1 Chronicles 4
GOD'S WORD® Translation

1Judah's descendants were Perez, Hezron, Carmi, Hur, and Shobal. 2Reaiah, son of Shobal, was the father of Jahath. Jahath was the father of Ahumai and Lahad. These were the families of the Zorathites. 3These were the first settlers in Etam: Jezreel, Ishma, and Idbash. Their sister's name was Hazelelponi. 4Penuel was the father of Gedor, and Ezer was the father of Hushah. These were the sons of Hur, the firstborn of Ephrathah, who first settled Bethlehem. 5Ashhur, who first settled Tekoa, had two wives, Helah and Naarah. 6Naarah gave birth to Ahuzzam, Hepher, Temeni, and Haahashtari. These were Naarah's sons. 7Helah's sons were Zereth, Izohar, and Ethnan. 8Koz was the father of Anub and Zobebah, and he was the ancestor of the families of Aharhel, son of Harum.

9Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. His mother had named him Jabez [Painful], because she said that his birth was painful. 10Jabez prayed to the God of Israel, "Please bless me and give me more territory. May your power be with me and free me from evil so that I will not be in pain." God gave him what he prayed for.

11Chelub, Shuhah's brother, was the father of Mehir, who was the father of Eshton. 12Eshton was the first to settle Beth Rapha. He was the father of Paseah and Tehinnah, who first settled the city of Nahash. These were the men from Recah.

13Kenaz's sons were Othniel and Seraiah. The sons of Othniel were Hathath and Meonothai. 14Meonothai was the father of Ophrah. Seraiah was the father of Joab, who first settled the valley of Craftsmen. (It was named this because they were craftsmen.) 15The sons of Caleb, son of Jephunneh, were Iru, Elah, and Naam. Elah's son was Kenaz. 16Jehallelel's sons were Ziph, Ziphah, Tiria, and Asarel. 17Ezrah's sons were Jether, Mered, Epher, and Jalon. His wife gave birth to Miriam, Shammai, and Ishbah, who first settled Eshtemoa. 18His Judean wife was the mother of Jered, who first settled Gedor, Heber, who first settled Soco, and Jekuthiel, who first settled Zanoah. 19The sons of Hodiah's wife, the sister of Naham, first settled Keilah of the Garmites and Eshtemoa of the Maacathites. 20Shimon's sons were Amnon, Rinnah, Ben Hanan, and Tilon. Ishi's sons were Zoheth and Ben Zoheth.

21The descendants of Shelah, son of Judah, were Er, who first settled Lecah, Laadah, who first settled Mareshah, families of the guild of linen workers at Beth Ashbea, 22Jokim, Joash, Saraph, and the men of Cozeba. Saraph ruled Moab and Jashubi Lehem (according to ancient records). 23They were the potters who lived at Netaim and Gederah. They lived there with the king and did his work.

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 16 sons and 6 daughters. But his brothers didn't have many children, so their entire family didn't become as large as the people of Judah. 28Simeon's descendants lived in Beersheba, Moladah, Hazar Shual, 29Bilhah, Ezem, Tolad, 30Bethuel, Hormah, Ziklag, 31Beth Marcaboth, Hazar Susim, Beth Biri, and Shaaraim. These were their cities until David became king. 32Their five cities were Etam, Ain, Rimmon, Tochen, and Ashan. 33They also had all the villages around these cities as far as the city of Baal. These places were where they lived, and they had their own genealogical records:

34Meshobab, Jamlech, Joshah (son of Amaziah), 35Joel, Jehu (son of Joshibiah, grandson of Seraiah, and great-grandson of Asiel), 36Elioenai, Jaakobah, Jeshohaiah, Asaiah, Adiel, Jesimiel, Benaiah, and 37Ziza (son of Shiphi, grandson of Allon, great-grandson of Jedaiah, a descendant of Shimri and Shemaiah). 38These who are mentioned by name were leaders in their families, and the number of people in their households increased.

39They moved to the outskirts of Gedor, on the east side of the valley, to find pasture for their flocks. 40They found pasture that was rich and good. The land was vast, peaceful, and quiet because the Hamites used to live there. 41In the days of King Hezekiah of Judah, the men listed here knocked down tents and killed the Meunites. They claimed the Meunites for God and destroyed them. (Even today no Meunites live there.) They lived in that land in place of the Meunites in order to have pasture for their flocks. 42Ishi's sons Pelatiah, Neariah, Rephaiah, and Uzziel led 500 of Simeon's male descendants to Mount Seir. 43They killed the Amalekites who were left. Simeon's descendants still live there today.

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