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1 Chronicles 27Modern English Version (MEV)

The Military Divisions

27 Now these are the sons of Israel according to their number, the heads of fathers’ houses, the commanders of thousands and hundreds, and their officers who ministered to the king in all matters concerning the divisions, which came and went, month by month throughout all the months of the year, to each division of twenty-four thousand:

Jashobeam the son of Zabdiel led the first division for the first month; in his division, twenty-four thousand. He was from the sons of Perez and was the leader of all the officers of the army for the first month.

Dodai the Ahohite and his division led the division of the second month with Mikloth as the ruler: in his division, twenty-four thousand.

The third commander of the army for the third month was Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, a chief priest: in his division, twenty-four thousand. Benaiah himself was the mighty man of the thirty who led the thirty: Ammizabad his son led his division.

The fourth for the fourth month, Asahel the brother of Joab, and Zebadiah his son after him: in his division, twenty-four thousand.

The fifth for the fifth month, the leader Shamhuth the Izrahite: in his division, twenty-four thousand.

The sixth for the sixth month, Ira the son of Ikkesh the Tekoite: in his division, twenty-four thousand.

10 The seventh for the seventh month, Helez the Pelonite, from the sons of Ephraim: in his division, twenty-four thousand.

11 The eighth for the eighth month, Sibbekai the Hushathite, of the Zerahites: in his division, twenty-four thousand.

12 The ninth for the ninth month, Abiezer the Anathothite, of the Benjamites: in his division, twenty-four thousand.

13 The tenth for the tenth month, Maharai the Netophathite, of the Zerahites: in his division, twenty-four thousand.

14 The eleventh for the eleventh month, Benaiah the Pirathonite, from the sons of Ephraim: in his division, twenty-four thousand.

15 The twelfth for the twelfth month, Heldai the Netophathite, of Othniel: in his division, twenty-four thousand.

Leaders of the Tribes

16 Over the tribes of Israel:

The chief officer over the Reubenites was Eliezer the son of Zikri;

over the Simeonites, Shephatiah the son of Maakah;

17 over the Levites, Hashabiah the son of Kemuel;

over the Aaronites, Zadok;

18 over Judah, Elihu, one of the brothers of David;

over Issachar, Omri the son of Michael;

19 over Zebulun, Ishmaiah the son of Obadiah;

over Naphtali, Jerimoth the son of Azriel;

20 over the sons of Ephraim, Hoshea the son of Azaziah;

over the half-tribe of Manasseh, Joel the son of Pedaiah;

21 over the half-tribe of Manasseh in Gilead, Iddo the son of Zechariah;

over Benjamin, Jaasiel the son of Abner;

22 over Dan, Azarel the son of Jeroham.

These were the leaders of the tribes of Israel.

23 But David did not take the number from twenty years old and under because the Lord had said He would multiply Israel as the stars of the heavens. 24 Joab the son of Zeruiah began to count them, but he did not finish. And because of this wrath came on Israel, and the number was not recorded in the account of the chronicles of King David.

Civic Officials

25 Azmaveth the son of Adiel was over the king’s treasures, and Jonathan the son of Uzziah was over the storehouses in the fields, in the cities, and in the villages, and in the towers.

26 Ezri the son of Kelub was over those who did the work of the field to till the ground.

27 Shimei the Ramathite was over the vineyards, and Zabdi the Shiphmite was over what was in the vineyards for the stores of wine.

28 Baal-Hanan the Gederite was over the olive trees and the sycamore trees that were in the Shephelah, and Joash was over the stores of oil.

29 Shitrai the Sharonite was over the herds that fed in Sharon, and Shaphat the son of Adlai was over the herds that were in the valleys.

30 Obil the Ishmaelite was over the camels, and Jehdeiah the Meronothite was over the donkeys.

31 Jaziz the Hagrite was over the flocks.

All these were the overseers of King David’s property.

32 Also Jonathan, David’s uncle, was a counselor, a man of understanding, and a scribe; and Jehiel the son of Hakmoni was with the king’s sons.

33 Now Ahithophel was the king’s counselor, and Hushai the Arkite was the king’s friend. 34 Jehoiada the son of Benaiah and Abiathar came after Ahithophel, and Joab was the leader of the king’s army.

Modern English Version (MEV)

The Holy Bible, Modern English Version. Copyright © 2014 by Military Bible Association. Published and distributed by Charisma House.


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