1 Chronicles 7-10 Bible in Basic English

The Descendants of Issachar

7 1  And of the sons of Issachar: Tola and Puah, Jashub and Shimron, four. 2  And the sons of Tola: Uzzi and Rephaiah and Jeriel and Jahmai and Ibsam and Shemuel, heads of their families; they were men of war; in the record of their generations their number in the time of David was twenty-two thousand, six hundred. 3  And the sons of Uzzi; Izrahiah; and the sons of Izrahiah: Michael and Obadiah and Joel and Isshiah, five; all of them chiefs. 4  And with them, recorded in generations by their families, were bands of fighting-men, thirty-six thousand of them, for they had a great number of wives and sons. 5  And there were recorded among all the families of Issachar, great men of war, eighty-seven thousand.

The Descendants of Benjamin

6  The sons of Benjamin: Bela and Becher and Jediael, three. 7  And the sons of Bela: Ezbon and Uzzi and Uzziel and Jerimoth and Iri, five; heads of their families, great men of war; there were twenty-two thousand and thirty-four of them recorded by their families. 8  And the sons of Becher: Zemirah and Joash and Eliezer and Elioenai and Omri and Jerimoth and Abijah and Anathoth and Alemeth. All these were the sons of Becher. 9  And they were recorded by their generations, heads of their families, great men of war, twenty thousand, two hundred. 10  And the sons of Jediael: Bilhan; and the sons of Bilhan: Jeush and Benjamin and Ehud and Chenaanah and Zethan and Tarshish and Ahishahar. 11  All these were the sons of Jediael, by the heads of their families, seventeen thousand, two hundred men of war, able to go out with the army for war. 12  And Shuppim and Huppim. The sons of Dan, Hushim his son, one.

The Descendants of Naphtali

13  The sons of Naphtali: Jahziel and Guni and Jezer and Shallum, the sons of Bilhah.

The Descendants of Manasseh

14  The sons of Manasseh by his servant-wife, the Aramaean woman: she gave birth to Machir, the father of Gilead; 15  (And Gilead took a wife, whose name was Maacah, and his sister's name was Hammoleketh;) and the name of his brother was Zelophehad, who was the father of daughters. 16  And Maacah, the wife of Gilead, gave birth to a son to whom she gave the name Peresh; and his brother was named Sheresh; and his sons were Ulam and Rakem. 17  And the son of Ulam: Bedan. These were the sons of Gilead, the son of Machir the son of Manasseh. 18  And his sister Hammoleketh was the mother of Ishhod and Abiezer and Mahlah. 19  And the sons of Shemida were Ahian and Shechem and Likhi and Aniam.

The Descendants of Ephraim

20  And the sons of Ephraim: Shuthelah and Bered his son, and Tahath his son, and Eleadah his son, and Tahath his son, 21  And Zabad his son, and Shuthelah his son, and Ezer and Elead, whom the men of Gath, who had been living in the land from their birth, put to death, because they came down to take away their cattle. 22  And for a long time Ephraim their father went on weeping for them, and his brothers came to give him comfort. 23  After that, he had connection with his wife, and she became with child and gave birth to a son, to whom his father gave the name of Beriah, because trouble had come on his family. 24  And his daughter was Sheerah, the builder of Beth-horon the lower and the higher, and Uzzen-sheerah. 25  And Rephah was his son, and Resheph; his son was Telah, and his son was Tahan; 26  Ladan was his son, Ammihud his son, Elishama his son, 27  Nun his son, Joshua his son. 28  Their heritage and their living-places were Beth-el and its daughter-towns, and Naaran to the east, and Gezer to the west, with its daughter-towns, as well as Shechem and its daughter-towns as far as Azzah and its daughter-towns; 29  And by the limits of the children of Manasseh, Beth-shean and its daughter-towns, Taanach, Megiddo, and Dor, with their daughter-towns. In these the children of Joseph, the son of Israel, were living.

The Descendants of Asher

30  The sons of Asher: Imnah and Ishvah and Ishvi and Beriah and Serah, their sister. 31  And the sons of Beriah: Heber and Malchiel, who was the father of Birzaith. 32  And Heber was the father of Japhlet and Shomer and Hotham and Shua, their sister. 33  And the sons of Japhlet: Pasach and Bimhal and Ashvath. These are the sons of Japhlet. 34  And the sons of Shomer: Ahi and Rohgah, Jehubbah and Aram. 35  And the sons of Hotham, his brother: Zophah and Imna and Shelesh and Amal. 36  The sons of Zophah: Suah and Harnepher and Shual and Beri and Imrah, 37  Bezer and Hod and Shamma and Shilshah and Ithran and Beera. 38  And the sons of Jether: Jephunneh and Pispah and Ara. 39  And the sons of Ulla: Arah and Hanniel and Rizia. 40  All these were the children of Asher, heads of their families, specially strong men of war, chiefs of the rulers. They were recorded in the army for war, twenty-six thousand men in number.

The Descendants of Benjamin

8 1  And Benjamin was the father of Bela his oldest son, Ashbel the second, and Aharah the third, 2  Nohah the fourth, and Rapha the fifth. 3  And Bela had sons, Addar and Gera, the father of Ehud, 4  And Abishua and Naaman and Ahoah 5  And Gera and Shephuphan and Huram. 6  And these are the sons of Ehud, heads of families of those living in Geba: Iglaam and Alemeth 7  And Naaman and Ahijah and Gera; and Iglaam was the father of Uzza and Ahihud. 8  And Shaharaim became the father of children in the country of the Moabites after driving out Hushim and Beerah his wives; 9  And by Hodesh his wife he became the father of Jobab and Zibia and Mesha and Malcam. 10  And Jeuz and Shachia and Mirmah. These were his sons, heads of families. 11  And Hushim became the father of Abitub and Elpaal. 12  And the sons of Elpaal: Eber and Misham and Shemed (he was the builder of Ono and Lod and their daughter-towns); 13  And Beriah and Shema, who were heads of the families of those who were living in Aijalon, who put to flight the people living in Gath; 14  And their brothers Shashak and Jeremoth. 15  And Zebadiah and Arad and Eder 16  And Michael and Ishpah and Joha, the sons of Beriah; 17  And Zebadiah and Meshullam and Hizki and Heber 18  And Ishmerai and Izliah and Jobab, the sons of Elpaal; 19  And Jakim and Zichri and Zabdi 20  And Elienai and Zillethai and Eliel 21  And Adaiah and Beraiah and Shimrath, the sons of Shimei; 22  And Ishpan and Eber and Eliel 23  And Abdon and Zichri and Hanan 24  And Hananiah and Elam and Anathothijah 25  And Iphdeiah and Penuel, the sons of Shashak; 26  And Shamsherai and Shehariah and Athaliah 27  And Jaareshiah and Elijah and Zichri, the sons of Jeremoth. 28  These were heads of families in their generations; chief men: these were living in Jerusalem. 29  And in Gibeon was living the father of Gibeon, Jeiel, whose wife's name was Maacah; 30  And his oldest son Abdon, and Zur and Kish and Baal and Ner and Nadab 31  And Gedor and Ahio and Zechariah and Mikloth. 32  And Mikloth was the father of Shimeah. And they were living with their brothers in Jerusalem opposite their brothers.

33  And Ner was the father of Abner, and Kish was the father of Saul, and Saul was the father of Jonathan and Malchi-shua and Abinadab and Eshbaal. 34  And the son of Jonathan was Merib-baal; and Merib-baal was the father of Micah. 35  And the sons of Micah: Pithon and Melech and Tarea and Ahaz. 36  And Ahaz was the father of Jehoaddah; and Jehoaddah was the father of Alemeth and Azmaveth and Zimri; and Zimri was the father of Moza; 37  And Moza was the father of Binea: Raphah was his son, Eleasah his son, Azel his son; 38  And Azel had five sons, whose names are: Azrikam, his oldest, and Ishmael and Sheariah and Obadiah and Hanan. All these were the sons of Azel. 39  And the sons of Eshek his brother: Ulam his oldest son, Jeush the second, and Eliphelet the third. 40  And the sons of Ulam were men of war, bowmen, and had a great number of sons and sons' sons, a hundred and fifty. All these were the sons of Benjamin.

Those Who Returned from Babylon

9 1  So all Israel was listed by their families; and, truly, they are recorded in the book of the kings of Israel. And Judah was taken away as prisoners to Babylon because of their sin. 2  Now the first to take up their heritage in their towns were: Israel, the priests, the Levites, and the Nethinim. 3  And in Jerusalem there were living some of the sons of Judah, and of Benjamin, and of Ephraim and Manasseh; 4  Uthai, the son of Ammihud, the son of Omri, the son of Imri, the son of Bani, of the sons of Perez, the son of Judah. 5  And of the Shilonites: Asaiah the oldest, and his sons. 6  And of the sons of Zerah: Jeuel, and their brothers, six hundred and ninety. 7  And of the sons of Benjamin: Sallu, the son of Meshullam, Judah, the son of Hassenuah, 8  And Ibneiah, the son of Jeroham, and Elah, the son of Uzzi, the son of Michri, and Meshullam, the son of Shephatiah, the son of Reuel, the son of Ibnijah; 9  And their brothers, in the list of their generations, nine hundred and fifty-six. All these men were heads of families, listed by the names of their fathers. 10  And of the priests: Jedaiah and Jehoiarib and Jachin 11  And Azariah, the son of Hilkiah, the son of Meshullam, the son of Zadok, the son of Meraioth, the son of Ahitub, the ruler of the house of God; 12  And Adaiah, the son of Jeroham, the son of Pashhur, the son of Malchijah, and Maasai, the son of Adiel, the son of Jahzerah, the son of Meshullam, the son of Meshillemith, the son of Immer; 13  And their brothers, heads of their families, a thousand and seven hundred and sixty: able men, doing the work of the house of God.

14  And of the Levites: Shemaiah, the son of Hasshub, the son of Azrikam, the son of Hashabiah, of the sons of Merari; 15  And Bakbakkar, Heresh, and Galal, and Mattaniah, the son of Mica, the son of Zichri, the son of Asaph; 16  And Obadiah, the son of Shemaiah, the son of Galal, the son of Jeduthun, and Berechiah, the son of Asa, the son of Elkanah, who were living in the small towns of the Netophathites. 17  And the door-keepers: Shallum and Akkub and Talmon and Ahiman and their brothers: Shallum was the chief. 18  Up till then they had been at the king's door to the east. They were door-keepers for the tents of the sons of Levi. 19  And Shallum, the son of Kore, the son of Ebiasaph, the son of Korah, and his brothers, of his family, the Korahites, were responsible for everything which had to be done in connection with the order of worship, keepers of the doors of the Tent; their fathers had had the care of the tents of the Lord, being keepers of the doorway. 20  In the past Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, had been ruler over them; may the Lord be with him! 21  Zechariah, the son of Meshelemiah, was keeper of the door of the Tent of meeting. 22  There were two hundred and twelve whose business it was to keep the doorway. These were listed by families in the country places where they were living, whom David and Samuel the seer put in their responsible positions. 23  So they and their sons had the care of the doors of the house of the Lord, the house of the Tent, as watchers. 24  There were keepers of the doors on the four sides, to the east, west, north, and south. 25  And their brothers, in the country places where they were living, were to come in every seven days to be with them from time to time. 26  For the four chief door-keepers, who were Levites, had a special position, looking after the rooms and the store-houses of the house of God. 27  Their sleeping-rooms were round the house of God, for they had the care of it, and were responsible for opening it morning by morning. 28  Certain of them had the care of the vessels used in worship, to keep an account of them when they came in and when they were taken out again. 29  And some of them were responsible for the holy things and for the vessels of the holy place, and the meal and the wine and the oil and the perfume and the spices. 30  And some of the sons of the priests were responsible for crushing the spices. 31  And Mattithiah, one of the Levites, the oldest son of Shallum the Korahite, was responsible for cooking the flat cakes. 32  And some of their brothers, sons of the Kohathites, were responsible for the holy bread which was put in order before the Lord, to get it ready every Sabbath. 33  And these were those who had the ordering of the music and songs, heads of families of the Levites, who were living in the rooms, and were free from other work, for their work went on day and night. 34  These were heads of families of the Levites in their generations, chief men; they were living at Jerusalem.

The Genealogy of Saul

35  And in Gibeon was living the father of Gibeon, Jeiel, whose wife's name was Maacah; 36  And Abdon his oldest son, and Zur and Kish and Baal and Ner and Nadab 37  And Gedor and Ahio and Zechariah and Mikloth 38  Mikloth was the father of Shimeam. They were living with their brothers in Jerusalem opposite their brothers. 39  And Ner was the father of Kish; and Kish was the father of Saul; and Saul was the father of Jonathan and Malchi-shua and Abinadab and Eshbaal. 40  And the son of Jonathan was Merib-baal; and Merib-baal was the father of Micah. 41  And the sons of Micah: Pithon and Melech and Tahrea and Ahaz. 42  And Ahaz was the father of Jarah; and Jarah was the father of Alemeth and Azmaveth and Zimri; and Zimri was the father of Moza. 43  And Moza was the father of Binea; and Rephaiah was his son, Eleasah his son, Azel his son. 44  And Azel had five sons, whose names are: Azrikam, his oldest son, and Ishmael and Sheariah and Obadiah and Hanan: these were the sons of Azel.

The Death of Saul and His Sons

10 1  Now the Philistines were fighting against Israel; and the men of Israel went in flight before the Philistines, falling down wounded in Mount Gilboa. 2  And the Philistines went hard after Saul and his sons, and put to death Jonathan and Abinadab and Malchi-shua, the sons of Saul. 3  And the fight was going against Saul, and the archers came across him, and he was wounded by the archers. 4  Then Saul said to the servant who had the care of his arms, Take your sword and put it through me, before these men without circumcision come and make sport of me. But his servant, full of fear, would not do so. Then Saul took out his sword, falling on it himself. 5  And when his servant saw that Saul was dead, he did the same, and came to his death. 6  So death overtook Saul and his three sons; all his family came to an end together. 7  And when all the men of Israel who were in the valley saw that the men of Israel had gone in flight and that Saul and his sons were dead, they went in flight away from their towns; and the Philistines came and took them for themselves.

8  Now the day after, when the Philistines came to take their goods from the dead, they saw Saul and his sons dead in Mount Gilboa. 9  And they took everything off him, and took his head and his war-dress, and sent word into the land of the Philistines round about to give the news to their gods and to the people. 10  And they put his war-dress in the house of their gods, and put up his head in the house of Dagon. 11  And when the news came to Jabesh-gilead of what the Philistines had done to Saul, 12  All the fighting-men came up and took away Saul's body and the bodies of his sons, and took them to Jabesh, and put their bones to rest under the oak-tree in Jabesh, and took no food for seven days. 13  So death came to Saul because of the sin which he did against the Lord, that is, because of the word of the Lord which he kept not; and because he went for directions to one who had an evil spirit, 14  And not to the Lord: for this reason, he put him to death and gave the kingdom to David, the son of Jesse.


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