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The Chronicles of the Kings of Juda(Part Two)
The First Book
The 7th Chapter
The sons of Isacar: Thola, Phuah, Jasub and Samson, four. The sons of Thola: Ozi, Rephaiah, Jeriel, Jathamai, Jebsam and Samuel which were heads in the ancient households of Thola and men of might among their kindreds: the number of them in the days of David were two and twenty thousand and six hundred. The sons of Ozi: Izrahiah. The sons of Izrahiah: Michael, Obadiah Joel, Jesiah, five head men in all. And among them in their kindreds and ancient households six and thirty thousand men prepared to war: for they had many wives and sons. And of their brethren among all the kindreds of Isacar were reckoned of men of war four score and seven thousand in all.
The sons of Benjamin: Bale, Bochor and Jadiael, three. The sons of Bale: Ezbon, Ozi, Oziel, Jerimoth and Uri, five heads of ancient houses and men of might and were in number twenty two thousand and thirty four.
The sons of Bochor: Zamirah, Joas, Eliezer, Elioenai, Amri, Jerimoth, Abiah, Anathoth and Alamath. All these are the children of Bochor, and were reckoned in their kindreds with the heads of the ancient households of them that were men of power, twenty thousand and two hundred. The sons of Jediael: Balahan. The sons of Balahan: Jeus, Benjamin, Ahud and Canaanah, Zetham, Tharsis and Ahisahar. All these are the sons of Jediael and ancient heads and men of might seventeen thousand and two hundred that went out to battle. And Suphim and Huphim were the children of Jr. And the Husites were the children of Aher.
The sons of Nephthali: Jahaziel, Guni, Jezer and Selum, the children of Balahah. The sons of Manasseh: Azriel which Aramiah his concubine bare: she bare also Machir the father of Galaad. And Machir gave to Huphim and Suphim wives. And the name of his sister was Maacah. And the name of another son was Zalphahad. And Zalphahad had daughters. And Maacah the wife of Machir bare a son and called his name Pharez, and the name of his brother was Zares and his sons were Ulan and Rekem. The son of Ulam was Badan. These are the sons of Galaad the son of Machir the son of Manasseh. And his sister Melcath bare Jeshud, Abieser and Moholah. And the sons of Semida were Ahaian, Sechem, Lekechi and Aniam.
The sons of Ephraim: Suthalah, whose son was Bared, and Thahas his son, and his son Eladah, and Thahas his son: and Sabad his son, and Suthelah his son, and Eser and Elead. And the men of Geth that were born in the land, slew them, because they were come down to take away their cattle. And Ephraim their father mourned many a day and his brethren came to comfort him.
And he went into his wife which conceived and bare him a son, and he called the name of it Bariah because it went evil with his household. And his daughter was Sarah which built Bethoron the nether and also the upper, and Ozan Sarah. And Raphah was his son: whose son was Reseph, with his brother Thaleh, whose son was Thahan, and his son Laadam, and his son Amihud, and his son Elisama, and his son Nun and his son Josua.
And their possession and habitation was Bethel and the towns that longed thereto, and unto the east of Naeran, and on the west side of Gazer with the towns thereof, and Sichem with the towns of the same, and Adaiah with her towns, and along by the borders of the children of Manasseh, Bethsean with her towns, Thaanach with her towns, Magedo with her towns and Dod with her towns. In those dwelt the children of Joseph the son of Israel.
The sons of Aser: Jomnah, Jesuah, Isuai, Bariah and Serah their sister. The sons of Bariah: Teber and Melchiel which was the father of Barsays. And Heber begat Japhlet, Somer, Hotham, and Sua their sister. The sons of Japhlet: Phisah, Banahal and Asauath. These are the children of Japhlet. The sons of Somer: Ahi, Rohagah, Jahubah and Eram. And the sons of his brother Helem were Zophah, Jemna, Seles and Amal. The sons of Zophah. Suah, Harnepher, Sual, Bari, Jamrah, Bozor, Hod, Sama, Silfa, Jethran and Beera. The sons of Jether, Jephoneh, Phasaph, and Ara. The sons of Ola: Areh, Haniel and Rezia. And these were the children of Asser and heads of ancient houses and pure fellows and men of might and the head Lords. And when they were numbered in array to battle, they were in number twenty six thousand men.
The 8th Chapter
Benjamin begat Bale his eldest son, Asbal the second, Aharah the third, Nohah the fourth and Raphah the fifth. And the sons of Bale were Adar, Gera, Abihud, Abisua, Naaman, Ahohah, Gera, Sephuphan and Huran. And these are the sons of Ahud ancient heads among the Enhabiters of Gabaa which carried them to Manahas: Naaman, Ahiah and Gera, which Gera carried them away and begat Oza and Alihud. And he begat Saharaim in the country of Moab after he had sent them away, Husim and Barah were his wives. And he begat of Hodes his wife Jobab. Zebia, Mosa, Malacham, Jeuz, Sachiah and Marma. These are his sons being ancient heads.
And of Husim he begat Ahitob and Elphaal. The sons of Elphaal were, Eber, Nisaam, and Samad which built Ono, Lod, and the towns longing thereto: and Barah and Sama ancient heads among the inhabiters of Ailon, and they drove out away the inhabiters of Geth. And Halo, Sesac, Jerimoth, Sabadiah, Arod, Edar, Michael, Jespha, and Joha, the sons of Bariaha: Zabadiah, Mosolam, Hezeki, Heber, Isamari, Jesliah, Jobab the sons of Elphaal. And Jakim, Zecri, Sabdi, Elianai, Zelethai, Eliel, Adaiah, Baraiah, Zamareth the sons of Semei. And Jesphan, Eber, Eliel, Abdon, Zecri, Hanan, Hananiah, Ailan, Anthothiah, Jephdaiah and Phanuel are the sons of Sesac. And Samsari, Sohoriah, Otholiah, Jersiah, Eliah and Zechri are the son of Jeroham. These were ancient heads in their kindreds and dwelt in Jerusalem. And at Gabaon dwells the father of Gabaon whose wife was called Maacah. And his eldest son was Abdon, then Zur, Cis, Baal, Nadab, Gedur, Ahaio and Zacher. And Makeloth begat Samaah. And these also dwelt with their brethren in Jerusalem over against them. And Ner begat Cis, and Cis Saul, and Saul begat Jehonathan, Melchisua, Abinadab and Isbaal. And the son of Jehonathan was Meribbaal and Meribbaal begat Micah. And the sons of Micah were Phithon, Melech, Tharea and Ahaz. And Ahaz begat Jehoadah. And Jehoada begat Elmoth, Asmoth and Zamri. And Zamri begat Moza. And Moza begat Banah, whose son was Raphah, and his son was Elasah, and his son Azel. And Azel had six sons whose names are these: Esricam, Bochru, Ismael, Sariah, Obdiah, and Hanan. All these were the sons of Azel. And the sons of Asek his brother, were Ulam his eldest, and Jeus the second and Eliphelet the third. And the sons of Ulam were mighty men and bowmen and had many sons and sons, sons, an hundred and fifty. All these are the sons of Benjamin.
The 9th Chapter
And all Israel were numbered by kindreds: and see, they be written in the book of the kings of Israel. And Juda were carried away to Babylon for their offenses. And the old inhabiters that dwelt in their own possessions and cities were Israel, the priests, Levites and Mathinetites. But in Jerusalem dwelt of the children of Juda, of the children of Benjamin and of the children of Ephraim and Manasseh. Othai the son of Amihud the son of Amri the son of Omrai of the son of Boni of the children of Pharez, the son of Juda. And of Siloni, Asiah the eldest and his sons. And of the sons of Zarah, Jeuel with their brethren six hundred and ninety.
And of the sons of Benjamin: Salo the son of Mosolam the son of Hoduiah, the son of Hasnuah, and Jobaniah the son of Jeroham. And Elah the son of Ozi, the son of Mochori. And Mosolam the son of Saphariah the son of Rauel the son of Jebaniah with other their brethren in their kindreds, nine hundred fifty and five. And all these were honorable heads in the ancient households of them.
And of the priests: Jedaiah, Jehoiarib and Jacin: Azariah the son of Helkiah the son of Mosolam, the son of Zadoc the son of`Maraioth the son of Ahitob the chiefest in the house of God. And Adaiah the son of Jerohan the son of Phashor the son of Melchiah. And Maasi the son of Adiel the son of Jehezrah the son of Mosolam the son of Mosolamoth the son of Emer, with other their brethren heads in the ancient households of them, a thousand seven hundred and three score active men in the work of the service of the house of God.
And of the Levites: Semeiah the son of Hasub, the son of Esricam, the son of Hasabiah of the sons of Merari. And Bachakar the carpenter and Galal. And Mathanaiah the son of Micah, the son of Zecri the son of Asaph. Obdiah the son of Semeiah the son of Galal the son of Iduthun. And Barachiah the son of Aza the son of Elcanah that dwelt in the villages of the Netophasites.
The porters were Selum, Acub, Talmon and Ahiman with their brethren, Selum being the chief. For unto the time they had watched at the kings gate eastward in the tents of the children of Levi by companies. And Selum the son of Coreh the son of Abiasaph the son of Coreh with his brethren the Corehites in the house of their fathers had their business and office to keep the door of the tabernacle: for their fathers in the Host of the Lord kept the entering. And Phinehes the son of Eleazar was ruler over them before the Lord which was with him. And Zachariah the son of Moselamiah kept the door of the tabernacle of witness. All these were chosen fellows to keep the thresholds, two hundred and twelve, and were numbered in their villages. And them did David and Samuel the sear institute in their fidelity. And their children had the oversight of the gates of the house of the Lord and of the house of the tabernacle, to keep them.
In four quarters were the keepers: toward the east, west, north and south. And their brethren that were in the country came in their weeks as their course came about with them. For the Levites were committed to be principal porters of fidelity. And they had the oversight of the vestries and treasures of the house of God, and lay all night round about the house of God: because the keeping thereof pertained to them and to open it every morning. And certain of them had the rule of the ministering vessels and brought them in and out by tale. And of them were certain appointed to oversee the vessels and all holy ornaments, and of the flour, wine, oil, frankincense and sweet odors. But certain of the sons of the priests were set to make sweet savours.
And Mathasiah one of the Levites, the eldest son of Selum: the Corathite, had the oversight of the things that were baked in the frying pan. And other of their brethren the sons of Cahas had the oversight of the showbread, to prepare against all sabbaths. These are the singers ancient heads among the Levites divided by chambers: for they had to do both day and night. These were the ancient among the Levites in their generations. And these dwelt at Jerusalem.
And in Gabaon dwelt Jeuell the father of Gabaon, whose wife was called Maacah. And his eldest son was Abdon, then Zur, Cis, Baal, Ner and Nadab: Gedor, Ahio, Zachariah and Makeloth. And Makeloth begat Semaan. And they also dwelt with their brethren at Jerusalem, even hard by them. And Ner begat Cis, and Cis Saul. And Saul begat Jehonathan, Melchisua, Abinadab and Esbaal. And the son of Jehonathan, was Meribbaal. And Meribbaal begat Micah, and the sons of Micah were Phiton, Melech and Thaharea. And Ahaz begat Jaarah. And Jaarah begat Alamath, Asmoth, Zamri. And Zamri begat Moza. And Moza begat Baana whose son was Raphaia, and his son was Eleasah, and his son Azel. And Azel had six sons whose names are these: Ezricam, Bochru, Ismael, Sariah, Obdiah and Hanan. These are the sons of Azel.
The 10th Chapter
And the Philistines fought against Israel. And the men of Israel fled before the Philistines and were overthrown and slain in mount Gelboe. And the Philistines followed Saul and his sons and slew Jehonathan, Abinadab and Melchisua the sons of Saul.
And the battle went sore against Saul, in so much that the shooters met him, and he was wounded of the shooters. Then said Saul to his weapon bearer draw your sword and thrust me through therewith, that these uncircumcised come not and do me shame. And his weapon bearer would not, but feared exceedingly. Whereupon Saul caught a sword and fell upon it. And when his harness bearer saw that Saul was dead, he fell on a sword also and died.
And thus Saul and his three sons and all his house died together. And when all the men that dwelt in the valleys, saw how they fled, and that Saul and his sons were dead, they forsook their cities and ran away, and the Philistines came and dwelt in them.
And on the morrow when the Philistines came to strip the dead bodies, they found Saul and his sons overthrown in mount Gelboe. And when they had stripped him they took his head and his harness and sent them into the land of the Philistines round about to show tidings unto their Gods and to the people. And they put his harness in the houses of their Gods. But his skull they hanged in the house of Dagon.
And when all they of Jabes in Galaad heard all that the Philistines had done to Saul, all the men of war arose and fetched away the body of Saul, and the bodies of his sons and brought them to Jabes and buried the bones of them under an oak in Jabes, and fasted seven days.
And so Saul died for his trespass that he trespassed against the Lord, in that he kept not the word of the Lord, and in that he asked counsel of a woman that wrought with a spirit, and asked not of the Lord. And therefore the Lord killed him and turned the kingdom unto David the son of Jesai (Isai).
The 11th Chapter
Then all Israel gathered themselves to David unto Hebron, and said: see we be your bones and your flesh. And moreover in time past, even when Saul was king, you led Israel out and in. And the Lord your God said unto you: you shall feed my people Israel, and you shall be captain over my people Israel.
And when all the elders of Israel were come to the king to Hebron, David made a covenant with them there before the Lord. And they anointed David king over Israel according to the word of the Lord by the hand of Samuel.
And David and all Israel went to Jerusalem which is Jebus: for there dwelt the Jebusites the inhabiters of the land. And the inhabiters of Jebus said to David, you come not here. Neverthelater David won the castle of Sion, which is called the city of David. Then said David: whosoever smite the Jebusites first, shall be the principal captain and a lord. And Joab the son of Zaruiah went first up, and was therefore the chiefcaptain. And because David dwelt in the castle, therefore it was called the city of David. And he built the city on every side even from Mello round about. But Joab repaired the rest of the city. And David prospered and waxed great, and the Lord of Hosts was with him.
These are the principal men of power that clave to David in his kingdom with all Israel, to make him king upon Israel according to the word of the Lord. And this is the number of the mighty men which David had: Isabaam the son of Hachamoni the chief of thirty, he lifted up his spear against three hundred and slew them at one time.
And after him Eleazar the son of Dodo an Ahothite which was one of the three mightiest. He was with David at Phasdamin where the Philistines were gathered to battle. And there was there a parcel of ground full of barley, and the people fled for fear of the Philistines. And they stepped forth into the midst of the furlong and saved it and slew the Philstines. And the Lord gave a great victory.
And the three of the thirty chiefs went to a rock to David at the cave Odolam. And the Host of the Philistines had pitched in the valley of Raphaim. And David was in an hold. And there was a garrison of the Philistines at Bethlehem that same time. And David longed and said; O that one would give me of the water of the well of Bethlehem that is in the gate, for to drink. And the three brake through the Host of the Philistines and drew of the water of the well of Bethlehem that was in the gate, and took it and brought it to David. Nevertheless David would not drink of it, but offered it to the Lord, and said: God forbid it me, that I should do this thing, that I should drink the blood of these men that have put their lives in Jeopardy (for with the Jeopardy of their lives they brought it) and therefore he would not drink it. This did the three mightiest.
And Abisai the brother of Joab was captain of the three, and he lifted up his spear against three hundred and slew them, and had a name among the three. And he was much more nobler than any of the three, and was their captain. But was not like to any of the three in acts.
Banaiah the son of Jehoiada the son of a strong man that had done great deeds and was of Cabzeel: he slew two strong lions of Moab, and went down
and slew a Lion in a pit in time of snow. And he slew an Egyptian which was a man of size, even five cubits long, and in his hand had a spear like a weavers beam. And the other went to him with a waster and plucked the spear out of the Egyptians hand, and slew him with his spear. Such things did Banaiah the son of Jehoihada, and had a name with the three mightiest, was the gloriousest of thirty: but attained not unto the three. And David made him of his secret counsel.
And these were the best men of war of the Host: Asahel the brother of Joab and Elhanan the son of Dodo out of Bethlehem. Samoth the Nazorite, Helez the Phalonite: Ira the son of Akes the Thekuite, Abiezer the Anathothite: Sobacai the Husathite, Isai the Ahohite: Maharai the Nethophasite and Heled the son of Baanah the Nethophasite: Ithai the son of Rebai of Gabaah that pertains to the children of Benjamin: Banaiah the Pharathonite: Haurai of the river of Gaas, and Abiel the Arbathite: Azmoth the Baharumite, Elhaba the Saalbonite. The sons of Hassem the Gezonite, Jonathan the son of Sagah, an Haratite: Ahiam the son of Sacar the Hararite, Eliphal the son of Ur. Hepher the Mecharathite, Ahiah the Phalonite: Hezro the Carmelite and Naari the son of Azbai: Joel the brother of Nathan: Mibahar the son of Gari: Zelec an Ammonite and Naharai a Berothite the bearer of the Harness of Joab the son of Zaruiah: Ira the Jethrite and Gareb a Jethrite, Uriah the Hethite, Zabad the son of Oholui: Adina the son of Siza a Rubenite and an head among the Rubenites and thirty about him: Hanan the son of Maacah and Josaphat a Mathanite: Ozeah an Astharothite: Sama and Jael the sons of Hothan an Aroerite: Jedial the son of Zamri and Joha his brother Thozites: Eliel a Mahumite. And Jeribai and Josoiah the sons of Elnaem and Jethmah a Moabite. Eliel and Obed and Jasiel of Masobaiah.
The 12th Chapter
And these following came to David to Zikelag, while he yet kept himself close for fear of Saul the son of Cis: and they were of the men that secured the battle, weaponed with bows, and could handle stones, arrows and bow as well with the left hand as with the right, and were of Sauls brethren, even of the tribe of Benjamin. The chiefest were Ahiezer and Joas the sons of Samaah a Gobaonite, and Jaziel a Phalite, the sons of Azmoth. Baracah and Jehu of Anathoth. And Isamaiah a Gabaonite as mighty as any of thirty and more mighty too. And Jeremiah, Jehaziel, Johanan and Josabad of Gedor. Eluesai, Jerimoth, Baaliah, Samariah and Saphatiah: Haraphites, Elcanah, Jesia, Azrael, Joezer, Joseboam of Karehim. And Joelah and Zabadiah the sons of Jeroham of Gedor.
And of the Gadites there separated themselves unto David when he kept an hold in the wilderness, men of might and men apt for war and could handle shield and spear, whose faces were like the faces of Lions, and they were thereto as swift as the Roes (deer) of the mountains: Ezer the first, Obdiah the second, Eliab the third, Masmannah the fourth, Jeremiah the fifth, Ethi the sixth, Eliel the seventh, Johanan the eighth, Elsabad the ninth, Jeremiah the tenth, and Macahbanai the eleventh. These were of the sons of Gad, and were captains over the men of war, the small over an hundred, and the great over a thousand. These are they that went over Jordan in the first month, when he had spilled over all his bank. And they put to flight them of the valley both of the east side and also of the west.
And there came of the children of Benjamin and Juda to the hold of David. And David went out to them and answered and said to them: If you be come peaceably unto me, to help me, mine heart shall be together with you. But and if you come to beguile me and to be mine adversary, seeing there is no wickedness in mine hands, the God of our fathers look thereon and rebuke it.
And the spirit came upon Amasai a captain over thirty and he said, your are we David, and on your side you son of Jesai: peace be with you, and peace be with your helpers, for your God helps you. Then David received them and made them heads of companies of the men of war.
And there fell of Manasse to David when he went with the Philistines against Saul to battle, but help them not. For the Lords of the Philistines took counsel and sent him away saying: he will fall to his master Saul to the Jeopardy of our heads. And as he went to Zikelag there fell to him of Manasse: Ednah, Jozabad, Jediel, Michael, and Jozabad, Elihu and Zalthai, heads of the thousands of Manasse. And they help David against those rovers. For they were all mighty men and Captains in war. And there came one or other to David day by day to help him: until it was a great Host, like the Host of God.
And this is the number of the heads prepared to battle, that came to David to Hebron, to turn the kingdom of Saul to him, according to the mouth of the Lord.
The children of Juda that bare shield and spear were six thousand and eight hundred trimmed to war. Of the children of Simeon, men of might to war, seven thousand and one hundred. And of the children of Levi were four thousand and six hundred. And Jehoiada was the chief of them of Aaron and with him three thousand and seven hundred. And Zadock a young man of great power had his fathers household with Captains twenty two. And of the children of Benjamin the brethren of Saul, were three thousand. And a great part of them did yet follow the house of Saul.
And of the children of Ephraim, were twenty thousand and eight hundred, men of might and named men in the households of their fathers. And of the half tribe of Manasseh eighteen thousand which were appointed by name to go to make David King. And of the children of Isacar which were men that had understanding in the right time to know what Israel ought to do: The heads of them were two hundred, and all their brethren at their will. And of Zabulon that went out with the Host and proceeded in the array to battle with all manner of weapons of war, fifty thousand that kept in order with one accord. And Nephtali a thousand Captains, and with them with shield and spear. Thirty seven thousand. And of Dan prepared to battle, were twenty eight thousand and six hundred. And of Asser that went out with the Host to make battle, forty thousand. And of the other side Jordan, of the Rubenites, Gadites and of the half tribe of Manasse with all manner of instruments of war an hundred and twenty thousand.
All these being men of war able to order the array, came to Hebron with pure heart, to make David King upon all Israel. And thereto all the rest of Israel was of one accord to make David King. And there they were with David three days eating and drinking; for their brethren prepared for them. Moreover they that were near to them, as Isacar, Zabulon and, Nephthali brought bread on asses, Camels, mules and oxen, and meat: flour, figs, raisins, wine, oil, oxen, and sheep abundantly. For there was mirth in Israel.
The 13th Chapter
And David counselled with the Captains of thousands and of hundreds, and with all the Lords, and said unto all the congregation of Israel: If it seem you good and also to be of the Lord our God. Let us take and send unto the remnant of our brethren throughout all the land of Israel, and to the priests and Levites with them, in their cities and suburbs, and gather them together to us. And let us bring again the Ark of the Lord to us: for we regarded it not in the days of Saul. And all the congregation was content so to do, for the thing seemed good in the eyes of all the people.
And David gathered all Israel together from Sihor in Egypt unto Hemath, to bring the Ark of the Lord from Kariath Jarim. And David went up and all Israel to Baalah, and so to Kariath Jarim that is in Juda, to fetch from that place the Ark of the God and Lord that sits on the Cherubs. Where his name is called on. And they carried the Ark of God in a new cart out of the house of Abinadab. And Oza and his brother drove the cart. And David and all Israel played before God with all their might, with singing, harps, psalteries, timbrels and trumpets. And when they came on the threshing floor of Chidon, Oza put forth his hand to hold the ark, for the oxen stumbled. And the Lord was wroth with Oza and smote him, because he put his hand to the Ark. And there he died before God. And David was displeased, because the Lord had rent a rent in Oza, and called the said place Perez Oza unto this day. And David was so afraid of God that day, that he said, how shall I bring the Ark of God home to me? And so David brought not the Ark home to him in the city of David: But turned it in to the house of Obed Edom a Gethite and the Ark of God was with Obed Edom in his house, three months. And the Lord blessed the house of Obed Edom and all that he had.
The 14th Chapter
After that Hiram king of Tire sent messengers to David, and timber of Cedar trees with masons and Carpenters, to build him an house. Whereby David perceived that the Lord had prepared him to be king upon Israel, in that his kingdom was lifted up on high, because of his people Israel. And David took yet more wives at Jerusalem and begat more sons and daughters. And these are the names of his children which he had born him at Jerusalem: Samua, Sobab, Nathan, and Salomon: Jebhar, Elisua and Eliphelet: Noga, Nepheg and Japhiah. Elisama, Baliada and Eliphelet.
And when it was known among the Philistines that David was anointed king upon all Israel, all the Philistines went up to seek David. And David heard of it and went out against them. And the Philistines came and pranced in the valley of Raphaim. And David asked God saying: shall I go against the Philistines and will you deliver them into mine hands? And the Lord said to him: go, for I will deliver them into your hand. And when they were come as far as Baal Pharazim, David beat them there. And David said: God has divided mine enemies with mine hand as a man would divide water. And therefore they called the name of the said place Baal Pharazim. And they left their Gods there, which David bade to be burnt with fire.
And the Philistines came again and ran abroad in the valley. Then David asked God: And God said to him: Go not after them, but turn away from them, and come upon them straight from the pear trees. And when you hear a sound go in the tops of the pear trees, then go out to battle: for God will go out before you to smite the host of the Philistines. And David did as God commanded him. And they smote the host of the Philistines all the way from Gabaon to Gazer. And the fame of David went out into all lands, and the Lord made all nations fear him.
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