrance of
the wilderness from the river Euphrates, because their cattle were
multiplied in the land of Gilead. And in the
days of Saul, they made war with the Hagrites, who fell by their hand; and
they dwelt in their tents throughout all the land east of Gilead.
And the sons of Gad dwelt over against them, in
the land of Bashan unto Salecah: Joel the chief,
and Shapham the second, and Janai, and Shaphat in Bashan.
And their brethren of their fathers' houses:
Michael, and Meshullam, and Sheba, and Jorai, and Jacan, and Zia, and
Eber, seven. These were the sons of Abihail, the
son of Huri, the son of Jaroah, the son of Gilead, the son of Michael, the
son of Jeshishai, the son of Jahdo, the son of Buz;
Ahi the son of Abdiel, the son of Guni, chief of
their fathers' houses. And they dwelt in Gilead
in Bashan, and in its towns, and in all the suburbs of Sharon, as far as
their borders. All these were reckoned by
genealogies in the days of Jotham king of Judah, and in the days of
Jeroboam king of Israel.
The sons of Reuben, and the Gadites, and the
half-tribe of Manasseh, of valiant men, men able to bear buckler and
sword, and to shoot with bow, and skilful in war, were forty and four
thousand seven hundred and threescore, that were able to go forth to war.
And they made war with the Hagrites, with Jetur,
and Naphish, and Nodab. And they were helped
against them, and the Hagrites were delivered into their hand, and all
that were with them; for they cried to God in the battle, and he was
entreated of them, because they put their trust in him.
And they took away their cattle; of their camels
fifty thousand, and of sheep two hundred and fifty thousand, and of asses
two thousand, and of men a hundred thousand. For
there fell many slain, because the war was of God. And they dwelt in their
stead until the captivity.
And the children of the half-tribe of Manasseh
dwelt in the land: they increased from Bashan unto Baal-hermon and Senir
and mount Hermon. And these were the heads of
their fathers' houses: even Epher, and Ishi, and Eliel, and Azriel, and
Jeremiah, and Hodaviah, and Jahdiel, mighty men of valor, famous men,
heads of their fathers' houses.
And they trespassed against the God of their
fathers, and played the harlot after the gods of the peoples of the land,
whom God destroyed before them. And the God of
Israel stirred up the spirit of Pul king of Assyria, and the spirit of
Tilgath-pilneser king of Assyria, and he carried them away, even the
Reubenites, and the Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh, and brought
them unto Halah, and Habor, and Hara, and to the river of Gozan, unto this
The sons of Levi: Gershon, Kohath, and Merari.
And the sons of Kohath: Amram, Izhar, and Hebron,
and Uzziel. And the children of Amram: Aaron, and
Moses, and Miriam. And the sons of Aaron: Nadab, and Abihu, Eleazar, and
Ithamar. Eleazar begat Phinehas, Phinehas begat
Abishua, and Abishua begat Bukki, and Bukki begat
Uzzi, and Uzzi begat Zerahiah, and Zerahiah begat
Meraioth, Meraioth begat Amariah, and Amariah
begat Ahitub, and Ahitub begat Zadok, and Zadok
begat Ahimaaz, and Ahimaaz begat Azariah, and
Azariah begat Johanan, and Johanan begat
Azariah, (he it is that executed the priest's office in the house that
Solomon built in Jerusalem), and Azariah begat
Amariah, and Amariah begat Ahitub, and Ahitub
begat Zadok, and Zadok begat Shallum, and
Shallum begat Hilkiah, and Hilkiah begat Azariah,
and Azariah begat Seraiah, and Seraiah begat
Jehozadak; And Jehozadak went into
captivity, when Jehovah carried away Judah and Jerusalem by the hand
The sons of Levi: Gershom, Kohath, and Merari.
And these are the names of the sons of Gershom:
Libni and Shimei. And the sons of Kohath were
Amram, and Izhar, and Hebron, and Uzziel. The
sons of Merari: Mahli and Mushi. And these are the families of the Levites
according to their fathers' houses. Of
Gershom: Libni his son, Jahath his son, Zimmah his son,
Joah his son, Iddo his son, Zerah his son,
Jeatherai his son. The sons of Kohath: Amminadab
his son, Korah his son, Assir his son, Elkanah
his son, and Ebiasaph his son, and Assir his son,
Tahath his son, Uriel his son, Uzziah his son,
and Shaul his son. And the sons of Elkanah:
Amasai, and Ahimoth. As for Elkanah, the sons of
Elkanah: Zophai his son, and Nahath his son,
Eliab his son, Jeroham his son, Elkanah his son.
And the sons of Samuel: the first-born
Joel, and the second Abijah. The sons of
Merari: Mahli, Libni his son, Shimei his son, Uzzah his son,
Shimea his son, Haggiah his son, Asaiah his son.
And these are they whom David set over the
service of song in the house of Jehovah, after that the ark had rest.
And they ministered with song before the
tabernacle of the tent of meeting, until Solomon had built the house of
Jehovah in Jerusalem: and they waited on their office according to their
order. And these are they that waited, and their
sons. Of the sons of the Kohathites: Heman the singer, the son of Joel,
the son of Samuel, the son of Elkanah, the son
of Jeroham, the son of Eliel, the son of Toah,
the son of Zuph, the son of Elkanah, the son of
Mahath, the son of Amasai, the son of Elkanah,
the son of Joel, the son of Azariah, the son of Zephaniah,
the son of Tahath, the son of Assir, the son of
Ebiasaph, the son of Korah, the son of Izhar,
the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, the son of Israel.
And his brother Asaph, who stood on his right
hand, even Asaph the son of Berechiah, the son of Shimea,
the son of Michael, the son of Baaseiah, the son
of Malchijah, the son of Ethni, the son of
Zerah, the son of Adaiah, the son of Ethan, the
son of Zimmah, the son of Shimei, the son of
Jahath, the son of Gershom, the son of Levi. And
on the left hand their brethren the sons of Merari: Ethan the son of
Kishi, the son of Abdi, the son of Malluch, the
son of Hashabiah, the son of Amaziah, the son of Hilkiah,
the son of Amzi, the son of Bani, the son of
Shemer, the son of Mahli, the son of Mushi, the
son of Merari, the son of Levi. And their
brethren the Levites were appointed for all the service of the tabernacle
of the house of God.
But Aaron and his sons offered upon the altar of
burnt-offering, and upon the altar of incense, for all the work of the
most holy place, and to make atonement for Israel, according to all that
Moses the servant of God had commanded. And
these are the sons of Aaron: Eleazar his son, Phinehas his son, Abishua
his son, Bukki his son, Uzzi his son, Zerahiah
his son, Meraioth his son, Amariah his son,
Ahitub his son, Zadok his son, Ahimaaz his son.
Now these are their dwelling-places according to
their encampments in their borders: to the sons of Aaron, of the families
of the Kohathites (for theirs was the first lot),
to them they gave Hebron in the land of Judah,
and the suburbs thereof round about it; but the
fields of the city, and the villages thereof, they gave to Caleb the son
of Jephunneh. And to the sons of Aaron they gave
the cities of refuge, Hebron; Libnah also with its suburbs, and Jattir,
and Eshtemoa with its suburbs, and Hilen with
its suburbs, Debir with its suburbs, and Ashan
with its suburbs, and Beth-shemesh with its suburbs;
and out of the tribe of Benjamin, Geba with its
suburbs, and Allemeth with its suburbs, and Anathoth with its suburbs. All
their cities throughout their families were thirteen cities.
And unto the rest of the sons of Kohath were
given by lot, out of the family of the tribe, out of the half-tribe,
the half of Manasseh, ten cities. And to the
sons of Gershom, according to their families, out of the tribe of
Issachar, and out of the tribe of Asher, and out of the tribe of Naphtali,
and out of the tribe of Manasseh in Bashan, thirteen cities.
Unto the sons of Merari were given by
lot, according to their families, out of the tribe of Reuben, and out of
the tribe of Gad, and out of the tribe of Zebulun, twelve cities.
And the children of Israel gave to the Levites
the cities with their suburbs. And they gave by
lot out of the tribe of the children of Judah, and out of the tribe of the
children of Simeon, and out of the tribe of the children of Benjamin,
these cities which are mentioned by name.
And some of the families of the sons of Kohath
had cities of their borders out of the tribe of Ephraim.
And they gave unto them the cities of refuge,
Shechem in the hill-country of Ephraim with its suburbs; Gezer also with
its suburbs, and Jokmeam with its suburbs, and
Beth-horon with its suburbs, and Aijalon with
its suburbs, and Gath-rimmon with its suburbs;
and out of the half-tribe of Manasseh, Aner with
its suburbs, and Bileam with its suburbs, for the rest of the family of
the sons of Kohath.
Unto the sons of Gershom were given, out
of the family of the half-tribe of Manasseh, Golan in Bashan with its
suburbs, and Ashtaroth with its suburbs; and out
of the tribe of Issachar, Kedesh with its suburbs, Daberath with its
suburbs, and Ramoth with its suburbs, and Anem
with its suburbs; and out of the tribe of Asher,
Mashal with its suburbs, and Abdon with its suburbs,
and Hukok with its suburbs, and Rehob with its
suburbs; and out of the tribe of Naphtali,
Kedesh in Galilee with its suburbs, and Hammon with its suburbs, and
Kiriathaim with its suburbs.
Unto the rest of the Levites, the sons of
Merari, were given, out of the tribe of Zebulun, Rimmono with its
suburbs, Tabor with its suburbs; and beyond the
Jordan at Jericho, on the east side of the Jordan, were given them,
out of the tribe of Reuben, Bezer in the wilderness with its suburbs, and
Jahzah with its suburbs, and Kedemoth with its
suburbs, and Mephaath with its suburbs; and out
of the tribe of Gad, Ramoth in Gilead with its suburbs, and Mahanaim with
its suburbs, and Heshbon with its suburbs, and
Jazer with its suburbs.
And of the sons of Issachar: Tola, and Puah,
Jashub, and Shimron, four. And the sons of Tola:
Uzzi, and Rephaiah, and Jeriel, and Jahmai, and Ibsam, and Shemuel, heads
of their fathers' houses, to wit, of Tola; mighty men of valor in
their generations: their number in the days of David was two and twenty
thousand and six hundred. And the sons of Uzzi:
Izrahiah. And the sons of Izrahiah: Michael, and Obadiah, and Joel,
Isshiah, five; all of them chief men. And with
them, by their generations, after their fathers' houses, were bands of the
host for war, six and thirty thousand; for they had many wives and sons.
And their brethren among all the families of
Issachar, mighty men of valor, reckoned in all by genealogy, were
fourscore and seven thousand.
The sons of Benjamin: Bela, and Becher,
and Jediael, three. And the sons of Bela: Ezbon,
and Uzzi, and Uzziel, and Jerimoth, and Iri, five; heads of fathers'
houses, mighty men of valor; and they were reckoned by genealogy twenty
and two thousand and thirty and four. And the
sons of Becher: Zemirah, and Joash, and Eliezer, and Elioenai, and Omri,
and Jeremoth, and Abijah, and Anathoth, and Alemeth. All these were the
sons of Becher. And they were reckoned by
genealogy, after their generations, heads of their fathers' houses, mighty
men of valor, twenty thousand and two hundred.
And the sons of Jediael: Bilhan. And the sons of
Bilhan: Jeush, and Benjamin, and Ehud, and Chenaanah, and Zethan, and
Tarshish, and Ahishahar. All these were sons of
Jediael, according to the heads of their fathers' houses, mighty
men of valor, seventeen thousand and two hundred, that were able to go
forth in the host for war. Shuppim also, and
Huppim, the sons of Ir, Hushim, the sons of Aher.
The sons of Naphtali: Jahziel, and Guni, and
Jezer, and Shallum, the sons of Bilhah.
The sons of Manasseh: Asriel, whom his concubine
the Aramitess bare: she bare Machir the father of Gilead:
and Machir took a wife of Huppim and Shuppim,
whose sister's name was Maacah; and the name of the second was Zelophehad:
and Zelophehad had daughters. And Maacah the
wife of Machir bare a son, and she called his name Peresh; and the name of
his brother was Sheresh; and his sons were Ulam and Rakem.
And the sons of Ulam: Bedan. These were the sons
of Gilead the son of Machir, the son of Manasseh.
And his sister Hammolecheth bare Ishhod, and
Abiezer, and Mahlah. And the sons of Shemida
were Ahian, and Shechem, and Likhi, and Aniam.
And the sons of Ephraim: Shuthelah, and Bered
his son, and Tahath his son, and Eleadah his son, and Tahath his son,
and Zabad his son, and Shuthelah his son, and
Ezer, and Elead, whom the men of Gath that were born in the land slew,
because they came down to take away their cattle.
And Ephraim their father mourned many days, and
his brethren came to comfort him. And he went in
to his wife, and she conceived, and bare a son, and he called his name
Beriah, because it went evil with his house. And
his daughter was Sheerah, who built Beth-horon the nether and the upper,
and Uzzen-sheerah. And Rephah was his son, and
Resheph, and Telah his son, and Tahan his son,
Ladan his son, Ammihud his son, Elishama his
son, Nun his son, Joshua his son.
And their possessions and habitations were
Beth-el and the towns thereof, and eastward Naaran, and westward Gezer,
with the towns thereof; Shechem also and the towns thereof, unto Azzah and
the towns thereof; and by the borders of the
children of Manasseh, Beth-shean and its towns, Taanach and its towns,
Megiddo and its towns, Dor and its towns. In these dwelt the children of
Joseph the son of Israel.
The sons of Asher: Imnah, and Ishvah, and Ishvi,
and Beriah, and Serah their sister. And the sons
of Beriah: Heber, and Malchiel, who was the father of Birzaith.
And Heber begat Japhlet, and Shomer, and Hotham,
and Shua their sister. And the sons of Japhlet:
Pasach, and Bimhal, and Ashvath. These are the children of Japhlet.
And the sons of Shemer: Ahi, and Rohgah,
Jehubbah, and Aram. And the sons of Helem his
brother: Zophah, and Imna, and Shelesh, and Amal.
The sons of Zophah: Suah, and Harnepher, and
Shual, and Beri, and Imrah, Bezer, and Hod, and
Shamma, and Shilshah, and Ithran, and Beera. And
the sons of Jether: Jephunneh, and Pispa, and Ara.
And the sons of Ulla: Arah, and Hanniel, and
Rizia. All these were the children of Asher,
heads of the fathers' houses, choice and mighty men of valor, chief of the
princes. And the number of them reckoned by genealogy for service in war
was twenty and six thousand men.
And Benjamin begat Bela his first-born, Ashbel
the second, and Aharah the third, Nohah the
fourth, and Rapha the fifth. And Bela had sons:
Addar, and Gera, and Abihud, and Abishua, and
Naaman, and Ahoah, and Gera, and Shephuphan, and
Huram. And these are the sons of Ehud: these are
the heads of fathers' houses of the inhabitants of Geba, and they
carried them captive to Manahath: and Naaman, and
Ahijah, and Gera, he carried them captive: and he begat Uzza and Ahihud.
And Shaharaim begat children in the field of
Moab, after he had sent them away; Hushim and Baara were his wives.
And he begat of Hodesh his wife, Jobab, and
Zibia, and Mesha, and Malcam, and Jeuz, and
Shachia, and Mirmah. These were his sons, heads of fathers' houses.
And of Hushim he begat Abitub and Elpaal.
And the sons of Elpaal: Eber, and Misham, and
Shemed, who built Ono and Lod, with the towns thereof;
and Beriah, and Shema, who were heads of
fathers' houses of the inhabitants of Aijalon, who put to flight
the inhabitants of Gath; and Ahio, Shashak, and
Jeremoth, and Zebadiah, and Arad, and Eder,
and Michael, and Ishpah, and Joha, the sons of
Beriah, and Zebadiah, and Meshullam, and Hizki,
and Heber, and Ishmerai, and Izliah, and Jobab,
the sons of Elpaal, and Jakim, and Zichri, and
Zabdi, and Elienai, and Zillethai, and Eliel,
and Adaiah, and Beraiah, and Shimrath, the sons
of Shimei, and Ishpan, and Eber, and Eliel,
and Abdon, and Zichri, and Hanan,
and Hananiah, and Elam, and Anthothijah,
and Iphdeiah, and Penuel, the sons of Shashak,
and Shamsherai, and Shehariah, and Athaliah,
and Jaareshiah, and Elijah, and Zichri, the sons
of Jeroham. These were heads of fathers'
houses throughout their generations, chief men: these dwelt in
And in Gibeon there dwelt the father of Gibeon,
Jeiel, whose wife's name was Maacah; and
his first-born son Abdon, and Zur, and Kish, and Baal, and Nadab,
and Gedor, and Ahio, and Zecher.
And Mikloth begat Shimeah. And they also dwelt
with their brethren in Jerusalem, over against their brethren.
And Ner begat Kish; and Kish begat Saul; and
Saul begat Jonathan, and Malchi-shua, and Abinadab, and Eshbaal.
And the son of Jonathan was Merib-baal; and
Merib-baal begat Micah. And the sons of Micah:
Pithon, and Melech, and Tarea, and Ahaz. And
Ahaz begat Jehoaddah; and Jehoaddah begat Alemeth, and Azmaveth, and
Zimri; and Zimri begat Moza. And Moza begat
Binea; Raphah was his son, Eleasah his son, Azel his son.
And Azel had six sons, whose names are these:
Azrikam, Bocheru, and Ishmael, and Sheariah, and Obadiah, and Hanan. All
these were the sons of Azel. And the sons of
Eshek his brother: Ulam his first-born, Jeush the second, and Eliphelet
the third. And the sons of Ulam were mighty men
of valor, archers, and had many sons, and sons' sons, a hundred and fifty.
All these were of the sons of Benjamin.
So all Israel were reckoned by genealogies; and,
behold, they are written in the book of the kings of Israel: and Judah was
carried away captive to Babylon for their transgression.
Now the first inhabitants that dwelt in their
possessions in their cities were Israel, the priests, the Levites, and the
Nethinim. And in Jerusalem dwelt of the children
of Judah, and of the children of Benjamin, and of the children of Ephraim
and Manasseh: Uthai the son of Ammihud, the son
of Omri, the son of Imri, the son of Bani, of the children of Perez the
son of Judah. And of the Shilonites: Asaiah the
first-born, and his sons. And of the sons of
Zerah: Jeuel, and their brethren, six hundred and ninety.
And of the sons of Benjamin: Sallu the son of
Meshullam, the son of Hodaviah, the son of Hassenuah,
and Ibneiah the son of Jeroham, and Elah the son
of Uzzi, the son of Michri, and Meshullam the son of Shephatiah, the son
of Reuel, the son of Ibnijah; and their brethren,
according to their generations, nine hundred and fifty and six. All these
men were heads of fathers' houses by their fathers' houses.
And of the priests: Jedaiah, and Jehoiarib,
Jachin, and Azariah the son of Hilkiah, the son
of Meshullam, the son of Zadok, the son of Meraioth, the son of Ahitub,
the ruler of the house of God; and Adaiah the
son of Jeroham, the son of Pashhur, the son of Malchijah, and Maasai the
son of Adiel, the son of Jahzerah, the son of Meshullam, the son of
Meshillemith, the son of Immer; and their
brethren, heads of their fathers' houses, a thousand and seven hundred and
threescore; very able men for the work of the service of the house of God.
And of the Levites: Shemaiah the son of Hasshub,
the son of Azrikam, the son of Hashabiah, of the sons of Merari;
and Bakbakkar, Heresh, and Galal, and Mattaniah
the son of Mica, the son of Zichri, the son of Asaph,
and Obadiah the son of Shemaiah, the son of
Galal, the son of Jeduthun, and Berechiah the son of Asa, the son of
Elkanah, that dwelt in the villages of the Netophathites.
And the porters: Shallum, and Akkub, and Talmon,
and Ahiman, and their brethren (Shallum was the chief),
who hitherto waited in the king's gate
eastward: they were the porters for the camp of the children of Levi.
And Shallum the son of Kore, the son of
Ebiasaph, the son of Korah, and his brethren, of his father's house, the
Korahites, were over the work of the service, keepers of the thresholds of
the tent: and their fathers had been over the camp of Jehovah, keepers of
the entry. And Phinehas the son of Eleazar was
ruler over them in time past, and Jehovah was with him.
Zechariah the son of Meshelemiah was porter of
the door of the tent of meeting. All these that
were chosen to be porters in the thresholds were two hundred and twelve.
These were reckoned by genealogy in their villages, whom David and Samuel
the seer did ordain in their office of trust. So
they and their children had the oversight of the gates of the house of
Jehovah, even the house of the tent, by wards.
On the four sides were the porters, toward the
east, west, north, and south. And their
brethren, in their villages, were to come in every seven days from time to
time to be with them: for the four chief
porters, who were Levites, were in an office of trust, and were over the
chambers and over the treasuries in the house of God.
And they lodged round about the house of God,
because the charge thereof was upon them; and to them pertained the
opening thereof morning by morning.
And certain of them had charge of the vessels of
service; for by count were these brought in and by count were these taken
out. Some of them also were appointed over the
furniture, and over all the vessels of the sanctuary, and over the fine
flour, and the wine, and the oil, and the frankincense, and the spices.
And some of the sons of the priests prepared the
confection of the spices. And Mattithiah, one of
the Levites, who was the first-born of Shallum the Korahite, had the
office of trust over the things that were baked in pans.
And some of their brethren, of the sons of the
Kohathites, were over the showbread, to prepare it every sabbath.
And these are the singers, heads of fathers'
houses of the Levites, who dwelt in the chambers and
were free from other service; for they were employed in their
work day and night. These were heads of fathers'
houses of the Levites, throughout their generations, chief men:
these dwelt at Jerusalem.
And in Gibeon there dwelt the father of Gibeon,
Jeiel, whose wife's name was Maacah: and his
first-born son Abdon, and Zur, and Kish, and Baal, and Ner, and Nadab,
and Gedor, and Ahio, and Zechariah, and Mikloth.
And Mikloth begat Shimeam. And they also dwelt
with their brethren in Jerusalem, over against their brethren.
And Ner begat Kish; and Kish begat Saul; and
Saul begat Jonathan, and Malchishua, and Abinadab, and Eshbaal.
And the son of Jonathan was Merib-baal; and
Merib-baal begat Micah. And the sons of Micah:
Pithon, and Melech, and Tahrea, and Ahaz.
And Ahaz begat Jarah; and Jarah begat Alemeth,
and Azmaveth, and Zimri; and Zimri begat Moza;
and Moza begat Binea; and Rephaiah his son,
Eleasah his son, Azel his son. And Azel had six
sons, whose names are these: Azrikam, Bocheru, and Ishmael, and Sheariah,
and Obadiah, and Hanan: these were the sons of Azel.
Now the Philistines fought against Israel: and
the men of Israel fled from before the Philistines, and fell down slain in
mount Gilboa. And the Philistines followed hard
after Saul and after his sons; and the Philistines slew Jonathan, and
Abinadab, and Malchi-shua, the sons of Saul. And
the battle went sore against Saul, and the archers overtook him; and he
was distressed by reason of the archers. Then
said Saul unto his armor-bearer, Draw thy sword, and thrust me through
therewith, lest these uncircumcised come and abuse me. But his
armor-bearer would not; for he was sore afraid. Therefore Saul took his
sword, and fell upon it. And when his
armor-bearer saw that Saul was dead, he likewise fell upon his sword, and
died. So Saul died, and his three sons; and all
his house died together.
And when all the men of Israel that were in the
valley saw that they fled, and that Saul and his sons were dead, they
forsook their cities, and fled; and the Philistines came and dwelt in
them. And it came to pass on the morrow, when
the Philistines came to strip the slain, that they found Saul and his sons
fallen in mount Gilboa. And they stripped him,
and took his head, and his armor, and sent into the land of the
Philistines round about, to carry the tidings unto their idols, and to the
people. And they put his armor in the house of
their gods, and fastened his head in the house of Dagon.
And when all Jabesh-gilead heard all that the
Philistines had done to Saul, all the valiant
men arose, and took away the body of Saul, and the bodies of his sons, and
brought them to Jabesh, and buried their bones under the oak in Jabesh,
and fasted seven days.
So Saul died for his trespass which he
committed against Jehovah, because of the word of Jehovah, which he kept
not; and also for that he asked counsel of one that had a familiar spirit,
to inquire thereby, and inquired not of
Jehovah: therefore he slew him, and turned the kingdom unto David the son
Then all Israel gathered themselves to David
unto Hebron, saying, Behold, we are thy bone and thy flesh.
In times past, even when Saul was king, it was
thou that leddest out and broughtest in Israel: and Jehovah thy God said
unto thee, Thou shalt be shepherd of my people Israel, and thou shalt be
prince over my people Israel. So all the elders
of Israel came to the king to Hebron; and David made a covenant with them
in Hebron before Jehovah; and they anointed David king over Israel,
according to the word of Jehovah by Samuel.
And David and all Israel went to Jerusalem (the
same is Jebus); and the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land, were
there. And the inhabitants of Jebus said to
David, Thou shalt not come in hither. Nevertheless David took the
stronghold of Zion; the same is the city of David.
And David said, Whosoever smiteth the Jebusites
first shall be chief and captain. And Joab the son of Zeruiah went up
first, and was made chief. And David dwelt in
the stronghold; therefore they called it the city of David.
And he built the city round about, from Millo
even round about; and Joab repaired the rest of the city.
And David waxed greater and greater; for Jehovah
of hosts was with him.
Now these are the chief of the mighty men whom
David had, who showed themselves strong with him in his kingdom, together
with all Israel, to make him king, according to the word of Jehovah
concerning Israel. And this is the number of
the mighty men whom David had: Jashobeam, the son of a Hachmonite, the
chief of the thirty; he lifted up his spear against three hundred and slew
them at one time. And after him was Eleazar the
son of Dodo, the Ahohite, who was one of the three mighty men.
He was with David at Pasdammim, and there the
Philistines were gathered together to battle, where was a plot of ground
full of barley; and the people fled from before the Philistines.
And they stood in the midst of the plot, and
defended it, and slew the Philistines; and Jehovah saved them by a great
And three of the thirty chief men went down to
the rock to David, into the cave of Adullam; and the host of the
Philistines were encamped in the valley of Rephaim.
And David was then in the stronghold, and the
garrison of the Philistines was then in Beth-lehem.
And David longed, and said, Oh that one would
give me water to drink of the well of Beth-lehem, which is by the gate!
And the three brake through the host of the
Philistines, and drew water out of the well of Beth-lehem, that was by the
gate, and took it, and brought it to David: but David would not drink
thereof, but poured it out unto Jehovah, and
said, My God forbid it me, that I should do this: shall I drink the blood
of these men that have put their lives in jeopardy? for with the
jeopardy of their lives they brought it. Therefore he would not drink
it. These things did the three mighty men.
And Abishai, the brother of Joab, he was chief
of the three; for he lifted up his spear against three hundred and slew
them, and had a name among the three. Of the
three, he was more honorable than the two, and was made their captain:
howbeit he attained not to the first three.
Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, the son of a
valiant man of Kabzeel, who had done mighty deeds, he slew the two sons
of Ariel of Moab: he went down also and slew a lion in the midst of a
pit in time of snow. And he slew an Egyptian, a
man of great stature, five cubits high; and in the Egyptian's hand was a
spear like a weaver's beam; and he went down to him with a staff, and
plucked the spear out of the Egyptian's hand, and slew him with his own
spear. These things did Benaiah the son of
Jehoiada, and had a name among the three mighty men.
Behold, he was more honorable than the thirty,
but he attained not to the first three: and David set him over his
Also the mighty men of the armies: Asahel the
brother of Joab, Elhanan the son of Dodo of Beth-lehem,
Shammoth the Harorite, Helez the Pelonite,
Ira the son of Ikkesh the Tekoite, Abiezer the
Anathothite, Sibbecai the Hushathite, Ilai the
Ahohite, Maharai the Netophathite, Heled the
son of Baanah the Netophathite, Ithai the son
of Ribai of Gibeah of the children of Benjamin, Benaiah the Pirathonite,
Hurai of the brooks of Gaash, Abiel the
Arbathite, Azmaveth the Baharumite, Eliahba the
Shaalbonite, the sons of Hashem the Gizonite,
Jonathan the son of Shagee the Hararite, Ahiam
the son of Sacar the Hararite, Eliphal the son of Ur,
Hepher the Mecherathite, Ahijah the Pelonite,
Hezro the Carmelite, Naarai the son of Ezbai,
Joel the brother of Nathan, Mibhar the son of
Hagri, Zelek the Ammonite, Naharai the
Berothite, the armorbearer of Joab the son of Zeruiah,
Ira the Ithrite, Gareb the Ithrite,
Uriah the Hittite, Zabad the son of Ahlai,
Adina the son of Shiza the Reubenite, a chief
of the Reubenites, and thirty with him, Hanan
the son of Maacah, and Joshaphat the Mithnite,
Uzzia the Ashterathite, Shama and Jeiel the
sons of Hotham the Aroerite, Jediael the son of
Shimri, and Joha his brother, the Tizite, Eliel
the Mahavite, and Jeribai, and Joshaviah, the sons of Elnaam, and Ithmah
the Moabite, Eliel, and Obed, and Jaasiel the
Now these are they that came to David to Ziklag,
while he yet kept himself close because of Saul the son of Kish; and they
were among the mighty men, his helpers in war.
They were armed with bows, and could use both
the right hand and the left in slinging stones and in shooting arrows from
the bow: they were of Saul's brethren of Benjamin.
The chief was Ahiezer; then Joash, the sons of
Shemaah the Gibeathite, and Jeziel, and Pelet, the sons of Azmaveth, and
Beracah, and Jehu the Anathothite, and Ishmaiah
the Gibeonite, a mighty man among the thirty, and over the thirty, and
Jeremiah, and Jahaziel, and Johanan, and Jozabad the Gederathite,
Eluzai, and Jerimoth, and Bealiah, and
Shemariah, and Shephatiah the Haruphite,
Elkanah, and Isshiah, and Azarel, and Joezer,
and Jashobeam, the Korahites, and Joelah, and
Zebadiah, the sons of Jeroham of Gedor.
And of the Gadites there separated themselves
unto David to the stronghold in the wilderness, mighty men of valor, men
trained for war, that could handle shield and spear; whose faces were like
the faces of lions, and they were as swift as the roes upon the mountains;
Ezer the chief, Obadiah the second, Eliab the
third, Mishmannah the fourth, Jeremiah the
fifth, Attai the sixth, Eliel the seventh,
Johanan the eighth, Elzabad the ninth,
Jeremiah the tenth, Machbannai the eleventh.
These of the sons of Gad were captains of the
host: he that was least was equal to a hundred, and the greatest to a
thousand. These are they that went over the
Jordan in the first month, when it had overflowed all its banks; and they
put to flight all them of the valleys, both toward the east, and toward
And there came of the children of Benjamin and
Judah to the stronghold unto David. And David
went out to meet them, and answered and said unto them, If ye be come
peaceably unto me to help me, my heart shall be knit unto you; but if
ye be come to betray me to mine adversaries, seeing there is no
wrong in my hands, the God of our fathers look thereon, and rebuke it.
Then the Spirit came upon Amasai, who was chief
of the thirty, and he said, Thine are we, David, and on thy side,
thou son of Jesse: peace, peace be unto thee, and peace be to thy helpers;
for thy God helpeth thee. Then David received them, and made them captains
of the band.
Of Manasseh also there fell away some to David,
when he came with the Philistines against Saul to battle: but they helped
them not; for the lords of the Philistines upon advisement sent him away,
saying, He will fall away to his master Saul to the jeopardy of our heads.
As he went to Ziklag, there fell to him of
Manasseh, Adnah, and Jozabad, and Jediael, and Michael, and Jozabad, and
Elihu, and Zillethai, captains of thousands that were of Manasseh.
And they helped David against the band of
rovers: for they were all mighty men of valor, and were captains in the
host. For from day to day men came to David to
help him, until there was a great host, like the host of God.
And these are the numbers of the heads of them
that were armed for war, who came to David to Hebron, to turn the kingdom
of Saul to him, according to the word of Jehovah.
The children of Judah that bare shield and
spear were six thousand and eight hundred, armed for war.
Of the children of Simeon, mighty men of valor
for the war, seven thousand and one hundred. Of
the children of Levi four thousand and six hundred.
And Jehoiada was the leader of the house
of Aaron; and with him were three thousand and seven hundred,
and Zadok, a young man mighty of valor, and of
his father's house twenty and two captains. And
of the children of Benjamin, the brethren of Saul, three thousand: for
hitherto the greatest part of them had kept their allegiance to the house
of Saul. And of the children of Ephraim twenty
thousand and eight hundred, mighty men of valor, famous men in their
fathers' houses. And of the half-tribe of
Manasseh eighteen thousand, who were mentioned by name, to come and make
David king. And of the children of Issachar,
men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do,
the heads of them were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their
commandment. Of Zebulun, such as were able to
go out in the host, that could set the battle in array, with all manner of
instruments of war, fifty thousand, and that could order the battle
array, and were not of double heart. And of
Naphtali a thousand captains, and with them with shield and spear thirty
and seven thousand. And of the Danites that
could set the battle in array, twenty and eight thousand and six hundred.
And of Asher, such as were able to go out in
the host, that could set the battle in array, forty thousand.
And on the other side of the Jordan, of the
Reubenites, and the Gadites, and of the half-tribe of Manasseh, with all
manner of instruments of war for the battle, a hundred and twenty thousand.
All these being men of war, that could order
the battle array, came with a perfect heart to Hebron, to make David king
over all Israel: and all the rest also of Israel were of one heart to make
David king. And they were there with David
three days, eating and drinking; for their brethren had made preparation
for them. Moreover they that were nigh unto
them, even as far as Issachar and Zebulun and Naphtali, brought
bread on asses, and on camels, and on mules, and on oxen, victuals of
meal, cakes of figs, and clusters of raisins, and wine, and oil, and oxen,
and sheep in abundance: for there was joy in Israel.
And David consulted with the captains of
thousands and of hundreds, even with every leader.
And David said unto all the assembly of Israel,
If it seem good unto you, and if it be of Jehovah our God, let us send
abroad every where unto our brethren that are left in all the land of
Israel, with whom the priests and Levites are in their cities that have
suburbs, that they may gather themselves unto us;
and let us bring again the ark of our God to us:
for we sought not unto it in the days of Saul.
And all the assembly said that they would do so;
for the thing was right in the eyes of all the people.
So David assembled all Israel together, from the
Shihor the brook of Egypt even unto the entrance of Hamath, to
bring the ark of God from Kiriath-jearim. And
David went up, and all Israel, to Baalah, that is, to
Kiriath-jearim, which belonged to Judah, to bring up from thence the ark
of God Jehovah that sitteth above the cherubim, that is called by
the Name. And they carried the ark of God upon a
new cart, and brought it out of the house of Abinadab: and Uzza and
Ahio drove the cart. And David and all Israel
played before God with all their might, even with songs, and with harps,
and with psalteries, and with timbrels, and with cymbals, and with
And when they came unto the threshing-floor of
Chidon, Uzza put forth his hand to hold the ark; for the oxen stumbled.
And the anger of Jehovah was kindled against
Uzza, and he smote him, because he put forth his hand to the ark; and
there he died before God. And David was
displeased, because Jehovah had broken forth upon Uzza; and he called that
place Perez-uzza, unto this day. And David was
afraid of God that day, saying, How shall I bring the ark of God home to
me? So David removed not the ark unto him into
the city of David, but carried it aside into the house of Obed-edom the
Gittite. And the ark of God remained with the
family of Obed-edom in his house three months: and Jehovah blessed the
house of Obed-edom, and all that he had.
And Hiram king of Tyre sent messengers to David,
and cedar-trees, and masons, and carpenters, to build him a house.
And David perceived that Jehovah had established
him king over Israel; for his kingdom was exalted on high, for his people
And David took more wives at Jerusalem; and
David begat more sons and daughters. And these
are the names of the children whom he had in Jerusalem: Shammua, and
Shobab, Nathan, and Solomon, and Ibhar, and
Elishua, and Elpelet, and Nogah, and Nepheg, and
Japhia, and Elishama, and Beeliada, and
And when the Philistines heard that David was
anointed king over all Israel, all the Philistines went up to seek David:
and David heard of it, and went out against them.
Now the Philistines had come and made a raid in
the valley of Rephaim. And David inquired of
God, saying, Shall I go up against the Philistines? and wilt thou deliver
them into my hand? And Jehovah said unto him, Go up; for I will deliver
them into thy hand. So they came up to
Baal-perazim, and David smote them there; and David said, God hath broken
mine enemies by my hand, like the breach of waters. Therefore they called
the name of that place Baal-perazim. And they
left their gods there; and David gave commandment, and they were burned
And the Philistines yet again made a raid in
the valley. And David inquired again of God;
and God said unto him, Thou shalt not go up after them: turn away from
them, and come upon them over against the mulberry-trees.
And it shall be, when thou hearest the sound of
marching in the tops of the mulberry-trees, that then thou shalt go out to
battle; for God is gone out before thee to smite the host of the
Philistines. And David did as God commanded
him: and they smote the host of the Philistines from Gibeon even to Gezer.
And the fame of David went out into all lands;
and Jehovah brought the fear of him upon all nations.
And David made him houses in the city of
David; and he prepared a place for the ark of God, and pitched for it a
tent. Then David said, None ought to carry the
ark of God but the Levites: for them hath Jehovah chosen to carry the ark
of God, and to minister unto him for ever. And
David assembled all Israel at Jerusalem, to bring up the ark of Jehovah
unto its place, which he had prepared for it.
And David gathered together the sons of Aaron,
and the Levites: of the sons of Kohath, Uriel
the chief, and his brethren a hundred and twenty;
of the sons of Merari, Asaiah the chief, and his
brethren two hundred and twenty; of the sons of
Gershom, Joel the chief, and his brethren a hundred and thirty;
of the sons of Elizaphan, Shemaiah the chief,
and his brethren two hundred; of the sons of
Hebron, Eliel the chief, and his brethren fourscore;
of the sons of Uzziel, Amminadab the chief, and
his brethren a hundred and twelve. And David
called for Zadok and Abiathar the priests, and for the Levites, for Uriel,
Asaiah, and Joel, Shemaiah, and Eliel, and Amminadab,
and said unto them, Ye are the heads of the
fathers' houses of the Levites: sanctify yourselves, both ye and
your brethren, that ye may bring up the ark of Jehovah, the God of Israel,
unto the place that I have prepared for it.
For because ye bare it not at the first,
Jehovah our God made a breach upon us, for that we sought him not
according to the ordinance. So the priests and
the Levites sanctified themselves to bring up the ark of Jehovah, the God
of Israel. And the children of the Levites bare
the ark of God upon their shoulders with the staves thereon, as Moses
commanded according to the word of Jehovah.
And David spake to the chief of the Levites to
appoint their brethren the singers, with instruments of music, psalteries
and harps and cymbals, sounding aloud and lifting up the voice with joy.
So the Levites appointed Heman the son of Joel;
and of his brethren, Asaph the son of Berechiah; and of the sons of Merari
their brethren, Ethan the son of Kushaiah; and
with them their brethren of the second degree, Zechariah, Ben, and
Jaaziel, and Shemiramoth, and Jehiel, and Unni, Eliab, and Benaiah, and
Maaseiah, and Mattithiah, and Eliphelehu, and Mikneiah, and Obed-edom, and
Jeiel, the doorkeepers. So the singers, Heman,
Asaph, and Ethan, were appointed with cymbals of brass to sound
aloud; and Zechariah, and Aziel, and
Shemiramoth, and Jehiel, and Unni, and Eliab, and Maaseiah, and Benaiah,
with psalteries set to Alamoth; and Mattithiah,
and Eliphelehu, and Mikneiah, and Obed-edom, and Jeiel, and Azaziah, with
harps set to the Sheminith, to lead. And
Chenaniah, chief of the Levites, was over the song: he instructed about
the song, because he was skilful. And Berechiah
and Elkanah were doorkeepers for the ark. And
Shebaniah, and Joshaphat, and Nethanel, and Amasai, and Zechariah, and
Benaiah, and Eliezer, the priests, did blow the trumpets before the ark of
God: and Obed-edom and Jehiah were doorkeepers for the ark.
So David, and the elders of Israel, and the
captains over thousands, went to bring up the ark of the covenant of
Jehovah out of the house of Obed-edom with joy.
And it came to pass, when God helped the
Levites that bare the ark of the covenant of Jehovah, that they sacrificed
seven bullocks and seven rams. And David was
clothed with a robe of fine linen, and all the Levites that bare the ark,
and the singers, and Chenaniah the master of the song with the
singers: and David had upon him an ephod of linen.
Thus all Israel brought up the ark of the
covenant of Jehovah with shouting, and with sound of the cornet, and with
trumpets, and with cymbals, sounding aloud with psalteries and harps.
And it came to pass, as the ark of the covenant
of Jehovah came to the city of David, that Michal the daughter of Saul
looked out at the window, and saw king David dancing and playing; and she
despised him in her heart.
And they brought in the ark of God, and set it
in the midst of the tent that David had pitched for it: and they offered
burnt-offerings and peace-offerings before God.
And when David had made an end of offering the
burnt-offering and the peace-offerings, he blessed the people in the name
of Jehovah. And he dealt to every one of Israel,
both man and woman, to every one a loaf of bread, and a portion of
flesh, and a cake of raisins.
And he appointed certain of the Levites to
minister before the ark of Jehovah, and to celebrate and to thank and
praise Jehovah, the God of Israel: Asaph the
chief, and second to him Zechariah, Jeiel, and Shemiramoth, and Jehiel,
and Mattithiah, and Eliab, and Benaiah, and Obed-edom, and Jeiel, with
psalteries and with harps; and Asaph with cymbals, sounding aloud;
and Benaiah and Jahaziel the priests with
trumpets continually, before the ark of the covenant of God.
Then on that day did David first ordain to give
thanks unto Jehovah, by the hand of Asaph and his brethren.
O give thanks unto Jehovah, call upon his name;
Make known his doings among the peoples.
Sing unto him, sing praises unto him;
Talk ye of all his marvellous works.
Glory ye in his holy name;
Let the heart of them rejoice that seek Jehovah.
Seek ye Jehovah and his strength;
Seek his face evermore.
Remember his marvellous works that he hath done,
His wonders, and the judgments of his mouth,
O ye seed of Israel his servant,
Ye children of Jacob, his chosen ones.
He is Jehovah our God;
His judgments are in all the earth.
Remember his covenant for ever,
The word which he commanded to a thousand generations,
The covenant which he made with Abraham,
And his oath unto Isaac,
And confirmed the same unto Jacob for a statute,
To Israel for an everlasting covenant,
Saying, Unto thee will I give the land of
The lot of your inheritance;
When ye were but a few men in number,
Yea, very few, and sojourners in it;
And they went about from nation to nation,
And from one kingdom to another people.
He suffered no man to do them wrong;
Yea, he reproved kings for their sakes,
Saying, Touch not mine anointed ones,
And do my prophets no harm.
Sing unto Jehovah, all the earth;
Show forth his salvation from day to day.
Declare his glory among the nations,
His marvellous works among all the peoples.
For great is Jehovah, and greatly to be praised:
He also is to be feared above all gods.
For all the gods of the peoples are idols:
But Jehovah made the heavens.
Honor and majesty are before him:
Strength and gladness are in his place.
Ascribe unto Jehovah, ye kindreds of the
Ascribe unto Jehovah glory and strength;
Ascribe unto Jehovah the glory due unto his
Bring an offering, and come before him:
Worship Jehovah in holy array.
Tremble before him, all the earth:
The world also is established that it cannot be moved.
Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth
And let them say among the nations, Jehovah reigneth.
Let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof;
Let the field exult, and all that is therein;
Then shall the trees of the wood sing for joy
For he cometh to judge the earth.
O give thanks unto Jehovah; for he is good;
For his lovingkindness endureth for ever.
And say ye, Save us, O God of our salvation,
And gather us together and deliver us from the nations,
To give thanks unto thy holy name,
And to triumph in thy praise.
Blessed be Jehovah, the God of Israel,
From everlasting even to everlasting.
And all the people said, Amen, and praised Jehovah.
So he left there, before the ark of the
covenant of Jehovah, Asaph and his brethren, to minister before the ark
continually, as every day's work required; and
Obed-edom with their brethren, threescore and eight; Obed-edom also the
son of Jeduthun and Hosah to be doorkeepers;
and Zadok the priest, and his brethren the
priests, before the tabernacle of Jehovah in the high place that was at
Gibeon, to offer burnt-offerings unto Jehovah
upon the altar of burnt-offering continually morning and evening, even
according to all that is written in the law of Jehovah, which he commanded
unto Israel; and with them Heman and Jeduthun,
and the rest that were chosen, who were mentioned by name, to give thanks
to Jehovah, because his lovingkindness endureth for ever;
and with them Heman and Jeduthun with
trumpets and cymbals for those that should sound aloud, and with
instruments for the songs of God; and the sons of Jeduthun to be at the
gate. And all the people departed every man to
his house: and David returned to bless his house.
And it came to pass, when David dwelt in his
house, that David said to Nathan the prophet, Lo, I dwell in a house of
cedar, but the ark of the covenant of Jehovah dwelleth under
curtains. And Nathan said unto David, Do all
that is in thy heart; for God is with thee. And
it came to pass the same night, that the word of God came to Nathan,
saying, Go and tell David my servant, Thus saith
Jehovah, Thou shalt not build me a house to dwell in:
for I have not dwelt in a house since the day
that I brought up Israel, unto this day, but have gone from tent to tent,
and from one tabernacle to another.
In all places wherein I have walked with all
Israel, spake I a word with any of the judges of Israel, whom I commanded
to be shepherd of my people, saying, Why have ye not built me a house of
cedar? Now therefore thus shalt thou say unto my
servant David, Thus saith Jehovah of hosts, I took thee from the
sheepcote, from following the sheep, that thou shouldest be prince over my
people Israel: and I have been with thee
whithersoever thou hast gone, and have cut off all thine enemies from
before thee; and I will make thee a name, like unto the name of the great
ones that are in the earth. And I will appoint a
place for my people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in
their own place, and be moved no more; neither shall the children of
wickedness waste them any more, as at the first,
and as from the day that I commanded
judges to be over my people Israel; and I will subdue all thine enemies.
Moreover I tell thee that Jehovah will build thee a house.
And it shall come to pass, when thy days are
fulfilled that thou must go to be with thy fathers, that I will set up thy
seed after thee, who shall be of thy sons; and I will establish his
kingdom. He shall build me a house, and I will
establish his throne for ever. I will be his
father, and he shall be my son: and I will not take my lovingkindness away
from him, as I took it from him that was before thee;
but I will settle him in my house and in my
kingdom for ever; and his throne shall be established for ever.
According to all these words, and according to
all this vision, so did Nathan speak unto David.
Then David the king went in, and sat before
Jehovah; and he said, Who am I, O Jehovah God, and what is my house, that
thou hast brought me thus far? And this was a
small thing in thine eyes, O God; but thou hast spoken of thy servant's
house for a great while to come, and hast regarded me according to the
estate of a man of high degree, O Jehovah God.
What can David say yet more unto thee
concerning the honor which is done to thy servant? for thou knowest thy
servant. O Jehovah, for thy servant's sake, and
according to thine own heart, hast thou wrought all this greatness, to
make known all these great things. O
Jehovah, there is none like thee, neither is there any God besides thee,
according to all that we have heard with our ears.
And what one nation in the earth is like thy
people Israel, whom God went to redeem unto himself for a people, to make
thee a name by great and terrible things, in driving out nations from
before thy people, whom thou redeemest out of Egypt?
For thy people Israel didst thou make thine own
people for ever; and thou, Jehovah, becamest their God.
And now, O Jehovah, let the word that thou hast
spoken concerning thy servant, and concerning his house, be established
for ever, and do as thou hast spoken. And let
thy name be established and magnified for ever, saying, Jehovah of hosts
is the God of Israel, even a God to Israel: and the house of David thy
servant is established before thee. For thou, O
my God, hast revealed to thy servant that thou wilt build him a house:
therefore hath thy servant found in his heart to pray before thee.
And now, O Jehovah, thou art God, and hast
promised this good thing unto thy servant: and
now it hath pleased thee to bless the house of thy servant, that it may
continue for ever before thee: for thou, O Jehovah, hast blessed, and it
is blessed for ever.
And after this it came to pass, that David smote
the Philistines, and subdued them, and took Gath and its towns out of the
hand of the Philistines. And he smote Moab; and
the Moabites became servants to David, and brought tribute.
And David smote Hadarezer king of Zobah unto
Hamath, as he went to establish his dominion by the river Euphrates.
And David took from him a thousand chariots, and
seven thousand horsemen, and twenty thousand footmen; and David hocked all
the chariot horses, but reserved of them for a hundred chariots.
And when the Syrians of Damascus came to succor
Hadarezer king of Zobah, David smote of the Syrians two and twenty
thousand men. Then David put garrisons in
Syria of Damascus; and the Syrians became servants to David, and brought
tribute. And Jehovah gave victory to David whithersoever he went.
And David took the shields of gold that were on
the servants of Hadarezer, and brought them to Jerusalem.
And from Tibhath and from Cun, cities of
Hadarezer, David took very much brass, wherewith Solomon made the brazen
sea, and the pillars, and the vessels of brass.
And when Tou king of Hamath heard that David had
smitten all the host of Hadarezer king of Zobah,
he sent Hadoram his son to king David, to
salute him, and to bless him, because he had fought against Hadarezer and
smitten him; (for Hadarezer had wars with Tou;) and he had with him
all manner of vessels of gold and silver and brass.
These also did king David dedicate unto
Jehovah, with the silver and the gold that he carried away from all the
nations; from Edom, and from Moab, and from the children of Ammon, and
from the Philistines, and from Amalek.
Moreover Abishai the son of Zeruiah smote of
the Edomites in the Valley of Salt eighteen thousand.
And he put garrisons in Edom; and all the
Edomites became servants to David. And Jehovah gave victory to David
whithersoever he went.
And David reigned over all Israel; and he
executed justice and righteousness unto all his people.
And Joab the son of Zeruiah was over the host;
and Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud was recorder;
and Zadok the son of Ahitub, and Abimelech the
son of Abiathar, were priests; and Shavsha was scribe;
and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over the
Cherethites and the Pelethites; and the sons of David were chief about the
And it came to pass after this, that Nahash the
king of the children of Ammon died, and his son reigned in his stead.
And David said, I will show kindness unto Hanun
the son of Nahash, because his father showed kindness to me. So David sent
messengers to comfort him concerning his father. And David's servants came
into the land of the children of Ammon to Hanun, to comfort him.
But the princes of the children of Ammon said to
Hanun, Thinkest thou that David doth honor thy father, in that he hath
sent comforters unto thee? are not his servants come unto thee to search,
and to overthrow, and to spy out the land? So
Hanun took David's servants, and shaved them, and cut off their garments
in the middle, even to their buttocks, and sent them away.
Then there went certain persons, and told David
how the men were served. And he sent to meet them; for the men were
greatly ashamed. And the king said, Tarry at Jericho until your beards be
grown, and then return.
And when the children of Ammon saw that they had
made themselves odious to David, Hanun and the children of Ammon sent a
thousand talents of silver to hire them chariots and horsemen out of
Mesopotamia, and out of Arammaacah, and out of Zobah.
So they hired them thirty and two thousand
chariots, and the king of Maacah and his people, who came and encamped
before Medeba. And the children of Ammon gathered themselves together from
their cities, and came to battle. And when David
heard of it, he sent Joab, and all the host of the mighty men.
And the children of Ammon came out, and put the
battle in array at the gate of the city: and the kings that were come were
by themselves in the field.
Now when Joab saw that the battle was set
against him before and behind, he chose of all the choice men of Israel,
and put them in array against the Syrians. And
the rest of the people he committed into the hand of Abishai his brother;
and they put themselves in array against the children of Ammon.
And he said, If the Syrians be too strong for
me, then thou shalt help me; but if the children of Ammon be too strong
for thee, then I will help thee. Be of good
courage, and let us play the man for our people, and for the cities of our
God: and Jehovah do that which seemeth him good.
So Joab and the people that were with him drew
nigh before the Syrians unto the battle; and they fled before him.
And when the children of Ammon saw that the
Syrians were fled, they likewise fled before Abishai his brother, and
entered into the city. Then Joab came to Jerusalem.
And when the Syrians saw that they were put to
the worse before Israel, they sent messengers, and drew forth the Syrians
that were beyond the River, with Shophach the captain of the host of
Hadarezer at their head. And it was told David;
and he gathered all Israel together, and passed over the Jordan, and came
upon them, and set the battle in array against them. So when David had put
the battle in array against the Syrians, they fought with him.
And the Syrians fled before Israel; and David
slew of the Syrians the men of seven thousand chariots, and forty
thousand footmen, and killed Shophach the captain of the host.
And when the servants of Hadarezer saw that
they were put to the worse before Israel, they made peace with David, and
served him: neither would the Syrians help the children of Ammon any more.
And it came to pass, at the time of the return
of the year, at the time when kings go out to battle, that Joab led
forth the army, and wasted the country of the children of Ammon, and came
and besieged Rabbah. But David tarried at Jerusalem. And Joab smote
Rabbah, and overthrew it. And David took the
crown of their king from off his head, and found it to weigh a talent of
gold, and there were precious stones in it; and it was set upon David's
head: and he brought forth the spoil of the city, exceeding much.
And he brought forth the people that were
therein, and cut them with saws, and with harrows of iron, and with
axes. And thus did David unto all the cities of the children of Ammon. And
David and all the people returned to Jerusalem.
And it came to pass after this, that there arose
war at Gezer with the Philistines: then Sibbecai the Hushathite slew
Sippai, of the sons of the giant; and they were subdued.
And there was again war with the Philistines;
and Elhanan the son of Jair slew Lahmi the brother of Goliath the Gittite,
the staff of whose spear was like a weaver's beam.
And there was again war at Gath, where was a man
of great stature, whose fingers and toes were four and twenty, six on
each hand, and six on each foot; and he also was born unto the
giant. And when he defied Israel, Jonathan the
son of Shimea David's brother slew him. These
were born unto the giant in Gath; and they fell by the hand of David, and
by the hand of his servants.
And Satan stood up against Israel, and moved
David to number Israel. And David said to Joab
and to the princes of the people, Go, number Israel from Beer-sheba even
to Dan; and bring me word, that I may know the sum of them.
And Joab said, Jehovah make his people a hundred
times as many as they are: but, my lord the king, are they not all my
lord's servants? why doth my lord require this thing? why will he be a
cause of guilt unto Israel? Nevertheless the
king's word prevailed against Joab. Wherefore Joab departed, and went
throughout all Israel, and came to Jerusalem.
And Joab gave up the sum of the numbering of the
people unto David. And all they of Israel were a thousand thousand and a
hundred thousand men that drew sword: and Judah was four hundred
threescore and ten thousand men that drew sword.
But Levi and Benjamin counted he not among them;
for the king's word was abominable to Joab. And
God was displeased with this thing; therefore he smote Israel.
And David said unto God, I have sinned greatly,
in that I have done this thing: but now, put away, I beseech thee, the
iniquity of thy servant; for I have done very foolishly.
And Jehovah spake unto Gad, David's seer,
saying, Go and speak unto David, saying, Thus
saith Jehovah, I offer thee three things: choose thee one of them, that I
may do it unto thee. So Gad came to David, and
said unto him, Thus saith Jehovah, Take which thou wilt:
either three years of famine; or three months
to be consumed before thy foes, while the sword of thine enemies
overtaketh thee; or else three days the sword of Jehovah, even pestilence
in the land, and the angel of Jehovah destroying throughout all the
borders of Israel. Now therefore consider what answer I shall return to
him that sent me. And David said unto Gad, I am
in a great strait: let me fall, I pray, into the hand of Jehovah; for very
great are his mercies: and let me not fall into the hand of man.
So Jehovah sent a pestilence upon Israel; and
there fell of Israel seventy thousand men. And
God sent an angel unto Jerusalem to destroy it: and as he was about to
destroy, Jehovah beheld, and he repented him of the evil, and said to the
destroying angel, It is enough; now stay thy hand. And the angel of
Jehovah was standing by the threshing-floor of Ornan the Jebusite.
And David lifted up his eyes, and saw the angel
of Jehovah standing between earth and heaven, having a drawn sword in his
hand stretched out over Jerusalem. Then David and the elders, clothed in
sackcloth, fell upon their faces. And David
said unto God, Is it not I that commanded the people to be numbered? even
I it is that have sinned and done very wickedly; but these sheep, what
have they done? let thy hand, I pray thee, O Jehovah my God, be against
me, and against my father's house; but not against thy people, that they
should be plagued.
Then the angel of Jehovah commanded Gad to say
to David, that David should go up, and rear an altar unto Jehovah in the
threshing-floor of Ornan the Jebusite. And
David went up at the saying of Gad, which he spake in the name of Jehovah.
And Ornan turned back, and saw the angel; and
his four sons that were with him hid themselves. Now Ornan was threshing
wheat. And as David came to Ornan, Ornan looked
and saw David, and went out of the threshing-floor, and bowed himself to
David with his face to the ground. Then David
said to Ornan, Give me the place of this threshing-floor, that I may build
thereon an altar unto Jehovah: for the full price shalt thou give it me,
that the plague may be stayed from the people.
And Ornan said unto David, Take it to thee, and
let my lord the king do that which is good in his eyes: lo, I give
thee the oxen for burnt-offerings, and the threshing instruments
for wood, and the wheat for the meal-offering; I give it all.
And king David said to Ornan, Nay; but I will
verily buy it for the full price: for I will not take that which is thine
for Jehovah, nor offer a burnt-offering without cost.
So David gave to Ornan for the place six
hundred shekels of gold by weight. And David
built there an altar unto Jehovah, and offered burnt-offerings and
peace-offerings, and called upon Jehovah; and he answered him from heaven
by fire upon the altar of burnt-offering. And
Jehovah commanded the angel; and he put up his sword again into the sheath
At that time, when David saw that Jehovah had
answered him in the threshing-floor of Ornan the Jebusite, then he
sacrificed there. For the tabernacle of
Jehovah, which Moses made in the wilderness, and the altar of
burnt-offering, were at that time in the high place at Gibeon.
But David could not go before it to inquire of
God; for he was afraid because of the sword of the angel of Jehovah.
Then David said, This is the house of Jehovah
God, and this is the altar of burnt-offering for Israel.
And David commanded to gather together the
sojourners that were in the land of Israel; and he set masons to hew
wrought stones to build the house of God. And
David prepared iron in abundance for the nails for the doors of the gates,
and for the couplings; and brass in abundance without weight;
and cedar-trees without number: for the
Sidonians and they of Tyre brought cedar-trees in abundance to David.
And David said, Solomon my son is young and
tender, and the house that is to be builded for Jehovah must be exceeding
magnificent, of fame and of glory throughout all countries: I will
therefore make preparation for it. So David prepared abundantly before his
Then he called for Solomon his son, and charged
him to build a house for Jehovah, the God of Israel.
And David said to Solomon his son, As for me, it
was in my heart to build a house unto the name of Jehovah my God.
But the word of Jehovah came to me, saying, Thou
hast shed blood abundantly, and hast made great wars: thou shalt not build
a house unto my name, because thou hast shed much blood upon the earth in
my sight. Behold, a son shall be born to thee,
who shall be a man of rest; and I will give him rest from all his enemies
round about; for his name shall be Solomon, and I will give peace and
quietness unto Israel in his days: he shall
build a house for my name; and he shall be my son, and I will be his
father; and I will establish the throne of his kingdom over Israel for
ever. Now, my son, Jehovah be with thee; and
prosper thou, and build the house of Jehovah thy God, as he hath spoken
concerning thee. Only Jehovah give thee
discretion and understanding, and give thee charge concerning Israel; that
so thou mayest keep the law of Jehovah thy God.
Then shalt thou prosper, if thou observe to do
the statutes and the ordinances which Jehovah charged Moses with
concerning Israel: be strong, and of good courage; fear not, neither be
dismayed. Now, behold, in my affliction I have
prepared for the house of Jehovah a hundred thousand talents of gold, and
a thousand thousand talents of silver, and of brass and iron without
weight; for it is in abundance: timber also and stone have I prepared; and
thou mayest add thereto. Moreover there are
workmen with thee in abundance, hewers and workers of stone and timber,
and all men that are skilful in every manner of work:
of the gold, the silver, and the brass, and the
iron, there is no number. Arise and be doing, and Jehovah be with thee.
David also commanded all the princes of Israel
to help Solomon his son, saying, Is not
Jehovah your God with you? and hath he not given you rest on every side?
for he hath delivered the inhabitants of the land into my hand; and the
land is subdued before Jehovah, and before his people.
Now set your heart and your soul to seek after
Jehovah your God; arise therefore, and build ye the sanctuary of Jehovah
God, to bring the ark of the covenant of Jehovah, and the holy vessels of
God, into the house that is to be built to the name of Jehovah.
Now David was old and full of days; and he made
Solomon his son king over Israel. And he
gathered together all the princes of Israel, with the priests and the
Levites. And the Levites were numbered from
thirty years old and upward: and their number by their polls, man by man,
was thirty and eight thousand. Of these, twenty
and four thousand were to oversee the work of the house of Jehovah; and
six thousand were officers and judges; and four
thousand were doorkeepers; and four thousand praised Jehovah with the
instruments which I made, said David, to praise therewith.
And David divided them into courses according to
the sons of Levi: Gershon, Kohath, and Merari.
Of the Gershonites: Ladan and Shimei.
The sons of Ladan: Jehiel the chief, and Zetham,
and Joel, three. The sons of Shimei: Shelomoth,
and Haziel, and Haran, three. These were the heads of the fathers'
houses of Ladan. And the sons of Shimei:
Jahath, Zina, and Jeush, and Beriah. These four were the sons of Shimei.
And Jahath was the chief, and Zizah the second:
but Jeush and Beriah had not many sons; therefore they became a fathers'
house in one reckoning.
The sons of Kohath: Amram, Izhar, Hebron, and
Uzziel, four. The sons of Amram: Aaron and
Moses; and Aaron was separated, that he should sanctify the most holy
things, he and his sons, for ever, to burn incense before Jehovah, to
minister unto him, and to bless in his name, for ever.
But as for Moses the man of God, his sons were
named among the tribe of Levi. The sons of
Moses: Gershom and Eliezer. The sons of
Gershom: Shebuel the chief. And the sons of
Eliezer were: Rehabiah the chief; and Eliezer had no other sons; but the
sons of Rehabiah were very many. The sons of
Izhar: Shelomith the chief. The sons of Hebron:
Jeriah the chief, Amariah the second, Jahaziel the third, and Jekameam the
fourth. The sons of Uzziel: Micah the chief,
and Isshiah the second.
The sons of Merari: Mahli and Mushi. The sons
of Mahli: Eleazar and Kish. And Eleazar died,
and had no sons, but daughters only: and their brethren the sons of Kish
took them to wife. The sons of Mushi:
Mahli, and Eder, and Jeremoth, three.
These were the sons of Levi after their
fathers' houses, even the heads of the fathers' houses of those of
them that were counted, in the number of names by their polls, who did the
work for the service of the house of Jehovah, from twenty years old and
upward. For David said, Jehovah, the God of
Israel, hath given rest unto his people; and he dwelleth in Jerusalem for
ever: and also the Levites shall no more have
need to carry the tabernacle and all the vessels of it for the service
thereof. For by the last words of David the
sons of Levi were numbered, from twenty years old and upward.
For their office was to wait on the sons of
Aaron for the service of the house of Jehovah, in the courts, and in the
chambers, and in the purifying of all holy things, even the work of the
service of the house of God; for the showbread
also, and for the fine flour for a meal-offering, whether of unleavened
wafers, or of that which is baked in the pan, or of that which is soaked,
and for all manner of measure and size; and to
stand every morning to thank and praise Jehovah, and likewise at even;
and to offer all burnt-offerings unto Jehovah,
on the sabbaths, on the new moons, and on the set feasts, in number
according to the ordinance concerning them, continually before Jehovah;
and that they should keep the charge of the
tent of meeting, and the charge of the holy place, and the charge of the
sons of Aaron their brethren, for the service of the house of Jehovah.
And the courses of the sons of Aaron were
these. The sons of Aaron: Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar.
But Nadab and Abihu died before their father,
and had no children: therefore Eleazar and Ithamar executed the priest's
office. And David with Zadok of the sons of
Eleazar, and Ahimelech of the sons of Ithamar, divided them according to
their ordering in their service. And there were
more chief men found of the sons of Eleazar than of the sons of Ithamar;
and thus were they divided: of the sons of Eleazar there were
sixteen, heads of fathers' houses; and of the sons of Ithamar, according
to their fathers' houses, eight. Thus were they
divided by lot, one sort with another; for there were princes of the
sanctuary, and princes of God, both of the sons of Eleazar, and of the
sons of Ithamar. And Shemaiah the son of
Nethanel the scribe, who was of the Levites, wrote them in the presence of
the king, and the princes, and Zadok the priest, and Ahimelech the son of
Abiathar, and the heads of the fathers' houses of the priests and
of the Levites; one fathers' house being taken for Eleazar, and one taken
Now the first lot came forth to Jehoiarib, the
second to Jedaiah, the third to Harim, the
fourth to Seorim, the fifth to Malchijah, the
sixth to Mijamin, the seventh to Hakkoz, the
eighth to Abijah, the ninth to Jeshua, the
tenth to Shecaniah, the eleventh to Eliashib,
the twelfth to Jakim, the thirteenth to Huppah,
the fourteenth to Jeshebeab, the fifteenth to
Bilgah, the sixteenth to Immer, the seventeenth
to Hezir, the eighteenth to Happizzez, the
nineteenth to Pethahiah, the twentieth to Jehezkel,
the one and twentieth to Jachin, the two and
twentieth to Gamul, the three and twentieth to
Delaiah, the four and twentieth to Maaziah.
This was the ordering of them in their service,
to come into the house of Jehovah according to the ordinance given
unto them by Aaron their father, as Jehovah, the God of Israel, had
And of the rest of the sons of Levi: of the
sons of Amram, Shubael; of the sons of Shubael, Jehdeiah.
Of Rehabiah: of the sons of Rehabiah, Isshiah
the chief. Of the Izharites, Shelomoth; of the
sons of Shelomoth, Jahath. And the sons of
Hebron: Jeriah the chief, Amariah the second, Jahaziel the
third, Jekameam the fourth. The sons of Uzziel,
Micah; of the sons of Micah, Shamir. The
brother of Micah, Isshiah; of the sons of Isshiah, Zechariah.
The sons of Merari: Mahli and Mushi; the sons
of Jaaziah: Beno. The sons of Merari: of
Jaaziah, Beno, and Shoham, and Zaccur, and Ibri.
Of Mahli: Eleazar, who had no sons.
Of Kish; the sons of Kish: Jerahmeel.
And the sons of Mushi: Mahli, and Eder, and
Jerimoth. These were the sons of the Levites after their fathers' houses.
These likewise cast lots even as their brethren
the sons of Aaron in the presence of David the king, and Zadok, and
Ahimelech, and the heads of the fathers' houses of the priests and
of the Levites; the fathers' houses of the chief even as those of
his younger brother.
Moreover David and the captains of the host set
apart for the service certain of the sons of Asaph, and of Heman, and of
Jeduthun, who should prophesy with harps, with psalteries, and with
cymbals: and the number of them that did the work according to their
service was: of the sons of Asaph: Zaccur, and
Joseph, and Nethaniah, and Asharelah, the sons of Asaph, under the hand of
Asaph, who prophesied after the order of the king.
Of Jeduthun; the sons of Jeduthun: Gedaliah, and
Zeri, and Jeshaiah, Hashabiah, and Mattithiah, six, under the hands of
their father Jeduthun with the harp, who prophesied in giving thanks and
praising Jehovah. Of Heman; the sons of Heman:
Bukkiah, Mattaniah, Uzziel, Shebuel, and Jerimoth, Hananiah, Hanani,
Eliathah, Giddalti, and Romamti-ezer, Joshbekashah, Mallothi, Hothir,
Mahazioth. All these were the sons of Heman the
king's seer in the words of God, to lift up the horn. And God gave to
Heman fourteen sons and three daughters. All
these were under the hands of their father for song in the house of
Jehovah, with cymbals, psalteries, and harps, for the service of the house
of God; Asaph, Jeduthun, and Heman being under the order of the king.
And the number of them, with their brethren that
were instructed in singing unto Jehovah, even all that were skilful, was
two hundred fourscore and eight. And they cast
lots for their offices, all alike, as well the small as the great, the
teacher as the scholar.
Now the first lot came forth for Asaph to
Joseph: the second to Gedaliah; he and his brethren and sons were twelve:
the third to Zaccur, his sons and his brethren,
twelve: the fourth to Izri, his sons and his
brethren, twelve: the fifth to Nethaniah, his
sons and his brethren, twelve: the sixth to
Bukkiah, his sons and his brethren, twelve: the
seventh to Jesharelah, his sons and his brethren, twelve:
the eighth to Jeshaiah, his sons and his
brethren, twelve: the ninth to Mattaniah, his
sons and his brethren, twelve: the tenth to
Shimei, his sons and his brethren, twelve: the
eleventh to Azarel, his sons and his brethren, twelve:
the twelfth to Hashabiah, his sons and his
brethren, twelve: for the thirteenth, Shubael,
his sons and his brethren, twelve: for the
fourteenth, Mattithiah, his sons and his brethren, twelve:
for the fifteenth to Jeremoth, his sons and his
brethren, twelve: for the sixteenth to
Hananiah, his sons and his brethren, twelve:
for the seventeenth to Joshbekashah, his sons
and his brethren, twelve: for the eighteenth to
Hanani, his sons and his brethren, twelve: for
the nineteenth to Mallothi, his sons and his brethren, twelve:
for the twentieth to Eliathah, his sons and his
brethren, twelve: for the one and twentieth to
Hothir, his sons and his brethren, twelve: for
the two and twentieth to Giddalti, his sons and his brethren, twelve:
for the three and twentieth to Mahazioth, his
sons and his brethren, twelve: for the four and
twentieth to Romamtiezer, his sons and his brethren, twelve.
For the courses of the doorkeepers: of the
Korahites, Meshelemiah the son of Kore, of the sons of Asaph.
And Meshelemiah had sons: Zechariah the
first-born, Jediael the second, Zebadiah the third, Jathniel the fourth,
Elam the fifth, Jehohanan the sixth, Eliehoenai
the seventh. And Obed-edom had sons: Shemaiah
the first-born, Jehozabad the second, Joah the third, and Sacar the
fourth, and Nethanel the fifth, Ammiel the
sixth, Issachar the seventh, Peullethai the eighth; for God blessed him.
Also unto Shemaiah his son were sons born, that
ruled over the house of their father; for they were mighty men of valor.
The sons of Shemaiah: Othni, and Rephael, and
Obed, Elzabad, whose brethren were valiant men, Elihu, and Semachiah.
All these were of the sons of Obed-edom: they
and their sons and their brethren, able men in strength for the service;
threescore and two of Obed-edom. And Meshelemiah
had sons and brethren, valiant men, eighteen.
Also Hosah, of the children of Merari, had
sons: Shimri the chief, (for though he was not the first-born, yet his
father made him chief), Hilkiah the second,
Tebaliah the third, Zechariah the fourth: all the sons and brethren of
Hosah were thirteen.
Of these were the courses of the doorkeepers,
even of the chief men, having offices like their brethren, to minister in
the house of Jehovah. And they cast lots, as
well the small as the great, according to their fathers' houses, for every
gate. And the lot eastward fell to Shelemiah.
Then for Zechariah his son, a discreet counsellor, they cast lots; and his
lot came out northward. To Obed-edom southward;
and to his sons the store-house. To Shuppim and
Hosah westward, by the gate of Shallecheth, at the causeway that goeth up,
watch against watch. Eastward were six Levites,
northward four a day, southward four a day, and for the store-house two
and two. For Parbar westward, four at the
causeway, and two at Parbar. These were the
courses of the doorkeepers; of the sons of the Korahites, and of the sons
And of the Levites, Ahijah was over the
treasures of the house of God, and over the treasures of the dedicated
things. The sons of Ladan, the sons of the
Gershonites belonging to Ladan, the heads of the fathers' houses
belonging to Ladan the Gershonite: Jehieli. The
sons of Jehieli: Zetham, and Joel his brother, over the treasures of the
house of Jehovah. Of the Amramites, of the
Izharites, of the Hebronites, of the Uzzielites:
and Shebuel the son of Gershom, the son of
Moses, was ruler over the treasures. And his
brethren: of Eliezer came Rehabiah his son, and Jeshaiah his son,
and Joram his son, and Zichri his son, and Shelomoth his son.
This Shelomoth and his brethren were over all
the treasures of the dedicated things, which David the king, and the heads
of the fathers' houses, the captains over thousands and hundreds,
and the captains of the host, had dedicated.
Out of the spoil won in battles did they
dedicate to repair the house of Jehovah. And
all that Samuel the seer, and Saul the son of Kish, and Abner the son of
Ner, and Joab the son of Zeruiah, had dedicated, whosoever had dedicated
anything, it was under the hand of Shelomoth, and of his brethren.
Of the Izharites, Chenaniah and his sons were
for the outward business over Israel, for officers and judges.
Of the Hebronites, Hashabiah and his brethren,
men of valor, a thousand and seven hundred, had the oversight of Israel
beyond the Jordan westward, for all the business of Jehovah, and for the
service of the king. Of the Hebronites was
Jerijah the chief, even of the Hebronites, according to their generations
by fathers' houses. In the fortieth year of the reign of David they
were sought for, and there were found among them mighty men of valor at
Jazer of Gilead. And his brethren, men of
valor, were two thousand and seven hundred, heads of fathers'
houses, whom king David made overseers over the Reubenites, and the
Gadites, and the half-tribe of the Manassites, for every matter pertaining
to God, and for the affairs of the king.
Now the children of Israel after their number,
to wit, the heads of fathers' houses and the captains of
thousands and of hundreds, and their officers that served the king, in any
matter of the courses which came in and went out month by month throughout
all the months of the year-of every course were twenty and four thousand.
Over the first course for the first month was
Jashobeam the son of Zabdiel: and in his course were twenty and four
thousand. He was of the children of
Perez, the chief of all the captains of the host for the first month.
And over the course of the second month was
Dodai the Ahohite, and his course; and Mikloth the ruler: and in his
course were twenty and four thousand. The third
captain of the host for the third month was Benaiah, the son of Jehoiada
the priest, chief: and in his course were twenty and four thousand.
This is that Benaiah, who was the mighty man of
the thirty, and over the thirty: and of his course was Ammizabad
his son. The fourth captain for the
fourth month was Asahel the brother of Joab, and Zebadiah his son after
him: and in his course were twenty and four thousand.
The fifth captain for this fifth month was
Shamhuth the Izrahite: and in his course were twenty and four thousand.
The sixth captain for the sixth month was
Ira the son of Ikkesh the Tekoite: and in his course were twenty and four
thousand. The seventh captain for the
seventh month was Helez the Pelonite, of the children of Ephraim: and in
his course were twenty and four thousand. The
eighth captain for the eighth month was Sibbecai the Hushathite, of
the Zerahites: and in his course were twenty and four thousand.
The ninth captain for the ninth month
was Abiezer the Anathothite, of the Benjamites: and in his course were
twenty and four thousand. The tenth
captain for the tenth month was Maharai the Netophathite, of the
Zerahites: and in his course were twenty and four thousand.
The eleventh captain for the eleventh
month was Benaiah the Pirathonite, of the children of Ephraim: and in his
course were twenty and four thousand. The
twelfth captain for the twelfth month was Heldai the Netophathite,
of Othniel: and in his course were twenty and four thousand.
Furthermore over the tribes of Israel: of the
Reubenites was Eliezer the son of Zichri the ruler: of the Simeonites,
Shephatiah the son of Maacah: of Levi,
Hashabiah the son of Kemuel: of Aaron, Zadok:
of Judah, Elihu, one of the brethren of David:
of Issachar, Omri the son of Michael: of
Zebulun, Ishmaiah the son of Obadiah: of Naphtali, Jeremoth the son of
Azriel: of the children of Ephraim, Hoshea the
son of Azaziah: of the half-tribe of Manasseh, Joel the son of Pedaiah:
of the half -tribe of Manasseh in
Gilead, Iddo the son of Zechariah: of Benjamin, Jaasiel the son of Abner:
of Dan, Azarel the son of Jeroham. These were
the captains of the tribes of Israel. But David
took not the number of them from twenty years old and under, because
Jehovah had said he would increase Israel like to the stars of heaven.
Joab the son of Zeruiah began to number, but
finished not; and there came wrath for this upon Israel; neither was the
number put into the account in the chronicles of king David.
And over the king's treasures was Azmaveth the
son of Adiel: and over the treasures in the fields, in the cities, and in
the villages, and in the castles, was Jonathan the son of Uzziah:
And over them that did the work of the field
for tillage of the ground was Ezri the son of Chelub:
and over the vineyards was Shimei the
Ramathite: and over the increase of the vineyards for the wine-cellars was
Zabdi the Shiphmite: and over the olive-trees
and the sycomore-trees that were in the lowland was Baal-hanan the
Gederite: and over the cellars of oil was Joash:
and over the herds that fed in Sharon was
Shitrai the Sharonite: and over the herds that were in the valleys was
Shaphat the son of Adlai: and over the camels
was Obil the Ishmaelite: and over the asses was Jehdeiah the Meronothite:
and over the flocks was Jaziz the Hagrite. All
these were the rulers of the substance which was king David's.
Also Jonathan, David's uncle, was a counsellor,
a man of understanding, and a scribe: and Jehiel the son of Hachmoni was
with the king's sons: And Ahithophel was the
king's counsellor: and Hushai the Archite was the king's friend:
and after Ahithophel was Jehoiada the son of
Benaiah, and Abiathar: and the captain of the king's host was Joab.
And David assembled all the princes of Israel,
the princes of the tribes, and the captains of the companies that served
the king by course, and the captains of thousands, and the captains of
hundreds, and the rulers over all the substance and possessions of the
king and of his sons, with the officers, and the mighty men, even all the
mighty men of valor, unto Jerusalem. Then David
the king stood up upon his feet, and said, Hear me, my brethren, and my
people: as for me, it was in my heart to build a house of rest for the ark
of the covenant of Jehovah, and for the footstool of our God; and I had
made ready for the building. But God said unto
me, Thou shalt not build a house for my name, because thou art a man of
war, and hast shed blood. Howbeit Jehovah, the
God of Israel, chose me out of all the house of my father to be king over
Israel for ever: for he hath chosen Judah to be prince; and in the house
of Judah, the house of my father; and among the sons of my father he took
pleasure in me to make me king over all Israel;
And of all my sons (for Jehovah hath given me
many sons), he hath chosen Solomon my son to sit upon the throne of the
kingdom of Jehovah over Israel. And he said unto
me, Solomon thy son, he shall build my house and my courts; for I have
chosen him to be my son, and I will be his father.
And I will establish his kingdom for ever, if he
be constant to do my commandments and mine ordinances, as at this day.
Now therefore, in the sight of all Israel, the
assembly of Jehovah, and in the audience of our God, observe and seek out
all the commandments of Jehovah your God; that ye may possess this good
land, and leave it for an inheritance to your children after you for ever.
And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of
thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind;
for Jehovah searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations
of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou
forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever.
Take heed now; for Jehovah hath chosen thee to
build a house for the sanctuary: be strong, and do it.
Then David gave to Solomon his son the pattern
of the porch of the temple, and of the houses thereof, and of the
treasuries thereof, and of the upper rooms thereof, and of the inner
chambers thereof, and of the place of the mercy-seat;
and the pattern of all that he had by the
Spirit, for the courts of the house of Jehovah, and for all the chambers
round about, for the treasuries of the house of God, and for the
treasuries of the dedicated things; also for
the courses of the priests and the Levites, and for all the work of the
service of the house of Jehovah, and for all the vessels of service in the
house of Jehovah; of gold by weight for the
vessels of gold, for all vessels of every kind of service; of
silver for all the vessels of silver by weight, for all vessels of
every kind of service; by weight also for the
candlesticks of gold, and for the lamps thereof, of gold, by weight for
every candlestick and for the lamps thereof; and for the candlesticks of
silver, silver by weight for every candlestick and for the
lamps thereof, according to the use of every candlestick;
and the gold by weight for the tables of
showbread, for every table; and silver for the tables of silver;
and the flesh-hooks, and the basins, and the
cups, of pure gold; and for the golden bowls by weight for every bowl; and
for the silver bowls by weight for every bowl;
and for the altar of incense refined gold by
weight; and gold for the pattern of the chariot, even the cherubim,
that spread out their wings, and covered the ark of the covenant of
Jehovah. All this, said David, have I
been made to understand in writing from the hand of Jehovah, even all the
works of this pattern.
And David said to Solomon his son, Be strong
and of good courage, and do it: fear not, nor be dismayed; for Jehovah
God, even my God, is with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee,
until all the work for the service of the house of Jehovah be finished.
And, behold, there are the courses of the
priests and the Levites, for all the service of the house of God: and
there shall be with thee in all manner of work every willing man that hath
skill, for any manner of service: also the captains and all the people
will be wholly at thy commandment.
And David the king said unto all the assembly,
Solomon my son, whom alone God hath chosen, is yet young and tender, and
the work is great; for the palace is not for man, but for Jehovah God.
Now I have prepared with all my might for the
house of my God the gold for the things of gold, and the silver for
the things of silver, and the brass for the things of brass,
the iron for the things of iron, and wood for the things of
wood; onyx stones, and stones to be set, stones for inlaid work,
and of divers colors, and all manner of precious stones, and marble stones
in abundance. Moreover also, because I have set
my affection on the house of my God, seeing that I have a treasure of mine
own of gold and silver, I give it unto the house of my God, over and above
all that I have prepared for the holy house,
even three thousand talents of gold, of the gold
of Ophir, and seven thousand talents of refined silver, wherewith to
overlay the walls of the houses; of gold for the
things of gold, and of silver for the things of silver, and
for all manner of work to be made by the hands of artificers. Who
then offereth willingly to consecrate himself this day unto Jehovah?
Then the princes of the fathers' houses,
and the princes of the tribes of Israel, and the captains of thousands and
of hundreds, with the rulers over the king's work, offered willingly;
and they gave for the service of the house of
God of gold five thousand talents and ten thousand darics, and of silver
ten thousand talents, and of brass eighteen thousand talents, and of iron
a hundred thousand talents. And they with whom
precious stones were found gave them to the treasure of the house
of Jehovah, under the hand of Jehiel the Gershonite.
Then the people rejoiced, for that they offered
willingly, because with a perfect heart they offered willingly to Jehovah:
and David the king also rejoiced with great joy.
Wherefore David blessed Jehovah before all the
assembly; and David said, Blessed be thou, O Jehovah, the God of Israel
our father, for ever and ever. Thine, O
Jehovah, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory,
and the majesty: for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is
thine; thine is the kingdom, O Jehovah, and thou art exalted as head
above all. Both riches and honor come of thee,
and thou rulest over all; and in thy hand is power and might; and in thy
hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all.
Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and
praise thy glorious name. But who am I, and
what is my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly after this
sort? for all things come of thee, and of thine own have we given thee.
For we are strangers before thee, and
sojourners, as all our fathers were: our days on the earth are as a
shadow, and there is no abiding. O Jehovah our
God, all this store that we have prepared to build thee a house for thy
holy name cometh of thy hand, and is all thine own.
I know also, my God, that thou triest the
heart, and hast pleasure in uprightness. As for me, in the uprightness of
my heart I have willingly offered all these things: and now have I seen
with joy thy people, that are present here, offer willingly unto thee.
O Jehovah, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of
Israel, our fathers, keep this for ever in the imagination of the thoughts
of the heart of thy people, and prepare their heart unto thee;
and give unto Solomon my son a perfect heart,
to keep thy commandments, thy testimonies, and thy statutes, and to do all
these things, and to build the palace, for which I have made provision.
And David said to all the assembly, Now bless
Jehovah your God. And all the assembly blessed Jehovah, the God of their
fathers, and bowed down their heads, and worshipped Jehovah, and the king.
And they sacrificed sacrifices unto Jehovah,
and offered burnt-offerings unto Jehovah, on the morrow after that day,
even a thousand bullocks, a thousand rams, and a thousand lambs, with
their drink-offerings, and sacrifices in abundance for all Israel,
and did eat and drink before Jehovah on that
day with great gladness.
And they made Solomon the son of David king the second time, and anointed
him unto Jehovah to be prince, and Zadok to be priest.
Then Solomon sat on the throne of Jehovah as
king instead of David his father, and prospered; and all Israel obeyed
him. And all the princes, and the mighty men,
and all the sons likewise of king David, submitted themselves unto Solomon
the king. And Jehovah magnified Solomon
exceedingly in the sight of all Israel, and bestowed upon him such royal
majesty as had not been on any king before him in Israel.
Now David the son of Jesse reigned over all
Israel. And the time that he reigned over
Israel was forty years; seven years reigned he in Hebron, and thirty and
three years reigned he in Jerusalem. And
he died in a good old age, full of days, riches, and honor: and Solomon
his son reigned in his stead. Now the acts of
David the king, first and last, behold, they are written in the history of
Samuel the seer, and in the history of Nathan the prophet, and in the
history of Gad the seer, with all his reign and
his might, and the times that went over him, and over Israel, and over all
the kingdoms of the countries.