God's First Truth: Tyndale/Rogers
THE CHRONICLES OF THE KINGS OF JUDA
THE FIRST BOOK
The 1st Chapter
Adam, Seth, Enos: Kainan, Mahalehel, Jared: Hanoch, Mathusaleh, Lamech: Noah, Sem, Ham and Japheth.
The sons of Japheth: were Gomer, Magog, Madai, Javan, Thubal, Mosoch and Thiras.
The sons of Gomer were: Ascanez, Ipheth and Togormah. The sons of Javan: Elisah, Tharsisah, Cethim and Dodanim.
The sons of Ham: Cus, Mizraim, Phut and Canaan. The sons of Cus: Saba, Neuilah, Sabatha, Remah and Sabathaca. The sons of Remah: Saba and Dadan. And Cus begat Nemrod: which Nemrod began to wax mighty upon the earth. And Mizraim begat Ludim, Anamin, Laabim, Nephthuim, Phetrusim and Chasluim: of which came the Philistines and the Chaphtherites. And Canaan, begat Zidon his eldest son, and Heth, Jebusi, Amori, Gergesi, Hevi, Araki, Sini, Aruadi, Zamari and Hemathi. The sons of Sem: Elam, Assur, Arphacsad, Lud, Aram, Uz, Hul, Gether and Mosoch. And Arphacsad begat Salah and Salah begat Eber. And unto Eber were born two sons: the name of the one was Phaleg, because that in his days the land was divided. And his brothers name was Jektan. Jektan begat Elimodah, Saleph, Hazermoth and Jarah: Haduram, Usal, and Deklah: Ebal Abimael, and Saba: Ophir, Hevilah, and Jobab. All these were the sons of Jektan.
Sem, Arphacsad, Salah: Eber, Phaleg, Rau: Serug, Nahor, Thareh: Abram otherwise called Abraham. The sons of Abraham, Isaac and Ismael. And these are their generations: the eldest son of Ismael was Nabaioth, then Kedar, Adbeel, and Mabsam: Masma, Dumah, Massa, Nadar and Thema: Jatur, Naphis and Kedmah. These are the sons of Ismael. The sons of Keturah, Abrahams concubine: she bare Zamram, Jeksan, Madan, Madian, Jesbok and Suah. The sons of Jeksan: Saba and Dadan. The sons of Madian: Ephah, Epher, Henoch, Abida and Eldaah. All these are the sons of Keturah.
Abraham begat Isaac. The sons of Isaac, Esau and Israel. The sons of Esau: Eliphaz, Ravel, Jehus, Jaalom and Koreh. The sons of Eliphaz: Theman, Omer, Zephi, Gaatham, Kenes, Themna and Amalek. The sons of Ravel: Nahath, Zarah, Samah and Mesah. The sons of Seir: Lotan, Sobal, Zebeon, Anah, Dison, Ezer and Disan. The sons of Lotan: Hori and Homam, and Thamna was Lotans sister. The sons of Sobal: Alian, Manahath, Ebal, Sephi, and Onam. The sons of Zebeon: Aiah and Anah. The sons of Anah: Dison. The sons of Dison: Hamaran, Esebon, Jethran and Charan. The sons of Ezer: Balaan, Saavan and Jakan. The sons of Disan: Uz, and Aram.
These are the kings that reigned in the land of Edom before any king reigned among the children of Israel: Bale the son of Beor, and the name of his city was Denahabath. And when Bale was dead, Jobab the son of Zareh of Bozrah reigned in his stead. And after the death of Jobab, Husam of the land of Themani reigned in his room, and after the death of Husam, Hadad, the son of Badad which beat the Madianites in the fields of Moab, reigned in his room, and the name of his city was Avith. And after the death of Hadad, Semlah of Marekah reigned in his stead. And after the death of Semlah Saul of Rohoboth upon Euphrates reigned in his place. And after the death of Saul, Baal Hanan the son of Achobor reigned in his room. And after the death of Baal hanan, Hadad reigned in his place, and the name of his city was Phau, and his wifes name was Mehetabeel the daughter of Matred the daughter of Mesahab.
But after the death of Hadad, there were dukes in Edom. Duke Thamna, duke Aliah, duke
Jetheth: duke Oholbama, duke Elah, duke Phinon, duke Kenaz, duke Theman, duke Mabzar: duke
Magdiel and duke Iram. These were the dukes of Edom.
The 2nd Chapter
These be the sons of Israel: Ruben, Simon, Levi, Juda, Isacar and Zabulon: Dan, Joseph, Benjamin, Nepthali, Gad and Asser. The sons of Juda: Er, Onan, and Selah.These three were born him of the daughter of Sua the Cananitess. But Er the eldest the son of Juda was evil in the sight of the Lord, and therefore he slew him. And Thamar his daughter in law bare him Pharez and Zarah: so that all the sons of Juda were five.
The sons of Pharez: Hezron and Hamul. The sons of Zarah: Zamri, Ethan, Heman, Chalchal and Dara: five in all.
The sons of Carmi: Achar that troubled Israel, which transgressed in the unlawful things. The sons of Ethan: Azaria. The sons of Hezron that were born him: Jerhameel, Ram and Calubai. And Ram begat Aminadab: and Aminadab begat Nahazon a Lord among the children of Juda. And Nahazon begat Salma: and Salma begat Booz: and Booz begat Obed: Obed begat Isai. And Isai begat his eldest son Eliab, and Abinadab the second, and Samaa the third, Nathanael the fourth, Radai the fifth, Ozem the sixth, and David the seventh. Whose sisters were Zaruiah and Abigail. The sons of Zaruiah: were Abisai, Joab and Azahel, three. And Abigail bare Amaza the father of which Amaza was Jether an Ismaelite. And Caleb the son of Hezron begat Asubah a woman and Jeroth whose sons are these: Jaser, Sobab and Ardon. But Asubah died, and Caleb took Ephratha which bare him Hur. And Hur begat Uri, and Uri begat Bezeleel. And afterward Hezron went in to the daughter of Machir the father of Galaad, and was when he took her, three score years old. And she bare him Segub. And Segub begat Jair which had twenty three cities in the land of Galaad. And he overcame the Gesurites and the Aramites, and took the towns of Jair from them, and Kenath with the towns that longed to the same, even three score towns. All these were the sons of Machir the father of Galaad. And after the death of Hezron at Caleb in Ephrata, Abia, his wife bare him Ashur the father of Thekua.
And the sons of Jerhameel the eldest son of Hezron were, Ram, the eldest and Buna, Oram, Ozem and Ahaiah. And Jerhameel had yet another wife named Atarah which was the mother of Onam. And the sons of Ram, the eldest son of Jerhameel were, Maaz, Zamin an Akar.
The sons of Onam were, Samai and Jada. The sons of Samai: Nadab and Abisur. And the wife of Abisur was called Abihahil which bare him Ahaban and Molid. The sons of Nadab: Saled and Appaim. But Saled died without children. The son of Appaim was Jesei. The son of Jesei was Sesan. And the son of Sesan was Oholai. And the sons of Jada the brother of Samai were Jethur and Jonathan. But Jethur died without children. The sons of Jonathan were Paleth and Ziza.
These were the sons of Jerhameel. Sesan had no sons but only daughters. And Sesan had a servant that was an Eyptian named Jeraha to whom he gave his daughter to wife, and she bare him Athai. And Athai begat Nathan, And Nathan begat Zabad. And Zabad begat Ophlal. Ophlal begat Obed. Obed begat Jehu. Jehu begat Azariah. Azariah begat Helez. Helez begat Eleasah, Eleasah begat Sisamai. Sisamai begat Selum. Selum begat Jecamiah. Jecamiah begat Elisama. The sons of Caleb the brother of Jerhameel were Mesa his eldest son which was the father of Ziph: and the sons of Maresa the father of Hebron. The sons of Hebron were Coreh, Taphuah Rekem and Sama, Sama begat Raham the father of Jerakaam. And Rekem begat Samai. The son of Samai was Maon. And Maon was the father of Bethzur.
And Ephah a concubine of Calebs bare Haran, Mesa and Gazez: and Haran begat Gazez. The sons of Jahadai were Regem, Jotham, Gesam, Phalet, Ephah and Saaph. And Maachah another concubine of Calebs bare Saber Thahanah. And she bare also Saaph the father of Madmanah, and Sue the father of Machbenah and the father of Gabaa. And Caleb had a daughter called Acsah.
These were the sons of Caleb the son of Hur the eldest son of Ephrata: Sobal the father of Kariath Jarim: and Salma the father of Bethlehem: and Hareph the father of Beth Geder. And Sobal the father of Kariath Jarim had sons, even the half kindred of Menuah.
The kindreds of Kariath Jarim were the Jethrites the Puthites the Semathites and the Maserites.
And of them came the Zarathites and the Esthaolites. The sons of Salma, Bethlehem and
Netophathi that were the glory of the house of Joab, and half the Manathites and of the Zaraites.
And so were the kindred of the writers that dwelt at Jabes, the Tirathites, the Simeathites and
Suchathites which are the Kenites, that came of Hemath the father of Beth Rechab.
The 3rd Chapter
These are the sons of David which were born him in Hebron: the eldest Amnon of Ahinoam the Jezraelitess. The second Daniel by Abigail the Carmelitess. The third Absalom the son of Maacah daughter of Tholmai king of Gesur. The fourth Adoniah the son of Hagith. The fifth Saphatiah by Abital. The sixth Jethraam by Eglah his wife. These six were born him in Hebron where he reigned seven years and six months. And in Jerusalem he reigned thirty three years.
And these were born him in Jerusalem: Samua, Sobab, Nathan, and Salomon: these four of the daughter of Bath Sua and the daughter of Amiel. Then Jebahar Elisama, Elphalet, Nogeh, Nepheg, Japhia, Elisama, Eliada, and Eliphelet: nine in number. These are all the sons of David, beside the sons of his concubines and Thamar their sister.
Salomons son was Rehoboam, whose son was Abiah: and Asa was his son, and Jehosaphat his son: whose son was Joram: and his son was Ohoziah, and Joas was son to him. And his son was Amaziah, and his son was Azariah, and his son was Jotham. And Ahaz was his son, and Hezekiah was son to him, and Manasseh was his son. And Amon was his son, and Josiah was son to him. And the sons of Josiah were, the eldest son Johanan, the second Jehoakim, the third Zedekiah, and the fourth Selum. The sons of Jehoakim were Jeconiah his son, whose son was Zedekiah.
The sons of Jeconiah the Prisoner were Salathiel, Melchiram, Phadaiah, Senazer, Jecamiah:
Hosama and Nadabiah. The sons of Phadaiah were Zorobabel and Semei. The sons of Zorobabel,
Mosolam, Hananiah and Salumith their sister, and Hasubah, Ohel, Barachiah, Hasadiah, Josab
Hesed, five in number. The sons of Hananiah: Phaltiah and Jesaiah, whose son was Raphiah, and
his son Arnan, and his son was Obdiah, and his son was Sechaniah. The son of Sechaniah was
Semaiah. And the sons of Semaiah were Hatus, Jegal Bariah, Naariah Saphat and Hesa, six. And
the sons of Naariah were Elioenai, Hezekiah and Azricam, three. And the sons of Elioenai were
Hodaiah, Elsasib, Pheleiah, Akub, Johanan, Dalaiah and Anani, seven.
The 4th Chapter
The sons of Juda: Pharez, Hezron, Carmi, Hur and Sobal. And Reaiah the son of Sobal begat Jahath. And Jahath begat Ahimai and Laad which are the kindreds of the Zareathites. And of these came the father of Etam, Jezrael, Jesema and Jedebos, with their sister called Zalelphuni: And Phanuel father of Gedor: And Eser the father of Husah. These are the sons of Hur the eldest son of Ephrata father to Bethlehem. And Ashur the father of Thekua had two wives: Halaah and Naarah. And Naarah bare him Ahusam, Hepher, Themani and Hahastari. These were the sons of Naarah. And the sons of Halaah were Zareth, Izoar and Ethnan. And Coz begat Anub and Zobedah, and the kindreds of Aharhel the son of Harum. And Jeabes was nobler than his brethren. And his mother called his name Jeabes saying: because I bare him with sorrow. But Jeabes called on the God of Israel, saying: If thou shalt bless me, and enlarge my coasts, and shalt let thine hand be with me, and wilt keep me from evil that it vex me not. And God sent him his desire.
Calub the brother of Suah begat Mahir, which was the father of Esthon. And Esthon begat Beth Rapha and Phaseh and Thehenah the father of the city of Nahas which are the men of Rechah. The sons of Kenas: Othniel and Saraiah. And the sons of Othniel were Hathath.
And Maonothi begat Ophrah. And Saraiah begat Joab the father of them of the valley of craftsmen, so called because they were craftsmen. And the sons of Caleb the son of Jephoneh were Hiru, Ela and Naem. And the son of Ela was Kenas. And the sons ofJehaleleel were Ziph and Ziphah, and Thiriah and Asarael. And the sons of Ezra: were Jether, Mered, Epher, Jalon, Thahar, Mariam, and Samai, and Jesbah the father of Esthamoa. And his wife Jehudia bare Jared the father of Gedor, and Heber the father of Socoh, and Icuthiel the father of Zonoah. And these were the sons of Bethiah the daughter of Pharao which Mered took. The sons of the wife of Hodia the sister of Nahan the father of Keilah were Hagarmi and Esthamoa the Maachathite. The sons of Simon were Amnon and Rinah, Benhanan and Thilon. And the sons of Jesi were Zoheth and Benzoheth.
The sons of Selah the son of Juda were Er the father of Lecah, and Laadah the father of Maresah, and the kindreds of the households of them that wrought byss in the house of Asbea. And Jokim and the men of Cozebah, and Joas and Saraph, which were inhabited in Moab, but returned to Lehem and to Debarim Aikim. These were potters and dwelt among trees and hedges and were in the kings work and dwelt even there.
The sons of Simeon: Nameul, Jamin, Jarib, Zorah and Saul, whose son was Selum, and the son of him was Mabsam, and his son was Masma. And the son of Masma was Hamuel, and his son was Zachur, and the son of him was Semei. Semei had sixteen sons and six daughters. But his brethren had not many children, neither were the kindreds of them like to the children of Juda in multitude. And they dwelt at Bersabe, Moladah and at Hazar Sual, at Balaah, Ezem, Tholad, Bathuel, Hormah and at Zikeleg: at Bethmarcaboth, Hazar Sufim, Bethberei and Saarim. These were their cities unto the reign of David. And their villages were Etam, Ain, Remon, Tochen and Asan, five towns and all their villages that were round about the said cities unto Baal. This is the habitation of them and their genealogy.
And Mosobab, Jemlech, Josah the son of Amasiah: and Joel and Jehu the son of Josabiah the son of Saraiah the son of Asiel: and Elioenai, Jakobah, Isohaiah: Asaiah, Adiel, Isimiel and Banaiah: Ziza the son of Sephei the son of Alon the son of Idaiah the son of Zemri the son of Samaiah. These are such as came by name, heads of these kindreds. And the ancient households of them spread in multitude.
And they went as far as Gabor, even unto the east side of the valley, to seek pasture for their cattle. And they found fat pasture and good and a wide land both quiet and fruitful: for they of Ham dwelt there before. And these now afore written by name went in the days of Hezekiah king of Juda, and smote the tents of them and the habitations that were found there, and destroyed them utterly unto this day, and there dwelt in their rooms: because there was pasture there for their sheep.
And thereto there went of the said children of Simeon five hundred men: Phaalthiah, Naariah,
Raphiah and Oziel the sons of Jesi being their heads: and smote the rest of the Amalekites that
were escaped and they dwelt there unto this day.
The 5th Chapter
The sons of Ruben the eldest son of Israel: for he was the eldest. But because he defied his fathers bed, his birthright was given unto the sons of Joseph the son of Israel, and so he is not reckoned unto the birth right. For unto Juda which was mighty among his brethren, was given the principality before him. But the birth right was given Joseph. The sons then of Ruben the eldest son of Israel, were Henoch, Phalu, Hezron and Carmi.
The sons of Joel: Samaiah, and his son Gog, and his son Semei, and his son Micah, and the son of him was Reaiah, and his son was Baal, and Beerah was his son. Which Beerah Thiglath Phalneser, King of Assiria carried away: for he was a great Lord among the Rubenites. But unto his brethren in their kindreds, when they are reckoned after their birth, were Jeiel and Zachariah the chief heads.
And Bala the son of Azan the son of Sema the son of Joel, dwelt in Aroer and so forth unto Nebo and Baalmaon. And eastward he inhabited until the wilderness, even upon the river Euphrates, for their cattle was much in the land of Galaad.
And in the days of Saul they warred with the Hagarites which were overthrown by their hands. And they dwelt in their tents throughout all the east land of Galaad.
And the Children of Gad dwelt over against them in the land of Basan, even unto Selcah. And in Basan Joel was the chiefest and Sapham the next, then Jaanai and Saphat. And their brethren in the ancient households of them, were Michael, Mosolam, Seba, Jorai, Joacan, Zia, Eber and Senen. These were the children of Abihail the son of Hurl the son of Jeroah Galaad the son of Michael the son of Jesisai the son of Jahado the son of Buz. Ahi was the son of Abdiel the son of Guni the head of an ancient household among them. And they dwelt in Galaad and in Basan and her towns, and in all the suburbs of Saron, even unto the end of their borders.
And they were all reckoned by kindreds in the days of Jotham king of Juda, and in the days of Jeroboam king of Israel. The sons of Ruben of Gad and of half the tribe of Manasse, even of fighting men able to bear shield and sword, and shoot with bow, and taught to make war, were four and forty thousand seven hundred and three score that went out to battle. And they fought with the Hagarities and with Jesur, Naphas and Nobab. And they were help against them, and the Hagarites were delivered into their hands with all that were with the Hagarites. For they cried to God in their battle, and he heard them, because they trusted to him. And they took of their cattle fifty thousand camels, and two hundred and fifty thousand sheep, and two thousand asses, and of the people an hundred thousand: for there fell many dead because the war was of God. And they dwelt there in their steads until the time that they were carried away.
And the children of half the tribe of Manasse dwelt in the land, from Basan unto Baal Hermon and Samir and unto mount Hermon, and they were many. And these were the heads of the ancient households of them: Epher, Jesi, Eliel, Azriel, Jeremiah, Hodaiah, Jehadiel, men of great power, men of name and heads of the ancient households of them.
But when they had transgressed against the God of their fathers and had gone awhoring after the
Gods of the people of the land, which God destroyed before them, God stirred up the spirit of
Phul King of Assiria and the spirit of Thiglath Phalneser King of Assiria, and carried away the
Rubenites, the Gaddites and the half tribe of Manasse, and brought them unto Helah, Habor, Hara
and to the River Gozan, where they remain unto this day.
The 6th Chapter
The sons of Levi: Gerson, Cahath and Merari. The sons of Cahath: Amram, Izahar, Hebron and Oziel. The children of Amram: Aaron, Moses and Miriam. The sons of Aaron: Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar.
Eleazar begat Phinehes. Phinehes begat Abisue. Abisue begat Boki. Boki begat Ozi. Ozi begat Zarahiah. Zarahiah begat Meraioth. Meraioth begat Amariah. Amariah begat Ahitob. Ahitob begat Zadoc. Zadoc begat Ahimaaz. Ahimaaz begat Azariah. Azariah begat Johanan. Johanan begat Azariah which ministered in the temple that Salomon built in Jerusalem.
Azariah begat Amariah. Amariah begat Ahitob. Ahitob begat Zadoc. Zadoc begat Selum. Selum begat Helkiah. Helkiah begat Azariah. Azariah begat Saraiah, Saraiah begat Jehozedec which Jehodezec when the Lord carried away Juda and Jerusalem by the hand of Nabuchodonozor, went with them.
The sons of Levi now are these: Gersom, Cahath and Merari. And these be the names of the sons of Gersom: Lobni and Semei. And the sons of Cahath were Amram, Izahar, Hebron and Oziel. The sons of Merari: Moholi and Musi. These are the kindreds of Levi concerning their ancient fathers.
The sons of Gersom was Lobni, and his son Jahath, and his son Zamah, and his son Joah, and his son Ado, and his son Zerah, and his son Jeathrai. The sons of Cahath: Aminadab and his son Careh, and his son Assir, and his son Elcanah, and his son Abiasah, and his son Asir and his son Thahath and Uriel was his son, and Oziah his son, and Saul was his son.
The sons of Elcanah: Amasai, Ahimoth and Elcanah. The sons of Elcanah, Zophai whose son was Nahath, and his son Eliab and Jeroham his son, and Elcanah his son, and Samuel the son of him. And the sons of Samuel: the eldest Uasni and then Abiah.
The sons of Merari: Moholi, and his son Lobni, and his son Semei, and his son Ozah, and his son Samaa, and his son Hagiah, and his son Asaiah.
These be they which David set for to sing in the house of the Lord, after that the Ark had rest. And they ministered before the dwelling place of the tabernacle of witness with singing, until Salomon had built the temple of the Lord in Jerusalem. And then they waited on their offices, according to the order of them. These are they that waited with their children of the sons of Cahath: Heman a singer, which was the son of Joel, the son of Samuel. The son of Elcanah, the son of Jeroham, the son of Eliel: the son of Thoah, the son of Zuph, the son of Elcanah, the son of Mahath, the son of Amasai, the son of Elcanah, the son of Joel, the son of Azariah, the son of Zophoniah: the son of Thahath, the son of Asir, the son of Abiasaph, the son of Coreh: the son of Izahar, the son of Cahath: the son of Levi: the son of Israel.
And his brother Asaph stood on his right hand, which was the son of Barachiah, the son of Samaa: the son of Michael, the son of Baasaiah, the son of Melchiah, the son of Athani, the son of Zarah, the son of Adaiah: the son of Ethan, the son of Zamah, the son of Semei: the son of Jabath, the son of Gersom, the son of Levi.
And their brethren the sons of Merari stood on the left hand: Ethan the son of Chusi, the son of Abdi, the son of Maloch: the son of Hasabiah, the son of Amaziah, the son of Helkiah: the son of Amazi, the son of Boni, the son of Somer: the son of Moholi, the son of Musi, the son of Merari, the son of Levi.
Their brethren the Levites were appointed unto all manner service of the tabernacle of the house of God. But Aaron and his sons burnt upon the altar of burntofferings and on the altar of incense, and were appointed unto all that was to do in the place most holy, and to make an atonement for Israel in all points according as Moses the servant of God had commanded.
These are the sons of Aaron: Eleazar, whose son was Phinehes, and his son Abisue: and his son Boki, and the son of him Ozi, and his son Zarahia: and the son of him Meraioth, and his son Amariah, and the son of him Ahitob: and Zadoc his son, and Ahimaaz his son.
And these are the dwelling places of them in their towns and coasts: I mean of the sons of Aaron of the kindred of the Caathites, for so their lot fell. They gave unto them Hebron in the land of Juda with the suburbs round about it. But the country and villages pertaining thereto, they gave to Caleb the son of
Jephoneh. And to the sons of Aaron they gave the franchised cities, Hebron and Lobnah, with their Suburbs: and Jathir and Ethemoa with their Suburbs: and Hilen with her Suburbs, and Dabir with her Suburbs: and Asan with her Suburbs, and Bethsemes with her Suburbs. And out of the tribe of Benjamin Gabee and her Suburbs, Alemath with her Suburbs, Anathoth with her Suburbs:so that all their cities among their kindreds were thirteen.
And unto the sons of Cahath the remnant of the kin of the tribe, were cities given out of the half tribe of Manasse, by lot, ten cities. And unto the sons of Gersom among their kindreds were given out of the tribe of Isacar and out of the tribe of Asser and out of the tribe of Nephthali: and out of the tribe of Manasse in Basan, thirteen cities. And unto the sons of Merari were given by lot among their kindreds and out of the tribe of Ruben, and out of the tribe of Gad, and out of the tribe of Zabulon, twelve cities.
And the children of Israel gave the Levites such cities with their Suburbs, and that by Lot, out of the tribe of children of Juda out of the tribe of Simeon and out of the tribe of the children of Beniamin: even the said cities that are rehearsed by name.
And concerning the sons of Cahath, the cities of their coasts were of the tribe of Ephraim. In which tribe they gave unto them the cities of Refuge: Sichem in mount Ephraim with her Suburbs, and Gaser with her Suburbs, Jecmaam with her Suburbs, Bethhoron with her Suburbs, Aialon with her Suburbs, and Geth Remon with her Suburbs. And out of the half tribe of Manasseh, Aner with her Suburbs, and Baalam with her Suburbs among the kindreds of the remnant of the sons of Cahath.
And unto the sons of Gerson were given out of the kindred of the half tribe of Manasse: Golon in Basan with her suburbs and Astharoth with her Suburbs. And out of the tribe of Isacar, Kedes with her Suburbs, Daberath with her Suburbs, Ramoth with her Suburbs and Anem with her Suburbs. And out of Asser, Masai with her Suburbs, Abdon with her Suburbs, Hukok with her Suburbs and Rohob with her Suburbs. And out of the tribe of Nephthali, Kedes in Galilea with her Suburbs, Hamon with her Suburbs, and Kariathiarim with her Suburbs.
And unto the rest of the children of Merari were given out of the tribe of Zabulon, Remono with
her suburbs and Thabor with her suburbs. And on the other side Jordan by Jericho even on the
east side of Jordan were given them out of the tribe of Ruben: Bozor in the wilderness with her
suburbs, Jahezah with her suburbs, Kademoth with her suburbs. Nephath with her suburbs. And
out of the tribe of Gad, Ramoth in Galaad with her suburbs, Mahanaim with her suburbs, Hesebon
with her suburbs, and Jezer with h suburbs .
The 7th Chapter
The sons of Isacar: Thola, Phuah, Jasub and Samson, four. The sons of Thola: Ozi, Rephaiah, Jeriel, Jathamai, Jebsam and Samuel which were heads in the ancient households of Thola and men of might among their kindreds: the number of them in the days of David were two and twenty thousand and six hundred. The sons of Ozi: Izrahiah. The sons of Izrahiah: Michael, Obadiah Joel, Jesiah, five head men in all. And among them in their kindreds and ancient households six and thirty thousand men prepared to war: for they had many wives and sons. And of their brethren among all the kindreds of Isacar were reckoned of men of war four score and seven thousand in all.
The sons of Benjamin: Bale, Bochor and Jadiael, three. The sons of Bale: Ezbon, Ozi, Oziel, Jerimoth and Uri, five heads of ancient houses and men of might and were in number twenty two thousand and thirty four.
The sons of Bochor: Zamirah, Joas, Eliezer, Elioenai, Amri, Jerimoth, Abiah, Anathoth and Alamath. All these are the children of Bochor, and were reckoned in their kindreds with the heads of the ancient households of them that were men of power, twenty thousand and two hundred. The sons of Jediael: Balahan. The sons of Balahan: Jeus, Benjamin, Ahud and Canaanah, Zetham, Tharsis and Ahisahar. All these are the sons of Jediael and ancient heads and men of might seventeen thousand and two hundred that went out to battle. And Suphim and Huphim were the children of Jr. And the Husites were the children of Aher.
The sons of Nephthali: Jahaziel, Guni, Jezer and Selum, the children of Balahah. The sons of Manasseh: Azriel which Aramiah his concubine bare: she bare also Machir the father of Galaad. And Machir gave to Huphim and Suphim wives. And the name of his sister was Maacah. And the name of another son was Zalphahad. And Zalphahad had daughters. And Maacah the wife of Machir bare a son and called his name Pharez, and the name of his brother was Zares and his sons were Ulan and Rekem. The son of Ulam was Badan. These are the sons of Galaad the son of Machir the son of Manasseh. And his sister Melcath bare Jeshud, Abieser and Moholah. And the sons of Semida were Ahaian, Sechem, Lekechi and Aniam.
The sons of Ephraim: Suthalah, whose son was Bared, and Thahath his son, and his son Eladah, and Thahath his son: and Sabad his son, and Suthelah his son, and Eser and Elead. And the men of Geth that were born in the land, slew them, because they were come down to take away their cattle. And Ephraim their father mourned many a day and his brethren came to comfort him.
And he went into his wife which conceived and bare him a son, and he called the name of it Bariah because it went evil with his household. And his daughter was Sarah which built Bethoron the nether and also the upper, and Ozan Sarah. And Raphah was his son: whose son was Reseph, with his brother Thaleh, whose son was Thahan, and his son Laadam, and his son Amihud, and his son Elisama, and his son Nun and his son Josua.
And their possession and habitation was Bethel and the towns that longed thereto, and unto the east of Naeran, and on the west side of Gazer with the towns thereof, and Sichem with the towns of the same, and Adaiah with her towns, and along by the borders of the children of Manasseh, Bethsean with her towns, Thaanach with her towns, Magedo with her towns and Dod with her towns. In those dwelt the children of Joseph the son of Israel.
The sons of Aser: Jomnah, Jesuah, Isuai, Bariah and Serah their sister. The sons of Bariah: Teber
and Melchiel which was the father of Barsaith. And Heber begat Japhlet, Somer, Hotham, and
Sua their sister. The sons of Japhlet: Phisah, Banahal and Asauath. These are the children of
Japhlet. The sons of Somer: Ahi, Rohagah, Jahubah and Eram. And the sons of his brother Helem
were Zophah, Jemna, Seles and Amal. The sons of Zophah. Suah, Harnepher, Sual, Bari, Jamrah,
Bozor, Hod, Sama, Silfa, Jethran and Beera. The sons of Jether, Jephoneh, Phasaph, and Ara. The
sons of Ola: Areh, Haniel and Rezia. And these were the children of Asser and heads of ancient
houses and pure fellows and men of might and the head Lords. And when they were numbered in
array to battle, they were in number twenty six thousand men.
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Benjamin begat Bale his eldest son, Asbal the second, Aharah the third, Nohah the fourth and Raphah the fifth. And the sons of Bale were Adar, Gera, Abihud, Abisua, Naaman, Ahohah, Gera, Sephuphan and Huran. And these are the sons of Ahud ancient heads among the Enhabiters of Gabaa which carried them to Manahath: Naaman, Ahiah and Gera, which Gera carried them away and begat Oza and Alihud. And he begat Saharaim in the country of Moab after he had sent them away, Husim and Barah were his wives. And he begat of Hodes his wife Jobab. Zebia, Mosa, Malacham, Jeuz, Sachiah and Marma. These are his sons being ancient heads.
And of Husim he begat Ahitob and Elphaal. The sons of Elphaal were, Eber, Nisaam, and Samad
which built Ono, Lod, and the towns longing thereto: and Barah and Sama ancient heads among
the inhabiters of Ailon, and they drave out away the inhabiters of Geth. And Halo, Sesac,
Jerimoth, Sabadiah, Arod, Edar, Michael, Jespha, and Joha, the sons of Bariaha: Zabadiah,
Mosolam, Hezeki, Heber, Isamari, Jesliah, Jobab the sons of Elphaal. And Jakim, Zecri, Sabdi,
Elianai, Zelethai, Eliel, Adaiah, Baraiah, Zamareth the sons of Semei. And Jesphan, Eber, Eliel,
Abdon, Zecri, Hanan, Hananiah, Ailan, Anthothiah, Jephdaiah and Phanuel are the sons of Sesac.
And Samsari, Sohoriah, Otholiah, Jersiah, Eliah and Zechri are the son of Jeroham. These were
ancient heads in their kindreds and dwelt in Jerusalem. And at Gabaon dwelleth the father of
Gabaon whose wife was called Maacah. And his eldest son was Abdon, then Zur, Cis, Baal,
Nadab, Gedur, Ahaio and Zacher. And Makeloth begat Samaah. And these also dwelt with their
brethren in Jerusalem over against them. And Ner begat Cis, and Cis Saul, and Saul begat
Jehonathan, Melchisua, Abinadab and Isbaal. And the son of Jehonathan was Meribbaal and
Meribbaal begat Micah. And the sons of Micah were Phithon, Melech, Tharea and Ahaz. And
Ahaz begat Jehoadah. And Jehoada begat Elmoth, Asmoth and Zamri. And Zamri begat Moza.
And Moza begat Banah, whose son was Raphah, and his son was Elasah, and his son Azel. And
Azel had six sons whose names are these: Esricam, Bochru, Ismael, Sariah, Obdiah, and Hanan.
All these were the sons of Azel. And the sons of Asek his brother, were Ulam his eldest, and Jeus
the second and Eliphelet the third. And the sons of Ulam were mighty men and bowmen and had
many sons and sons sons, an hundred and fifty. All these are the sons of Benjamin.
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And all Israel were numbered by kindreds: and see, they be written in the book of the kings of Israel. And Juda were carried away to Babylon for their offences. And the old inhabiters that dwelt in their own possessions and cities were Israel, the priests, Levites and Mathinetites. But in Jerusalem dwelt of the children of Juda, of the children of Benjamin and of the children of Ephraim and Manasseh. Othai the son of Amihud the son of Amri the son of Omrai of the son of Boni of the children of Pharez, the son of Juda. And of Siloni, Asiah the eldest and his sons. And of the sons of Zarah, Jeuel with their brethren six hundred and ninety.
And of the sons of Benjamin: Salo the son of Mosolam the son of Hoduiah, the son of Hasnuah, and Jobaniah the son of Jeroham. And Elah the son of Ozi, the son of Mochori. And Mosolam the son of Saphariah the son of Rauel the son of Jebaniah with other their brethren in their kindreds, nine hundred fifty and five. And all these were honourable heads in the ancient households of them.
And of the priests: Jedaiah, Jehoiarib and Jacin: Azariah the son of Helkiah the son of Mosolam, the son of Zadoc the son of`Maraioth the son of Ahitob the chiefest in the house of God. And Adaiah the son of Jerohan the son of Phashor the son of Melchiah. And Maasi the son of Adiel the son of Jehezrah the son of Mosolam the son of Mosolamoth the son of Emer, with other their brethren heads in the ancient households of them, a thousand seven hundred and three score active men in the work of the service of the house of God.
And of the Levites: Semeiah the son of Hasub, the son of Esricam, the son of Hasabiah of the sons of Merari. And Bachakar the carpenter and Galal. And Mathanaiah the son of Micah, the son of Zecri the son of Asaph. Obdiah the son of Semeiah the son of Galal the son of Iduthun. And Barachiah the son of Aza the son of Elcanah that dwelt in the villages of the Netophathites.
The porters were Selum, Acub, Talmon and Ahiman with their brethren, Selum being the chief. For unto the time they had watched at the kings gate eastward in the tents of the children of Levi by companies. And Selum the son of Coreh the son of Abiasaph the son of Coreh with his brethren the Corehites in the house of their fathers had their business and office to keep the door of the tabernacle: for their fathers in the Host of the Lord kept the entering. And Phinehes the son of Eleazar was ruler over them before the Lord which was with him. And Zachariah the son of Moselamiah kept the door of the tabernacle of witness. All these were chosen fellows to keep the thresholds, two hundred and twelve, and were numbered in their villages. And them did David and Samuel the sear institute in their fidelity. And their children had the oversight of the gates of the house of the Lord and of the house of the tabernacle, to keep them.
In four quarters were the keepers: toward the east, west, north and south. And their brethren that were in the country came in their weeks as their course came about with them. For the Levites were committed to be principal porters of fidelity. And they had the oversight of the vestries and treasures of the house of God, and lay all night round about the house of God: because the keeping thereof pertained to them and to open it every morning. And certain of them had the rule of the minstering vessels and brought them in and out by tale. And of them were certain appointed to oversee the vessels and all holy ornaments, and of the flour, wine, oil, frankincense and sweet odours. But certain of the sons of the priests were set to make sweet savours.
And Mathathiah one of the Levites, the eldest son of Selum: the Corathite, had the oversight of
the things that were baken in the frying pan. And other of their brethren the sons of Cahath had
the oversight of the shewbread, to prepare against all sabbaths. These are the singers ancient
heads among the Levites divided by chambers: for they had to do both day and night. These were
the ancient among the Levites in their generations. And these dwelt at Jerusalem. And in Gabaon
dwelt Jeuell the father of Gabaon, whose wife was called Maacah. And his eldest son was Abdon,
then Zur, Cis, Baal, Ner and Nadab: Gedor, Ahio, Zachariah and Makeloth. And Makeloth begat
Semaan. And they also dwelt with their brethren at Jerusalem, even hard by them. And Ner begat
Cis, and Cis Saul. And Saul begat Jehonathan, Melchisua, Abinadab and Esbaal. And the son of
Jehonathan, was Meribbaal. And Meribbaal begat Micah, and the sons of Micah were Phiton,
Melech and Thaharea. And Ahaz begat Jaarah. And Jaarah begat Alamath, Asmoth, Zamri. And
Zamri begat Moza. And Moza begat Baana whose son was Raphaia, and his son was Eleasah, and
his son Azel. And Azel had six sons whose names are these: Ezricam, Bochru, Ismael, Sariah,
Obdiah and Hanan. These are the sons of Azel.
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And the Philistines fought against Israel. And the men of Israel fled before the Philistines and were overthrown and slain in mount Gelboe. And the Philistines followed Saul and his sons and slew Jehonathan, Abinadab and Melchisua the sons of Saul.
And the battle went sore against Saul, in so much that the shooters met him, and he was wounded of the shooters. Then said Saul to his weapon bearer draw thy sword and thrust me through therewith, that these uncircumcised come not and do me shame. And his weapon bearer would not, but feared exceedingly. Whereupon Saul caught a sword and fell upon it. And when his harness bearer saw that Saul was dead, he fell on a sword also and died.
And thus Saul and his three sons and all his house died together. And when all the men that dwelt in the valleys, saw how they fled, and that Saul and his sons were dead, they forsook their cities and ran away, and the Philistines came and dwelt in them.
And on the morrow when the Philistines came to strip the dead bodies, they found Saul and his sons overthrown in mount Gelboe. And when they had stripped him they took his head and his harness and sent them into the land of the Philistines round about to shew tidings unto their Gods and to the people. And they put his harness in the houses of their Gods. But his skull they hanged in the house of Dagon.
And when all they of Jabes in Galaad heard all that the Philistines had done to Saul, all the men of war arose and fetched away the body of Saul, and the bodies of his sons and brought them to Jabes and buried the bones of them under an oak in Jabes, and fasted seven days.
And so Saul died for his trespass that he trespassed against the Lord, in that he kept not the word
of the Lord, and in that he asked counsel of a woman that wrought with a spirit, and asked not of
the Lord. And therefore the Lord killed him and turned the kingdom unto David the son of Jesai
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Then all Israel gathered themselves to David unto Hebron, and said: see we be thy bones and thy flesh. And moreover in time past, even when Saul was king, thou leddest Israel out and in. And the Lord thy God said unto thee: thou shalt feed my people Israel, and thou shalt be captain over my people Israel.
And when all the elders of Israel were come to the king to Hebron, David made a covenant with them there before the Lord. And they anointed David king over Israel according to the word of the Lord by the hand of Samuel.
And David and all Israel went to Jerusalem which is Jebus: for there dwelt the Jebusites the inhabiters of the land. And the inhabiters of Jebus said to David, thou comest not here. Neverthelater David won the castle of Sion, which is called the city of David. Then said David: whoseover smite the Jebusites first, shall be the principal captain and a lord. And Joab the son of Zaruiah went first up, and was therefore the chiefcaptain. And because David dwelt in the castle, therefore it was called the city of David. And he built the city on every side even from Mello round about. But Joab repaired the rest of the city. And David prospered and waxed great, and the Lord of Hosts was with him.
These are the principal men of power that clave to David in his kingdom with all Israel, to make him king upon Israel according to the word of the Lord. And this is the number of the mighty men which David had: Isabaam the son of Hachamoni the chief of thirty, he lifted up his spear against three hundred and slew them at one time.
And after him Eleazar the son of Dodo an Ahothite which was one of the three mightiest. He was with David at Phasdamin where the Philistines were gathered to battle. And there was there a parcel of ground full of barley, and the people fled for fear of the Philistines. And they stepped forth into the midst of the furlong and saved it and slew the Philstines. And the Lord gave a great victory.
And the three of the thirty chiefs went to a rock to David at the cave Odolam. And the Host of the Philistines had pitched in the valley of Raphaim. And David was in an hold. And there was a garrison of the Philistines at Bethlehem that same time. And David longed and said; O that one would give me of the water of the well of Bethlehem that is in the gate, for to drink. And the three brake through the Host of the Philistines and drew of the water of the well of Bethlehem that was in the gate, and took it and brought it to David. Nevertheless David would not drink ofit, but offered it to the Lord, and said: God forbid it me, that I should do this thing, that I should drink the blood of these men that have put their lives in Jeopardy (for with the Jeopardy of their lives they brought it) and therefore he would not drink it. This did the three mightiest.
And Abisai the brother of Joab was captain of the three, and he lifted up his spear against three hundred and slew them, and had a name among the three. And he was much more nobler than any of the three, and was their captain. But was not like to any of the three in acts.
Banaiah the son of Jehoiada the son of a strong man that had done great deeds and was of Cabzeel: he slew two strong lions of Moab, and went down
and slew a Lion in a pit in time of snow. And he slew an Egyptian which was a man of size, even five cubits long, and in his hand had a spear like a weavers beam. And the other went to him with a waster and plucked the spear out of the Egyptians hand, and slew him with his spear. Such things did Banaiah the son of Jehoihada, and had a name with the three mightiest, was the gloriousest of thirty: but attained not unto the three. And David made him of his secret counsel.
And these were the best men of war of the Host: Asahel the brother of Joab and Elhanan the son
of Dodo out of Bethlehem. Samoth the Nazorite, Helez the Phalonite: Ira the son of Akes the
Thekuite, Abiezer the Anathothite: Sobacai the Husathite, Isai the Ahohite: Maharai the
Nethophathite and Heled the son of Baanah the Nethophathite: Ithai the son of Rebai of Gabaah
that pertaineth to the children of Benjamin: Banaiah the Pharathonite: Haurai of the river of Gaas,
and Abiel the Arbathite: Azmoth the Baharumite, Elhaba the Saalbonite. The sons of Hassem the
Gezonite, Jonathan the son of Sagah, an Haratite: Ahiam the son of Sacar the Hararite, Eliphal the
son of Ur. Hepher the Mecharathite, Ahiah the Phalonite: Hezro the Carmelite and Naari the son
of Azbai: Joel the brother of Nathan: Mibahar the son of Gari: Zelec an Ammonite and Naharai a
Berothite the bearer of the Harness of Joab the son of Zaruiah: Ira the Jethrite and Gareb a
Jethrite, Uriah the Hethite, Zabad the son of Oholui: Adina the son of Siza a Rubenite and an head
among the Rubenites and thirty about him: Hanan the son of Maacah and Josaphat a Mathanite:
Ozeah an Astharothite: Sama and Jael the sons of Hothan an Aroerite: Jedial the son of Zamri and
Joha his brother Thozites: Eliel a Mahumite. And Jeribai and Josoiah the sons of Elnaem and
Jethmah a Moabite. Eliel and Obed and Jasiel of Masobaiah.
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And these following came to David to Zikelag, while he yet kept himself close for fear of Saul the son of Cis: and they were of the men that succoured the battle, weaponed with bows, and could handle stones, arrows and bow as well with the left hand as with the right, and were of Sauls brethren, even of the tribe of Benjamin. The chiefest were Ahiezer and Joas the sons of Samaah a Gobaonite, and Jaziel a Phalite, the sons of Azmoth. Baracah and Jehu of Anathoth. And Isamaiah a Gabaonite as mighty as any of thirty and more mighty too. And Jeremiah, Jehaziel, Johanan and Josabad of Gedor. Eluesai, Jerimoth, Baaliah, Samariah and Saphatiah: Haraphites, Elcanah, Jesia, Azrael, Joezer, Joseboam of Karehim. And Joelah and Zabadiah the sons of Jeroham of Gedor.
And of the Gadites there separated themselves unto David when he kept an hold in the wilderness, men of might and men apt for war and could handle shield and spear, whose faces were like the faces of Lions, and they were thereto as swift as the Roes (deer) of the mountains: Ezer the first, Obdiah the second, Eliab the third, Masmannah the fourth, Jeremiah the fifth, Ethi the sixth, Eliel the seventh, Johanan the eighth, Elsabad the ninth, Jeremiah the tenth, and Macahbanai the eleventh. These were of the sons of Gad, and were captains over the men of war, the small over an hundred, and the great over a thousand. These are they that went over Jordan in the first month, when he had spilled over all his bank. And they put to flight them of the valley both of the east side and also of the west.
And there came of the children of Benjamin and Juda to the hold of David. And David went out to them and answered and said to them: If ye be come peaceably unto me, to help me, mine heart shall be together with you. But and if you come to beguile me and to be mine adversary, seeing there is no wickedness in mine hands, the God of our fathers look thereon and rebuke it.
And the spirit came upon Amasai a captain over thirty and he said, thine are we David, and on thy side thou son of Jesai: peace be with thee, and peace be with thine helpers, for thy God helpeth thee. Then David received them and made them heads of companies of the men of war.
And there fell of Manasse to David when he went with the PhilistiIles against Saul to battle, but help them not. For the Lords of the Philistines took counsel and sent him away saying: he will fall to his master Saul to the Jeopardy of our heads. And as he went to Zikelag there fell to him of Manasse: Ednah, Jozabad, Jediel, Michael, and Jozabad, Elihu and Zalthai, heads of the thousands of Manasse. And they help David against those rovers. For they were all mighty men and Captains in war. And there came one or other to David day by day to help him: until it was a great Host, like the Host of God.
And this is the number of the heads prepared to battle, that came to David to Hebron, to turn the kingdom of Saul to him, according to the mouth of the Lord.
The children of Juda that bare shield and spear were six thousand and eight hundred trimmed to war. Of the children of Simeon, men of might to war, seven thousand and one hundred. And of the children of Levi were four thousand and six hundred. And Jehoiada was the chief of them of Aaron and with him three thousand and seven hundred. And Zadock a young man of great power had his fathers household with Captains twenty two. And of the children of Benjamin the brethren of Saul, were three thousand. And a great part of them did yet follow the house of Saul.
And of the children of Ephraim, were twenty thousand and eight hundred, men of might and named men in the households of their fathers. And of the half tribe of Manasseh eighteen thousand which were appointed by name to go to make David King. And of the children of Isacar which were men that had understanding in the right time to know what Israel ought to do: The heads of them were two hundred, and all their brethren at their will. And of Zabulon that went out with the Host and proceeded in the array to battle with all manner of weapons of war, fifty thousand that kept in order with one accord. And Nephtali a thousand Captains, and with them with shield and spear. Thirty seven thousand. And of Dan prepared to battle, were twenty eight thousand and six hundred. And of Asser that went out with the Host to make battle, forty thousand. And of the other side Jordan, of the Rubenites, Gadites and of the half tribe of Manasse with all manner of instruments of war an hundred and twenty thousand.
All these being men of war able to order the array, came to Hebron with pure heart, to make
David King upon all Israel. And thereto all the rest of Israel was of one accord to make David
King. And there they were with David three days eating and drinking; for their brethren prepared
for them. Moreover they that were nigh to them, as Isacar, Zabulon and,Nephthali brought bread
on asses, Camels, mules and oxen, and meat: flour, figs, raisins, wine, oil, oxen, and sheep
abundantly. For there was mirth in Israel.
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And David counselled with the Captains of thousands and of hundreds, and with all the Lords, and said unto all the congregation of Israel: If it seem you good and also to be of the Lord our God. Let us take and send unto the remnant of our brethren throughout all the land of Israel, and to the priests and Levites with them, in their cities and suburbs, and gather them together to us. And let us bring again the Ark of the Lord to us: for we regarded it not in the days of Saul. And all the congregation was content so to do, for the thing seemed good in the eyes of all the people.
And David gathered all Israel together from Sihor in Egypt unto Hemath, to bring the Ark of the
Lord from Kariath Jarim. And David went up and all Israel to Baalah, and so to Kariath Jarim that
is in Juda, to fetch thence the Ark of the God and Lord that sitteth on the Cherubs. Where his
name is called on. And they carried the Ark of God in a new cart out of the house of Abinadab.
And Oza and his brother drave the cart. And David and all Israel played before God with all their
might, with singing, harps, psalteries, timbrels and trumpets. And when they came on the
threshing floor of Chidon, Oza put forth his hand to hold the ark, for the oxen stumbled. And the
Lord was wroth with Oza and smote him, because he put his hand to the Ark. And there he died
before God. And David was displeased, because the Lord had rent a rent in Oza, and called the
said place Perez Oza unto this day. And David was so afraid of God that day, that he said, how
shall I bring the Ark of God home to me ? And so David brought not the Ark home to him in the
city of David: But turned it in to the house of Obed Edom a Gethite and the Ark of God was with
Obed Edom in his house, three months. And the Lord blessed the house of Obed Edom and all
that he had.
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After that Hiram king of Tire sent messengers to David, and timber of Cedar trees with masons and Carpenters, to build him an house. Whereby David perceived that the Lord had prepared him to be king upon Israel, in that his kingdom was lifted up on high, because of his people Israel. And David took yet more wives at Jerusalem and begat more sons and daughters. And these are the names of his children which he had born him at Jerusalem: Samua, Sobab, Nathan, and Salomon: Jebhar, Elisua and Eliphelet: Noga, Nepheg and Japhiah. Elisama, Baliada and Eliphelet.
And when it was known among the Philistines that David was anointed king upon all Israel, all the Philistines went up to seek David. And David heard of it and went out against them. And the Philistines came and pranced in the valley of Raphaim. And David asked God saying: shall I go against the Philistines and wilt thou deliver them into mine hands ? And the Lord said to him: go, for I will deliver them into thine hand. And when they were come as far as Baal Pharazim, David beat them there. And David said: God hath divided mine enemies with mine hand as a man would divide water. And therefore they called the name of the said place Baal Pharazim. And they left their Gods there, which David bade to be burnt with fire.
And the Philistines came again and ran abroad in the valley. Then David asked God: And God said
to him: Go not after them, but turn away from them, and come upon them straight from the pear
trees. And when thou hearest a sound go in the tops of the pear trees, then go out to battle: for
God will go 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 all the way from Gabaon to Gazer.
And the fame of David went out into all lands, and the Lord made all nations fear him.
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And David made him houses in the city of David, and prepared a place for the Ark of God, and pitched for it a tent. And then David said, the Ark of God ought not to be carried but of the Levites. For them hath the Lord chosen to bear the Ark of the Lord and to minister to him for ever. And therefore David gathered all Israel to Jerusalem, to fetch the Ark of the Lord unto the place which he had ordained for it. And David brought to gether the children of Aaron and the Levites. Of the sons of Cahath: Uriel the chief, and of his brethren an hundred and twenty. And of the children of Merari: Asaiah the chief, and of his brethren two hundred and twenty. And of the sons of Gersom: Joel the chief, and of his brethren an hundred and thirty. And of the children of Elizaphan: Semeiah the chief and of his brethren two hundred. And of the sons of Hebron, Eliel the chief, and of his brethren eighty. And of the sons of Oziel, Aminadab the chief, and of his brethren an hundred and twelve.
And David called to Zadock and Abiathar the priests, and to the Levites Uriel, Asaiah, Joel, Semeiah, Eliel and Aminadab: and said unto them: ye are the principal heads of the Levites, sanctify therefore yourselves and your brethren and bring the Ark of the Lord God of Israel unto the place that I have prepared for it. For because ye were not there at the first time, the Lord our God made a rent among us, for that we sought him not as the fashion ought to be. And the priests and the Levites sanctified themselves to fetch the Ark of the Lord God of Israel. And the children of the Levites bare the Ark of God upon their shoulders with staves thereon as Moses commanded according to the word of the Lord.
And David spake to the chief heads of the Levites, that they should appoint of their brethren to sing with instruments of music: psalteries, harps and cymbals that sounded, and to sing on high with Joyfulness. And the Levites appointed Heman the son of Joel: and of his brethren, Asaph the son of Barachiah. And of the sons of Merari their brethren: Ethan the son of Cusaiahu. And with them their brethren of the second degree: Zachariah, Ben, Jaaziel, Semiramoth, Jahiel, Uri, Eliab, Banaiah, Maasaiah, Mathathiah, Eliphelehu, Makeniah, Obed Edom and Jeiel, porters. Heman, Asaph and Ethan sang with cymbals of brass to make a sound. And Zachariah, Oziel, Semiramoth, Jehiel, Ani, Eliab, Maasaiah and Banaiah sang with psalteries on an *Almoth. And Mathathiah, Eliphelehu, Makeniah, Obed Edom, Jeiel, and Ozaziah sang with harps an eight above to courage with all. And Conaniah the chief of the Levites was master of the song and taught to sing, for he was a man of understanding. *Almoth (musical instrument MN )
And Barachiah and Elcanah kept the door of the Ark. And Sacaniah, Jehosaphat, Nathaniel, Amasai, Zachariah, Banaiah and Eliezer priests were blowers with trumpets before the Ark of God. And Obed Edom and Jahiah were keepers of the door of the Ark.
And David and the elders of Israel and the Captains over thousands went to fetch the Ark of the appointment of the Lord out of the house of Obed Edom with gladness. And when God had help the Levites that bare the Ark of the appointment of the Lord, they offered seven oxen and seven rams. And David had on him an alb of byss, and so had the Levites that bare the Ark, and so had the singers, and Conaniah the ruler of the song and of the singers. And David had moreover upon him an Ephod of linen. And all Israel brought the Ark of the Lords covenant with shouting and blowing of horns, and with trumpets and cymbals that sounded, and with psalteries and harps.
And as the Ark of the appointment of the Lord came unto the city of David, Michol the daughter
of Saul looked out at a window: and when she saw king David dancing and playing, she despised
him in her heart.
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When they had brought in the Ark of God they set it in the tent that David had pitched for it. And they brought burnt sacrifice and peaceofferings before God. And when David had made an end of offering of burntofferings and of peaceofferings, he blessed the people with the name of the Lord. And he dealt all Israel both man and woman a cracknel of bread, a piece of flesh and a mess of sops.
And he appointed certain of the Levites to minister before the Lord, and to repeat, and to thank and praise the Lord God of Israel: even Asaph the chief, and next to him Zachariah then Jeiel, Semiramoth, Jehiel, Mathathaih, Eliab, Banaiah, Obed Edom, and Jeiel with Psalteries and harps. But Asaph with sounding cymbals and Banaiah and Jahaziel priests with trumpets continually before the Ark of the covenant of God.
And that same time David did appoint chiefly to thank the Lord by Asaph and his brethren. Thank the Lord, call on his name, make his Acts known among the people.
Sing unto him and play unto him: and record all his wonderful deeds. Praise his holy name, and let the hearts of them that seek the Lord rejoice. Seek the Lord and his strength: Seek his presence always.
Remember his marvels which he did, and his wonders, and the judgements of his mouth: The seed of Israel are his servants: the children of Jacob are his chosen. He is the Lord our God: in all lands are his judgements. Think on his appointment ever, and on the word he commanded to a thousand generations. Of his covenant to Abraham, and of his oath to Isaac: which he set before Jacob for a decree, and to Israel for an everlasting covenant, saying: to thee I will give the land of Canaan, to be the portion of your inheritance. When you were a small company in number, even but a few, and thereto strangers therein. And they went from people to people, and from one Kingdom to another nation. He suffered no man to do them wrong: But rebuked kings for their sakes. Touch not mine anointed, nor do my Prophets any harm. Sing unto the Lord all the earth: and shew from day to day his victories.
Tell among the heathen of his glory: and among all nations of his wonderful deeds.
For great is the Lord and to be praised exceedingly: and terrible is he above all Gods.
For all the Gods of the heathen are Idols: But the Lord made heaven.
Praise and honour are in his presence: strength and gladness are in his place.
Ascribe to the Lord ye kindreds of people, Ascribe to the Lord Glory and strength.
Give honour unto the Lords name: bring presents and come before him, and bow to the Lord in holy apparel.
All the earth fear him, he stablished the earth that it cannot move. The heaven rejoice and the earth be glad, and let men tell among the nations that the Lord is a King.
Let the sea thunder and his fulness, and let the fields rejoice and all that is therein.
Moreover let the trees of the wood ring at the presence of the Lord: for he cometh to judge the earth.
Thank the Lord for he is good, and his mercy lasteth ever: and say: save us O' God our saviour and gather us together and deliver us from among the heathen, to thank thy holy name, and to praise thee with the praise that becometh thee. Blessed be the Lord God of Israel for ever and ever, and all nations say Amen, so praising the Lord.
And he left there before the ark of the Lords covenant, Asaph and his brethren, to minister before
the Ark evermore day by day. And Obed Edom with his brethren three score and eight, and Obed
Edom the son of Iduthun and Ozah to be porters. And Zadock the priest with his brethren the
priests set he before the tabernacle of the Lord at the hillaltar of Gabaon, to offer burntofferings
unto the Lord upon the burntoffering altar perpetually at morning and evening, according to all
that is written in the law of the Lord which he commanded Israel. And with them Heman and
Iduthun, and other that were chosen and named by name, to thank the Lord that his mercy lasteth
ever. And with the said Heman and Iduthun were trumpets and sounding cymbals, and
instruments of the melody of God. And the sons of Iduthun were porters. And then all the people
departed, every man to his house: and David returned to salute his household.
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And as David dwelt in his house he said to Nathan the prophet: lo, I dwell in an house of Cedar tree: and the Ark of the Lords covenant dwelleth under curtains. And Nathan said to David: do all that is in thine heart, for God is with thee.
But the same night the word of God came to Nathan saying: go and tell David my servant, thus saith the Lord, thou shalt not build me an house to dwell in. For I have dwell in no house since I brought out the children of Israel unto this day: But have gone from tent to tent and from one tabernacle to another. Neither in any place wheresoever I have walked throughout all Israel, spake I ever one word to any of the judges of Israel which I commanded to feed my people, saying: why build ye me not an house of Cedar tree ? Now therefore thus say unto my servant David: thus saith the Lord of Hosts: I took thee out of the pasture from after sheep, that thou shouldest be captain over my people Israel. And I have been with thee in all thou tookest in hand, and have weeded out all thine enemies out of thy sight, and have made thee a name like the name of the greatest men of the earth. And I will ordain a place for my people Israel, and will make it fast, and they shall dwell under it and shall move no more. Neither shall the children of wickedness vex them any more as at the beginning, and since the time I commanded judges to be over my people Israel, and will bring under all thine enemies (for I told thee that the Lord would build thee an house).
But when thy days be expired, that thou must go after thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall be of thy sons and will settle his kingdom. He shall build me an house, and I will stablish his seat for ever. I will be his father and he shall be my son, and I will not put my mercy away from him as I did from him that was before thee. But I will set him in mine house and in my kingdom for ever, and his seat shall be sure for ever.
When Nathan had told David according to all these words, and to all this vision, king David went and sat him before the Lord and said: what am I O' Lord God and what is mine household, that thou hast promoted me thus far. And yet this seemed little in thine eyes O' God. But that thou shouldest speak of thy servants house for a great while to come: and hast looked upon me as upon a man of high degree O' Lord God. What can David desire more of thee, wherein thou shouldest make thy servant more glorious ? Thou knowest thy servant: And Lord for thy servants sake, even according to thine own heart thou hast done all this magnificence, to show all bounteousness Lord, there is none like thee, nor any God save thou, according to all that we have heard with our ears. Moreover what nation on the earth is like thy people Israel, which God went and redeemed to be his own people, and to make thee a name of excellency and terribleness, with casting out nations from before thy people, for ever, and thou Lord art become their God.
And now Lord the thing thou hast spoken concerning thy servant and his house be true for ever,
and do as thou hast said. And thy name continue and wax great for ever, that it be said: the Lord
of Hosts, the God of Israel is God in Israel, and the house of David thy servant be stable before
thee. For thou Lord hast told thy servant, that thou wilt build him an house. And therefore thy
servant hath found in his heart to pray before thee. And now Lord thou art the very God, and hast
promised this goodness unto thy servant. Now therefore go to and bless the house of thy servant,
that it may continue before thee for ever. For what thou blessest, O' Lord that is blessed for ever.
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And after that David beat the Philistines and subdued them, and took Gath and the towns that longed thereto, out of the hands of the Philistines. And he
beat the Moabites, and the Moabites became Davids servants and paid him tribute. And David beat Hadadezer king of Zobah unto Hemath, as he went to bring his dominion unto the river Euphrates. And David took from him a thousand chariots and seven thousand horsemen and twenty thousand footmen, and brake all the chariots, save that he reserved of them an hundred. Then came the Sirians of Damasco to help Hadadezer king of Zobah. And David slew of the Sirians twenty two thousand, and put garrisons in Siria Damasco: And the Sirians became Davids servants and brought him tribute. For the Lord help David in all that he went to.
And David took the shields of gold that were on the servants of Hadadezer and brought them to Jerusalem. And from Thebahath and Chun, cities of Hadadezer, brought David exceeding much brass. Wherewith Salomon made the brazen sea and the pillars and the vessels of brass.
And when Thou king of Hemath, heard how David had beat all the host of Hadadezer king of
Zobah, he sent Haduram his son to king David, to salute him and to bless him, because he had
fought with Hadadezer and beaten him (for Thou had war with Hadadezer) and sent all manner of
Jewels of gold, silver and brass with him. And king David dedicated them also unto the Lord with
the silver and gold that he brought from all nations, from the Edomites, from the Moabites, from
the children of Ammon, from the Philistines, from the Amalekites. And Abisai the son of Zaruiah
slew of the Edomites in the salt valley eighteen thousand, and put Soldiers in Edom, and all Edom
became Davids servants: for the Lord kept David in all that he took in hand. And David reigned
over all Israel and did right and equity unto all his people. And Joab the son of Zaruiah was over
the host, and Jehosaphat the son of Ahilud recorder, and Zadock the son of Ahitob and Abimelech
the son of Abiathar were the priests, and Susa was scribe, and Banaiah the son of Jehoiada was
over the Cerethites and the Phelethites and the eldest sons of David waited at the kings hand.
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After this it chanced that Nahas king of the children of Ammon died, and his son made king in his stead. Then said David, I will show kindness unto Hanon the son of Nahas, because his father dealt kindly with me: and thereupon David sent messengers to comfort him over the death of his father. And when the servants of David were come into the land of the children of Ammon to Hanon to comfort him, the Lords of the children of Ammon said to Hanon: thinkest thou that David doth honour thy father in thy sight, that he hath sent comforters unto thee ? Nay, but it is to search and overthrow and to spy out the land, that his servants be come unto thee.
Whereupon Hanon took Davids servants and shaved them, and cut off their coats hard by their buttocks and sent them away. And there went that told David how the men were served. And the king sent to meet them (for the men were exceedingly ashamed) and said: tarry at Jericho until your beards be grown, and then return.
And when the children of Ammon saw that they stank in the nose of David, Hanon, and the children of Ammon sent a thousand talents of silver to hire the chariots and horsemen out of Mesopotamia and out of Siria Maacah and out of Zobah. And they hired thirty two thousand chariots, and the king of Maacah and his people, which came and pitched before Midba. And the children of Ammon gathered themselves to gether from their cities and went out to battle. And as soon as David heard of it, he sent Joab with all the host of strong men. And the children of Ammon came out and put them in array to battle before the gate of the city. And the kings that were come kept them by themselves in the field.
When Joab saw that the front of the battle was before him and after, he chose out of all the youth of Israel and put them in array against the Sirians. And the rest of the people he delivered unto Abisai his brother, that they should put themselves in array against the children of Ammon, and said: If the Sirians be too strong for me, succour me, and if the children of Ammon be too good for thee, I will help thee. Pluck up thine heart and let us play the men for our peoples sake, and for the cities of our God, and the Lord to do what seemeth him best. And Joab and the people that were with him drew nigh to the Sirians, to fight, and they fled before him. And when the children of Ammon saw that the Sirians were fled, they ran away likewise, from Abisai his brother and gat them into the city. And Joab came to Jerusalem.
And when the Sirians saw that they were put to the worse of Israel, they sent messengers and fetched out the Sirians that are beyond the river with Sophach the Captain of the host of Hadadezer before them. Which when it was told David, he gathered all Israel, and went over Jordan and went and set upon them. And David put himself in array against the Sirians, and they fought with him. But the Sirians fled before Israel, and David destroyed of the Sirians seven thousand chariots, and slew forty thousand footmen and killed Sophach the Captain of the host. And when the servants of Hadadezer saw that they were put to the worse of Israel, they made peace with David and served him. Neither would the Sirians help the children of Ammon any
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And the year following about the time that kings go out a warfare, Joab carried out the army of
the host and destroyed the country of the children of Ammon, and went and beseiged Rabah and
destroyed it: But David bode at Jerusalem while Joab smote Rabah and destroyed it: And David
took the crown of their king off his head, and found therein the weight of a talent of gold, and
there were precious stones in it, and it was set on Davids head. And he brought out also the spoil
of the city which was exceeding much. And he brought out the people that were in it and tamed
them with saws and harrows of iron and with brakes, and so dealt David with all the cities of the
children of Ammon. And then David and all the people came again to Jerusalem. After that there
arose war at Gazer with the Philistines. At which time Sobocai the Husathite slew Saphai that was
of the children of Raphaim, and they were subdued. And there was battle again with the
Philistines, and Elhanan the son of Jair slew Lahemi the brother of Goliath the Gethite, whose
spear was like the beam of a weaver. And there chanced yet again war at Geth, where was a man
of a size with twenty four fingers and toes, six on every hand and six on every foot, and was the
son of Haraphah and defied Israel. And Jehonathan the son of Samaa Davids brother slew him.
These were born of Haraphah at Geth and were overthrown by the hand of David and of his
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And Satan stood up against Israel, and persuaded David to number Israel. And David said to Joab and the rulers of the people, go ye and number Israel from Bersabe to Dan, and bring it to me that I may know the number of them. And Joab answered: the Lord make thy people an hundred times so many more as they be. But my Lord King, are they not all my Lords servants ? Why then doth my Lord require this thing? why should my Lord be a cause of trespass to Israel ?
Neverthelater the kings words prevailed against Joab. And Joab took his way and went throughout all Israel, and came to Jerusalem and gave the number of the count of the people unto David. And all Israel were in number a thousand thousand and an hundred thousand men that drew sword: and Juda was four hundred and seventy thousand men that drew sword. But the Levites and Benjamin he counted not among them. For the Kings deed seemed abominable to Joab. And the Lord was displeased with this thing, and smote Israel. The said David to God: I have sinned exceedingly in doing this thing. Nevertheless yet do away the wickedness of thy servant, for I have done above measure foolishly.
And the Lord spake unto Gad Davids seer of visions saying: go and tell David saying. Thus saith the Lord: I give thee the choice of three things: choose thee one of them, that I may do unto thee. And Gad came to David and said to him: Thus saith the Lord. Choose thee either three years famishment, or three months to be consumed of thine adversaries, the sword of thine enemies overtaking thee: or else the sword of the Lord three days and pestilence in the land, the Angel of the Lord destroying throughout all the coasts of Israel. And now advise thyself what word I shall bring again unto him that sent me. And David said to Gad, I am in an exceading straight. But let me fall in to the hands of the Lord, for passing great is his miercy, and let me not fall unto the hands of men.
And the Lord sent pestilence upon all Israel, so that there were overthrown of Israel seventy thousand men. And God sent the Angel to Jerusalem to destroy it. And as he was about to destroy, the Lord beheld and had compassion on the wretchedness, and said to the Angel that destroyed, it is enough, now cease thine hand. And the Angel of the Lord stood by the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite. And David lifted up his eyes and saw the Angel of the Lord stand between the earth and heaven with a drawn sword in his hand stretched out toward Jerusalem. Then fell David and the elders of Israel clothed in sack upon their faces. And David said unto God: Is it not I that commanded to number the people ? And I am he that have sinned and done evil in deed. But what have these sheep done ? Let thine hand therefore O' Lord God be on me and on my fathers house, and not on thy people to destroy them.
And the Angel commanded Gad to say to David, that David should go and rear up an altar unto the Lord, in the threshing door of Ornan the Jebusite. And David went at the saying of Gad which spake in the name of the Lord. And Ornan turned about and saw the Angel, and his four sons with him, and hid themselves: for Oman was threshing wheat. And David came to Ornan. And when Ornan looked and saw David, he went out of the threshing floor and bowed himself to David with his face to the ground.
And David said to Ornan: give me the place of the threshing floor, that I may build an altar therein unto the Lord. Let me have it for as much money as it is worth, that the plague may cease from the people. And Ornan said to David: take it to thee, and let my Lord king do that seemeth good in his eyes. See, I give thee oxen for a burntsacrifice, and the threshing sleds for wood, and wheat for meatoffering: I give it all. But king David said to Ornan: not so, but I will buy it for as much money as it is worth. I will not take that which is thine, for the Lord, and offer burntoffering without cost.
And so David gave to Ornan for the place sickles of gold six hundred by weight. And David built
there an altar unto the Lord and offered burntofferings and peaceofferings and called unto the
Lord and he heard him from heaven in fire upon the altar of burntoffering. And the Lord
commanded the Angel to put up his sword again to the sheath of it. At that time when David saw,
that the Lord had heard him in the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite: he used to offer there.
For the tabernacle of the Lord which Moses made in the wilderness, and the altar of burntoffering
were that season in the hill at Gabaon. And David could not go before it to seek God, because he
was afraid of the sword of the Angel of the Lord. And David said: this is the house of the Lord
God, and this the burntoffering altar for Israel.
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And David commanded to gather the strangers that were in the land of Israel, and set hewers to hew stone, to build the house of God. And David prepared plenty of iron for nails to the doors of the gates and to join with all, and abundance of brass without weight, and of Cedar trees without number. For the Zidons and they of Tire brought much Cedar wood to David. For David thus thought, Salomon my son is young and tender, and the house that is to be built for the Lord, must exceed in greatness, that it may be spoken of and praised in all lands. I will therefore make ordinance for it. And so David prepared abundance before his death.
And he called Salomon his son and charged him to build an house for the Lord God of Israel: And David said to Salomon: my son, I had in mine heart to build an house unto the name of the Lord my God. But the word of the Lord came to me saying: thou hast shed much blood, and hast made many battles. Thou shalt not build an house for my name, for thou hast shed much blood to the earth in my sight. Behold a son shall be born thee which shall be a man of rest, for I will give him rest from all his enemies round about. And his name shall be Salomon: for I will send rest and peace upon Israel in his days. He shall build an house for my name, and he shall be my son, and I will be his father, and will stablish the seat of his kingdom upon Israel for ever. Now my son, the Lord be with thee, that thou mayest prosper and build the house of the Lord thy God, as he hath said of thee. And the Lord give thee wisdom and understanding, and make thee governor of Israel, and to keep the law of the Lord thy God. For then thou shalt prosper: If thou shalt be diligent to do the ordinances and laws which the Lord charged Moses with, to deliver to Israel. Pluck up thine heart and be strong, dread not nor be discouraged. Behold in mine adversity I have prepared for the house of the Lord an hundred thousand talents of gold and a thousand thousand talents of silver, and as for brass and iron it cannot be numbered, it is so much. And I have prepared timber and stone, and shalt provide more thereto. Moreover thou hast workmen enough and masons and carpenters to work in stone and timber, and all manner of wise men for whatsoever work it be. And of gold, silver, brass and iron there is no number. Up therefore and set upon it, and the Lord shall be with thee.
And David commanded all the Lords of Israel, to help Salomon his son saying: Is not the Lord
your God with you ? and hath he not given you rest on every side ? for he hath given the
inhabiters of the land into mine hand and the land is subdued before the Lord and before his
people. Now therefore set your hearts and your souls, to seek the Lord your God. And up and
build ye the temple of the Lord God, to bring the Ark of the covenant of the Lord, and the holy
vessels of God into the house so built for the name of the Lord.
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And when David was old and stricken in years, he made Salomon his son king over Israel. And then he gathered together all the lords of Israel with the Priests and the Levites. And the Levites were numbered from thirty years and above, and the tale of them in men poll by poll was thirty eight thousand. Of which twenty four thousand were set to further the work of the house of the Lord. And six thousand were officers and Judges. Four thousand were porters and four thousand praised the Lord with such instruments as David had made to praise withal.
And David put an order among the children of Levi: Gerson, Cahath and Merari: of the Gersonites was Laadan and Semei. The sons of Laadan: the chief was Jehiel and then Zethan and Joel, three. The sons of Semei, Salomith, Haziel, and Haran, three. These were the ancient heads of Laadan. And the sons of Semei were also Jahath, Zinah, Jaus and Bariah: these four were the sons of Semei. And Jahath was the chief, Zinah the second. But Jaus and Bariah had not many sons, and therefore they were reckoned for one ancient household.
The sons of Cahath: Amram, Izahar, Hebron and Uziel, four. The sons of Amram: Aaron and
Moses. And Aaron was appointed to consecrate in the place most holy, with his sons for ever: and
to burn the offerings before the Lord, and to minister, and to bless in his name for ever. And as
for Moses the man of God, his children were named with the tribe of Levi. The sons of Moses:
Gersom and Eliezer. And of the sons of Gersom: Sabael was the chief. The sons of Eliezer:
Rohabiah the chief. And Eliezer had no other sons: But the sons of Rohabiah were very many.
And of the sons of Izabar: Salomi, the chief. The sons of Hebron: Jeriahu the first. Amariah the
second, Jahaziel the third and Jecmaam the fourth. The sons of Uziel: Micah the first and Jesiah
the second. The sons of Merari: Mahali: and Musi, the sons of Mahali: Eleazar and Cis. And
Eleazar died and had no sons, but daughters only, which their brethren the sons of Cis took. The
sons of Musi: Mahali, Eder, and Jerimuth, three. These are the children of Levi in the households
of their fathers the ancient heads, viewed and numbered by name and poll by poll from twenty
years and above, to work in the service of the house of the Lord. For David said: the Lord God of
Israel hath given rest unto his people, and they shall dwell in Jerusalem for ever. Moreover the
Levites should now no more bear the tabernacle and all the vessels that pertain to the service
thereof. But at the last commandment of David, the Levites were numbered from twenty years
and above, to wait at the hands of the sons of Aaron in the service of the house of the Lord, and
to have the oversight of the courts and of the store houses, and of the purifying of all holy things,
and of the work of the things that served for the house of God, as the shewbread, the fine flour,
the meatofferings, the flawnes (fryed cakes) of sweet bread, and of the things baken in the frying
pan, or broiled on the gridiron, and on all manner measures and size and to wait every morning to
thank and praise the Lord, and likewise at evening. And to wait on every offering of
burntsacrifices unto the Lord, the Sabbaths and first days of the months, and other feastful days by
number and custom, was their office ever before the Lord. And that they should wait on the
tabernacle of witness and on the holy place, and on the sons of Aaron their brethren, in the service
of the house of the Lord.
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The division of the sons of Aaron: Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar. But Nadab and Abihu died before their father and had no children. And Eleazar and Ithamar were the Priests. And David ordered them on this manner: Zadock of the sons of Eleazar and Ahimelek of the sons of Ithamar to be in office by course. And there were more mighty heads found of the sons of Eleazar than of the sons of Ithamar. And they divided them into sixteen heads of ancient households of the sons of Eleazar, and eight of the sons of Ithamar. And they put them in order by lot, one with another that there should be rulers in the sanctuary and Lords before God as well of the sons of Ithamar as of the sons of Eleazar. And Semeiah the son of Nathaneel the Scribe of the Levites wrote them before the king and the Lords, and before Zadock the priest and Ahimelek the son of Abiathar, and before the ancient heads of the priests and of the Levites: one principal household for Eleazar and one for Ithamar.
The first lot fell to Jehoiarib. The second to Jedaiah. The third to Harim. The fourth to Seorim. The fifth to Melciah. The sixth to Miamin. The seventh to Hakes. The eighth to Abiah. The ninth to Jesua. The tenth to Secaniah. The eleventh to Eliasib. The twelfth to Jakim. The thirteenth to Huphah. The fourteenth to Isbaab. The fifteenth to Belgah. The sixteenth to Emer. The seventeenth to Hezir. The eighteenth to Haphzez. The nineteenth to Pathahaiah. The twentieth to Jehesekiel. The twenty first to Jacin. The twenty second to Gamul. The twenty third to Delaiahu. The twenty fourth to Maasiahu.
This is the order of them in their offices, to come into the house of the Lord acording to their manner under Aaron their father, as the Lord God of Israel commanded.
The rest of the sons of Levi: of the sons of Amram, Subael. Of the sons of Subael, Jehediahu. Of the sons of Rohabiah the first Jesiah. Of the Izaharites, Salemoth. Of the sons of Salemoth, Jahath. And the sons of Hebron were Jeriahu the first, Amariah the second, Jahaziel the third, Jekameam the fourth. Of the sons of Usiel, Micah. Of the sons of Micah Samir. The brother of Micah was Jesiah. Of the sons of Jesiah Zachariah. The sons of Merari were Mahali and Musi. The sons of Jaaziahu, Beno. The sons of Merari by Jahaziahu. Beno, Sohem, Zacur and Ebri.
Mahali had Eleazar which had no sons. The sons of Kis: Jerahemel. The sons of Musi: Mahali,
Eder and Jermoth. These are of the children of Levi in the households of their fathers. And these
cast lots next to their brethren the sons of Aaron, before David the king and Zadock and
Ahimelek and the ancient heads and priests of the Levites: as well the youngest brother as an
The 25th Chapter
And David and the captains of the host appointed out to do service, the sons of Asaph of Heman and Iduthun, which did prophesy with harps, psalteries and cymbals. And the multitude of them were men to do service in their offices. The sons of Asaph: Zaur, Joseph, Nathaniah, Aserealah, to wait on Asaph which prophesied by the king.
The sons of Iduthun: Godoliah, Zuri, Isaiah, Hasabiah and Mathathiah, Semei six, at the hands of their fathers Iduthun, with harps: which Iduthun prophesied for to thank and praise the Lord. The sons of Heman: Bokiahu, Mathaniah, Uziel, Subuel, Jerimoth, Hananiah, Hanani, Eliathah, Gedalthi, Romanthi Ezer, Jesbokasah, Malothi, Hothir and Mahazioth. All these were of the sons of Heman the kings Sear of visions with the word of God, to lift up the horn. God gave to Heman fourteen sons and three daughters. All these were at the hand of their father to sing in the house of the Lord with cymbals, psalteries and harps in the service of the house of God. And at the hand of the king was Asaph, Iduthun and Heman: But the multitude of them were with their brethren that were cunning in the song of the Lord. And the number of all that taught, were two hundred and fourscore and eight. And they cast Lots indifferently how they should wait, as well the small as the great, the scholar as well as the schoolmaster.
And the first lot of Asaph fell to Joseph. The second to Godoliah with his brethren and sons, twelve persons. The third fell to Zacur with his sons and brethren being twelve persons. The fourth to Izari with his sons and brethren twelve persons.
The fifth to Nathaniah with his sons and brethren twelve persons. The sixth to Bokiahu with his
sons and brethren twelve persons. The seventh to Isarelath with his sons and brethren twelve
persons. The eighth to Isaiah with his sons and brethren twelve persons. The ninth to Mathaniah
with his sons and brethren twelve persons. The tenth to Semei with his sons and brethren twelve
persons. The eleventh to Azariel with his sons and brethren twelve persons. The twelfth to
Hasabiah with his sons and brethren twelve persons. The thirteenth to Subuel with his sons and
brethren twelve persons. The fourteenth to Mathathiah with his sons and brethren twelve persons.
The fifteenth to Jerimoth with his sons and brethren twelve persons. The sixteenth to hananiah
with his sons and brethren twelve persons. The seventeenth to Jesbokasah with his sons and
brethren twelve persons. The eighteenth to Hanani with his sons and brethren twelve persons. The
nineteenth to Malothi with his sons and brethren twelve persons. The twentieth to Eliathah with
his sons and brethren twelve persons. The twenty first to Hothir with his sons and brethren twelve
persons. The twenty second to Gedalthi with his sons and brethren twelve persons. The twenty
third Mahazioth with his sons and brethren twelve persons. The twenty fourth to Romanthi Ezer
with his sons and brethren twelve persons.
The 26th Chapter
The division of the porters among the Corehites: Meselemiah the son of Koreh of the children of Asaph.
And the sons of Meselemiah were these: Zachariah the eldest, Jadiel the second, Zabadiah the third, Jathaniel the fourth, Elam the fifth, Jehohanan the sixth, Elioenai the seventh. And Obed Edom had sons: Semeiah the eldest, Jehosabad the second, Joah the third, Sacar the fourth, Nathanael the fifth, Amiel the sixth, Isacar the seventh and Polathai the eighth for God had blessed him.
And unto Semeiah his son were sons born that ruled in the house of their father, for they were men of might. The sons of Semeiah: Othni, Raphael, Obed, and Elzabad and his brethren men of activity, Elihu and Samachiah. All these were of the children of Obed Edom, which with their brethren and their children, active men of strength to do service were forty two of Obed Edom. And Meselemiah had sons and brethren, active men eighteen. And Hosah of the children of Merari, had sons: Semri the chief, yet he was not the eldest, but his father made him the chiefest. Helkiah the second, Tabeliah the third and Zachariah the fourth: so that all the sons and brethren of Hosah were thirteen.
Unto these was divided the office of the portership as unto heads over the men that waited with their brethren and ministered in the house of the Lord. And they cast lots, the small as well as the great in the households of their fathers, from gate to gate. And the East lot fell to Selemiah. And for Zachariah his son a wise counseller, they cast lots, and his lot came out toward the North. And Obed Edoms lot fell to the South. And to his sons fell the counsel houses. And to Suphim and Hosah fell the west with the gate Salecheth, where the way ascendeth upward, the one way being fast by the other.
In the East kept six Levites: in the North four a day, and in the South four a day, and in every counsel house two, and in the watchhouses, on the way westward four: two in a house. These are the divisions of the porters among the sons of Koreh and the sons of Merari. And of the Levites Ahiah had the oversight of the treasure of the house of God, and of the treasure of the dedicate things.
As concerning the sons of Laadan which were Gersonites. Laadan had ancient fathers. Laadan the Gersonite had Jehieli. The sons of Jehieli: Zethan and Joel his brother, which were over the treasures of the house of the Lord. Among the Amramites, Izarahites Hebronites and Ozielites, was Subuel the son of Gerson the son of Moses a ruler over the treasure. And of his brethren the sons of Eliezer, was Rahabiah, whose son was Isaiah, and his son was Joram, and his son Zechri, and his son was Selomith, which Selomith and his brethren were over all the treasures of the dedicate gifts which David the King, and the ancient heads, of the captains over thousands and hundreds, and the captains of the host had dedicated of the spoil won in battle, to maintain the house of the Lord: and over all that Samuel the sear and Saul the son of Cis, and Abner the son of Ner, and Joab the son of Zaruiah had dedicated. All that was dedicated, was under the hand of Selomith and of his brethren.
Of the Izarahites Conaniah and his sons were in businesses withoutforth made officers and judges
over Israel. And of the Hebronites Hasabiah and his brethren men of activity a thousand and seven
hundred were officers in Israel on this side Jordan westward, in all businesses of the Lord and
service of the king. And Jediah was the chiefest among the kindreds and fathers of the Hebronites.
And in the fortieth year of the kingdom of David they were sought for. And there were found of
them men of activity at Jezer in Galaad. And his brethren were in men of activity, two thousand
and seven hundred ancient heads, which king David made rulers over the Rubenites, Gadites and
the half tribe of Manasse in all matters pertaining to God and businesses of the king.
The 27th Chapter
To speak of the children of Israel: in the number of them were ancient heads and captains of thousands and hundreds, and officers that served the king in all things according to the companies that came in or went out, month by month throughout all the months of the year. And every company had twenty four thousand. Over the first company in the first month, was Jasoboam the son of Zabdiel. And in his number twenty four thousand. And the chiefest of all the captains in the host of the first month was of the children of Pharez. Over the company of the second month Dodai an Ahohite, and in his host was Makeloth a ruler. And in his company were twenty four thousand. The chief captain of the third host in the third month, was Benaiah the son of Jehoiada the priest. And in his host twenty four thousand. This the Benaiah mighty among thirty and above thirty. And in his part was Amizabad his son.
The fourth captain in the fourth month was Asael the brother of Joab, and Zabadiah his son after him. And in his host were twenty four thousand. The fifth captain in the fifth month was: Samahut the Jezrahite: and in his host were twenty four thousand. The sixth captain in the sixth month was Ira the son of Akes a Thekuite: and in his host were twenty four thousand.
The seventh captain in the seventh month was Helei the Phalonite, of the children of Ephraim: and in his host twenty four thousand. The eighth Captain in the eighth month was Sobocai an Husathite of the kin of Sarah. And in his host twenty four thousand. The ninth Captain in the ninth month was Abiezer an Anathothite of the sons of Jemini: and in his host twenty four thousand. The tenth captain in the tenth month, was Mahari the Netophathite of the Zarahites. And in his host twenty four thousand. The eleventh month, was Banaiah the Pharathonite of the children of Ephraim: and in his host twenty four thousand. The twelfth Captain in the twelfth month, was Heldai the Netophathite of Othoniei, and in his host twenty four thousand. And the rulers over the tribes of Israel were these. Among the Rubenites, was Eliezer the son of Zechri. Among the Simeonites, was Saphariah the son of Maacah. Among the Levites: Hasabiah the son of Kamuel. Among the Haromites: Zadock. In Juda, Eliu of the brethren of David. In Isacar: Amri the son of Michael. In Zabulon: Jesmaiah the son of Abdiah. In Nephthalie: Jerimoth the son of Azriel. Among the children of Ephraim: Hosea the son of Ozaiah. In the half tribe of Manasseh: Joel the son of Phadaiah. Of the half tribe of Manasseh in Galaad: Jado the son of Zachariah. In Benjamin: Jaasiel the son of Abner. In Dan: Azariel the son of Jeroham. These are the Lords in the tribes of Israel.
But David took not the number of them under twenty years: for the Lord said he would increase Israel like unto the stars of the sky. And Joab the son of Zaruiah began to number. And though he finished it not, yet there fell wrath for that upon Israel. And therefore the number was not put in the chronicles of King David.
Over the kings treasure was Azmoth the son of Adiel. And over the treasure of the fields, in the
cities, villages and castles, was Jehonathan, the son of Oziah. And over the workmen in the fields
that tilled the ground, was Ezri the son of Chelub. And the oversight of the vineyards had
Semeiah the Ramathite. Over the winecellars and treasure of wine was Sabdi the Saphonite. And
over the olivetrees and mulberry trees that were in the valleys was Baal Hanan the Gadarite. And
over the treasure of oil was Joas. And over the oxen that fed in Saron was Setari the Saronite.
And over the oxen in the valleys was Saphat the son of Adlai. And over the camels Ubil the
Ismaelite. And over the asses was Johadia the Merothite. And over the sheep was Jazis the
Hagarite. All these were the rulers of the substance of king David. And Jehonathan Davids
brothers son, a man of counsel, a man that taught wisdom, and a writer he and Jehiel the son of
Hachamoni waited on the kings sons. And Ahitophel was of the kings counsel. And Husai the
Arachite was the kings companion. And next to Ahitophel was Jehoiada the son of Banaiah, and
Abiathar. And the captain of the kings war was Joab.
The 28th Chapter
And David gathered together all the Lords of Israel: the Lords of the tribes, the Lords of the companies that ministered to the king by course, the Lords over the thousands and over the hundreds, and the Lords over all the goods and cattle of the king and of his sons, with the chamberlains, warriors and all active men unto Jerusalem. And king David stood upon his feet and said.
Hear me my brethren and my people: I had in mine heart to build an house of rest for the Ark of the covenant of the Lord, and a footstool for our God, and had made ready to build. But God said to me: thou shalt not build an house for my name, because thou art a man of war and hast shed blood. Moreover the Lord God of Israel chose me of all the house of my father, to be king over Israel for ever, for he chose Juda to be a captain: and in the house of Juda the house of my father, and of the sons of my father he had a lust to me, to make me king over all Israel. And of all my sons (for the Lord hath given me many sons) he hath chosen Salomon my son, to sit on the seat of the kingdom of the Lord over Israel. And he said unto me: Salomon thy son, he shall build my house and my courts, ffor I have chosen him to be my son, and I will be his father, and will stablish his kingdom for ever. If he will harden himself to do my commandments, and my laws, as it goeth this day.
And now I say unto you before all Israel the congregation of the Lord, and in the audience of our God: keep and seek for all the commandments of the Lord your God, that ye may enjoy a good land and inherit your children after you for ever. And thou Salomon my son: know God thy father and serve him with a pure heart and lust of soul. For the Lord searcheth all hearts and understandeth all the Imaginations of thoughts. If thou shalt seek him, he will be found of thee: But and if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever. Take heed now, for the Lord hath chosen thee, to build an house of thy sanctuary. Be strong and do it.
And David gave Salomon his son the pattern of the porch and of the houses that longed thereto, and of the storehouses, upper chambers, inner parlours and of the house of the mercyseat: and the example of all that was in his mind, both of the courts of the house of the Lord and of the treasure houses round about, for the treasures of the house of God and for the treasure of the dedicate gifts, and of the companies of the priests and Levites that waited by course, and of all workmanship, that should serve for the house of the Lord, and for all vessels that should serve in the house of the Lord. And appointed him what weight of gold should serve for things of gold throughout all vessels for whatsoever use it served: and what weight of silver should suffice for all manner of vessels of silver, for whatsoever purpose they served.
And the weight of the golden candlesticks and of their lamps of gold, the weight for every candlestick and for their lamps. And for the candlesticks of silver by weight, both for the candlestick and also for her lamps according to the office of every candlestick. And the weight of gold for the tables of shew bread, table by table: and likewise silver for the tables of silver. And for fleshhooks, basins and drinking pots of pure gold. And for cups of gold by weight, cup by cup. And for cups of silver by weight, cup by cup. And for the altar of incense of tried gold by weight. And the similitude of the seat of the Cherubs that stretched out their wings and covered the Ark of the covenant of the Lord. All was given me by writing of the hand of the Lord, which made me understand all the workmanship of the pattern.
And David said to Salomon his son: harden thyself and be strong and do it, fear not nor let thine
heart discourage thee. For the Lord my God is with thee, and shall not leave thee nor forsake
thee, until thou hast finished all the work that must serve for the house of the Lord. Behold the
priests and Levites divided in companies, for to do all manner of service that pertaineth to the
house of God, and beside that, thou hast with thee for all manner of workmanship, all that are
willing and wise for any manner of service. And the Lords and all the people are at thy
commandment in all things.
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And David the king said unto all the congregation: God hath specially chosen Salomon my son which is yet young and tender, and the work is great, for the house is not for man, but for the Lord God. Moreover i have prepared with all my might for the house of God: gold for things of gold, and silver for things of silver, brass for things of brass, iron for things of iron, and wood for things of wood: and onyx stones, set stones, and of other gay stones, and all manner of precious stones, and of marble great abundance. And yet because I have lust to the house of my God: I have several gold and silver which I give to the house of my God above all I have prepared for the holy house: even three thousand talents of gold of Ophir, and seven thousand talents of silver tried: to sile the walls of the house with gold where it becometh, and with silver where silver is meet, and for all manner of work by the hands of Artificers. And let me see who is willing also, to fill his hand for the Lord this day.
And the ancient lords and the lords of the tribes of Israel, and the captains of thousands and hundreds and the lords over the substance of the king, were willing and gave for the service of the house of God, five thousand talents of gold and ten thousand pieces of gold coins, and ten thousand talents of silver, and eighteen thousand talents of brass, and an hundred thousand talents of iron. And they that had precious stones gave them for the treasure of the house of the Lord, unto the hand of Jehiel the Gersonite.
And the people rejoiced that they were so willing: for with a pure heart they were willing unto the Lord. And thereto David the King rejoiced with great gladness. And David blessed the Lord before all the congregation and said: Blessed art thou Lord God of Israel our father, from ever and for ever. Thine (O' Lord) is the greatness, power and glory, victory and praise: for all that is in heaven and in earth is thine, and thine is the kingdom (O' Lord) and thou art lifted up an head above all.
And riches and honour come of thee, and thou reignest over all, and in thine hand is power and strength, and in thine hand it is to make great and to give strength unto all.
And now our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name. For what am I ? And what is my people ? That would obtain strength to be so willing ? But all is of thee, and of that we received of thine hand we have given thee. For we be but strangers before thee and tenants, as were all our fathers. Our days on the earth is but a shadow, and there is none abiding. O' Lord our God, all this heap that we have prepared to build thee an house for thy holy name, cometh of thine hand, and is all thine.
I know my God, that thou provest the heart and hast pleasure in plainness. And in plainness of mine heart I have willingly given all this. And now I see thy people which are here in gladness, to offer willingly to thee. O' Lord God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel of our fathers, keep this for ever in the imagination of the thoughts of the heart of thy people, and prepare their hearts unto thee. And give unto Salomon my son, a pure heart to keep thy commandments, thy testimonies and thine ordinances, and to do all, and to build the house which I intended.
And David said to all the congregation: bless the Lord your God. And all the congregation blessed the Lord God of their fathers, and stooped and bowed themselves unto the Lord and to the King. And they offered offerings unto the Lord. And on the morrow after the said day, they offered in burntofferings unto the Lord a thousand oxen, a thousand rams, and a thousand lambs with their drinkofferings. And they slew plenteously throughout all Israel, and did eat and drink before the Lord the same day with great gladness. And they made Salomon the son of David king of Israel the second time, and anointed him unto the Lord, to be ruler, and Zadock to be the priest. And so Salomon sat on the seat of the Lord, and was king for David his father, and prospered, and all Israel obeyed him. And all the Lords and men of power, and thereto all the sons of King David submitted themselves under king Salomon. And the Lord magnified Salomon on high, in the sight of all Israel, and gave him so glorious a Kingdom as none of all that were kings before in Israel had.
Now David the son of Isai was king over all Israel. And the space he reigned over Israel was forty
years: seven years in Hebron and thirty three years in Jerusalem. And he died in a good age: old,
rich and glorious: And Salomon his son reigned in his stead. The acts of David the king both first
and last, are written in the books of Samuel the sear and in the book of Nathan the prophet, and in
the book of Gad the sear of visions, with all his kingdom and power and times that went over him
and over all Israel, and over all the kingdoms of the earth.
The end of the first book of the Chronicles of the kings of Juda