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To The Word – Day 137

1 Chronicles 1–5, Psalm 26

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From Adam to Abraham

(Gen 5.1–32; 10.1–32; 11.10–26)

1Adam was the father of Seth, Seth was the father of Enosh, Enosh the father of Kenan, 2Kenan the father of Mahalalel, Mahalalel the father of Jared. 3Jared was the father of Enoch, who was the father of Methuselah; Methuselah was the father of Lamech, 4who was the father of Noah. Noah had three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

5The sons of Japheth — Gomer, Magog, Madai, Javan, Tubal, Meshech, and Tiras — were the ancestors of the peoples who bear their names. 6The descendants of Gomer were the people of Ashkenaz, Riphath, and Togarmah. 7The descendants of Javan were the people of Elishah, Spain, Cyprus, and Rhodes.

8The sons of Ham — Cush, Egypt, Libya, and Canaan — were the ancestors of the peoples who bear their names. 9The descendants of Cush were the people of Seba, Havilah, Sabtah, Raamah, and Sabteca. The descendants of Raamah were the people of Sheba and Dedan. 10(Cush had a son named Nimrod, who became the world's first great conqueror.) 11The descendants of Egypt were the people of Lydia, Anam, Lehab, Naphtuh, 12Pathrus, Casluh, and of Crete (from whom the Philistines were descended). 13Canaan's sons — Sidon, the eldest, and Heth — were the ancestors of the peoples who bear their names. 14Canaan was also the ancestor of the Jebusites, the Amorites, Girgashites, 15Hivites, Arkites, Sinites, 16Arvadites, Zemarites, and Hamathites.

17Shem's sons — Elam, Asshur, Arpachshad, Lud, Aram, Uz, Hul, Gether, and Meshek — were the ancestors of the peoples who bear their names. 18Arpachshad was the father of Shelah, who was the father of Eber. 19Eber had two sons; one was named Peleg, because during his time the people of the world were divided, and the other was named Joktan. 20The descendants of Joktan were the people of Almodad, Sheleph, Hazarmaveth, Jerah, 21Hadoram, Uzal, Diklah, 22Ebal, Abimael, Sheba, 23Ophir, Havilah, and Jobab.

24The family line from Shem to Abram is as follows: Shem, Arpachshad, Shelah, 25Eber, Peleg, Reu, 26Serug, Nahor, Terah, 27and Abram (also known as Abraham).

The Descendants of Ishmael

(Gen 25.12–16)

28Abraham had two sons, Isaac and Ishmael. 29The sons of Ishmael became the heads of twelve tribes: Nebaioth (from the name of Ishmael's eldest son), Kedar, Adbeel, Mibsam, 30Mishma, Dumah, Massa, Hadad, Tema, 31Jetur, Naphish, and Kedemah.

32Abraham had a concubine named Keturah, who bore him six sons: Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak, and Shuah. Jokshan had two sons: Sheba and Dedan. 33Midian had five sons: Ephah, Epher, Hanoch, Abida, and Eldaah.

The Descendants of Esau

(Gen 36.1–19)

34Abraham's son Isaac had two sons, Esau and Jacob. 35Esau's sons were Eliphaz, Reuel, Jeush, Jalam, and Korah. 36Eliphaz became the ancestor of the following tribes: Teman, Omar, Zephi, Gatam, Kenaz, Timna, and Amalek. 37And Reuel became the ancestor of the tribes of Nahath, Zerah, Shammah, and Mizzah.

The Original Inhabitants of Edom

(Gen 36.20–30)

38-42The original inhabitants of Edom were descended from the following sons of Seir:

    Lotan, who was the ancestor of the clans of Hori and Homam. (Lotan had a sister named Timna.)
    Shobal, who was the ancestor of the clans of Alvan, Manahath, Ebal, Shephi, and Onam.
    Zibeon, who had two sons, Aiah and Anah. Anah was the father of Dishon, and Dishon was the ancestor of the clans of Hamran, Eshban, Ithran, and Cheran.
    Ezer, who was the ancestor of the clans of Bilhan, Zaavan, and Jaakan.
    Dishan, who was the ancestor of the clans of Uz and Aran.

The Kings of Edom

(Gen 36.31–43)

43-50The following kings ruled the land of Edom one after the other, in the time before there were any kings in Israel:

    Bela son of Beor from Dinhabah
    Johab son of Zerah from Bozrah
    Husham from the region of Teman
    Hadad son of Bedad from Avith (he defeated the Midianites in a battle in the country of Moab)
    Samlah from Masrekah
    Shaul from Rehoboth-on-the-River
    Baal Hanan son of Achbor
    Hadad from Pau (his wife was Mehetabel, the daughter of Matred and granddaughter of Mezahab).

51The people of Edom were divided into the following tribes: Timna, Alvah, Jetheth, 52Oholibamah, Elah, Pinon, 53Kenaz, Teman, Mibzar, 54Magdiel, and Iram.

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The Descendants of Judah

1Jacob had twelve sons: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Zebulun, 2Dan, Joseph, Benjamin, Naphtali, Gad, and Asher.

3Judah had five sons in all. By his wife Bathshua, a Canaanite, he had three sons: Er, Onan, and Shelah. His eldest son, Er, was so evil that the LORD killed him. 4By his daughter-in-law Tamar, Judah had two more sons, Perez and Zerah.

5Perez had two sons, Hezron and Hamul. 6His brother Zerah had five sons: Zimri, Ethan, Heman, Calcol, and Darda. 7Achan son of Carmi, one of Zerah's descendants, brought disaster on the people of Israel by keeping loot that had been devoted to God.

8Ethan had one son, Azariah.

The Family Tree of King David

9Hezron had three sons: Jerahmeel, Ram, and Caleb.

10The family line from Ram to Jesse is as follows: Ram, Amminadab, Nahshon (a prominent man of the tribe of Judah), 11Salmon, Boaz, 12Obed, and Jesse.

13Jesse had seven sons. In order of age they were: Eliab, Abinadab, Shammah, 14Nethanel, Raddai, 15Ozem, and David. 16He also had two daughters, Zeruiah and Abigail.

Jesse's daughter Zeruiah had three sons: Abishai, Joab, and Asahel. 17His other daughter Abigail married Jether, a descendant of Ishmael, and they had a son named Amasa.

The Descendants of Hezron

18Hezron's son Caleb married Azubah and had a daughter named Jerioth. She had three sons: Jesher, Shobab, and Ardon. 19After the death of Azubah, Caleb married Ephrath, and they had a son named Hur. 20Hur's son was Uri, and his grandson was Bezalel.

21When Hezron was sixty years old, he married Machir's daughter, the sister of Gilead. They had a son named Segub, 22and Segub had a son named Jair. Jair ruled 23 cities in the territory of Gilead. 23But the kingdoms of Geshur and Aram conquered sixty towns there, including the villages of Jair and Kenath, and the towns near by. All the people who lived there were descendants of Machir, the father of Gilead. 24After Hezron died, his son Caleb married Ephrath, his father's widow. They had a son named Ashhur, who founded the town of Tekoa.

The Descendants of Jerahmeel

25Jerahmeel, the eldest son of Hezron, had five sons: Ram, the eldest, Bunah, Oren, Ozem, and Ahijah. 26-27Ram had three sons: Maaz, Jamin, and Eker. Jerahmeel had another wife, a woman named Atarah, and they had a son, Onam. 28Onam had two sons, Shammai and Jada, and Shammai also had two sons, Nadab and Abishur.

29Abishur married a woman named Abihail, and they had two sons, Ahban and Molid. 30Abishur's brother Nadab had two sons, Seled and Appaim, but Seled died without having any sons. 31Appaim was the father of Ishi, Ishi was the father of Sheshan, and Sheshan the father of Ahlai.

32Jada, the brother of Shammai, had two sons, Jether and Jonathan, but Jether died without having any sons. 33Jonathan had two sons, Peleth and Zaza. All these were descendants of Jerahmeel.

34Sheshan had no sons, only daughters. He had an Egyptian servant named Jarha, 35to whom he gave one of his daughters in marriage. They had a son named Attai. 36The family line from Attai to Elishama is as follows: Attai, Nathan, Zabad, 37Ephlal, Obed, 38Jehu, Azariah, 39Helez, Eleasah, 40Sismai, Shallum, 41Jekamiah, and Elishama.

Other Descendants of Caleb

42The eldest son of Caleb, Jerahmeel's brother, was named Mesha. Mesha was the father of Ziph, who was the father of Mareshah, who was the father of Hebron. 43Hebron had four sons: Korah, Tappuah, Rekem, and Shema. 44Shema was the father of Raham and the grandfather of Jorkeam. Rekem, Shema's brother, was the father of Shammai, 45who was the father of Maon, who was the father of Bethzur.

46Caleb had a concubine named Ephah, and by her he had three more sons: Haran, Moza, and Gazez. Haran also had a son named Gazez.

47(A man named Jahdai had six sons: Regem, Jotham, Geshan, Pelet, Ephah, and Shaaph.)

48Caleb had another concubine, Maacah, who bore him two sons, Sheber and Tirhanah. 49Later she had two more sons: Shaaph, who founded the town of Madmannah; and Shevah, who founded the towns of Machbenah and Gibea.

In addition, Caleb had a daughter named Achsah.

50The following are also descendants of Caleb.

Hur was the eldest son of Caleb and his wife Ephrath. Hur's son Shobal founded Kiriath Jearim, 51his second son Salma founded Bethlehem, and his third son Hareph founded Bethgader.

52Shobal, the founder of Kiriath Jearim, was the ancestor of the people of Haroeh, of half the inhabitants of Menuhoth, 53and of the following clans that lived in Kiriath Jearim: the Ithrites, Puthites, Shumathites, and Mishraites. (The people of the cities of Zorah and Eshtaol were members of these clans.)

54Salma, the founder of Bethlehem, was the ancestor of the people of Netophath, of Atroth Beth Joab, and of the Zorites, who were one of the two clans in Manahath.

55(The following clans of experts in writing and copying documents lived in the town of Jabez: the Tirathites, Shimeathites, and Sucathites. They were Kenites who had intermarried with the Rechabites.)

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King David's Children

1-3The following, in order of age, are David's sons who were born while he was in Hebron:

    Amnon, whose mother was Ahinoam from Jezreel
    Daniel, whose mother was Abigail from Carmel
    Absalom, whose mother was Maacah, daughter of King Talmai of Geshur
    Adonijah, whose mother was Haggith
    Shephatiah, whose mother was Abital
    Ithream, whose mother was Eglah.

4All six were born in Hebron during the seven and a half years that David ruled there.

In Jerusalem he ruled as king for 33 years, 5and many sons were born to him there.

His wife Bathsheba, daughter of Ammiel, bore him four sons: Shimea, Shobab, Nathan, and Solomon.

6He had nine other sons: Ibhar, Elishua, Elpelet, 7Nogah, Nepheg, Japhia, 8Elishama, Eliada, and Eliphelet. 9In addition to all these sons, David had sons by his concubines. He also had a daughter, Tamar.

The Descendants of King Solomon

10This is the line of King Solomon's descendants from father to son: Solomon, Rehoboam, Abijah, Asa, Jehoshaphat, 11Jehoram, Ahaziah, Joash, 12Amaziah, Uzziah, Jotham, 13Ahaz, Hezekiah, Manasseh, 14Amon, and Josiah. 15Josiah had four sons: Johanan, Jehoiakim, Zedekiah, and Joahaz. 16Jehoiakim had two sons: Jehoiachin and Zedekiah.

The Descendants of King Jehoiachin

17These are the descendants of King Jehoiachin, who was taken prisoner by the Babylonians. Jehoiachin had seven sons: Shealtiel, 18Malchiram, Pedaiah, Shenazzar, Jekamiah, Hoshama, and Nedabiah. 19Pedaiah had two sons, Zerubbabel and Shimei. Zerubbabel was the father of two sons, Meshullam and Hananiah, and one daughter, Shelomith. 20He had five other sons: Hashubah, Ohel, Berechiah, Hasadiah, and Jushab Hesed.

21Hananiah had two sons, Pelatiah and Jeshaiah. Jeshaiah was the father of Rephaiah, who was the father of Arnan, the father of Obadiah, the father of Shecaniah. 22Shecaniah had one son, Shemaiah, and five grandsons: Hattush, Igal, Bariah, Neariah, and Shaphat. 23Neariah had three sons: Elioenai, Hizkiah, and Azrikam. 24Elioenai had seven sons: Hodaviah, Eliashib, Pelaiah, Akkub, Johanan, Delaiah, and Anani.

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The Descendants of Judah

1These are some of the descendants of Judah: Perez, Hezron, Carmi, Hur, and Shobal. 2Shobal was the father of Reaiah, who was the father of Jahath, the father of Ahumai and Lahad, the ancestors of the people who lived in Zorah.

3-4Hur was the eldest son of his father Caleb's wife Ephrath, and his descendants founded the city of Bethlehem. Hur had three sons: Etam, Penuel, and Ezer. Etam had three sons: Jezreel, Ishma, and Idbash, and one daughter, Hazzelelponi. Penuel founded the city of Gedor, and Ezer founded Hushah.

5Ashhur, who founded the town of Tekoa, had two wives, Helah and Naarah. 6He and Naarah had four sons: Ahuzzam, Hepher, Temeni, and Haahashtari. 7Ashhur and Helah had three sons: Zereth, Izhar, and Ethnan.

8Koz was the father of Anub and Zobebah, and the ancestor of the clans descended from Aharhel son of Harum.

9There was a man named Jabez, who was the most respected member of his family. His mother had given him the name Jabez, because his birth had been very painful. 10But Jabez prayed to the God of Israel, “Bless me, God, and give me much land. Be with me and keep me from anything evil that might cause me pain.” And God gave him what he prayed for.

Other Family Lists

11Caleb, the brother of Shuhah, had a son, Mehir. Mehir was the father of Eshton, 12who had three sons: Bethrapha, Paseah, and Tehinnah. Tehinnah was the founder of the city of Nahash. The descendants of these men lived in Recah.

13Kenaz had two sons, Othniel and Seraiah. Othniel also had two sons, Hathath and Meonothai. 14Meonothai was the father of Ophrah.

Seraiah was the father of Joab, the founder of the Valley of Craftsmen, where all the people were skilled workmen.

15Caleb son of Jephunneh had three sons: Iru, Elah, and Naam. And Elah was the father of Kenaz.

16Jehallelel had four sons: Ziph, Ziphah, Tiria, and Asarel.

17-18Ezrah had four sons: Jether, Mered, Epher, and Jalon. Mered married Bithiah, a daughter of the king of Egypt, and they had a daughter, Miriam, and two sons, Shammai and Ishbah. Ishbah founded the town of Eshtemoa. Mered also married a woman from the tribe of Judah, and they had three sons: Jered, who founded the town of Gedor; Heber, founder of the town of Soco; and Jekuthiel, founder of the town of Zanoah.

19Hodiah married the sister of Naham. Their descendants founded the clan of Garm, which lived in the town of Keilah, and the clan of Maacath, which lived in the town of Eshtemoa.

20Shimon had four sons: Amnon, Rinnah, Benhanan, and Tilon.

Ishi had two sons: Zoheth and Benzoheth.

The Descendants of Shelah

21Shelah was one of Judah's sons. His descendants included Er, who founded the town of Lecah; Laadah, founder of the town of Mareshah; the clan of linen weavers, who lived in the town of Beth Ashbea; 22Jokim and the people who lived in the town of Cozeba; and Joash and Saraph, who married Moabite women and then settled in Bethlehem. (These traditions are very old.) 23They were potters in the service of the king and lived in the towns of Netaim and Gederah.

The Descendants of Simeon

24Simeon had five sons: Nemuel, Jamin, Jarib, Zerah, and Shaul. 25Shaul's son was Shallum, his grandson was Mibsam, and his great-grandson was Mishma. 26Then from Mishma the line descended through Hammuel, Zaccur, and Shimei. 27Shimei had sixteen sons and six daughters, but his relatives had fewer children, and the tribe of Simeon did not grow as much as the tribe of Judah did.

28Down to the time of King David the descendants of Simeon lived in the following towns: Beersheba, Moladah, Hazarshual, 29Bilhah, Ezem, Tolad, 30Bethuel, Hormah, Ziklag, 31Beth Marcaboth, Hazarsusim, Bethbiri, and Shaaraim. 32They also lived in five other places: Etam, Ain, Rimmon, Tochen, and Ashan, 33and the surrounding villages, as far south-west as the town of Baalath. These are the records which they kept of their families and of the places where they lived.

34-38The following men were the heads of their clans:

    Meshobab, Jamlech, Joshah son of Amaziah, Joel,
    Jehu (the son of Joshibiah, the son of Seraiah, the son of Asiel),
    Elioenai, Jaakobah, Jeshohaiah, Asaiah, Adiel, Jesimiel, Benaiah,
    Ziza (the son of Shiphi, the son of Allon, a descendant of Jedaiah, Shimri, and Shemaiah).

Because their families continued to grow, 39they spread out westwards almost to Gerar and pastured their sheep on the eastern side of the valley in which that city is located. 40They found plenty of fertile pasture lands there in a stretch of open country that was quiet and peaceful. The people who had lived there before were Hamites.

41In the time of King Hezekiah of Judah, the men named above went to Gerar and destroyed the tents and huts of the people who lived there. They drove the people out and settled there permanently because there was plenty of pasture for their sheep. 42500 other members of the tribe of Simeon went east to Edom. They were led by the sons of Ishi: Pelatiah, Neariah, Rephaiah, and Uzziel. 43There they killed the surviving Amalekites, and they have lived there ever since.

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The Descendants of Reuben

1These are the descendants of Reuben, the eldest of Jacob's sons. (Because he had intercourse with one of his father's concubines, he lost the rights belonging to the firstborn son, and those rights were given to Joseph. 2It was the tribe of Judah, however, that became the strongest and provided a ruler for all the tribes.) 3Reuben, the eldest of Jacob's sons, had four sons: Hanoch, Pallu, Hezron, and Carmi.

4-6These are the descendants of Joel from generation to generation: Shemaiah, Gog, Shimei, Micah, Reaiah, Baal, and Beerah. The Assyrian emperor, Tiglath Pileser, captured Beerah, a leader of the tribe, and deported him.

7The family records list the following clan leaders in the tribe of Reuben: Jeiel, Zechariah, 8and Bela, the son of Azaz and grandson of Shema, of the clan of Joel. This clan lived in Aroer and in the territory from there north to Nebo and Baal Meon. 9They had large herds in the land of Gilead, and so they occupied the land as far east as the desert that stretches all the way to the River Euphrates.

10In the time of King Saul the tribe of Reuben attacked the Hagrites, killed them in battle, and occupied their land in the eastern part of Gilead.

The Descendants of Gad

11The tribe of Gad lived to the north of Reuben in the land of Bashan as far east as Salecah. 12Joel was the founder of the leading clan, and Shapham of the second most important clan. Janai and Shaphat were founders of other clans in Bashan. 13The other members of the tribe belonged to the following seven clans: Michael, Meshullam, Sheba, Jorai, Jacan, Zia, and Eber. 14They were descendants of Abihail son of Huri, whose ancestors were traced back as follows: Abihail, Huri, Jaroah, Gilead, Michael, Jeshishai, Jahdo, Buz. 15Ahi, the son of Abdiel and grandson of Guni, was head of these clans. 16They lived in the territory of Bashan and Gilead, in the towns there and all over the pasture lands of Sharon. 17(These records were compiled in the days of King Jotham of Judah and King Jeroboam II of Israel.)

The Armies of the Eastern Tribes

18In the tribes of Reuben, Gad, and East Manasseh there were 44,760 soldiers, well trained in the use of shields, swords, and bows. 19They went to war against the Hagrite tribes of Jetur, Naphish, and Nodab. 20They put their trust in God and prayed to him for help, and God answered their prayers and made them victorious over the Hagrites and their allies. 21They captured from the enemy 50,000 camels, 250,000 sheep, and 2,000 donkeys, and took 100,000 prisoners of war. 22They killed many of the enemy, because the war was God's will. And they went on living in that territory until the exile.

The People of East Manasseh

23The people of East Manasseh settled in the territory of Bashan as far north as Baal Hermon, Senir, and Mount Hermon, and their population increased greatly. 24The following were the heads of their clans: Epher, Ishi, Eliel, Azriel, Jeremiah, Hodaviah, and Jahdiel. They were all outstanding soldiers, well-known leaders of their clans.

The Eastern Tribes are Deported

25But the people were unfaithful to the God of their ancestors and deserted him to worship the gods of the nations whom God had driven out of the land. 26So God made Emperor Pul of Assyria (also known as Tiglath Pileser) invade their country. He deported the tribes of Reuben, Gad, and East Manasseh and settled them permanently in Halah, Habor, and Hara, and by the River Gozan.

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The Prayer of a Good Person

1Declare me innocent, O LORD,

because I do what is right

and trust you completely.

2Examine me and test me, LORD;

judge my desires and thoughts.

3Your constant love is my guide;

your faithfulness always leads me.

4I do not keep company with worthless people;

I have nothing to do with hypocrites.

5I hate the company of the evil

and avoid the wicked.

6LORD, I wash my hands to show that I am innocent

and march in worship round your altar.

7I sing a hymn of thanksgiving

and tell of all your wonderful deeds.

8I love the house where you live, O LORD,

the place where your glory dwells.

9Do not destroy me with the sinners;

spare me from the fate of murderers —

10those who do evil all the time

and are always ready to take bribes.

11As for me, I do what is right;

be merciful to me and save me!

12I am safe from all dangers;

in the assembly of his people I praise the LORD.

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