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The Chronicles of the Kings of Juda
The First Book

(Part Four)


The 24th Chapter
     The division of the sons of Aaron: Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar. But Nadab and Abihu died before their father and had no children. And Eleazar and Ithamar were the Priests. And David ordered them on this manner: Zadock of the sons of Eleazar and Ahimelek of the sons of Ithamar to be in office by course. And there were more mighty heads found of the sons of Eleazar than of the sons of Ithamar. And they divided them into sixteen heads of ancient households of the sons of Eleazar, and eight of the sons of Ithamar. And they put them in order by lot, one with another that there should be rulers in the sanctuary and Lords before God as well of the sons of Ithamar as of the sons of Eleazar. And Semeiah the son of Nathaneel the Scribe of the Levites wrote them before the king and the Lords, and before Zadock the priest and Ahimelek the son of Abiathar, and before the ancient heads of the priests and of the Levites: one principal household for Eleazar and one for Ithamar.
     The first lot fell to Jehoiarib. The second to Jedaiah. The third to Harim. The fourth to Seorim. The fifth to Melciah. The sixth to Miamin. The seventh to Hakes. The eighth to Abiah. The ninth to Jesua. The tenth to Secaniah. The eleventh to Eliasib. The twelfth to Jakim. The thirteenth to Huphah. The fourteenth to Isbaab. The fifteenth to Belgah. The sixteenth to Emer. The seventeenth to Hezir. The eighteenth to Haphzez. The nineteenth to Pathahaiah. The twentieth to Jehesekiel. The twenty first to Jacin. The twenty second to Gamul. The twenty third to Delaiahu. The twenty fourth to Maasiahu.
     This is the order of them in their offices, to come into the house of the Lord according to their manner under Aaron their father, as the Lord God of Israel commanded.
     The rest of the sons of Levi: of the sons of Amram, Subael. Of the sons of Subael, Jehediahu. Of the sons of Rohabiah the first Jesiah. Of the Izaharites, Salemoth. Of the sons of Salemoth, Jahas. And the sons of Hebron were Jeriahu the first, Amariah the second, Jahaziel the third, Jekameam the fourth. Of the sons of Usiel, Micah. Of the sons of Micah Samir. The brother of Micah was Jesiah. Of the sons of Jesiah Zachariah. The sons of Merari were Mahali and Musi. The sons of Jaaziahu, Beno. The sons of Merari by Jahaziahu. Beno, Sohem, Zacur and Ebri.
     Mahali had Eleazar which had no sons. The sons of Kis: Jerahemel. The sons of Musi: Mahali, Eder and Jermoth. These are of the children of Levi in the households of their fathers. And these cast lots next to their brethren the sons of Aaron, before David the king and Zadock and Ahimelek and the ancient heads and priests of the Levites: as well the youngest brother as an ancient head.

The 25th Chapter
     And David and the captains of the host appointed out to do service, the sons of Asaph of Heman and Iduthun, which did prophesy with harps, psalteries and cymbals. And the multitude of them were men to do service in their offices. The sons of Asaph: Zaur, Joseph, Nathaniah, Aserealah, to wait on Asaph which prophesied by the king.
     The sons of Iduthun: Godoliah, Zuri, Isaiah, Hasabiah and Mathasiah, Semei six, at the hands of their fathers Iduthun, with harps: which Iduthun prophesied for to thank and praise the Lord. The sons of Heman: Bokiahu, Mathaniah, Uziel, Subuel, Jerimoth, Hananiah, Hanani, Eliathah, Gedalthi, Romanthi Ezer, Jesbokasah, Malothi, Hothir and Mahazioth. All these were of the sons of Heman the kings Sear of visions with the word of God, to lift up the horn. God gave to Heman fourteen sons and three daughters. All these were at the hand of their father to sing in the house of the Lord with cymbals, psalteries and harps in the service of the house of God. And at the hand of the king was Asaph, Iduthun and Heman: But the multitude of them were with their brethren that were cunning in the song of the Lord. And the number of all that taught, were two hundred and fourscore and eight. And they cast Lots indifferently how they should wait, as well the small as the great, the scholar as well as the schoolmaster.
     And the first lot of Asaph fell to Joseph. The second to Godoliah with his brethren and sons, twelve persons. The third fell to Zacur with his sons and brethren being twelve persons. The fourth to Izari with his sons and brethren twelve persons.
     The fifth to Nathaniah with his sons and brethren twelve persons. The sixth to Bokiahu with his sons and brethren twelve persons. The seventh to Isarelath with his sons and brethren twelve persons. The eighth to Isaiah with his sons and brethren twelve persons. The ninth to Mathaniah with his sons and brethren twelve persons. The tenth to Semei with his sons and brethren twelve persons. The eleventh to Azariel with his sons and brethren twelve persons. The twelfth to Hasabiah with his sons and brethren twelve persons. The thirteenth to Subuel with his sons and brethren twelve persons. The fourteenth to Mathasiah with his sons and brethren twelve persons. The fifteenth to Jerimoth with his sons and brethren twelve persons. The sixteenth to hananiah with his sons and brethren twelve persons. The seventeenth to Jesbokasah with his sons and brethren twelve persons. The eighteenth to Hanani with his sons and brethren twelve persons. The nineteenth to Malothi with his sons and brethren twelve persons. The twentieth to Eliathah with his sons and brethren twelve persons. The twenty first to Hothir with his sons and brethren twelve persons. The twenty second to Gedalthi with his sons and brethren twelve persons. The twenty third Mahazioth with his sons and brethren twelve persons. The twenty fourth to Romanthi Ezer with his sons and brethren twelve persons.

The 26th Chapter
     The division of the porters among the Corehites: Meselemiah the son of Koreh of the children of Asaph.
     And the sons of Meselemiah were these: Zachariah the eldest, Jadiel the second, Zabadiah the third, Jathaniel the fourth, Elam the fifth, Jehohanan the sixth, Elioenai the seventh. And Obed Edom had sons: Semeiah the eldest, Jehosabad the second, Joah the third, Sacar the fourth, Nathanael the fifth, Amiel the sixth, Isacar the seventh and Polathai the eighth for God had blessed him.
     And unto Semeiah his son were sons born that ruled in the house of their father, for they were men of might. The sons of Semeiah: Othni, Raphael, Obed, and Elzabad and his brethren men of activity, Elihu and Samachiah. All these were of the children of Obed Edom, which with their brethren and their children, active men of strength to do service were forty two of Obed Edom. And Meselemiah had sons and brethren, active men eighteen. And Hosah of the children of Merari, had sons: Semri the chief, yet he was not the eldest, but his father made him the chiefest. Helkiah the second, Tabeliah the third and Zachariah the fourth: so that all the sons and brethren of Hosah were thirteen.
     Unto these was divided the office of the portership as unto heads over the men that waited with their brethren and ministered in the house of the Lord. And they cast lots, the small as well as the great in the households of their fathers, from gate to gate. And the East lot fell to Selemiah. And for Zachariah his son a wise counsellor, they cast lots, and his lot came out toward the North. And Obed Edoms lot fell to the South. And to his sons fell the counsel houses. And to Suphim and Hosah fell the west with the gate Salecheth, where the way ascends upward, the one way being fast by the other.
     In the East kept six Levites: in the North four a day, and in the South four a day, and in every counsel house two, and in the watchhouses, on the way westward four: two in a house. These are the divisions of the porters among the sons of Koreh and the sons of Merari. And of the Levites Ahiah had the oversight of the treasure of the house of God, and of the treasure of the dedicate things.
     As concerning the sons of Laadan which were Gersonites. Laadan had ancient fathers. Laadan the Gersonite had Jehieli. The sons of Jehieli: Zethan and Joel his brother, which were over the treasures of the house of the Lord. Among the Amramites, Izarahites Hebronites and Ozielites, was Subuel the son of Gerson the son of Moses a ruler over the treasure. And of his brethren the sons of Eliezer, was Rahabiah, whose son was Isaiah, and his son was Joram, and his son Zechri, and his son was Selomith, which Selomith and his brethren were over all the treasures of the dedicate gifts which David the King, and the ancient heads, of the captains over thousands and hundreds, and the captains of the host had dedicated of the spoil won in battle, to maintain the house of the Lord: and over all that Samuel the sear and Saul the son of Cis, and Abner the son of Ner, and Joab the son of Zaruiah had dedicated. All that was dedicated, was under the hand of Selomith and of his brethren.
     Of the Izarahites Conaniah and his sons were in businesses withoutforth made officers and judges over Israel. And of the Hebronites Hasabiah and his brethren men of activity a thousand and seven hundred were officers in Israel on this side Jordan westward, in all businesses of the Lord and service of the king. And Jediah was the chiefest among the kindreds and fathers of the Hebronites. And in the fortieth year of the kingdom of David they were sought for. And there were found of them men of activity at Jezer in Galaad. And his brethren were in men of activity, two thousand and seven hundred ancient heads, which king David made rulers over the Rubenites, Gadites and the half tribe of Manasse in all matters pertaining to God and businesses of the king.

The 27th Chapter
     To speak of the children of Israel: in the number of them were ancient heads and captains of thousands and hundreds, and officers that served the king in all things according to the companies that came in or went out, month by month throughout all the months of the year. And every company had twenty four thousand. Over the first company in the first month, was Jasoboam the son of Zabdiel. And in his number twenty four thousand. And the chiefest of all the captains in the host of the first month was of the children of Pharez. Over the company of the second month Dodai an Ahohite, and in his host was Makeloth a ruler. And in his company were twenty four thousand. The chief captain of the third host in the third month, was Benaiah the son of Jehoiada the priest. And in his host twenty four thousand. This the Benaiah mighty among thirty and above thirty. And in his part was Amizabad his son.
     The fourth captain in the fourth month was Asael the brother of Joab, and Zabadiah his son after him. And in his host were twenty four thousand. The fifth captain in the fifth month was: Samahut the Jezrahite: and in his host were twenty four thousand. The sixth captain in the sixth month was Ira the son of Akes a Thekuite: and in his host were twenty four thousand.
     The seventh captain in the seventh month was Helei the Phalonite, of the children of Ephraim: and in his host twenty four thousand. The eighth Captain in the eighth month was Sobocai an Husathite of the kin of Sarah. And in his host twenty four thousand. The ninth Captain in the ninth month was Abiezer an Anathothite of the sons of Jemini: and in his host twenty four thousand. The tenth captain in the tenth month, was Mahari the Netophasite of the Zarahites. And in his host twenty four thousand. The eleventh month, was Banaiah the Pharathonite of the children of Ephraim: and in his host twenty four thousand. The twelfth Captain in the twelfth month, was Heldai the Netophasite of Othoniei, and in his host twenty four thousand. And the rulers over the tribes of Israel were these. Among the Rubenites, was Eliezer the son of Zechri. Among the Simeonites, was Saphariah the son of Maacah. Among the Levites: Hasabiah the son of Kamuel. Among the Haromites: Zadock. In Juda, Eliu of the brethren of David. In Isacar: Amri the son of Michael. In Zabulon: Jesmaiah the son of Abdiah. In Nephthalie: Jerimoth the son of Azriel. Among the children of Ephraim: Hosea the son of Ozaiah. In the half tribe of Manasseh: Joel the son of Phadaiah. Of the half tribe of Manasseh in Galaad: Jado the son of Zachariah. In Benjamin: Jaasiel the son of Abner. In Dan: Azariel the son of Jeroham. These are the Lords in the tribes of Israel.
     But David took not the number of them under twenty years: for the Lord said he would increase Israel like unto the stars of the sky. And Joab the son of Zaruiah began to number. And though he finished it not, yet there fell wrath for that upon Israel. And therefore the number was not put in the chronicles of King David.
     Over the kings treasure was Azmoth the son of Adiel. And over the treasure of the fields, in the cities, villages and castles, was Jehonathan, the son of Oziah. And over the workmen in the fields that tilled the ground, was Ezri the son of Chelub. And the oversight of the vineyards had Semeiah the Ramathite. Over the winecellars and treasure of wine was Sabdi the Saphonite. And over the olivetrees and mulberry trees that were in the valleys was Baal Hanan the Gadarite. And over the treasure of oil was Joas. And over the oxen that fed in Saron was Setari the Saronite. And over the oxen in the valleys was Saphat the son of Adlai. And over the camels Ubil the Ismaelite. And over the asses was Johadia the Merothite. And over the sheep was Jazis the Hagarite. All these were the rulers of the substance of king David. And Jehonathan Davids brothers son, a man of counsel, a man that taught wisdom, and a writer he and Jehiel the son of Hachamoni waited on the kings sons. And Ahitophel was of the kings counsel. And Husai the Arachite was the kings companion. And next to Ahitophel was Jehoiada the son of Banaiah, and Abiathar. And the captain of the kings war was Joab.

The 28th Chapter
     And David gathered together all the Lords of Israel: the Lords of the tribes, the Lords of the companies that ministered to the king by course, the Lords over the thousands and over the hundreds, and the Lords over all the goods and cattle of the king and of his sons, with the chamberlains, warriors and all active men unto Jerusalem. And king David stood upon his feet and said.
     Hear me my brethren and my people: I had in mine heart to build an house of rest for the Ark of the covenant of the Lord, and a footstool for our God, and had made ready to build. But God said to me: you shall not build an house for my name, because you are a man of war and have shed blood. Moreover the Lord God of Israel chose me of all the house of my father, to be king over Israel for ever, for he chose Juda to be a captain: and in the house of Juda the house of my father, and of the sons of my father he had a lust to me, to make me king over all Israel. And of all my sons (for the Lord has given me many sons) he has chosen Salomon my son, to sit on the seat of the kingdom of the Lord over Israel. And he said unto me: Salomon your son, he shall build my house and my courts, for I have chosen him to be my son, and I will be his father, and will stablish his kingdom for ever. If he will harden himself to do my commandments, and my laws, as it goes this day.
     And now I say unto you before all Israel the congregation of the Lord, and in the audience of our God: keep and seek for all the commandments of the Lord your God, that you may enjoy a good land and inherit your children after you for ever. And you Salomon my son: know God your father and serve him with a pure heart and lust of soul. For the Lord searches all hearts and understands all the Imaginations of thoughts. If you shall seek him, he will be found of you: But and if you forsake him, he will cast you off for ever. Take heed now, for the Lord has chosen you, to build an house of your sanctuary. Be strong and do it.
     And David gave Salomon his son the pattern of the porch and of the houses that longed thereto, and of the storehouses, upper chambers, inner parlors and of the house of the mercyseat: and the example of all that was in his mind, both of the courts of the house of the Lord and of the treasure houses round about, for the treasures of the house of God and for the treasure of the dedicate gifts, and of the companies of the priests and Levites that waited by course, and of all workmanship, that should serve for the house of the Lord, and for all vessels that should serve in the house of the Lord. And appointed him what weight of gold should serve for things of gold throughout all vessels for whatsoever use it served: and what weight of silver should suffice for all manner of vessels of silver, for whatsoever purpose they served.
     And the weight of the golden candlesticks and of their lamps of gold, the weight for every candlestick and for their lamps. And for the candlesticks of silver by weight, both for the candlestick and also for her lamps according to the office of every candlestick. And the weight of gold for the tables of show bread, table by table: and likewise silver for the tables of silver. And for fleshhooks, basins and drinking pots of pure gold. And for cups of gold by weight, cup by cup. And for cups of silver by weight, cup by cup. And for the altar of incense of tried gold by weight. And the similitude of the seat of the Cherubs that stretched out their wings and covered the Ark of the covenant of the Lord. All was given me by writing of the hand of the Lord, which made me understand all the workmanship of the pattern.
     And David said to Salomon his son: harden yourself and be strong and do it, fear not nor let your heart discourage you. For the Lord my God is with you, and shall not leave you nor forsake you, until you have finished all the work that must serve for the house of the Lord. Behold the priests and Levites divided in companies, for to do all manner of service that pertains to the house of God, and beside that, you have with you for all manner of workmanship, all that are willing and wise for any manner of service. And the Lords and all the people are at your commandment in all things.

The 29th Chapter
     And David the king said unto all the congregation: God has specially chosen Salomon my son which is yet young and tender, and the work is great, for the house is not for man, but for the Lord God. Moreover I have prepared with all my might for the house of God: gold for things of gold, and silver for things of silver, brass for things of brass, iron for things of iron, and wood for things of wood: and onyx stones, set stones, and of other gay stones, and all manner of precious stones, and of marble great abundance. And yet because I have lust to the house of my God: I have several gold and silver which I give to the house of my God above all I have prepared for the holy house: even three thousand talents of gold of Ophir, and seven thousand talents of silver tried: to sile the walls of the house with gold where it becomes, and with silver where silver is meet, and for all manner of work by the hands of Artificers. And let me see who is willing also, to fill his hand for the Lord this day.
     And the ancient lords and the lords of the tribes of Israel, and the captains of thousands and hundreds and the lords over the substance of the king, were willing and gave for the service of the house of God, five thousand talents of gold and ten thousand pieces of gold coins, and ten thousand talents of silver, and eighteen thousand talents of brass, and an hundred thousand talents of iron. And they that had precious stones gave them for the treasure of the house of the Lord, unto the hand of Jehiel the Gersonite.
     And the people rejoiced that they were so willing: for with a pure heart they were willing unto the Lord. And thereto David the King rejoiced with great gladness. And David blessed the Lord before all the congregation and said: Blessed are you Lord God of Israel our father, from ever and for ever. your (O' Lord) is the greatness, power and glory, victory and praise: for all that is in heaven and in earth is yours, and your is the kingdom (O' Lord) and you are lifted up an head above all.
     And riches and honor come of you, and you reign over all, and in your hand is power and strength, and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength unto all.
     And now our God, we thank you, and praise your glorious name. For what am I? And what is my people? That would obtain strength to be so willing? But all is of you, and of that we received of your hand we have given you. For we be but strangers before you and tenants, as were all our fathers. Our days on the earth is but a shadow, and there is none abiding. O' Lord our God, all this heap that we have prepared to build you an house for your holy name, comes of your hand, and is all yours.
     I know my God, that you prove the heart and have pleasure in plainness. And in plainness of mine heart I have willingly given all this. And now I see your people which are here in gladness, to offer willingly to you. O' Lord God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel of our fathers, keep this for ever in the imagination of the thoughts of the heart of your people, and prepare their hearts unto you. And give unto Salomon my son, a pure heart to keep your commandments, your testimonies and your ordinances, and to do all, and to build the house which I intended.
     And David said to all the congregation: bless the Lord your God. And all the congregation blessed the Lord God of their fathers, and stooped and bowed themselves unto the Lord and to the King. And they offered offerings unto the Lord. And on the morrow after the said day, they offered in burntofferings unto the Lord a thousand oxen, a thousand rams, and a thousand lambs with their drinkofferings. And they slew plenteously throughout all Israel, and did eat and drink before the Lord the same day with great gladness. And they made Salomon the son of David king of Israel the second time, and anointed him unto the Lord, to be ruler, and Zadock to be the priest. And so Salomon sat on the seat of the Lord, and was king for David his father, and prospered, and all Israel obeyed him. And all the Lords and men of power, and thereto all the sons of King David submitted themselves under king Salomon. And the Lord magnified Salomon on high, in the sight of all Israel, and gave him so glorious a Kingdom as none of all that were kings before in Israel had.
     Now David the son of Isai was king over all Israel. And the space he reigned over Israel was forty years: seven years in Hebron and thirty three years in Jerusalem. And he died in a good age: old, rich and glorious: And Salomon his son reigned in his stead. The acts of David the king both first and last, are written in the books of Samuel the sear and in the book of Nathan the prophet, and in the book of Gad the sear of visions, with all his kingdom and power and times that went over him and over all Israel, and over all the kingdoms of the earth.

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