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1 Adam, Seth, Enosh, 2Kenan, Mahalalel, Jared, 3Enoch, Methuselah, Lamech, 4Noah, Shem, Ham, and Ja-pheth. 5The sons of Ja-pheth: Gomer, and Magog, and Madai, and Javan, and Tubal, and Meshech, and Tiras. 6And the sons of Gomer: Ash-ke-naz, and Diphath, and To-gar-mah. 7And the sons of Javan: E-li-shah, and Tarshish, Kittim, and Rodanim. 8The sons of Ham: Cush, and Miz-ra-im, Put, and Canaan. 9And the sons of Cush: Seba, and Hav-i-lah, and Sabta, and Raama, and Sabteca. And the sons of Ra-a-mah: She-ba, and De-dan. 10And Cush begot Nimrod; he began to be a mighty one in the earth. 11And Miz-ra-im begot Ludim, and An-a-mim, and Le-ha-bim, and Naph-tu-him, 12and Path-ru-sim, and Cas-lu-him (from where came the Philistines), and Caph-to-rim. 13And Canaan begot Sidon his first-born, and Heth, 14and the Jeb-u-site, and the Amorite, and the Gir-gash-ite, 15and the Hi-vite, and the Arkite, and the Sinite, 16and the Ar-va-dite, and the Zem-a-rite, and the Ha-math-itr. 17The sons of Shem: E-lam, and Assh-ur, and Ar-phax-ad, and Lud, and Ar-am, and Uz, and Hul, and Ge-ther, and Meshech. 18And Ar-phax-ad begot Sa-lah, and Sa-lah begot E-ber. 19And unto E-ber were born two sons: the name of the one was Pe-leg; for in his days the earth was divided; and his brotherís name was Jok-tan. 20And Jok-tan begot Al-mo-dad, and She-leph, and Ha-zar-ma-veth, and Je-rah, 21and Ha-dor-am, and U-zal, and Dik-lah, 22and E-bal, and A-bim-a-el, and She-ba, 23and O-phir, and Hav-i-lah, and Jo-bab. All these were the sons of Jok-tan. 24Shem, Ar-phax-ad, Sa-lah, 25Eber, Pe-leg, Reu, 26Serug, Nahor, Te-rah, 27Abram (the same is Abraham).

28The sons of Abraham: Isaac, and Ishmael. 29These are their generations: the first-born of Ishmael, Ne-ba-joth; then Ke-dar, and Ad-beel, and Mib-sam, 30Mishma, and Du-mah, Mas-sa, Ha-dar, and Te-ma, 31Jetur, Na-phish, and Ke-de-mah. These are the sons of Ishmael. 32And the sons of Ke-tu-rah, Abrahamís concubine: she bare Zimran, and Jok-shan, and Me-dan, and Mid-i-an, and Ish-bak, and Shu-ah. And the sons of Jok-shan: She-ba, and De-dan. 33And the sons of Mid-i-an: E-phah, and E-pher, and Ha-noch, and A-bi-da, and El-da-ah. All these were the sons of Ke-tu-rah. 34And Abraham begot Isaac. The sons of Isaac: Esau, and Israel. 35The sons of Esau: E-li-phaz, Reu-el, and Je-ush, and Ja-lam, and Kor-ah. 36The sons of E-li-phaz: Te-man, and Omar, Zephi, and gotam, Ke-naz, and Tim-na, and Am-a-lek. 37The sons of Reu-el: Nahath, Ze-rah, Sham-mah, and Miz-zah. 38And the sons of Se-ir: Lo-tan, and Sho-bal, and Zib-e-on, and A-nah, and Di-shon, and E-zer, and Di-shan. 39And the sons of Lo-tan: Hor-i, and Homam; and Tim-na was Lo-tanís sister. 40The sons of Sho-bal: Alian, and Man-a-hath, and E-bal, Shephi, and O-nam. And the sons of Zib-e-on: A-jah, and A-nah. 41The sons of A-nah: Di-shon. And the sons of Di-shon: Hamran, and Esh-ban, and Ith-ran, and Che-ran. 42The sons of E-zer: Bilhan, and Za-a-van, Jaakan. The sons of Di-shan: Uz, and Ar-an. 43Now these are the kings that reigned in the land of E-dom, before there resigned any king over the children of Israel: Be-la the son of Beor; and the name of his city was Din-ha-bah. 44And Be-la died, and Jo-bab the son of Ze-rah of Boz-rah reigned in his stead. 45And Jo-bab died, and Hu-sham of the land of the Te-man-ites reigned in his stead. 46And Hu-sham died, and Ha-dar the son of Bedad, who struck Mid-i-an in the field of Moab, reigned in his stead; and the name of his city was A-vith. 47And Ha-dar died, and Sam-lah of Mas-re-kah reigned in his stead. 48And Sam-lah died, and Saul of Re-ho-both by the River reigned in his stead. 49And Saul died, and Baal-hanan the son of Ach-bor reigned in his stead. 50And Baal-hanan died, and Ha-dar reigned in his stead; and the name of his city was Pai: and his wifeís name was Me-het-a-bel, the daughter of Ma-tred, the daughter of Me-zahab. 51And Ha-dar died. And the chiefs of E-dom were: chief Tim-na, chief Aliah, chief Jetheth, 52chief A-hol-i-ba-mah, chief Elah, chief Pinon, 53chief Ke-naz, chief Te-man, chief Mibzar, 54chief Magdiel, chief Iram. These are the chiefs of E-dom.


2 These are the sons of Israel: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah, Issachar, and Zebulun, 2Dan, Joseph, and Benjamin, Naphtali, Gad, and Asher. 3The sons of Judah: Er, and O-nan, and Sa-lah; which three were born unto him of Shuaís daughter the Canaanitess. And Er, Judahís first-born, was wicked in the sight of Jehovah; and he slew him. 4And Ta-mar his daughter-in-law bare him Perez and Ze-rah. All the sons of Judah were five. 5The sons of Perez: Hez-ron, and Hamul. 6And the sons of Ze-rah: Zimri, and Ethan, and He-mam, and Calcol, and Dara; five of them in all. 7And the sons of Car-mi: Achar, the troubler of Israel, who committed a trespass in the devoted thing. 8And the sons of Ethan: Azariah. 9The sons also of Hez-ron, that were born unto him: Jerahmeel, and Ram, and Chelubai. 10And Ram begot Am-min-a-dab, and Am-min-a-dab begot Na-ash-on, prince of the children of Judah; 11and Na-ash-on begot Salma, and Salma begot Boaz, 12and Boaz begot Obed, and Obed begot Jesse; 13and Jesse begot his first-born Eliab, and A-bin-a-dab the second, and Shimea the third, 14Nethanel the fourth, Raddai the fifth, 15Ozem the sixth, David the seventh; 16and their sisters were Zeruiah and Abigail. And the sons of Zeruiah: Abishai, and Joab, and Asahel, three. 17And Abigail bare Amasa; and the father of Amasa was Jether the Ishmaelite.

18And Caleb the son of Hez-ron begot children of Azubah his wife, and of Jerioth; and these were her sons: Jesher, and Shobab, and Ardon. 19And Azubah died, and Caleb took unto him E-phrath, who bare him Hur. 20And Hur begot U-ri, and U-ri begot Be-zal-e-el. 21And afterward Hez-ron went in to the daughter of Ma-chir the father of Gil-e-ad, whom he took to wife when he was threescore years old; and she bare him Segub. 22And Segub begot Jair, who had three and twenty cities in the land of Gil-e-ad. 23And Geshur and Ar-am took the towns of Jair from them, with Kenath, and the villages thereof, even threescore cities. All these were the sons of Ma-chir the father of Gil-e-ad. 24And after that Hez-ron was dead in Caleb-ephrathah, then A-bi-ah Hez-ronís wife bare him Ashhur the father of Tekoa. 25And the sons of Jerahmeel the first-born of Hez-ron were Ram the first-born, and Bunah, and Oren, and Ozem, A-hi-ah. 26And Jerahmeel had another wife, whose name was Atarah; she was the mother of O-nam. 27And the sons of Ram the first-born of Jerahmeel were Maaz, and Ja-min, and Eker. 28And the sons of O-nam were Shammai, and Jada. And the sons of Shammai: Nadab, and Abishur. 29And the name of the wife of Abishur was Abihail; and she bare him Ahban, and Molid. 30And the sons of Nadab: Seled, and Appaim; but Seled died without children. 31And the sons of Appaim: Ishi. And the sons of Ishi: Sheshan. And the sons of Sheshan: Ahlai. 32And the sons of Jada the brother of Shammai: Jether, and Jonathan; and Jether died without children. 33And the sons of Jonathan: Peleth, and Zaza. These were the sons of Jerahmeel. 34Now Sheshan had no sons, but daughters. And Sheshan had a servant, an Egyptian, whose name was Jarha. 35And Sheshan gave his daughter to Jarha his servant to wife; and she bare him Attai. 36And Attai begot Nathan, and Nathan begot Zabad, 37and Zabad begot Ephlal, and Ephlal begot Obed, 38and Obed begot Jehu, and Jehu begot Azariah, 39and Azariah begot Helez, and Helez begot Eleasah, 40and Eleasah begot Sismai, and Sismai begot Shallum, 41and Shallum begot Jekamiah, and Jekamiah begot Elishama. 42And the sons of Caleb the brother of Jerahmeel were Me-sha his first-born, who was the father of Ziph; and the sons of Mareshah the father of He-bron. 43And the sons of He-bron: Kor-ah, and Tappuah, and Rekem, and Shema. 44And Shema begot Raham, the father of Jorkeam; and Rekem begot Shammai. 45And the son of Shammai was Maon; and Maon was the father of Beth-zur. 46And E-phah, Calebís concubine, bare Har-an, and Moza, and Gazez; and Har-an begot Gazez. 47And the sons of Jahdai: Regem, and Jothan, and Geshan, and Pelet, and E-phah, and Shaaph. 48Maacah, Calebís concubine, bare Sheber and Tirhanah. 49She bare also Shaaph the father of Madmannah, Sheva the father of Machbena, and the father of Gibea; and the daughter of Caleb was Achsah. 50These were the sons of Caleb, the son of Hur, the first-born of Ephrathah: Sho-bal the father of Kir-jath-jeía-rim, 51Salma the father of Beth-lehem, Hareph the father of Beth-gader. 52And Sho-bal the father of Kir-jath-jeía-rim had sons: Haroeh, half of the Menuhoth. 53And the families of Kir-jath-jeía-rim: The Ithrites, and the Puthites, and the Shumathites, and the Mishraites; of them came the Zorathites and the Eshtaolites. 54The sons of Salma: Beth-lehem, and the Netophathites, Atroth-beth-joab, and half of the Manahathites, the Zorites. 55And the families of scribes that dwelt at Jabez: the Tirathites, the Shimeathites, the Sucathites. These are the Kenites that came of Hammath, the father of the house of Rechab.


3 Now these were the sons of David, that were born unto him in He-bron: the first-born, Amnon, of Ahinoam the Jezreelitess; the second, Daniel, of Abigail the Carmelitess; 2the third, Absalom the son of Ma-a-chah the daughter of Talmai king of Geshur; the fourth, Adonijah the son of Haggith; 3the fifth, Shephatiah of Abital; the sixth, Ithream by Eglah his wife: 4six were born unto him in He-bron; and there he reigned seven years and six months. And in Jerusalem he reigned thirty and three years; 5and these were born unto him in Jerusalem: Shimea, and Shobab, and Nathan, and Solomon, four, of Bath-shua the daughter of Ammiel; 6and Ibhar, and Elishama, and Eliphelet, 7and Nogah, and Neph-eg, and Japhia, 8and Elishama, and Eliada, and Eliphelet, nine. 9All these were the sons of David, besides the sons of the concubines; and Ta-mar was their sister.

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


4 The sons of Judah: Perez, Hez-ron, and Car-mi, and Hur, and Sho-bal. 2And Reaiah the son of Sho-bal begot Jahath; and Jahath begot Ahumai and Lahad. These are the families of the Zorathites. 3And these were the sons of the father of Etam: Jezreel, and Ishma, and Idbash; and the name of their sister was Hazzelelponi; 4and Pen-u-el the father of Gedor, and E-zer the father of Hushah. These are the sons of Hur, the first-born of Ephrathah, the father of Beth-lehem. 5And Ashhur the father of Tekoa had two wives, Helah and Naarah. 6And Naarah bare him Ahuzzam, and Hepher, and Temeni, and Haahashtari. These were the sons of Naarah. 7And the sons of Helah were Zereth, Iz-har, and Ethnan. 8And Hakkoz begot Anub, and Zobebah, and the families of Aharhel the son of Harum. 9And Jabez was more honorable than his brethren: and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, Because I bare him with sorrow. 10And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that you would bless me indeed, and enlarge my border, and that your hand might be with me, and that you would keep me from evil, that it be not to my sorrow! And God granted him that which he requested.

11And Chelub the brother of Shuhah begot Mehir, who was the father of Eshton. 12And Eshton begot Beth-rapha, and Paseah, and Tehinnah the father of Ir-nahash. These are the men of Recah. 13And the sons of Ke-naz: Othniel, and Seraiah. And the sons of Othniel: Hathath. 14And Meonothai begot Ophrah: and Seraiah begot Joab the father of Ge-harashim; for they were craftsmen. 15And the sons of Caleb the son of Jephunneh: Iru, Elah, and Naam; and the sons of Elah; and Ke-naz. 16And the sons of Jehallelel: Ziph, and Ziphah, Tiria, and Asarel. 17And the sons of Ezrah: Jether, and Mered, and E-pher, and Jalon; and she bare Miriam, and Shammai, and Ishbah the father of Eshtemoa. 18And his wife the Jewess bare Jered the father of Gedor, and Heber the father of Soco, and Jekuthiel the father of Zanoah. And these are the sons of Bithiah the daughter of Pharaoh, whom Mered took. 19And the sons of the wife of Hodiah, the sister of Naham, were the father of Keilah the Garmite, and Eshtemoa the Maacathite. 20And the sons of Shimon: Amnon, and Rinnah, Ben-hanan, and Tilon. And the sons of Ishi: Zoheth, and Ben-zoheth. 21The sons of Sa-lah the son of Judah: Er the father of Lecah, and Laadah the father of Mareshah, and the families of the house of them that worked fine linen, of the house of Ashbea; 22and Jokim, and the men of Cozeba, and Joash, and Saraph, who had dominion in Moab, and Jashubilehem. And the records are ancient. 23These were the potters, and the inhabitants of Netaim and Gederah: there they dwelt with the king for his work.

24The sons of Simeon: Nemuel, and Ja-min, Jarib, Ze-rah, Saul; 25Shallum his son, Mib-sam his son, Mish-ma his son. 26And the sons of Mish-ma: Hammuel his son, Zaccur his son, Shim-i his son. 27And Shim-i had sixteen sons and six daughters; but his brethren had not many children, neither did all their family multiply like to the children of Judah. 28And they dwelt at Beer-She-ba, and Moladah, and Hazarshual, 29and at Bilhah, and at Ezem, and at Tolad, 30and at Be-thu-el, and at Hormah, and at Ziklag, 31and at Beth-marcaboth, and Hazar-susim, and at Beth-biri, and at Shaaraim. These were their cities unto the reign of David. 32And their villages were Etam, and Ain, Rimmon, and Tochen, and Ashan, five cities; 33and all their villages that were round about the same cities, unto Baal. These were their habitations, and they have their genealogy. 34And Meshobab, and Jamlech, and Joshah the son of Amaziah, 35and Joel, and Jehu the son of Joshibiah, the son of Seraiah, the son of Asiel, 36and Elioenai, and Jaakobah, and Jeshohaiah, and Asaiah, and Adiel, and Jesimiel, and Benaiah, 37and Ziza the son of Shiphi, the son of Allon, the son of Jedaiah, the son of Shimri, the son of Shemaiah-- 38these mentioned by name were princes in their families: and their fathersí houses increased greatly. 39And they went to the entrance of Gedor, even unto the east side of the valley, to seek pasture for their flocks. 40And they found fat pasture and good, and the land was wide, and quiet, and peaceable; for they that dwelt there aforetime were of Ham. 41And these written by name came in the days of Hezekiah king of Judah, and struck their tents, and the Meunim that were found there, and destroyed them utterly unto this day, and dwelt in their stead; because there was pasture there for their flocks. 42And some of them, even of the sons of Simeon, five hundred men, went to mount Se-ir, having for their captains Pelatiah, and Neariah, and Rephaiah, and Uz-zi-el, the sons of Ishi. 43And they struck the remnant of the A-mal-ek-ites that escaped, and have dwelt there unto this day.


5 And the sons of Reuben the first-born of Israel (for he was the first-born; but, forasmuch as he defiled his fatherís couch, his birthright was given unto the sons of Joseph the son of Israel; and the genealogy is not to be reckoned after the birthright. 2For Judah prevailed above his brethren, and of him came the prince; but the birthright was Josephís:) 3the sons of Reuben the first-born of Israel: Ha-noch, and Pal-lu, Hez-ron, and Car-mi. 4The sons of Joel: Shemaiah his son, Gog his son, Shim-i his son, 5Micah his son, Reaiah his son, Baal his son, 6Beerah his son, whom TilGath-pilneser king of Assyria carried away captive: he was prince of the Reubenites. 7And his brethren by their families, when the genealogy of their generations was reckoned: the chief, Jeiel, and Zechariah, 8and Be-la the son of Azaz, the son of Shema, the son of Joel, who dwelt in Aroer, even unto Nebo and Baal-meon: 9and eastward he dwelt even unto the entrance of the wilderness from the river Euphrates, because their cattle were multiplied in the land of Gil-e-ad. 10And in the days of Saul, they made war with the Hagrites, who fell by their hand; and they dwelt in their tents throughout all the land east of Gil-e-ad. 11And the sons of Gad dwelt over against them, in the land of Bashan unto Salecah: 12Joel the chief, and Shapham the second, and Janai, and Shaphat in Bashan. 13And their brethren of their fathersí houses: Michael, and Meshullam, and She-ba, and Jorai, and Jacan, and Zia, and E-ber, seven. 14These were the sons of Abihail, the son of Huri, the son of Jaroah, the son of Gil-e-ad, the son of Michael, the son of Jeshishai, the son of Jahdo, the son of Buz; 15Ahi the son of Abdiel, the son of Guni, chief of their fathersí houses. 16And they dwelt in Gil-e-ad in Bashan, and in its towns, and in all the suburbs of Sharon, as far as their borders. 17All these were reckoned by genealogies in the days of Jotham king of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam king of Israel.

18The sons of Reuben, and the Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh, of valiant men, men able to bear buckler and sword, and to shoot with bow, and skilful in war, were forty and four thousand seven hundred and threescore, that were able to go forth to war. 19And they made war with the Hagrites, with Je-tur, and Na-phish, and Nodab. 20And they were helped against them, and the Hagrites were delivered into their hand, and all that were with them; for they cried to God in the battle, and he was entreated of them, because they put their trust in him. 21And they took away their cattle; of their camels fifty thousand, and of sheep two hundred and fifty thousand, and of asses two thousand, and of men a hundred thousand. 22For there fell many slain, because the war was of God. And they dwelt in their stead until the captivity. 23And the children of the half-tribe of Manasseh dwelt in the land: they increased from Bashan unto Baal-Her-mon and She-nir and mount Her-mon. 24And these were the heads of their fathersí houses: even E-pher, and Ishi, and Eliel, and Azriel, and Jeremiah, and Hodaviah, and Jahdiel, mighty men of valor, famous men, heads of their fathersí houses. 25And they trespassed against the God of their fathers, and played the harlot after the gods of the peoples of the land, whom God destroyed before them. 26And the God of Israel stirred up the spirit of Pul king of Assyria, and the spirit of TilGath-pilneser king of Assyria, and he carried them away, even the Reubenites, and the Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh, and brought them unto Halah, and Habor, and Hara, and to the river of Gozan, unto this day.


6 The sons of Levi: Ger-shon, Ko-hath, and Me-rar-i. 2And the sons of Ko-hath: Amram, Iz-har, and He-bron, and Uz-zi-el. 3And the children of Amram: Aaron, and Moses, and Miriam. And the sons of Aaron: Nadab, and A-bi-hu, El-e-a-zar, and Ith-a-mar. 4Eleazar begot Phin-e-has, Phin-e-has begot Abishua, 5and Abishua begot Bukki, and Bukki begot Uzzi, 6and Uzzi begot Zerahiah, and Zerahiah begot Meraioth, 7Meraioth begot Amariah, and Amariah begot A-hi-tub, 8and A-hi-tub begot Zadok, and Zadok begot Ahimaaz, 9and Ahimaaz begot Azariah, and Azariah begot Johanan, 10and Johanan begot Azariah, (he it is that executed the priestís office in the house that Solomon built in Jerusalem), 11and Azariah begot Amariah, and Amariah begot A-hi-tub, 12and A-hi-tub begot Zadok, and Zadok begot Shallum, 13and Shallum begot Hilkiah, and Hilkiah begot Azariah, 14and Azariah begot Seraiah, and Seraiah begot Jehozadak; 15And Jehozadak went into captivity, when Jehovah carried away Judah and Jerusalem by the hand of Nebuchadnezzar. 16The sons of Levi: Ger-shom, Ko-hath, and Me-rar-i. 17And these are the names of the sons of Ger-shom: Lib-ni and Shim-i. 18And the sons of Ko-hath were Amram, and Iz-har, and He-bron, and Uz-zi-el. 19The sons of Me-rar-i: Ma-ha-li and Mu-shi. And these are the families of the Levites according to their fathersí houses. 20Of Ger-shom: Lib-ni his son, Jahath his son, Zimmah his son, 21Joah his son, Iddo his son, Ze-rah his son, Jeatherai his son. 22The sons of Ko-hath: Am-min-a-dab his son, Kor-ah his son, As-sir his son, 23Elkanah his son, and Ebiasaph his son, and As-sir his son, 24Tahath his son, Uriel his son, Uzziah his son, and Saul his son. 25And the sons of El-ka-nah: Amasai, and Ahimoth. 26As for El-ka-nah, the sons of El-ka-nah: Zophai his son, and Nahath his son, 27Eliab his son, Jeroham his son, El-ka-nah his son. 28And the sons of Samuel: the first-born Joel, and the second A-bi-ah. 29The sons of Me-rar-i: Ma-ha-li, Lib-ni his son, Shim-i his son, Uzzah his son, 30Shimea his son, Haggiah his son, Asaiah his son.

31And these are they whom David set over the service of song in the house of Jehovah, after that the ark had rest. 32And they ministered with song before the tabernacle of the tent of meeting, until Solomon had built the house of Jehovah in Jerusalem: and they waited on their office according to their order. 33And these are they that waited, and their sons. Of the sons of the Kohathites: He-mam the singer, the son of Joel, the son of Samuel, 34the son of El-ka-nah, the son of Jeroham, the son of Eliel, the son of Toah, 35the son of Zuph, the son of El-ka-nah, the son of Mahath, the son of Amasai, 36the son of El-ka-nah, the son of Joel, the son of Azariah, the son of Zephaniah, 37the son of Tahath, the son of As-sir, the son of Ebiasaph, the son of Kor-ah, 38the son of Iz-har, the son of Ko-hath, the son of Levi, the son of Israel. 39And his brother Asaph, who stood on his right hand, even Asaph the son of Berechiah, the son of Shimea, 40the son of Michael, the son of Baaseiah, the son of Malchijah, 41the son of Ethni, the son of Ze-rah, the son of Adaiah, 42the son of Ethan, the son of Zimmah, the son of Shim-i, 43the son of Jahath, the son of Ger-shom, the son of Levi. 44And on the left hand their brethren the sons of Me-rar-i: Ethan the son of Kishi, the son of Abdi, the son of Malluch, 45the son of Hashabiah, the son of Amaziah, the son of Hilkiah, 46the son of Amzi, the son of Bani, the son of Shemer, 47the son of Ma-ha-li, the son of Mu-shi, the son of Me-rar-i, the son of Levi. 48And their brethren the Levites were appointed for all the service of the tabernacle of the house of God. 49But Aaron and his sons offered upon the altar of burnt-offering, and upon the altar of incense, for all the work of the most holy place, and to make atonement for Israel, according to all that Moses the servant of God had commanded. 50And these are the sons of Aaron: El-e-a-zar his son, Phin-e-has his son, Abishua his son, 51Bukki his son, Uzzi his son, Zerahiah his son, 52Meraioth his son, Amariah his son, A-hi-tub his son, 53Zadok his son, Ahimaaz his son.

54Now these are their dwelling-places according to their encampments in their borders: to the sons of Aaron, of the families of the Kohathites (for theirs was the first lot), 55to them they gave He-bron in the land of Judah, and the suburbs thereof round about it; 56but the fields of the city, and the villages thereof, they gave to Caleb the son of Jephunneh. 57And to the sons of Aaron they gave the cities of refuge, He-bron; Libnah also with its suburbs, and Jattir, and Eshtemoa with its suburbs, 58and Hilen with its suburbs, Debir with its suburbs, 59and Ashan with its suburbs, and Beth-she-mesh with its suburbs; 60and out of the tribe of Benjamin, Geba with its suburbs, and Allemeth with its suburbs, and Anathoth with its suburbs. All their cities throughout their families were thirteen cities. 61And unto the rest of the sons of Ko-hath were given by lot, out of the family of the tribe, out of the half-tribe, the half of Manasseh, ten cities. 62And to the sons of Ger-shom, according to their families, out of the tribe of Issachar, and out of the tribe of Asher, and out of the tribe of Naphtali, and out of the tribe of Manasseh in Bashan, thirteen cities. 63Unto the sons of Me-rar-i were given by lot, according to their families, out of the tribe of Reuben, and out of the tribe of Gad, and out of the tribe of Zebulun, twelve cities. 64And the children of Israel gave to the Levites the cities with their suburbs. 65And they gave by lot out of the tribe of the children of Judah, and out of the tribe of the children of Simeon, and out of the tribe of the children of Benjamin, these cities which are mentioned by name. 66And some of the families of the sons of Ko-hath had cities of their borders out of the tribe of E-phra-im. 67And they gave unto them the cities of refuge, She-chem in the hill-country of E-phra-im with its suburbs; Gezer also with its suburbs, 68and Jokmeam with its suburbs, and Beth-horon with its suburbs, 69and Aijalon with its suburbs, and Gath-rimmon with its suburbs; 70and out of the half-tribe of Manasseh, Aner with its suburbs, and Bileam with its suburbs, for the rest of the family of the sons of Ko-hath. 71Unto the sons of Ger-shom were given, out of the family of the half-tribe of Manasseh, Golan in Bashan with its suburbs, and Ash-ta-roth with its suburbs; 72and out of the tribe of Issachar, Kedesh with its suburbs, Daberath with its suburbs, 73and Ramoth with its suburbs, and Anem with its suburbs; 74and out of the tribe of Asher, Mashal with its suburbs, and Abdon with its suburbs, 75and Hukok with its suburbs, and Rehob with its suburbs; 76and out of the tribe of Naphtali, Kedesh in Galilee with its suburbs, and Hammon with its suburbs, and Kiriathaim with its suburbs. 77Unto the rest of the Levites, the sons of Me-rar-i, were given, out of the tribe of Zebulun, Rimmono with its suburbs, Ta-bor with its suburbs; 78and beyond the Jordan at Jericho, on the east side of the Jordan, were given them, out of the tribe of Reuben, Bezer in the wilderness with its suburbs, and Jahzah with its suburbs, 79and Kedemoth with its suburbs, and Mephaath with its suburbs; 80and out of the tribe of Gad, Ramoth in Gil-e-ad with its suburbs, and Ma-ha-na-im with its suburbs, 81and Hesh-bon with its suburbs, and Jazer with its suburbs.


7 And of the sons of Issachar: Tola, and Pu-ah, Jashub, and Shimron, four. 2And the sons of Tola: Uzzi, and Rephaiah, and Jeriel, and Jahmai, and Ibsam, and Shemuel, heads of their fathersí houses, to wit, of Tola; mighty men of valor in their generations: their number in the days of David was two and twenty thousand and six hundred. 3And the sons of Uzzi: Izrahiah. And the sons of Izrahiah: Michael, and Obadiah, and Joel, Isshiah, five; all of them chief men. 4And with them, by their generations, after their fathersí houses, were bands of the host for war, six and thirty thousand; for they had many wives and sons. 5And their brethren among all the families of Issachar, mighty men of valor, reckoned in all by genealogy, were fourscore and seven thousand. 6The sons of Benjamin: Be-la, and Becher, and Jediael, three. 7And the sons of Be-la: Ezbon, and Uzzi, and Uz-zi-el, and Jerimoth, and Iri, five; heads of fathersí houses, mighty men of valor; and they were reckoned by genealogy twenty and two thousand and thirty and four. 8And the sons of Becher: Zemirah, and Joash, and El-i-e-zer, and Elioenai, and Omri, and Jeremoth, and A-bi-ah, and Anathoth, and Alemeth. All these were the sons of Becher. 9And they were reckoned by genealogy, after their generations, heads of their fathersí houses, mighty men of valor, twenty thousand and two hundred. 10And the sons of Jediael: Bilhan. And the sons of Bilhan: Je-ush, and Benjamin, and Ehud, and Chenaanah, and Zethan, and Tarshish, and Ahishahar. 11All these were sons of Jediael, according to the heads of their fathersí houses, mighty men of valor, seventeen thousand and two hundred, that were able to go forth in the host for war. 12Shuppim also, and Huppim, the sons of Ir, Hushim, the sons of Aher. 13The sons of Naphtali: Jahziel, and Guni, and Jezer, and Shallum, the sons of Bilhah. 14The sons of Manasseh: Asriel, whom his concubine the Aramitess bare: she bare Ma-chir the father of Gil-e-ad: 15and Ma-chir took a wife of Huppim and Shuppim, whose sisterís name was Ma-a-chah; and the name of the second was Zelophehad: and Zelophehad had daughters. 16And Ma-a-chah the wife of Ma-chir bare a son, and she called his name Peresh; and the name of his brother was Sheresh; and his sons were Ulam and Rakem. 17And the sons of Ulam: Be-dan. These were the sons of Gil-e-ad the son of Ma-chir, the son of Manasseh. 18And his sister Hammolecheth bare Ishhod, and Abiezer, and Mahlah. 19And the sons of Shemida were Ahian, and She-chem, and Likhi, and Aniam.

20And the sons of E-phra-im: Shuthelah, and Be-red his son, and Tahath his son, and Eleadah his son, and Tahath his son, 21and Zabad his son, and Shuthelah his son, and E-zer, and Elead, whom the men of Gath that were born in the land slew, because they came down to take away their cattle. 22And E-phra-im their father mourned many days, and his brethren came to comfort him. 23And he went in to his wife, and she conceived, and bare a son, and he called his name Beriah, because it went evil with his house. 24And his daughter was Sheerah, who built Beth-horon the lower and the upper, and Uzzen-sheerah. 25And Rephah was his son, and Resheph, and Telah his son, and Tahan his son, 26Ladan his son, Ammihud his son, Elishama his son, 27Nun his son, Joshua his son. 28And their possessions and habitations were Beth-el and the towns thereof, and eastward Naaran, and westward Gezer, with the towns thereof; She-chem also and the towns thereof, unto Azzah and the towns thereof; 29and by the borders of the children of Manasseh, Beth-shean and its towns, Taanach and its towns, Megiddo and its towns, Dor and its towns. In these dwelt the children of Joseph the son of Israel. 30The sons of Asher: Imnah, and Ishvah, and Ishvi, and Beriah, and Serah their sister. 31And the sons of Beriah: Heber, and Malchiel, who was the father of Birzaith. 32And Heber begot Japhlet, and Shomer, and Hotham, and Shua their sister. 33And the sons of Japhlet: Pasach, and Bimhal, and Ashvath. These are the children of Japhlet. 34And the sons of Shemer: Ahi, and Rohgah, Jehubbah, and Ar-am. 35And the sons of Helem his brother: Zophah, and Imna, and Shelesh, and Amal. 36The sons of Zophah: Suah, and Harnepher, and Shual, and Beri, and Imrah, 37Bezer, and Hod, and Shamma, and Shilshah, and Ith-ran, and Beera. 38And the sons of Jether: Jephunneh, and Pispa, and Ara. 39And the sons of Ulla: Arah, and Hanniel, and Rizia. 40All these were the children of Asher, heads of the fathersí houses, choice and mighty men of valor, chief of the princes. And the number of them reckoned by genealogy for service in war was twenty and six thousand men.


8 And Benjamin begot Be-la his first-born, Ashbel the second, and Aharah the third, 2Nohah the fourth, and Rapha the fifth. 3And Be-la had sons: Addar, and Gera, and Abihud, 4and Abishua, and Naaman, and Ahoah, 5and Gera, and Shephuphan, and Huram. 6And these are the sons of Ehud: these are the heads of fathersí houses of the inhabitants of Geba, and they carried them captive to Man-a-hath: 7and Naaman, and A-hi-ah, and Gera, he carried them captive: and he begot Uzza and Ahihud. 8And Shaharaim begot children in the field of Moab, after he had sent them away; Hushim and Baara were his wives. 9And he begot of Hodesh his wife, Jo-bab, and Zibia, and Me-sha, and Malcam, 10and Jeuz, and Shachia, and Mirmah. These were his sons, heads of fathersí houses. 11And of Hushim he begot Abitub and Elpaal. 12And the sons of Elpaal: E-ber, and Misham, and Shemed, who built Ono and Lod, with the towns thereof; 13and Beriah, and Shema, who were heads of fathersí houses of the inhabitants of Aijalon, who put to flight the inhabitants of Gath; 14and Ahio, Shashak, and Jeremoth, 15and Zebadiah, and Arad, and Eder, 16and Michael, and Ishpah, and Joha, the sons of Beriah, 17and Zebadiah, and Meshullam, and Hizki, and Heber, 18and Ishmerai, and Izliah, and Jo-bab, the sons of Elpaal, 19and Jakim, and Zich-ri, and Zabdi, 20and Elienai, and Zillethai, and Eliel, 21and Adaiah, and Beraiah, and Shimrath, the sons of Shim-i, 22and Ishpan, and E-ber, and Eliel, 23and Abdon, and Zich-ri, and Hanan, 24and Hananiah, and E-lam, and Anthothijah, 25and Iphdeiah, and Pen-u-el, the sons of Shashak, 26and Shamsherai, and Shehariah, and Athaliah, 27and Jaareshiah, and Elijah, and Zich-ri, the sons of Jeroham. 28These were heads of fathersí houses throughout their generations, chief men: these dwelt in Jerusalem. 29And in Gibeon there dwelt the father of Gibeon, Jeiel, whose wifeís name was Ma-a-chah; 30and his first-born son Abdon, and Zur, and Kish, and Baal, and Nadab, 31and Gedor, and Ahio, and Zecher. 32And Mikloth begot Shimeah. And they also dwelt with their brethren in Jerusalem, over against their brethren.

33And Ner begot Kish; and Kish begot Saul; and Saul begot Jonathan, and Malchi-shua, and A-bin-a-dab, and Eshbaal. 34And the son of Jonathan was Merib-baal; and Merib-baal begot Micah. 35And the sons of Micah: Pithon, and Melech, and Tarea, and Ahaz. 36And Ahaz begot Jehoaddah; and Jehoaddah begot Alemeth, and Azmaveth, and Zimri; and Zimri begot Moza. 37And Moza begot Binea; Raphah was his son, Eleasah his son, Azel his son. 38And Azel had six sons, whose names are these: Azrikam, Bocheru, and Ishmael, and Sheariah, and Obadiah, and Hanan. All these were the sons of Azel. 39And the sons of Eshek his brother: Ulam his first-born, Je-ush the second, and Eliphelet the third. 40And the sons of Ulam were mighty men of valor, archers, and had many sons, and sonsí sons, a hundred and fifty. All these were of the sons of Benjamin.


9 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 transgression. 2Now the first inhabitants that dwelt in their possessions in their cities were Israel, the priests, the Levites, and the Nethinim. 3And in Jerusalem dwelt of the children of Judah, and of the children of Benjamin, and of the children of E-phra-im and Manasseh: 4Uthai 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. 5And of the Shilonites: Asaiah the first-born, and his sons. 6And of the sons of Ze-rah: Jeuel, and their brethren, six hundred and ninety. 7And of the sons of Benjamin: Sallu the son of Meshullam, the son of Hodaviah, the son of Hassenuah, 8and Ibneiah the son of Jeroham, and Elah the son of Uzzi, the son of Michri, and Meshullam the son of Shephatiah, the son of Reu-el, the son of Ibnijah; 9and their brethren, according to their generations, nine hundred and fifty and six. All these men were heads of fathersí houses by their fathersí houses. 10And of the priests: Jedaiah, and Jehoiarib, Ja-chin, 11and Azariah the son of Hilkiah, the son of Meshullam, the son of Zadok, the son of Meraioth, the son of A-hi-tub, the ruler of the house of God; 12and 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; 13and their brethren, heads of their fathersí houses, a thousand and seven hundred and threescore; very able men for the work of the service of the house of God.

14And of the Levites: Shemaiah the son of Hasshub, the son of Azrikam, the son of Hashabiah, of the sons of Me-rar-i; 15and Bakbakkar, Heresh, and Galal, and Mattaniah the son of Mica, the son of Zich-ri, the son of Asaph, 16and Obadiah the son of Shemaiah, the son of Galal, the son of Jeduthun, and Berechiah the son of Asa, the son of El-ka-nah, that dwelt in the villages of the Netophathites. 17And the porters: Shallum, and Akkub, and Talmon, and Ahiman, and their brethren (Shallum was the chief), 18who hitherto waited in the kingís gate eastward: they were the porters for the camp of the children of Levi. 19And Shallum the son of Kore, the son of Ebiasaph, the son of Kor-ah, and his brethren, of his fatherís house, the Kor-a-hites, were over the work of the service, keepers of the thresholds of the tent: and their fathers had been over the camp of Jehovah, keepers of the entry. 20And Phin-e-has the son of El-e-a-zar was ruler over them in time past, and Jehovah was with him. 21Zechariah the son of Meshelemiah was porter of the door of the tent of meeting. 22All these that 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. 23So they and their children had the oversight of the gates of the house of Jehovah, even the house of the tent, by wards. 24On the four sides were the porters, toward the east, west, north, and south. 25And their brethren, in their villages, were to come in every seven days from time to time to be with them: 26for 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. 27And they lodged round about the house of God, because the charge thereof was upon them; and to them pertained the opening thereof morning by morning. 28And certain of them had charge of the vessels of service; for by count were these brought in and by count were these taken out. 29Some 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. 30And some of the sons of the priests prepared the confection of the spices. 31And Mattithiah, one of the Levites, who was the first-born of Shallum the Korahite, had the office of trust over the things that were baked in pans. 32And some of their brethren, of the sons of the Kohathites, were over the showbread, to prepare it every sabbath. 33And these are the singers, heads of fathersí houses of the Levites, who dwelt in the chambers and were free from other service; for they were employed in their work day and night. 34These were heads of fathersí houses of the Levites, throughout their generations, chief men: these dwelt at Jerusalem.


10 Now the Philistines fought against Israel: and the men of Israel fled from before the Philistines, and fell down slain in mount Gilboa. 2And the Philistines followed hard after Saul and after his sons; and the Philistines slew Jonathan, and A-bin-a-dab, and Malchi-shua, the sons of Saul. 3And the battle went greatly against Saul, and the archers overtook him; and he was distressed by reason of the archers. 4Then said Saul unto his armor-bearer, Draw your sword, and thrust me through therewith, unless these uncircumcised come and abuse me. But his armor-bearer would not; for he was greatly afraid. Therefore Saul took his sword, and fell upon it. 5And when his armor-bearer saw that Saul was dead, he likewise fell upon his sword, and died. 6So Saul died, and his three sons; and all his house died together. 7And when all the men of Israel that 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 dwelt in them.

8And it came to pass on the next day, when the Philistines came to strip the slain, that they found Saul and his sons fallen in mount Gilboa. 9And they stripped him, and took his head, and his armor, and sent into the land of the Philistines round about, to carry the tidings unto their idols, and to the people. 10And they put his armor in the house of their gods, and fasten ed his head in the house of Dagon. 11And when all Ja-besh-gil-e-ad heard all that the Philistines had done to Saul, 12all the valiant men arose, and took away the body of Saul, and the bodies of his sons, and brought them to Ja-besh, and buried their bones under the oak in Ja-besh, and fasted seven days. 13So Saul died for his trespass which he committed against Jehovah, because of the word of Jehovah, which he kept not; and also for that he asked counsel of one that had a familiar spirit, to inquire thereby, 14and inquired not of Jehovah: therefore he slew him, and turned the kingdom unto David the son of Jesse.


11 Then all Israel gathered themselves to David unto He-bron, saying, Behold, we are your bone and your flesh. 2In times past, even when Saul was king, it was you that led out and brought in Israel: and Jehovah your God said unto you, you shall be shepherd of my people Israel, and you shall be prince over my people Israel. 3So all the elders of Israel came to the king to He-bron; and David made a covenant with them in He-bron before Jehovah; and they anointed David king over Israel, according to the word of Jehovah by Samuel. 4And David and all Israel went to Jerusalem (the same is Jebus); and the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land, were there. 5And the inhabitants of Jebus said to David, you shall not come in hither. Nevertheless David took the stronghold of Zion; the same is the city of David. 6And David said, whoeverever smite the Jebusites first shall be chief and captain. And Joab the son of Zeruiah went up first, and was made chief. 7And David dwelt in the stronghold; therefore they called it the city of David. 8And he built the city round about, from Millo even round about; and Joab repaired the rest of the city. 9And David waxed greater and greater; for Jehovah of hosts was with him.

10Now 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 Jehovah concerning Israel. 11And 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 slew them at one time. 12And after him was El-e-a-zar the son of Dodo, the Ahohite, who was one of the three mighty men. 13He was with David at Pasdammim, and there the Philistines were gathered together to battle, where was a plot of ground full of barley; and the people fled from before the Philistines. 14And they stood in the midst of the plot, and defended it, and slew the Philistines; and Jehovah saved them by a great victory. 15And three of the thirty chief men went down to the rock to David, into the cave of Adullam; and the host of the Philistines were camped in the valley of Reph-a-im. 16And David was then in the stronghold, and the garrison of the Philistines was then in Beth-lehem. 17And David longed, and said, Oh that one would give me water to drink of the well of Beth-lehem, which is by the gate! 18And the three brake through the host of the Philistines, and drew water out of the well of Beth-lehem, that was by the gate, and took it, and brought it to David: but David would not drink thereof, but poured it out unto Jehovah, 19and said, My God forbid it me, that I should do this: shall I drink the blood of these men that have put their lives in jeopardy? for with the jeopardy of their lives they brought it. Therefore he would not drink it. These things did the three mighty men. 20And Abishai, the brother of Joab, he was chief of the three; for he lifted up his spear against three hundred and slew them, and had a name among the three. 21Of the three, he was more honorable than the two, and was made their captain: howbeit he attained not to the first three. 22Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, the son of a valiant man of Kabzeel, who had done mighty deeds, he slew the two sons of Ariel of Moab: he went down also and slew a lion in the midst of a pit in time of snow. 23And he slew an Egyptian, a man of great stature, five cubits high; and in the Egyptianís hand was a spear like a weaverís beam; and he went down to him with a staff, and plucked the spear out of the Egyptianís hand, and slew him with his own spear. 24These things did Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and had a name among the three mighty men. 25Behold, he was more honorable than the thirty, but he attained not to the first three: and David set him over his guard. 26Also the mighty men of the armies: Asahel the brother of Joab, Elhanan the son of Dodo of Beth-lehem, 27Shammoth the Harorite, Helez the Pelonite, 28Ira the son of Ikkesh the Tekoite, Abiezer the Anathothite, 29Sibbecai the Hushathite, Ilai the Ahohite, 30Maharai the Netophathite, Heled the son of Baanah the Netophathite, 31Ithai the son of Ribai of Gib-e-ah of the children of Benjamin, Benaiah the Pirathonite, 32Hurai of the brooks of Gaash, A-bi-el the Arbathite, 33Azmaveth the Baharumite, Eliahba the Shaalbonite, 34the sons of Hashem the Gizonite, Jonathan the son of Shagee the Hararite, 35Ahiam the son of Sacar the Hararite, Eliphal the son of Ur, 36Hepher the Mecherathite, A-hi-ah the Pelonite, 37Hezro the Carmelite, Naarai the son of Ezbai, 38Joel the brother of Nathan, Mibhar the son of Hagri, 39Zelek the Ammonite, Naharai the Berothite, the armorbearer of Joab the son of Zeruiah, 40Ira the Ithrite, Gareb the Ithrite, 41Uriah the Hittite, Zabad the son of Ahlai, 42Adina the son of Shiza the Reubenite, a chief of the Reubenites, and thirty with him, 43Hanan the son of Ma-a-chah, and Joshaphat the Mithnite, 44Uzzia the Ashterathite, Shama and Jeiel the sons of Hotham the Aroerite, 45Jediael the son of Shimri, and Joha his brother, the Tizite, 46Eliel the Mahavite, and Jeribai, and Joshaviah, the sons of Elnaam, and Ithmah the Moabite, 47Eliel, and Obed, and Jaasiel the Mezobaite.


12 Now these are they that came to David to Ziklag, while he yet kept himself close because of Saul the son of Kish; and they were among the mighty men, his helpers in war. 2They were armed with bows, and could use both the right hand and the left in slinging stones and in shooting arrows from the bow: they were of Saulís brethren of Benjamin. 3The chief was Ahiezer; then Joash, the sons of Shemaah the Gibeathite, and Jeziel, and Pelet, the sons of Azmaveth, and Beracah, and Jehu the Anathothite, 4and Ishmaiah the Gibeonite, a mighty man among the thirty, and over the thirty, and Jeremiah, and Jahaziel, and Johanan, and Jozabad the Gederathite, 5Eluzai, and Jerimoth, and Bealiah, and Shemariah, and Shephatiah the Haruphite, 6Elkanah, and Isshiah, and Azarel, and Joezer, and Jashobeam, the Kor-a-hites, 7and Joelah, and Zebadiah, the sons of Jeroham of Gedor. 8And of the Gadites there separated themselves unto David to the stronghold in the wilderness, mighty men of valor, men trained for war, that could handle shield and spear; whose faces were like the faces of lions, and they were as swift as the roes upon the mountains; 9Ezer the chief, Obadiah the second, Eliab the third, 10Mishmannah the fourth, Jeremiah the fifth, 11Attai the sixth, Eliel the seventh, 12Johanan the eighth, Elzabad the ninth, 13Jeremiah the tenth, Machbannai the eleventh. 14These of the sons of Gad were captains of the host: he that was least was equal to a hundred, and the greatest to a thousand. 15These are they that went over the Jordan in the first month, when it had overflowed all its banks; and they put to flight all them of the valleys, both toward the east, and toward the west. 16And there came of the children of Benjamin and Judah to the stronghold unto David. 17And David went out to meet them, and answered and said unto them, If you be come peaceably unto me to help me, my heart shall be knit unto you; but if you be come to betray me to my adversaries, seeing there is no wrong in my hands, the God of our fathers look thereon, and rebuke it. 18Then the Spirit came upon Amasai, who was chief of the thirty, and he said, your are we, David, and on your side, you son of Jesse: peace, peace be unto you, and peace be to your helpers; for your God helps you. Then David received them, and made them captains of the band. 19Of Manasseh also there fell away some to David, when he came with the Philistines against Saul to battle: but they helped them not; for the lords of the Philistines upon advisement sent him away, saying, He will fall away to his master Saul to the jeopardy of our heads. 20As he went to Ziklag, there fell to him of Manasseh, Adnah, and Jozabad, and Jediael, and Michael, and Jozabad, and E-li-hu, and Zillethai, captains of thousands that were of Manasseh. 21And they helped David against the band of rovers: for they were all mighty men of valor, and were captains in the host. 22For from day to day men came to David to help him, until there was a great host, like the host of God.

23And these are the numbers of the heads of them that were armed for war, who came to David to He-bron, to turn the kingdom of Saul to him, according to the word of Jehovah. 24The children of Judah that bare shield and spear were six thousand and eight hundred, armed for war. 25Of the children of Simeon, mighty men of valor for the war, seven thousand and one hundred. 26Of the children of Levi four thousand and six hundred. 27And Jehoiada was the leader of the house of Aaron; and with him were three thousand and seven hundred, 28and Zadok, a young man mighty of valor, and of his fatherís house twenty and two captains. 29And of the children of Benjamin, the brethren of Saul, three thousand: for hitherto the greatest part of them had kept their allegiance to the house of Saul. 30And of the children of E-phra-im twenty thousand and eight hundred, mighty men of valor, famous men in their fathersí houses. 31And of the half-tribe of Manasseh eighteen thousand, who were mentioned by name, to come and make David king. 32And of the children of Issachar, men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do, the heads of them were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their commandment. 33Of Zebulun, such as were able to go out in the host, that could set the battle in array, with all manner of instruments of war, fifty thousand, and that could order the battle array, and were not of double heart. 34And of Naphtali a thousand captains, and with them with shield and spear thirty and seven thousand. 35And of the Danites that could set the battle in array, twenty and eight thousand and six hundred. 36And of Asher, such as were able to go out in the host, that could set the battle in array, forty thousand. 37And on the other side of the Jordan, of the Reubenites, and the Gadites, and of the half-tribe of Manasseh, with all manner of instruments of war for the battle, a hundred and twenty thousand. 38All these being men of war, that could order the battle array, came with a perfect heart to He-bron, to make David king over all Israel: and all the rest also of Israel were of one heart to make David king. 39And they were there with David three days, eating and drinking; for their brethren had made preparation for them. 40Moreover they that were near unto them, even as far as Issachar and Zebulun and Naphtali, brought bread on asses, and on camels, and on mules, and on oxen, goods of meal, cakes of figs, and clusters of raisins, and wine, and oil, and oxen, and sheep in abundance: for there was joy in Israel.


13 And David consulted with the captains of thousands and of hundreds, even with every leader. 2And David said unto all the assembly of Israel, If it seem good unto you, and if it be of Jehovah our God, let us send abroad every where unto our brethren that are left in all the land of Israel, with whom the priests and Levites are in their cities that have suburbs, that they may gather themselves unto us; 3and let us bring again the ark of our God to us: for we sought not unto it in the days of Saul. 4And all the assembly said that they would do so; for the thing was right in the eyes of all the people. 5So David assembled all Israel together, from the Shihor the brook of Egypt even unto the entrance of Hamath, to bring the ark of God from Kir-jath-jeía-rim. 6And David went up, and all Israel, to Baalah, that is, to Kir-jath-jeía-rim, which belonged to Judah, to bring up from there the ark of God Jehovah that sits above the cherubim, that is called by the Name. 7And they carried the ark of God upon a new cart, and brought it out of the house of A-bin-a-dab: and Uzza and Ahio drove the cart. 8And David and all Israel played before God with all their might, even with songs, and with harps, and with psalteries, and with timbrels, and with cymbals, and with trumpets.

9And when they came unto the threshing-floor of Chidon, Uzza put forth his hand to hold the ark; for the oxen stumbled. 10And the anger of Jehovah was kindled against Uzza, and he struck him, because he put forth his hand to the ark; and there he died before God. 11And David was displeased, because Jehovah had broken forth upon Uzza; and he called that place Perez-uzza, unto this day. 12And David was afraid of God that day, saying, How shall I bring the ark of God home to me? 13So David removed not the ark unto him into the city of David, but carried it aside into the house of Obed-E-dom the Gittite. 14And the ark of God remained with the family of Obed-E-dom in his house three months: and Jehovah blessed the house of Obed-E-dom, and all that he had.


14 And Hiram king of Tyre sent messengers to David, and cedar-trees, and masons, and carpenters, to build him a house. 2And David perceived that Jehovah had established him king over Israel; for his kingdom was exalted on high, for his people Israelís sake. 3And David took more wives at Jerusalem; and David begot more sons and daughters. 4And these are the names of the children whom he had in Jerusalem: Shammua, and Shobab, Nathan, and Solomon, 5and Ibhar, and Elishua, and Elpelet, 6and Nogah, and Neph-eg, and Japhia, 7and Elishama, and Beeliada, and Eliphelet.

8And when the Philistines heard that David was anointed king over all Israel, all the Philistines went up to seek David: and David heard of it, and went out against them. 9Now the Philistines had come and made a raid in the valley of Reph-a-im. 10And David inquired of God, saying, Shall I go up against the Philistines? and will you deliver them into my hand? And Jehovah said unto him, Go up; for I will deliver them into your hand. 11So they came up to Baal-perazim, and David struck them there; and David said, God has broken my enemies by my hand, like the breach of waters. Therefore they called the name of that place Baal-perazim. 12And they left their gods there; and David gave commandment, and they were burned with fire. 13And the Philistines yet again made a raid in the valley. 14And David inquired again of God; and God said unto him, you shall not go up after them: turn away from them, and come upon them over against the mulberry-trees. 15And it shall be, when you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the mulberry-trees, that then you shall go out to battle; for God is gone out before you to strike the host of the Philistines. 16And David did as God commanded him: and they struck the host of the Philistines from Gibeon even to Gezer. 17And the fame of David went out into all lands; and Jehovah brought the fear of him upon all nations.


15 And David made him houses in the city of David; and he prepared a place for the ark of God, and pitched for it a tent. 2Then David said, None ought to carry the ark of God but the Levites: for them has Jehovah chosen to carry the ark of God, and to minister unto him for ever. 3And David assembled all Israel at Jerusalem, to bring up the ark of Jehovah unto its place, which he had prepared for it. 4And David gathered together the sons of Aaron, and the Levites: 5of the sons of Ko-hath, Uriel the chief, and his brethren a hundred and twenty; 6of the sons of Me-rar-i, Asaiah the chief, and his brethren two hundred and twenty; 7of the sons of Ger-shom, Joel the chief, and his brethren a hundred and thirty; 8of the sons of Elizaphan, Shemaiah the chief, and his brethren two hundred; 9of the sons of He-bron, Eliel the chief, and his brethren fourscore; 10of the sons of Uz-zi-el, Am-min-a-dab the chief, and his brethren a hundred and twelve. 11And David called for Zadok and Abiathar the priests, and for the Levites, for Uriel, Asaiah, and Joel, Shemaiah, and Eliel, and Am-min-a-dab, 12and said unto them, you are the heads of the fathersí houses of the Levites: sanctify yourselves, both you and your brethren, that you may bring up the ark of Jehovah, the God of Israel, unto the place that I have prepared for it. 13For because you bare it not at the first, Jehovah our God made a breach upon us, for that we sought him not according to the ordinance. 14So the priests and the Levites sanctified themselves to bring up the ark of Jehovah, the God of Israel. 15And the children of the Levites bare the ark of God upon their shoulders with the staves thereon, as Moses commanded according to the word of Jehovah. 16And David spoke to the chief of the Levites to appoint their brethren the singers, with instruments of music, psalteries and harps and cymbals, sounding aloud and lifting up the voice with joy. 17So the Levites appointed He-mam the son of Joel; and of his brethren, Asaph the son of Berechiah; and of the sons of Me-rar-i their brethren, Ethan the son of Kushaiah; 18and with them their brethren of the second degree, Zechariah, Ben, and Jaaziel, and Shemiramoth, and Jehiel, and Unni, Eliab, and Benaiah, and Maaseiah, and Mattithiah, and Eliphelehu, and Mikneiah, and Obed-E-dom, and Jeiel, the doorkeepers. 19So the singers, He-mam, Asaph, and Ethan, were appointed with cymbals of brass to sound aloud; 20and Zechariah, and Aziel, and Shemiramoth, and Jehiel, and Unni, and Eliab, and Maaseiah, and Benaiah, with psalteries set to Alamoth; 21and Mattithiah, and Eliphelehu, and Mikneiah, and Obed-E-dom, and Jeiel, and Azaziah, with harps set to the Sheminith, to lead. 22And Chenaniah, chief of the Levites, was over the song: he instructed about the song, because he was skilful. 23And Berechiah and El-ka-nah were doorkeepers for the ark. 24And Shebaniah, and Joshaphat, and Nethanel, and Amasai, and Zechariah, and Benaiah, and El-i-e-zer, the priests, did blow the trumpets before the ark of God: and Obed-E-dom and Jehiah were doorkeepers for the ark.

25So David, and the elders of Israel, and the captains over thousands, went to bring up the ark of the covenant of Jehovah out of the house of Obed-E-dom with joy. 26And it came to pass, when God helped the Levites that bare the ark of the covenant of Jehovah, that they sacrificed seven bullocks and seven rams. 27And David was clothed with a robe of fine linen, and all the Levites that bare the ark, and the singers, and Chenaniah the master of the song with the singers: and David had upon him an ephod of linen. 28Thus all Israel brought up the ark of the covenant of Jehovah with shouting, and with sound of the cornet, and with trumpets, and with cymbals, sounding aloud with psalteries and harps. 29And it came to pass, as the ark of the covenant of Jehovah came to the city of David, that Michal the daughter of Saul looked out at the window, and saw king David dancing and playing; and she despised him in her heart.


16 And they brought in the ark of God, and set it in the midst of the tent that David had pitched for it: and they offered burnt-offerings and peace-offerings before God. 2And when David had made an end of offering the burnt-offering and the peace-offerings, he blessed the people in the name of Jehovah. 3And he dealt to every one of Israel, both man and woman, to every one a loaf of bread, and a portion of flesh, and a cake of raisins. 4And he appointed certain of the Levites to minister before the ark of Jehovah, and to celebrate and to thank and praise Jehovah, the God of Israel: 5Asaph the chief, and second to him Zechariah, Jeiel, and Shemiramoth, and Jehiel, and Mattithiah, and Eliab, and Benaiah, and Obed-E-dom, and Jeiel, with psalteries and with harps; and Asaph with cymbals, sounding aloud; 6and Benaiah and Jahaziel the priests with trumpets continually, before the ark of the covenant of God.

7Then on that day did David first ordain to give thanks unto Jehovah, by the hand of Asaph and his brethren. 8O give thanks unto Jehovah, call upon his name; Make known his doings among the peoples. 9Sing unto him, sing praises unto him; Talk you of all his marvelous works. 10Glory you in his holy name; Let the heart of them rejoice that seek Jehovah. 11Seek you Jehovah and his strength; Seek his face evermore. 12Remember his marvelous works that he has done, His wonders, and the judgments of his mouth, 13O you seed of Israel his servant, you children of Jacob, his chosen ones. 14He is Jehovah our God; His judgments are in all the earth. 15Remember his covenant for ever, The word which he commanded to a thousand generations, 16The covenant which he made with Abraham, And his oath unto Isaac, 17And confirmed the same unto Jacob for a statute, To Israel for an everlasting covenant, 18Saying, Unto you will I give the land of Canaan, The lot of your inheritance; 19When you were but a few men in number, yes, very few, and sojourners in it; 20And they went about from nation to nation, And from one kingdom to another people. 21He suffered no man to do them wrong; yes, he reproved kings for their sakes, 22Saying, Touch not my anointed ones, And do my prophets no harm. 23Sing unto Jehovah, all the earth; Show forth his salvation from day to day. 24Declare his glory among the nations, His marvelous works among all the peoples. 25For great is Jehovah, and greatly to be praised: He also is to be feared above all gods. 26For all the gods of the peoples are idols: But Jehovah made the heavens. 27Honor and majesty are before him: Strength and gladness are in his place. 28Ascribe unto Jehovah, you kindreds of the peoples, Ascribe unto Jehovah glory and strength; 29Ascribe unto Jehovah the glory due unto his name: Bring an offering, and come before him: Worship Jehovah in holy array. 30Tremble before him, all the earth: The world also is established that it cannot be moved. 31Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; And let them say among the nations, Jehovah reigns. 32Let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof; Let the field exult, and all that is therein; 33Then shall the trees of the wood sing for joy before Jehovah; For he comes to judge the earth. 34O give thanks unto Jehovah; for he is good; For his lovingkindness endures for ever. 35And say you, Save us, O God of our salvation, And gather us together and deliver us from the nations, To give thanks unto your holy name, And to triumph in your praise. 36Blessed be Jehovah, the God of Israel, From everlasting even to everlasting. And all the people said, Amen, and praised Jehovah.

37So he left there, before the ark of the covenant of Jehovah, Asaph and his brethren, to minister before the ark continually, as every dayís work required; 38and Obed-E-dom with their brethren, threescore and eight; Obed-E-dom also the son of Jeduthun and Hosah to be doorkeepers; 39and Zadok the priest, and his brethren the priests, before the tabernacle of Jehovah in the high place that was at Gibeon, 40to offer burnt-offerings unto Jehovah upon the altar of burnt-offering continually morning and evening, even according to all that is written in the law of Jehovah, which he commanded unto Israel; 41and with them He-mam and Jeduthun, and the rest that were chosen, who were mentioned by name, to give thanks to Jehovah, because his lovingkindness endures for ever; 42and with them He-mam and Jeduthun with trumpets and cymbals for those that should sound aloud, and with instruments for the songs of God; and the sons of Jeduthun to be at the gate. 43And all the people departed every man to his house: and David returned to bless his house.


17 And it came to pass, when David dwelt in his house, that David said to Nathan the prophet, Lo, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of the covenant of Jehovah dwells under curtains. 2And Nathan said unto David, Do all that is in your heart; for God is with you. 3And it came to pass the same night, that the word of God came to Nathan, saying, 4Go and tell David my servant, Thus says Jehovah, you shall not build me a house to dwell in: 5for I have not dwelt in a house since the day that I brought up Israel, unto this day, but have gone from tent to tent, and from one tabernacle to another. 6In all places wherein I have walked with all Israel, spoke I a word with any of the judges of Israel, whom I commanded to be shepherd of my people, saying, Why have you not built me a house of cedar? 7Now therefore thus shall you say unto my servant David, Thus says Jehovah of hosts, I took you from the sheepcote, from following the sheep, that you should be prince over my people Israel: 8and I have been with you wherever you have gone, and have cut off all your enemies from before you; and I will make you a name, like unto the name of the great ones that are in the earth. 9And I will appoint a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in their own place, and be moved no more; neither shall the children of wickedness waste them any more, as at the first, 10and as from the day that I commanded judges to be over my people Israel; and I will subdue all your enemies. Moreover I tell you that Jehovah will build you a house. 11And it shall come to pass, when your days are fulfilled that you must go to be with your fathers, that I will set up your seed after you, who shall be of your sons; and I will establish his kingdom. 12He shall build me a house, and I will establish his throne for ever. 13I will be his father, and he shall be my son: and I will not take my lovingkindness away from him, as I took it from him that was before you; 14but I will settle him in my house and in my kingdom for ever; and his throne shall be established for ever. 15According to all these words, and according to all this vision, so did Nathan speak unto David.

16Then David the king went in, and sat before Jehovah; and he said, Who am I, O Jehovah God, and what is my house, that you have brought me thus far? 17And this was a small thing in your eyes, O God; but you have spoken of your servantís house for a great while to come, and has regarded me according to the estate of a man of high degree, O Jehovah God. 18What can David say yet more unto you concerning the honor which is done to your servant? for you know your servant. 19O Jehovah, for your servantís sake, and according to your own heart, has you worked all this greatness, to make known all these great things. 20O Jehovah, there is none like you, neither is there any God besides you, according to all that we have heard with our ears. 21And what one nation in the earth is like your people Israel, whom God went to redeem unto himself for a people, to make you a name by great and terrible things, in driving out nations from before your people, whom you redeemed out of Egypt? 22For your people Israel did you make your own people for ever; and you, Jehovah, became their God. 23And now, O Jehovah, let the word that you have spoken concerning your servant, and concerning his house, be established for ever, and do as you have spoken. 24And let your name be established and magnified for ever, saying, Jehovah of hosts is the God of Israel, even a God to Israel: and the house of David your servant is established before you. 25For you, O my God, has revealed to your servant that you will build him a house: therefore has your servant found in his heart to pray before you. 26And now, O Jehovah, you are God, and has promised this good thing unto your servant: 27and now it has pleased you to bless the house of your servant, that it may continue for ever before you: for you, O Jehovah, has blessed, and it is blessed for ever.


18 And after this it came to pass, that David struck the Philistines, and subdued them, and took Gath and its towns out of the hand of the Philistines. 2And he struck Moab; and the Moabites became servants to David, and brought tribute. 3And David struck Hadarezer king of Zobah unto Hamath, as he went to establish his dominion by the river Euphrates. 4And David took from him a thousand chariots, and seven thousand horsemen, and twenty thousand footmen; and David hocked all the chariot horses, but reserved of them for a hundred chariots. 5And when the Syrians of Damascus came to succor Hadarezer king of Zobah, David struck of the Syrians two and twenty thousand men. 6Then David put garrisons in Syria of Damascus; and the Syrians became servants to David, and brought tribute. And Jehovah gave victory to David wherever he went. 7And David took the shields of gold that were on the servants of Hadarezer, and brought them to Jerusalem. 8And from Tibhath and from Cun, cities of Hadarezer, David took very much brass, wherewith Solomon made the brazen sea, and the pillars, and the vessels of brass.

9And when Tou king of Hamath heard that David had crushed all the host of Hadarezer king of Zobah, 10he sent Ha-dor-am his son to king David, to salute him, and to bless him, because he had fought against Hadarezer and crushed him; (for Hadarezer had wars with Tou;) and he had with him all manner of vessels of gold and silver and brass. 11These also did king David dedicate unto Jehovah, with the silver and the gold that he carried away from all the nations; from E-dom, and from Moab, and from the children of Ammon, and from the Philistines, and from Am-a-lek. 12Moreover Abishai the son of Zeruiah struck of the E-dom-ites in the Valley of Salt eighteen thousand. 13And he put garrisons in E-dom; and all the E-dom-ites became servants to David. And Jehovah gave victory to David wherever he went. 14And David reigned over all Israel; and he executed justice and righteousness unto all his people. 15And Joab the son of Zeruiah was over the host; and Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud was recorder; 16and Zadok the son of A-hi-tub, and A-bim-e-lech the son of Abiathar, were priests; and Shavsha was scribe; 17and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over the Cherethites and the Pelethites; and the sons of David were chief about the king.


19 And it came to pass after this, that Nahash the king of the children of Ammon died, and his son reigned in his stead. 2And David said, I will show kindness unto Hanun the son of Nahash, because his father showed kindness to me. So David sent messengers to comfort him concerning his father. And Davidís servants came into the land of the children of Ammon to Hanun, to comfort him. 3But the princes of the children of Ammon said to Hanun, think you that David does honor your father, in that he has sent comforters unto you? are not his servants come unto you to search, and to overthrow, and to spy out the land? 4So Hanun took Davidís servants, and shaved them, and cut off their garments in the middle, even to their buttocks, and sent them away. 5Then there went certain persons, and told David how the men were served. And he sent to meet them; for the men were greatly ashamed. And the king said, Tarry at Jericho until your beards be grown, and then return.


20 And it came to pass, at the time of the return of the year, at the time when kings go out to battle, that Joab led forth the army, and wearied the country of the children of Ammon, and came and besieged Rabbah. But David tarried at Jerusalem. And Joab struck Rabbah, and overthrew it. 2And David took the crown of their king from off his head, and found it to weigh a talent of gold, and there were precious stones in it; and it was set upon Davidís head: and he brought forth the spoil of the city, exceeding much. 3And he brought forth the people that were therein, and cut them with saws, and with harrows of iron, and with axes. And thus did David unto all the cities of the children of Ammon. And David and all the people returned to Jerusalem.

4And it came to pass after this, that there arose war at Gezer with the Philistines: then Sibbecai the Hushathite slew Sippai, of the sons of the giant; and they were subdued. 5And there was again war with the Philistines; and Elhanan the son of Jair slew Lahmi the brother of Goliath the Gittite, the staff of whose spear was like a weaverís beam. 6And there was again war at Gath, where was a man of great stature, whose fingers and toes were four and twenty, six on each hand, and six on each foot; and he also was born unto the giant. 7And when he defied Israel, Jonathan the son of Shimea Davidís brother slew him. 8These were born unto the giant in Gath; and they fell by the hand of David, and by the hand of his servants.


21 And Satan stood up against Israel, and moved David to number Israel. 2And David said to Joab and to the princes of the people, Go, number Israel from Beer-She-ba even to Dan; and bring me word, that I may know the sum of them. 3And Joab said, Jehovah make his people a hundred times as many as they are: but, my lord the king, are they not all my lordís servants? why does my lord require this thing? why will he be a cause of guilt unto Israel? 4Nevertheless the kingís word prevailed against Joab. why Joab departed, and went throughout all Israel, and came to Jerusalem. 5And Joab gave up the sum of the numbering of the people unto David. And all they of Israel were a thousand thousand and a hundred thousand men that drew sword: and Judah was four hundred threescore and ten thousand men that drew sword. 6But Levi and Benjamin counted he not among them; for the kingís word was abominable to Joab.

7And God was displeased with this thing; therefore he struck Israel. 8And David said unto God, I have sinned greatly, in that I have done this thing: but now, put away, I beseech you, the iniquity of your servant; for I have done very foolishly. 9And Jehovah spoke unto Gad, Davidís seer, saying, 10Go and speak unto David, saying, Thus says Jehovah, I offer you three things: choose you one of them, that I may do it unto you. 11So Gad came to David, and said unto him, Thus says Jehovah, Take which you will: 12either three years of famine; or three months to be consumed before your foes, while the sword of your enemies overtake you; or else three days the sword of Jehovah, even pestilence in the land, and the angel of Jehovah destroying throughout all the borders of Israel. Now therefore consider what answer I shall return to him that sent me. 13And David said unto Gad, I am in a great strait: let me fall, I pray, into the hand of Jehovah; for very great are his mercies: and let me not fall into the hand of man. 14So Jehovah sent a pestilence upon Israel; and there fell of Israel seventy thousand men. 15And God sent an angel unto Jerusalem to destroy it: and as he was about to destroy, Jehovah beheld, and he repented him of the evil, and said to the destroying angel, It is enough; now stay your hand. And the angel of Jehovah was standing by the threshing-floor of Ornan the Jeb-u-site. 16And David lifted up his eyes, and saw the angel of Jehovah standing between earth and heaven, having a drawn sword in his hand stretched out over Jerusalem. Then David and the elders, clothed in sackcloth, fell upon their faces. 17And David said unto God, Is it not I that commanded the people to be numbered? even I it is that have sinned and done very wickedly; but these sheep, what have they done? let your hand, I pray you, O Jehovah my God, be against me, and against my fatherís house; but not against your people, that they should be plagued.

18Then the angel of Jehovah commanded Gad to say to David, that David should go up, and rear an altar unto Jehovah in the threshing-floor of Ornan the Jeb-u-site. 19And David went up at the saying of Gad, which he spoke in the name of Jehovah. 20And Ornan turned back, and saw the angel; and his four sons that were with him hid themselves. Now Ornan was threshing wheat. 21And as David came to Ornan, Ornan looked and saw David, and went out of the threshing-floor, and bowed himself to David with his face to the ground. 22Then David said to Ornan, Give me the place of this threshing-floor, that I may build thereon an altar unto Jehovah: for the full price shall you give it me, that the plague may be stayed from the people. 23And Ornan said unto David, Take it to you, and let my lord the king do that which is good in his eyes: lo, I give you the oxen for burnt-offerings, and the threshing instruments for wood, and the wheat for the meal-offering; I give it all. 24And king David said to Ornan, no; but I will verily buy it for the full price: for I will not take that which is your for Jehovah, nor offer a burnt-offering without cost. 25So David gave to Ornan for the place six hundred shekels of gold by weight. 26And David built there an altar unto Jehovah, and offered burnt-offerings and peace-offerings, and called upon Jehovah; and he answered him from heaven by fire upon the altar of burnt-offering. 27And Jehovah commanded the angel; and he put up his sword again into the sheath thereof. 28At that time, when David saw that Jehovah had answered him in the threshing-floor of Ornan the Jeb-u-site, then he sacrificed there. 29For the tabernacle of Jehovah, which Moses made in the wilderness, and the altar of burnt-offering, were at that time in the high place at Gibeon. 30But David could not go before it to inquire of God; for he was afraid because of the sword of the angel of Jehovah.


22 Then David said, This is the house of Jehovah God, and this is the altar of burnt-offering for Israel. 2And David commanded to gather together the sojourners that were in the land of Israel; and he set masons to hew worked stones to build the house of God. 3And David prepared iron in abundance for the nails for the doors of the gates, and for the couplings; and brass in abundance without weight; 4and cedar-trees without number: for the Sidonians and they of Tyre brought cedar-trees in abundance to David. 5And David said, Solomon my son is young and tender, and the house that is to be built for Jehovah must be exceeding magnificent, of fame and of glory throughout all countries: I will therefore make preparation for it. So David prepared abundantly before his death.

6Then he called for Solomon his son, and charged him to build a house for Jehovah, the God of Israel. 7And David said to Solomon his son, As for me, it was in my heart to build a house unto the name of Jehovah my God. 8But the word of Jehovah came to me, saying, you have shed blood abundantly, and has made great wars: you shall not build a house unto my name, because you have shed much blood upon the earth in my sight. 9Behold, a son shall be born to you, who shall be a man of rest; and I will give him rest from all his enemies round about; for his name shall be Solomon, and I will give peace and quietness unto Israel in his days: 10he shall build a house for my name; and he shall be my son, and I will be his father; and I will establish the throne of his kingdom over Israel for ever. 11Now, my son, Jehovah be with you; and prosper you, and build the house of Jehovah your God, as he has spoken concerning you. 12Only Jehovah give you discretion and understanding, and give you charge concerning Israel; that so you may keep the law of Jehovah your God. 13Then shall you prosper, if you observe to do the statutes and the ordinances which Jehovah charged Moses with concerning Israel: be strong, and of good courage; fear not, neither be dismayed. 14Now, behold, in my affliction I have prepared for the house of Jehovah a hundred thousand talents of gold, and a thousand thousand talents of silver, and of brass and iron without weight; for it is in abundance: timber also and stone have I prepared; and you may add thereto. 15Moreover there are workmen with you in abundance, hewers and workers of stone and timber, and all men that are skilful in every manner of work: 16of the gold, the silver, and the brass, and the iron, there is no number. Arise and be doing, and Jehovah be with you.

17David also commanded all the princes of Israel to help Solomon his son, saying, 18Is not Jehovah your God with you? and has he not given you rest on every side? for he has delivered the inhabitants of the land into my hand; and the land is subdued before Jehovah, and before his people. 19Now set your heart and your soul to seek after Jehovah your God; arise therefore, and build you the sanctuary of Jehovah God, to bring the ark of the covenant of Jehovah, and the holy vessels of God, into the house that is to be built to the name of Jehovah.


23 Now David was old and full of days; and he made Solomon his son king over Israel. 2And he gathered together all the princes of Israel, with the priests and the Levites. 3And the Levites were numbered from thirty years old and upward: and their number by their polls, man by man, was thirty and eight thousand. 4Of these, twenty and four thousand were to oversee the work of the house of Jehovah; and six thousand were officers and judges; 5and four thousand were doorkeepers; and four thousand praised Jehovah with the instruments which I made, said David, to praise therewith. 6And David divided them into courses according to the sons of Levi: Ger-shon, Ko-hath, and Me-rar-i. 7Of the Gershonites: Ladan and Shim-i. 8The sons of Ladan: Jehiel the chief, and Zetham, and Joel, three. 9The sons of Shim-i: Shelomoth, and Haziel, and Har-an, three. These were the heads of the fathersí houses of Ladan. 10And the sons of Shim-i: Jahath, Zina, and Je-ush, and Beriah. These four were the sons of Shim-i. 11And Jahath was the chief, and Zizah the second: but Je-ush and Beriah had not many sons; therefore they became a fathersí house in one reckoning. 12The sons of Ko-hath: Amram, Iz-har, He-bron, and Uz-zi-el, four. 13The sons of Amram: Aaron and Moses; and Aaron was separated, that he should sanctify the most holy things, he and his sons, for ever, to burn incense before Jehovah, to minister unto him, and to bless in his name, for ever. 14But as for Moses the man of God, his sons were named among the tribe of Levi. 15The sons of Moses: Ger-shom and El-i-e-zer. 16The sons of Ger-shom: Shebuel the chief. 17And the sons of El-i-e-zer were: Rehabiah the chief; and El-i-e-zer had no other sons; but the sons of Rehabiah were very many. 18The sons of Iz-har: Shelomith the chief. 19The sons of He-bron: Jeriah the chief, Amariah the second, Jahaziel the third, and Jekameam the fourth. 20The sons of Uz-zi-el: Micah the chief, and Isshiah the second. 21The sons of Me-rar-i: Ma-ha-li and Mu-shi. The sons of Ma-ha-li: El-e-a-zar and Kish. 22And El-e-a-zar died, and had no sons, but daughters only: and their brethren the sons of Kish took them to wife. 23The sons of Mu-shi: Ma-ha-li, and Eder, and Jeremoth, three.

24These were the sons of Levi after their fathersí houses, even the heads of the fathersí houses of those of them that were counted, in the number of names by their polls, who did the work for the service of the house of Jehovah, from twenty years old and upward. 25For David said, Jehovah, the God of Israel, has given rest unto his people; and he dwells in Jerusalem for ever: 26and also the Levites shall no more have need to carry the tabernacle and all the vessels of it for the service thereof. 27For by the last words of David the sons of Levi were numbered, from twenty years old and upward. 28For their office was to wait on the sons of Aaron for the service of the house of Jehovah, in the courts, and in the chambers, and in the purifying of all holy things, even the work of the service of the house of God; 29for the showbread also, and for the fine flour for a meal-offering, whether of unleavened wafers, or of that which is baked in the pan, or of that which is soaked, and for all manner of measure and size; 30and to stand every morning to thank and praise Jehovah, and likewise at even; 31and to offer all burnt-offerings unto Jehovah, on the Sabbaths, on the new moons, and on the set feasts, in number according to the ordinance concerning them, continually before Jehovah; 32and that they should keep the charge of the tent of meeting, and the charge of the holy place, and the charge of the sons of Aaron their brethren, for the service of the house of Jehovah.


24 And the courses of the sons of Aaron were these. The sons of Aaron: Nadab and A-bi-hu, El-e-a-zar and Ith-a-mar. 2But Nadab and A-bi-hu died before their father, and had no children: therefore El-e-a-zar and Ith-a-mar executed the priestís office. 3And David with Zadok of the sons of El-e-a-zar, and Ahimelech of the sons of Ith-a-mar, divided them according to their ordering in their service. 4And there were more chief men found of the sons of El-e-a-zar than of the sons of Ith-a-mar; and thus were they divided: of the sons of El-e-a-zar there were sixteen, heads of fathersí houses; and of the sons of Ith-a-mar, according to their fathersí houses, eight. 5Thus were they divided by lot, one sort with another; for there were princes of the sanctuary, and princes of God, both of the sons of El-e-a-zar, and of the sons of Ith-a-mar. 6And Shemaiah the son of Nethanel the scribe, who was of the Levites, wrote them in the presence of the king, and the princes, and Zadok the priest, and Ahimelech the son of Abiathar, and the heads of the fathersí houses of the priests and of the Levites; one fathersí house being taken for El-e-a-zar, and one taken for Ith-a-mar. 7Now the first lot came forth to Jehoiarib, the second to Jedaiah, 8the third to Harim, the fourth to Seorim, 9the fifth to Malchijah, the sixth to Mijamin, 10the seventh to Hakkoz, the eighth to A-bi-ah, 11the ninth to Jeshua, the tenth to Shecaniah, 12the eleventh to Eliashib, the twelfth to Jakim, 13the thirteenth to Huppah, the fourteenth to Jeshebeab, 14the fifteenth to Bilgah, the sixteenth to Immer, 15the seventeenth to Hezir, the eighteenth to Happizzez, 16the nineteenth to Pethahiah, the twentieth to Jehezkel, 17the one and twentieth to Ja-chin, the two and twentieth to Gamul, 18the three and twentieth to Delaiah, the four and twentieth to Maaziah. 19This was the ordering of them in their service, to come into the house of Jehovah according to the ordinance given unto them by Aaron their father, as Jehovah, the God of Israel, had commanded him.

20And of the rest of the sons of Levi: of the sons of Amram, Shubael; of the sons of Shubael, Jehdeiah. 21Of Rehabiah: of the sons of Rehabiah, Isshiah the chief. 22Of the Izharites, Shelomoth; of the sons of Shelomoth, Jahath. 23And the sons of He-bron: Jeriah the chief, Amariah the second, Jahaziel the third, Jekameam the fourth. 24The sons of Uz-zi-el, Micah; of the sons of Micah, Shamir. 25The brother of Micah, Isshiah; of the sons of Isshiah, Zechariah. 26The sons of Me-rar-i: Ma-ha-li and Mu-shi; the sons of Jaaziah: Beno. 27The sons of Me-rar-i: of Jaaziah, Beno, and Shoham, and Zaccur, and Ibri. 28Of Ma-ha-li: El-e-a-zar, who had no sons. 29Of Kish; the sons of Kish: Jerahmeel. 30And the sons of Mu-shi: Ma-ha-li, and Eder, and Jerimoth. These were the sons of the Levites after their fathersí houses. 31These likewise cast lots even as their brethren the sons of Aaron in the presence of David the king, and Zadok, and Ahimelech, and the heads of the fathersí houses of the priests and of the Levites; the fathersí houses of the chief even as those of his younger brother.


25 Moreover David and the captains of the host set apart for the service certain of the sons of Asaph, and of He-mam, and of Jeduthun, who should prophesy with harps, with psalteries, and with cymbals: and the number of them that did the work according to their service was: 2of the sons of Asaph: Zaccur, and Joseph, and Nethaniah, and Asharelah, the sons of Asaph, under the hand of Asaph, who prophesied after the order of the king. 3Of Jeduthun; the sons of Jeduthun: Gedaliah, and Zeri, and Jeshaiah, Hashabiah, and Mattithiah, six, under the hands of their father Jeduthun with the harp, who prophesied in giving thanks and praising Jehovah. 4Of He-mam; the sons of He-mam: Bukkiah, Mattaniah, Uz-zi-el, Shebuel, and Jerimoth, Hananiah, Hanani, Eliathah, Giddalti, and Romamti-E-zer, Joshbekashah, Mallothi, Hothir, Mahazioth. 5All these were the sons of He-mam the kingís seer in the words of God, to lift up the horn. And God gave to He-mam fourteen sons and three daughters. 6All these were under the hands of their father for song in the house of Jehovah, with cymbals, psalteries, and harps, for the service of the house of God; Asaph, Jeduthun, and He-mam being under the order of the king. 7And the number of them, with their brethren that were instructed in singing unto Jehovah, even all that were skilful, was two hundred fourscore and eight.

8And they cast lots for their offices, all alike, as well the small as the great, the teacher as the scholar. 9Now the first lot came forth for Asaph to Joseph: the second to Gedaliah; he and his brethren and sons were twelve: 10the third to Zaccur, his sons and his brethren, twelve: 11the fourth to Izri, his sons and his brethren, twelve: 12the fifth to Nethaniah, his sons and his brethren, twelve: 13the sixth to Bukkiah, his sons and his brethren, twelve: 14the seventh to Jesharelah, his sons and his brethren, twelve: 15the eighth to Jeshaiah, his sons and his brethren, twelve: 16the ninth to Mattaniah, his sons and his brethren, twelve: 17the tenth to Shim-i, his sons and his brethren, twelve: 18the eleventh to Azarel, his sons and his brethren, twelve: 19the twelfth to Hashabiah, his sons and his brethren, twelve: 20for the thirteenth, Shubael, his sons and his brethren, twelve: 21for the fourteenth, Mattithiah, his sons and his brethren, twelve: 22for the fifteenth to Jeremoth, his sons and his brethren, twelve: 23for the sixteenth to Hananiah, his sons and his brethren, twelve: 24for the seventeenth to Joshbekashah, his sons and his brethren, twelve: 25for the eighteenth to Hanani, his sons and his brethren, twelve: 26for the nineteenth to Mallothi, his sons and his brethren, twelve: 27for the twentieth to Eliathah, his sons and his brethren, twelve: 28for the one and twentieth to Hothir, his sons and his brethren, twelve: 29for the two and twentieth to Giddalti, his sons and his brethren, twelve: 30for the three and twentieth to Mahazioth, his sons and his brethren, twelve: 31for the four and twentieth to Romamtiezer, his sons and his brethren, twelve.


26 For the courses of the doorkeepers: of the Kor-a-hites, Meshelemiah the son of Kore, of the sons of Asaph. 2And Meshelemiah had sons: Zechariah the first-born, Jediael the second, Zebadiah the third, Jathniel the fourth, 3Elam the fifth, Jehohanan the sixth, Eliehoenai the seventh. 4And Obed-E-dom had sons: Shemaiah the first-born, Jehozabad the second, Joah the third, and Sacar the fourth, and Nethanel the fifth, 5Ammiel the sixth, Issachar the seventh, Peullethai the eighth; for God blessed him. 6Also unto Shemaiah his son were sons born, that ruled over the house of their father; for they were mighty men of valor. 7The sons of Shemaiah: Othni, and Rephael, and Obed, Elzabad, whose brethren were valiant men, E-li-hu, and Semachiah. 8All these were of the sons of Obed-E-dom: they and their sons and their brethren, able men in strength for the service; threescore and two of Obed-E-dom. 9And Meshelemiah had sons and brethren, valiant men, eighteen. 10Also Hosah, of the children of Me-rar-i, had sons: Shimri the chief, (for though he was not the first-born, yet his father made him chief), 11Hilkiah the second, Tebaliah the third, Zechariah the fourth: all the sons and brethren of Hosah were thirteen. 12Of these were the courses of the doorkeepers, even of the chief men, having offices like their brethren, to minister in the house of Jehovah. 13And they cast lots, as well the small as the great, according to their fathersí houses, for every gate. 14And the lot eastward fell to Shelemiah. Then for Zechariah his son, a discreet counsellor, they cast lots; and his lot came out northward. 15To Obed-E-dom southward; and to his sons the store-house. 16To Shuppim and Hosah westward, by the gate of Shallecheth, at the causeway that go up, watch against watch. 17Eastward were six Levites, northward four a day, southward four a day, and for the store-house two and two. 18For Parbar westward, four at the causeway, and two at Parbar. 19These were the courses of the doorkeepers; of the sons of the Kor-a-hites, and of the sons of Me-rar-i.

20And of the Levites, A-hi-ah was over the treasures of the house of God, and over the treasures of the dedicated things. 21The sons of Ladan, the sons of the Gershonites belonging to Ladan, the heads of the fathersí houses belonging to Ladan the Gershonite: Jehieli. 22The sons of Jehieli: Zetham, and Joel his brother, over the treasures of the house of Jehovah. 23Of the Amramites, of the Izharites, of the Hebronites, of the Uzzielites: 24and Shebuel the son of Ger-shom, the son of Moses, was ruler over the treasures. 25And his brethren: of El-i-e-zer came Rehabiah his son, and Jeshaiah his son, and Joram his son, and Zich-ri his son, and Shelomoth his son. 26This Shelomoth and his brethren were over all the treasures of the dedicated things, which David the king, and the heads of the fathersí houses, the captains over thousands and hundreds, and the captains of the host, had dedicated. 27Out of the spoil won in battles did they dedicate to repair the house of Jehovah. 28And all that Samuel the seer, and Saul the son of Kish, and Abner the son of Ner, and Joab the son of Zeruiah, had dedicated, whoeverever had dedicated anything, it was under the hand of Shelomoth, and of his brethren.

29Of the Izharites, Chenaniah and his sons were for the outward business over Israel, for officers and judges. 30Of the Hebronites, Hashabiah and his brethren, men of valor, a thousand and seven hundred, had the oversight of Israel beyond the Jordan westward, for all the business of Jehovah, and for the service of the king. 31Of the Hebronites was Jerijah the chief, even of the Hebronites, according to their generations by fathersí houses. In the fortieth year of the reign of David they were sought for, and there were found among them mighty men of valor at Jazer of Gil-e-ad. 32And his brethren, men of valor, were two thousand and seven hundred, heads of fathersí houses, whom king David made overseers over the Reubenites, and the Gadites, and the half-tribe of the Manassites, for every matter pertaining to God, and for the affairs of the king.


27 Now the children of Israel after their number, to wit, the heads of fathersí houses and the captains of thousands and of hundreds, and their officers that served the king, in any matter of the courses which came in and went out month by month throughout all the months of the year--of every course were twenty and four thousand. 2Over the first course for the first month was Jashobeam the son of Zabdiel: and in his course were twenty and four thousand. 3He was of the children of Perez, the chief of all the captains of the host for the first month. 4And over the course of the second month was Dodai the Ahohite, and his course; and Mikloth the ruler: and in his course were twenty and four thousand. 5The third captain of the host for the third month was Benaiah, the son of Jehoiada the priest, chief: and in his course were twenty and four thousand. 6This is that Benaiah, who was the mighty man of the thirty, and over the thirty: and of his course was Ammizabad his son. 7The fourth captain for the fourth month was Asahel the brother of Joab, and Zebadiah his son after him: and in his course were twenty and four thousand. 8The fifth captain for this fifth month was Shamhuth the Izrahite: and in his course were twenty and four thousand. 9The sixth captain for the sixth month was Ira the son of Ikkesh the Tekoite: and in his course were twenty and four thousand. 10The seventh captain for the seventh month was Helez the Pelonite, of the children of E-phra-im: and in his course were twenty and four thousand. 11The eighth captain for the eighth month was Sibbecai the Hushathite, of the Zerahites: and in his course were twenty and four thousand. 12The ninth captain for the ninth month was Abiezer the Anathothite, of the Benjamites: and in his course were twenty and four thousand. 13The tenth captain for the tenth month was Maharai the Netophathite, of the Zerahites: and in his course were twenty and four thousand. 14The eleventh captain for the eleventh month was Benaiah the Pirathonite, of the children of E-phra-im: and in his course were twenty and four thousand. 15The twelfth captain for the twelfth month was Heldai the Netophathite, of Othniel: and in his course were twenty and four thousand.

16Furthermore over the tribes of Israel: of the Reubenites was El-i-e-zer the son of Zich-ri the ruler: of the Simeonites, Shephatiah the son of Ma-a-chah: 17of Levi, Hashabiah the son of Ke-mu-el: of Aaron, Zadok: 18of Judah, E-li-hu, one of the brethren of David: of Issachar, Omri the son of Michael: 19of Zebulun, Ishmaiah the son of Obadiah: of Naphtali, Jeremoth the son of Azriel: 20of the children of E-phra-im, Hoshea the son of Azaziah: of the half-tribe of Manasseh, Joel the son of Pedaiah: 21of the half-tribe of Manasseh in Gil-e-ad, Iddo the son of Zechariah: of Benjamin, Jaasiel the son of Abner: 22of Dan, Azarel the son of Jeroham. These were the captains of the tribes of Israel. 23But David took not the number of them from twenty years old and under, because Jehovah had said he would increase Israel like to the stars of heaven. 24Joab the son of Zeruiah began to number, but finished not; and there came wrath for this upon Israel; neither was the number put into the account in the chronicles of king David. 25And over the kingís treasures was Azmaveth the son of Adiel: and over the treasures in the fields, in the cities, and in the villages, and in the castles, was Jonathan the son of Uzziah: 26And over them that did the work of the field for tillage of the ground was Ezri the son of Chelub: 27and over the vineyards was Shim-i the Ramathite: and over the increase of the vineyards for the wine-cellars was Zabdi the Shiphmite: 28and over the olive-trees and the sycomore-trees that were in the lowland was Baal-hanan the Gederite: and over the cellars of oil was Joash: 29and over the herds that fed in Sharon was Shitrai the Sharonite: and over the herds that were in the valleys was Shaphat the son of Adlai: 30and over the camels was Obil the Ishmaelite: and over the asses was Jehdeiah the Meronothite: and over the flocks was Jaziz the Hagrite. 31All these were the rulers of the substance which was king Davidís. 32Also Jonathan, Davidís uncle, was a counsellor, a man of understanding, and a scribe: and Jehiel the son of Hachmoni was with the kingís sons: 33And Ahithophel was the kingís counsellor: and Hushai the Archite was the kingís friend: 34and after Ahithophel was Jehoiada the son of Benaiah, and Abiathar: and the captain of the kingís host was Joab.


28 And David assembled all the princes of Israel, the princes of the tribes, and the captains of the companies that served the king by course, and the captains of thousands, and the captains of hundreds, and the rulers over all the substance and possessions of the king and of his sons, with the officers, and the mighty men, even all the mighty men of valor, unto Jerusalem. 2Then David the king stood up upon his feet, and said, Hear me, my brethren, and my people: as for me, it was in my heart to build a house of rest for the ark of the covenant of Jehovah, and for the footstool of our God; and I had made ready for the building. 3But God said unto me, you shall not build a house for my name, because you are a man of war, and has shed blood. 4Howbeit Jehovah, the God of Israel, chose me out of all the house of my father to be king over Israel for ever: for he has chosen Judah to be prince; and in the house of Judah, the house of my father; and among the sons of my father he took pleasure in me to make me king over all Israel; 5And of all my sons (for Jehovah has given me many sons), he has chosen Solomon my son to sit upon the throne of the kingdom of Jehovah over Israel. 6And he said unto me, Solomon your son, he shall build my house and my courts; for I have chosen him to be my son, and I will be his father. 7And I will establish his kingdom for ever, if he be constant to do my commandments and my ordinances, as at this day. 8Now therefore, in the sight of all Israel, the assembly of Jehovah, and in the audience of our God, observe and seek out all the commandments of Jehovah your God; that you may possess this good land, and leave it for an inheritance to your children after you for ever. 9And you, Solomon my son, know you the God of your father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind; for Jehovah searches all hearts, and understands all the imaginations of the thoughts: if you seek him, he will be found of you; but if you forsake him, he will cast you off for ever. 10Take heed now; for Jehovah has chosen you to build a house for the sanctuary: be strong, and do it.

11Then David gave to Solomon his son the pattern of the porch of the temple, and of the houses thereof, and of the treasuries thereof, and of the upper rooms thereof, and of the inner chambers thereof, and of the place of the mercy-seat; 12and the pattern of all that he had by the Spirit, for the courts of the house of Jehovah, and for all the chambers round about, for the treasuries of the house of God, and for the treasuries of the dedicated things; 13also for the courses of the priests and the Levites, and for all the work of the service of the house of Jehovah, and for all the vessels of service in the house of Jehovah; 14of gold by weight for the vessels of gold, for all vessels of every kind of service; of silver for all the vessels of silver by weight, for all vessels of every kind of service; 15by weight also for the candlesticks of gold, and for the lamps thereof, of gold, by weight for every candlestick and for the lamps thereof; and for the candlesticks of silver, silver by weight for every candlestick and for the lamps thereof, according to the use of every candlestick; 16and the gold by weight for the tables of showbread, for every table; and silver for the tables of silver; 17and the flesh-hooks, and the basins, and the cups, of pure gold; and for the golden bowls by weight for every bowl; and for the silver bowls by weight for every bowl; 18and for the altar of incense refined gold by weight; and gold for the pattern of the chariot, even the cherubim, that spread out their wings, and covered the ark of the covenant of Jehovah. 19All this, said David, have I been made to understand in writing from the hand of Jehovah, even all the works of this pattern. 20And David said to Solomon his son, Be strong and of good courage, and do it: fear not, nor be dismayed; for Jehovah God, even my God, is with you; he will not fail you, nor forsake you, until all the work for the service of the house of Jehovah be finished. 21And, behold, there are the courses of the priests and the Levites, for all the service of the house of God: and there shall be with you in all manner of work every willing man that has skill, for any manner of service: also the captains and all the people will be wholly at your commandment.


29 And David the king said unto all the assembly, Solomon my son, whom alone God has chosen, is yet young and tender, and the work is great; for the palace is not for man, but for Jehovah God. 2Now I have prepared with all my might for the house of my God the gold for the things of gold, and the silver for the things of silver, and the brass for the things of brass, the iron for the things of iron, and wood for the things of wood; onyx stones, and stones to be set, stones for inlaid work, and of divers colors, and all manner of precious stones, and marble stones in abundance. 3Moreover also, because I have set my affection on the house of my God, seeing that I have a treasure of my own of gold and silver, I give it unto the house of my God, over and above all that I have prepared for the holy house, 4even three thousand talents of gold, of the gold of O-phir, and seven thousand talents of refined silver, wherewith to overlay the walls of the houses; 5of gold for the things of gold, and of silver for the things of silver, and for all manner of work to be made by the hands of artificers. Who then offers willingly to consecrate himself this day unto Jehovah? 6Then the princes of the fathersí houses, and the princes of the tribes of Israel, and the captains of thousands and of hundreds, with the rulers over the kingís work, offered willingly; 7and they gave for the service of the house of God of gold five thousand talents and ten thousand darics, and of silver ten thousand talents, and of brass eighteen thousand talents, and of iron a hundred thousand talents. 8And they with whom precious stones were found gave them to the treasure of the house of Jehovah, under the hand of Jehiel the Gershonite. 9Then the people rejoiced, for that they offered willingly, because with a perfect heart they offered willingly to Jehovah: and David the king also rejoiced with great joy.

10why David blessed Jehovah before all the assembly; and David said, Blessed be you, O Jehovah, the God of Israel our father, for ever and ever. 11Thine, O Jehovah, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is your; your is the kingdom, O Jehovah, and you are exalted as head above all. 12Both riches and honor come of you, and you rule over all; and in your hand is power and might; and in your hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all. 13Now therefore, our God, we thank you, and praise your glorious name. 14But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly after this sort? for all things come of you, and of your own have we given you. 15For we are strangers before you, and sojourners, as all our fathers were: our days on the earth are as a shadow, and there is no abiding. 16O Jehovah our God, all this store that we have prepared to build you a house for your holy name comes of your hand, and is all your own. 17I know also, my God, that you try the heart, and have pleasure in uprightness. As for me, in the uprightness of my heart I have willingly offered all these things: and now have I seen with joy your people, that are present here, offer willingly unto you. 18O Jehovah, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Israel, our fathers, keep this for ever in the imagination of the thoughts of the heart of your people, and prepare their heart unto you; 19and give unto Solomon my son a perfect heart, to keep your commandments, your testimonies, and your statutes, and to do all these things, and to build the palace, for which I have made provision. 20And David said to all the assembly, Now bless Jehovah your God. And all the assembly blessed Jehovah, the God of their fathers, and bowed down their heads, and worshipped Jehovah, and the king. 21And they sacrificed sacrifices unto Jehovah, and offered burnt-offerings unto Jehovah, on the next day after that day, even a thousand bullocks, a thousand rams, and a thousand lambs, with their drink-offerings, and sacrifices in abundance for all Israel, 22and did eat and drink before Jehovah on that day with great gladness. And they made Solomon the son of David king the second time, and anointed him unto Jehovah to be prince, and Zadok to be priest.

23Then Solomon sat on the throne of Jehovah as king instead of David his father, and prospered; and all Israel obeyed him. 24And all the princes, and the mighty men, and all the sons likewise of king David, submitted themselves unto Solomon the king. 25And Jehovah magnified Solomon exceedingly in the sight of all Israel, and bestowed upon him such royal majesty as had not been on any king before him in Israel. 26Now David the son of Jesse reigned over all Israel. 27And the time that he reigned over Israel was forty years; seven years reigned he in He-bron, and thirty and three years reigned he in Jerusalem. 28And he died in a good old age, full of days, riches, and honor: and Solomon his son reigned in his stead. 29Now the acts of David the king, first and last, behold, they are written in the history of Samuel the seer, and in the history of Nathan the prophet, and in the history of Gad the seer, 30with all his reign and his might, and the times that went over him, and over Israel, and over all the kingdoms of the countries.


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