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1-2 The sons of Israel were: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Zebulun, Dan, Joseph, Benjamin, Naphtali, Gad, Asher.

Judah had three sons by Bathshua, a girl from Canaan: Er, Onan, and Shelah. But the oldest son, Er, was so wicked that the Lord killed him.

Then Er’s widow, Tamar, and her father-in-law, Judah, became the parents of twin sons, Perez and Zerah. So Judah had five sons.

The sons of Perez were Hezron and Hamul.

The sons of Zerah were: Zimri, Ethan, Heman, Calcol, and Dara.

(Achan, the son of Carmi, was the man who robbed God and was such a troublemaker for his nation.)

Ethan’s son was Azariah.

The sons of Hezron were Jerahmeel, Ram, and Chelubai.

10 Ram was the father of Amminadab, and Amminadab was the father of Nahshon, a leader of Israel.

11 Nahshon was the father of Salma, and Salma was the father of Boaz.

12 Boaz was the father of Obed, and Obed was the father of Jesse.

13 Jesse’s first son was Eliab, his second was Abinadab, his third was Shimea, 14 his fourth was Nethanel, his fifth was Raddai, 15 his sixth was Ozem, and his seventh was David. 16 He also had two girls (by the same wife) named Zeruiah and Abigail.

Zeruiah’s sons were Abishai, Joab, and Asahel.

17 Abigail, whose husband was Jether from the land of Ishmael, had a son named Amasa.

18 Caleb (the son of Hezron) had two wives, Azubah and Jerioth. These are the children of Azubah: Jesher, Shobab, and Ardon.

19 After Azubah’s death, Caleb married Ephrath, who presented him with a son, Hur.

20 Hur’s son was Uri, and Uri’s son was Bezalel.

21 Hezron married Machir’s daughter at the age of sixty, and she presented him with a son, Segub. (Machir was also the father of Gilead.)

22 Segub was the father of Jair, who ruled[a] twenty-three cities in the land of Gilead. 23 But Geshur and Aram wrested these cities from him and also took Kenath and its sixty surrounding villages.

24 Soon after his father Hezron’s death, Caleb married Ephrathah, his father’s widow, and she gave birth to Ashhur, the father of Tekoa.

25 These are the sons of Jerahmeel (the oldest son of Hezron): Ram (the oldest), Bunah, Oren, Ozem, and Ahijah.

26 Jerahmeel’s second wife Atarah was the mother of Onam.

27 The sons of Ram: Maaz, Jamin, and Eker.

28 Onam’s sons were Shammai and Jada. Shammai’s sons were Nadab and Abishur.

29 The sons of Abishur and his wife Abihail were Ahban and Molid.

30 Nadab’s sons were Seled and Appaim. Seled died without children, 31 but Appaim had a son named Ishi; Ishi’s son was Sheshan; and Sheshan’s son was Ahlai.

32 Shammai’s brother Jada had two sons, Jether and Jonathan. Jether died without children, 33 but Jonathan had two sons named Peleth and Zaza.

34-35 Sheshan[b] had no sons, although he had several daughters. He gave one of his daughters to be the wife of Jarha, his Egyptian servant. And they had a son whom they named Attai.

36 Attai’s son was Nathan; Nathan’s son was Zabad; 37 Zabad’s son was Ephlal; Ephlal’s son was Obed; 38 Obed’s son was Jehu; Jehu’s son was Azariah; 39 Azariah’s son was Helez; Helez’s son was Eleasah; 40 Eleasah’s son was Sismai; Sismai’s son was Shallum; 41 Shallum’s son was Jekamiah; Jekamiah’s son was Elishama.

42 The oldest son of Caleb (Jerahmeel’s brother) was Mesha; he was the father of Ziph, who was father of Mareshah, who was the father of Hebron.

43 The sons of Hebron: Korah, Tappuah, Rekem, and Shema.

44 Shema was the father of Raham, who was the father of Jorkeam. Rekem was the father of Shammai.

45 Shammai’s son was Maon, the father of Bethzur.

46 Caleb’s concubine Ephah bore him Haran, Moza, and Gazez; Haran had a son named Gazez.

47 The sons of Jahdai: Regem, Jotham, Geshan, Pelet, Ephah, and Shaaph.

48-49 Another of Caleb’s concubines, Maacah, bore him Sheber, Tirhanah, Shaaph (the father of Madmannah), and Sheva (the father of Machbenah and of Gibea). Caleb also had a daughter, whose name was Achsah.

50 The sons of Hur (who was the oldest son of Caleb[c] and Ephrathah) were Shobal (the father of Kiriath-jearim), 51 Salma (the father of Bethlehem), and Hareph (the father of Beth-gader).

52 Shobal’s sons included Kiriath-jearim and Haroeh, the ancestor of half of the Menuhoth tribe.

53 The families of Kiriath-jearim were the Ithrites, the Puthites, the Shumathites, and the Mishraites (from whom descended the Zorathites and Eshtaolites).

54 The descendants of Salma were his son Bethlehem, the Netophathites, Atrothbeth-joab, half the Manahathites, and the Zorites; 55 they also included the families of the writers living at Jabez—the Tirathites, Shimeathites, and Sucathites. All these are Kenites who descended from Hammath, the founder of the family of Rechab.


  1. 1 Chronicles 2:22 ruled, literally, “had.”
  2. 1 Chronicles 2:34 Sheshan, apparently a different Sheshan than in v. 31.
  3. 1 Chronicles 2:50 Caleb, implied in 2:24.

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