1 Chronicles 4

1 The sons of Judah were Peʹrez, Hezʹron, Carʹmi, Hur, and Shoʹbal.

2 Reaʹiah the son of Shoʹbal became father to Jaʹhath; Jaʹhath became father to Ahuʹmai and Laʹhad. These were the families of the Zoʹrathites.

3 These were the sons of the father of Eʹtam: Jezʹreel, Ishʹma, and Idʹbash (and the name of their sister was Hazzelelpoʹni),

4 and Penuʹel was the father of Geʹdor, and Eʹzer was the father of Huʹshah. These were the sons of Hur, the firstborn of Ephʹrathah and the father of Bethʹlehem.

5 Ashʹhur the father of Tekoʹa had two wives, Heʹlah and Naʹarah.

6 Naʹarah bore to him Ahuzʹzam, Heʹpher, Teʹmeni, and Haahashʹtari. These were the sons of Naʹarah.

7 And the sons of Heʹlah were Zeʹreth, Izʹhar, and Ethʹnan.

8 Koz became father to Aʹnub, Zobeʹbah, and the families of Aharʹhel the son of Haʹrum.

9 Jaʹbez was more honorable than his brothers; and his mother named him Jaʹbez, saying: “I gave birth to him in pain.”

10 Jaʹbez called on the God of Israel, saying: “O that you would bless me and enlarge my territory and let your hand be with me and preserve me from calamity, so that it may bring no harm to me!” So God brought about what he had asked for.

11 Cheʹlub the brother of Shuʹhah became father to Meʹhir, who was the father of Eshʹton.

12 Eshʹton became father to Beth-raʹpha, Paseʹah, and Tehinʹnah, the father of Ir-naʹhash. These were the men of Reʹcah.

13 And the sons of Keʹnaz were Othʹniel and Seraiʹah, and the son of Othʹniel was Haʹthath.

14 Meoʹnothai became father to Ophʹrah. Seraiʹah became father to Joʹab the father of Ge-harʹashim, so called because they were craftsmen.

15 The sons of Caʹleb the son of Jephunʹneh were Iʹru, Eʹlah, and Naʹam; and the son of Eʹlah was Keʹnaz.

16 The sons of Jehalʹlelel were Ziph, Ziʹphah, Tirʹia, and Asʹarel.

17 The sons of Ezʹrah were Jeʹther, Meʹred, Eʹpher, and Jaʹlon; she conceived and bore Mirʹiam, Shamʹmai, and Ishʹbah the father of Eshtemoʹa.

18 (And his Jewish wife gave birth to Jeʹred the father of Geʹdor, Heʹber the father of Soʹco, and Jekuʹthiel the father of Zanoʹah.) These were the sons of Bithiʹah, the daughter of Pharʹaoh, whom Meʹred married.

19 The sons of Hodiʹah’s wife, the sister of Naʹham, were the fathers of Keiʹlah the Garʹmite and Eshtemoʹa the Maacʹathite.

20 And the sons of Shiʹmon were Amʹnon, Rinʹnah, Ben-haʹnan, and Tiʹlon. And the sons of Ishʹi were Zoʹheth and Ben-zoʹheth.

21 The sons of Sheʹlah the son of Judah were Er the father of Leʹcah, Laʹadah the father of Mareʹshah, and the families of the workers of fine fabric of the house of Ashbeʹa,

22 and Joʹkim, the men of Cozeʹba, Joʹash, and Saʹraph, who became husbands of Moʹabite women, and Jashʹubi-leʹhem. These records are ancient.

23 They were potters who lived in Netaʹim and Gedeʹrah. They lived there and worked for the king.

24 The sons of Simʹeon were Nemʹuel, Jaʹmin, Jaʹrib, Zeʹrah, and Shaʹul.

25 Shalʹlum was his son, Mibʹsam his son, and Mishʹma his son.

26 And the sons of Mishʹma were Hamʹmuel his son, Zacʹcur his son, Shimʹei his son.

27 And Shimʹei had 16 sons and 6 daughters; but his brothers did not have many sons, and none of their families had as many as the men of Judah had.

28 They lived in Beʹer-sheʹba, Molaʹdah, Haʹzar-shuʹal,

29 Bilʹhah, Eʹzem, Toʹlad,

30 Bethuʹel, Horʹmah, Zikʹlag,

31 Beth-marʹcaboth, Haʹzar-suʹsim, Beth-birʹi, and Shaʹaraʹim. These were their cities until the reign of David.

32 Their settlements were Eʹtam, Aʹin, Rimʹmon, Toʹchen, and Aʹshan, five cities,

33 along with their settlements that were all around these cities as far as Baʹal. These were their genealogical enrollments and the places where they lived.

34 And Meshoʹbab, Jamʹlech, Joʹshah the son of Amaziʹah,

35 Joel, Jeʹhu son of Joshibiʹah son of Seraiʹah son of Asʹiel,

36 and Elioeʹnai, Jaakoʹbah, Jeshohaiʹah, Asaiʹah, Adʹiel, Jesimʹiel, Benaiʹah,

37 and Ziʹza son of Shiʹphi son of Alʹlon son of Jedaʹiah son of Shimʹri son of Shemaiʹah;

38 these mentioned by name were the chieftains among their families, and the household of their forefathers increased in number.

39 And they went to the entrance of Geʹdor, to the east side of the valley, to look for pastures for their flocks.

40 They eventually found rich and good pastures, and the land was spacious, quiet, and undisturbed. Those who previously lived there were Hamʹites.

41 These whose names are listed came during the days of King Hezekiʹah of Judah and struck down the tents of the Hamʹites and the Meuʹnim who were there. They devoted them to destruction down to this day; and they settled in their place because there were pastures for their flocks there.

42 Some of the Simʹeonites, 500 men, went to Mount Seʹir with Pelatiʹah, Neariʹah, Rephaʹiah, and Uzʹziel, the sons of Ishʹi who led them.

43 And they struck down the rest of the Amalʹekites who had escaped, and they have lived there down to this day.

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