1 Chronicles 5-9 Common English Bible (CEB)
Lines of Reuben, Gad, and East Manasseh
5 The family of Reuben, Israel’s oldest son: he was actually the oldest, but when he dishonored his father’s bed his birthright[a] was given to the family of Joseph, Israel’s son, so Reuben isn’t listed as the oldest in the records. 2 Although Judah became the strongest among his brothers and a leader came from him, the birthright belonged to Joseph.
3 The family of Reuben, Israel’s oldest son: Hanoch, Pallu, Hezron, and Carmi.
4 Joel’s family: his son Shemaiah, his son Gog, his son Shimei, 5 his son Micah, his son Reaiah, his son Baal, 6 and his son Beerah, whom Assyria’s King Tilgath-pilneser carried away into exile. He was a chief of the Reubenites. 7 His relatives, by their[b] clans when their genealogy was listed in the records, were: Jeiel the first; Zechariah; 8 and Bela, Azaz’s son, Shema’s grandson, and Joel’s great-grandson.
They lived in Aroer, as far as Nebo and Baal-meon. 9 They also settled in the east as far as the edge of the desert that stretches to the Euphrates River, because their livestock had increased in the land of Gilead. 10 In Saul’s days they waged war on the Hagrites, whom they defeated. So they lived in their tents throughout the entire region east of Gilead.
11 Gad’s family lived opposite them in the land of Bashan as far as Salecah: 12 Joel was the first, Shapham the second, and Janai governed[c] Bashan.
13 Their relatives according to their households: Michael, Meshullam, Sheba, Jorai, Jacan, Zia, and Eber—seven in all.
14 This was the family of Abihail son of Huri son of Jaroah son of Gilead son of Michael son of Jeshishai son of Jahdo son of Buz. 15 Ahi, Abdiel’s son and Guni’s grandson, was the head of their household.
16 They lived in Gilead, in Bashan and in its towns, and as far as the boundaries of all the open lands of Sharon. 17 They were all listed in the records in the days of Judah’s King Jotham and Israel’s King Jeroboam. 18 The Reubenites, the Gadites, and half the tribe of Manasseh were warriors who carried shield and sword, drew the bow, and were trained for war—44,760 ready for military service. 19 When they waged war on the Hagrites (the Jeturites, the Naphishites, and the Nodabites), 20 they received help against them. The Hagrites and all who were with them were handed over to them, because they cried out to God in battle. God granted their prayer because they trusted in him. 21 They seized their livestock: 50,000 of their camels, 250,000 sheep and goats, 2,000 donkeys, and 100,000 captives. 22 Many died, because God fought the battle. They lived there in place of the inhabitants until the exile.
23 The members of half the tribe of Manasseh lived in the land from Bashan to Baal-hermon, Senir, and Mount Hermon. They were very numerous.
24 These were the heads of their households:
Epher, Ishi, Eliel, Azriel, Jeremiah, Hodaviah, and Jahdiel—mighty warriors, famous men, heads of their households.
25 But they were unfaithful to the God of their ancestors and faithlessly followed the gods of the peoples of the land, whom God had destroyed before them. 26 As a result, Israel’s God stirred up the spirit of Assyria’s King Pul, otherwise known as Assyria’s King Tilgath-pilneser, who led the Reubenites, the Gadites, and half the tribe of Manasseh into exile, and brought them to Halah, Habor, Hara, and the Gozan River, where they remain to this day.
6 [d] Levi’s family: Gershom, Kohath, and Merari.
2 Kohath’s family: Amram, Izhar, Hebron, and Uzziel.
3 Amram’s family: Aaron, Moses, and Miriam.
Aaron’s family: Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar.
4 Eleazar was the father of Phinehas, Phinehas of Abishua, 5 Abishua of Bukki, Bukki of Uzzi, 6 Uzzi of Zerahiah, Zerahiah of Meraioth, 7 Meraioth of Amariah, Amariah of Ahitub, 8 Ahitub of Zadok, Zadok of Ahimaaz, 9 Ahimaaz of Azariah, Azariah of Johanan, 10 and Johanan of Azariah. He was the one who served as priest in the temple that Solomon built in Jerusalem.
11 Azariah was the father of Amariah, Amariah of Ahitub, 12 Ahitub of Zadok, Zadok of Shallum, 13 Shallum of Hilkiah, Hilkiah of Azariah, 14 Azariah of Seraiah, and Seraiah of Jehozadak. 15 Jehozadak went away when the Lord caused Judah and Jerusalem to be exiled by Nebuchadnezzar.
16 [e] Levi’s family: Gershom, Kohath, and Merari.
17 These are the names of Gershom’s family: Libni and Shimei.
18 Kohath’s family: Amram, Izhar, Hebron, and Uzziel.
19 Merari’s family: Mahli and Mushi.
These are the Levites’ clans according to their fathers:
20 Of Gershom: his son Libni, his son Jahath, his son Zimmah, 21 his son Joah, his son Iddo, his son Zerah, and his son Jeatherai.
22 Kohath’s family: his son Amminadab, his son Korah, his son Assir, 23 his son Elkanah, his son Ebiasaph, his son Assir, 24 his son Tahath, his son Uriel, his son Uzziah, and his son Shaul.
25 Elkanah’s family: Amasai and Ahimoth, 26 his son Elkanah,[f] his son Zophai, his son Nahath, 27 his son Eliab, his son Jeroham, and his son Elkanah.
28 Samuel’s family: the oldest Joel,[g] and the second Abijah.
29 Merari’s family: Mahli, his son Libni, his son Shimei, his son Uzzah, 30 his son Shimea, his son Haggiah, and his son Asaiah.
31 David put the following in charge of the music in the Lord’s house after the chest was placed there. 32 They ministered with song before the dwelling of the meeting tent, until Solomon built the Lord’s temple in Jerusalem. They carried out their usual duties. 33 Those who served and their families were:
Kohath’s family: Heman the singer, son of Joel son of Samuel 34 son of Elkanah son of Jeroham son of Eliel son of Toah 35 son of Zuph son of Elkanah son of Mahath son of Amasai 36 son of Elkanah son of Joel son of Azariah son of Zephaniah 37 son of Tahath son of Assir son of Ebiasaph son of Korah 38 son of Izhar son of Kohath son of Levi son of Israel. 39 His relative was Asaph, who stood on his right, that is, Asaph son of Berechiah son of Shimea 40 son of Michael son of Baaseiah son of Malchijah 41 son of Ethni son of Zerah son of Adaiah 42 son of Ethan son of Zimmah son of Shimei 43 son of Jahath son of Gershom son of Levi.
44 On the left were their relatives, Merari’s family: Ethan son of Kishi son of Abdi son of Malluch 45 son of Hashabiah son of Amaziah son of Hilkiah 46 son of Amzi son of Bani son of Shemer 47 son of Mahli son of Mushi son of Merari son of Levi. 48 Their relatives the Levites were dedicated to all the services of the dwelling for God’s house.
Priests from Aaron’s line
49 Aaron and his sons sacrificed on the altar for entirely burned offerings and on the altar for incense, doing all the work of the holiest place, to make reconciliation for Israel, just as Moses, God’s servant, had commanded.
50 This was Aaron’s family: his son Eleazar, his son Phinehas, his son Abishua, 51 his son Bukki, his son Uzzi, his son Zerahiah, 52 his son Meraioth, his son Amariah, his son Ahitub, 53 his son Zadok, and his son Ahimaaz.
54 These are the places they lived by their camps within their territory. To Aaron’s family from the Kohathite clan, as chosen by lot, 55 they gave Hebron in the land of Judah with its surrounding pasturelands. 56 But the city’s fields and its settlements they gave to Caleb, Jephunneh’s son. 57 To Aaron’s family they gave the refuge cities: Hebron, Libnah with its pasturelands, Jattir, Eshtemoa with its pasturelands, 58 Hilen[h] with its pasturelands, Debir with its pasturelands, 59 Ashan with its pasturelands, Juttah with its pasturelands,[i] and Beth-shemesh with its pasturelands. 60 From Benjamin’s tribe: Gibeon with its pasturelands,[j] Geba with its pasturelands, Alemeth with its pasturelands, and Anathoth with its pasturelands. They had thirteen towns within their clan.
61 The remaining Kohathites were given ten towns by lot from the clan of half the tribe of Manasseh. 62 The Gershomites received by lot according to their clans thirteen towns from the tribes of Issachar, Asher, Naphtali, and Manasseh in Bashan. 63 The Merarites received by lot according to their clans twelve towns from the tribes of Reuben, Gad, and Zebulun. 64 In this way the Israelites gave the Levites the towns with their pasturelands. 65 They gave these towns, which they designated by name, by lot from the tribes of Judah, Simeon, and Benjamin.
66 Some of the Kohathite clans had towns of their territory from the tribe of Ephraim. 67 They gave them refuge cities: Shechem with its pasturelands in the Ephraimite highlands, Gezer with its pasturelands, 68 Jokmeam with its pasturelands, Beth-horon with its pasturelands, 69 Aijalon with its pasturelands, Gath-rimmon with its pasturelands; 70 and from half the tribe of Manasseh, Taanach[k] with its pasturelands, and Bileam with its pasturelands, for the Kohathite clans who remained.
71 To the Gershomites from the clan of half the tribe of Manasseh: Golan in Bashan with its pasturelands and Ashtaroth with its pasturelands; 72 from the tribe of Issachar: Kedesh with its pasturelands and Daberath with its pasturelands, 73 Ramoth with its pasturelands and Anem with its pasturelands; 74 from the tribe of Asher: Mashal with its pasturelands, Abdon with its pasturelands, and 75 Helkath[l] with its pasturelands and Rehob with its pasturelands; 76 and from the tribe of Naphtali: Kedesh in Galilee with its pasturelands, Hammon with its pasturelands, and Kiriathaim with its pasturelands. 77 To the remaining Merarites from the tribe of Zebulun: Jokneam with its pasturelands,[m] Rimmon[n] with its pasturelands, Tabor with its pasturelands, and Nahalal with its pasturelands;[o] 78 on the other side of the Jordan at Jericho, on the east side of the Jordan, from the tribe of Reuben: Bezer in the desert with its pasturelands, Jahzah with its pasturelands, 79 Kedemoth with its pasturelands, and Mephaath with its pasturelands; 80 and from the tribe of Gad: Ramoth in Gilead with its pasturelands, Mahanaim with its pasturelands, 81 Heshbon with its pasturelands, and Jazer with its pasturelands.
7 Issachar’s family: Tola, Puah, Jashub, and Shimron—four in all.
2 Tola’s family: Uzzi, Rephaiah, Jeriel, Jahmai, Ibsam, and Shemuel—the heads of their households in Tola’s line, mighty warriors of their generations. In David’s time they numbered 22,600.
3 Uzzi’s family: Izrahiah; and Izrahiah’s family—Michael, Obadiah, Joel, and Isshiah—five in all, and all of them leaders. 4 According to the family records of their households, they had 36,000 troops in the units of their fighting force, since they had many wives and children. 5 Their relatives from all of Issachar’s clans were 87,000 mighty warriors, all listed in the family records.
Lines of Benjamin and Naphtali
6 Benjamin’s family:[p] Bela, Becher, and Jediael—three in all.
7 Bela’s family: Ezbon, Uzzi, Uzziel, Jerimoth, and Iri—five heads of households, mighty warriors; 22,034 were listed in their family records.
8 Becher’s family: Zemirah, Joash, Eliezer, Elioenai, Omri, Jeremoth, Abijah, Anathoth, and Alemeth. These were all Becher’s family. 9 As listed in their family records by generation, as heads of their households, mighty warriors, there were 22,200.
10 Jediael’s family: Bilhan.
Bilhan’s family: Jeush, Benjamin, Ehud, Chenaanah, Zethan, Tarshish, and Ahishahar. 11 All these were Jediael’s family, heads of their households, and mighty warriors. There were 17,200 ready for battle. 12 The Shuppites and Huppites were Ir’s family, and the Hushites were Aher’s family.
13 Naphtali’s family: Jahziel, Guni, Jezer, and Shallum. These were Bilhah’s family.
14 Manasseh’s family: Asriel, to whom his Aramean secondary wife gave birth. She gave birth to Machir, Gilead’s father. 15 Machir married Huppite and Shuppite women. His sister’s name was Maacah. The second descendant’s name was Zelophehad, who had only daughters. 16 Machir’s wife Maacah gave birth to a son and named him Peresh. His brother’s name was Sheresh, and his sons were Ulam and Rekem.
17 Ulam’s family: Bedan.
This was the family of Gilead, Machir’s son and Manasseh’s grandson. 18 His sister Hammolecheth gave birth to Ishhod, Abiezer, Mahlah, and Shemida.[q] 19 The members of Shemida’s family were Ahian, Shechem, Likhi, and Aniam.
20 Ephraim’s family: Shuthelah, his son Bered, his son Tahath, his son Eleadah, his son Tahath, 21 his son Zabad, his son Shuthelah, and Ezer and Elead. The men of Gath, who were born in the land, killed them when they came down to take their cattle. 22 Ephraim their father mourned many days, and his brothers came to comfort him.
23 Ephraim had sex with his wife, and she conceived and gave birth to a son. He named him Beriah, because misfortune had come to his house. 24 His daughter was Sheerah. She built both Lower and Upper Beth-horon and Uzzen-sheerah. 25 His son was Rephah, his son[r] Resheph, his son Telah, his son Tahan, 26 his son Ladan, his son Ammihud, his son Elishama, 27 his son Nun, and his son Joshua. 28 Their possessions and settlements were Bethel and its towns, to the east Naaran, and to the west Gezer and its towns, and Shechem and its towns as far as Ayyah and its towns. 29 Beth-shean and its towns, Taanach and its towns, Megiddo and its towns, and Dor and its towns were under Manassite authority. The family of Joseph, Israel’s son, lived in them.
30 Asher’s family: Imnah, Ishvah, Ishvi, Beriah, and their sister Serah.
31 Beriah’s family: Heber and Malchiel, who was Birzaith’s father. 32 Heber was the father of Japhlet, Shomer, Hotham, and their sister Shua.
33 Japhlet’s family: Pasach, Bimhal, and Ashvath. This is Japhlet’s family.
34 Shemer’s family: Ahi, Rohgah, Jehubbah, and Aram.
35 His brother Helem’s family: Zophah, Imna, Shelesh, and Amal.
36 Zophah’s family: Suah, Harnepher, Shual, Beri, Imrah, 37 Bezer, Hod, Shamma, Shilshah, Ithran, and Beera.
38 Jether’s family: Jephunneh, Pispa, and Ara.
39 Ulla’s family: Arah, Hanniel, and Rizia.
40 All these were Asher’s family, heads of households, select mighty warriors, the heads of the princes. Those ready for battle listed in the records numbered 26,000.
8 Benjamin was the father of Bela his oldest son, Ashbel his second son, Aharah the third, 2 Nohah the fourth, and Rapha the fifth.
3 Bela had a family: Addar, Gera, Abihud, 4 Abishua, Naaman, Ahoah, 5 Gera, Shephuphan, and Huram.
6 This was Ehud’s family. They were heads of households of the inhabitants of Geba, who were sent into exile to Manahath. 7 Gera[s] sent them into exile and was the father of Uzza and Ahihud.
8 Shaharaim had children in the country of Moab after he divorced his wives Hushim and Baara. 9 He had children with his wife Hodesh: Jobab, Zibia, Mesha, Malcam, 10 Jeuz, Sachia, and Mirmah. These were his sons, heads of households. 11 He also had children with Hushim: Abitub and Elpaal.
12 Elpaal’s family: Eber, Misham, Shemed, who built Ono and Lod with its towns, 13 Beriah, and Shema. They were heads of households of the inhabitants of Aijalon, who drove out the inhabitants of Gath. 14 Their brothers[t] were Shashak and Jeremoth.
15 Beriah’s family: Zebadiah, Arad, Eder, 16 Michael, Ishpah, and Joha.
17 Elpaal’s family: Zebadiah, Meshullam, Hizki, Heber, 18 Ishmerai, Izliah, and Jobab.
19 Shimei’s family: Jakim, Zichri, Zabdi, 20 Elienai, Zillethai, Eliel, 21 Adaiah, Beraiah, and Shimrath.
22 Shashak’s family: Ishpan, Eber, Eliel, 23 Abdon, Zichri, Hanan, 24 Hananiah, Omri,[u] Elam, Anthothijah, 25 Iphdeiah, and Penuel.
26 Jeroham’s family: Shamsherai, Shehariah, Athaliah, 27 Jaareshiah, Elijah, and Zichri.
28 These were the heads of households, in their generations. They were leaders who lived in Jerusalem. 29 Jeiel,[v] Gibeon’s father, lived in Gibeon. His wife’s name was Maacah; 30 his oldest son was Abdon, then Zur, Kish, Baal, Ner,[w] Nadab, 31 Gedor, Ahio, Zecher, and Mikloth.
32 Mikloth was the father of Shimeah. These also lived near their relatives in Jerusalem.[x]
33 Ner was the father of Kish, Kish was the father of Saul, and Saul was the father of Jonathan, Malchishua, Abinadab, and Esh-baal.
34 Jonathan’s son was Merib-baal, and Merib-baal was Micah’s father.
35 Micah’s family: Pithon, Melech, Tarea, and Ahaz.
36 Ahaz was the father of Jehoaddah; Jehoaddah was the father of Alemeth, Azmaveth, and Zimri; and Zimri was the father of Moza. 37 Moza was the father of Binea; his son was Raphah, his son Eleasah, and his son Azel. 38 Azel had six sons, named Azrikam, his oldest,[y] Ishmael, Sheariah, Azariah,[z] Obadiah, and Hanan. All these were in Azel’s family.
39 His brother Eshek’s family: Ulam his oldest, Jeush the second, and Eliphelet the third. 40 Ulam’s family were mighty warriors and archers, having many children and grandchildren—150 in all and all were Benjaminites.
9 So all Israel was listed in the official records of Israel’s kings.
Restored Jerusalem community
Judah was carried into exile in Babylon because of their unfaithfulness. 2 The first to resettle their property in their towns were the Israelite people, the priests, the Levites, and the temple servants. 3 Those settling in Jerusalem included some from Judah, some from Benjamin, and some from Ephraim and Manasseh:
Judah and Benjamin
4 Uthai son of Ammihud son of Omri son of Imri son of Bani from the family of Perez, Judah’s son.
5 From the Shilonites: Asaiah the oldest son and his family.
6 From Zerah’s family: Jeuel and their relatives—690 in all.
7 From Benjamin’s family: Sallu son of Meshullam son of Hodaviah son of Senaah;[aa] 8 Ibneiah, Jeroham’s son; Elah son of Uzzi son of Michri; Meshullam son of Shephatiah son of Reuel son of Ibnijah; 9 and their relatives in their line of descent—956 in all. All of these were heads of their households.
Priests and Levites
10 From the priests: Jedaiah, Jehoiarib, Jachin, 11 and Azariah son of Hilkiah son of Meshullam son of Zadok son of Meraioth son of Ahitub the leader of God’s house; 12 Adaiah son of Jeroham son of Pashhur son of Malchijah; Maasai son of Adiel son of Jahzerah son of Meshullam son of Meshillemith son of Immer; 13 and their relatives, heads of their households, 1,760 capable men for the religious work of God’s house.
14 From the Levites: Shemaiah son of Hasshub son of Azrikam son of Hashabiah, from Merari’s family; 15 Bakbakkar, Heresh, Galal, and Mattaniah son of Mica son of Zichri son of Asaph; 16 Obadiah son of Shemaiah son of Galal son of Jeduthun; and Berechiah son of Asa son of Elkanah, who lived in the settlements of the Netophathites.
17 The gatekeepers: Shallum, Akkub, Talmon, and Ahiman. Their brother Shallum was the leader, 18 stationed until now in the King’s Gate on the east side. These were the gatekeepers belonging to the Levites’ camp.
19 Shallum, Kore’s son, Ebiasaph’s grandson, and Korah’s great-grandson, and his relatives belonging to his household, the Korahites, served as gatekeepers at the tent’s entrances, as their ancestors had been gatekeepers at the entrance to the Lord’s camp.
20 Phinehas, Eleazar’s son, the Lord be with him, was their leader in former times.
21 Zechariah, Meshelemiah’s son, was gatekeeper at the meeting tent’s entrance.
22 All those selected as gatekeepers at the entrances were two hundred twelve. They were listed in the family records by their settlements. David and Samuel the seer assigned them to their trusted position. 23 So they and their descendants were the gatekeepers guarding the Lord’s house, that is, the tent.[ab] 24 The gatekeepers were on the four sides: east, west, north, and south. 25 Their relatives came in from their settlements, from time to time, to assist them for a period of seven days. 26 Due to their trustworthiness, the four master gatekeepers, who were Levites, were in charge of the rooms and the treasuries of God’s house. 27 They would spend the night patrolling God’s house since they had guard duty and were responsible for unlocking it every morning. 28 Some of them were responsible for the worship objects; they counted them when they were brought in and taken out. 29 Others were appointed over the furniture, the holy equipment, the flour, wine, oil, incense, and spices. 30 Some of the priests blended the ointment for the spices; 31 and Mattithiah, one of the Levites, the oldest son of Shallum the Korahite, was entrusted with baking the flat cakes. 32 Also some of their Kohathite relatives were responsible for preparing the stacks of bread for each Sabbath. 33 The singers were the heads of the households of the Levites. They lived in temple rooms and were free from other service because they were on duty day and night. 34 These were the heads of the households of the Levites, according to descent. They lived in Jerusalem.
35 Jeiel, Gibeon’s father, lived in Gibeon. His wife’s name was Maacah. 36 His oldest son was Abdon, followed by Zur, Kish, Baal, Ner, Nadab, 37 Gedor, Ahio, Zechariah, and Mikloth. 38 Mikloth was the father of Shimeam. They too lived near their relatives in Jerusalem.[ac] 39 Ner was the father of Kish, Kish of Saul, Saul of Jonathan, Malchishua, Abinadab, and Esh-baal.
40 Jonathan’s son was Merib-baal, and Merib-baal was the father of Micah.
41 Micah’s family were Pithon, Melech, Tahrea, and Ahaz.[ad]
42 Ahaz was the father of Jarah; and Jarah of Alemeth, Azmaveth, and Zimri.
Zimri was the father of Moza. 43 Moza was the father of Binea; Rephaiah was his son, Eleasah was his son, and Azel was his son. 44 Azel had six sons whose names were Azrikam, Bocheru, Ishmael, Sheariah, Obadiah, and Hanan. This was Azel’s family.