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1 Chronicles 1-4 Common English Bible (CEB)

Adam to Israel

Adam, Seth, Enosh; Kenan, Mahalalel, Jared; Enoch, Methuselah, Lamech; Noah; Noah’s family:[a] Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

Japheth’s family: Gomer, Magog, Madai, Javan, Tubal, Meshech, and Tiras.

Gomer’s family: Ashkenaz, Riphath,[b] and Togarmah.

Javan’s family: Elishah, Tarshish, Kittim, and Rodanim.

Ham’s family: Cush, Egypt, Put, and Canaan.

Cush’s family: Seba, Havilah, Sabta, Raama, and Sabteca.

Raamah’s family: Sheba and Dedan.

10 Cush was the father of Nimrod, the first warrior in the land.

11 Egypt was the father of Ludim, Anamim, Lehabim, Naphtuhim, 12 Pathrusim, Casluhim, from whom the Philistines came, and Caphtorim.

13 Canaan was the father of Sidon his oldest son, Heth, 14 the Jebusites, the Amorites, the Girgashites, 15 the Hivites, the Arkites, the Sinites, 16 the Arvadites, the Zemarites, and the Hamathites.

17 Shem’s family: Elam, Asshur, Arpachshad, Lud, and Aram.

Aram’s family:[c] Uz, Hul, Gether, and Meshech.

18 Arpachshad was Shelah’s father, and Shelah was Eber’s father. 19 Two sons were born to Eber: one was named Peleg,[d] because in his days the land was divided; and his brother’s name was Joktan.

20 Joktan was the father of Almodad, Sheleph, Hazarmaveth, Jerah, 21 Hadoram, Uzal, Diklah, 22 Ebal, Abimael, Sheba, 23 Ophir, Havilah, and Jobab. All these were Joktan’s family.

24 Shem, Arpachshad, Shelah; 25 Eber, Peleg, Reu; 26 Serug, Nahor, Terah; 27 and Abram, that is, Abraham.

28 Abraham’s family: Isaac and Ishmael. 29 These were their descendants. Ishmael’s oldest son was Nebaioth, then Kedar, Adbeel, Mibsam, 30 Mishma, Dumah, Massa, Hadad, Tema, 31 Jetur, Naphish, and Kedemah. This was Ishmael’s family. 32 Abraham’s secondary wife Keturah’s family: she gave birth to Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak, and Shuah.

Jokshan’s family: Sheba and Dedan.

33 Midian’s family: Ephah, Epher, Hanoch, Abida, and Eldaah. All these were members of Keturah’s family.

34 Abraham was Isaac’s father. Isaac’s family: Esau and Israel.

35 Esau’s family: Eliphaz, Reuel, Jeush, Jalam, and Korah.

36 Eliphaz’s family: Teman, Omar, Zephi, Gatam, Kenaz, Timna, and Amalek.

37 Reuel’s family: Nahath, Zerah, Shammah, and Mizzah.

38 Seir’s family: Lotan, Shobal, Zibeon, Anah, Dishon, Ezer, and Dishan.

39 Lotan’s family: Hori and Homam; Lotan’s sister was Timna.

40 Shobal’s family: Alian, Manahath, Ebal, Shephi, and Onam.

Zibeon’s family: Aiah and Anah.

41 Anah’s family: Dishon.

Dishon’s family: Hamran, Eshban, Ithran, and Cheran.

42 Ezer’s family: Bilhan, Zaavan, and Jaakan.

Dishan’s family:[e] Uz and Aran.

43 These were the kings who ruled in the land of Edom before any king ruled over the Israelites: Bela, Beor’s son, whose city was called Dinhabah. 44 When Bela died, Jobab, Zerah’s son from Bozrah, succeeded him. 45 When Jobab died, Husham from the land of the Temanites succeeded him. 46 When Husham died, Hadad, Bedad’s son who defeated Midian in the Moabite countryside, succeeded him; his city was called Avith. 47 When Hadad died, Samlah from Masrekah succeeded him. 48 When Samlah died, Shaul from Rehoboth on the river succeeded him. 49 When Shaul died, Baal-hanan, Achbor’s son, succeeded him. 50 When Baal-hanan died, Hadad succeeded him; his city was called Pai. His wife’s name was Mehetabel, Matred’s daughter and Me-zahab’s granddaughter. 51 When Hadad died, Edom’s tribal chiefs were: Chief Timna, Chief Aliah, Chief Jetheth, 52 Chief Oholibamah, Chief Elah, Chief Pinon, 53 Chief Kenaz, Chief Teman, Chief Mibzar, 54 Chief Magdiel, and Chief Iram. These were Edom’s tribal chiefs.

This was Israel’s family: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Zebulun, Dan, Joseph, Benjamin, Naphtali, Gad, and Asher.

Judah’s line

Judah’s family: Er, Onan, and Shelah. These three were born to him with Bath-shua the Canaanite. Although Er was Judah’s oldest, the Lord considered him wicked and put him to death. His daughter-in-law Tamar bore him Perez and Zerah. Judah had five sons in all.

Perez’s family: Hezron and Hamul.

Zerah’s family: Zimri, Ethan, Heman, Calcol, and Darda[f]—five in all.

Carmi’s family: Achar, who made trouble for Israel by disobeying the law dedicating war spoils to God.

Ethan’s family: Azariah.

Hezron’s family, who were born to him: Jerahmeel, Ram, and Chelubai. 10 Ram was the father of Amminadab, and Amminadab was the father of Nahshon, tribal chief of the Judeans. 11 Nahshon was the father of Salma, Salma was the father of Boaz, 12 Boaz was the father of Obed, and Obed was the father of Jesse. 13 Jesse was the father of Eliab his oldest son, Abinadab his second, Shimea his third, 14 Nethanel his fourth, Raddai his fifth, 15 Ozem his sixth, and David his seventh. 16 Their sisters were Zeruiah and Abigail.

Zeruiah’s family: Abishai, Joab, and Asahel—three in all. 17 Abigail gave birth to Amasa, whose father was Jether the Ishmaelite.

18 Caleb, Hezron’s son, had children with his wife Azubah, and with Jerioth. These were her sons: Jesher, Shobab, and Ardon. 19 After Azubah died, Caleb married Ephrath, who gave birth to Hur for him. 20 Hur was the father of Uri, and Uri was the father of Bezalel. 21 Later, Hezron had sexual relations with the daughter of Machir, Gilead’s father, whom he married when he was 60 years old, and she gave birth to Segub for him. 22 Segub was the father of Jair, who owned twenty-three towns in the land of Gilead, 23 but Geshur and Aram took Havvoth-jair from them, as well as Kenath and its villages, sixty towns.

All these were descendants of Machir, Gilead’s father. 24 After Hezron’s death, Caleb went to Ephrath.[g] Abijah, Hezron’s wife, bore him Ashhur, Tekoa’s father.

25 The family of Jerahmeel, Hezron’s oldest son: Ram his oldest, Bunah, Oren, Ozem, and Ahijah. 26 Jerahmeel had another wife named Atarah; she was the mother of Onam.

27 The family of Ram, Jerahmeel’s oldest son: Maaz, Jamin, and Eker.

28 Onam’s family: Shammai and Jada.

Shammai’s family: Nadab and Abishur. 29 Abishur’s wife’s name was Abihail, and she gave birth to Ahban and Molid for him.

30 Nadab’s family: Seled and Appaim, but Seled died without children.

31 Appaim’s family: Ishi.

Ishi’s family: Sheshan.

Sheshan’s family: Ahlai.

32 The family of Jada, Shammai’s brother: Jether and Jonathan, but Jether died without children.

33 Jonathan’s family: Peleth and Zaza. These were Jerahmeel’s descendants.

34 Sheshan had no sons, only daughters; but Sheshan had an Egyptian servant whose name was Jarha. 35 Sheshan gave his daughter in marriage to Jarha his servant, and she gave birth to Attai for him.

36 Attai was the father of Nathan, Nathan was the father of Zabad, 37 Zabad was the father of Ephlal, Ephlal was the father of Obed, 38 Obed was the father of Jehu, Jehu was the father of Azariah, 39 Azariah was the father of Helez, Helez was the father of Eleasah, 40 Eleasah was the father of Sismai, Sismai was the father of Shallum, 41 Shallum was the father of Jekamiah, and Jekamiah was the father of Elishama.

42 The family of Caleb, Jerahmeel’s brother: Mesha his oldest son and Ziph’s father; and his second son[h] Mareshah, Hebron’s father.

43 Hebron’s family: Korah, Tappuah, Rekem, and Shema. 44 Shema was the father of Raham, Jorkeam’s father; and Rekem was the father of Shammai.

45 Shammai’s son: Maon; Maon was Beth-zur’s father. 46 Ephah, Caleb’s secondary wife, gave birth to Haran, Moza, and Gazez. Haran was the father of Gazez.

47 Jahdai’s family: Regem, Jotham, Geshan, Pelet, Ephah, and Shaaph. 48 Maacah, Caleb’s secondary wife, gave birth to Sheber and Tirhanah. 49 She also gave birth to Shaaph, Madmannah’s father; and to Sheva, Machbenah and Gibea’s father. Caleb’s daughter was Achsah. 50 These were Caleb’s descendants.

The family of Hur, Ephrathah’s oldest son: Shobal, Kiriath-jearim’s father; 51 Salma, Bethlehem’s father; and Hareph, Beth-gader’s father.

52 Shobal, Kiriath-jearim’s father, had a family: Haroeh, and the ancestor of half of the Menuhoth.[i] 53 Kiriath-jearim’s clans: the Ithrites, the Puthites, the Shumathites, and the Mishraites. From these came the Zorathites and the Eshtaolites.

54 The family of Salma, Bethlehem’s father:[j] the Netophathites, Atroth-beth-joab, half of the Manahathites, and the Zorites.

55 The clans of the scribes who lived at Jabez: the Tirathites, the Shimeathites, and the Sucathites. They were Kenites who descended from Hammath, Beth-rechab’s father.

David’s line

This is David’s family born to him in Hebron: the oldest Amnon, with Ahinoam the Jezreelite; the second Daniel, with Abigail the Carmelite; the third Absalom son of Maacah, the daughter of Geshur’s King Talmai; the fourth Adonijah, Haggith’s son; the fifth Shephatiah, with Abital; the sixth Ithream, with his wife Eglah. Six were born to him in Hebron, where he reigned for seven and a half years. He also reigned in Jerusalem for thirty-three years. These were born to him in Jerusalem: Shimea, Shobab, Nathan, and Solomon—four from Bath-shua, Ammiel’s daughter; Ibhar, Eli-shama, Eliphelet, Nogah, Nepheg, Japhia, Elishama, Eliada, and Eliphelet—nine in all. This was all of David’s family, except for his secondary wives’ children. Tamar was their sister.

10 The descendants[k] of Solomon: Rehoboam, his son Abijah, his son Asa, his son Jehoshaphat, 11 his son Joram, his son Ahaziah, his son Joash, 12 his son Amaziah, his son Azariah, his son Jotham, 13 his son Ahaz, his son Hezekiah, his son Manasseh, 14 his son Amon, and his son Josiah.

15 Josiah’s family: the oldest Johanan, the second Jehoiakim, the third Zedekiah, and the fourth Shallum.

16 Jehoiakim’s family: his son Jeconiah and his son Zedekiah.

17 The family of Jeconiah the prisoner: Shealtiel his son; 18 Malchiram, Pedaiah, Shenazzar, Jekamiah, Hoshama, and Nedabiah.

19 Pedaiah’s family: Zerubbabel and Shimei.

Zerubbabel’s family:[l] Meshullam, Hananiah, and their sister Shelomith; 20 Hashubah, Ohel, Berechiah, Hasadiah, and Jushab-hesed—these five also.

21 Hananiah’s family:[m] Pelatiah, Jeshaiah, Rephaiah’s family, Arnan’s family, Obadiah’s family, and Shecaniah’s family.

22 Shecaniah’s family: Shemaiah and his family, Hattush, Igal, Bariah, Neariah, and Shaphat—six in all.

23 Neariah’s family: Elioenai, Hizkiah, and Azrikam—three in all.

24 Elioenai’s family: Hodaviah, Eliashib, Pelaiah, Akkub, Johanan, Delaiah, and Anani—seven in all.

Judah’s line

Judah’s family: Perez, Hezron, Caleb,[n] Hur, and Shobal.

Shobal’s son Reaiah was Jahath’s father, and Jahath was the father of Ahumai and Lahad. These were the Zorathite clans.

This was Etam’s family:[o] Jezreel, Ishma, and Idbash. Their sister’s name was Hazzelelponi. Penuel was Gedor’s father, and Ezer was Hushah’s father.

This was the family of Hur the oldest son of Ephrathah, Bethlehem’s father: Ashhur, Tekoa’s father, had two wives, Helah and Naarah. Naarah gave birth to Ahuzzam, Hepher, Temeni, and Haahashtari for him. This was Naarah’s family.

Helah’s family: Zereth, Zohar,[p] and Ethnan. Koz was the father of Anub, Hazzobebah, and the clans of Aharhel, Harum’s son.

Jabez was more honored than his brothers. His mother had named him Jabez, saying, “I bore him in pain.”[q] 10 Jabez called on Israel’s God: “If only you would greatly bless me and increase my territory. May your power go with me to keep me from trouble, so as not to cause me pain.” And God granted his request.

11 Chelub, Shuhah’s brother, was the father of Mehir, who was Eshton’s father. 12 Eshton was the father of Beth-rapha, Paseah, and Tehinnah, Ir-nahash’s father. These are the men of Recah.

13 Kenaz’s family: Othniel and Seraiah. Othniel’s family: Hathath and Meonothai.[r] 14 Meonothai was the father of Ophrah. Seraiah was the father of Joab the father of Ge-harashim,[s] so-called because they were skilled workers. 15 The family of Caleb, Jephunneh’s son: Iru, Elah, and Naam. This was Kenaz’s family.[t]

16 Jehallelel’s family: Ziph, Ziphah, Tiria, and Asarel.

17 Ezrah’s family:[u] Jether, Mered, Epher, and Jalon. Jether was the father of[v] Miriam, Shammai, and Ishbah, Eshtemoa’s father. 18 His Judean wife gave birth to Jered, Gedor’s father; Heber, Soco’s father; and Jekuthiel, Zanoah’s father.

This is the family of Bithiah, Pharaoh’s daughter, whom Mered married. 19 The family of his Judean wife,[w] the sister of Naham, Keilah’s father the Garmite and Eshtemoa the Maacathite.

20 Shimon’s family: Amnon, Rinnah, Ben-hanan, and Tilon.

Ishi’s family: Zoheth and Ben-zoheth.

21 The family of Shelah, Judah’s son: Er, Lecah’s father; Laadah, Mareshah’s father; the clans of the linen workers at Beth-ashbea; 22 Jokim; the men of Cozeba; Joash; and Saraph, who married into[x] Moab but returned to Bethlehem[y] (the records are ancient). 23 They were the potters who lived in Netaim and Gederah; they lived there with the king in his service.

Simeon’s line

24 Simeon’s family: Nemuel, Jamin, Jarib, Zerah, Shaul, 25 his son Shallum, his son Mibsam, and his son Mishma. 26 Mishma’s family: his son Hammuel, his son Zaccur, and his son Shimei. 27 Shimei had sixteen sons and six daughters; but his brothers didn’t have many children, and none of their clans became as numerous as the Judeans.

28 They lived in Beer-sheba, Moladah, Hazar-shual, 29 Bilhah, Ezem, Tolad, 30 Bethuel, Hormah, Ziklag, 31 Beth-marcaboth, Hazar-susim, Beth-biri, and Shaaraim. These were their towns until David became king. 32 Their villages were Etam, Ain, Rimmon, Tochen, and Ashan—five towns— 33 as well as all their villages around these towns as far as Baal. These were their settlements, and they kept their own family records:

34 Meshobab, Jamlech, Joshah son of Amaziah, 35 Joel, Jehu son of Joshibiah son of Seraiah son of Asiel, 36 Elioenai, Jaakobah, Jeshohaiah, Asaiah, Adiel, Jesimiel, Benaiah, 37 and Ziza son of Shiphi son of Allon son of Jedaiah son of Shimri son of Shemaiah. 38 These mentioned by name were leaders in their clans, and their households increased greatly.

39 They went to the entrance of Gedor, as far as the east side of the valley, to find pasture for their flocks. 40 They found fertile pasture, and the land was spacious, quiet, and peaceful; the people of Ham used to live there. 41 These whose names were recorded, however, came in the days of Judah’s King Hezekiah, attacked their tents and the Meunim[z] found there, and completely destroyed them, as can be seen today. They settled in their place, because there was pasture there for their flocks. 42 Some of them, five hundred Simeonites, went to Mount Seir, led by Pelatiah, Neariah, Rephaiah, and Uzziel, Ishi’s sons. 43 They struck down those who were left of the Amalekites and have lived there ever since.


  1. 1 Chronicles 1:4 LXX; MT lacks Noah’s family.
  2. 1 Chronicles 1:6 LXX; MT Diphath
  3. 1 Chronicles 1:17 LXX; MT lacks Aram’s family.
  4. 1 Chronicles 1:19 Or division
  5. 1 Chronicles 1:42 Cf 1:38; or Dishon’s family
  6. 1 Chronicles 2:6 LXX, Syr; MT Dara
  7. 1 Chronicles 2:24 LXX, Vulg; MT in Caleb-ephrathah
  8. 1 Chronicles 2:42 Or the family of
  9. 1 Chronicles 2:52 Heb lacks the ancestor of.
  10. 1 Chronicles 2:54 Cf 2:51; Heb lacks father.
  11. 1 Chronicles 3:10 LXX, Syr; MT son
  12. 1 Chronicles 3:19 LXX, Syr; MT son
  13. 1 Chronicles 3:21 LXX, Syr, Tg; MT son
  14. 1 Chronicles 4:1 Cf 1 Chron 2:19; MT Carmi
  15. 1 Chronicles 4:3 LXX; MT father
  16. 1 Chronicles 4:7 Qere, LXX; Kethib Izhar
  17. 1 Chronicles 4:9 Heb sounds like Jabez.
  18. 1 Chronicles 4:13 LXX, Vulg; MT lacks Meonothai.
  19. 1 Chronicles 4:14 Or the valley of skilled workers
  20. 1 Chronicles 4:15 Cf 4:13; MT the family of Elah and Kenaz
  21. 1 Chronicles 4:17 LXX, Vulg; MT son
  22. 1 Chronicles 4:17 LXX; MT and she conceived
  23. 1 Chronicles 4:19 LXX; MT the wife of Hodiah
  24. 1 Chronicles 4:22 Or ruled over
  25. 1 Chronicles 4:22 Cf Tg, Vulg; MT Lehem returned
  26. 1 Chronicles 4:41 Qere; Kethib Meinim
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