1 Chronicles 9-11 New International Version

Those Who Returned from Babylon

9 All Israel was listed in the genealogies recorded in the book of the kings of Israel and Judah. They were taken captive to Babylon because of their unfaithfulness. 2  Now the first to resettle on their own property in their own towns were some Israelites, priests, Levites and temple servants. 3  Those from Judah, from Benjamin, and from Ephraim and Manasseh who lived in Jerusalem were: 4  Uthai son of Ammihud, the son of Omri, the son of Imri, the son of Bani, a descendant of Perez son of Judah. 5  Of the Shelanites[1] : Asaiah the firstborn and his sons. 6  Of the Zerahites: Jeuel. The people from Judah numbered 690. 7  Of the Benjamites: Sallu son of Meshullam, the son of Hodaviah, the son of Hassenuah; 8  Ibneiah son of Jeroham; Elah son of Uzzi, the son of Mikri; and Meshullam son of Shephatiah, the son of Reuel, the son of Ibnijah. 9  The people from Benjamin, as listed in their genealogy, numbered 956. All these men were heads of their families. 10  Of the priests: Jedaiah; Jehoiarib; Jakin; 11  Azariah son of Hilkiah, the son of Meshullam, the son of Zadok, the son of Meraioth, the son of Ahitub, the official in charge of the house of God; 12  Adaiah son of Jeroham, the son of Pashhur, the son of Malkijah; and Maasai son of Adiel, the son of Jahzerah, the son of Meshullam, the son of Meshillemith, the son of Immer. 13  The priests, who were heads of families, numbered 1,760. They were able men, responsible for ministering in the house of God.

14  Of the Levites: Shemaiah son of Hasshub, the son of Azrikam, the son of Hashabiah, a Merarite; 15  Bakbakkar, Heresh, Galal and Mattaniah son of Mika, the son of Zikri, the son of Asaph; 16  Obadiah son of Shemaiah, the son of Galal, the son of Jeduthun; and Berekiah son of Asa, the son of Elkanah, who lived in the villages of the Netophathites. 17  The gatekeepers: Shallum, Akkub, Talmon, Ahiman and their fellow Levites, Shallum their chief 18  being stationed at the King's Gate on the east, up to the present time. These were the gatekeepers belonging to the camp of the Levites. 19  Shallum son of Kore, the son of Ebiasaph, the son of Korah, and his fellow gatekeepers from his family (the Korahites) were responsible for guarding the thresholds of the tent just as their ancestors had been responsible for guarding the entrance to the dwelling of the Lord. 20  In earlier times Phinehas son of Eleazar was the official in charge of the gatekeepers, and the Lord was with him. 21  Zechariah son of Meshelemiah was the gatekeeper at the entrance to the tent of meeting. 22  Altogether, those chosen to be gatekeepers at the thresholds numbered 212. They were registered by genealogy in their villages. The gatekeepers had been assigned to their positions of trust by David and Samuel the seer. 23  They and their descendants were in charge of guarding the gates of the house of the Lord-the house called the tent of meeting. 24  The gatekeepers were on the four sides: east, west, north and south. 25  Their fellow Levites in their villages had to come from time to time and share their duties for seven-day periods. 26  But the four principal gatekeepers, who were Levites, were entrusted with the responsibility for the rooms and treasuries in the house of God. 27  They would spend the night stationed around the house of God, because they had to guard it; and they had charge of the key for opening it each morning. 28  Some of them were in charge of the articles used in the temple service; they counted them when they were brought in and when they were taken out. 29  Others were assigned to take care of the furnishings and all the other articles of the sanctuary, as well as the special flour and wine, and the olive oil, incense and spices. 30  But some of the priests took care of mixing the spices. 31  A Levite named Mattithiah, the firstborn son of Shallum the Korahite, was entrusted with the responsibility for baking the offering bread. 32  Some of the Kohathites, their fellow Levites, were in charge of preparing for every Sabbath the bread set out on the table. 33  Those who were musicians, heads of Levite families, stayed in the rooms of the temple and were exempt from other duties because they were responsible for the work day and night. 34  All these were heads of Levite families, chiefs as listed in their genealogy, and they lived in Jerusalem.

The Genealogy of Saul

35  Jeiel the father[2] of Gibeon lived in Gibeon. His wife's name was Maakah, 36  and his firstborn son was Abdon, followed by Zur, Kish, Baal, Ner, Nadab, 37  Gedor, Ahio, Zechariah and Mikloth. 38  Mikloth was the father of Shimeam. They too lived near their relatives in Jerusalem. 39  Ner was the father of Kish, Kish the father of Saul, and Saul the father of Jonathan, Malki-Shua, Abinadab and Esh-Baal.[3] 40  The son of Jonathan: Merib-Baal,[4] who was the father of Micah. 41  The sons of Micah: Pithon, Melek, Tahrea and Ahaz.[5] 42  Ahaz was the father of Jadah, Jadah[6] was the father of Alemeth, Azmaveth and Zimri, and Zimri was the father of Moza. 43  Moza was the father of Binea; Rephaiah was his son, Eleasah his son and Azel his son. 44  Azel had six sons, and these were their names: Azrikam, Bokeru, Ishmael, Sheariah, Obadiah and Hanan. These were the sons of Azel.

The Death of Saul and His Sons

10 Now the Philistines fought against Israel; the Israelites fled before them, and many fell dead on Mount Gilboa. 2  The Philistines were in hot pursuit of Saul and his sons, and they killed his sons Jonathan, Abinadab and Malki-Shua. 3  The fighting grew fierce around Saul, and when the archers overtook him, they wounded him. 4  Saul said to his armor-bearer, "Draw your sword and run me through, or these uncircumcised fellows will come and abuse me." But his armor-bearer was terrified and would not do it; so Saul took his own sword and fell on it. 5  When the armor-bearer saw that Saul was dead, he too fell on his sword and died. 6  So Saul and his three sons died, and all his house died together. 7  When all the Israelites in the valley saw that the army had fled and that Saul and his sons had died, they abandoned their towns and fled. And the Philistines came and occupied them.

8  The next day, when the Philistines came to strip the dead, they found Saul and his sons fallen on Mount Gilboa. 9  They stripped him and took his head and his armor, and sent messengers throughout the land of the Philistines to proclaim the news among their idols and their people. 10  They put his armor in the temple of their gods and hung up his head in the temple of Dagon. 11  When all the inhabitants of Jabesh Gilead heard what the Philistines had done to Saul, 12  all their valiant men went and took the bodies of Saul and his sons and brought them to Jabesh. Then they buried their bones under the great tree in Jabesh, and they fasted seven days. 13  Saul died because he was unfaithful to the Lord; he did not keep the word of the Lord and even consulted a medium for guidance, 14  and did not inquire of the Lord. So the Lord put him to death and turned the kingdom over to David son of Jesse.

David Made King over Israel

11 All Israel came together to David at Hebron and said, "We are your own flesh and blood. 2  In the past, even while Saul was king, you were the one who led Israel on their military campaigns. And the Lord your God said to you, 'You will shepherd my people Israel, and you will become their ruler.' " 3  When all the elders of Israel had come to King David at Hebron, he made a covenant with them at Hebron before the Lord, and they anointed David king over Israel, as the Lord had promised through Samuel.

David Captures Zion

4  David and all the Israelites marched to Jerusalem (that is, Jebus). The Jebusites who lived there 5  said to David, "You will not get in here." Nevertheless, David captured the fortress of Zion-which is the City of David. 6  David had said, "Whoever leads the attack on the Jebusites will become commander-in-chief." Joab son of Zeruiah went up first, and so he received the command. 7  David then took up residence in the fortress, and so it was called the City of David. 8  He built up the city around it, from the terraces[7] to the surrounding wall, while Joab restored the rest of the city. 9  And David became more and more powerful, because the Lord Almighty was with him.

David's Mighty Men

10  These were the chiefs of David's mighty warriors-they, together with all Israel, gave his kingship strong support to extend it over the whole land, as the Lord had promised- 11  this is the list of David's mighty warriors: Jashobeam,[8] a Hakmonite, was chief of the officers[9] ; he raised his spear against three hundred men, whom he killed in one encounter. 12  Next to him was Eleazar son of Dodai the Ahohite, one of the three mighty warriors. 13  He was with David at Pas Dammim when the Philistines gathered there for battle. At a place where there was a field full of barley, the troops fled from the Philistines. 14  But they took their stand in the middle of the field. They defended it and struck the Philistines down, and the Lord brought about a great victory. 15  Three of the thirty chiefs came down to David to the rock at the cave of Adullam, while a band of Philistines was encamped in the Valley of Rephaim. 16  At that time David was in the stronghold, and the Philistine garrison was at Bethlehem. 17  David longed for water and said, "Oh, that someone would get me a drink of water from the well near the gate of Bethlehem!" 18  So the Three broke through the Philistine lines, drew water from the well near the gate of Bethlehem and carried it back to David. But he refused to drink it; instead, he poured it out to the Lord. 19  "God forbid that I should do this!" he said. "Should I drink the blood of these men who went at the risk of their lives?" Because they risked their lives to bring it back, David would not drink it. Such were the exploits of the three mighty warriors. 20  Abishai the brother of Joab was chief of the Three. He raised his spear against three hundred men, whom he killed, and so he became as famous as the Three. 21  He was doubly honored above the Three and became their commander, even though he was not included among them. 22  Benaiah son of Jehoiada, a valiant fighter from Kabzeel, performed great exploits. He struck down Moab's two mightiest warriors. He also went down into a pit on a snowy day and killed a lion. 23  And he struck down an Egyptian who was five cubits[10] tall. Although the Egyptian had a spear like a weaver's rod in his hand, Benaiah went against him with a club. He snatched the spear from the Egyptian's hand and killed him with his own spear. 24  Such were the exploits of Benaiah son of Jehoiada; he too was as famous as the three mighty warriors. 25  He was held in greater honor than any of the Thirty, but he was not included among the Three. And David put him in charge of his bodyguard. 26  The mighty warriors were: Asahel the brother of Joab, Elhanan son of Dodo from Bethlehem, 27  Shammoth the Harorite, Helez the Pelonite, 28  Ira son of Ikkesh from Tekoa, Abiezer from Anathoth, 29  Sibbekai the Hushathite, Ilai the Ahohite, 30  Maharai the Netophathite, Heled son of Baanah the Netophathite, 31  Ithai son of Ribai from Gibeah in Benjamin, Benaiah the Pirathonite, 32  Hurai from the ravines of Gaash, Abiel the Arbathite, 33  Azmaveth the Baharumite, Eliahba the Shaalbonite, 34  the sons of Hashem the Gizonite, Jonathan son of Shagee the Hararite, 35  Ahiam son of Sakar the Hararite, Eliphal son of Ur, 36  Hepher the Mekerathite, Ahijah the Pelonite, 37  Hezro the Carmelite, Naarai son of Ezbai, 38  Joel the brother of Nathan, Mibhar son of Hagri, 39  Zelek the Ammonite, Naharai the Berothite, the armor-bearer of Joab son of Zeruiah, 40  Ira the Ithrite, Gareb the Ithrite, 41  Uriah the Hittite, Zabad son of Ahlai, 42  Adina son of Shiza the Reubenite, who was chief of the Reubenites, and the thirty with him, 43  Hanan son of Maakah, Joshaphat the Mithnite, 44  Uzzia the Ashterathite, Shama and Jeiel the sons of Hotham the Aroerite, 45  Jediael son of Shimri, his brother Joha the Tizite, 46  Eliel the Mahavite, Jeribai and Joshaviah the sons of Elnaam, Ithmah the Moabite, 47  Eliel, Obed and Jaasiel the Mezobaite.


[1] 9:5 See Num. 26:20; Hebrew "Shilonites" .

[2] 9:35 "Father" may mean "civic leader" or "military leader."

[3] 9:39 Also known as "Ish-Bosheth"

[4] 9:40 Also known as "Mephibosheth"

[5] 9:41 Vulgate and Syriac (see also Septuagint and 8:35); Hebrew does not have "and Ahaz."

[6] 9:42 Some Hebrew manuscripts and Septuagint (see also 8:36); most Hebrew manuscripts "Jarah, Jarah"

[7] 11:8 Or "the Millo"

[8] 11:11 Possibly a variant of "Jashob-Baal"

[9] 11:11 Or "Thirty" ; some Septuagint manuscripts "Three" (see also 2 Samuel 23:8)

[10] 11:23 That is, about 7 feet 6 inches or about 2.3 meters

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