1 Chronicles 9-11 Bible in Basic English

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.

David Made King over Israel

11 1  Then all Israel came together to David at Hebron, and said, Truly, we are your bone and your flesh. 2  In the past, when Saul was king, it was you who went at the head of Israel when they went out or came in; and the Lord your God said to you, You are to be the keeper of my people Israel, and their ruler. 3  So all the responsible men of Israel came to the king at Hebron; and David made an agreement with them in Hebron before the Lord; and they put the holy oil on David and made him king over Israel, as the Lord had said by Samuel.

David Captures Zion

4  Then David and all Israel went to Jerusalem (which is Jebus); and the Jebusites, the people of the land, were there. 5  And the people of Jebus said to David, You will not come in here. But still, David took the strong place of Zion, which is the town of David. 6  And David said, The first to overcome the Jebusites will be chief and captain. And Joab, the son of Zeruiah, went up first, and became chief. 7  And David took the strong tower for his living-place, so it was named the town of David. 8  And he took in hand the building of the town all round, starting from the Millo; and Joab put the rest of the town in order. 9  And David became greater and greater in power, because the Lord of armies was with him.

David's Mighty Men

10  Now these are the chief of David's men of war who were his strong supporters in the kingdom, and, with all Israel, made him king, as the Lord had said about Israel. 11  This is the list of David's men of war: Ishbaal, the son of a Hachmonite, the chief of the three: he put to death three hundred at one time with his spear. 12  And after him was Eleazar, the son of Dodo the Ahohite, who was one of the three great fighters. 13  He was with David at Pas-dammim, where the Philistines had come together for the fight, near a bit of land full of barley; and the people went in flight before the Philistines. 14  And he took up his position in the middle of the bit of land, and kept back their attack, and overcame the Philistines; and the Lord gave a great salvation. 15  And three of the thirty went down to David, to the rock, into the strong place of Adullam; and the army of the Philistines had taken up their position in the valley of Rephaim. 16  At that time David had taken cover in the strong place, and an armed force of the Philistines was in Beth-lehem. 17  And David, moved by a strong desire, said, If only someone would give me a drink of the water from the water-hole of Beth-lehem by the doorway into the town! 18  So the three, forcing a way through the Philistine army, got water from the water-hole of Beth-lehem, by the doorway into the town, and took it back to David; but David would not take it, but made an offering of it, draining it out to the Lord, 19  Saying, By my God, far be it from me to do this! How may I take as drink the life-blood of these men who have put their lives in danger? so he did not take it. These things did the three great men of war. 20  And Abishai, the brother of Joab, was chief of the thirty, for he put to death three hundred with his spear, but he had not a name among the three. 21  Of the thirty, he was the noblest, and was made their captain, but he was not equal to the first three. 22  Benaiah, the son of Jehoiada, a fighting-man of Kabzeel, had done great acts; he put to death two young lions going into their secret place; and he went down into a hole and put a lion to death in time of snow. 23  And he made an attack on an Egyptian, a very tall man about five cubits high, armed with a spear like a cloth-worker's rod; he went down to him with a stick, and pulling his spear out of the hand of the Egyptian, put him to death with that same spear. 24  These were the acts of Benaiah, the son of Jehoiada, who had a great name among the thirty men of war. 25  He was honoured over the thirty, but he was not equal to the first three: and David put him over his servants. 26  And these were the great men of war: Asahel, the brother of Joab, Elhanan, the son of Dodo of Beth-lehem, 27  Shammoth the Harodite, Helez the Pelonite, 28  Ira, the son of Ikkesh the Tekoite, Abiezer the Anathothite, 29  Sibbecai the Hushathite, Ilai the Ahohite, 30  Maharai the Netophathite, Heled, the son of Baanah the Netophathite, 31  Ithai, the son of Ribai of Gibeah, of the children of Benjamin, Benaiah the Pirathonite, 32  Hurai of Nahale-gaash, Abiel the Arbathite, 33  Azmaveth of Bahurim, Eliahba the Shaalbonite, 34  The sons of Hashem the Gizonite, Jonathan, the son of Shage the Hararite, 35  Ahiam, the son of Sacar the Hararite, Eliphal, the son of Ur, 36  Hepher the Mecherathite, Ahijah the Pelonite, 37  Hezro the Carmelite, Naarai, the son of Ezbai, 38  Joel, the brother of Nathan, Mibhar, the son of Hagri, 39  Zelek the Ammonite, and Naharai the Berothite, the servant who had the care of the arms of Joab, the son of Zeruiah; 40  Ira the Ithrite, Gareb the Ithrite, 41  Uriah the Hittite, Zabad, the son of Ahlai, 42  Adina, the son of Shiza the Reubenite, a chief of the Reubenites, and thirty with him; 43  Hanan, the son of Maacah, and Joshaphat the Mithnite, 44  Uzzia the Ashterathite, Shama and Jeiel, the sons of Hotham the Aroerite, 45  Jediael, the son of Shimri, and Joha his brother, the Tizite, 46  Eliel the Mahavite, and Jeribai and Joshaviah, the sons of Elnaam, and Ithmah the Moabite, 47  Eliel and Obed, and Jaasiel the Mezobaite.


Add Another Translation