1 Chronicles 25-27 Bible in Basic English

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The Divisions of the Musicians

25 1  Further, David and the chiefs of the servants of the holy place made selection of certain of the sons of Asaph and of Heman and of Jeduthun for the work of prophets, to make melody with corded instruments and brass; and the number of the men for the work they had to do was: 2  Of the sons of Asaph: Zaccur and Joseph and Nethaniah and Asharelah, sons of Asaph; under the direction of Asaph, acting as a prophet under the orders of the king; 3  Of Jeduthun: the six sons of Jeduthun, Gedaliah and Zeri and Jeshaiah, Hashabiah and Mattithiah; under the direction of their father Jeduthun who, acting as a prophet, with corded instruments gave praise and glory to the Lord. 4  Of Heman, the sons of Heman: Bukkiah, Mattaniah, Uzziel, Shebuel and Jerimoth, Hananiah, Hanani, Eliathah, Giddalti and Romamti-ezer, Joshbekashah, Mallothi, Hothir, Mahazioth; 5  All these were sons of Heman, the king's seer in the words of God. And to make great his power God gave Heman fourteen sons and three daughters. 6  All these, under the direction of their father, made music in the house of the Lord, with brass and corded instruments, for the worship of the house of God; Asaph, Jeduthun, and Heman being under the orders of the king. 7  And the number of them, with their brothers who were trained and expert in making melody to the Lord, was two hundred and eighty-eight.

8  And selection was made of them for their special work, all having equal chances, small as well as great, the teacher as the learner. 9  Now of the group of Asaph, the first name to come out was Joseph; the second Gedaliah; he and his brothers and sons were twelve? 10  The third Zaccur, with his sons and his brothers, twelve; 11  The fourth Izri, with his sons and his brothers, twelve; 12  The fifth Nethaniah, with his sons and his brothers, twelve; 13  The sixth Bukkiah, with his sons and his brothers, twelve; 14  The seventh Jesharelah, with his sons and his brothers, twelve; 15  The eighth Jeshaiah, with his sons and his brothers, twelve; 16  The ninth Mattaniah, with his sons and his brothers, twelve; 17  The tenth Shimei, with his sons and his brothers, twelve; 18  The eleventh Azarel, with his sons and his brothers, twelve; 19  The twelfth Hashabiah, with his sons and his brothers, twelve; 20  The thirteenth Shubael, with his sons and his brothers, twelve; 21  The fourteenth Mattithiah, with his sons and his brothers, twelve; 22  The fifteenth Jeremoth, with his sons and his brothers, twelve; 23  The sixteenth Hananiah, with his sons and his brothers, twelve; 24  The seventeenth Joshbekashah, with his sons and his brothers, twelve; 25  The eighteenth Hanani, with his sons and his brothers, twelve; 26  The nineteenth Mallothi, with his sons and his brothers, twelve; 27  The twentieth Eliathah, with his sons and his brothers, twelve; 28  The twenty-first Hothir, with his sons and his brothers, twelve; 29  The twenty-second Giddalti, with his sons and his brothers, twelve; 30  The twenty-third Mahazioth, with his sons and his brothers, twelve; 31  The twenty-fourth Romamti-ezer, with his sons and his brothers, twelve.

The Porters and Overseers

26 1  For the divisions of the door-keepers: of the Korahites, Meshelemiah, the son of Kore, of the sons of Ebiasaph. 2  And Meshelemiah had sons: Zechariah the oldest, Jediael the second, Zebadiah the third, Jathniel the fourth, 3  Elam the fifth, Jehohanan the sixth, Eliehoenai the seventh. 4  And Obed-edom had sons: Shemaiah the oldest, Jehozabad the second, Joah the third, and Sacar the fourth, and Nethanel the fifth, 5  Ammiel the sixth, Issachar the seventh, Peullethai the eighth; for the blessing of God was on him. 6  And Shemaiah his son had sons, rulers over the family of their father, for they were able men. 7  The sons of Shemaiah: Othni and Rephael and Obed, Elzabad, whose brothers were great men of war, Elihu and Semachiah. 8  All these were sons of Obed-edom: they and their sons and their brothers, able men and strong for the work; sixty-two sons of Obed-edom. 9  Meshelemiah had sons and brothers, eighteen able men. 10  And Hosah, a son of the children of Merari, had sons: Shimri the chief (for though he was not the oldest, his father made him chief); 11  Hilkiah the second, Tebaliah the third, Zechariah the fourth: Hosah had thirteen sons and brothers. 12  Of these were the divisions of the door-keepers, men of authority, having responsible positions like their brothers to be servants in the house of the Lord. 13  And the families were taken by the decision of the Lord for every door; the small family had the same chance as the great. 14  And the care of the door on the east came out for Shelemiah. Then the name of Zechariah his son, a man wise in discussion, came out, and the door on the north was given to him. 15  To Obed-edom, that on the south; and to his sons, the store-house. 16  To Hosah, the door on the west, by the door of Shallecheth, at the footway which goes up, watch by watch. 17  On the east were six Levites a day, and on the north and the south four a day, and for the store-house two and two. 18  For the pillared way, on the west, four at the footway and two at the pillared way itself. 19  These were the divisions of door-keepers, of the sons of the Korahites and of the sons of Merari.

20  And the Levites their brothers were responsible for the stores of the house of God and the holy things. 21  The sons of Ladan: sons of the Gershonites of the family of Ladan, heads of families of Ladan the Gershonite, Jehieli. 22  The sons of Jehieli: Zetham and Joel, his brother, had the care of the stores of the house of the Lord. 23  Of the Amramites, of the Izharites, of the Hebronites, of the Uzzielites: 24  And Shebuel, the son of Gershom, the son of Moses, was controller of the stores. 25  And his brothers: of Eliezer, Rehabiah his son, and Jeshaiah his son, and Joram his son, and Zichri his son, and Shelomoth his son. 26  Shelomoth and his brothers were responsible for all the store of holy things which David the king and the heads of families, the captains of thousands and of hundreds, and the captains of the army, had given to the Lord. 27  From the goods taken in war, they gave, as a holy offering, materials for the building of the house of the Lord. 28  And everything Samuel the prophet and Saul, the son of Kish, and Abner, the son of Ner, and Joab, the son of Zeruiah, had made holy; whatever anyone had given, it was under the care of Shelomoth and his brothers.

29  Of the Izharites, Chenaniah and his sons had to do all the public business of Israel, in relation to judges and men in authority. 30  Of the Hebronites, Hashabiah and his brothers, seventeen hundred able men, were overseers of Israel on the other side of the Jordan, to the west, being responsible for all the work of the Lord's house and for the work done by the king's servants. 31  Of the Hebronites, Jerijah was the chief of all the Hebronites, in their generations by families. In the fortieth year of the rule of David a search was made, and able men were seen among them at Jazer of Gilead. 32  And his brothers were two thousand, seven hundred able men, heads of families, whom King David made overseers over the Reubenites and the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh, in everything to do with God, and for the king's business.

The Officers of the Kingdom

27 1  Now the number of the children of Israel, that is, the heads of families, and the captains of thousands and of hundreds, and the men in authority who were servants of the king in anything to do with the divisions which came in and went out month by month through all the months of the year, in every division were twenty-four thousand. 2  Over the first division for the first month was Ishbaal, the son of Zabdiel; and in his division were twenty-four thousand. 3  He was of the sons of Perez, and the chief of all the captains of the army for the first month. 4  And over the division for the second month was Eleazar, the son of Dodai the Ahohite, the ruler; and in his division were twenty-four thousand. 5  The third captain of the army for the third month was Benaiah, the son of Jehoiada the priest; and in his division were twenty-four thousand. 6  This is the same Benaiah who was the great man of the thirty, chief of the thirty; and in his division was Ammizabad his son. 7  The fourth captain for the fourth month was Asahel, the brother of Joab, and Zebadiah his son after him; and in his division were twenty-four thousand. 8  The fifth captain for the fifth month was Shamhuth the Izrahite; and in his division were twenty-four thousand. 9  The sixth captain for the sixth month was Ira, the son of Ikkesh the Tekoite; and in his division were twenty-four thousand. 10  The seventh captain for the seventh month was Helez the Pelonite, of the sons of Ephraim; and in his division were twenty-four thousand. 11  The eighth captain for the eighth month was Sibbecai the Hushathite, of the Zerahites; and in his division were twenty-four thousand. 12  The ninth captain for the ninth month was Abiezer the Anathothite, of the Benjamites; and in his division were twenty-four thousand. 13  The tenth captain for the tenth month was Maharai the Netophathite, of the Zerahites; and in his division were twenty-four thousand. 14  The eleventh captain for the eleventh month was Benaiah the Pirathonite, of the sons of Ephraim; and in his division were twenty-four thousand. 15  The twelfth captain for the twelfth month was Heldai the Netophathite, of Othniel; and in his division were twenty-four thousand.

16  And over the tribes of Israel: the ruler of the Reubenites was Eliezer, the son of Zichri; of the Simeonites, Shephatiah, the son of Maacah; 17  Of Levi, Hashabiah, the son of Kemuel; of Aaron, Zadok; 18  Of Judah, Elihu, one of the brothers of David; of Issachar, Omri, the son of Michael; 19  Of Zebulun, Ishmaiah, the son of Obadiah; of Naphtali, Jerimoth, the son of Azriel; 20  Of the children of Ephraim, Hoshea, the son of Azaziah; of the half-tribe of Manasseh, Joel, the son of Pedaiah; 21  Of the half-tribe of Manasseh in Gilead, Iddo, the son of Zechariah; of Benjamin, Jaasiel, the son of Abner; 22  Of Dan, Azarel, the son of Jeroham. These were the captains of the tribes of Israel. 23  But David did not take the number of those who were under twenty years old, for the Lord had said that he would make Israel like the stars of heaven in number. 24  The numbering was started by Joab, the son of Zeruiah, but he did not go on to the end; and because of it, wrath came on Israel and the number was not recorded in the history of King David. 25  And Azmaveth, the son of Adiel, was controller of the king's property; Jonathan, the son of Uzziah, had control of all store-houses in country places and in the towns and little towns and strong places; 26  Ezri, the son of Chelub, had authority over the field-workers and farmers; 27  Shimei the Ramathite was responsible for the vine-gardens; Zabdi the Shiphmite was responsible for the produce of the vine-gardens and for all the stores of wine; 28  Baal-hanan the Gederite was responsible for the olive-trees and the sycamore-trees in the lowlands; and Joash for the stores of oil; 29  And Shitrai the Sharonite was responsible for the herds in the grass-lands of Sharon, and Shaphat, the son of Adlai, for those in the valleys; 30  Obil the Ishmaelite had control of the camels and Jehdeiah the Meronothite of the she-asses; 31  The flocks were in the care of Jaziz the Hagarite. All these were the controllers of King David's property. 32  Now Jonathan, David's father's brother, expert in discussion, and a man of good sense, was a scribe; and Jehiel the son of Hachmoni, had the care of the king's sons; 33  And Ahithophel was the king's expert in discussion and Hushai the Archite was the king's friend. 34  After Ahithophel was Jehoiada, the son of Benaiah, and Abiathar; and the captain of the king's army was Joab.

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