1 Chronicles 9-11 English Standard Version

Those Who Returned from Babylon

9 So all Israel was recorded in genealogies, and these are written in the Book of the Kings of Israel. And Judah was taken into exile in Babylon because of their breach of faith. 2  Now the first to dwell again in their possessions in their cities were Israel, the priests, the Levites, and the temple servants. 3  And some of the people of Judah, Benjamin, Ephraim, and Manasseh lived in Jerusalem: 4  Uthai the son of Ammihud, son of Omri, son of Imri, son of Bani, from the sons of Perez the son of Judah. 5  And of the Shilonites: Asaiah the firstborn, and his sons. 6  Of the sons of Zerah: Jeuel and their kinsmen, 690. 7  Of the Benjaminites: Sallu the son of Meshullam, son of Hodaviah, son of Hassenuah, 8  Ibneiah the son of Jeroham, Elah the son of Uzzi, son of Michri, and Meshullam the son of Shephatiah, son of Reuel, son of Ibnijah; 9  and their kinsmen according to their generations, . All these were heads of fathers' houses according to their fathers' houses. 10  Of the priests: Jedaiah, Jehoiarib, Jachin, 11  and Azariah the son of Hilkiah, son of Meshullam, son of Zadok, son of Meraioth, son of Ahitub, the chief officer of the house of God; 12  and Adaiah the son of Jeroham, son of Pashhur, son of Malchijah, and Maasai the son of Adiel, son of Jahzerah, son of Meshullam, son of Meshillemith, son of Immer; 13  besides their kinsmen, heads of their fathers' houses, 1,760, mighty men for the work of the service of the house of God.

14  Of the Levites: Shemaiah the son of Hasshub, son of Azrikam, son of Hashabiah, of the sons of Merari; 15  and Bakbakkar, Heresh, Galal and Mattaniah the son of Mica, son of Zichri, son of Asaph; 16  and Obadiah the son of Shemaiah, son of Galal, son of Jeduthun, and Berechiah the son of Asa, son of Elkanah, who lived in the villages of the Netophathites. 17  The gatekeepers were Shallum, Akkub, Talmon, Ahiman, and their kinsmen (Shallum was the chief); 18  until then they were in the king's gate on the east side as the gatekeepers of the camps of the Levites. 19  Shallum the son of Kore, son of Ebiasaph, son of Korah, and his kinsmen of his fathers' house, the Korahites, were in charge of the work of the service, keepers of the thresholds of the tent, as their fathers had been in charge of the camp of the Lord, keepers of the entrance. 20  And Phinehas the son of Eleazar was the chief officer over them in time past; the Lord was with him. 21  Zechariah the son of Meshelemiah was gatekeeper at the entrance of the tent of meeting. 22  All these, who were chosen as gatekeepers at the thresholds, were 212. They were enrolled by genealogies in their villages. David and Samuel the seer established them in their office of trust. 23  So they and their sons were in charge of the gates of the house of the Lord, that is, the house of the tent, as guards. 24  The gatekeepers were on the four sides, east, west, north, and south. 25  And their kinsmen who were in their villages were obligated to come in every seven days, in turn, to be with these, 26  for the four chief gatekeepers, who were Levites, were entrusted to be over the chambers and the treasures of the house of God. 27  And they lodged around the house of God, for on them lay the duty of watching, and they had charge of opening it every morning. 28  Some of them had charge of the utensils of service, for they were required to count them when they were brought in and taken out. 29  Others of them were appointed over the furniture and over all the holy utensils, also over the fine flour, the wine, the oil, the incense, and the spices. 30  Others, of the sons of the priests, prepared the mixing of the spices, 31  and Mattithiah, one of the Levites, the firstborn of Shallum the Korahite, was entrusted with making the flat cakes. 32  Also some of their kinsmen of the Kohathites had charge of the showbread, to prepare it every Sabbath. 33  Now these, the singers, the heads of fathers' houses of the Levites, were in the chambers of the temple free from other service, for they were on duty day and night. 34  These were heads of fathers' houses of the Levites, according to their generations, leaders. These lived in Jerusalem.

The Genealogy of Saul

35  In Gibeon lived the father of Gibeon, Jeiel, and the name of his wife was Maacah, 36  and his firstborn son Abdon, then Zur, Kish, Baal, Ner, Nadab, 37  Gedor, Ahio, Zechariah, and Mikloth; 38  and Mikloth was the father of Shimeam; and these also lived opposite their kinsmen in Jerusalem, with their kinsmen. 39  Ner fathered Kish, Kish fathered Saul, Saul fathered Jonathan, Malchi-shua, Abinadab, and Eshbaal. 40  And the son of Jonathan was Merib-baal, and Merib-baal fathered Micah. 41  The sons of Micah: Pithon, Melech, Tahrea, and Ahaz.[1] 42  And Ahaz fathered Jarah, and Jarah fathered Alemeth, Azmaveth, and Zimri. And Zimri fathered Moza. 43  Moza fathered Binea, and Rephaiah was his son, Eleasah his son, Azel his son. 44  Azel had six sons and these are their names: Azrikam, Bocheru, 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, and the men of Israel fled before the Philistines and fell slain on Mount Gilboa. 2  And the Philistines overtook Saul and his sons, and the Philistines struck down Jonathan and Abinadab and Malchi-shua, the sons of Saul. 3  The battle pressed hard against Saul, and the archers found him, and he was wounded by the archers. 4  Then Saul said to his armor-bearer, "Draw your sword and thrust me through with it, lest these uncircumcised come and mistreat me." But his armor-bearer would not, for he feared greatly. Therefore Saul took his own sword and fell upon it. 5  And when his armor-bearer saw that Saul was dead, he also fell upon his sword and died. 6  Thus Saul died; he and his three sons and all his house died together. 7  And when all the men of Israel who were in the valley saw that the army[2] had fled and that Saul and his sons were dead, they abandoned their cities and fled, and the Philistines came and lived in them.

8  The next day, when the Philistines came to strip the slain, they found Saul and his sons fallen on Mount Gilboa. 9  And they stripped him and took his head and his armor, and sent messengers throughout the land of the Philistines to carry the good news to their idols and to the people. 10  And they put his armor in the temple of their gods and fastened his head in the temple of Dagon. 11  But when all Jabesh-gilead heard all that the Philistines had done to Saul, 12  all the valiant men arose and took away the body of Saul and the bodies of his sons, and brought them to Jabesh. And they buried their bones under the oak in Jabesh and fasted seven days. 13  So Saul died for his breach of faith. He broke faith with the Lord in that he did not keep the command of the Lord, and also consulted a medium, seeking guidance. 14  He did not seek guidance from the Lord. Therefore the Lord put him to death and turned the kingdom over to David the son of Jesse.

David Made King over Israel

11 Then all Israel gathered together to David at Hebron and said, "Behold, we are your bone and flesh. 2  In times past, even when Saul was king, it was you who led out and brought in Israel. And the Lord your God said to you, 'You shall be shepherd of my people Israel, and you shall be prince over my people Israel.'" 3  So all the elders of Israel came to the king at Hebron, and David made a covenant with them at Hebron before the Lord. And they anointed David king over Israel, according to the word of the Lord by Samuel.

David Captures Zion

4  And David and all Israel went to Jerusalem, that is, Jebus, where the Jebusites were, the inhabitants of the land. 5  The inhabitants of Jebus said to David, "You will not come in here." Nevertheless, David took the stronghold of Zion, that is, the city of David. 6  David said, "Whoever strikes the Jebusites first shall be chief and commander." And Joab the son of Zeruiah went up first, so he became chief. 7  And David lived in the stronghold; therefore it was called the city of David. 8  And he built the city all around from the Millo in complete circuit, and Joab repaired the rest of the city. 9  And David became greater and greater, for the Lord of hosts was with him.

David's Mighty Men

10  Now these are the chiefs of David's mighty men, who gave him strong support in his kingdom, together with all Israel, to make him king, according to the word of the Lord concerning Israel. 11  This is an account of David's mighty men: Jashobeam, a Hachmonite, was chief of the three.[3] He wielded his spear against 300 whom he killed at one time. 12  And next to him among the three mighty men was Eleazar the son of Dodo, the Ahohite. 13  He was with David at Pas-dammim when the Philistines were gathered there for battle. There was a plot of ground full of barley, and the men fled from the Philistines. 14  But he took his[4] stand in the midst of the plot and defended it and killed the Philistines. And the Lord saved them by a great victory. 15  Three of the thirty chief men went down to the rock to David at the cave of Adullam, when the army of Philistines was encamped in the Valley of Rephaim. 16  David was then in the stronghold, and the garrison of the Philistines was then at Bethlehem. 17  And David said longingly, "Oh that someone would give me water to drink from the well of Bethlehem that is by the gate!" 18  Then the three mighty men broke through the camp of the Philistines and drew water out of the well of Bethlehem that was by the gate and took it and brought it to David. But David would not drink it. He poured it out to the Lord 19  and said, "Far be it from me before my God that I should do this. Shall I drink the lifeblood of these men? For at the risk of their lives they brought it." Therefore he would not drink it. These things did the three mighty men. 20  Now Abishai, the brother of Joab, was chief of the thirty.[5] And he wielded his spear against 300 men and killed them and won a name beside the three. 21  He was the most renowned[6] of the thirty[7] and became their commander, but he did not attain to the three. 22  And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was a valiant man[8] of Kabzeel, a doer of great deeds. He struck down two heroes of Moab. He also went down and struck down a lion in a pit on a day when snow had fallen. 23  And he struck down an Egyptian, a man of great stature, five cubits[9] tall. The Egyptian had in his hand a spear like a weaver's beam, but Benaiah went down to him with a staff and snatched the spear out of the Egyptian's hand and killed him with his own spear. 24  These things did Benaiah the son of Jehoiada and won a name beside the three mighty men. 25  He was renowned among the thirty, but he did not attain to the three. And David set him over his bodyguard. 26  The mighty men were Asahel the brother of Joab, Elhanan the son of Dodo of Bethlehem, 27  Shammoth of Harod,[10] Helez the Pelonite, 28  Ira the son of Ikkesh of Tekoa, Abiezer of Anathoth, 29  Sibbecai the Hushathite, Ilai the Ahohite, 30  Maharai of Netophah, Heled the son of Baanah of Netophah, 31  Ithai the son of Ribai of Gibeah of the people of Benjamin, Benaiah of Pirathon, 32  Hurai of the brooks of Gaash, Abiel the Arbathite, 33  Azmaveth of Baharum, Eliahba the Shaalbonite, 34  Hashem[11] the Gizonite, Jonathan the son of Shagee the Hararite, 35  Ahiam the son of Sachar the Hararite, Eliphal the son of Ur, 36  Hepher the Mecherathite, Ahijah the Pelonite, 37  Hezro of Carmel, Naarai the son of Ezbai, 38  Joel the brother of Nathan, Mibhar the son of Hagri, 39  Zelek the Ammonite, Naharai of Beeroth, the armor-bearer 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 leader 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.

Footnotes

[1] 9:41 Compare 8:35; Hebrew lacks and Ahaz

[2] 10:7 Hebrew they

[3] 11:11 Compare 2 Samuel 23:8; Hebrew thirty, or captains

[4] 11:14 Compare 2 Samuel 23:12; Hebrew they... their

[5] 11:20 Syriac; Hebrew three

[6] 11:21 Compare 2 Samuel 23:19; Hebrew more renowned among the two

[7] 11:21 Syriac; Hebrew three

[8] 11:22 Syriac; Hebrew the son of a valiant man

[9] 11:23 A cubit was about 18 inches or 45 centimeters

[10] 11:27 Compare 2 Samuel 23:25; Hebrew the Harorite

[11] 11:34 Compare Septuagint and 2 Samuel 23:32; Hebrew the sons of Hashem

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