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1 Chronicles 1:1-2:17; Acts 23:11-35; Psalms 3:1-8; Proverbs 18:14-15 (Common English Bible)

1 Chronicles 1-2:17

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.

Footnotes:

  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
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Acts 23:11-35

11 The following night the Lord stood near Paul and said, “Be encouraged! Just as you have testified about me in Jerusalem, so too you must testify in Rome.”

A murder plot discovered

12 The next morning some Jewish leaders formulated a plot and solemnly promised that they wouldn’t eat or drink until they had killed Paul. 13 More than forty people were involved in the conspiracy. 14 They went to the chief priests and elders and said, “We have solemnly promised to eat nothing until we have killed Paul. 15 You and the council must explain to the commander that you need Paul brought down to you. Pretend that you want to examine his case more closely. We’re prepared to kill him before he arrives.”

16 Paul’s sister had a son who heard about the ambush and he came to the military headquarters and reported it to Paul. 17 Paul called for one of the centurions and said, “Take this young man to the commander because he has something to report to him.”

18 He took him to the commander and said, “The prisoner Paul asked me to bring this young man to you. He has something to tell you.”

19 The commander took him by the hand and withdrew to a place where they could speak privately. He asked, “What do you have to report to me?”

20 He replied, “The Jewish leaders have conspired to ask that you bring Paul down to the council tomorrow. They will pretend that they want to investigate his case more closely. 21 Don’t fall for it! More than forty of them are waiting to ambush him. They have solemnly promised not to eat or drink until they have killed him. They are ready now, awaiting your consent.”

22 The commander dismissed the young man, ordering him, “Don’t tell anyone that you brought this to my attention.”

23 The commander called two centurions and said, “Prepare two hundred soldiers, seventy horsemen, and two hundred spearmen to leave for Caesarea at nine o’clock tonight. 24 Have horses ready for Paul to ride, so they may take him safely to Governor Felix.” 25 He wrote the following letter:

26 Claudius Lysias, to the most honorable Governor Felix: Greetings. 27 This man was seized by the Jews and was almost killed by them. I was nearby with a unit of soldiers, and I rescued him when I discovered that he was a Roman citizen. 28 I wanted to find out why they were accusing him, so I brought him to their council. 29 I discovered that they were accusing him about questions related to their Law. I found no charge deserving of death or imprisonment. 30 When I was informed of a conspiracy against his life, I sent him to you at once and ordered his accusers to bring their case against him before you.

31 Following their orders, the soldiers took Paul during the night and brought him to Antipatris. 32 The following day they let the horsemen continue on with Paul while they returned to the military headquarters in Jerusalem. 33 The horsemen entered Caesarea, delivered the letter to the governor, and brought Paul before him. 34 After he read the letter, he asked Paul about his home province. When he learned that he was from Cilicia, 35 the governor said, “I will hear your case when your accusers arrive.” Then he ordered that Paul be kept in custody in Herod’s palace.

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Psalm 3

Psalm 3

A psalm of David, when he fled from his son Absalom.

Lord, I have so many enemies!
    So many are standing against me.
So many are talking about me:
    “Even God won’t help him.” Selah[a]
But you, Lord, are my shield!
    You are my glory!
    You are the one who restores me.
I cry out loud to the Lord,
    and he answers me from his holy mountain. Selah
I lie down, sleep, and wake up
    because the Lord helps me.
I won’t be afraid of thousands of people
    surrounding me on all sides.

Stand up, Lord!
    Save me, my God!
In fact, hit all my enemies on the jaw;
    shatter the teeth of the wicked!
Rescue comes from the Lord!
    May your blessing be on your people! Selah

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 3:2 Heb uncertain; probably a musical term
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Proverbs 18:14-15

14 The human spirit sustains a sick person,
    but who can bear a broken spirit?
15 An understanding mind gains knowledge;
    the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.

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