The 24th Chapter
The division of the sons of
Aaron: Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar. But Nadab and Abihu died
before their father and had no children. And Eleazar and Ithamar
were the Priests. And David ordered them on this manner: Zadock of
the sons of Eleazar and Ahimelek of the sons of Ithamar to be in
office by course. And there were more mighty heads found of the sons
of Eleazar than of the sons of Ithamar. And they divided them into
sixteen heads of ancient households of the sons of Eleazar, and
eight of the sons of Ithamar. And they put them in order by lot, one
with another that there should be rulers in the sanctuary and Lords
before God as well of the sons of Ithamar as of the sons of Eleazar.
And Semeiah the son of Nathaneel the Scribe of the Levites wrote
them before the king and the Lords, and before Zadock the priest and
Ahimelek the son of Abiathar, and before the ancient heads of the
priests and of the Levites: one principal household for Eleazar and
one for Ithamar.
The first lot fell to Jehoiarib. The second to Jedaiah. The
third to Harim. The fourth to Seorim. The fifth to Melciah. The
sixth to Miamin. The seventh to Hakes. The eighth to Abiah. The
ninth to Jesua. The tenth to Secaniah. The eleventh to Eliasib. The
twelfth to Jakim. The thirteenth to Huphah. The fourteenth to Isbaab.
The fifteenth to Belgah. The sixteenth to Emer. The seventeenth to
Hezir. The eighteenth to Haphzez. The nineteenth to Pathahaiah. The
twentieth to Jehesekiel. The twenty first to Jacin. The twenty
second to Gamul. The twenty third to Delaiahu. The twenty fourth to
This is the order of them in their offices, to come into the
house of the Lord according to their manner under Aaron their
father, as the Lord God of Israel commanded.
The rest of the sons of Levi: of the sons of Amram, Subael. Of
the sons of Subael, Jehediahu. Of the sons of Rohabiah the first
Jesiah. Of the Izaharites, Salemoth. Of the sons of Salemoth, Jahath.
And the sons of Hebron were Jeriahu the first, Amariah the second,
Jahaziel the third, Jekameam the fourth. Of the sons of Usiel,
Micah. Of the sons of Micah Samir. The brother of Micah was Jesiah.
Of the sons of Jesiah Zachariah. The sons of Merari were Mahali and
Musi. The sons of Jaaziahu, Beno. The sons of Merari by Jahaziahu.
Beno, Sohem, Zacur and Ebri.
Mahali had Eleazar which had no sons. The sons of Kis:
Jerahemel. The sons of Musi: Mahali, Eder and Jermoth. These are of
the children of Levi in the households of their fathers. And these
cast lots next to their brethren the sons of Aaron, before David the
king and Zadock and Ahimelek and the ancient heads and priests of
the Levites: as well the youngest brother as an ancient head.
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And David and the captains of
the host appointed out to do service, the sons of Asaph of Heman and
Iduthun, which did prophesy with harps, psalteries and cymbals. And
the multitude of them were men to do service in their offices. The
sons of Asaph: Zaur, Joseph, Nathaniah, Aserealah, to wait on Asaph
which prophesied by the king.
The sons of Iduthun: Godoliah, Zuri, Isaiah, Hasabiah and
Mathathiah, Semei six, at the hands of their fathers Iduthun, with
harps: which Iduthun prophesied for to thank and praise the Lord.
The sons of Heman: Bokiahu, Mathaniah, Uziel, Subuel, Jerimoth,
Hananiah, Hanani, Eliathah, Gedalthi, Romanthi Ezer, Jesbokasah,
Malothi, Hothir and Mahazioth. All these were of the sons of Heman
the kings Sear of visions with the word of God, to lift up the horn.
God gave to Heman fourteen sons and three daughters. All these were
at the hand of their father to sing in the house of the Lord with
cymbals, psalteries and harps in the service of the house of God.
And at the hand of the king was Asaph, Iduthun and Heman: But the
multitude of them were with their brethren that were cunning in the
song of the Lord. And the number of all that taught, were two
hundred and fourscore and eight. And they cast Lots indifferently
how they should wait, as well the small as the great, the scholar as
well as the schoolmaster.
And the first lot of Asaph fell to Joseph. The second to
Godoliah with his brethren and sons, twelve persons. The third fell
to Zacur with his sons and brethren being twelve persons. The fourth
to Izari with his sons and brethren twelve persons.
The fifth to Nathaniah with his sons and brethren twelve
persons. The sixth to Bokiahu with his sons and brethren twelve
persons. The seventh to Isarelath with his sons and brethren twelve
persons. The eighth to Isaiah with his sons and brethren twelve
persons. The ninth to Mathaniah with his sons and brethren twelve
persons. The tenth to Semei with his sons and brethren twelve
persons. The eleventh to Azariel with his sons and brethren twelve
persons. The twelfth to Hasabiah with his sons and brethren twelve
persons. The thirteenth to Subuel with his sons and brethren twelve
persons. The fourteenth to Mathathiah with his sons and brethren
twelve persons. The fifteenth to Jerimoth with his sons and brethren
twelve persons. The sixteenth to hananiah with his sons and brethren
twelve persons. The seventeenth to Jesbokasah with his sons and
brethren twelve persons. The eighteenth to Hanani with his sons and
brethren twelve persons. The nineteenth to Malothi with his sons and
brethren twelve persons. The twentieth to Eliathah with his sons and
brethren twelve persons. The twenty first to Hothir with his sons
and brethren twelve persons. The twenty second to Gedalthi with his
sons and brethren twelve persons. The twenty third Mahazioth with
his sons and brethren twelve persons. The twenty fourth to Romanthi
Ezer with his sons and brethren twelve persons.
The 26th Chapter
The division of the porters
among the Corehites: Meselemiah the son of Koreh of the children of
And the sons of Meselemiah were these: Zachariah the eldest,
Jadiel the second, Zabadiah the third, Jathaniel the fourth, Elam
the fifth, Jehohanan the sixth, Elioenai the seventh. And Obed Edom
had sons: Semeiah the eldest, Jehosabad the second, Joah the third,
Sacar the fourth, Nathanael the fifth, Amiel the sixth, Isacar the
seventh and Polathai the eighth for God had blessed him.
And unto Semeiah his son were sons born that ruled in the
house of their father, for they were men of might. The sons of
Semeiah: Othni, Raphael, Obed, and Elzabad and his brethren men of
activity, Elihu and Samachiah. All these were of the children of
Obed Edom, which with their brethren and their children, active men
of strength to do service were forty two of Obed Edom. And
Meselemiah had sons and brethren, active men eighteen. And Hosah of
the children of Merari, had sons: Semri the chief, yet he was not
the eldest, but his father made him the chiefest. Helkiah the
second, Tabeliah the third and Zachariah the fourth: so that all the
sons and brethren of Hosah were thirteen.
Unto these was divided the office of the portership as unto
heads over the men that waited with their brethren and ministered in
the house of the Lord. And they cast lots, the small as well as the
great in the households of their fathers, from gate to gate. And the
East lot fell to Selemiah. And for Zachariah his son a wise
counsellor, they cast lots, and his lot came out toward the North.
And Obed Edoms lot fell to the South. And to his sons fell the
counsel houses. And to Suphim and Hosah fell the west with the gate
Salecheth, where the way ascendeth upward, the one way being fast by
In the East kept six Levites: in the North four a day, and in
the South four a day, and in every counsel house two, and in the
watchhouses, on the way westward four: two in a house. These are the
divisions of the porters among the sons of Koreh and the sons of
Merari. And of the Levites Ahiah had the oversight of the treasure
of the house of God, and of the treasure of the dedicate things.
As concerning the sons of Laadan which were Gersonites. Laadan
had ancient fathers. Laadan the Gersonite had Jehieli. The sons of
Jehieli: Zethan and Joel his brother, which were over the treasures
of the house of the Lord. Among the Amramites, Izarahites Hebronites
and Ozielites, was Subuel the son of Gerson the son of Moses a ruler
over the treasure. And of his brethren the sons of Eliezer, was
Rahabiah, whose son was Isaiah, and his son was Joram, and his son
Zechri, and his son was Selomith, which Selomith and his brethren
were over all the treasures of the dedicate gifts which David the
King, and the ancient heads, of the captains over thousands and
hundreds, and the captains of the host had dedicated of the spoil
won in battle, to maintain the house of the Lord: and over all that
Samuel the sear and Saul the son of Cis, and Abner the son of Ner,
and Joab the son of Zaruiah had dedicated. All that was dedicated,
was under the hand of Selomith and of his brethren.
Of the Izarahites Conaniah and his sons were in businesses
withoutforth made officers and judges over Israel. And of the
Hebronites Hasabiah and his brethren men of activity a thousand and
seven hundred were officers in Israel on this side Jordan westward,
in all businesses of the Lord and service of the king. And Jediah
was the chiefest among the kindreds and fathers of the Hebronites.
And in the fortieth year of the kingdom of David they were sought
for. And there were found of them men of activity at Jezer in Galaad.
And his brethren were in men of activity, two thousand and seven
hundred ancient heads, which king David made rulers over the
Rubenites, Gadites and the half tribe of Manasse in all matters
pertaining to God and businesses of the king.
The 27th Chapter
To speak of the children of
Israel: in the number of them were ancient heads and captains of
thousands and hundreds, and officers that served the king in all
things according to the companies that came in or went out, month by
month throughout all the months of the year. And every company had
twenty four thousand. Over the first company in the first month, was
Jasoboam the son of Zabdiel. And in his number twenty four thousand.
And the chiefest of all the captains in the host of the first month
was of the children of Pharez. Over the company of the second month
Dodai an Ahohite, and in his host was Makeloth a ruler. And in his
company were twenty four thousand. The chief captain of the third
host in the third month, was Benaiah the son of Jehoiada the priest.
And in his host twenty four thousand. This the Benaiah mighty among
thirty and above thirty. And in his part was Amizabad his son.
The fourth captain in the fourth month was Asael the brother
of Joab, and Zabadiah his son after him. And in his host were twenty
four thousand. The fifth captain in the fifth month was: Samahut the
Jezrahite: and in his host were twenty four thousand. The sixth
captain in the sixth month was Ira the son of Akes a Thekuite: and
in his host were twenty four thousand.
The seventh captain in the seventh month was Helei the
Phalonite, of the children of Ephraim: and in his host twenty four
thousand. The eighth Captain in the eighth month was Sobocai an
Husathite of the kin of Sarah. And in his host twenty four thousand.
The ninth Captain in the ninth month was Abiezer an Anathothite of
the sons of Jemini: and in his host twenty four thousand. The tenth
captain in the tenth month, was Mahari the Netophathite of the
Zarahites. And in his host twenty four thousand. The eleventh month,
was Banaiah the Pharathonite of the children of Ephraim: and in his
host twenty four thousand. The twelfth Captain in the twelfth month,
was Heldai the Netophathite of Othoniei, and in his host twenty four
thousand. And the rulers over the tribes of Israel were these. Among
the Rubenites, was Eliezer the son of Zechri. Among the Simeonites,
was Saphariah the son of Maacah. Among the Levites: Hasabiah the son
of Kamuel. Among the Haromites: Zadock. In Juda, Eliu of the
brethren of David. In Isacar: Amri the son of Michael. In Zabulon:
Jesmaiah the son of Abdiah. In Nephthalie: Jerimoth the son of
Azriel. Among the children of Ephraim: Hosea the son of Ozaiah. In
the half tribe of Manasseh: Joel the son of Phadaiah. Of the half
tribe of Manasseh in Galaad: Jado the son of Zachariah. In Benjamin:
Jaasiel the son of Abner. In Dan: Azariel the son of Jeroham. These
are the Lords in the tribes of Israel.
But David took not the number of them under twenty years: for
the Lord said he would increase Israel like unto the stars of the
sky. And Joab the son of Zaruiah began to number. And though he
finished it not, yet there fell wrath for that upon Israel. And
therefore the number was not put in the chronicles of King David.
Over the kings treasure was Azmoth the son of Adiel. And over
the treasure of the fields, in the cities, villages and castles, was
Jehonathan, the son of Oziah. And over the workmen in the fields
that tilled the ground, was Ezri the son of Chelub. And the
oversight of the vineyards had Semeiah the Ramathite. Over the
winecellars and treasure of wine was Sabdi the Saphonite. And over
the olivetrees and mulberry trees that were in the valleys was Baal
Hanan the Gadarite. And over the treasure of oil was Joas. And over
the oxen that fed in Saron was Setari the Saronite. And over the
oxen in the valleys was Saphat the son of Adlai. And over the camels
Ubil the Ismaelite. And over the asses was Johadia the Merothite.
And over the sheep was Jazis the Hagarite. All these were the rulers
of the substance of king David. And Jehonathan Davids brothers son,
a man of counsel, a man that taught wisdom, and a writer he and
Jehiel the son of Hachamoni waited on the kings sons. And Ahitophel
was of the kings counsel. And Husai the Arachite was the kings
companion. And next to Ahitophel was Jehoiada the son of Banaiah,
and Abiathar. And the captain of the kings war was Joab.
The 28th Chapter
And David gathered together all
the Lords of Israel: the Lords of the tribes, the Lords of the
companies that ministered to the king by course, the Lords over the
thousands and over the hundreds, and the Lords over all the goods
and cattle of the king and of his sons, with the chamberlains,
warriors and all active men unto Jerusalem. And king David stood
upon his feet and said.
Hear me my brethren and my people: I had in mine heart to
build an house of rest for the Ark of the covenant of the Lord, and
a footstool for our God, and had made ready to build. But God said
to me: thou shalt not build an house for my name, because thou art a
man of war and hast shed blood. Moreover the Lord God of Israel
chose me of all the house of my father, to be king over Israel for
ever, for he chose Juda to be a captain: and in the house of Juda
the house of my father, and of the sons of my father he had a lust
to me, to make me king over all Israel. And of all my sons (for the
Lord hath given me many sons) he hath chosen Salomon my son, to sit
on the seat of the kingdom of the Lord over Israel. And he said unto
me: Salomon thy son, he shall build my house and my courts, for I
have chosen him to be my son, and I will be his father, and will
stablish his kingdom for ever. If he will harden himself to do my
commandments, and my laws, as it goeth this day.
And now I say unto you before all Israel the congregation of
the Lord, and in the audience of our God: keep and seek for all the
commandments of the Lord your God, that ye may enjoy a good land and
inherit your children after you for ever. And thou Salomon my son:
know God thy father and serve him with a pure heart and lust of
soul. For the Lord searcheth all hearts and understandeth all the
Imaginations of thoughts. If thou shalt seek him, he will be found
of thee: But and if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for
ever. Take heed now, for the Lord hath chosen thee, to build an
house of thy sanctuary. Be strong and do it.
And David gave Salomon his son the pattern of the porch and of
the houses that longed thereto, and of the storehouses, upper
chambers, inner parlors and of the house of the mercyseat: and the
example of all that was in his mind, both of the courts of the house
of the Lord and of the treasure houses round about, for the
treasures of the house of God and for the treasure of the dedicate
gifts, and of the companies of the priests and Levites that waited
by course, and of all workmanship, that should serve for the house
of the Lord, and for all vessels that should serve in the house of
the Lord. And appointed him what weight of gold should serve for
things of gold throughout all vessels for whatsoever use it served:
and what weight of silver should suffice for all manner of vessels
of silver, for whatsoever purpose they served.
And the weight of the golden candlesticks and of their lamps
of gold, the weight for every candlestick and for their lamps. And
for the candlesticks of silver by weight, both for the candlestick
and also for her lamps according to the office of every candlestick.
And the weight of gold for the tables of show bread, table by table:
and likewise silver for the tables of silver. And for fleshhooks,
basins and drinking pots of pure gold. And for cups of gold by
weight, cup by cup. And for cups of silver by weight, cup by cup.
And for the altar of incense of tried gold by weight. And the
similitude of the seat of the Cherubs that stretched out their wings
and covered the Ark of the covenant of the Lord. All was given me by
writing of the hand of the Lord, which made me understand all the
workmanship of the pattern.
And David said to Salomon his son: harden thyself and be
strong and do it, fear not nor let thine heart discourage thee. For
the Lord my God is with thee, and shall not leave thee nor forsake
thee, until thou hast finished all the work that must serve for the
house of the Lord. Behold the priests and Levites divided in
companies, for to do all manner of service that pertaineth to the
house of God, and beside that, thou hast with thee for all manner of
workmanship, all that are willing and wise for any manner of
service. And the Lords and all the people are at thy commandment in
The 29th Chapter
And David the king said unto all
the congregation: God hath specially chosen Salomon my son which is
yet young and tender, and the work is great, for the house is not
for man, but for the Lord God. Moreover I have prepared with all my
might for the house of God: gold for things of gold, and silver for
things of silver, brass for things of brass, iron for things of
iron, and wood for things of wood: and onyx stones, set stones, and
of other gay stones, and all manner of precious stones, and of
marble great abundance. And yet because I have lust to the house of
my God: I have several gold and silver which I give to the house of
my God above all I have prepared for the holy house: even three
thousand talents of gold of Ophir, and seven thousand talents of
silver tried: to sile the walls of the house with gold where it
becometh, and with silver where silver is meet, and for all manner
of work by the hands of Artificers. And let me see who is willing
also, to fill his hand for the Lord this day.
And the ancient lords and the lords of the tribes of Israel,
and the captains of thousands and hundreds and the lords over the
substance of the king, were willing and gave for the service of the
house of God, five thousand talents of gold and ten thousand pieces
of gold coins, and ten thousand talents of silver, and eighteen
thousand talents of brass, and an hundred thousand talents of iron.
And they that had precious stones gave them for the treasure of the
house of the Lord, unto the hand of Jehiel the Gersonite.
And the people rejoiced that they were so willing: for with a
pure heart they were willing unto the Lord. And thereto David the
King rejoiced with great gladness. And David blessed the Lord before
all the congregation and said: Blessed art thou Lord God of Israel
our father, from ever and for ever. Thine (O' Lord) is the
greatness, power and glory, victory and praise: for all that is in
heaven and in earth is thine, and thine is the kingdom (O' Lord) and
thou art lifted up an head above all.
And riches and honor come of thee, and thou reignest over all,
and in thine hand is power and strength, and in thine hand it is to
make great and to give strength unto all.
And now our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name.
For what am I? And what is my people? That would obtain strength to
be so willing? But all is of thee, and of that we received of thine
hand we have given thee. For we be but strangers before thee and
tenants, as were all our fathers. Our days on the earth is but a
shadow, and there is none abiding. O' Lord our God, all this heap
that we have prepared to build thee an house for thy holy name,
cometh of thine hand, and is all thine.
I know my God, that thou provest the heart and hast pleasure
in plainness. And in plainness of mine heart I have willingly given
all this. And now I see thy people which are here in gladness, to
offer willingly to thee. O' Lord God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel of
our fathers, keep this for ever in the imagination of the thoughts
of the heart of thy people, and prepare their hearts unto thee. And
give unto Salomon my son, a pure heart to keep thy commandments, thy
testimonies and thine ordinances, and to do all, and to build the
house which I intended.
And David said to all the congregation: bless the Lord your
God. And all the congregation blessed the Lord God of their fathers,
and stooped and bowed themselves unto the Lord and to the King. And
they offered offerings unto the Lord. And on the morrow after the
said day, they offered in burntofferings unto the Lord a thousand
oxen, a thousand rams, and a thousand lambs with their
drinkofferings. And they slew plenteously throughout all Israel, and
did eat and drink before the Lord the same day with great gladness.
And they made Salomon the son of David king of Israel the second
time, and anointed him unto the Lord, to be ruler, and Zadock to be
the priest. And so Salomon sat on the seat of the Lord, and was king
for David his father, and prospered, and all Israel obeyed him. And
all the Lords and men of power, and thereto all the sons of King
David submitted themselves under king Salomon. And the Lord
magnified Salomon on high, in the sight of all Israel, and gave him
so glorious a Kingdom as none of all that were kings before in
Now David the son of Isai was king over all Israel. And the
space he reigned over Israel was forty years: seven years in Hebron
and thirty three years in Jerusalem. And he died in a good age: old,
rich and glorious: And Salomon his son reigned in his stead. The
acts of David the king both first and last, are written in the books
of Samuel the sear and in the book of Nathan the prophet, and in the
book of Gad the sear of visions, with all his kingdom and power and
times that went over him and over all Israel, and over all the
kingdoms of the earth.
The end of the
first book of Chronicles
of the kings of