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1 Chronicles 27Common English Bible (CEB)

Divisions of the military

27 This is the list of the Israelites, the heads of households, the commanders of units of a thousand and a hundred, and their officers. They served the king in every way their divisions required, and they were on duty for a month at a time through all the months of the year. Each division numbered 24,000.

In charge of the first division for the first month was Jashobeam, Zabdiel’s son. His division numbered 24,000. He was a Perezite and the head of all the army officers for the first month.

In charge of the division for the second month was Dodai the Ahohite.[a] His division numbered 24,000.

The third army commander for the third month was Benaiah the chief priest Jehoiada’s son. His division numbered 24,000. This Benaiah was a warrior of the Thirty and in command of the Thirty. In command of his division was his son Ammizabad.

The fourth for the fourth month was Asahel, Joab’s brother, and after him his son Zebadiah. His division numbered 24,000.

The fifth for the fifth month was the commander Shammoth the Zerahite.[b] His division numbered 24,000.

The sixth for the sixth month was Ira the Tekoite Ikkesh’s son. His division numbered 24,000.

10 The seventh for the seventh month was Helez the Pelonite from Ephraim’s family. His division numbered 24,000.

11 The eighth for the eighth month was Sibbecai the Hushathite from the Zerahites. His division numbered 24,000.

12 The ninth for the ninth month was Abiezer of Annathoth from the Benjaminites. His division numbered 24,000.

13 The tenth for the tenth month was Maharai the Netophathite from the Zerahites. His division numbered 24,000.

14 The eleventh for the eleventh month was Benaiah the Pirathonite from Ephraim’s family. His division numbered 24,000.

15 The twelfth for the twelfth month was Heldai the Netophathite from Othniel. His division numbered 24,000.

Tribal leaders

16 In charge of the tribes of Israel:

for the Reubenites—the leader was Eliezer, Zichri’s son;

for the Simeonites—Shephatiah, Maacah’s son;

17 for the Levites—Hashabiah, Kemuel’s son;

for Aaron—Zadok;

18 for Judah—Eliab,[c] one of David’s relatives;

for Issachar—Omri, Michael’s son;

19 for Zebulun—Ishmaiah, Obadiah’s son;

for Naphtali—Jerimoth, Azriel’s son;

20 for the Ephraimites—Hoshea, Azaziah’s son;

for half the tribe of Manasseh—Joel, Pedaiah’s son;

21 for half the tribe[d] of Manasseh in Gilead—Iddo, Zechariah’s son;

for Benjamin—Jaasiel, Abner’s son;

22 for Dan—Azarel, Jeroham’s son.

These were the leaders of the tribes of Israel. 23 But David didn’t count those younger than 20 years of age, because the Lord had promised to make Israel as numerous as the stars in the sky. 24 Joab, Zeruiah’s son, began to count them, but he never finished. Since Israel experienced wrath because of this, the number wasn’t entered into the official records of King David.

Civil servants

25 In charge of the king’s treasuries—Azmaveth, Adiel’s son;

in charge of the treasuries in the country, cities, villages, and towers—Jonathan, Uzziah’s son;

26 in charge of agricultural workers cultivating the fertile land—Ezri, Chelub’s son;

27 in charge of the vineyards—Shimei the Ramathite;

in charge of the vineyard’s produce for the wine cellars—Zabdi the Shiphmite;

28 in charge of the olive and sycamore trees in the western foothills—Baal-hanan the Gederite;

in charge of the stores of oil—Joash;

29 in charge of the cattle that grazed in Sharon—Shitrai the Sharonite;

in charge of the cattle in the valleys—Shaphat, Adlai’s son;

30 in charge of the camels—Obil the Ishmaelite;

in charge of the female donkeys—Jehdeiah the Meronothite;

31 in charge of the flocks of sheep and goats—Jaziz the Hagrite.

All these were stewards of King David’s property.

Royal advisors

32 Jonathan, David’s uncle, was a counselor, a man of understanding, and a scribe. Jehiel, Hachmoni’s son, took care of the king’s sons. 33 Ahithophel was the king’s counselor, and Hushai the Archite was the king’s political advisor.[e] 34 After Ahithophel came Benaiah’s son Jehoiada, and Abiathar. Joab was commander of the king’s army.


  1. 1 Chronicles 27:4 LXX; MT adds and his division, and Mikloth the leader.
  2. 1 Chronicles 27:8 Cf 27:11, 13; MT Izrahite
  3. 1 Chronicles 27:18 LXX; MT Elihu
  4. 1 Chronicles 27:21 LXX, Vulg; MT lacks for half the tribe.
  5. 1 Chronicles 27:33 Or friend
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