Bible: 1 Chron 11-29
David Becomes King
11:1 All Israel joined David at Hebron and said, “Look, we are your very flesh and blood! 1 11:2 In the past, even when Saul was king, you were Israel’s commanding general. 2 The
David Conquers Jerusalem
11:4 David and the whole Israelite army 7 advanced to Jerusalem (that is, Jebus). 8 (The Jebusites, the land’s original inhabitants, lived there.) 9 11:5 The residents of Jebus said to David, “You cannot invade this place!” But David captured the fortress of Zion (that is, the City of David). 11:6 10 David said, “Whoever attacks 11 the Jebusites first will become commanding general!” 12 So Joab son of Zeruiah attacked 13 first and became commander. 14 11:7 David lived in the fortress; for this reason it is called the City of David. 11:8 He built up the city around it, from the terrace to the surrounding walls; 15 Joab restored the rest of the city. 11:9 David’s power steadily grew, for the
11:12 Next in command 21 was Eleazar son of Dodo the Ahohite. He was one of the three elite warriors. 11:13 He was with David in Pas Dammim 22 when the Philistines assembled there for battle. In an area of the field that was full of barley, the army retreated before the Philistines, 11:14 but then they made a stand in the middle of that area. They defended it 23 and defeated the Philistines; the
11:15 Three of the thirty leaders went down to David at the rocky cliff at the cave of Adullam, while a Philistine force was camped in the Valley of Rephaim. 11:16 David was in the stronghold at the time, while a Philistine garrison was in Bethlehem. 25 11:17 David was thirsty and said, “How I wish someone would give me some water to drink 26 from the cistern in Bethlehem near the city gate!” 11:18 So the three elite warriors 27 broke through the Philistine forces and drew some water from the cistern in Bethlehem near the city gate. They carried it back to David, but David refused to drink it. He poured it out as a drink offering to the
11:20 Abishai the brother of Joab was head of the three 31 elite warriors. He killed three hundred men with his spear 32 and gained fame along with the three elite warriors. 33 11:21 From 34 the three he was given double honor and he became their officer, even though he was not one of them. 35
11:22 Benaiah son of Jehoiada was a brave warrior from Kabzeel who performed great exploits. He struck down the two sons of Ariel of Moab; 36 he also went down and killed a lion inside a cistern on a snowy day. 11:23 He even killed an Egyptian who was seven and a half feet 37 tall. The Egyptian had a spear as big as the crossbeam of a weaver’s loom; Benaiah attacked 38 him with a club. He grabbed the spear out of the Egyptian’s hand and killed him with his own spear. 11:24 Such were the exploits of Benaiah son of Jehoiada, who gained fame along with the three elite warriors. 11:25 He received honor from 39 the thirty warriors, though he was not one of the three elite warriors. David put him in charge of his bodyguard.
11:26 The mighty warriors were:
Asahel the brother of Joab,
Elhanan son of Dodo, from Bethlehem, 40
11:27 Shammoth the Harorite, 41
Helez the Pelonite, 42
11:28 Ira son of Ikkesh the Tekoite,
Abiezer the Anathothite,
11:29 Sibbekai 43 the Hushathite,
Ilai 44 the Ahohite,
11:30 Maharai the Netophathite,
Heled son of Baanah the Netophathite,
11:31 Ithai 45 son of Ribai from Gibeah in Benjaminite territory,
Benaiah the Pirathonite,
11:32 Hurai 46 from the valleys of Gaash,
Abiel 47 the Arbathite,
11:33 Azmaveth the Baharumite, 48
Eliahba the Shaalbonite,
11:34 the sons of Hashem 49 the Gizonite,
Jonathan son of Shageh 50 the Hararite,
11:35 Ahiam son of Sakar 51 the Hararite,
Eliphal son of Ur, 52
11:36 Hepher the Mekerathite,
Ahijah the Pelonite,
11:37 Hezro 53 the Carmelite,
Naarai son of Ezbai,
11:38 Joel the brother of Nathan, 54
Mibhar son of Hagri,
11:39 Zelek the Ammonite,
Naharai the Beerothite, the armor-bearer of Joab son of Zeruiah,
11:40 Ira the Ithrite,
Gareb the Ithrite,
11:41 Uriah the Hittite,
Zabad son of Achli,
11:42 Adina son of Shiza the Reubenite, leader of the Reubenites and the thirty warriors with him,
11:43 Hanan son of Maacah,
Joshaphat the Mithnite,
11:44 Uzzia the Ashterathite,
Shama and Jeiel, the sons of Hotham the Aroerite,
11:45 Jediael son of Shimri,
and Joha his brother, the Tizite,
11:46 Eliel the Mahavite,
and Jeribai and Joshaviah, the sons of Elnaam,
and Ithmah the Moabite,
and Jaasiel the Mezobaite.
Warriors Who Joined David at Ziklag
12:1 These were the men who joined David in Ziklag, when he was banished 55 from the presence of Saul son of Kish. (They were among the warriors who assisted him in battle. 12:2 They were armed with bows and could shoot arrows or sling stones right or left-handed. They were fellow tribesmen of Saul from Benjamin. 56 ) These were: 57
12:3 Ahiezer, the leader, and Joash, the sons of Shemaah the Gibeathite; Jeziel and Pelet, the sons of Azmaveth;
Jehu the Anathothite,
12:4 Ishmaiah the Gibeonite, one of the thirty warriors and their leader,58
Jozabad the Gederathite,
Shephatiah the Haruphite,
12:6 Elkanah, Isshiah, Azarel, Joezer, and Jashobeam, who were Korahites,
12:7 and Joelah and Zebadiah, the sons of Jeroham from Gedor.
12:8 Some of the Gadites joined David at the stronghold in the desert. They were warriors who were trained for battle; they carried shields and spears. They were as fierce as lions and could run as quickly as gazelles across the hills. 59 12:9 Ezer was the leader, Obadiah the second in command, Eliab the third, 12:10 Mishmannah the fourth, Jeremiah the fifth, 12:11 Attai the sixth, Eliel the seventh, 12:12 Johanan the eighth, Elzabad the ninth, 12:13 Jeremiah the tenth, and Machbannai the eleventh. 12:14 These Gadites were military leaders; the least led a hundred men, the greatest a thousand. 60 12:15 They crossed the Jordan River 61 in the first month, 62 when it was overflowing its banks, and routed those living in all the valleys to the east and west. 63
12:16 Some from Benjamin and Judah also came to David’s stronghold. 12:17 David went out to meet them and said, 64 “If you come to me in peace and want to help me, then I will make an alliance with you. 65 But if you come to betray me to my enemies when I have not harmed you, 66 may the God of our ancestors 67 take notice and judge!” 12:18 But a spirit 68 empowered 69 Amasai, the leader of the thirty warriors, and he said: 70
“We are yours, O David!
We support 71 you, O son of Jesse!
May you greatly prosper! 72
May those who help you prosper! 73
Indeed 74 your God helps you!”
So David accepted them and made them leaders of raiding bands.
12:19 Some men from Manasseh joined 75 David when he went with the Philistines to fight against Saul. (But in the end they did not help the Philistines because, after taking counsel, the Philistine lords sent David away, saying: “It would be disastrous for us if he deserts to his master Saul.”) 76 12:20 When David 77 went to Ziklag, the men of Manasseh who joined him were Adnach, Jozabad, Jediael, Michael, Jozabad, Elihu, and Zillethai, leaders of a thousand soldiers each in the tribe of Manasseh. 12:21 They helped David fight against raiding bands, for all of them were warriors and leaders in the army. 12:22 Each day men came to help David until his army became very large. 78
Support for David in Hebron
12:23 The following is a record of the armed warriors who came with their leaders and joined David in Hebron in order to make David king in Saul’s place, in accordance with the
12:24 From Judah came 6,800 trained warriors carrying shields and spears. 80
12:25 From Simeon there were 7,100 warriors.
12:26 From Levi there were 4,600. 12:27 Jehoiada, the leader of Aaron’s descendants, brought 3,700 men with him, 12:28 along with Zadok, a young warrior, and twenty-two leaders from his family.
12:30 From Ephraim there were 20,800 warriors, who had brought fame to their families. 83
12:31 From the half tribe of Manasseh there were 18,000 who had been designated by name to come and make David king.
12:32 From Issachar there were 200 leaders and all their relatives at their command – they understood the times and knew what Israel should do. 84
12:33 From Zebulun there were 50,000 warriors who were prepared for battle, equipped with all kinds of weapons, and ready to give their undivided loyalty. 85
12:34 From Naphtali there were 1,000 officers, along with 37,000 men carrying shields and spears.
12:35 From Dan there were 28,600 men prepared for battle.
12:36 From Asher there were 40,000 warriors prepared for battle.
12:37 From the other side of the Jordan, from Reuben, Gad, and the half tribe of Manasseh, there were 120,000 men armed with all kinds of weapons.
12:38 All these men were warriors who were ready to march. 86 They came to Hebron to make David king over all Israel by acclamation; 87 all the rest of the Israelites also were in agreement that David should become king. 88 12:39 They spent three days feasting 89 there with David, for their relatives had given them provisions. 12:40 Also their neighbors, from as far away as Issachar, Zebulun, and Naphtali, were bringing food on donkeys, camels, mules, and oxen. There were large supplies of flour, fig cakes, raisins, wine, olive oil, beef, and lamb, 90 for Israel was celebrating. 91
Uzzah Meets Disaster
13:1 David consulted with his military officers, including those who led groups of a thousand and those who led groups of a hundred. 92 13:2 David said to the whole Israelite assembly, “If you so desire and the
13:7 They transported the ark on a new cart from the house of Abinadab; Uzzah and Ahio were guiding the cart, 13:8 while David and all Israel were energetically 104 celebrating before God, singing and playing various stringed instruments, 105 tambourines, cymbals, and trumpets. 13:9 When they arrived at the threshing floor of Kidon, Uzzah reached out his hand to take hold of 106 the ark, because the oxen stumbled. 13:10 The
13:11 David was angry because the
David’s Prestige Grows
14:1 King Hiram of Tyre 113 sent messengers to David, along with cedar logs, stonemasons, 114 and carpenters to build a palace for him. 14:2 David realized that the
14:3 In Jerusalem 116 David married 117 more wives and fathered more sons and daughters. 14:4 These are the names of children born to him in Jerusalem: Shammua, Shobab, Nathan, Solomon, 14:5 Ibhar, Elishua, Elpelet, 14:6 Nogah, Nepheg, Japhia, 14:7 Elishama, Beeliada, 118 and Eliphelet.
14:8 When the Philistines heard that David had been anointed 119 king of all Israel, all the Philistines marched up to confront him. 120 When David heard about it, he marched out against 121 them. 14:9 Now the Philistines had come and raided 122 the Valley of Rephaim. 14:10 David asked God, “Should I march up against the Philistines? Will you hand them over to me?” The
14:13 The Philistines again raided the valley. 14:14 So David again asked God what he should do. 127 This time 128 God told him, “Don’t march up after them; circle around them and come against them in front of the trees. 129 14:15 When you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the trees, then attack. 130 For at that moment the
David Brings the Ark to Jerusalem
15:1 David constructed buildings in the City of David; he then prepared a place for the ark of God and pitched a tent for it. 15:2 Then David said, “Only the Levites may carry the ark of God, for the
15:5 From the descendants of Kohath: Uriel the leader and 120 of his relatives.
15:6 From the descendants of Merari: Asaiah the leader and 220 of his relatives.
15:7 From the descendants of Gershom: 135 Joel the leader and 130 of his relatives.
15:8 From the descendants of Elizaphan: Shemaiah the leader and 200 of his relatives.
15:9 From the descendants of Hebron: Eliel the leader and 80 of his relatives.
15:10 From the descendants of Uzziel: Amminadab the leader and 112 of his relatives.
15:11 David summoned the priests Zadok and Abiathar, along with the Levites Uriel, Asaiah, Joel, Shemaiah, Eliel, and Amminadab. 15:12 He told them: “You are the leaders of the Levites’ families. You and your relatives must consecrate yourselves and bring the ark of the
15:16 David told the leaders of the Levites to appoint some of their relatives as musicians; they were to play various instruments, including stringed instruments and cymbals, and to sing loudly and joyfully. 137 15:17 So the Levites appointed Heman son of Joel; one of his relatives, Asaph son of Berechiah; one of the descendants of Merari, 138 Ethan son of Kushaiah; 15:18 along with some of their relatives who were second in rank, including Zechariah, 139 Jaaziel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Unni, Eliab, Benaiah, Maaseiah, Mattithiah, Eliphelehu, Mikneiah, Obed-Edom, and Jeiel, the gatekeepers.
15:19 The musicians Heman, Asaph, and Ethan were to sound the bronze cymbals; 15:20 Zechariah, Aziel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Unni, Eliab, Maaseiah, and Benaiah were to play the harps according to the alamoth style; 140 15:21 Mattithiah, Eliphelehu, Mikneiah, Obed-Edom, Jeiel, and Azaziah were to play the lyres according to the sheminith style, 141 as led by 142 the director; 15:22 Kenaniah, the leader of the Levites, was in charge of transport, for he was well-informed on this matter; 143 15:23 Berechiah and Elkanah were guardians 144 of the ark; 15:24 Shebaniah, Joshaphat, Nethanel, Amasai, Zechariah, Benaiah, and Eliezer the priests were to blow the trumpets before the ark of God; Obed-Edom and Jehiel were also guardians 145 of the ark.
15:25 So David, the leaders of Israel, and the commanders of units of a thousand went to bring up the ark of the
David Leads in Worship
16:1 They brought the ark of God and put it in the middle of the tent David had pitched for it. Then they offered burnt sacrifices and peace offerings 149 before God. 16:2 When David finished offering burnt sacrifices and peace offerings, he pronounced a blessing over the people in the
David Thanks God
16:7 That day David first gave to Asaph and his colleagues this song of thanks to the
16:8 Give thanks to the
Call on his name!
Make known his accomplishments among the nations!
16:9 Sing to him! Make music to him!
Tell about all his miraculous deeds!
16:10 Boast about his holy name!
Let the hearts of those who seek the
16:11 Seek the
Seek his presence 150 continually!
16:12 Recall the miraculous deeds he performed,
his mighty acts and the judgments he decreed, 151
you descendants of Jacob, God’s 154 chosen ones!
16:14 He is the
he carries out judgment throughout the earth. 155
16:15 Remember 156 continually his covenantal decree,
the promise he made 157 to a thousand generations –
16:16 the promise 158 he made to Abraham,
the promise he made by oath to Isaac! 159
16:17 He gave it to Jacob as a decree,
to Israel as a lasting promise, 160
16:18 saying, “To you I will give the land of Canaan
as the portion of your inheritance.”
16:19 When they were few in number,
just a very few, and foreign residents within it,
16:20 they wandered from nation to nation,
and from one kingdom to another. 161
16:21 He let no one oppress them,
he disciplined kings for their sake,
16:22 saying, 162 “Don’t touch my anointed ones!
Don’t harm my prophets!”
16:23 Sing to the
Announce every day 163 how he delivers!
16:24 Tell the nations about his splendor,
tell 164 all the nations about his miraculous deeds!
16:25 For the
he is more awesome than 165 all gods.
16:26 For all the gods of the nations are worthless, 166
16:27 Majestic splendor emanates from him, 168
he is the source of strength and joy. 169
16:28 Ascribe to the
ascribe to the
16:29 Ascribe to the
Bring an offering and enter his presence!
16:30 Tremble before him, all the earth!
The world is established, it cannot be moved.
16:31 Let the heavens rejoice, and the earth be happy!
Let the nations say, 172 ‘The
16:32 Let the sea and everything in it shout!
Let the fields and everything in them celebrate!
16:33 Then let the trees of the forest shout with joy before the
for he comes to judge the earth!
16:34 Give thanks to the
and his loyal love endures. 173
16:35 Say this prayer: 174 “Deliver us, O God who delivers us!
Gather us! Rescue us from the nations!
Then we will give thanks 175 to your holy name,
and boast about your praiseworthy deeds.” 176
16:36 May the
in the future and forevermore. 177
Then all the people said, “We agree! 178 Praise the
David Appoints Worship Leaders
16:37 David 179 left Asaph and his colleagues there before the ark of the
16:43 Then all the people returned to their homes, and David went to pronounce a blessing on his family. 186
God Makes a Promise to David
17:1 When David had settled into his palace, 187 he 188 said to Nathan the prophet, “Look, I am living in a palace 189 made from cedar, while the ark of the
17:3 That night God told Nathan the prophet, 192 17:4 “Go, tell my servant David: ‘This is what the
17:7 “So now, say this to my servant David: ‘This is what the
“‘“I declare to you that the
David Praises God
17:16 David went in, sat before the
David Conquers the Neighboring Nations
18:2 He defeated the Moabites; the Moabites became David’s subjects and brought tribute. 242
18:3 David defeated King Hadadezer of Zobah as far as Hamath, when he went to extend his authority 243 to the Euphrates River. 244 18:4 David seized from him 1,000 chariots, 7,000 charioteers, 245 and 20,000 infantrymen. David cut the hamstrings of all but a hundred of Hadadezer’s 246 chariot horses. 247 18:5 The Arameans of Damascus came to help King Hadadezer of Zobah, but David killed 22,000 of the Arameans. 18:6 David placed garrisons in the territory of the Arameans of Damascus; 248 the Arameans became David’s subjects and brought tribute. The
18:9 When King Tou 256 of Hamath heard that David had defeated the entire army of King Hadadezer of Zobah, 18:10 he sent his son Hadoram 257 to King David to extend his best wishes 258 and to pronounce a blessing on him for his victory over Hadadezer, for Tou had been at war with Hadadezer. 259 He also sent various items made of gold, silver, and bronze. 260 18:11 King David dedicated these things to the
18:12 Abishai son of Zeruiah 264 killed 18,000 Edomites in the Valley of Salt. 18:13 He placed garrisons in Edom, and all the Edomites became David’s subjects. The
18:14 David reigned over all Israel; he guaranteed justice for all his people. 267 18:15 Joab son of Zeruiah was commanding general of 268 the army; Jehoshaphat son of Ahilud was secretary; 18:16 Zadok son of Ahitub and Abimelech son of Abiathar were priests; Shavsha 269 was scribe; 18:17 Benaiah son of Jehoiada supervised 270 the Kerethites and Pelethites; and David’s sons were the king’s leading officials. 271
David’s Campaign against the Ammonites
19:1 Later King Nahash of the Ammonites died and his son succeeded him. 19:2 David said, “I will express my loyalty 272 to Hanun son of Nahash, for his father was loyal 273 to me.” So David sent messengers to express his sympathy over his father’s death. 274 When David’s servants entered Ammonite territory to visit Hanun and express the king’s sympathy, 275 19:3 the Ammonite officials said to Hanun, “Do you really think David is trying to honor your father by sending these messengers to express his sympathy? 276 No, his servants have come to you so they can get information and spy out the land!” 277 19:4 So Hanun seized David’s servants and shaved their beards off. 278 He cut off the lower part of their robes so that their buttocks were exposed 279 and then sent them away. 19:5 Messengers 280 came and told David what had happened to the men, so he summoned them, for the men were thoroughly humiliated. The king said, “Stay in Jericho 281 until your beards grow again; then you may come back.”
19:6 When the Ammonites realized that David was disgusted with them, 282 Hanun and the Ammonites sent 1,000 talents 283 of silver to hire chariots and charioteers from Aram Naharaim, Aram Maacah, and Zobah. 284 19:7 They hired 32,000 chariots, along with the king of Maacah and his army, who came and camped in front of Medeba. The Ammonites also assembled from their cities and marched out to do battle.
19:8 When David heard the news, he sent Joab and the entire army to meet them. 285 19:9 The Ammonites marched out and were deployed for battle at the entrance to the city, while the kings who had come were by themselves in the field. 19:10 When Joab saw that the battle would be fought on two fronts, he chose some of Israel’s best men and deployed them against the Arameans. 286 19:11 He put his brother Abishai in charge of the rest of the army and they were deployed against the Ammonites. 19:12 Joab 287 said, “If the Arameans start to overpower me, 288 you come to my rescue. If the Ammonites start to overpower you, 289 I will come to your rescue. 19:13 Be strong! Let’s fight bravely for the sake of our people and the cities of our God! The
19:16 When the Arameans realized they had been defeated by Israel, they sent for reinforcements from beyond the Euphrates River, 294 led by Shophach the commanding general of Hadadezer’s army. 295 19:17 When David was informed, he gathered all Israel, crossed the Jordan River, 296 and marched against them. 297 David deployed his army against the Arameans for battle and they fought against him. 298 19:18 The Arameans fled before Israel. David killed 7,000 299 Aramean charioteers and 40,000 infantrymen; he also killed Shophach 300 the commanding general. 19:19 When Hadadezer’s subjects saw they were defeated by Israel, they made peace with David and became his subjects. The Arameans were no longer willing to help the Ammonites.
20:1 In the spring, at the time when kings normally conduct wars, 301 Joab led the army into battle and devastated the land of the Ammonites. He went and besieged Rabbah, while David stayed in Jerusalem. Joab defeated Rabbah and tore it down. 20:2 David took the crown from the head of their king 302 and wore it 303 (its weight was a talent 304 of gold and it was set with precious stones). He took a large amount of plunder from the city. 20:3 He removed the city’s residents and made them do hard labor with saws, iron picks, and axes. 305 This was his policy 306 with all the Ammonite cities. Then David and all the army returned to Jerusalem.
Battles with the Philistines
20:4 Later there was a battle 307 with the Philistines in Gezer. 308 At that time Sibbekai the Hushathite killed Sippai, 309 one of the descendants of the Rephaim, and the Philistines 310 were subdued.
20:5 There was another battle with the Philistines in which Elhanan son of Jair the Bethlehemite killed the brother of Goliath the Gittite, 311 whose spear had a shaft as big as the crossbeam of a weaver’s loom. 312
20:6 In a battle in Gath 313 there was a large man who had six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot – twenty-four in all! He too was a descendant of Rapha. 20:7 When he taunted Israel, Jonathan son of Shimea, 314 David’s brother, killed him.
The Lord Sends a Plague against Israel
21:1 An adversary 317 opposed 318 Israel, inciting David to count how many warriors Israel had. 319 21:2 David told Joab and the leaders of the army, 320 “Go, count the number of warriors 321 from Beer Sheba to Dan. Then bring back a report to me so I may know how many we have.” 322 21:3 Joab replied, “May the
21:4 But the king’s edict stood, despite Joab’s objections. 325 So Joab left and traveled throughout Israel before returning to Jerusalem. 326 21:5 Joab reported to David the number of warriors. 327 In all Israel there were 1,100,000 328 sword-wielding soldiers; Judah alone had 470,000 sword-wielding soldiers. 329 21:6 Now Joab 330 did not number Levi and Benjamin, for the king’s edict disgusted him. 21:7 God was also offended by it, 331 so he attacked Israel.
21:8 David said to God, “I have sinned greatly by doing this! Now, please remove the guilt of your servant, for I have acted very foolishly.” 21:9 The
21:15 God sent an angel 338 to ravage 339 Jerusalem. As he was doing so, 340 the
21:18 So the
21:28 At that time, when David saw that the
David Orders a Temple to Be Built
22:2 David ordered the resident foreigners in the land of Israel to be called together. He appointed some of them to be stonecutters to chisel stones for the building of God’s temple. 22:3 David supplied a large amount of iron for the nails of the doors of the gates and for braces, more bronze than could be weighed, 22:4 and more cedar logs than could be counted. (The Sidonians and Tyrians had brought a large amount of cedar logs to David.)
22:5 David said, “My son Solomon is just an inexperienced young man, 368 and the temple to be built for the
22:6 He summoned his son Solomon and charged him to build a temple for the
22:11 “Now, my son, may the
22:17 David ordered all the officials of Israel to support 389 his son Solomon. 22:18 He told them, 390 “The
David Organizes the Levites
23:1 When David was old and approaching the end of his life, 399 he made his son Solomon king over Israel.
23:2 David 400 assembled all the leaders of Israel, along with the priests and the Levites. 23:3 The Levites who were thirty years old and up were counted; there were 38,000 men. 401 23:4 David said, 402 “Of these, 24,000 are to direct the work of the
23:7 The Gershonites included Ladan and Shimei.
23:8 The sons of Ladan:
Jehiel the oldest, Zetham, and Joel – three in all.
23:9 The sons of Shimei:
Shelomoth, Haziel, and Haran – three in all.
These were the leaders of the family of Ladan.
23:10 The sons of Shimei:
Jahath, Zina, 404 Jeush, and Beriah. These were Shimei’s sons – four in all. 405 23:11 Jahath was the oldest and Zizah the second oldest. Jeush and Beriah did not have many sons, so they were considered one family with one responsibility.
23:12 The sons of Kohath:
Amram, Izhar, Hebron, and Uzziel – four in all.
23:13 The sons of Amram:
Aaron and Moses.
Aaron and his descendants were chosen on a permanent basis to consecrate the most holy items, to offer sacrifices before the
23:15 The sons of Moses:
Gershom and Eliezer.
23:16 The son 408 of Gershom:
Shebuel 409 the oldest.
23:17 The son of Eliezer was 410 Rehabiah, the oldest. Eliezer had no other sons, but Rehabiah had many descendants.
23:18 The son 411 of Izhar:
Shelomith the oldest.
23:19 The sons of Hebron:
Jeriah the oldest, Amariah the second, Jahaziel the third, and Jekameam the fourth.
23:20 The sons of Uzziel:
Micah the oldest, and Isshiah the second.
23:21 The sons of Merari:
Mahli and Mushi.
The sons of Mahli:
Eleazar and Kish.
23:22 Eleazar died without having sons; he had only daughters. The sons of Kish, their cousins, married them. 412
23:23 The sons of Mushi:
Mahli, Eder, and Jeremoth – three in all.
23:24 These were the descendants of Levi according to their families, that is, the leaders of families as counted and individually listed who carried out assigned tasks in the
23:28 Their job was to help Aaron’s descendants in the service of the
David Organizes the Priests
24:1 The divisions of Aaron’s descendants were as follows:
The sons of Aaron:
Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar.
24:2 Nadab and Abihu died before their father did; they had no sons. Eleazar and Ithamar served as priests.
24:3 David, Zadok (a descendant of Eleazar), and Ahimelech (a descendant of Ithamar) divided them into groups to carry out their assigned responsibilities. 422 24:4 The descendants of Eleazar had more leaders than the descendants of Ithamar, so they divided them up accordingly; the descendants of Eleazar had sixteen leaders, while the descendants of Ithamar had eight. 423 24:5 They divided them by lots, for there were officials of the holy place and officials designated by God among the descendants of both Eleazar and Ithamar. 424 24:6 The scribe Shemaiah son of Nethanel, a Levite, wrote down their names before the king, the officials, Zadok the priest, Ahimelech son of Abiathar, and the leaders of the priestly and Levite families. One family was drawn by lot from Eleazar, and then the next from Ithamar. 425
24:7 The first lot went to Jehoiarib,
the second to Jedaiah,
24:8 the third to Harim,
the fourth to Seorim,
24:9 the fifth to Malkijah,
the sixth to Mijamin,
24:10 the seventh to Hakkoz,
the eighth to Abijah,
24:11 the ninth to Jeshua,
the tenth to Shecaniah,
24:12 the eleventh to Eliashib,
the twelfth to Jakim,
24:13 the thirteenth to Huppah,
the fourteenth to Jeshebeab,
24:14 the fifteenth to Bilgah,
the sixteenth to Immer,
24:15 the seventeenth to Hezir,
the eighteenth to Happizzez,
24:16 the nineteenth to Pethahiah,
the twentieth to Jehezkel,
24:17 the twenty-first to Jakin,
the twenty-second to Gamul,
24:18 the twenty-third to Delaiah,
the twenty-fourth to Maaziah.
24:19 This was the order in which they carried out their assigned responsibilities when they entered the
24:20 The rest of the Levites included: 428
Shubael 429 from the sons of Amram,
Jehdeiah from the sons of Shubael,
24:21 the firstborn Isshiah from Rehabiah and the sons of Rehabiah,
24:22 Shelomoth from the Izharites,
Jahath from the sons of Shelomoth.
24:23 The sons of Hebron: 430
Jeriah, Amariah the second, Jahaziel the third, and Jekameam the fourth.
24:24 The son 431 of Uzziel:
Shamir from the sons of Micah.
24:25 The brother of Micah:
Zechariah from the sons of Isshiah.
24:26 The sons of Merari:
Mahli and Mushi.
The son of Jaaziah:
24:27 The sons of Merari, from Jaaziah:
Beno, 433 Shoham, Zaccur, and Ibri.
24:28 From Mahli:
Eleazar, who had no sons.
24:29 From Kish:
24:30 The sons of Mushi:
Mahli, Eder, and Jerimoth.
These were the Levites, listed by their families.
24:31 Just like their relatives, the descendants of Aaron, they also cast lots before King David, Zadok, Ahimelech, the leaders of families, the priests, and the Levites. The families of the oldest son cast lots along with the those of the youngest. 435
David Organizes the Musicians
25:1 David and the army officers selected some of the sons of Asaph, Heman, and Jeduthun to prophesy as they played stringed instruments and cymbals. 436 The following men were assigned this responsibility: 437
25:2 From the sons of Asaph: Zaccur, Joseph, Nethaniah, and Asarelah. The sons of Asaph were supervised by Asaph, who prophesied under the king’s supervision. 438
25:3 From the sons of Jeduthun: 439 Gedaliah, Zeri, 440 Jeshaiah, 441 Hashabiah, and Mattithiah – six in all, 442 under supervision of their father Jeduthun, who prophesied as he played a harp, giving thanks and praise to the
25:4 From the sons of Heman: 443 Bukkiah, Mattaniah, Uzziel, Shebuel, Jerimoth, Hananiah, Hanani, Eliathah, Giddalti, Romamti-Ezer, Joshbekashah, Mallothi, Hothir, and Mahazioth. 25:5 All these were the sons of Heman, the king’s prophet. God had promised him these sons in order to make him prestigious. 444 God gave Heman fourteen sons and three daughters.
25:6 All of these were under the supervision of their fathers; they were musicians in the
25:8 They cast lots to determine their responsibilities – oldest as well as youngest, teacher as well as student. 446
25:9 The first lot went to Asaph’s son Joseph and his relatives and sons – twelve in all, 447
the second to Gedaliah and his relatives and sons – twelve in all,
25:10 the third to Zaccur and his sons and relatives – twelve in all,
25:11 the fourth to Izri 448 and his sons and relatives – twelve in all,
25:12 the fifth to Nethaniah and his sons and relatives – twelve in all,
25:13 the sixth to Bukkiah and his sons and relatives – twelve in all,
25:14 the seventh to Jesharelah 449 and his sons and relatives – twelve in all,
25:15 the eighth to Jeshaiah and his sons and relatives – twelve in all,
25:16 the ninth to Mattaniah and his sons and relatives – twelve in all,
25:17 the tenth to Shimei and his sons and relatives – twelve in all,
25:18 the eleventh to Azarel 450 and his sons and relatives – twelve in all,
25:19 the twelfth to Hashabiah and his sons and relatives – twelve in all,
25:20 the thirteenth to Shubael and his sons and relatives – twelve in all,
25:21 the fourteenth to Mattithiah and his sons and relatives – twelve in all,
25:22 the fifteenth to Jerimoth and his sons and relatives – twelve in all,
25:23 the sixteenth to Hananiah and his sons and relatives – twelve in all,
25:24 the seventeenth to Joshbekashah and his sons and relatives – twelve in all,
25:25 the eighteenth to Hanani and his sons and relatives – twelve in all,
25:26 the nineteenth to Mallothi and his sons and relatives – twelve in all,
25:27 the twentieth to Eliathah and his sons and relatives – twelve in all,
25:28 the twenty-first to Hothir and his sons and relatives – twelve in all,
25:29 the twenty-second to Giddalti and his sons and relatives – twelve in all,
25:30 the twenty-third to Mahazioth and his sons and relatives – twelve in all,
25:31 the twenty-fourth to Romamti-Ezer and his sons and relatives – twelve in all.
Divisions of Gatekeepers
26:1 The divisions of the gatekeepers:
From the Korahites: Meshelemiah, son of Kore, one of the sons of Asaph.
26:2 Meshelemiah’s sons:
The firstborn Zechariah, the second Jediael, the third Zebadiah, the fourth Jathniel, 26:3 the fifth Elam, the sixth Jehohanan, and the seventh Elihoenai.
26:4 Obed-Edom’s sons:
The firstborn Shemaiah, the second Jehozabad, the third Joah, the fourth Sakar, the fifth Nethanel, 26:5 the sixth Ammiel, the seventh Issachar, and the eighth Peullethai. (Indeed, God blessed Obed-Edom.)
26:6 His son Shemaiah also had sons, who were leaders of their families, for they were highly respected. 26:7 The sons of Shemaiah:
Othni, Rephael, Obed, and Elzabad. His relatives 451 Elihu and Semakiah were also respected.
26:8 All these were the descendants of Obed-Edom. They and their sons and relatives were respected men, capable of doing their responsibilities. There were sixty-two of them related to Obed-Edom.
26:9 Meshelemiah had sons and relatives who were respected – eighteen in all.
26:10 Hosah, one of the descendants of Merari, had sons:
The firstborn Shimri (he was not actually the firstborn, but his father gave him that status), 26:11 the second Hilkiah, the third Tebaliah, and the fourth Zechariah. All of Hosah’s sons and relatives numbered thirteen.
26:12 These divisions of the gatekeepers, corresponding to their leaders, had assigned responsibilities, like their relatives, as they served in the
26:13 They cast lots, both young and old, according to their families, to determine which gate they would be responsible for. 452 26:14 The lot for the east gate went to Shelemiah. 453 They then cast lots for his son Zechariah, a wise adviser, and the lot for the north gate went to him. 26:15 Obed-Edom was assigned the south gate, and his sons were assigned the storehouses. 26:16 Shuppim and Hosah were assigned the west gate, along with the Shalleketh gate on the upper road. One guard was adjacent to another. 454 26:17 Each day there were six Levites posted on the east, four on the north, and four on the south. At the storehouses they were posted in pairs. 26:18 At the court on the west there were four posted on the road and two at the court. 26:19 These were the divisions of the gatekeepers who were descendants of Korah and Merari.
Supervisors of the Storehouses
26:20 Their fellow Levites were in charge of the storehouses 455 in God’s temple and the storehouses containing consecrated items. 26:21 The descendants of Ladan, 456 who were descended from Gershon through Ladan and were leaders of the families of Ladan the Gershonite, included Jehieli 457 26:22 and the sons of Jehieli, Zetham and his brother Joel. They were in charge of the storehouses in the
26:23 As for the Amramites, Izharites, Hebronites, and Uzzielites:
26:24 Shebuel 458 son of Gershom, the son of Moses, was the supervisor of the storehouses. 26:25 His relatives through Eliezer included: Rehabiah his son, Jeshaiah his son, Joram his son, Zikri his son, and Shelomith 459 his son. 26:26 Shelomith 460 and his relatives were in charge of all the storehouses containing the consecrated items dedicated by King David, the family leaders who led units of a thousand and a hundred, and the army officers. 26:27 They had dedicated some of the plunder taken in battles to be used for repairs on the
26:29 As for the Izharites: Kenaniah and his sons were given responsibilities outside the temple 462 as officers and judges over Israel.
26:30 As for the Hebronites: Hashabiah and his relatives, 1,700 respected men, were assigned responsibilities in Israel west of the Jordan; they did the
26:31 As for the Hebronites: Jeriah was the leader of the Hebronites according to the genealogical records. In the fortieth year of David’s reign, they examined the records and discovered 463 there were highly respected men in Jazer in Gilead. 26:32 Jeriah had 2,700 relatives who were respected family leaders. 464 King David placed them in charge of the Reubenites, the Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh; they took care of all matters pertaining to God and the king. 465
Leaders of the Army
27:1 What follows is a list of Israelite family leaders and commanders of units of a thousand and a hundred, as well as their officers who served the king in various matters. Each division was assigned to serve for one month during the year; each consisted of 24,000 men. 466
27:2 Jashobeam son of Zabdiel was in charge of the first division, which was assigned the first month. His division consisted of 24,000 men. 27:3 He was a descendant of Perez; he was in charge of all the army officers for the first month.
27:4 Dodai the Ahohite was in charge of the division assigned the second month; Mikloth was the next in rank. 467 His division consisted of 24,000 men.
27:5 The third army commander, assigned the third month, was Benaiah son of Jehoiada the priest. He was the leader of his division, which consisted of 24,000 men. 27:6 Benaiah was the leader of the thirty warriors and his division; his son was Ammizabad. 468
27:7 The fourth, assigned the fourth month, was Asahel, brother of Joab; his son Zebadiah succeeded him. 469 His division consisted of 24,000 men.
27:8 The fifth, assigned the fifth month, was the commander Shamhuth the Izrahite. His division consisted of 24,000 men.
27:9 The sixth, assigned the sixth month, was Ira son of Ikkesh the Tekoite. His division consisted of 24,000 men.
27:10 The seventh, assigned the seventh month, was Helez the Pelonite, an Ephraimite. His division consisted of 24,000 men.
27:11 The eighth, assigned the eighth month, was Sibbekai the Hushathite, a Zerahite. His division consisted of 24,000 men.
27:12 The ninth, assigned the ninth month, was Abiezer the Anathothite, a Benjaminite. His division consisted of 24,000 men.
27:13 The tenth, assigned the tenth month, was Maharai the Netophathite, a Zerahite. His division consisted of 24,000 men.
27:14 The eleventh, assigned the eleventh month, was Benaiah the Pirathonite, an Ephraimite. His division consisted of 24,000 men.
27:15 The twelfth, assigned the twelfth month, was Heldai the Netophathite, a descendant of Othniel. His division consisted of 24,000 men.
27:16 The officers of the Israelite tribes:
Eliezer son of Zikri was the leader of the Reubenites,
Shephatiah son of Maacah led the Simeonites,
27:17 Hashabiah son of Kemuel led the Levites,
Zadok led the descendants of Aaron,
27:18 Elihu, a brother of David, led Judah,
Omri son of Michael led Issachar,
27:19 Ishmaiah son of Obadiah led Zebulun,
Jerimoth son of Azriel led Naphtali,
27:20 Hoshea son of Azaziah led the Ephraimites,
Joel son of Pedaiah led the half-tribe of Manasseh,
27:21 Iddo son of Zechariah led the half-tribe of Manasseh in Gilead,
Jaasiel son of Abner led Benjamin,
27:22 Azarel son of Jeroham led Dan.
These were the commanders of the Israelite tribes.
27:23 David did not count the males twenty years old and under, for the
27:25 Azmaveth son of Adiel was in charge of the king’s storehouses;
Jonathan son of Uzziah was in charge of the storehouses in the field, in the cities, in the towns, and in the towers.
27:26 Ezri son of Kelub was in charge of the field workers who farmed the land. 472
27:27 Shimei the Ramathite was in charge of the vineyards;
Zabdi the Shiphmite was in charge of the wine stored in the vineyards. 473
27:28 Baal-Hanan the Gederite was in charge of the olive and sycamore trees in the lowlands; 474
Joash was in charge of the storehouses of olive oil.
27:29 Shitrai the Sharonite was in charge of the cattle grazing in Sharon;
Shaphat son of Adlai was in charge of the cattle in the valleys.
27:30 Obil the Ishmaelite was in charge of the camels;
Jehdeiah the Meronothite was in charge of the donkeys.
27:31 Jaziz the Hagrite was in charge of the sheep.
All these were the officials in charge of King David’s property.
27:32 Jonathan, David’s uncle, was a wise adviser and scribe; 475
Jehiel son of Hacmoni cared for 476 the king’s sons.
27:33 Ahithophel was the king’s adviser;
Hushai the Arkite was the king’s confidant. 477
27:34 Ahithophel was succeeded by Jehoiada son of Benaiah and by Abiathar.
Joab was the commanding general of the king’s army.
David Commissions Solomon to Build the Temple
28:1 David assembled in Jerusalem 478 all the officials of Israel, including the commanders of the tribes, the commanders of the army divisions that served the king, the commanders of units of a thousand and a hundred, the officials who were in charge of all the property and livestock of the king and his sons, the eunuchs, and the warriors, including the most skilled of them.
28:2 King David rose to his feet and said: “Listen to me, my brothers and my people. I wanted to build a temple where the ark of the
28:9 “And you, Solomon my son, obey 488 the God of your father and serve him with a submissive attitude and a willing spirit, 489 for the
28:11 David gave to his son Solomon the blueprints for the temple porch, 492 its buildings, its treasuries, 493 its upper areas, its inner rooms, and the room 494 for atonement. 28:12 He gave him 495 the blueprints of all he envisioned 496 for the courts of the
28:13 He gave him the regulations 497 for the divisions of priests and Levites, for all the assigned responsibilities within the
28:14 He gave him 498 the prescribed weight for all the gold items to be used in various types of service in the
28:20 David said to his son Solomon: “Be strong and brave! Do it! Don’t be afraid and don’t panic! 505 For the
The People Contribute to the Project
29:1 King David said to the entire assembly: “My son Solomon, the one whom God has chosen, is just an inexperienced young man, 508 and the task is great, for this palace is not for man, but for the
29:6 The leaders of the families, the leaders of the Israelite tribes, the commanders of units of a thousand and a hundred, and the supervisors of the king’s work contributed willingly. 29:7 They donated for the service of God’s temple 5,000 talents 512 and ten thousand darics 513 of gold, 10,000 talents of silver, 18,000 talents of bronze, and 100,000 talents of iron. 29:8 All who possessed precious 514 stones donated them to the treasury of the
David Praises the Lord
29:10 David praised the
29:14 “But who am I and who are my people, that we should be in a position to contribute this much? 522 Indeed, everything comes from you, and we have simply given back to you what is yours. 523 29:15 For we are resident foreigners and nomads in your presence, like all our ancestors; 524 our days are like a shadow on the earth, without security. 525 29:16 O
29:20 David told the entire assembly: “Praise the
David Designates Solomon King
29:21 The next day they made sacrifices and offered burnt sacrifices to the
Then they designated Solomon, David’s son, as king a second time; 532 before the
David’s Reign Comes to an End
29:26 David son of Jesse reigned over all Israel. 29:27 He reigned over Israel forty years; he reigned in Hebron seven years and in Jerusalem 536 thirty-three years. 29:28 He died at a good old age, having enjoyed long life, wealth, and honor. 537 His son Solomon succeeded him. 29:29 King David’s accomplishments, from start to finish, are recorded in the Annals of Samuel the prophet, the Annals of Nathan the prophet, and the Annals of Gad the prophet. 538 29:30 Recorded there are all the facts about his reign and accomplishments, and an account of the events that involved him, Israel, and all the neighboring kingdoms. 539