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1 Chronicles English Standard Version (ESV)

     chapter 1

     From Adam to Abraham

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


     5The sons of Japheth: Gomer, Magog, Madai, Javan, Tubal, Meshech, and Tiras. 6The sons of Gomer:

     Ashkenaz, Riphath, and Togarmah. 7The sons of Javan: Elishah, Tarshish, Kittim, and Rodanim.

     8The sons of Ham: Cush, Egypt, Put, and Canaan. 9The sons of Cush: Seba, Havilah, Sabta, Raama, and

     Sabteca. The sons of Raamah: Sheba and Dedan. 10Cush fathered Nimrod. He was the first on earth to be a

     mighty man.

     11Egypt fathered Ludim, Anamim, Lehabim, Naphtuhim, 12Pathrusim, Casluhim (from whom the Philistines

     came), and Caphtorim.

     13Canaan fathered Sidon his firstborn and Heth, 14and the Jebusites, the Amorites, the Girgashites, 15the

     Hivites, the Arkites, the Sinites, 16the Arvadites, the Zemarites, and the Hamathites.

     17The sons of Shem: Elam, Asshur, Arpachshad, Lud, and Aram. And the sons of Aram: Uz, Hul, Gether, and

     Meshech. 18Arpachshad fathered Shelah, and Shelah fathered Eber. 19To Eber were born two sons: the name

     of the one was Peleg (for in his days the earth was divided), and his brother's name was Joktan. 20Joktan

     fathered Almodad, Sheleph, Hazarmaveth, Jerah, 21Hadoram, Uzal, Diklah, 22Obal, Abimael, Sheba, 23Ophir,

     Havilah, and Jobab; all these were the sons of Joktan.

     24Shem, Arpachshad, Shelah; 25Eber, Peleg, Reu; 26Serug, Nahor, Terah; 27Abram, that is, Abraham.

     From Abraham to Jacob

     28The sons of Abraham: Isaac and Ishmael. 29These are their genealogies: the firstborn of Ishmael, Nebaioth,

     and Kedar, Adbeel, Mibsam, 30Mishma, Dumah, Massa, Hadad, Tema, 31Jetur, Naphish, and Kedemah. These

     are the sons of Ishmael. 32The sons of Keturah, Abraham's concubine: she bore Zimran, Jokshan, Medan,

     Midian, Ishbak, and Shuah. The sons of Jokshan: Sheba and Dedan. 33The sons of Midian: Ephah, Epher,

     Hanoch, Abida, and Eldaah. All these were the descendants of Keturah.

     34Abraham fathered Isaac. The sons of Isaac: Esau and Israel. 35The sons of Esau: Eliphaz, Reuel, Jeush,

     Jalam, and Korah. 36The sons of Eliphaz: Teman, Omar, Zepho, Gatam, Kenaz, and of Timna, Amalek. 37The

     sons of Reuel: Nahath, Zerah, Shammah, and Mizzah.

     38The sons of Seir: Lotan, Shobal, Zibeon, Anah, Dishon, Ezer, and Dishan. 39The sons of Lotan: Hori and

     Hemam; and Lotan's sister was Timna. 40The sons of Shobal: Alvan, Manahath, Ebal, Shepho, and Onam. The

     sons of Zibeon: Aiah and Anah. 41The son of Anah: Dishon. The sons of Dishon: Hemdan, Eshban, Ithran, and

     Cheran. 42The sons of Ezer: Bilhan, Zaavan, and Akan. The sons of Dishan: Uz and Aran.

     43These are the kings who reigned in the land of Edom before any king reigned over the people of Israel: Bela

     the son of Beor, the name of his city being Dinhabah. 44Bela died, and Jobab the son of Zerah of Bozrah

     reigned in his place. 45Jobab died, and Husham of the land of the Temanites reigned in his place. 46Husham

     died, and Hadad the son of Bedad, who defeated Midian in the country of Moab, reigned in his place, the

     name of his city being Avith. 47Hadad died, and Samlah of Masrekah reigned in his place. 48Samlah died, and

     Shaul of Rehoboth on the Euphrates reigned in his place. 49Shaul died, and Baal-hanan, the son of Achbor,

     reigned in his place. 50Baal-hanan died, and Hadad reigned in his place, the name of his city being Pai; and

     his wife's name was Mehetabel, the daughter of Matred, the daughter of Mezahab. 51And Hadad died.The

     chiefs of Edom were: chiefs Timna, Alvah, Jetheth, 52Oholibamah, Elah, Pinon, 53Kenaz, Teman, Mibzar,

     54Magdiel, and Iram; these are the chiefs of Edom.

     chapter 2

     A Genealogy of David

     1These are the sons of Israel: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Zebulun, 2Dan, Joseph, Benjamin,

     Naphtali, Gad, and Asher. 3The sons of Judah: Er, Onan and Shelah; these three Bath-shua the Canaanite

     bore to him. Now Er, Judah's firstborn, was evil in the sight of the LORD, and he put him to death. 4His

     daughter-in-law Tamar also bore him Perez and Zerah. Judah had five sons in all.

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

     7The son of Carmi: Achan, the troubler of Israel, who broke faith in the matter of the devoted thing; 8and

     Ethan's son was Azariah.

     9The sons of Hezron that were born to him: Jerahmeel, Ram, and Chelubai. 10Ram fathered Amminadab, and

     Amminadab fathered Nahshon, prince of the sons of Judah. 11Nahshon fathered Salmon, Salmon fathered

     Boaz, 12Boaz fathered Obed, Obed fathered Jesse. 13Jesse fathered Eliab his firstborn, Abinadab the second,

     Shimea the third, 14Nethanel the fourth, Raddai the fifth, 15Ozem the sixth, David the seventh. 16And their

     sisters were Zeruiah and Abigail. The sons of Zeruiah: Abishai, Joab, and Asahel, three. 17Abigail bore Amasa,

     and the father of Amasa was Jether the Ishmaelite.

     18Caleb the son of Hezron fathered children by his wife Azubah, and by Jerioth; and these were her sons:

     Jesher, Shobab, and Ardon. 19When Azubah died, Caleb married Ephrath, who bore him Hur. 20Hur fathered

     Uri, and Uri fathered Bezalel.

     21Afterward Hezron went in to the daughter of Machir the father of Gilead, whom he married when he was

     sixty years old, and she bore him Segub. 22And Segub fathered Jair, who had twenty-three cities in the land

     of Gilead. 23But Geshur and Aram took from them Havvoth-jair, Kenath, and its villages, sixty towns. All these

     were descendants of Machir, the father of Gilead. 24After the death of Hezron, Caleb went in to Ephrathah,

     the wife of Hezron his father, and she bore him Ashhur, the father of Tekoa.

     25The sons of Jerahmeel, the firstborn of Hezron: Ram, his firstborn, Bunah, Oren, Ozem, and Ahijah.

     26Jerahmeel also had another wife, whose name was Atarah; she was the mother of Onam. 27The sons of

     Ram, the firstborn of Jerahmeel: Maaz, Jamin, and Eker. 28The sons of Onam: Shammai and Jada. The sons of

     Shammai: Nadab and Abishur. 29The name of Abishur's wife was Abihail, and she bore him Ahban and Molid.

     30The sons of Nadab: Seled and Appaim; and Seled died childless. 31The son of Appaim: Ishi. The son of Ishi:

     Sheshan. The son of Sheshan: Ahlai. 32The sons of Jada, Shammai's brother: Jether and Jonathan; and

     Jether died childless. 33The sons of Jonathan: Peleth and Zaza. These were the descendants of Jerahmeel.

     34Now Sheshan had no sons, only daughters, but Sheshan had an Egyptian slave whose name was Jarha.

     35So Sheshan gave his daughter in marriage to Jarha his slave, and she bore him Attai. 36Attai fathered

     Nathan, and Nathan fathered Zabad. 37Zabad fathered Ephlal, and Ephlal fathered Obed. 38Obed fathered

     Jehu, and Jehu fathered Azariah. 39Azariah fathered Helez, and Helez fathered Eleasah. 40Eleasah fathered

     Sismai, and Sismai fathered Shallum. 41Shallum fathered Jekamiah, and Jekamiah fathered Elishama.

     42The sons of Caleb the brother of Jerahmeel: Mareshah his firstborn, who fathered Ziph. The son of

     Mareshah: Hebron. 43The sons of Hebron: Korah, Tappuah, Rekem and Shema. 44Shema fathered Raham, the

     father of Jorkeam; and Rekem fathered Shammai. 45The son of Shammai: Maon; and Maon fathered Beth-zur.

     46Ephah also, Caleb's concubine, bore Haran, Moza, and Gazez; and Haran fathered Gazez. 47The sons of

     Jahdai: Regem, Jotham, Geshan, Pelet, Ephah, and Shaaph. 48Maacah, Caleb's concubine, bore Sheber and

     Tirhanah. 49She also bore Shaaph the father of Madmannah, Sheva the father of Machbenah and the father

     of Gibea; and the daughter of Caleb was Achsah. 50These were the descendants of Caleb.The sons of Hur

     the firstborn of Ephrathah: Shobal the father of Kiriath-jearim, 51Salma, the father of Bethlehem, and Hareph

     the father of Beth-gader. 52Shobal the father of Kiriath-jearim had other sons: Haroeh, half of the Menuhoth.

     53And the clans of Kiriath-jearim: the Ithrites, the Puthites, the Shumathites, and the Mishraites; from these

     came the Zorathites and the Eshtaolites. 54The sons of Salma: Bethlehem, the Netophathites,

     Atroth-beth-joab and half of the Manahathites, the Zorites. 55The clans also of the scribes who lived at

     Jabez: the Tirathites, the Shimeathites and the Sucathites. These are the Kenites who came from Hammath,

     the father of the house of Rechab.

     chapter 3

     Descendants of David

     1These are the sons of David who were born to him in Hebron: the firstborn, Amnon, by Ahinoam the

     Jezreelite; the second, Daniel, by Abigail the Carmelite, 2the third, Absalom, whose mother was Maacah, the

     daughter of Talmai, king of Geshur; the fourth, Adonijah, whose mother was Haggith; 3the fifth, Shephatiah,

     by Abital; the sixth, Ithream, by his wife Eglah; 4six were born to him in Hebron, where he reigned for seven

     years and six months. And he reigned thirty-three years in Jerusalem. 5These were born to him in Jerusalem:

     Shimea, Shobab, Nathan and Solomon, four by Bath-shua, the daughter of Ammiel; 6then Ibhar, Elishama,

     Eliphelet, 7Nogah, Nepheg, Japhia, 8Elishama, Eliada, and Eliphelet, nine. 9All these were David's sons, besides

     the sons of the concubines, and Tamar was their sister.

     10The son of Solomon was Rehoboam, Abijah his son, Asa his son, Jehoshaphat his son, 11Joram his son,

     Ahaziah his son, Joash his son, 12Amaziah his son, Azariah his son, Jotham his son, 13Ahaz his son, Hezekiah

     his son, Manasseh his son, 14Amon his son, Josiah his son. 15The sons of Josiah: Johanan the firstborn, the

     second Jehoiakim, the third Zedekiah, the fourth Shallum. 16The descendants of Jehoiakim: Jeconiah his son,

     Zedekiah his son; 17and the sons of Jeconiah, the captive: Shealtiel his son, 18Malchiram, Pedaiah,

     Shenazzar, Jekamiah, Hoshama and Nedabiah; 19and the sons of Pedaiah: Zerubbabel and Shimei; and the

     sons of Zerubbabel: Meshullam and Hananiah, and Shelomith was their sister; 20and Hashubah, Ohel,

     Berechiah, Hasadiah, and Jushab-hesed, five. 21The sons of Hananiah: Pelatiah and Jeshaiah, his son

     Rephaiah, his son Arnan, his son Obadiah, his son Shecaniah. 22The son of Shecaniah: Shemaiah. And the

     sons of Shemaiah: Hattush, Igal, Bariah, Neariah, and Shaphat, six. 23The sons of Neariah: Elioenai, Hizkiah,

     and Azrikam, three. 24The sons of Elioenai: Hodaviah, Eliashib, Pelaiah, Akkub, Johanan, Delaiah, and Anani,


     chapter 4

     Descendants of Judah

     1The sons of Judah: Perez, Hezron, Carmi, Hur, and Shobal. 2Reaiah the son of Shobal fathered Jahath, and

     Jahath fathered Ahumai and Lahad. These were the clans of the Zorathites. 3These were the sons of Etam:

     Jezreel, Ishma, and Idbash; and the name of their sister was Hazzelelponi, 4and Penuel fathered Gedor, and

     Ezer fathered Hushah. These were the sons of Hur, the firstborn of Ephrathah, the father of Bethlehem.

     5Ashhur, the father of Tekoa, had two wives, Helah and Naarah; 6Naarah bore him Ahuzzam, Hepher, Temeni,

     and Haahashtari. These were the sons of Naarah. 7The sons of Helah: Zereth, Izhar, and Ethnan. 8Koz

     fathered Anub, Zobebah, and the clans of Aharhel, the son of Harum. 9Jabez was more honorable than his

     brothers; and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, "Because I bore him in pain." 10Jabez called upon the

     God of Israel, saying, "Oh that you would bless me and enlarge my border, and that your hand might be with

     me, and that you would keep me from harm so that it might not bring me pain!" And God granted what he

     asked. 11Chelub, the brother of Shuhah, fathered Mehir, who fathered Eshton. 12Eshton fathered Beth-rapha,

     Paseah, and Tehinnah, the father of Ir-nahash. These are the men of Recah. 13The sons of Kenaz: Othniel

     and Seraiah; and the sons of Othniel: Hathath and Meonothai. 14Meonothai fathered Ophrah; and Seraiah

     fathered Joab, the father of Ge-harashim, so-called because they were craftsmen. 15The sons of Caleb the

     son of Jephunneh: Iru, Elah, and Naam; and the son of Elah: Kenaz. 16The sons of Jehallelel: Ziph, Ziphah,

     Tiria, and Asarel. 17The sons of Ezrah: Jether, Mered, Epher, and Jalon. These are the sons of Bithiah, the

     daughter of Pharaoh, whom Mered married; and she conceived and bore Miriam, Shammai, and Ishbah, the

     father of Eshtemoa. 18And his Judahite wife bore Jered the father of Gedor, Heber the father of Soco, and

     Jekuthiel the father of Zanoah. 19The sons of the wife of Hodiah, the sister of Naham, were the fathers of

     Keilah the Garmite and Eshtemoa the Maacathite. 20The sons of Shimon: Amnon, Rinnah, Ben-hanan, and

     Tilon. The sons of Ishi: Zoheth and Ben-zoheth. 21The sons of Shelah the son of Judah: Er the father of

     Lecah, Laadah the father of Mareshah, and the clans of the house of linen workers at Beth-ashbea; 22and

     Jokim, and the men of Cozeba, and Joash, and Saraph, who ruled in Moab and returned to Lehem (now the

     records are ancient). 23These were the potters who were inhabitants of Netaim and Gederah. They lived

     there in the king's service.

     Descendants of Simeon

     24The sons of Simeon: Nemuel, Jamin, Jarib, Zerah, Shaul; 25Shallum was his son, Mibsam his son, Mishma his

     son. 26The sons of Mishma: Hammuel his son, Zaccur his son, Shimei his son. 27Shimei had sixteen sons and

     six daughters; but his brothers did not have many children, nor did all their clan multiply like the men of Judah.

     28They lived in Beersheba, Moladah, Hazar-shual, 29Bilhah, Ezem, Tolad, 30Bethuel, Hormah, Ziklag,

     31Beth-marcaboth, Hazar-susim, Beth-biri, and Shaaraim. These were their cities until David reigned. 32And

     their villages were Etam, Ain, Rimmon, Tochen, and Ashan, five cities, 33along with all their villages that were

     around these cities as far as Baal. These were their settlements, and they kept a genealogical record.

     34Meshobab, Jamlech, Joshah the son of Amaziah, 35Joel, Jehu the son of Joshibiah, son of Seraiah, son of

     Asiel, 36Elioenai, Jaakobah, Jeshohaiah, Asaiah, Adiel, Jesimiel, Benaiah, 37Ziza the son of Shiphi, son of Allon,

     son of Jedaiah, son of Shimri, son of Shemaiah-- 38these mentioned by name were princes in their clans, and

     their fathers' houses increased greatly. 39They journeyed to the entrance of Gedor, to the east side of the

     valley, to seek pasture for their flocks, 40where they found rich, good pasture, and the land was very broad,

     quiet, and peaceful, for the former inhabitants there belonged to Ham. 41These, registered by name, came in

     the days of Hezekiah, king of Judah, and destroyed their tents and the Meunites who were found there, and

     marked them for destruction to this day, and settled in their place, because there was pasture there for their

     flocks. 42And some of them, five hundred men of the Simeonites, went to Mount Seir, having as their leaders

     Pelatiah, Neariah, Rephaiah, and Uzziel, the sons of Ishi. 43And they defeated the remnant of the Amalekites

     who had escaped, and they have lived there to this day.

     chapter 5

     Descendants of Reuben

     1The sons of Reuben the firstborn of Israel (for he was the firstborn, but because he defiled his father's

     couch, his birthright was given to the sons of Joseph the son of Israel, so that he could not be enrolled as

     the oldest son; 2though Judah became strong among his brothers and a chief came from him, yet the

     birthright belonged to Joseph), 3the sons of Reuben, the firstborn of Israel: Hanoch, Pallu, Hezron, and Carmi.

     4The sons of Joel: Shemaiah his son, Gog his son, Shimei his son, 5Micah his son, Reaiah his son, Baal his son,

     6Beerah his son, whom Tiglath-pileser king of Assyria carried away into exile; he was a chief of the

     Reubenites. 7And his kinsmen by their clans, when the genealogy of their generations was recorded: the

     chief, Jeiel, and Zechariah, 8and Bela the son of Azaz, son of Shema, son of Joel, who lived in Aroer, as far as

     Nebo and Baal-meon. 9He also lived to the east as far as the entrance of the desert this side of the

     Euphrates, because their livestock had multiplied in the land of Gilead. 10And in the days of Saul they waged

     war against the Hagrites, who fell into their hand. And they lived in their tents throughout all the region east

     of Gilead.

     Descendants of Gad

     11The sons of Gad lived over against them in the land of Bashan as far as Salecah: 12Joel the chief, Shapham

     the second, Janai, and Shaphat in Bashan. 13And their kinsmen according to their fathers' houses: Michael,

     Meshullam, Sheba, Jorai, Jacan, Zia and Eber, seven. 14These were the sons of Abihail the son of Huri, son of

     Jaroah, son of Gilead, son of Michael, son of Jeshishai, son of Jahdo, son of Buz. 15Ahi the son of Abdiel, son

     of Guni, was chief in their fathers' houses, 16and they lived in Gilead, in Bashan and in its towns, and in all

     the pasturelands of Sharon to their limits. 17All of these were recorded in genealogies in the days of Jotham

     king of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam king of Israel.

     18The Reubenites, the Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh had valiant men who carried shield and sword,

     and drew the bow, expert in war, 44,760, able to go to war. 19They waged war against the Hagrites, Jetur,

     Naphish, and Nodab. 20And when they prevailed over them, the Hagrites and all who were with them were

     given into their hands, for they cried out to God in the battle, and he granted their urgent plea because they

     trusted in him. 21They carried off their livestock: 50,000 of their camels, 250,000 sheep, 2,000 donkeys, and

     100,000 men alive. 22For many fell, because the war was of God. And they lived in their place until the exile.

     The Half-Tribe of Manasseh

     23The members of the half-tribe of Manasseh lived in the land. They were very numerous from Bashan to

     Baal-hermon, Senir, and Mount Hermon. 24These were the heads of their fathers' houses: Epher, Ishi, Eliel,

     Azriel, Jeremiah, Hodaviah, and Jahdiel, mighty warriors, famous men, heads of their fathers' houses. 25But

     they broke faith with the God of their fathers, and whored after the gods of the peoples of the land, whom

     God had destroyed before them. 26So the God of Israel stirred up the spirit of Pul king of Assyria, the spirit of

     Tiglath-pileser king of Assyria, and he took them into exile, namely, the Reubenites, the Gadites, and the

     half-tribe of Manasseh, and brought them to Halah, Habor, Hara, and the river Gozan, to this day.

     chapter 6

     Descendants of Levi

     1 The sons of Levi: Gershon, Kohath, and Merari. 2The sons of Kohath: Amram, Izhar, Hebron, and Uzziel.

     3The children of Amram: Aaron, Moses, and Miriam. The sons of Aaron: Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar.

     4Eleazar fathered Phinehas, Phinehas fathered Abishua, 5Abishua fathered Bukki, Bukki fathered Uzzi, 6Uzzi

     fathered Zerahiah, Zerahiah fathered Meraioth, 7Meraioth fathered Amariah, Amariah fathered Ahitub, 8Ahitub

     fathered Zadok, Zadok fathered Ahimaaz, 9Ahimaaz fathered Azariah, Azariah fathered Johanan, 10and

     Johanan fathered Azariah (it was he who served as priest in the house that Solomon built in Jerusalem).

     11Azariah fathered Amariah, Amariah fathered Ahitub, 12Ahitub fathered Zadok, Zadok fathered Shallum,

     13Shallum fathered Hilkiah, Hilkiah fathered Azariah, 14Azariah fathered Seraiah, Seraiah fathered Jehozadak;

     15and Jehozadak went into exile when the LORD sent Judah and Jerusalem into exile by the hand of


     16 The sons of Levi: Gershom, Kohath, and Merari. 17And these are the names of the sons of Gershom: Libni

     and Shimei. 18The sons of Kohath: Amram, Izhar, Hebron and Uzziel. 19The sons of Merari: Mahli and Mushi.

     These are the clans of the Levites according to their fathers. 20Of Gershom: Libni his son, Jahath his son,

     Zimmah his son, 21Joah his son, Iddo his son, Zerah his son, Jeatherai his son. 22The sons of Kohath:

     Amminadab his son, Korah his son, Assir his son, 23Elkanah his son, Ebiasaph his son, Assir his son, 24Tahath

     his son, Uriel his son, Uzziah his son, and Shaul his son. 25The sons of Elkanah: Amasai and Ahimoth,

     26Elkanah his son, Zophai his son, Nahath his son, 27Eliab his son, Jeroham his son, Elkanah his son. 28The

     sons of Samuel: Joel his firstborn, the second Abijah. 29The sons of Merari: Mahli, Libni his son, Shimei his

     son, Uzzah his son, 30Shimea his son, Haggiah his son, and Asaiah his son.

     31These are the men whom David put in charge of the service of song in the house of the LORD after the ark

     rested there. 32They ministered with song before the tabernacle of the tent of meeting until Solomon built

     the house of the LORD in Jerusalem, and they performed their service according to their order. 33These are

     the men who served and their sons. Of the sons of the Kohathites: Heman the singer the son of Joel, son of

     Samuel, 34son of Elkanah, son of Jeroham, son of Eliel, son of Toah, 35son of Zuph, son of Elkanah, son of

     Mahath, son of Amasai, 36son of Elkanah, son of Joel, son of Azariah, son of Zephaniah, 37son of Tahath, son

     of Assir, son of Ebiasaph, son of Korah, 38son of Izhar, son of Kohath, son of Levi, son of Israel; 39and his

     brother Asaph, who stood on his right hand, namely, Asaph the son of Berechiah, son of Shimea, 40son of

     Michael, son of Baaseiah, son of Malchijah, 41son of Ethni, son of Zerah, son of Adaiah, 42son of Ethan, son

     of Zimmah, son of Shimei, 43son of Jahath, son of Gershom, son of Levi. 44On the left hand were their

     brothers, the sons of Merari: Ethan the son of Kishi, son of Abdi, son of Malluch, 45son of Hashabiah, son of

     Amaziah, son of Hilkiah, 46son of Amzi, son of Bani, son of Shemer, 47son of Mahli, son of Mushi, son of

     Merari, son of Levi. 48And their brothers the Levites were appointed for all the service of the tabernacle of

     the house of God.

     49But Aaron and his sons made offerings on the altar of burnt offering and on the altar of incense for all the

     work of the Most Holy Place, and to make atonement for Israel, according to all that Moses the servant of

     God had commanded. 50These are the sons of Aaron: Eleazar his son, Phinehas his son, Abishua his son,

     51Bukki his son, Uzzi his son, Zerahiah his son, 52Meraioth his son, Amariah his son, Ahitub his son, 53Zadok

     his son, Ahimaaz his son.

     54These are their dwelling places according to their settlements within their borders: to the sons of Aaron of

     the clans of Kohathites, for theirs was the first lot, 55to them they gave Hebron in the land of Judah and its

     surrounding pasturelands, 56but the fields of the city and its villages they gave to Caleb the son of

     Jephunneh. 57To the sons of Aaron they gave the cities of refuge: Hebron, Libnah with its pasturelands,

     Jattir, Eshtemoa with its pasturelands, 58Hilen with its pasturelands, Debir with its pasturelands, 59Ashan

     with its pasturelands, and Beth-shemesh with its pasturelands; 60and from the tribe of Benjamin, Gibeon,

     Geba with its pasturelands, Alemeth with its pasturelands, and Anathoth with its pasturelands. All their cities

     throughout their clans were thirteen.

     61To the rest of the Kohathites were given by lot out of the clan of the tribe, out of the half-tribe, the half

     of Manasseh, ten cities. 62To the Gershomites according to their clans were allotted thirteen cities out of the

     tribes of Issachar, Asher, Naphtali and Manasseh in Bashan. 63To the Merarites according to their clans were

     allotted twelve cities out of the tribes of Reuben, Gad and Zebulun. 64So the people of Israel gave the

     Levites the cities with their pasturelands. 65They gave by lot out of the tribes of Judah, Simeon, and

     Benjamin these cities that are mentioned by name.

     66And some of the clans of the sons of Kohath had cities of their territory out of the tribe of Ephraim. 67They

     were given the cities of refuge: Shechem with its pasturelands in the hill country of Ephraim, Gezer with its

     pasturelands, 68Jokmeam with its pasturelands, Beth-horon with its pasturelands, 69Aijalon with its

     pasturelands, Gath-rimmon with its pasturelands, 70and out of the half-tribe of Manasseh, Aner with its

     pasturelands, and Bileam with its pasturelands, for the rest of the clans of the Kohathites.

     71To the Gershomites were given out of the clan of the half-tribe of Manasseh: Golan in Bashan with its

     pasturelands and Ashtaroth with its pasturelands; 72and out of the tribe of Issachar: Kedesh with its

     pasturelands, Daberath with its pasturelands, 73Ramoth with its pasturelands, and Anem with its

     pasturelands; 74out of the tribe of Asher: Mashal with its pasturelands, Abdon with its pasturelands, 75Hukok

     with its pasturelands, and Rehob with its pasturelands; 76and out of the tribe of Naphtali: Kedesh in Galilee

     with its pasturelands, Hammon with its pasturelands, and Kiriathaim with its pasturelands. 77To the rest of

     the Merarites were allotted out of the tribe of Zebulun: Rimmono with its pasturelands, Tabor with its

     pasturelands, 78and beyond the Jordan at Jericho, on the east side of the Jordan, out of the tribe of Reuben:

     Bezer in the wilderness with its pasturelands, Jahzah with its pasturelands, 79Kedemoth with its pasturelands,

     and Mephaath with its pasturelands; 80and out of the tribe of Gad: Ramoth in Gilead with its pasturelands,

     Mahanaim with its pasturelands, 81Heshbon with its pasturelands, and Jazer with its pasturelands.

     chapter 7

     Descendants of Issachar

     1The sons of Issachar: Tola, Puah, Jashub, and Shimron, four. 2The sons of Tola: Uzzi, Rephaiah, Jeriel,

     Jahmai, Ibsam, and Shemuel, heads of their fathers' houses, namely of Tola, mighty warriors of their

     generations, their number in the days of David being 22,600. 3The son of Uzzi: Izrahiah. And the sons of

     Izrahiah: Michael, Obadiah, Joel, and Isshiah, all five of them were chief men. 4And along with them, by their

     generations, according to their fathers' houses, were units of the army for war, 36,000, for they had many

     wives and sons. 5Their kinsmen belonging to all the clans of Issachar were in all 87,000 mighty warriors,

     enrolled by genealogy.

     Descendants of Benjamin

     6The sons of Benjamin: Bela, Becher, and Jediael, three. 7The sons of Bela: Ezbon, Uzzi, Uzziel, Jerimoth, and

     Iri, five, heads of fathers' houses, mighty warriors. And their enrollment by genealogies was 22,034. 8The

     sons of Becher: Zemirah, Joash, Eliezer, Elioenai, Omri, Jeremoth, Abijah, Anathoth, and Alemeth. All these

     were the sons of Becher. 9And their enrollment by genealogies, according to their generations, as heads of

     their fathers' houses, mighty warriors, was 22,200. 10The son of Jediael: Bilhan. And the sons of Bilhan:

     Jeush, Benjamin, Ehud, Chenaanah, Zethan, Tarshish, and Ahishahar. 11All these were the sons of Jediael

     according to the heads of their fathers' houses, mighty warriors, 17,200, able to go to war. 12And Shuppim

     and Huppim were the sons of Ir, Hushim the son of Aher.

     Descendants of Naphtali

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

     Descendants of Manasseh

     14The sons of Manasseh: Asriel, whom his Aramean concubine bore; she bore Machir the father of Gilead.

     15And Machir took a wife for Huppim and for Shuppim. The name of his sister was Maacah. And the name of

     the second was Zelophehad, and Zelophehad had daughters. 16And Maacah the wife of Machir bore a son,

     and she called his name Peresh; and the name of his brother was Sheresh; and his sons were Ulam and

     Rakem. 17The son of Ulam: Bedan. These were the sons of Gilead the son of Machir, son of Manasseh. 18And

     his sister Hammolecheth bore Ishhod, Abiezer and Mahlah. 19The sons of Shemida were Ahian, Shechem,

     Likhi, and Aniam.

     Descendants of Ephraim

     20The sons of Ephraim: Shuthelah, and Bered his son, Tahath his son, Eleadah his son, Tahath his son,

     21Zabad his son, Shuthelah his son, and Ezer and Elead, whom the men of Gath who were born in the land

     killed, because they came down to raid their livestock. 22And Ephraim their father mourned many days, and

     his brothers came to comfort him. 23And Ephraim went in to his wife, and she conceived and bore a son. And

     he called his name Beriah, because disaster had befallen his house. 24His daughter was Sheerah, who built

     both Lower and Upper Beth-horon, and Uzzen-sheerah. 25Rephah was his son, Resheph his son, Telah his

     son, Tahan his son, 26Ladan his son, Ammihud his son, Elishama his son, 27Nun his son, Joshua his son.

     28Their possessions and settlements were Bethel and its towns, and to the east Naaran, and to the west

     Gezer and its towns, Shechem and its towns, and Ayyah and its towns; 29also in possession of the

     Manassites, Beth-shean and its towns, Taanach and its towns, Megiddo and its towns, Dor and its towns. In

     these lived the sons of Joseph the son of Israel.

     Descendants of Asher

     30The sons of Asher: Imnah, Ishvah, Ishvi, Beriah, and their sister Serah. 31The sons of Beriah: Heber, and

     Malchiel, who fathered Birzaith. 32Heber fathered Japhlet, Shomer, Hotham, and their sister Shua. 33The sons

     of Japhlet: Pasach, Bimhal, and Ashvath. These are the sons of Japhlet. 34The sons of Shemer his brother:

     Rohgah, Jehubbah, and Aram. 35The sons of Helem his brother: Zophah, Imna, Shelesh, and Amal. 36The sons

     of Zophah: Suah, Harnepher, Shual, Beri, Imrah. 37Bezer, Hod, Shamma, Shilshah, Ithran, and Beera. 38The

     sons of Jether: Jephunneh, Pispa, and Ara. 39The sons of Ulla: Arah, Hanniel, and Rizia. 40All of these were

     men of Asher, heads of fathers' houses, approved, mighty warriors, chiefs of the princes. Their number

     enrolled by genealogies, for service in war, was 26,000 men.

     chapter 8

     A Genealogy of Saul

     1Benjamin fathered Bela his firstborn, Ashbel the second, Aharah the third, 2Nohah the fourth, and Rapha the

     fifth. 3And Bela had sons: Addar, Gera, Abihud, 4Abishua, Naaman, Ahoah, 5Gera, Shephuphan, and Huram.

     6These are the sons of Ehud (they were heads of fathers' houses of the inhabitants of Geba, and they were

     carried into exile to Manahath): 7Naaman, Ahijah, and Gera, that is, Heglam, who fathered Uzza and Ahihud.

     8And Shaharaim fathered sons in the country of Moab after he had sent away Hushim and Baara his wives.

     9He fathered sons by Hodesh his wife: Jobab, Zibia, Mesha, Malcam, 10Jeuz, Sachia, and Mirmah. These were

     his sons, heads of fathers' houses. 11He also fathered sons by Hushim: Abitub and Elpaal. 12The sons of

     Elpaal: Eber, Misham, and Shemed, who built Ono and Lod with its towns, 13and Beriah and Shema (they were

     heads of fathers' houses of the inhabitants of Aijalon, who caused the inhabitants of Gath to flee); 14and

     Ahio, Shashak, and Jeremoth. 15Zebadiah, Arad, Eder, 16Michael, Ishpah, and Joha were sons of Beriah.

     17Zebadiah, Meshullam, Hizki, Heber, 18Ishmerai, Izliah, and Jobab were the sons of Elpaal. 19Jakim, Zichri,

     Zabdi, 20Elienai, Zillethai, Eliel, 21Adaiah, Beraiah, and Shimrath were the sons of Shimei. 22Ishpan, Eber,

     Eliel, 23Abdon, Zichri, Hanan, 24Hananiah, Elam, Anthothijah, 25Iphdeiah, and Penuel were the sons of

     Shashak. 26Shamsherai, Shehariah, Athaliah, 27Jaareshiah, Elijah, and Zichri were the sons of Jeroham.

     28These were the heads of fathers' houses, according to their generations, chief men. These lived in


     29Jeiel the father of Gibeon lived in Gibeon, and the name of his wife was Maacah. 30His firstborn son: Abdon,

     then Zur, Kish, Baal, Nadab, 31Gedor, Ahio, Zecher, 32and Mikloth (he fathered Shimeah). Now these also

     lived opposite their kinsmen in Jerusalem, with their kinsmen. 33Ner was the father of Kish, Kish of Saul, Saul

     of Jonathan, Malchi-shua, Abinadab and Eshbaal; 34and the son of Jonathan was Merib-baal; and Merib-baal

     was the father of Micah. 35The sons of Micah: Pithon, Melech, Tarea, and Ahaz. 36Ahaz fathered Jehoaddah,

     and Jehoaddah fathered Alemeth, Azmaveth, and Zimri. Zimri fathered Moza. 37Moza fathered Binea; Raphah

     was his son, Eleasah his son, Azel his son. 38Azel had six sons, and these are their names: Azrikam, Bocheru,

     Ishmael, Sheariah, Obadiah, and Hanan. All these were the sons of Azel. 39The sons of Eshek his brother:

     Ulam his firstborn, Jeush the second, and Eliphelet the third. 40The sons of Ulam were men who were mighty

     warriors, bowmen, having many sons and grandsons, 150. All these were Benjaminites.

     chapter 9

     A Genealogy of the Returned Exiles

     1So all Israel was recorded in genealogies, and these are written in the Book of the Kings of Israel. And Judah

     was taken into exile in Babylon because of their breach of faith. 2Now the first to dwell again in their

     possessions in their cities were Israel, the priests, the Levites, and the temple servants. 3And some of the

     people of Judah, Benjamin, Ephraim, and Manasseh lived in Jerusalem: 4Uthai the son of Ammihud, son of

     Omri, son of Imri, son of Bani, from the sons of Perez the son of Judah. 5And of the Shilonites: Asaiah the

     firstborn, and his sons. 6Of the sons of Zerah: Jeuel and their kinsmen, 690. 7Of the Benjaminites: Sallu the

     son of Meshullam, son of Hodaviah, son of Hassenuah, 8Ibneiah the son of Jeroham, Elah the son of Uzzi, son

     of Michri, and Meshullam the son of Shephatiah, son of Reuel, son of Ibnijah; 9and their kinsmen according to

     their generations, 956. All these were heads of fathers' houses according to their fathers' houses.

     10Of the priests: Jedaiah, Jehoiarib, Jachin, 11and Azariah the son of Hilkiah, son of Meshullam, son of Zadok,

     son of Meraioth, son of Ahitub, the chief officer of the house of God; 12and Adaiah the son of Jeroham, son

     of Pashhur, son of Malchijah, and Maasai the son of Adiel, son of Jahzerah, son of Meshullam, son of

     Meshillemith, son of Immer; 13besides their kinsmen, heads of their fathers' houses, 1,760, mighty men for the

     work of the service of the house of God.

     14Of the Levites: Shemaiah the son of Hasshub, son of Azrikam, son of Hashabiah, of the sons of Merari;

     15and Bakbakkar, Heresh, Galal and Mattaniah the son of Mica, son of Zichri, son of Asaph; 16and Obadiah

     the son of Shemaiah, son of Galal, son of Jeduthun, and Berechiah the son of Asa, son of Elkanah, who lived

     in the villages of the Netophathites.

     17The gatekeepers were Shallum, Akkub, Talmon, Ahiman, and their kinsmen (Shallum was the chief); 18until

     then they were in the king's gate on the east side as the gatekeepers of the camps of the Levites. 19Shallum

     the son of Kore, son of Ebiasaph, son of Korah, and his kinsmen of his fathers' house, the Korahites, were in

     charge of the work of the service, keepers of the thresholds of the tent, as their fathers had been in charge

     of the camp of the LORD, keepers of the entrance. 20And Phinehas the son of Eleazar was the chief officer

     over them in time past; the LORD was with him. 21Zechariah the son of Meshelemiah was gatekeeper at the

     entrance of the tent of meeting. 22All these, who were chosen as gatekeepers at the thresholds, were 212.

     They were enrolled by genealogies in their villages. David and Samuel the seer established them in their office

     of trust. 23So they and their sons were in charge of the gates of the house of the LORD, that is, the house

     of the tent, as guards. 24The gatekeepers were on the four sides, east, west, north, and south. 25And their

     kinsmen who were in their villages were obligated to come in every seven days, in turn, to be with these,

     26for the four chief gatekeepers, who were Levites, were entrusted to be over the chambers and the

     treasures of the house of God. 27And they lodged around the house of God, for on them lay the duty of

     watching, and they had charge of opening it every morning.

     28Some of them had charge of the utensils of service, for they were required to count them when they were

     brought in and taken out. 29Others of them were appointed over the furniture and over all the holy utensils,

     also over the fine flour, the wine, the oil, the incense, and the spices. 30Others, of the sons of the priests,

     prepared the mixing of the spices, 31and Mattithiah, one of the Levites, the firstborn of Shallum the Korahite,

     was entrusted with making the flat cakes. 32Also some of their kinsmen of the Kohathites had charge of the

     showbread, to prepare it every Sabbath.

     33Now these, the singers, the heads of fathers' houses of the Levites, were in the chambers of the temple

     free from other service, for they were on duty day and night. 34These were heads of fathers' houses of the

     Levites, according to their generations, leaders. These lived in Jerusalem.

     Saul's Genealogy Repeated

     35In Gibeon lived the father of Gibeon, Jeiel, and the name of his wife was Maacah, 36and his firstborn son

     Abdon, then Zur, Kish, Baal, Ner, Nadab, 37Gedor, Ahio, Zechariah, and Mikloth; 38and Mikloth was the father

     of Shimeam; and these also lived opposite their kinsmen in Jerusalem, with their kinsmen. 39Ner fathered Kish,

     Kish fathered Saul, Saul fathered Jonathan, Malchi-shua, Abinadab, and Eshbaal. 40And the son of Jonathan

     was Merib-baal, and Merib-baal fathered Micah. 41The sons of Micah: Pithon, Melech, Tahrea, and Ahaz.

     42And Ahaz fathered Jarah, and Jarah fathered Alemeth, Azmaveth, and Zimri. And Zimri fathered Moza.

     43Moza fathered Binea, and Rephaiah was his son, Eleasah his son, Azel his son. 44Azel had six sons and

     these are their names: Azrikam, Bocheru, Ishmael, Sheariah, Obadiah, and Hanan; these were the sons of


     chapter 10

     The Death of Saul and His Sons

     1Now the Philistines fought against Israel, and the men of Israel fled before the Philistines and fell slain on

     Mount Gilboa. 2And the Philistines overtook Saul and his sons, and the Philistines struck down Jonathan and

     Abinadab and Malchi-shua, the sons of Saul. 3The battle pressed hard against Saul, and the archers found

     him, and he was wounded by the archers. 4Then Saul said to his armor-bearer, "Draw your sword and thrust

     me through with it, lest these uncircumcised come and mistreat me." But his armor-bearer would not, for he

     feared greatly. Therefore Saul took his own sword and fell upon it. 5And when his armor-bearer saw that Saul

     was dead, he also fell upon his sword and died. 6Thus Saul died; he and his three sons and all his house died

     together. 7And when all the men of Israel who were in the valley saw that the army had fled and that Saul

     and his sons were dead, they abandoned their cities and fled, and the Philistines came and lived in them.

     8The next day, when the Philistines came to strip the slain, they found Saul and his sons fallen on Mount

     Gilboa. 9And they stripped him and took his head and his armor, and sent messengers throughout the land of

     the Philistines to carry the good news to their idols and to the people. 10And they put his armor in the temple

     of their gods and fastened his head in the temple of Dagon. 11But when all Jabesh-gilead heard all that the

     Philistines had done to Saul, 12all the valiant men arose and took away the body of Saul and the bodies of his

     sons, and brought them to Jabesh. And they buried their bones under the oak in Jabesh and fasted seven


     13So Saul died for his breach of faith. He broke faith with the LORD in that he did not keep the command of

     the LORD, and also consulted a medium, seeking guidance. 14He did not seek guidance from the LORD.

     Therefore the LORD put him to death and turned the kingdom over to David the son of Jesse.

     chapter 11

     David Anointed King

     1Then all Israel gathered together to David at Hebron and said, "Behold, we are your bone and flesh. 2In

     times past, even when Saul was king, it was you who led out and brought in Israel. And the LORD your God

     said to you, 'You shall be shepherd of my people Israel, and you shall be prince over my people Israel.'" 3So all

     the elders of Israel came to the king at Hebron, and David made a covenant with them at Hebron before the

     LORD. And they anointed David king over Israel, according to the word of the LORD by Samuel.

     David Takes Jerusalem

     4And David and all Israel went to Jerusalem, that is Jebus, where the Jebusites were, the inhabitants of the

     land. 5The inhabitants of Jebus said to David, "You will not come in here." Nevertheless, David took the

     stronghold of Zion, that is, the city of David. 6David said, "Whoever strikes the Jebusites first shall be chief

     and commander." And Joab the son of Zeruiah went up first, so he became chief. 7And David lived in the

     stronghold; therefore it was called the city of David. 8And he built the city all around from the Millo in

     complete circuit, and Joab repaired the rest of the city. 9And David became greater and greater, for the LORD

     of hosts was with him.

     David's Mighty Men

     10Now these are the chiefs of David's mighty men, who gave him strong support in his kingdom, together with

     all Israel, to make him king, according to the word of the LORD concerning Israel. 11This is an account of

     David's mighty men: Jashobeam, a Hachmonite, was chief of the three. He wielded his spear against 300

     whom he killed at one time.

     12And next to him among the three mighty men was Eleazar the son of Dodo, the Ahohite. 13He was with

     David at Pas-dammim when the Philistines were gathered there for battle. There was a plot of ground full of

     barley, and the men fled from the Philistines. 14But he took his stand in the midst of the plot and defended it

     and killed the Philistines. And the LORD saved them by a great victory.

     15Three of the thirty chief men went down to the rock to David at the cave of Adullam, when the army of

     Philistines was encamped in the Valley of Rephaim. 16David was then in the stronghold, and the garrison of

     the Philistines was then at Bethlehem. 17And David said longingly, "Oh that someone would give me water to

     drink from the well of Bethlehem that is by the gate!" 18Then the three mighty men broke through the camp

     of the Philistines and drew water out of the well of Bethlehem that was by the gate and took it and brought it

     to David. But David would not drink it. He poured it out to the LORD 19and said, "Far be it from me before my

     God that I should do this. Shall I drink the lifeblood of these men? For at the risk of their lives they brought

     it." Therefore he would not drink it. These things did the three mighty men.

     20Now Abishai, the brother of Joab, was chief of the thirty. And he wielded his spear against 300 men and

     killed them and won a name beside the three. 21He was the most renowned of the thirty and became their

     commander, but he did not attain to the three.

     22And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was a valiant man of Kabzeel, a doer of great deeds. He struck down two

     heroes of Moab. He also went down and struck down a lion in a pit on a day when snow had fallen. 23And he

     struck down an Egyptian, a man of great stature, five cubits tall. The Egyptian had in his hand a spear like a

     weaver's beam, but Benaiah went down to him with a staff and snatched the spear out of the Egyptian's

     hand and killed him with his own spear. 24These things did Benaiah the son of Jehoiada and won a name

     beside the three mighty men. 25He was renowned among the thirty, but he did not attain to the three. And

     David set him over his bodyguard.

     26The mighty men were Asahel the brother of Joab, Elhanan the son of Dodo of Bethlehem, 27Shammoth of

     Harod, Helez the Pelonite, 28Ira the son of Ikkesh of Tekoa, Abiezer of Anathoth, 29Sibbecai the Hushathite,

     Ilai the Ahohite, 30Maharai of Netophah, Heled the son of Baanah of Netophah, 31Ithai the son of Ribai of

     Gibeah of the people of Benjamin, Benaiah of Pirathon, 32Hurai of the brooks of Gaash, Abiel the Arbathite,

     33Azmaveth of Baharum, Eliahba the Shaalbonite, 34Hashem the Gizonite, Jonathan the son of Shagee the

     Hararite, 35Ahiam the son of Sachar the Hararite, Eliphal the son of Ur, 36Hepher the Mecherathite, Ahijah

     the Pelonite, 37Hezro of Carmel, Naarai the son of Ezbai, 38Joel the brother of Nathan, Mibhar the son of

     Hagri, 39Zelek the Ammonite, Naharai of Beeroth, the armor-bearer of Joab the son of Zeruiah, 40Ira the

     Ithrite, Gareb the Ithrite, 41Uriah the Hittite, Zabad the son of Ahlai, 42Adina the son of Shiza the Reubenite,

     a leader of the Reubenites, and thirty with him, 43Hanan the son of Maacah, and Joshaphat the Mithnite,

     44Uzzia the Ashterathite, Shama and Jeiel the sons of Hotham the Aroerite, 45Jediael the son of Shimri, and

     Joha his brother, the Tizite, 46Eliel the Mahavite, and Jeribai, and Joshaviah, the sons of Elnaam, and Ithmah

     the Moabite, 47Eliel, and Obed, and Jaasiel the Mezobaite.

     chapter 12

     The Mighty Men Join David

     1Now these are the men who came to David at Ziklag, while he could not move about freely because of Saul

     the son of Kish. And they were among the mighty men who helped him in war. 2They were bowmen and could

     shoot arrows and sling stones with either the right or the left hand; they were Benjaminites, Saul's kinsmen.

     3The chief was Ahiezer, then Joash, both sons of Shemaah of Gibeah; also Jeziel and Pelet, the sons of

     Azmaveth; Beracah, Jehu of Anathoth, 4Ishmaiah of Gibeon, a mighty man among the thirty and a leader over

     the thirty; Jeremiah, Jahaziel, Johanan, Jozabad of Gederah, 5Eluzai, Jerimoth, Bealiah, Shemariah, Shephatiah

     the Haruphite; 6Elkanah, Isshiah, Azarel, Joezer, and Jashobeam, the Korahites; 7And Joelah and Zebadiah,

     the sons of Jeroham of Gedor.

     8From the Gadites there went over to David at the stronghold in the wilderness mighty and experienced

     warriors, expert with shield and spear, whose faces were like the faces of lions and who were swift as

     gazelles upon the mountains: 9Ezer the chief, Obadiah second, Eliab third, 10Mishmannah fourth, Jeremiah

     fifth, 11Attai sixth, Eliel seventh, 12Johanan eighth, Elzabad ninth, 13Jeremiah tenth, Machbannai eleventh.

     14These Gadites were officers of the army; the least was a match for a hundred men and the greatest for a

     thousand. 15These are the men who crossed the Jordan in the first month, when it was overflowing all its

     banks, and put to flight all those in the valleys, to the east and to the west.

     16And some of the men of Benjamin and Judah came to the stronghold to David. 17David went out to meet

     them and said to them, "If you have come to me in friendship to help me, my heart will be joined to you; but

     if to betray me to my adversaries, although there is no wrong in my hands, then may the God of our fathers

     see and rebuke you." 18Then the Spirit clothed Amasai, chief of the thirty, and he said, "We are yours, O


        and with you, O son of Jesse!

     Peace, peace to you,

        and peace to your helpers!

        For your God helps you."Then David received them and made them officers of his troops.

     19Some of the men of Manasseh deserted to David when he came with the Philistines for the battle against

     Saul. (Yet he did not help them, for the rulers of the Philistines took counsel and sent him away, saying, "At

     peril to our heads he will desert to his master Saul.") 20As he went to Ziklag, these men of Manasseh

     deserted to him: Adnah, Jozabad, Jediael, Michael, Jozabad, Elihu, and Zillethai, chiefs of thousands in

     Manasseh. 21They helped David against the band of raiders, for they were all mighty men of valor and were

     commanders in the army. 22For from day to day men came to David to help him, until there was a great army,

     like an army of God.

     23These are the numbers of the divisions of the armed troops who came to David in Hebron to turn the

     kingdom of Saul over to him, according to the word of the LORD. 24The men of Judah bearing shield and spear

     were 6,800 armed troops. 25Of the Simeonites, mighty men of valor for war, 7,100. 26Of the Levites 4,600.

     27The prince Jehoiada, of the house of Aaron, and with him 3,700. 28Zadok, a young man mighty in valor,

     and twenty-two commanders from his own fathers' house. 29Of the Benjaminites, the kinsmen of Saul, 3,000,

     of whom the majority had to that point kept their allegiance to the house of Saul. 30Of the Ephraimites

     20,800, mighty men of valor, famous men in their fathers' houses. 31Of the half-tribe of Manasseh 18,000,

     who were expressly named to come and make David king. 32Of Issachar, men who had understanding of the

     times, to know what Israel ought to do, 200 chiefs, and all their kinsmen under their command. 33Of Zebulun

     50,000 seasoned troops, equipped for battle with all the weapons of war, to help David with singleness of

     purpose. 34Of Naphtali 1,000 commanders with whom were 37,000 men armed with shield and spear. 35Of the

     Danites 28,600 men equipped for battle. 36Of Asher 40,000 seasoned troops ready for battle. 37Of the

     Reubenites and Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh from beyond the Jordan, 120,000 men armed with all

     the weapons of war.

     38All these, men of war, arrayed in battle order, came to Hebron with full intent to make David king over all

     Israel. Likewise, all the rest of Israel were of a single mind to make David king. 39And they were there with

     David for three days, eating and drinking, for their brothers had made preparation for them. 40And also their

     relatives, from as far as Issachar and Zebulun and Naphtali, came bringing food on donkeys and on camels

     and on mules and on oxen, abundant provisions of flour, cakes of figs, clusters of raisins, and wine and oil,

     oxen and sheep, for there was joy in Israel.

     chapter 13

     The Ark Brought from Kiriath-Jearim

     1David consulted with the commanders of thousands and of hundreds, with every leader. 2And David said to

     all the assembly of Israel, "If it seems good to you and from the LORD our God, let us send abroad to our

     brothers who remain in all the lands of Israel, as well as to the priests and Levites in the cities that have

     pasturelands, that they may be gathered to us. 3Then let us bring again the ark of our God to us, for we did

     not seek it in the days of Saul." 4All the assembly agreed to do so, for the thing was right in the eyes of all

     the people.

     Uzzah and the Ark

     5So David assembled all Israel from the Nile of Egypt to Lebo-hamath, to bring the ark of God from

     Kiriath-jearim. 6And David and all Israel went up to Baalah, that is, to Kiriath-jearim that belongs to Judah, to

     bring up from there the ark of God, which is called by the name of the LORD who sits enthroned above the

     cherubim. 7And they carried the ark of God on a new cart, from the house of Abinadab, and Uzzah and Ahio

     were driving the cart. 8And David and all Israel were rejoicing before God with all their might, with song and

     lyres and harps and tambourines and cymbals and trumpets.

     9And when they came to the threshing floor of Chidon, Uzzah put out his hand to take hold of the ark, for the

     oxen stumbled. 10And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Uzzah, and he struck him down because he

     put out his hand to the ark, and he died there before God. 11And David was angry because the LORD had

     broken out against Uzzah. And that place is called Perez-uzza to this day. 12And David was afraid of God that

     day, and he said, "How can I bring the ark of God home to me?" 13So David did not take the ark home into

     the city of David, but took it aside to the house of Obed-edom the Gittite. 14And the ark of God remained

     with the household of Obed-edom in his house three months. And the LORD blessed the household of

     Obed-edom and all that he had.

     chapter 14

     David's Wives and Children

     1And Hiram king of Tyre sent messengers to David, and cedar trees, also masons and carpenters to build a

     house for him. 2And David knew that the LORD had established him as king over Israel, and that his kingdom

     was highly exalted for the sake of his people Israel.

     3And David took more wives in Jerusalem, and David fathered more sons and daughters. 4These are the

     names of the children born to him in Jerusalem: Shammua, Shobab, Nathan, Solomon, 5Ibhar, Elishua, Elpelet,

     6Nogah, Nepheg, Japhia, 7Elishama, Beeliada and Eliphelet.

     Philistines Defeated

     8When the Philistines heard that David had been anointed king over all Israel, all the Philistines went up to

     search for David. But David heard of it and went out against them. 9Now the Philistines had come and made a

     raid in the Valley of Rephaim. 10And David inquired of God, "Shall I go up against the Philistines? Will you give

     them into my hand?" And the LORD said to him, "Go up, and I will give them into your hand." 11And he went

     up to Baal-perazim, and David struck them down there. And David said, "God has broken through my enemies

     by my hand, like a bursting flood." Therefore the name of that place is called Baal-perazim. 12And they left

     their gods there, and David gave command, and they were burned.

     13And the Philistines yet again made a raid in the valley. 14And when David again inquired of God, God said to

     him, "You shall not go up after them; go around and come against them opposite the balsam trees. 15And

     when you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the balsam trees, then go out to battle, for God has

     gone out before you to strike down the army of the Philistines." 16And David did as God commanded him, and

     they struck down the Philistine army from Gibeon to Gezer. 17And the fame of David went out into all lands,

     and the LORD brought the fear of him upon all nations.

     chapter 15

     The Ark Brought to Jerusalem

     1David built houses for himself in the city of David. And he prepared a place for the ark of God and pitched a

     tent for it. 2Then David said that no one but the Levites may carry the ark of God, for the LORD had chosen

     them to carry the ark of the LORD and to minister to him forever. 3And David assembled all Israel at Jerusalem

     to bring up the ark of the LORD to its place, which he had prepared for it. 4And David gathered together the

     sons of Aaron and the Levites: 5of the sons of Kohath, Uriel the chief, with 120 of his brothers; 6of the sons

     of Merari, Asaiah the chief, with 220 of his brothers; 7of the sons of Gershom, Joel the chief, with 130 of his

     brothers; 8of the sons of Elizaphan, Shemaiah the chief, with 200 of his brothers; 9of the sons of Hebron,

     Eliel the chief, with 80 of his brothers; 10of the sons of Uzziel, Amminadab the chief, with 112 of his brothers.

     11Then David summoned the priests Zadok and Abiathar, and the Levites Uriel, Asaiah, Joel, Shemaiah, Eliel,

     and Amminadab, 12and said to them, "You are the heads of the fathers' houses of the Levites. Consecrate

     yourselves, you and your brothers, so that you may bring up the ark of the LORD, the God of Israel, to the

     place that I have prepared for it. 13Because you did not carry it the first time, the LORD our God broke out

     against us, because we did not seek him according to the rule." 14So the priests and the Levites consecrated

     themselves to bring up the ark of the LORD, the God of Israel. 15And the Levites carried the ark of God on

     their shoulders with the poles, as Moses had commanded according to the word of the LORD.

     16David also commanded the chiefs of the Levites to appoint their brothers as the singers who should play

     loudly on musical instruments, on harps and lyres and cymbals, to raise sounds of joy. 17So the Levites

     appointed Heman the son of Joel; and of his brothers Asaph the son of Berechiah; and of the sons of Merari,

     their brothers, Ethan the son of Kushaiah; 18and with them their brothers of the second order, Zechariah,

     Jaaziel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Unni, Eliab, Benaiah, Maaseiah, Mattithiah, Eliphelehu, and Mikneiah, and the

     gatekeepers Obed-edom and Jeiel. 19The singers, Heman, Asaph, and Ethan, were to sound bronze cymbals;

     20Zechariah, Aziel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Unni, Eliab, Maaseiah, and Benaiah were to play harps according to

     Alamoth; 21but Mattithiah, Eliphelehu, Mikneiah, Obed-edom, Jeiel, and Azaziah were to lead with lyres

     according to the Sheminith. 22Chenaniah, leader of the Levites in music, should direct the music, for he

     understood it. 23Berechiah and Elkanah were to be gatekeepers for the ark. 24Shebaniah, Joshaphat,

     Nethanel, Amasai, Zechariah, Benaiah, and Eliezer, the priests, should blow the trumpets before the ark of

     God. Obed-edom and Jehiah were to be gatekeepers for the ark.

     25So David and the elders of Israel and the commanders of thousands went to bring up the ark of the

     covenant of the LORD from the house of Obed-edom with rejoicing. 26And because God helped the Levites

     who were carrying the ark of the covenant of the LORD, they sacrificed seven bulls and seven rams. 27David

     was clothed with a robe of fine linen, as also were all the Levites who were carrying the ark, and the singers

     and Chenaniah the leader of the music of the singers. And David wore a linen ephod. 28So all Israel brought

     up the ark of the covenant of the LORD with shouting, to the sound of the horn, trumpets, and cymbals, and

     made loud music on harps and lyres.

     29And as the ark of the covenant of the LORD came to the city of David, Michal the daughter of Saul looked

     out of the window and saw King David dancing and rejoicing, and she despised him in her heart.

     chapter 16

     The Ark Placed in a Tent

     1And they brought in the ark of God and set it inside the tent that David had pitched for it, and they offered

     burnt offerings and peace offerings before God. 2And when David had finished offering the burnt offerings and

     the peace offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the LORD 3and distributed to all Israel, both men

     and women, to each a loaf of bread, a portion of meat, and a cake of raisins.

     4Then he appointed some of the Levites as ministers before the ark of the LORD, to invoke, to thank, and to

     praise the LORD, the God of Israel. 5Asaph was the chief, and second to him were Zechariah, Jeiel,

     Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Mattithiah, Eliab, Benaiah, Obed-edom, and Jeiel, who were to play harps and lyres;

     Asaph was to sound the cymbals, 6and Benaiah and Jahaziel the priests were to blow trumpets regularly

     before the ark of the covenant of God. 7Then on that day David first appointed that thanksgiving be sung to

     the LORD by Asaph and his brothers.

     David's Song of Thanks

     8Oh give thanks to the LORD; call upon his name;

        make known his deeds among the peoples!

     9Sing to him; sing praises to him;

        tell of all his wondrous works!

     10Glory in his holy name;

        let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice!

     11Seek the LORD and his strength;

        seek his presence continually!

     12Remember the wondrous works that he has done,

        his miracles and the judgments he uttered,

     13O offspring of Israel his servant,

        sons of Jacob, his chosen ones!

     14He is the LORD our God;

        his judgments are in all the earth.

     15Remember his covenant forever,

        the word that he commanded, for a thousand generations,

     16the covenant that he made with Abraham,

        his sworn promise to Isaac,

     17which he confirmed as a statute to Jacob,

        as an everlasting covenant to Israel,

     18saying, "To you I will give the land of Canaan,

        as your portion for an inheritance."

     19When you were few in number,

        and of little account, and sojourners in it,

     20wandering from nation to nation,

        from one kingdom to another people,

     21he allowed no one to oppress them;

        he rebuked kings on their account,

     22saying, "Touch not my anointed ones,

        do my prophets no harm!"

     23Sing to the LORD, all the earth!

        Tell of his salvation from day to day.

     24Declare his glory among the nations,

        his marvelous works among all the peoples!

     25For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised,

        and he is to be held in awe above all gods.

     26For all the gods of the peoples are idols,

        but the LORD made the heavens.

     27Splendor and majesty are before him;

        strength and joy are in his place.

     28Ascribe to the LORD, O clans of the peoples,

        ascribe to the LORD glory and strength!

     29Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name;

        bring an offering and come before him!

     Worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness;

         30tremble before him, all the earth;

        yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved.

     31Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice,

        and let them say among the nations, "The LORD reigns!"

     32Let the sea roar, and all that fills it;

        let the field exult, and everything in it!

     33Then shall the trees of the forest sing for joy

        before the LORD, for he comes to judge the earth.

     34Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;

        for his steadfast love endures forever!

     35Say also: "Save us, O God of our salvation,

        and gather and deliver us from among the nations,

     that we may give thanks to your holy name,

        and glory in your praise.

     36Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel,

        from everlasting to everlasting!"Then all the people said, "Amen!" and praised the LORD.

     Worship Before the Ark

     37So David left Asaph and his brothers there before the ark of the covenant of the LORD to minister regularly

     before the ark as each day required, 38and also Obed-edom and his sixty-eight brothers, while Obed-edom,

     the son of Jeduthun, and Hosah were to be gatekeepers. 39And he left Zadok the priest and his brothers the

     priests before the tabernacle of the LORD in the high place that was at Gibeon 40to offer burnt offerings to

     the LORD on the altar of burnt offering regularly morning and evening, to do all that is written in the Law of

     the LORD that he commanded Israel. 41With them were Heman and Jeduthun and the rest of those chosen

     and expressly named to give thanks to the LORD, for his steadfast love endures forever. 42Heman and

     Jeduthun had trumpets and cymbals for the music and instruments for sacred song. The sons of Jeduthun

     were appointed to the gate.

     43Then all the people departed each to his house, and David went home to bless his household.

     chapter 17

     The LORD's Covenant with David

     1Now when David lived in his house, David said to Nathan the prophet, "Behold, I dwell in a house of cedar,

     but the ark of the covenant of the LORD is under a tent." 2And Nathan said to David, "Do all that is in your

     heart, for God is with you."

     3But that same night the word of the LORD came to Nathan, 4"Go and tell my servant David, 'Thus says the

     LORD: It is not you who will build me a house to dwell in. 5For I have not lived in a house since the day I

     brought up Israel to this day, but I have gone from tent to tent and from dwelling to dwelling. 6In all places

     where I have moved with all Israel, did I speak a word with any of the judges of Israel, whom I commanded to

     shepherd my people, saying, "Why have you not built me a house of cedar?"' 7Now, therefore, thus shall you

     say to my servant David, 'Thus says the LORD of hosts, I took you from the pasture, from following the

     sheep, to be prince over my people Israel, 8and I have been with you wherever you have gone and have cut

     off all your enemies from before you. And I will make for you a name, like the name of the great ones of the

     earth. 9And I will appoint a place for my people Israel and will plant them, that they may dwell in their own

     place and be disturbed no more. And violent men shall waste them no more, as formerly, 10from the time that

     I appointed judges over my people Israel. And I will subdue all your enemies. Moreover, I declare to you that

     the LORD will build you a house. 11When your days are fulfilled to walk with your fathers, I will raise up your

     offspring after you, one of your own sons, and I will establish his kingdom. 12He shall build a house for me,

     and I will establish his throne forever. 13I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son. I will not take

     my steadfast love from him, as I took it from him who was before you, 14but I will confirm him in my house

     and in my kingdom forever, and his throne shall be established forever.'" 15In accordance with all these

     words, and in accordance with all this vision, Nathan spoke to David.

     David's Prayer

     16Then King David went in and sat before the LORD and said, "Who am I, O LORD God, and what is my house,

     that you have brought me thus far? 17And this was a small thing in your eyes, O God. You have also spoken

     of your servant's house for a great while to come, and have shown me future generations, O LORD God!

     18And what more can David say to you for honoring your servant? For you know your servant. 19For your

     servant's sake, O LORD, and according to your own heart, you have done all this greatness, in making known

     all these great things. 20There is none like you, O LORD, and there is no God besides you, according to all

     that we have heard with our ears. 21And who is like your people Israel, the one nation on earth whom God

     went to redeem to be his people, making for yourself a name for great and awesome things, in driving out

     nations before your people whom you redeemed from Egypt? 22And you made your people Israel to be your

     people forever, and you, O LORD, became their God. 23And now, O LORD, let the word that you have spoken

     concerning your servant and concerning his house be established forever, and do as you have spoken, 24and

     your name will be established and magnified forever, saying, 'The LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, is Israel's

     God,' and the house of your servant David will be established before you. 25For you, my God, have revealed

     to your servant that you will build a house for him. Therefore your servant has found courage to pray before

     you. 26And now, O LORD, you are God, and you have promised this good thing to your servant. 27Now you

     have been pleased to bless the house of your servant, that it may continue forever before you, for it is you,

     O LORD, who have blessed, and it is blessed forever."

     chapter 18

     David Defeats His Enemies

     1After this David defeated the Philistines and subdued them, and he took Gath and its villages out of the hand

     of the Philistines.

     2And he defeated Moab, and the Moabites became servants to David and brought tribute.

     3David also defeated Hadadezer king of Zobah-Hamath, as he went to set up his monument at the river

     Euphrates. 4And David took from him 1,000 chariots, 7,000 horsemen and 20,000 foot soldiers. And David

     hamstrung all the chariot horses, but left enough for 100 chariots. 5And when the Syrians of Damascus came

     to help Hadadezer king of Zobah, David struck down 22,000 men of the Syrians. 6Then David put garrisons in

     Syria of Damascus, and the Syrians became servants to David and brought tribute. And the LORD gave

     victory to David wherever he went. 7And David took the shields of gold that were carried by the servants of

     Hadadezer and brought them to Jerusalem. 8And from Tibhath and from Cun, cities of Hadadezer, David took a

     large amount of bronze. With it Solomon made the bronze sea and the pillars and the vessels of bronze.

     9When Tou king of Hamath heard that David had defeated the whole army of Hadadezer, king of Zobah, 10he

     sent his son Hadoram to King David, to ask about his health and to bless him because he had fought against

     Hadadezer and defeated him; for Hadadezer had often been at war with Tou. And he sent all sorts of articles

     of gold, of silver, and of bronze. 11These also King David dedicated to the LORD, together with the silver and

     gold that he had carried off from all the nations, from Edom, Moab, the Ammonites, the Philistines and Amalek.

     12And Abishai, the son of Zeruiah, killed 18,000 Edomites in the Valley of Salt. 13Then he put garrisons in

     Edom, and all the Edomites became David's servants. And the LORD gave victory to David wherever he went.

     David's Administration

     14So David reigned over all Israel, and he administered justice and equity to all his people. 15And Joab the

     son of Zeruiah was over the army; and Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud was recorder; 16and Zadok the son of

     Ahitub and Ahimelech the son of Abiathar were priests; and Shavsha was secretary; 17and Benaiah the son

     of Jehoiada was over the Cherethites and the Pelethites; and David's sons were the chief officials in the

     service of the king.

     chapter 19

     The Ammonites Disgrace David's Men

     1Now after this Nahash the king of the Ammonites died, and his son reigned in his place. 2And David said, "I

     will deal kindly with Hanun the son of Nahash, for his father dealt kindly with me." So David sent messengers

     to console him concerning his father. And David's servants came to the land of the Ammonites to Hanun to

     console him. 3But the princes of the Ammonites said to Hanun, "Do you think, because David has sent

     comforters to you, that he is honoring your father? Have not his servants come to you to search and to

     overthrow and to spy out the land?" 4So Hanun took David's servants and shaved them and cut off their

     garments in the middle, at their hips, and sent them away; 5and they departed. When David was told

     concerning the men, he sent messengers to meet them, for the men were greatly ashamed. And the king said,

     "Remain at Jericho until your beards have grown and then return."

     6When the Ammonites saw that they had become a stench to David, Hanun and the Ammonites sent 1,000

     talents of silver to hire chariots and horsemen from Mesopotamia, from Aram-maacah and from Zobah. 7They

     hired 32,000 chariots and the king of Maacah with his army, who came and encamped before Medeba. And

     the Ammonites were mustered from their cities and came to battle. 8When David heard of it, he sent Joab

     and all the army of the mighty men. 9And the Ammonites came out and drew up in battle array at the

     entrance of the city, and the kings who had come were by themselves in the open country.

     Ammonites and Syrians Defeated

     10When Joab saw that the battle was set against him both in front and in the rear, he chose some of the

     best men of Israel and arrayed them against the Syrians. 11The rest of his men he put in the charge of

     Abishai his brother, and they were arrayed against the Ammonites. 12And he said, "If the Syrians are too

     strong for me, then you shall help me, but if the Ammonites are too strong for you, then I will help you. 13Be

     strong, and let us use our strength for our people and for the cities of our God, and may the LORD do what

     seems good to him." 14So Joab and the people who were with him drew near before the Syrians for battle,

     and they fled before him. 15And when the Ammonites saw that the Syrians fled, they likewise fled before

     Abishai, Joab's brother, and entered the city. Then Joab came to Jerusalem.

     16But when the Syrians saw that they had been defeated by Israel, they sent messengers and brought out

     the Syrians who were beyond the Euphrates, with Shophach the commander of the army of Hadadezer at

     their head. 17And when it was told to David, he gathered all Israel together and crossed the Jordan and came

     to them and drew up his forces against them. And when David set the battle in array against the Syrians,

     they fought with him. 18And the Syrians fled before Israel, and David killed of the Syrians the men of 7,000

     chariots and 40,000 foot soldiers, and put to death also Shophach the commander of their army. 19And when

     the servants of Hadadezer saw that they had been defeated by Israel, they made peace with David and

     became subject to him. So the Syrians were not willing to save the Ammonites any more.

     chapter 20

     The Capture of Rabbah

     1In the spring of the year, the time when kings go out to battle, Joab led out the army and ravaged the

     country of the Ammonites and came and besieged Rabbah. But David remained at Jerusalem. And Joab struck

     down Rabbah and overthrew it. 2And David took the crown of their king from his head. He found that it

     weighed a talent of gold, and in it was a precious stone. And it was placed on David's head. And he brought

     out the spoil of the city, a very great amount. 3And he brought out the people who were in it and set them

     to labor with saws and iron picks and axes. And thus David did to all the cities of the Ammonites. Then David

     and all the people returned to Jerusalem.

     Philistine Giants Killed

     4And after this there arose war with the Philistines at Gezer. Then Sibbecai the Hushathite struck down

     Sippai, who was one of the descendants of the giants, and the Philistines were subdued. 5And there was

     again war with the Philistines, and Elhanan the son of Jair struck down Lahmi the brother of Goliath the

     Gittite, the shaft of whose spear was like a weaver's beam. 6And there was again war at Gath, where there

     was a man of great stature, who had six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot, twenty-four in

     number, and he also was descended from the giants. 7And when he taunted Israel, Jonathan the son of

     Shimea, David's brother, struck him down. 8These were descended from the giants in Gath, and they fell by

     the hand of David and by the hand of his servants.

     chapter 21

     David's Census Brings Pestilence

     1Then Satan stood against Israel and incited David to number Israel. 2So David said to Joab and the

     commanders of the army, "Go, number Israel, from Beersheba to Dan, and bring me a report, that I may know

     their number." 3But Joab said, "May the LORD add to his people a hundred times as many as they are! Are

     they not, my lord the king, all of them my lord's servants? Why then should my lord require this? Why should it

     be a cause of guilt for Israel?" 4But the king's word prevailed against Joab. So Joab departed and went

     throughout all Israel and came back to Jerusalem. 5And Joab gave the sum of the numbering of the people to

     David. In all Israel there were 1,100,000 men who drew the sword, and in Judah 470,000 who drew the sword.

     6But he did not include Levi and Benjamin in the numbering, for the king's command was abhorrent to Joab.

     7But God was displeased with this thing, and he struck Israel. 8And David said to God, "I have sinned greatly

     in that I have done this thing. But now, please take away the iniquity of your servant, for I have acted very

     foolishly." 9And the LORD spoke to Gad, David's seer, saying, 10"Go and say to David, 'Thus says the LORD,

     Three things I offer you; choose one of them, that I may do it to you.'" 11So Gad came to David and said to

     him, "Thus says the LORD, 'Choose what you will: 12either three years of famine, or three months of

     devastation by your foes while the sword of your enemies overtakes you, or else three days of the sword of

     the LORD, pestilence on the land, with the angel of the LORD destroying throughout all the territory of Israel.'

     Now decide what answer I shall return to him who sent me." 13Then David said to Gad, "I am in great

     distress. Let me fall into the hand of the LORD, for his mercy is very great, but do not let me fall into the

     hand of man."

     14So the LORD sent a pestilence on Israel, and 70,000 men of Israel fell. 15And God sent the angel to

     Jerusalem to destroy it, but as he was about to destroy it, the LORD saw, and he relented from the calamity.

     And he said to the angel who was working destruction, "It is enough; now stay your hand." And the angel of

     the LORD was standing by the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite. 16And David lifted his eyes and saw the

     angel of the LORD standing between earth and heaven, and in his hand a drawn sword stretched out over

     Jerusalem. Then David and the elders, clothed in sackcloth, fell upon their faces. 17And David said to God,

     "Was it not I who gave command to number the people? It is I who have sinned and done great evil. But

     these sheep, what have they done? Please let your hand, O LORD my God, be against me and against my

     father's house. But do not let the plague be on your people."

     David Builds an Altar

     18Now the angel of the LORD had commanded Gad to say to David that David should go up and raise an altar

     to the LORD on the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite. 19So David went up at Gad's word, which he had

     spoken in the name of the LORD. 20Now Ornan was threshing wheat. He turned and saw the angel, and his

     four sons who were with him hid themselves. 21As David came to Ornan, Ornan looked and saw David and

     went out from the threshing floor and paid homage to David with his face to the ground. 22And David said to

     Ornan, "Give me the site of the threshing floor that I may build on it an altar to the LORD--give it to me at its

     full price--that the plague may be averted from the people." 23Then Ornan said to David, "Take it, and let my

     lord the king do what seems good to him. See, I give the oxen for burnt offerings and the threshing sledges

     for the wood and the wheat for a grain offering; I give it all." 24But King David said to Ornan, "No, but I will

     buy them for the full price. I will not take for the LORD what is yours, nor offer burnt offerings that cost me

     nothing." 25So David paid Ornan 600 shekels of gold by weight for the site. 26And David built there an altar to

     the LORD and presented burnt offerings and peace offerings and called on the LORD, and the LORD answered

     him with fire from heaven upon the altar of burnt offering. 27Then the LORD commanded the angel, and he

     put his sword back into its sheath.

     28At that time, when David saw that the LORD had answered him at the threshing floor of Ornan the

     Jebusite, he sacrificed there. 29For the tabernacle of the LORD, which Moses had made in the wilderness, and

     the altar of burnt offering were at that time in the high place at Gibeon, 30but David could not go before it to

     inquire of God, for he was afraid of the sword of the angel of the LORD.

     chapter 22

     1Then David said, "Here shall be the house of the LORD God and here the altar of burnt offering for Israel."

     David Prepares for Temple Building

     2David commanded to gather together the resident aliens who were in the land of Israel, and he set

     stonecutters to prepare dressed stones for building the house of God. 3David also provided great quantities of

     iron for nails for the doors of the gates and for clamps, as well as bronze in quantities beyond weighing, 4and

     cedar timbers without number, for the Sidonians and Tyrians brought great quantities of cedar to David. 5For

     David said, "Solomon my son is young and inexperienced, and the house that is to be built for the LORD must

     be exceedingly magnificent, of fame and glory throughout all lands. I will therefore make preparation for it." So

     David provided materials in great quantity before his death.

     Solomon Charged to Build the Temple

     6Then he called for Solomon his son and charged him to build a house for the LORD, the God of Israel. 7David

     said to Solomon, "My son, I had it in my heart to build a house to the name of the LORD my God. 8But the

     word of the LORD came to me, saying, 'You have shed much blood and have waged great wars. You shall not

     build a house to my name, because you have shed so much blood before me on the earth. 9Behold, a son

     shall be born to you who shall be a man of rest. I will give him rest from all his surrounding enemies. For his

     name shall be Solomon, and I will give peace and quiet to Israel in his days. 10He shall build a house for my

     name. He shall be my son, and I will be his father, and I will establish his royal throne in Israel forever.'

     11"Now, my son, the LORD be with you, so that you may succeed in building the house of the LORD your God,

     as he has spoken concerning you. 12Only, may the LORD grant you discretion and understanding, that when

     he gives you charge over Israel you may keep the law of the LORD your God. 13Then you will prosper if you

     are careful to observe the statutes and the rules that the LORD commanded Moses for Israel. Be strong and

     courageous. Fear not; do not be dismayed. 14With great pains I have provided for the house of the LORD

     100,000 talents of gold, a million talents of silver, and bronze and iron beyond weighing, for there is so much

     of it; timber and stone, too, I have provided. To these you must add. 15You have an abundance of workmen:

     stonecutters, masons, carpenters, and all kinds of craftsmen without number, skilled in working 16gold, silver,

     bronze, and iron. Arise and work! The LORD be with you!"

     17David also commanded all the leaders of Israel to help Solomon his son, saying, 18"Is not the LORD your

     God with you? And has he not given you peace on every side? For he has delivered the inhabitants of the

     land into my hand, and the land is subdued before the LORD and his people. 19Now set your mind and heart

     to seek the LORD your God. Arise and build the sanctuary of the LORD God, so that the ark of the covenant

     of the LORD and the holy vessels of God may be brought into a house built for the name of the LORD."

     chapter 23

     David Organizes the Levites

     1When David was old and full of days, he made Solomon his son king over Israel.

     2David assembled all the leaders of Israel and the priests and the Levites. 3The Levites, thirty years old and

     upward, were numbered, and the total was 38,000 men. 4"Twenty-four thousand of these," David said, "shall

     have charge of the work in the house of the LORD, 6,000 shall be officers and judges, 54,000 gatekeepers,

     and 4,000 shall offer praises to the LORD with the instruments that I have made for praise." 6And David

     organized them in divisions corresponding to the sons of Levi: Gershon, Kohath, and Merari.

     7The sons of Gershon were Ladan and Shimei. 8The sons of Ladan: Jehiel the chief, and Zetham, and Joel,

     three. 9The sons of Shimei: Shelomoth, Haziel, and Haran, three. These were the heads of the fathers'

     houses of Ladan. 10And the sons of Shimei: Jahath, Zina, and Jeush and Beriah. These four were the sons of

     Shimei. 11Jahath was the chief, and Zizah the second; but Jeush and Beriah did not have many sons,

     therefore they became counted as a single father's house.

     12The sons of Kohath: Amram, Izhar, Hebron, and Uzziel, four. 13The sons of Amram: Aaron and Moses.

     Aaron was set apart to dedicate the most holy things, that he and his sons forever should make offerings

     before the LORD and minister to him and pronounce blessings in his name forever. 14But the sons of Moses

     the man of God were named among the tribe of Levi. 15The sons of Moses: Gershom and Eliezer. 16The sons

     of Gershom: Shebuel the chief. 17The sons of Eliezer: Rehabiah the chief. Eliezer had no other sons, but the

     sons of Rehabiah were very many. 18The sons of Izhar: Shelomith the chief. 19The sons of Hebron: Jeriah the

     chief, Amariah the second, Jahaziel the third, and Jekameam the fourth. 20The sons of Uzziel: Micah the chief

     and Isshiah the second.

     21The sons of Merari: Mahli and Mushi. The sons of Mahli: Eleazar and Kish. 22Eleazar died having no sons,

     but only daughters; their kinsmen, the sons of Kish, married them. 23The sons of Mushi: Mahli, Eder, and

     Jeremoth, three.

     24These were the sons of Levi by their fathers' houses, the heads of fathers' houses as they were listed

     according to the number of the names of the individuals from twenty years old and upward who were to do

     the work for the service of the house of the LORD. 25For David said, "The LORD, the God of Israel, has given

     rest to his people, and he dwells in Jerusalem forever. 26And so the Levites no longer need to carry the

     tabernacle or any of the things for its service." 27For by the last words of David the sons of Levi were

     numbered from twenty years old and upward. 28For their duty was to assist the sons of Aaron for the service

     of the house of the LORD, having the care of the courts and the chambers, the cleansing of all that is holy,

     and any work for the service of the house of God. 29Their duty was also to assist with the showbread, the

     flour for the grain offering, the wafers of unleavened bread, the baked offering, the offering mixed with oil,

     and all measures of quantity or size. 30And they were to stand every morning, thanking and praising the

     LORD, and likewise at evening, 31and whenever burnt offerings were offered to the LORD on Sabbaths, new

     moons and feast days, according to the number required of them, regularly before the LORD. 32Thus they

     were to keep charge of the tent of meeting and the sanctuary, and to attend the sons of Aaron, their

     brothers, for the service of the house of the LORD.

     chapter 24

     David Organizes the Priests

     1The divisions of the sons of Aaron were these. The sons of Aaron: Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar. 2But

     Nadab and Abihu died before their father and had no children, so Eleazar and Ithamar became the priests.

     3With the help of Zadok of the sons of Eleazar, and Ahimelech of the sons of Ithamar, David organized them

     according to the appointed duties in their service. 4Since more chief men were found among the sons of

     Eleazar than among the sons of Ithamar, they organized them under sixteen heads of fathers' houses of the

     sons of Eleazar, and eight of the sons of Ithamar. 5They divided them by lot, all alike, for there were sacred

     officers and officers of God among both the sons of Eleazar and the sons of Ithamar. 6And the scribe

     Shemaiah, the son of Nethanel, a Levite, recorded them in the presence of the king and the princes and

     Zadok the priest and Ahimelech the son of Abiathar and the heads of the fathers' houses of the priests and of

     the Levites, one father's house being chosen for Eleazar and one chosen for Ithamar.

     7The first lot fell to Jehoiarib, the second to Jedaiah, 8the third to Harim, the fourth to Seorim, 9the fifth to

     Malchijah, the sixth to Mijamin, 10the seventh to Hakkoz, the eighth to Abijah, 11the ninth to Jeshua, the

     tenth to Shecaniah, 12the eleventh to Eliashib, the twelfth to Jakim, 13the thirteenth to Huppah, the

     fourteenth to Jeshebeab, 14the fifteenth to Bilgah, the sixteenth to Immer, 15the seventeenth to Hezir, the

     eighteenth to Happizzez, 16the nineteenth to Pethahiah, the twentieth to Jehezkel, 17the twenty-first to

     Jachin, the twenty-second to Gamul, 18the twenty-third to Delaiah, the twenty-fourth to Maaziah. 19These

     had as their appointed duty in their service to come into the house of the LORD according to the procedure

     established for them by Aaron their father, as the LORD God of Israel had commanded him.

     20And of the rest of the sons of Levi: of the sons of Amram, Shubael; of the sons of Shubael, Jehdeiah. 21Of

     Rehabiah: of the sons of Rehabiah, Isshiah the chief. 22Of the Izharites, Shelomoth; of the sons of

     Shelomoth, Jahath. 23The sons of Hebron: Jeriah the chief, Amariah the second, Jahaziel the third, Jekameam

     the fourth. 24The sons of Uzziel, Micah; of the sons of Micah, Shamir. 25The brother of Micah, Isshiah; of the

     sons of Isshiah, Zechariah. 26The sons of Merari: Mahli and Mushi. The sons of Jaaziah: Beno. 27The sons of

     Merari: of Jaaziah, Beno, Shoham, Zaccur and Ibri. 28Of Mahli: Eleazar, who had no sons. 29Of Kish, the sons

     of Kish: Jerahmeel. 30The sons of Mushi: Mahli, Eder, and Jerimoth. These were the sons of the Levites

     according to their fathers' houses. 31These also, the head of each father's house and his younger brother

     alike, cast lots, just as their brothers the sons of Aaron, in the presence of King David, Zadok, Ahimelech, and

     the heads of fathers' houses of the priests and of the Levites.

     chapter 25

     David Organizes the Musicians

     1David and the chiefs of the service also set apart for the service the sons of Asaph, and of Heman, and of

     Jeduthun, who prophesied with lyres, with harps, and with cymbals. The list of those who did the work and of

     their duties was: 2Of the sons of Asaph: Zaccur, Joseph, Nethaniah, and Asharelah, sons of Asaph, under the

     direction of Asaph, who prophesied under the direction of the king. 3Of Jeduthun, the sons of Jeduthun:

     Gedaliah, Zeri, Jeshaiah, Shimei, Hashabiah, and Mattithiah, six, under the direction of their father Jeduthun,

     who prophesied with the lyre in thanksgiving and praise to the LORD. 4Of Heman, the sons of Heman: Bukkiah,

     Mattaniah, Uzziel, Shebuel and Jerimoth, Hananiah, Hanani, Eliathah, Giddalti, and Romamti-ezer,

     Joshbekashah, Mallothi, Hothir, Mahazioth. 5All these were the sons of Heman the king's seer, according to

     the promise of God to exalt him, for God had given Heman fourteen sons and three daughters. 6They were all

     under the direction of their father in the music in the house of the LORD with cymbals, harps, and lyres for

     the service of the house of God. Asaph, Jeduthun, and Heman were under the order of the king. 7The number

     of them along with their brothers, who were trained in singing to the LORD, all who were skillful, was 288.

     8And they cast lots for their duties, small and great, teacher and pupil alike.

     9The first lot fell for Asaph to Joseph; the second to Gedaliah, to him and his brothers and his sons, twelve;

     10the third to Zaccur, his sons and his brothers, twelve; 11the fourth to Izri, his sons and his brothers,

     twelve; 12the fifth to Nethaniah, his sons and his brothers, twelve; 13the sixth to Bukkiah, his sons and his

     brothers, twelve; 14the seventh to Jesharelah, his sons and his brothers, twelve; 15the eighth to Jeshaiah,

     his sons and his brothers, twelve; 16the ninth to Mattaniah, his sons and his brothers, twelve; 17the tenth to

     Shimei, his sons and his brothers, twelve; 18the eleventh to Azarel, his sons and his brothers, twelve; 19the

     twelfth to Hashabiah, his sons and his brothers, twelve; 20to the thirteenth, Shubael, his sons and his

     brothers, twelve; 21to the fourteenth, Mattithiah, his sons and his brothers, twelve; 22to the fifteenth, to

     Jeremoth, his sons and his brothers, twelve; 23to the sixteenth, to Hananiah, his sons and his brothers,

     twelve; 24to the seventeenth, to Joshbekashah, his sons and his brothers, twelve; 25to the eighteenth, to

     Hanani, his sons and his brothers, twelve; 26to the nineteenth, to Mallothi, his sons and his brothers, twelve;

     27to the twentieth, to Eliathah, his sons and his brothers, twelve; 28to the twenty-first, to Hothir, his sons

     and his brothers, twelve; 29to the twenty-second, to Giddalti, his sons and his brothers, twelve; 30to the

     twenty-third, to Mahazioth, his sons and his brothers, twelve; 31to the twenty-fourth, to Romamti-ezer, his

     sons and his brothers, twelve.

     chapter 26

     Divisions of the Gatekeepers

     1As for the divisions of the gatekeepers: of the Korahites, Meshelemiah the son of Kore, of the sons of Asaph.

     2And Meshelemiah had sons: Zechariah the firstborn, Jediael the second, Zebadiah the third, Jathniel the

     fourth, 3Elam the fifth, Jehohanan the sixth, Eliehoenai the seventh. 4And Obed-edom had sons: Shemaiah

     the firstborn, Jehozabad the second, Joah the third, Sachar the fourth, Nethanel the fifth, 5Ammiel the sixth,

     Issachar the seventh, Peullethai the eighth, for God blessed him. 6Also to his son Shemaiah were sons born

     who were rulers in their fathers' houses, for they were men of great ability. 7The sons of Shemaiah: Othni,

     Rephael, Obed and Elzabad, whose brothers were able men, Elihu and Semachiah. 8All these were of the sons

     of Obed-edom with their sons and brothers, able men qualified for the service; sixty-two of Obed-edom. 9And

     Meshelemiah had sons and brothers, able men, eighteen. 10And Hosah, of the sons of Merari, had sons: Shimri

     the chief (for though he was not the firstborn, his father made him chief), 11Hilkiah the second, Tebaliah the

     third, Zechariah the fourth: all the sons and brothers of Hosah were thirteen.

     12These divisions of the gatekeepers, corresponding to their chief men, had duties, just as their brothers did,

     ministering in the house of the LORD. 13And they cast lots by fathers' houses, small and great alike, for their

     gates. 14The lot for the east fell to Shelemiah. They cast lots also for his son Zechariah, a shrewd counselor,

     and his lot came out for the north. 15Obed-edom's came out for the south, and to his sons was allotted the

     gatehouse. 16For Shuppim and Hosah it came out for the west, at the gate of Shallecheth on the road that

     goes up. Watch corresponded to watch. 17On the east there were six each day, on the north four each day,

     on the south four each day, as well as two and two at the gatehouse. 18And for the colonnade on the west

     there were four at the road and two at the colonnade. 19These were the divisions of the gatekeepers among

     the Korahites and the sons of Merari.

     Treasurers and Other Officials

     20And of the Levites, Ahijah had charge of the treasuries of the house of God and the treasuries of the

     dedicated gifts. 21The sons of Ladan, the sons of the Gershonites belonging to Ladan, the heads of the

     fathers' houses belonging to Ladan the Gershonite: Jehieli.

     22The sons of Jehieli, Zetham, and Joel his brother, were in charge of the treasuries of the house of the

     LORD. 23Of the Amramites, the Izharites, the Hebronites, and the Uzzielites-- 24and Shebuel the son of

     Gershom, son of Moses, was chief officer in charge of the treasuries. 25His brothers: from Eliezer were his son

     Rehabiah, and his son Jeshaiah, and his son Joram, and his son Zichri, and his son Shelomoth. 26This

     Shelomoth and his brothers were in charge of all the treasuries of the dedicated gifts that David the king and

     the heads of the fathers' houses and the officers of the thousands and the hundreds and the commanders of

     the army had dedicated. 27From spoil won in battles they dedicated gifts for the maintenance of the house of

     the LORD. 28Also all that Samuel the seer and Saul the son of Kish and Abner the son of Ner and Joab the son

     of Zeruiah had dedicated--all dedicated gifts were in the care of Shelomoth and his brothers.

     29Of the Izharites, Chenaniah and his sons were appointed to external duties for Israel, as officers and

     judges. 30Of the Hebronites, Hashabiah and his brothers, 1,700 men of ability, had the oversight of Israel

     westward of the Jordan for all the work of the LORD and for the service of the king. 31Of the Hebronites,

     Jerijah was chief of the Hebronites of whatever genealogy or fathers' houses. (In the fortieth year of David's

     reign search was made and men of great ability among them were found at Jazer in Gilead.) 32King David

     appointed him and his brothers, 2,700 men of ability, heads of fathers' houses, to have the oversight of the

     Reubenites, the Gadites and the half-tribe of the Manassites for everything pertaining to God and for the

     affairs of the king.

     chapter 27

     Military Divisions

     1This is the number of the people of Israel, the heads of fathers' houses, the commanders of thousands and

     hundreds, and their officers who served the king in all matters concerning the divisions that came and went,

     month after month throughout the year, each division numbering 24,000:

     2Jashobeam the son of Zabdiel was in charge of the first division in the first month; in his division were

     24,000. 3He was a descendant of Perez and was chief of all the commanders. He served for the first month.

     4Dodai the Ahohite was in charge of the division of the second month; in his division were 24,000. 5The third

     commander, for the third month, was Benaiah, the son of Jehoiada the chief priest; in his division were

     24,000. 6This is the Benaiah who was a mighty man of the thirty and in command of the thirty; Ammizabad

     his son was in charge of his division. 7Asahel the brother of Joab was fourth, for the fourth month, and his

     son Zebadiah after him; in his division were 24,000. 8The fifth commander, for the fifth month, was Shamhuth

     the Izrahite; in his division were 24,000. 9Sixth, for the sixth month, was Ira, the son of Ikkesh the Tekoite;

     in his division were 24,000. 10Seventh, for the seventh month, was Helez the Pelonite, of the sons of

     Ephraim; in his division were 24,000. 11Eighth, for the eighth month, was Sibbecai the Hushathite, of the

     Zerahites; in his division were 24,000. 12Ninth, for the ninth month, was Abiezer of Anathoth, a Benjaminite;

     in his division were 24,000. 13Tenth, for the tenth month, was Maharai of Netophah, of the Zerahites; in his

     division were 24,000. 14Eleventh, for the eleventh month, was Benaiah of Pirathon, of the sons of Ephraim; in

     his division were 24,000. 15Twelfth, for the twelfth month, was Heldai the Netophathite, of Othniel; in his

     division were 24,000.

     Leaders of Tribes

     16Over the tribes of Israel, for the Reubenites, Eliezer the son of Zichri was chief officer; for the Simeonites,

     Shephatiah the son of Maacah; 17for Levi, Hashabiah the son of Kemuel; for Aaron, Zadok; 18for Judah, Elihu,

     one of David's brothers; for Issachar, Omri the son of Michael; 19for Zebulun, Ishmaiah the son of Obadiah;

     for Naphtali, Jeremoth the son of Azriel; 20for the Ephraimites, Hoshea the son of Azaziah; for the half-tribe

     of Manasseh, Joel the son of Pedaiah; 21for the half-tribe of Manasseh in Gilead, Iddo the son of Zechariah;

     for Benjamin, Jaasiel the son of Abner; 22for Dan, Azarel the son of Jeroham. These were the leaders of the

     tribes of Israel. 23David did not count those below twenty years of age, for the LORD had promised to make

     Israel as many as the stars of heaven. 24Joab the son of Zeruiah began to count, but did not finish. Yet

     wrath came upon Israel for this, and the number was not entered in the chronicles of King David.

     25Over the king's treasuries was Azmaveth the son of Adiel; and over the treasuries in the country, in the

     cities, in the villages and in the towers, was Jonathan the son of Uzziah; 26and over those who did the work

     of the field for tilling the soil was Ezri the son of Chelub; 27and over the vineyards was Shimei the Ramathite;

     and over the produce of the vineyards for the wine cellars was Zabdi the Shiphmite. 28Over the olive and

     sycamore trees in the Shephelah was Baal-hanan the Gederite; and over the stores of oil was Joash. 29Over

     the herds that pastured in Sharon was Shitrai the Sharonite; over the herds in the valleys was Shaphat the

     son of Adlai. 30Over the camels was Obil the Ishmaelite; and over the donkeys was Jehdeiah the Meronothite.

     Over the flocks was Jaziz the Hagrite. 31All these were stewards of King David's property.

     32Jonathan, David's uncle, was a counselor, being a man of understanding and a scribe. He and Jehiel the son

     of Hachmoni attended the king's sons. 33Ahithophel was the king's counselor, and Hushai the Archite was the

     king's friend. 34Ahithophel was succeeded by Jehoiada the son of Benaiah, and Abiathar. Joab was

     commander of the king's army.

     chapter 28

     David's Charge to Israel

     1David assembled at Jerusalem all the officials of Israel, the officials of the tribes, the officers of the divisions

     that served the king, the commanders of thousands, the commanders of hundreds, the stewards of all the

     property and livestock of the king and his sons, together with the palace officials, the mighty men and all the

     seasoned warriors. 2Then King David rose to his feet and said: "Hear me, my brothers and my people. I had it

     in my heart to build a house of rest for the ark of the covenant of the LORD and for the footstool of our God,

     and I made preparations for building. 3But God said to me, 'You may not build a house for my name, for you

     are a man of war and have shed blood.' 4Yet the LORD God of Israel chose me from all my father's house to

     be king over Israel forever. For he chose Judah as leader, and in the house of Judah my father's house, and

     among my father's sons he took pleasure in me to make me king over all Israel. 5And of all my sons (for the

     LORD has given me many sons) he has chosen Solomon my son to sit on the throne of the kingdom of the

     LORD over Israel. 6He said to me, 'It is Solomon your son who shall build my house and my courts, for I have

     chosen him to be my son, and I will be his father. 7I will establish his kingdom forever if he continues strong in

     keeping my commandments and my rules, as he is today.' 8Now therefore in the sight of all Israel, the

     assembly of the LORD, and in the hearing of our God, observe and seek out all the commandments of the

     LORD your God, that you may possess this good land and leave it for an inheritance to your children after you


     David's Charge to Solomon

     9"And you, Solomon my son, know the God of your father and serve him with a whole heart and with a willing

     mind, for the LORD searches all hearts and understands every plan and thought. If you seek him, he will be

     found by you, but if you forsake him, he will cast you off forever. 10Be careful now, for the LORD has chosen

     you to build a house for the sanctuary; be strong and do it."

     11Then David gave Solomon his son the plan of the vestibule of the temple, and of its houses, its treasuries,

     its upper rooms, and its inner chambers, and of the room for the mercy seat; 12and the plan of all that he

     had in mind for the courts of the house of the LORD, all the surrounding chambers, the treasuries of the

     house of God, and the treasuries for dedicated gifts; 13for the divisions of the priests and of the Levites, and

     all the work of the service in the house of the LORD; for all the vessels for the service in the house of the

     LORD, 14the weight of gold for all golden vessels for each service, the weight of silver vessels for each

     service, 15the weight of the golden lampstands and their lamps, the weight of gold for each lampstand and its

     lamps, the weight of silver for a lampstand and its lamps, according to the use of each lampstand in the

     service, 16the weight of gold for each table for the showbread, the silver for the silver tables, 17and pure

     gold for the forks, the basins and the cups; for the golden bowls and the weight of each; for the silver bowls

     and the weight of each; 18for the altar of incense made of refined gold, and its weight; also his plan for the

     golden chariot of the cherubim that spread their wings and covered the ark of the covenant of the LORD.

     19All this he made clear to me in writing from the hand of the LORD, all the work to be done according to the


     20Then David said to Solomon his son, "Be strong and courageous and do it. Do not be afraid and do not be

     dismayed, for the LORD God, even my God, is with you. He will not leave you or forsake you, until all the work

     for the service of the house of the LORD is finished. 21And behold the divisions of the priests and the Levites

     for all the service of the house of God; and with you in all the work will be every willing man who has skill for

     any kind of service; also the officers and all the people will be wholly at your command."

     chapter 29

     Offerings for the Temple

     1And David the king said to all the assembly, "Solomon my son, whom alone God has chosen, is young and

     inexperienced, and the work is great, for the palace will not be for man but for the LORD God. 2So I have

     provided for the house of my God, so far as I was able, the gold for the things of gold, the silver for the

     things of silver, and the bronze for the things of bronze, the iron for the things of iron, and wood for the

     things of wood, besides great quantities of onyx and stones for setting, antimony, colored stones, all sorts of

     precious stones and marble. 3Moreover, in addition to all that I have provided for the holy house, I have a

     treasure of my own of gold and silver, and because of my devotion to the house of my God I give it to the

     house of my God: 43,000 talents of gold, of the gold of Ophir, and 7,000 talents of refined silver, for

     overlaying the walls of the house, 5and for all the work to be done by craftsmen, gold for the things of gold

     and silver for the things of silver. Who then will offer willingly, consecrating himself today to the LORD?"

     6Then the leaders of fathers' houses made their freewill offerings, as did also the leaders of the tribes, the

     commanders of thousands and of hundreds, and the officers over the king's work. 7They gave for the service

     of the house of God 5,000 talents and 10,000 darics of gold, 10,000 talents of silver, 18,000 talents of bronze

     and 100,000 talents of iron. 8And whoever had precious stones gave them to the treasury of the house of

     the LORD, in the care of Jehiel the Gershonite. 9Then the people rejoiced because they had given willingly, for

     with a whole heart they had offered freely to the LORD. David the king also rejoiced greatly.

     David Prays in the Assembly

     10Therefore David blessed the LORD in the presence of all the assembly. And David said: "Blessed are you, O

     LORD, the God of Israel our father, forever and ever. 11Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and

     the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the

     kingdom, O LORD, and you are exalted as head above all. 12Both riches and honor come from you, and you

     rule over all. In your hand are power and might, and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to

     all. 13And now we thank you, our God, and praise your glorious name.

     14"But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able thus to offer willingly? For all things come

     from you, and of your own have we given you. 15For we are strangers before you and sojourners, as all our

     fathers were. Our days on the earth are like a shadow, and there is no abiding. 16O LORD our God, all this

     abundance that we have provided for building you a house for your holy name comes from your hand and is all

     your own. 17I know, my God, that you test the heart and have pleasure in uprightness. In the uprightness of

     my heart I have freely offered all these things, and now I have seen your people, who are present here,

     offering freely and joyously to you. 18O LORD, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, our fathers, keep

     forever such purposes and thoughts in the hearts of your people, and direct their hearts toward you. 19Grant

     to Solomon my son a whole heart that he may keep your commandments, your testimonies, and your

     statutes, performing all, and that he may build the palace for which I have made provision."

     20Then David said to all the assembly, "Bless the LORD your God." And all the assembly blessed the LORD, the

     God of their fathers, and bowed their heads and paid homage to the LORD and to the king. 21

     Solomon Anointed King

     And they ate and drank before the LORD on that day with great gladness.

     23Then Solomon sat on the throne of the LORD as king in place of David his father. And he prospered, and all

     Israel obeyed him. 24All the leaders and the mighty men, and also all the sons of King David, pledged their

     allegiance to King Solomon. 25And the LORD made Solomon very great in the sight of all Israel and bestowed

     on him such royal majesty as had not been on any king before him in Israel.

     The Death of David

     26Thus David the son of Jesse reigned over all Israel. 27The time that he reigned over Israel was forty years.

     He reigned seven years in Hebron and thirty-three years in Jerusalem. 28Then he died at a good age, full of

     days, riches, and honor. And Solomon his son reigned in his place. 29Now the acts of King David, from first to

     last, are written in the Chronicles of Samuel the seer, and in the Chronicles of Nathan the prophet, and in the

     Chronicles of Gad the seer, 30with accounts of all his rule and his might and of the circumstances that came

     upon him and upon Israel and upon all the kingdoms of the countries.