1 Chronicles 4

1This is a list of Judah’s sons. They were Perez, Hezron, Carmi, Hur, and Shobal. 2Shobal’s son was Reaiah. Reaiah was Jahath’s father. Jahath was the father of Ahumai and Lahad. The Zorathite people are descendants of Ahumai and Lahad. 3Etam’s sons were Jezreel, Ishma, and Idbash. And they had a sister named Hazzelelponi. 4Penuel was Gedor’s father. And Ezer was Hushah’s father. These were Hur’s sons. Hur was Ephrathah’s first son. And Ephrathah was the founder of Bethlehem. 5Tekoa’s father was Ashhur. Ashhur had two wives. Their names were Helah and Naarah. 6Naarah had Ahuzzam, Hepher, Temeni, and Haahashtari. These were the sons Naarah had with Ashhur. 7The sons of Helah were Zereth, Zohar, Ethnan, and Koz. 8Koz was the father of Anub and Hazzobebah. Koz also was the father of the family groups of Aharhel. Aharhel was Harum’s son. 9Jabez was a very good man. He was better than his brothers. His mother said, “I have named him Jabez because I was in much pain when I had him.” 10Jabez prayed to the God of Israel. Jabez said, “I wish you would truly bless me. I wish you would give me more land. Be near me and don’t let anyone hurt me. Then I won’t have any pain.” And God gave Jabez what he asked for. 11Kelub was Shuhah’s brother. Kelub was Mehir’s father. Mehir was Eshton’s father. 12Eshton was the father of Beth Rapha, Paseah, and Tehinnah. Tehinnah was the father of Ir Nahash. Those men were from Recah. 13The sons of Kenaz were Othniel and Seraiah. Othniel’s sons were Hathath and Meonothai. 14Meonothai was Ophrah’s father. And Seraiah was Joab’s father. Joab was the founder of the Ge Harashim. Those people used that name because they were skilled workers. 15Caleb was Jephunneh’s son. Caleb’s sons were Iru, Elah, and Naam. Elah’s son was Kenaz. 16Jehallelel’s sons were Ziph, Ziphah, Tiria, and Asarel. 17- 18Ezrah’s sons were Jether, Mered, Epher, and Jalon. Mered was the father of Miriam, Shammai, and Ishbah. Ishbah was the father of Eshtemoa. Mered had a wife from Egypt. She had Jered, Heber, and Jekuthiel. Jered was Gedor’s father. Heber was Soco’s father. And Jekuthiel was Zanoah’s father. These were the sons of Bithiah. Bithiah was Pharaoh’s daughter. She was Mered’s wife from Egypt. 19Mered’s wife was Naham’s sister. Mered’s wife was from Judah. The sons of Mered’s wife were the father of Keilah and Eshtemoa. Keilah was from the Garmite people. And Eshtemoa was from the Maacathite people. 20Shimon’s sons were Amnon, Rinnah, Ben Hanan, and Tilon. Ishi’s sons were Zoheth and Ben Zoheth. 21- 22Shelah was Judah’s son. Shelah had Er, Laadah, Jokim, the men from Cozeba, Joash, and Saraph. Er was the father of Lecah. Laadah was the father of Mareshah and the family groups of linen workers at Beth Ashbea. Joash and Saraph married Moabite women. Then they went back to Bethlehem. The writings about this family are very old. 23Those sons of Shelah were workers that made things from clay. They lived in Netaim and Gederah. They lived in those towns and worked for the king. 24Simeon’s sons were Nemuel, Jamin, Jarib, Zerah, and Shaul. 25Shaul’s son was Shallum. Shallum’s son was Mibsam. Mibsam’s son was Mishma. 26Mishma’s son was Hammuel. Hammuel’s son was Zaccur. Zaccur’s son was Shimei. 27Shimei had sixteen sons and six daughters. But Shimei’s brothers did not have many children. Shimei’s brothers did not have large families. Their families were not large like the other family groups in Judah. 28Shimei’s descendants lived in Beersheba, Moladah, Hazar Shual, 29Bilhah, Ezem, Tolad, 30Bethuel, Hormah, Ziklag, 31Beth Marcaboth, Hazar Susim, Beth Biri, and Shaaraim. They lived in those towns until David became king. 32The five villages near these towns were Etam, Ain, Rimmon, Token, and Ashan. 33There were also other villages as far away as Baalath. This is where they lived. And they also wrote the history about their family. 34- 38This is the list of men who were leaders of their family groups. They were Meshobab, Jamlech, Joshah (Amaziah’s son), Joel, Jehu son of Joshibiah, Joshibiah son of Seraiah, Seraiah son of Asiel, Elioenai, Jaakobah, Jeshohaiah, Asaiah, Adiel, Jesimiel, Benaiah, and Ziza (Shiphi’s son). Shiphi was Allon’s son, and Allon was Jedaiah’s son. Jedaiah was Shimri’s son, and Shimri was Shemaiah’s son. These men’s families grew to be very large. 39They went to the area outside the town of Gedor to the east side of the valley. They went to that place to look for fields for their sheep and cattle. 40They found good fields with plenty of grass. They found plenty of good land there. The land was peaceful and quiet. Ham’s descendants lived there in the past. 41This happened during the time that Hezekiah was king of Judah. Those men came to Gedor and fought against the Hamite people. They destroyed the tents of the Hamite people. Those men also fought against the Meunite people that lived there. These men destroyed all the Meunite people. There are no Meunite people in this place even today. So those men began to live there. They lived there because the land had grass for their sheep. 42Five hundred people from Simeon’s family group went to the hill country of Seir. Ishi’s sons led those men. Those sons were, Pelatiah, Neariah, Rephaiah, and Uzziel. The Simeonite men fought against the people living in that place. 43There were only a few Amalekite people still living. And these Simeonite people killed them. Since that time until now, those Simeonite people have lived in Seir.

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