1 Chronicles 4 New Life Version (NLV)
The Family of Judah
4 The sons of Judah were Perez, Hezron, Carmi, Hur and Shobal. 2 Shobal’s son Reaiah was the father of Jahath. And Jahath was the father of Ahumai and Lahad. These were the families of the Zorathites. 3 The sons of Etam were Jezreel, Ishma and Idbash. The name of their sister was Hazzelelponi. 4 Penuel was the father of Gedor. Ezer was the father of Hushah. These were the sons of Hur, the first-born of Ephrathah, the father of Bethlehem. 5 Tekoa’s father Ashhur had two wives, Helah and Naarah. 6 Naarah gave birth to Ahuzzam, Hepher, Temeni and Haahashtari. These were the sons of Naarah. 7 The sons of Helah were Zereth, Izhar and Ethnan. 8 Koz was the father of Anub, Zobebah, and the families of Aharhel the son of Harum. 9 Jabez was more a man of honor than his brothers. His mother gave him the name Jabez, saying, “Because I gave birth to him in pain.” 10 Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, “O, if only You would bring good to me and give me more land! If only Your hand might be with me, that You would keep me from being hurt!” And God gave him what he asked for.
11 Shuhah’s brother Chelub was the father of Mehir, who was the father of Eshton. 12 Eshton was the father of Beth-rapha and Paseah. Tehinnah was the father of Irnahash. These are the men of Recah.
13 The sons of Kenaz were Othniel and Seraiah. Othniel’s son was Hathath. 14 Meonothai was the father of Ophrah. Seraiah was the father of Joab, who was the father of Ge-harashim. They were good at making things. 15 Jephunneh’s son Caleb was the father of Iru, Elah and Naam. Elah’s son was Kenaz. 16 The sons of Jehallel were Ziph, Ziphah, Tiria and Asarel. 17 The sons of Ezrah were Jether, Mered, Epher and Jalon. These are the sons of Pharaoh’s daughter Bithia, whom Mered married. She gave birth to Miriam, Shammai, and Ishbah the father of Eshtemoa. 18 Mered’s Jewish wife gave birth to Jered the father of Gedor, Heber the father of Soco, and Jekuthiel the father of Zanoah. 19 The sons of Hodiah’s wife, the sister of Naham, were the fathers of Keilah the Garmite and Eshtemoa the Maacathite. 20 Shimon’s sons were Amnon, Rinnah, Benhanan and Tilon. The sons of Ishi were Zoheth and Ben-zoheth. 21 The sons of Shelah the son of Judah were Er the father of Lecah, Laadah the father of Mareshah, and the families of the house of those who worked with linen at Bethashbea. 22 Shelah’s other sons were Jokim, the men of Cozeba, Joash, Saraph who ruled in Moab, and Jaashubi-lehem. The writings of these times are old. 23 These were the people who made pots and lived in Netaim and Gederah. They lived there with the king for his work.
The Family of Simeon
24 The sons of Simeon were Nemuel, Jamin, Jarib, Zerah, and Saul. 25 Saul’s son was Shallum. His son was Mibsam. And his son was Mishma. 26 Mishma’s sons were Hammuel, Zaccur his son, and Shimei his son. 27 Shimei had sixteen sons and six daughters. But his brothers did not have many children. Their whole family did not have many children, like the sons of Judah. 28 They lived at Beersheba, Moladah, Hazarshual, 29 Bilhah, Ezem, Tolad, 30 Bethuel, Hormah, Ziklag, 31 Beth-marcaboth, Hazar-susim, Beth-biri, and Shaaraim. These were their cities until David ruled. 32 Their towns were Etam, Ain, Rimmon, Tochen and Ashan, five towns. 33 And they had all the small towns that were around these towns as far as Baal. These were the places where they lived. And they wrote down all the names of their families. 34 The heads of their families were Meshobab, Jamlech, Joshah the son of Amaziah, 35 Joel, and Jehu the son of Joshibiah, the son of Seraiah, the son of Asiel. 36 And there were Elioenai, Jaakobah, Jeshohaiah, Asaiah, Adiel, Jesimiel, Benaiah, 37 and Ziza the son of Shiphi, the son of Allon, the son of Jedaiah, the son of Shimri, the son of Shemaiah. 38 These were the names of the heads of their families. And many were added to their fathers’ houses. 39 They went to the gate of Gedor, to the east side of the valley, to look for fields for their flocks. 40 There they found good fields rich with grass. The land was wide and quiet, and there they had peace. For Hamites had lived there before. 41 These whose names have been written down came in the days of Hezekiah king of Judah. They destroyed their tents and the Meunites who were found there. They destroyed all of them to this day, and lived in their place because there were fields for their flocks. 42 Then some of them, 500 sons of Simeon, went to Mount Seir. Their leaders were Pelatiah, Neariah, Rephaiah, and Uzziel, the sons of Ishi. 43 They destroyed the rest of the Amalekites who had run away to be safe. And they have lived there to this day.