1 Chronicles 3-5 Bible in Basic English

The Sons of David

3 1  Now these were David's sons, whose birth took place in Hebron: the oldest Amnon, by Ahinoam of Jezreel; the second Daniel, by Abigail the Carmelite woman; 2  The third Absalom, the son of Maacah, the daughter of Talmai, king of Geshur; the fourth Adonijah, the son of Haggith; 3  The fifth Shephatiah, by Abital; the sixth Ithream, by Eglah his wife. 4  He had six sons in Hebron; he was ruling there for seven years and six months, and in Jerusalem for thirty-three years. 5  And in Jerusalem he had four sons, Shimea and Shobab and Nathan and Solomon, by Bath-shua, the daughter of Ammiel; 6  And Ibhar and Elishama and Eliphelet 7  And Nogah and Nepheg and Japhia 8  And Elishama and Eliada and Eliphelet, nine. 9  All these were the sons of David, in addition to the sons of his servant-wives; and Tamar was their sister.

The Decendants of Solomon

10  And Solomon's son was Rehoboam, Abijah was his son, Asa his son, Jehoshaphat his son, 11  Joram his son, Ahaziah his son, Joash his son, 12  Amaziah his son, Azariah his son, Jotham his son, 13  Ahaz his son, Hezekiah his son, Manasseh his son, 14  Amon his son, Josiah his son. 15  And the sons of Josiah: the oldest Johanan, the second Jehoiakim, the third Zedekiah, the fourth Shallum. 16  And the sons of Jehoiakim: Jeconiah his son, Zedekiah his son. 17  And the sons of Jeconiah, who was taken prisoner: Shealtiel his son, 18  And Malchiram and Pedaiah and Shenazzar, Jekamiah, Hoshama and Nedabiah. 19  And the sons of Pedaiah: Zerubbabel and Shimei; and the sons of Zerubbabel: Meshullam and Hananiah; and Shelomith was their sister; 20  And Hashubah and Ohel and Berechiah and Hasadiah, Jushab-hesed, five. 21  And the sons of Hananiah: Pelatiah and Jeshaiah; the sons of Rephaiah, the sons of Arnan, the sons of Obadiah, the sons of Shecaniah. 22  And the sons of Shecaniah: Shemaiah; and the sons of Shemaiah: Hattush and Igal and Bariah and Neariah and Shaphat, six. 23  And the sons of Neariah: Elioenai and Hizkiah and Azrikam, three. 24  And the sons of Elioenai: Hodaviah and Eliashib and Pelaiah and Akkub and Johanan and Delaiah and Anani, seven.

The Descendants of Judah

4 1  The sons of Judah: Perez, Hezron and Carmi and Hur and Shobal. 2  And Reaiah, the son of Shobal, was the father of Jahath; and Jahath was the father of Ahumai and Lahad. These are the families of the Zorathites. 3  And these were the sons of Hur, the father of Etam: Jezreel and Ishma and Idbash, and the name of their sister was Hazzelelponi; 4  And Penuel, the father of Gedor, and Ezer, the father of Hushah. These are the sons of Hur, the oldest son of Ephrathah, the father of Beth-lehem. 5  And Ashhur, the father of Tekoa, had two wives, Helah and Naarah. 6  And Naarah had Ahuzzam by him, and Hepher and Temeni and Haahashtari. These were the sons of Naarah. 7  And the sons of Helah were Zereth, Izhar and Ethnan. 8  And Koz was the father of Anub and Zobebah, and the families of Aharhel the son of Harum. 9  And Jabez was honoured more than his brothers; but his mother had given him the name Jabez, saying, Because I gave birth to him with sorrow. 10  And Jabez made a prayer to the God of Israel, saying, If only you would truly give me a blessing, and make wider the limits of my land, and let your hand be with me, and keep me from evil, so that I may not be troubled by it! And God gave him his desire.

11  And Chelub, the brother of Shuhah, was the father of Mehir, who was the father of Eshton. 12  And Eshton was the father of Bethrapha and Paseah and Tehinnah, the father of Ir-nahash. These are the men of Recah. 13  And the sons of Kenaz: Othniel and Seraiah; and the sons of Othniel: Hathath. 14  And Meonothai was the father of Ophrah; and Seraiah was the father of Joab, the father of Ge-harashim; they were expert workmen. 15  And the sons of Caleb, the son of Jephunneh: Iru, Elah, and Naam; and the son of Elah: Kenaz. 16  And the sons of Jehallelel: Ziph and Ziphah, Tiria and Asarel. 17  And the sons of Ezrah: Jether and Mered and Epher and Jalon; and these are the sons of Bithiah, the daughter of Pharaoh, the wife of Mered. And she became the mother of Miriam and Shammai and Ishbah, the father of Eshtemoa. 18  And his wife, a woman of the tribe of Judah, became the mother of Jered, the father of Gedor, and Heber, the father of Soco, and Jekuthiel, the father of Zanoah. 19  And the sons of the wife of Hodiah, the sister of Naham, were the father of Keilah the Garmite, and Eshtemoa the Maacathite. 20  And the sons of Shimon: Amnon and Rinnah, Ben-hanan and Tilon. And the sons of Ishi: Zoheth; and the son of Zoheth. ... 21  The sons of Shelah, the son of Judah: Er, the father of Lecah, and Laadah, the father of Mareshah, and the families of those who made delicate linen, of the family of Ashbea; 22  And Jokim, and the men of Cozeba, and Joash and Saraph, who were rulers in Moab, and went back to Beth-lehem. And the records are very old. 23  These were the potters, and the people living among planted fields with walls round them; they were there to do the king's work.

The Descendants of Simeon

24  The sons of Simeon: Nemuel and Jamin, Jarib, Zerah, Shaul; 25  Shallum his son, Mibsam his son, Mishma his son. 26  And the sons of Mishma: Hammuel his son, Zaccur his son, Shimei his son. 27  And Shimei had sixteen sons and six daughters, but his brothers had only a small number of children, and their family was not as fertile as the children of Judah. 28  And they were living at Beer-sheba and Moladah and Hazar-shual, 29  And at Bilhah, and at Ezem, and at Tolad, 30  And at Bethuel, and at Hormah, and at Ziklag, 31  And at Beth-marcaboth, and at Hazarsusim, and at Beth-biri, and at Shaaraim. These were their towns till David became king. 32  And their small towns were Etam, Ain, Rimmon, and Tochen and Ashan, five towns; 33  And all the small places round these towns, as far as Baalath-beer, the high place of the South. These were their living-places, and they have lists of their generations. 34  And Meshobab and Jamlech and Joshah, the son of Amaziah, 35  And Joel and Jehu, the son of Joshibiah, the son of Seraiah, the son of Asiel, 36  And Elioenai and Jaakobah and Jeshohaiah and Asaiah and Adiel and Jesimiel and Benaiah, 37  And Ziza, the son of Shiphi, the son of Allon, the son of Jedaiah, the son of Shimri, the son of Shemaiah; 38  These, whose names are given, were chiefs in their families, and their families became very great in number. 39  And they went to the opening into Gedor, as far as the east side of the valley, in search of grass-land for their flocks. 40  And they came to some good fertile grass-land, in a wide quiet country of peace-loving people; for the people who were living there before were of the offspring of Ham. 41  And these whose names are given came in the days of Hezekiah, king of Judah, and made an attack on the Meunim who were living there, and put an end to them to this day, and took their place, because there was grass there for their flocks. 42  And some of them, five hundred of the sons of Simeon, went to the hill-country of Seir, with Pelatiah and Neariah and Rephaiah and Uzziel, the sons of Ishi, at their head. 43  And they put to death the rest of the Amalekites who had got away safely, and made it their living-place to this day.

The Descendants of Reuben

5 1  And the sons of Reuben, the oldest son of Israel, (for he was the oldest son, but, because he made his father's bride-bed unclean, his birthright was given to the sons of Joseph, the son of Israel; but he is not to be given the place of the oldest. 2  Though Judah became stronger than his brothers, and from him came the ruler, the birthright was Joseph's:) 3  The sons of Reuben, the oldest son of Israel: Hanoch and Pallu, Hezron and Carmi. 4  The sons of Joel: Shemaiah his son, Gog his son, Shimei his son, 5  Micah his son, Reaiah his son, Baal his son, 6  Beerah his son, whom Tiglath-pileser, king of Assyria, took away as a prisoner: he was chief of the Reubenites. 7  And his brothers by their families, when the list of their generations was made up: the chief, Jeiel, and Zechariah, 8  And Bela, the son of Azaz, the son of Shema, the son of Joel, who was living in Aroer, as far as Nebo and Baal-meon; 9  And to the east his limits went as far as the starting point of the waste land, ending at the river Euphrates, because their cattle were increased in number in the land of Gilead. 10  And in the days of Saul they made war on the Hagarites, and overcame them; and they put up their tents through all the land east of Gilead.

The Descendants of Gad

11  And the sons of Gad were living opposite to them, in the land of Bashan as far as Salecah: 12  Joel the chief, and Shapham the second, and Janai and Shaphat in Bashan; 13  And their brothers, the men of their family: Michael and Meshullam and Sheba and Jorai and Jacan and Zia and Eber, seven of them. 14  These were the sons of Abihail, the son of Huri, the son of Jaroah, the son of Gilead, the son of Michael, the son of Jeshishai, the son of Jahdo, the son of Buz; 15  Ahi, the son of Abdiel, the son of Guni, head of their families. 16  And they were living in Gilead in Bashan, in its small towns and in all the grass-land of Sirion as far as its limits. 17  All these were listed under the names of their families, in the time of Jotham, king of Judah, and in the time of Jeroboam, king of Israel.

The History of the Two and a Half Tribes

18  There were forty-four thousand, seven hundred and sixty of the sons of Reuben and of the Gadites and of the half-tribe of Manasseh, all strong men, expert in the use of the body-cover, the sword, and the bow, and in the art of war, all able to take up arms. 19  And they went to war against the Hagarites, with Jetur and Naphish and Nodab. 20  And they were helped against them, so that the Hagarites, and those with them, were given into their power. For they sent up prayers to God in the fight, and he gave ear to them, because they put their faith in him. 21  And they took away their cattle: fifty thousand camels, two hundred and fifty thousand sheep, and two thousand asses, and a hundred thousand men. 22  And a very great number went to their death, because the war was God's purpose. And they went on living in their place till they were taken away as prisoners. 23  And the men of the half-tribe of Manasseh were living in the land: and their numbers were increased till all the land from Bashan to Baal-hermon and Senir and the mountain Hermon was theirs. 24  And these were the heads of their families: Epher and Ishi and Eliel and Azriel and Jeremiah and Hodaviah and Jahdiel, men of war, of great name, heads of families. 25  And they did evil against the God of their fathers, worshipping the gods of the people of the land, whom God had put to destruction before them. 26  And the God of Israel put an impulse into the heart of Pul, king of Assyria, and of Tiglath-pileser, king of Assyria, who took them away as prisoners, all the Reubenites and the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh, to Halah and Habor and Hara and to the river of Gozan, to this day.


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