1 Chronicles 9-11 World English Bible

Those Who Returned from Babylon

9 1  So all Israel were reckoned by genealogies; and behold, they are written in the book of the kings of Israel: and Judah was carried away captive to Babylon for their disobedience. 2  Now the first inhabitants who lived in their possessions in their cities were Israel, the priests, the Levites, and the Nethinim. 3  In Jerusalem lived of the children of Judah, and of the children of Benjamin, and of the children of Ephraim and Manasseh: 4  Uthai the son of Ammihud, the son of Omri, the son of Imri, the son of Bani, of the children of Perez the son of Judah. 5  Of the Shilonites: Asaiah the firstborn, and his sons. 6  Of the sons of Zerah: Jeuel, and their brothers, six hundred ninety. 7  Of the sons of Benjamin: Sallu the son of Meshullam, the son of Hodaviah, 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, according to their generations, nine hundred fifty-six. All these men were heads of fathers’ houses by their fathers’ houses. 10  Of the priests: Jedaiah, and Jehoiarib, 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 fathers’ houses, one thousand seven hundred sixty; very able men for the work of the service of the house of God.

14  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 lived in the villages of the Netophathites. 17  The porters: Shallum, and Akkub, and Talmon, and Ahiman, and their brothers (Shallum was the chief), 18  who hitherto waited in the king’s gate eastward: they were the porters for the camp of the children of Levi. 19  Shallum the son of Kore, the son of Ebiasaph, the son of Korah, and his brothers, of his father’s house, the Korahites, were over the work of the service, keepers of the thresholds of the tent: and their fathers had been over the camp of Yahweh, keepers of the entry. 20  Phinehas the son of Eleazar was ruler over them in time past, and Yahweh was with him. 21  Zechariah the son of Meshelemiah was porter of the door of the Tent of Meeting. 22  All these who were chosen to be porters in the thresholds were two hundred and twelve. These were reckoned by genealogy in their villages, whom David and Samuel the seer did ordain in their office of trust. 23  So they and their children had the oversight of the gates of the house of Yahweh, even the house of the tent, by wards. 24  On the four sides were the porters, toward the east, west, north, and south. 25  Their brothers, in their villages, were to come in every seven days from time to time to be with them: 26  for the four chief porters, who were Levites, were in an office of trust, and were over the chambers and over the treasuries in the house of God. 27  They lodged around the house of God, because that duty was on them; and to them pertained its opening morning by morning. 28  Certain of them were in charge of the vessels of service; for by count were these brought in and by count were these taken out. 29  Some of them also were appointed over the furniture, and over all the vessels of the sanctuary, and over the fine flour, and the wine, and the oil, and the frankincense, and the spices. 30  Some of the sons of the priests prepared the confection of the spices. 31  Mattithiah, one of the Levites, who was the firstborn of Shallum the Korahite, had the office of trust over the things that were baked in pans. 32  Some of their brothers, of the sons of the Kohathites, were over the show bread, to prepare it every Sabbath. 33  These are the singers, heads of fathers’ houses of the Levites, who lived in the chambers and were free from other service; for they were employed in their work day and night. 34  These were heads of fathers’ houses of the Levites, throughout their generations, chief men: these lived at Jerusalem.

The Genealogy of Saul

35  In Gibeon there lived the father of Gibeon, Jeiel, whose wife’s name was Maacah: 36  and his firstborn son Abdon, and Zur, and Kish, and Baal, and Ner, and Nadab, 37  and Gedor, and Ahio, and Zechariah, and Mikloth. 38  Mikloth became the father of Shimeam. They also lived with their brothers in Jerusalem, over against their brothers. 39  Ner became the father of Kish; and Kish became the father of Saul; and Saul became the father of Jonathan, and Malchishua, and Abinadab, and Eshbaal. 40  The son of Jonathan was Merib Baal; and Merib Baal became the father of Micah. 41  The sons of Micah: Pithon, and Melech, and Tahrea, and Ahaz. 42  Ahaz became the father of Jarah; and Jarah became the father of Alemeth, and Azmaveth, and Zimri; and Zimri became the father of Moza; 43  and Moza became the father of Binea; and Rephaiah his son, Eleasah his son, Azel his son. 44  Azel had six sons, whose names are these: Azrikam, Bocheru, 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 fought against Israel: and the men of Israel fled from before the Philistines, and fell down slain on Mount Gilboa. 2  The Philistines followed hard after Saul and after his sons; and the Philistines killed Jonathan, and Abinadab, and Malchishua, the sons of Saul. 3  The battle went sore against Saul, and the archers overtook him; and he was distressed by reason of the archers. 4  Then said Saul to his armor bearer, “Draw your sword, and thrust me through with it, lest these uncircumcised come and abuse me.”

But his armor bearer would not; for he was terrified. Therefore Saul took his sword, and fell on it. 5  When his armor bearer saw that Saul was dead, he likewise fell on his sword, and died. 6  So Saul died, and his three sons; and all his house died together. 7  When all the men of Israel who were in the valley saw that they fled, and that Saul and his sons were dead, they forsook their cities, and fled; and the Philistines came and lived in them.

8  It happened on the next day, when the Philistines came to strip the slain, that they found Saul and his sons fallen on Mount Gilboa. 9  They stripped him, and took his head, and his armor, and sent into the land of the Philistines all around, to carry the news to their idols, and to the people. 10  They put his armor in the house of their gods, and fastened his head in the house of Dagon. 11  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 buried their bones under the oak in Jabesh, and fasted seven days. 13  So Saul died for his trespass which he committed against Yahweh, because of the word of Yahweh, which he didn’t keep; and also because he asked counsel of one who had a familiar spirit, to inquire thereby, 14  and didn’t inquire of Yahweh: therefore he killed him, and turned the kingdom to David the son of Jesse.

David Made King over Israel

11 1  Then all Israel gathered themselves to David to Hebron, saying, “Behold, we are your bone and your flesh. 2  In times past, even when Saul was king, it was you who led out and brought in Israel. Yahweh 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 to Hebron; and David made a covenant with them in Hebron before Yahweh; and they anointed David king over Israel, according to the word of Yahweh by Samuel.

David Captures Zion

4  David and all Israel went to Jerusalem (the same is Jebus); and the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land, were there. 5  The inhabitants of Jebus said to David, “You shall not come in here.” Nevertheless David took the stronghold of Zion. The same is the city of David. 6  David said, “Whoever strikes the Jebusites first shall be chief and captain.” Joab the son of Zeruiah went up first, and was made chief. 7  David lived in the stronghold; therefore they called it the city of David. 8  He built the city all around, from Millo even around; and Joab repaired the rest of the city. 9  David grew greater and greater; for Yahweh of Armies was with him.

David's Mighty Men

10  Now these are the chief of the mighty men whom David had, who showed themselves strong with him in his kingdom, together with all Israel, to make him king, according to the word of Yahweh concerning Israel. 11  This is the number of the mighty men whom David had: Jashobeam, the son of a Hachmonite, the chief of the thirty; he lifted up his spear against three hundred and killed them at one time. 12  After him was Eleazar the son of Dodo, the Ahohite, who was one of the three mighty men. 13  He was with David at Pasdammim, and there the Philistines were gathered together to battle, where there was a plot of ground full of barley; and the people fled from before the Philistines. 14  They stood in the midst of the plot, and defended it, and killed the Philistines; and Yahweh saved them by a great victory. 15  Three of the thirty chief men went down to the rock to David, into the cave of Adullam; and the army of the Philistines were encamped in the valley of Rephaim. 16  David was then in the stronghold, and the garrison of the Philistines was then in Bethlehem. 17  David longed, and said, “Oh that one would give me water to drink of the well of Bethlehem, which is by the gate!” 18  The three broke through the army 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 of it, but poured it out to Yahweh, 19  and said, “My God forbid it me, that I should do this! Shall I drink the blood of these men who have put their lives in jeopardy?” For they risked their lives to bring it. Therefore he would not drink it. The three mighty men did these things. 20  Abishai, the brother of Joab, he was chief of the three; for he lifted up his spear against three hundred and killed them, and had a name among the three. 21  Of the three, he was more honorable than the two, and was made their captain: however he didn’t attain to the first three. 22  Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, the son of a valiant man of Kabzeel, who had done mighty deeds, he killed the two sons of Ariel of Moab: he went down also and killed a lion in the midst of a pit in time of snow. 23  He killed an Egyptian, a man of great stature, five cubits high; and in the Egyptian’s hand was a spear like a weaver’s beam; and he went down to him with a staff, and plucked 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 had a name among the three mighty men. 25  Behold, he was more honorable than the thirty, but he didn’t attain to the first three: and David set him over his guard. 26  Also the mighty men of the armies: Asahel the brother of Joab, Elhanan the son of Dodo of Bethlehem, 27  Shammoth the Harorite, 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 the brooks of Gaash, Abiel the Arbathite, 33  Azmaveth the Baharumite, Eliahba the Shaalbonite, 34  the sons of Hashem the Gizonite, Jonathan the son of Shagee 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, Naharai the Berothite, 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 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.

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