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1 Adam, Shet, Enosh, 2 Keinan, Mahalal’el, Yered, 3 Hanokh, Metushelach, Lemekh, 4 Noach; Shem, Ham and Yefet.
5 The sons of Yefet: Gomer, Magog, Madai, Yavan, Tuval, Meshekh and Tiras. 6 The sons of Gomer: Ashkenaz, Difat and Togarmah. 7 The sons of Yavan: Elishah, Tarshishah, Kittim and Rodanim.
8 The sons of Ham: Kush, Mitzrayim, Put and Kena‘an. 9 The sons of Kush: S’va, Havilah, Savta, Ra‘ma and Savt’kha. The sons of Ra‘ma: Sh’va and D’dan. 10 Kush fathered Nimrod, who was the first powerful ruler on earth. 11 Mitzrayim fathered Ludim, ‘Anamim, L’havim, Naftuchim, 12 Patrusim, Kasluchim (from whom came the P’lishtim) and Kaftorim. 13 Kena‘an was the father of Tzidon his firstborn, and also of Het, 14 the Y’vusi, the Emori, the Girgashi, 15 the Hivi, the ‘Arki, the Sini, 16 the Arvadi, the Tz’mari and the Hamati.
17 The sons of Shem: ‘Elam, Ashur, Arpakhshad, Lud, Aram, ‘Utz, Hul, Geter and Meshekh. 18 Arpakhshad fathered Shelach, Shelach fathered ‘Ever, 19 and to ‘Ever were born two sons: the name of one was Peleg [division], because it was during his lifetime that the earth was divided; and his brother’s name was Yoktan.
20 Yoktan fathered Almodad, Shelef, Hatzar-Mavet, Yerach, 21 Hadoram, Uzal, Diklah, 22 ‘Eival, Avima’el, Sh’va, 23 Ofir, Havilah and Yovav; these were all sons of Yoktan.
24 Shem, Arpakhshad, Shelach, 25 ‘Ever, Peleg, Re‘u, 26 S’rug, Nachor, Terach, 27 Avram (also called Avraham).
28 The sons of Avraham: Yitz’chak and Yishma‘el. 29 Here are their descendants: Yishma‘el’s firstborn N’vayot; then Kedar, Adbe’el, Mivsam, 30 Mishma, Dumah, Masa, Hadad, Teima, 31 Y’tur, Nafish and Kedem. These are the sons of Yishma‘el.
32 The sons of K’turah Avraham’s concubine: she bore Zimran, Yokshan, Medan, Midyan, Yishbak and Shuach. The sons of Yokshan: Sh’va and D’dan. 33 The sons of Midyan: ‘Eifah, ‘Efer, Hanokh, Avida and Elda‘ah. These were all descendants of K’turah.
34 Avraham fathered Yitz’chak. The sons of Yitz’chak: ‘Esav and Isra’el. 35 The sons of ‘Esav: Elifaz, Re‘u’el, Ye‘ush, Ya‘lam and Korach. 36 The sons of Elifaz: Teman, Omar, Tzefi, Ga‘tam, K’naz, Timna and ‘Amalek. 37 The sons of Re‘u’el: Nachat, Zerach, Shamah and Mizah.
38 The sons of Se‘ir: Lotan, Shoval, Tziv‘on, ‘Anah, Dishon, Etzer and Dishan. 39 The sons of Lotan: Hori and Homam; the sister of Lotan was Timna. 40 The sons of Shoval: ‘Alyan, Manachat, ‘Eival, Sh’fi and Onam. The sons of Tziv‘on: Ayah and ‘Anah. 41 The son of ‘Anah: Dishon. The sons of Dishon: Hamran, Eshban, Yitran and K’ran. 42 The sons of Etzer: Bilhan, Za‘avan and Ya‘akan. The sons of Dishan: ‘Utz and Aran.
43 Following are the kings who ruled in the land of Edom before any king ruled over the people of Isra’el: Bela the son of B‘or; the name of his city was Dinhavah. 44 After Bela died, Yovav the son of Zerach from Botzrah took his place as king. 45 After Yovav died, Husham from the land of the Temani took his place as king. 46 After Husham died, Hadad the son of B’dad, who attacked Midyan on the plains of Mo’av, took his place as king; the name of his city was ‘Avit. 47 After Hadad died, Samlah from Masrekah took his place as king. 48 After Samlah died, Sha’ul from Rechovot-by-the-River took his place as king. 49 After Sha’ul died, Ba‘al-Hanan the son of ‘Akhbor took his place as king. 50 After Ba‘al-Hanan died, Hadad took his place as king; the name of his city was Pa‘i; his wife’s name was M’heitav’el the daughter of Matred the daughter of Mei-Zahav. 51 Then Hadad died.
The chieftains of Edom were: the chieftains of Timnah, ‘Alvah, Y’tet, 52 Oholivamah, Elah, Pinon, 53 Kenaz, Teman, Mivtzar, 54 Magdi’el and ‘Iram. These were the chieftains of Edom.
2 These are the sons of Isra’el: Re’uven, Shim‘on, Levi, Y’hudah, Yissakhar, Z’vulun, 2 Dan, Yosef, Binyamin, Naftali, Gad and Asher.
3 The sons of Y’hudah: ‘Er, Onan and Shelah; the mother of these three was Bat-Shua the Kena‘anit. ‘Er, Y’hudah’s firstborn, was wicked from Adonai’s perspective, so he killed him. 4 Tamar his daughter-in-law bore him Peretz and Zerach; thus Y’hudah had five sons altogether.
5 The sons of Peretz: Hetzron and Hamul. 6 The sons of Zerach: Zimri, Eitan, Heiman, Kalkol and Dara — five of them altogether. 7 The sons of Karmi: ‘Akhar [troubler], who troubled Isra’el by violating the rule concerning things set aside to be destroyed. 8 The son of Eitan: ‘Azaryah.
9 The sons born to Hetzron: Yerachme’el, Ram and K’luvai. 10 Ram fathered ‘Amminadav; ‘Amminadav fathered Nachshon prince of the descendants of Y’hudah; 11 Nachshon fathered Salma; Salma fathered Bo‘az; 12 Bo‘az fathered ‘Oved; ‘Oved fathered Yishai; 13 and Yishai fathered Eli’av his firstborn, Avinadav second, Shim‘a third, 14 N’tan’el fourth, Radai fifth, 15 Otzem sixth, David seventh, 16 and their sisters Tz’ruyah and Avigayil. The sons of Tz’ruyah: Avshai, Yo’av and ‘Asah’el, three of them. 17 Avigayil was the mother of ‘Amasa; the father of ‘Amasa was Yeter the Yishma‘eli.
11 The following night, the Lord stood by him and said, “Take courage! For just as you have borne a faithful witness to me in Yerushalayim, so now you must bear witness in Rome.”
12 The next day, some of the Judeans formed a conspiracy. They took an oath, saying they would neither eat nor drink until they had killed Sha’ul; 13 more than forty were involved in this plot. 14 They went to the head cohanim and the elders and said, “We have bound ourselves by an oath to taste no food until we have killed Sha’ul. 15 What you are to do is make it appear to the commander that you and the Sanhedrin want to get more accurate information about Sha’ul’s case, so that he will bring him down to you; while we, for our part, are prepared to kill him before he ever gets here.”
16 But the son of Sha’ul’s sister got wind of the planned ambush, and he went into the barracks and told Sha’ul. 17 Sha’ul called one of the officers and said, “Take this man up to the commander; he has something to tell him.” 18 So he took him and brought him to the commander and said, “The prisoner Sha’ul called me and asked me to bring this young man to you, because he has something to tell you.” 19 The commander took him by the hand, led him aside privately and asked, “What is it you have to tell me?” 20 He said, “The Judeans have agreed to ask you tomorrow to bring Sha’ul down to the Sanhedrin on the pretext that they want to investigate his case more thoroughly. 21 But don’t let yourself be talked into it, because more than forty men are lying in wait for him. They have taken an oath neither to eat nor to drink until they kill him; and they are ready now, only waiting for you to give your consent to their request.”
22 The commander let the young man go, cautioning him, “Don’t tell anyone that you have reported this to me.” 23 Then he summoned two of the captains and said, “Get two hundred infantry soldiers ready to leave for Caesarea at nine o’clock tonight, and seventy mounted cavalry and two hundred spearmen; 24 also provide replacements for Sha’ul’s horse when it gets tired; and bring him through safely to Felix the governor.” 25 And the commander wrote the following letter:
26 From: Claudius Lysias
To: His Excellency, Governor Felix:
27 This man was seized by the Judeans and was about to be killed by them, when I came on the scene with my troops and rescued him. After learning that he was a Roman citizen, 28 I wanted to understand exactly what they were charging him with; so I brought him down to their “Sanhedrin.”
29 I found that he was charged in connection with questions of their “Torah” but that there was no charge deserving death or prison.
30 But when I was informed of a plot against the man, I immediately sent him to you and also ordered his accusers to state their case against him before you.
31 So the soldiers, following their orders, took Sha’ul during the night and brought him to Antipatris, 32 then returned to the barracks after leaving the cavalry to go on with him. 33 The cavalry took him to Caesarea, delivered the letter to the governor, and handed Sha’ul over to him. 34 The governor read the letter and asked what province he was from. On learning he was from Cilicia, 35 he said, “I will give you a full hearing after your accusers have also arrived,” and ordered him to be kept under guard in Herod’s headquarters.
3 (0) A psalm of David, when he fled from Avshalom his son:
2 (1) Adonai, how many enemies I have!
How countless are those attacking me;
3 (2) how countless those who say of me,
“There is no salvation for him in God.” (Selah)
4 (3) But you, Adonai, are a shield for me;
you are my glory, you lift my head high.
5 (4) With my voice I call out to Adonai,
and he answers me from his holy hill. (Selah)
6 (5) I lie down and sleep, then wake up again,
because Adonai sustains me.
7 (6) I am not afraid of the tens of thousands
set against me on every side.
8 (7) Rise up, Adonai!
Save me, my God!
For you slap all my enemies in the face,
you smash the teeth of the wicked.
9 (8) Victory comes from Adonai;
may your blessing rest on your people. (Selah)
14 A person’s spirit can sustain him when ill,
but a crushed spirit — who can bear it?
15 The mind of a person with discernment gets knowledge,
and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.