Which are never read in a Roman
1st Book of Chronicles (1 Paralipomenon)
Verses Omitted From Roman Catholic Mass Readings
1-54 have been omitted from the Mass readings.
 Adam, Seth, Enos,  Cainan, Malaleel, Jared,  Henoc,
Mathusale, Lamech,  Noe, Sem, Cham, and Japheth.
 The sons of Japheth: Gomer, and Magog, and Madai, and Javan,
Thubal, Mosoch, Thiras.
 And the sons of Gomer: Ascenez, and Riphath, and Thogorma.
 And the sons of Javan: Elisa and Tharsis, Cethim and Dodanim.
 The sons of Cham: Chus, and Mesrai, and Phut, and Chaanan.
 And the sons of Chus: Saba, and Hevila, Sabatha, and Regma, and
Sabathaca. And the sons of Regma: Saba, and Dadan.  Now Chus begot
Nemrod: he began to be mighty upon earth.
 But Mesraim begot Ludim, and Anamim, and Laabim, and Nephtuim,
 Phetrusim also, and Casluim: from whom came the Philistines, and
 And Chanaan beget Sidon his firstborn, and the Hethite,  And
the Jebusite, and the Amorrhite, and the Gergesite,  And the
Hevite, and the Aracite, and the Sinite,  And the Aradian, and the
Samarite, and the Hamathite.
 The sons of Sem: Elam and Asur, and Arphaxad, and Lud, and Aram,
and Hus, and Hul, and Gether, and Mosoch.  And Arphaxad beget Sale,
and Sale beget Heber.  And to Heber were born two sons, the name of
the one was Phaleg, because In his days the earth was divided; and the
name of his brother was Jectan.  And Jectan beget Elmodad, and
Saleph, and Asarmoth, and Jare,  And Adoram, and Usal, and Decla,
 And Hebal, and Abimael, and Saba,  And Ophir, and Hevila, and
Jobab. All these are the sons of Jectan.
 Sem, Arphaxad, Sale,  Heber, Phaleg, Ragau,  Serug,
Nachor, Thare,  Abram, this is Abraham.
 And the sons of Abraham, Isaac and Ismahel.  And these are the
generations of them. The firstborn of Ismahel, Nabajoth, then Cedar,
and Adbeel, and Mabsam,  And Masma, and Duma, Massa, Hadad, and
Thema,  Jetur, Naphis, Cedma: these are the sons of Ismahel.
 And the sons of Cetura, Abraham's concubine, whom she bore:
Zamran, Jecsan, Madan, Madian, Jesboc, and Sue. And the sons of Jecsan,
Saba, and Dadan. And the sons of Dadan: Assurim, and Latussim, and
Laomin.  And the sons of Madian: Epha, and Epher, and Henoch, and
Abida, and Eldaa. All these are the sons of Cetura.
 And Abraham beget Isaac: and his sons were Esau and Israel.
 The sons of Esau: Eliphaz, Rahuel, Jehus, Ihelom, and Core.
 The sons of Eliphaz: Theman, Omar, Sephi, Gathan, Cenez, and by
Thamna, Amalec.  The sons of Rahuel: Nahath, Zara, Samma, Meza.
 The sons of Seir: Lotan. Sobal, Sebeen, Ana, Dison, Eser, Disan.
 The sons of Lotan: Hori, Homam. And the sister of Lotan was
Thamna.  The sons of Sobal: Alian, and Manahath, and Ebal, Sephi
and Onam. The sons of Sebeon: Aia, and Ana. The son of Ana: Dison. 
The sons of Dison: Hamram, and Eseban, and Jethran, and Charan. 
The sons of Eser: Balaan, and Zavan, and Jacan. The sons of Disan: Hus
 Now these are the kings that reigned in the land of Edom, before
there was a king over the children of Israel: Bale the son of Beer: and
the name of his city was Denaba.  And Bale died, and Jobab the son
of Zare of Bosra, reigned in his stead.  And when Jobab also was
dead, Husam of the land of the Themanites reigned in his stead. 
And Husam also died, and Adad the son of Badad reigned in his stead,
and he defeated the Madianites in the land of Moab: and the name of his
city was Avith.  And when Adad also was dead, Semla of Masreca
reigned in his stead.  Semla also died, and Saul of Rohoboth, which
is near the river, reigned in his stead.  And when Saul was dead,
Balanan the son of Achobor reigned in his stead.  He also died, and
Adad reigned in his stead: and the name of his city was Phau, and his
wife was called Meetabel the daughter of Matred, the daughter of
Mezaab.  And after the death of Adad, there began to be dukes in
Edom instead of kings: duke Thamna, duke Alva, duke Jetheth,  Duke
Oolibama, duke Ela, duke Phinon,  Duke Cenez, duke Theman, duke
Mabsar,  Duke Magdiel, duke Hiram. These are the dukes of Edom.
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 And these are the sons of Israel: Ruben, Simeon, Levi, Juda,
Issachar, and Zabulon,  Dan, Joseph, Benjamin, Nephtali, Gad, and
 The sons of Juda: Her, Onan and Sela. These three were born to him
of the Chanaanitess the daughter of Sue. And Her the firstborn of Juda,
was wicked in the sight of the Lord, and he slew him.  And Thamar
his daughter in law bore him Phares and Zara. So all the sons of Juda
 And the sons of Phares, were Hesron and Hamul.
 And the sons also of Zare: Zamri, and Ethan, and Eman, and
Chalchal, and Dara, five in all.
 And the sons of a Charmi: Achar, who troubled Israel, and sinned by
the theft of the anathema.
 The sons of Ethan: Azarias,
 And the sons of Hesron that were born to him: Jerameel, and Ram,
and Calubi.  And Ram beget Aminadab, and Aminadab beget Nahasson,
prince of the children of Juda.
 And Nahasson beget Salma, the father of Boot.  And Boot beget
Obed, and Obed beget Isai.  And Isai beget Eliab his firstborn, the
second Abinadab, the third Simmaa,  The fourth, Nathanael, the
fifth Raddai,  The sixth Asom, the seventh David.  And their
sisters were Sarvia, and Abigail.
The sons of Sarvia: Abisai, Joab, and Asael, three.  And Abigail
bore Amasa, whose father was Jether the Ismahelite.
 And Caleb the son of Hesron took a wife named Azuba, of whom he
had Jerioth: and her sons were Jaser, and Sobab, and Ardon.  And
when Azuba was dead, Caleb took to wife Ephrata: who bore him Hur. 
And Hur beget Uri: and Uri beget Bezeleel.
 And afterwards Hesron went in to the daughter of Machir the father
of Galaad, and took her to wife when he was threescore years old: and
she bore him Segub.  And Segub beget Jair, and he had three and
twenty cities in the land of Galaad.  And he took Gessur, and Aram
the towns of Jair, and Canath, and the villages thereof, threescore
cities. All these, the sons of Machir father of Galaad.  And when
Hesron was dead, Caleb went in to Ephrata. Hesron also had to wife Abia
who bore him Ashur the father of Thecua.
 And the sons of Jerameel the firstborn of Hesron, were Ram his
firstborn, and Buna, and Aram, and Asom, and Achia.  And Jerameel
married another wife, named Atara, who was the mother of Onam.  And
the sons of Ram the firstborn of Jerameel, were Moos, Jamin, and Achar.
 And Onam had sons Semei, and Jada. And the sons of Semei: Nadab,
and Abisur.  And the name of Abisur's wife was Abihail, who bore
him Ahobban, and Molid.  And the sons of Nadab were Saled, and
Apphaim. And Saled died without children.  But the son of Apphaim
was Jesi: and Jesi beget Sesan. And Sesan beget Oholai.  And the
sons of Jada the brother of Semei: Jether and Jonathan. And Jether also
died without children.  But Jonathan beget Phaleth, and Ziza, These
were the sons of Jerameel.
 And Sesan had no sons, but daughters and a servant an Egyptian,
named Jeraa.  And he gave him his daughter to wife: and she bore
him Ethei.  And Ethei begot Nathan, and Nathan beget Zabad. 
And Zabad beget Ophlal, and Ophlal beget Obed.  Obed beget Jehu,
Jehu beget Azarias.  Azarias beget Helles, and Helles begot Elasa.
 Elasa beget Sisamoi, Sisamoi beget Sellum,  Sellum beget
Icamia, and Icamia begot Elisama.
 Now the sons of Caleb the brother of Jerameel were Mesa his
firstborn, who was the father of Siph: and the sons of Maresa father of
Hebron.  And the sons of Hebron, Core, and Thaphua, and Recem, and
Samma.  And Samma beget Raham, the father of Jercaam, and Recem
beget Sammai.  The son of Sammai, Maon: and Maon the father of
Bethsur.  And Epha the concubine of Caleb bore Haran, and Mesa, and
Gezez. And Haran beget Gezez.  And the sons of Jahaddai, Rogom, and
Joathan, and Gesan, and Phalet, and Epha, and Saaph.  And Maacha
the concubine of Caleb bore Saber, and Tharana.  And Saaph the
father of Madmena beget Sue the father of Machbena, and the father of
Gabaa. And the daughter of Caleb was Achsa.
 These were the sons of Caleb, the son of Hur the firstborn of
Ephrata, Sobal the father of Cariathiarim.  Salma the father of
Bethlehem, Hariph the father of Bethgader.
 And Sobal the father of Cariathiarim had sons: he that saw half of
the places of rest.  And of the kindred of Cariathiarim, the
Jethrites, and Aphuthites, and Semathites, and Maserites. Of them came
the Saraites, and Esthaolites.  The sons of Salma, Bethlehem, and
Netophathi, the crowns of the house of Joab, and half of the place of
rest of Sarai.  And the families of the scribes that dwell in
Jabes, singing and making melody, and abiding in tents. These are the
Cinites, who came of Calor (Chamath) father of the house of Rechab.
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 Now these were the sons of David that were born to him in Hebron:
the firstborn Amnon of Achinoam the Jezrahelitess, the second Daniel of
Abigail the Carmelitess.  The third Absalom the son of Maacha the
daughter of Tolmai king of Gessur, the fourth Adonias the son of
Aggith,  The fifth Saphatias of Abital, the sixth Jethrahem of Egla,
his wife.  So six sons were born to him in Hebron, where he reigned
seven years and six months. And in Jerusalem he reigned three and
 And these sons were born to him in Jerusalem: Simmaa, and Sobab,
and Nathan, and Solomon, four of Bethsabee the daughter of Ammiel. 
Jebaar also and Elisama,  And Eliphaleeh, and Noge, and Nepheg, and
Japhia,  And Elisama, and Eliada, and Elipheleth, nine:  All
these the sons of David, beside the sons of the concubines: and they
had a sister Thamar.
 And Solomon's son was Roboam: whose son Abia beget Asa. And his
son was Josaphat,  The father of Joram: and Joram begot Ochozias,
of whom was born Joas:  And his son Amasias begot Azarias. And
Joathan the son of Azarias  Beget Achaz, the father of Ezechias, of
whom was born Manasses.  And Manasses beget Amen the father of
Josias.  And the sons of Josias were, the firstborn Johanan, the
second Joakim, the third Sedecias, the fourth Sellum.  Of Joakim
was born Jechonias, and Sedecias.  The sons of Jechonias were Asir,
Salathiel,  Melchiram, Phadaia, Senneser and Jecemia, Sama, and
Nadabia.  Of Phadaia were born Zorobabel and Semei. Zorobabel beget
Mosollam, Hananias, and Salomith their sister:  Hasaba also, and
Ohol, and Barachias, and Hasadias, Josabhesed, five.  And the son
of Hananias was Phaltias the father of Jeseias, whose son was Raphaia.
And his son was Arnan, of whom was born Obdia, whose son was Sechenias.
 The son of Sechenias, was Semeia, whose sons were Hattus, and
Jegaal, and Baria, and Naaria, and Saphat, six in number.  The sons
of Naaria, Elioenai, and Ezechias, and Ezricam, three.  The sons of
Elioenai, Oduia, and Eliasub, and Pheleia, and Accub, and Johanan, and
Dalaia, and Anani, seven.
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 The sons of Juda: Phares, Hesron, and Charmi, and Hur, and Sobal.
 And Raia the son of Sobal beget Jahath, of whom were born Ahumai,
and Laad. These are the families of Sarathi.
 And this is the posterity of Etam: Jezrahel, and Jesema, and
Jedebos: and the name of their sister was Asalelphuni.  And Phanuel
the father of Gedor, and Ezar the father of Hosa,
these are the sons of Hur the firstborn of Ephratha the father of
Bethlehem.  And Assur the father of Thecua had two wives, Halaa and
Naara:  And Naara bore him Ozam, and Hepher, and Themani, and
Ahasthari: these are the sons of Naara.  And the sons of Halaa,
Sereth, Isaar, and Ethnan.
 And Cos begot Anob, and Soboba, the kindred of Aharehel the son of
Arum.  And Jabes was more honourable than any of his brethren, and
his mother called his name Jabes, saying: Because I bore him with
sorrow.  And Jabes called upon the God of Israel, saying: If
blessing thou wilt bless me, and wilt enlarge my borders, and thy hand
be with me, and thou save me from being oppressed by evil. And God
granted him the things he prayed for.
 And Caleb the brother of Sua beget Mahir, who was the father of
Esthon.  And Esthon beget Bethrapha, and Phesse, and Tehinna father
of the city of Naas: these are the men of Recha.
 And the sons of Cenez were Othoniel, and Saraia. And the sons of
Othoniel, Hathath, and Maonathi.
 Maonathi beget Ophra, and Saraia begot Joab the father of the
Valley of artificers: for artificers were there.
 And the sons of Caleb the son of Jephone, were Hir, and Ela, and
Naham. And the sons of Ela: Cenez.
 The sons also of Jaleleel: Ziph, and Zipha, Thiria, and Asrael.
 And the sons of Esra, Jether, and Mered, and Epher, and Jalon, and
he beget Mariam, and Sammai, and Jesba the father of Esthamo.  And
his wife Judaia, bore Jared the father of Gedor, and Heber the father
of Socho, and Icuthiel the father of Zanoe. And these are the sons of
Bethia the daughter of Pharao, whom Mered took to wife.  And the
sons of his wife Odaia the sister of Naham the father of Celia, Garmi,
and Esthamo, who was of Machathi.
 The sons also of Simon, Amnon, and Rinna the son of Hanan, and
Thilon. And the sons of Jesi Zoheth, and Benzoheth.
 The sons of Sela the son of Juda: Her the father of Lecha, and
Laada the father of Maresa, and the families of the house of them that
wrought fine linen in the House of oath.  And he that made the sun
to stand, and the men of Lying, and Secure, and Burning, who were
princes in Moab, and who returned into Lahem. Now these are things of
old.  These are the potters, and they dwelt in Plantations, and
Hedges, with the king for his works, and they abode there.
 The sons of Simeon: Namuel, and Jamin, Jarib, Zara, Saul: 
Sellum his son, Mapsam his son, Masma his son.  The sons of Masma:
Hamuel his son, Zachur his son, Semei his son.  The sons of Semei
were sixteen, and six daughters: but his brethren had not many sons,
and the whole kindred could not reach to the sum of the children of
Juda.  And they dwelt in Bersabee, and Molada, and Hasarsuhal, 
And in Bala, and in Asom, and in Tholad,  And in Bathuel, and in
Horma, and in Siceleg,  And in Bethmarchaboth, and in Hasarsusim,
and in Bethberai, and in Saarim. These were their cities unto the reign
of David.  Their towns also were Etam, and Aen, Remmon, and
Thochen, and Asan, five cities.  And all their villages round about
these cities as far as Baal. This was their habitation, and the
distribution of their dwellings.
 And Mosabab and Jemlech, and Josa, the son of Amasias,  And
Joel, and Jehu the son of Josabia the son of Saraia, the son of Asiel,
 And Elioenai, and Jacoba, and Isuhaia, and Asaia, and Adiel, and
Ismiel, and Banaia,  Ziza also the son of Sephei the son of Allon
the son of Idaia the son of Semri the son of Samaia.  These were
named princes in their kindreds, and in the houses of their families
were multiplied exceedingly.
 And they went forth to enter into Gador as far as to the east side
of the valley, to seek pastures for their flocks.  And they found
fat pastures, and very good, and a country spacious, and quiet, and
fruitful, in which some of the race of Cham had dwelt before.  And
these whose names are written above, came in the days of Ezechias king
of Juda: and they beat down their tents, and slew the inhabitants that
were found there, and utterly destroyed them unto this day: and they
dwelt in their place, because they found there fat pastures.
 Some also of the children of Simeon, five hundred men, went into
mount Seir, having for their captains Phaltias and Naaria and Raphaia
and Oziel the sons of Jesi:  And they slew the remnant of the
Amalecites, who had been able to escape, and they dwelt there in their
stead unto this day.
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 Now the sons of Ruben the firstborn of Israel, (for he was his
firstborn: but forasmuch as he defiled his father's bed, his first
birthright was given to the sons of Joseph the son of Israel, and he
was not accounted for the firstborn.  But of the race of Juda, who
was the strongest among his brethren, came the princes: but the first
birthright was accounted to Joseph.)
 The sons then of Ruben the firstborn of Israel were Enoch, and
Phallu, Esron, and Charmi.  The sons of Joel: Samaia his son, Gog
his son, Semei his son,  Micha his son, Reia his son, Baal his son,
 Beera his son, whom Thelgathphalnasar king of the Assyrians carried
away captive, and he was prince in the tribe of Ruben.  And his
brethren, and all his kindred, when they were numbered by their
families, had for princes Jehiel, and Zacharias.  And Bala the son
of Azaz, the son of Samma, the son of Joel, dwelt in Aroer as far as
Nebo, and Beelmeon.  And eastward he had his habitation as far as
the entrance of the desert, and the river Euphrates. For they possessed
a great number of cattle in the land of Galaad.  And in the days of
Saul they fought against the Agarites, and slew them, and dwelt in
their tents in their stead, in all the country, that looketh to the
east of Galaad.
 And the children of Gad dwelt over against them in the land of
Basan, as far as Selcha:  Johel the chief, and Saphan the second:
and Janai, and Saphat in Basan.  And their brethren according to
the houses of their kindreds, were Michael, and Mosollam, and Sebe, and
Jorai, and Jacan, and Zie, and Heber, seven.  These were the sons
of Abihail, the son of Hurl, the son of Jara, the son of Galaad, the
son of Michael, the son of Jesisi, the son of Jeddo, the son of But.
 And their brethren the sons of Abdiel, the son of Guni, chief of
the house in their families,  And they dwelt in Galaad, and in
Basan and in the towns thereof, and in all the suburbs of Saron, unto
the borders.  All these were numbered in the days of Joathan king
of Juda, and in the days of Jeroboam king of Israel.
 The sons of Ruben, and of Gad, and of the half tribe of Manasses,
fighting men, bearing shields, and swords, and bending the bow, and
trained up to battles, four and forty thousand seven hundred and
threescore that went out to war.  They fought against the Agarites:
but the Itureans, and Naphis, and Nodab,  Gave them help. And the
Agarites were delivered into their hands, and all that were with them,
because they called upon God in the battle: and he heard them, because
they had put their faith in him.  And they took all that they
possessed, of camels fifty thousand, and of sheep two hundred and fifty
thousand, and of asses two thousand, and of men a hundred thousand
souls.  And many fell down slain: for it was the battle of the
Lord. And they dwelt in their stead till the captivity.
 And the children of the half tribe of Manasses possessed the land,
from the borders of Basan unto Baal, Hermon, and Sanir, and mount
Hermon, for their number was great.  And these were the heads of
the house of their kindred, Epher, and Jesi, and Eliel, and Esriel, and
Jeremia, and Odoia, and Jediel, most valiant and powerful men, and
famous chiefs in their families.  But they forsook the God of their
fathers, and went astray after the gods of the people of the land, whom
God destroyed before them.  And the God of Israel stirred up the
spirit of Phul king of the Assyrians, and the spirit of
Thelgathphalnasar king of Assur: and he carried away Ruben, and Gad,
and the half tribe of Manasses, and brought them to Lahela, and to
Habor, and to Ara, and to the river of Gozan, unto this day.
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 The sons of Levi were Gerson, Caath, and Merari.  The sons of
Caath: Amram, Isaar, Hebron, and Oziel.  The children of Amram:
Aaron, Moses, and Mary. The sons of Aaron: Nadab and Abiu, Eleazar and
Ithamar.  Eleazar beget Phinees, and Phinees beget Abisue,  And
Abisue beget Bocci, and Bocci begot Ozi.  Ozi beget Zaraias, and
Zaraias beget Maraioth.  And Maraioth beget Amarias, and Amarias
beget Achitob.  Achitob beget Sadoc, and Sadoc begot Achimaas. 
Achimaas beget Azarias, Azarias begot Johanan,  Johanan beget
Azarias. This is he that executed the priestly office in the house
which Solomon built in Jerusalem.  And Azarias beget Amarias, and
Amarias beget Achitob.  And Achitob beget Sadoc, and Sadoc beget
Sellum,  Sellum beget Helcias, and Helcias beget Azarias, 
Azarias beget Saraias, and Saraias beget Josedec.  Now Josedec went
out, when the Lord carried away Juda, and Jerusalem, by the hands of
 So the sons of Levi were Gerson, Caath, and Merari.  And these
are the names of the sons of Gerson: Lobni and Semei.  The sons of
Caath: Amram, and Isaar, and Hebron, and Oziel.  The sons of
Merari: Moholi and Musi. And these are the kindreds of Levi according
to their families.  Of Gerson: Lobni his son, Jahath his son, Zamma
his son,  Joah his son, Addo his son, Zara his son, Jethrai his
son.  The sons of Caath, Aminadab his son, Core his son, Asir his
son,  Elcana his son, Abiasaph his son, Asir his son,  Thahath
his son, Uriel his son, Ozias his son, Saul his son.  The sons of
Elcana: Amasai, and Achimoth.  And Elcana. The sons of Elcana:
Sophai his son, Nahath his son,  Eliab his son, Jeroham his son,
Elcana his son.  The sons of Samuel: the firstborn Vasseni, and
Abia.  And the sons of Merari, Moholi: Lobni his son, Semei his
son, Oza his son,  Sammaa his son, Haggia his son, Asaia his son.
 These are they, whom David set over the singing men of the house
of the Lord, after that the ark was placed:  And they ministered
before the tabernacle of the testimony, with singing, until Solomon
built the house of the Lord in Jerusalem, and they stood according to
their order in the ministry.
 And these are they that stood with their sons, of the sons of
Caath, Hemam a singer, the son of Joel, the son of Sammuel,  The
son of Elcana, the son of Jeroham, the son of Eliel, the son of Thohu,
 The son of Suph, the son of Elcana, the son of Mahath, the son of
Amasai,  The son of Elcana, the son of Johel, the son of Azarias,
the son of Sophonias,  The son of Thahath, the son of Asir, the son
or Abiasaph, the son of Core,  The son of Isaar, the son of Caath,
the son of Levi, the son of Israel.  And his brother Asaph, who
stood on his right hand, Asaph the son of Barachias, the son of Samaa.
 The son of Michael, the son of Basaia, the son of Melchia. 
The son of Athanai, the son of Zara, the son of Adaia.  The son of
Ethan, the son of Zamma, the son of Semei.  The son of Jeth, the
son of Gerson, the son of Levi.  And the sons of Merari their
brethren, on the left hand, Ethan the son of Cusi, the son of Abdi, the
son of Meloch,  The son of Hasabia, the son of Amasai, the son of
 The son of Amasai, the son of Boni, the son of Somer,  The son
of Moholi, the son of Mud, the son of Merari, the son of Levi.
 Their brethren also the Levites, who were appointed for all the
ministry of the tabernacle of the house of the Lord.  But Aaron and
his sons offered burnt offerings upon the altar of holocausts, and upon
the altar of incense, for very work of the holy of holies: and to pray
for Israel according to all that Moses the servant of God had commanded.
 And these are the sons of Aaron: Eleazar his son, Phinees his son,
Abisue his son,  Bocci his son, Ozi his son, Zarahia his son, 
Meraioth his son, Amarias his son, Achitob his son,  Sadoc his son,
Achimaas his son.
 And these are their dwelling places by the towns and confines, to
wit, of the sons of Aaron, of the families of the Caathites: for they
fell to them by lot.  And they gave them Hebron in the land of
Juda, and the suburbs thereof round about:  But the fields of the
city, and the villages to Caleb son of Jephone.  And to the sons of
Aaron they gave the cities for refuge Hebron, and Lobna, and the
suburbs thereof,  And Jether and Esthemo, with their suburbs, and
Helon, and Dabir with their suburbs:  Asan also, and Bethsames,
with their suburbs.  And out of the tribe of Benjamin: Gabee and
its suburbs, Almath with its suburbs, Anathoth also with its suburbs:
all their cities throughout their families were thirteen.
 And to the sons of Caath that remained of their kindred they gave
out of the half tribe of Manasses ten cities in possession.  And to
the sons of Gerson by their families out of the tribe of Issachar, and
out of the tribe of Aser, and out of the tribe of Nephtali, and out of
the tribe of Manasses in Basan, thirteen cities.  And to the sons
of Merari by their families out of the tribe of Ruben, and out of the
tribe of Gad, and out of the tribe of Zabulon, they gave by lot twelve
 And the children of Israel gave to the Levites the cities, and
their suburbs.  And they gave them by lot, out of the tribe of the
sons of Juda, and out of the tribe of the sons of Simeon, and out of
the tribe of the sons of Benjamin, these cities which they called by
 And to them that were of the kindred of the sons of Caath, and the
cities in their borders were of the tribe of Ephraim.  And they
gave the cities of refuge Sichem with its suburbs in mount Ephraim, and
Gazer with its suburbs,  Jecmaan also with its suburbs, and
Beth-horon in like manner,  Helon also with its suburbs, and
Gethremmon in like manner,  And out of the half tribe of Manasses,
Aner and its suburbs, Baalam and its suburbs: to wit, to them that were
left of the family of the sons of Caath.
 And to the sons of Gersom, out of the kindred of the half tribe of
Manasses, Gaulon, in Basan, and its suburbs, and Astharoth with its
suburbs.  Out of the tribe of Issachar, Cedes and its suburbs, and
Dabereth with its suburbs;  Ramoth also and its suburbs, and Anem
with its suburbs.  And out of the tribe of Aser: Masal with its
suburbs, and Abdon in like manner;  Hucac also and its suburbs, and
Rohol with its suburbs.  And out of the tribe of Nephtali, Cedes in
Galilee and its suburbs, Hamon with its suburbs, and Cariathaim, and
 And to the sons of Merari that remained: out of the tribe of
Zabulon, Remmono and its suburbs, and Thabor with its suburbs. 
Beyond the Jordan also over against Jericho, on the east side of the
Jordan, out of the tribe of Ruben, Bosor in the wilderness with its
suburbs, and Jassa with its suburbs;  Cademoth also and its
suburbs, and Mephaath with its suburbs;  Moreover also out of the
tribe of Gad, Ramoth in Galaad and its suburbs, and Manaim with its
suburbs;  Hesebon also with its suburbs, and Jazer with its suburbs.
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 Now the sons of Issachar were Thola, and Phua, Jasub and Simeron,
four.  The sons of Thola: Ozi and Raphaia, and Jeriel, and Jemai,
and Jebsem, and Samuel, chiefs of the houses of their kindreds. Of the
posterity of Thola were numbered in the days of David, two and twenty
thousand six hundred most valiant men.  The sons of Ozi: Izrahia, of
whom were born Michael, and Obadia, and Joel, and Jesia, five all great
men.  And there were with them by their families and peoples, six
and thirty thousand most valiant men ready for war: for they had many
wives and children.  Their brethren also throughout all the house of
Issachar, were numbered fourscore and seven thousand most valiant men
 The sons of Benjamin were Bela, and Bechor, and Jadihel, three. 
The sons of Bela: Esbon, and Ozi, and Ozial, and Jerimoth and Urai,
five chiefs of their families, and most valiant warriors, and their
number was twenty-two thousand and thirty-four.  And the sons of
Bechor were Zamira, and Joas, and Eliezer, and Elioenai, and Amai, and
Jerimoth, and Abia, and Anathoth, and Almath: all these were the sons
of Bechor.  And they were numbered by the families, heads of their
kindreds, most valiant men for war, twenty thousand and two hundred.
 And the son of Jadihel: Balan. And the sons of Balan: Jehus and
Benjamin and Aod, and Chanana, and Zethan and Tharsis, and Ahisahar.
 All these were sons of Jadihel, heads of their kindreds, most
valiant men, seventeen thousand and two hundred fit to go out to war.
 Sepham also and Hapham the sons of Hir: and Hasim the sons of Aher.
 And the sons of Nephtali were Jasiel, and Guni, and Jezer, and
Sellum, sons of Bala.
 And the son of Manasses, Ezriel: and his concubine the Syrian bore
Machir the father of Galaad.  And Machir took wives for his sons
Happhim, and Saphan: and he had a sister named Maacha: the name of the
second was Salphaad, and Salphaad had daughters.  And Maacha the
wife of Machir bore a son, and she called his name Phares: and the name
of his brother was Sares: and his sons were Ulam and Recen.  And
the son of Ulam, Baden. These are the sons of Galaad, the son of Machir
the son of Manasses.  And his sister named Queen bore Goodlyman,
and Abiezer, and Mohola.  And the sons of Semida were Ahiu, and
Sechem, and Leci and Aniam.
 And the sons of Ephraim were Suthala, Bared his son, Thahath his
son, Elada his son, Thahath his son, and his son Zabad,  And his
son Suthala, and his son Ezer, and Elad: and the men of Geth born in
the land slew them, because they came down to invade their possessions.
 And Ephraim their father mourned many days, and his brethren came
to comfort him.  And he went in to his wife: and she conceived and
bore a son, and he called his name Beria, because he was born when it
went evil with his house:
 And his daughter was Sara, who built Bethoron, the nether and the
upper, and Ozensara.  And Rapha was his son, and Reseph, and Thale,
of whom was born Thaan,  Who begot Laadan: and his son was Ammiud,
who beget Elisama,  Of whom was born Nun, who had Josue for his son.
 And their possessions and habitations were Bethel with her
daughters, and eastward Noran, and westward Gazer and her daughters,
Sichem also with her daughters, as far as Ass with her daughters. 
And by the borders of the sons of Manasses Bethsan and her daughters,
Thanach and her daughters, Mageddo and her daughters: Dor and her
daughters: in these dwelt the children of Joseph, the son of Israel.
 The children of Aser were Jemna, and Jesua, and Jessui, and Baria,
and Sara their sister.  And the sons of Baria: Haber, and Melchiel:
he is the father of Barsaith.  And Heber beget Jephlat, and Somer,
and Hotham, and Suaa their sister.  The sons of Jephlat: Phosech,
and Chamaal, and Asoth: these are the sons of Jephlat.  And the
sons of Somer: Ahi, and Roaga, and Haba, and Aram.  And the sons of
Helem his brother: Supha, and Jemna, and Selles, and Amal.  The
sons of Supha: Sue, Hernapher, and Sual, and Beri, and Jamra. 
Bosor and Hod, and Samma, and Salusa, and Jethran, and Bera.  The
sons of Jether: Jephone, and Phaspha, and Ara.  And the sons of
Olla: Aree, and Haniel, and Resia.  All these were sons of Aser,
heads of their families, choice and most valiant captains of captains:
and the number of them that were of the age that was fit for war, was
six and twenty thousand.
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 Now Benjamin beget Bale his firstborn, Asbel the second, Ahara the
third,  Nohaa the fourth, and Rapha the fifth.  And the sons of
Bale were Addar, and Gera, and Abiud,  And Abisue, and Naamar, and
Ahoe,  And Gera, and Sephuphan, and Huram.  These are the sons of
Ahod, heads of families that dwelt in Gabaa, who were removed into
Mrtnahsth.  And Naaman, and Achia, and Gera he removed them, and
beget Oza, and Ahiud.
 And Saharim begot in the land of Moab, after he sent away Husim and
Bara his wives.  And he beget of Hodes his wife Jobab, and Sebia,
and Mesa, and Molchom,  And Jehus and Sechia, and Marma. These were
his sons heads of their families.  And Mehusim beget Abitob, and
Elphaal.  And the sons of Elphaal were Heber, and Misaam, and
Samad: who built One, and Led, and its daughters.
 And Baria, and Sama were heads of their kindreds that dwelt in
Aialon: these drove away the inhabitants of Geth.
 And Ahio, and Sesac, and Jerimoth,  And Zabadia, and Arod, and
Heder,  And Michael, and Jespha, and Joha, the sons of Baria. 
And Zabadia, and Mosollam, and Hezeci, and Heber,  And Jesamari,
and Jezlia, and Jobab, sons of Elphaal,  And Jacim, and Zechri, and
Zabdi,  And Elioenai, and Selethai, and Elial,  And Adaia, and
Baraia, and Samareth, the sons of Semei.  And Jespham, and Heber,
and Eliel,  And Abdon, and Zechri, and Hanan,  And Hanania, and
Elam, and Anathothia.  And Jephdaia, and Phanuel the sons of Sesac.
 And Samsari, and Sohoria and Otholia,  And Jersia, and Elia,
and Zechri, the sons of Jeroham.
 These were the chief fathers, and heads of their families who
dwelt in Jerusalem.
 And at Gabaon dwelt Abigabaon, and the name of his wife was
Maacha:  And his firstborn son Abdon, and Sur, and Cia, and Baal,
and Nadab,  And Gedor, and Ahio, and Zacher, and Macelloth: 
And Macelloth beget Samaa: and they dwelt over against their brethren
in Jerusalem with their brethren.  And Ner beget Cia, and Cia beget
Saul. And Saul begot Jonathan and Melchisua, and Abinadab, and Esbaal.
 And the son of Jonathan was Meribbaal: and Meribbaal begot Micha.
 And the sons of Micha were Phithon, and Melech, and Tharaa, and
Ahaz.  And Ahaz beget Joada: and Joada beget Alamath, and Azmoth,
and Zamri: and Zamri beget Mesa,  And Mesa beget Banaa, whose son
was Rapha, of whom was born Elasa, who beget Asel.  And Asel had
six sons whose names were Ezricam, Bochru, Ismahel, Saria, Obdia, and
Hanan. All these were the sons of Asel.  And the sons of Esec, his
brother, were Ulam the firstborn, and Jehus the second, and Eliphelet
the third.  And the sons of Ulam were most valiant men, and archers
of great strength: and they had many sons and grandsons, even to a
hundred and fifty.
All these were children of Benjamin.
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 And all Israel was numbered: and the sum of them was written in the
book of the kings of Israel, and Juda: and they were carried away to
Babylon for their transgression.  Now the first that dwelt in their
possessions, and in their cities, were the Israelites, and the priests,
and the Levites, and the Nathineans.  And in Jerusalem dwelt of the
children of Juda, and of the children of Benjamin, and of the children
of Ephraim, and of Manasses.
 Othei the son of Ammiud, the son of Amri, the son of Omrai, the son
of Bonni, of the sons of Phares the son of Juda.  And of Siloni:
Asaia the firstborn, and his sons.  And of the sons of Zara: Jehuel,
and their brethren, six hundred and ninety.  And of the sons of
Benjamin: Sale the son of Mosollam, the son of Oduia, the son of Asana:
 And Jobania the son of Jeroham: and Ela the son of Ozi, the son of
Mochori: and Mosallam the son of Saphatias, the son of Rahuel, the son
of Jebania:  And their brethren by their families, nine hundred and
fifty-six. All these were heads of their families, by the houses of
 And of the priests: Jedaia, Joiarib, and Jachin:  And Azarias
the son of Helcias, the son of Mosollam, the son of Sadoc, the son of
Maraioth, the son of Achitob, high priest of the house of God.  And
Adaias the son of Jeroham, the son of Phassur, the son of Melchias, and
Maasai the son of Adiel, the son of Jezra, the son of Mosollam, the son
of Mosollamith, the son of Emmer.  And their brethren heads in
their families a thousand seven hundred and threescore, very strong and
able men for the work of the ministry in the house of God.
 And of the Levites: Semeia the son of Hassub the son of Ezricam,
the son of Hasebia of the sons of Merari.  And Bacbacar the
carpenter, and Galal, and Mathania the son of Micha, the son of Zechri
the son of Asaph:  And Obdia the son of Semeia, the son of Galal,
the son of Idithum: and Barachia the son of Asa, the son of Elcana, who
dwelt in the suburbs of Netophati.
 And the porters were Sellum, and Accub, and Telmon, and Ahiman:
and their brother Sellum was the prince,  Until that time, in the
king's gate eastward, the sons of Levi waited by their turns.  But
Sellum the son of Core, the son of Abiasaph, the son of Core, with his
brethren and his father's house, the Corites were over the works of the
service, keepers of the gates of the tabernacle: and their families in
turns were keepers of the entrance of the camp of the Lord.  And
Phinees the son of Eleazar, was their prince before the Lord,  And
Zacharias the son of Mosollamia, was porter of the gate of the
tabernacle of the testimony:  All these that were chosen to be
porters at the gates, were two hundred and twelve: and they mere
registered in their proper towns: whom David and Samuel the seer
appointed in their trust.  As well them as their sons, to keep the
gates of the house of the Lord, and the tabernacle by their turns. 
In four quarters were the porters: that is to say, toward the east, and
west, and north, and south.  And their brethren dwelt in villages,
and came upon their sabbath days from time to time.  To these four
Levites were committed the whole number of the porters, and they were
over the chambers, and treasures, of the house of the Lord.  And
they abode in their watches round about the temple of the Lord: that
when it was time, they might open the gates in the morning.
 And some of their stock had the charge of the vessels for the
ministry: for the vessels were both brought in and carried out by
number.  Some of them also had the instruments of the sanctuary
committed unto them, and the charge of the fine flour, and wine, and
oil, and frankincense, and spices.  And the sons of the priests
made the ointments of the spices.  And Mathathias a Levite, the
firstborn of Sellum the Corite, was overseer of such things as were
fried in the fryingpan.  And some of the sons of Caath their
brethren, were over the leaves of proposition, to prepare always new
for every sabbath.
 These are the chief of the singing men of the families of the
Levites, who dwelt in the chambers, by the temple, that they might
serve continually day and night in their ministry.  The heads of
the Levites, princes in their families, abode in Jerusalem.
 And in Gabaon dwelt Jehiel the father of Gabaon, and the name of
hill wife was Maacha:  His firstborn son Abdon, and Sur, and Cis,
and Baal, and Ner, and Nadab,  Gedor also, and Ahio, and Zacharias,
and Macelloth.  And Macelloth beget Samaan: these dwelt over
against their brethren in Jerusalem, with their brethren.
 Now Ner beget Cia: and Cis begot Saul: and Saul beget Jonathan and
Melchisua, and Abinadab, and Esbaal.  And the son of Jonathan, was
Meribbaal: and Meribbaal beget Micha.  And the sons of Micha, were
Phithon, and Melech, and Tharaa, and Ahaz.  And Ahaz beget Jara,
and Jara beget Alamath, and Azmoth, and Zamri. And Zamri beget Mesa.
 And Mesa beget Banaa: whose son Raphaia beget Elasa: of whom was
born Asel.  And heel had six sons whose names are, Ezricam, Bochru,
Ismahel, Saria, Obdia, Hanan: these are the sons of Asel.
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 Now the Philistines fought against Israel, and the men of Israel
fled from before the Philistines, and fell down wounded in mount
Gelboe.  And the Philistines drew near pursuing after Saul, and his
sons, and they killed Jonathan, and Abinadab, and Melchisua the sons of
Saul.  And the battle grew hard against Saul, and the archers
reached him, and wounded him with arrows.  And Saul said to his
Draw thy sword, and kill me: lest these uncircumcised come, and mock me.
But his armourbearer would not, for he was struck with fear: so Saul
took his sword, and fell upon it.  And when his armourbearer saw it,
to wit, that Saul was dead, he also fell upon his sword and died. 
So Saul died, and his three sons, and all his house fell together.
 And when the men of Israel, that dwelt in the plains, saw this,
they fled: and Saul and his sons being dead, they forsook their cities,
and were scattered up and down: and the Philistines came, and dwelt in
them.  And the next day the Philistines taking away the spoils of
them that were slain, found Saul and his sons lying on mount Gelboe.
 And when they had stripped him, and cut off his head, and taken
away his armour, they sent it into their land, to be carried about, and
shewn in the temples of the idols and to the people.  And his
armour they dedicated in the temple of their god, and his head they
fastened up in the temple of Dagon.
 And when the men of Jabes Galaad had heard this, to wit, all that
the Philistines had done to Saul,  All the valiant men of them
arose, and took the bodies of Saul and of his sons, and brought them to
Jabes, and buried their bones under the oak that was in Jabes, and they
fasted seven days.
 So Saul died for his iniquities, because he transgressed the
commandment of the Lord, which he had commanded, and kept it not: and
moreover consulted also a witch,  And trusted not is the Lord:
therefore he slew him, and transferred his kingdom to David the son of
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 Then all Israel gathered themselves to David in Hebron, saying:
We are thy bone, and thy flesh.  Yesterday also, and the day before
when Saul was king, thou wast he that leddest out and broughtest in
Israel: for the Lord thy God said to thee: Thou shalt feed my people
Israel, and thou shalt; be ruler over them.
 So all the ancients of Israel came to the king to Hebron, and David
made a covenant with them before the Lord: and they anointed him king
over Israel, according to the word of the Lord which he spoke in the
hand of Samuel.
 And David and all Israel went to Jerusalem, which is Jebus, where
the Jebusites were the inhabitants of the land.  And the inhabitants
of Jebus said to David:
Thou shalt not come in here.
But David took the castle of Sion, which is the city of David.
 And he said:
Whosoever shall first strike the Jebusites, shall be the head and chief
And Joab the son of Sarvia went up first, and was made the general.
 And David dwelt in the castle, and therefore it was called the city
of David.  And he built the city round about from Mello all round,
and Joab built the rest of the city.  And David went on growing and
increasing, and the Lord of hosts was with him.
 These are the chief of the valiant men of David, who helped him to
be made king over all Israel, according to the word of the Lord, which
he spoke to Israel.  And this is the number of the heroes of David:
Jesbaam the son of Hachamoni the chief among the thirty: he lifted up
his spear against three hundred wounded by him at one time.
 And after him was Eleazar his uncle's son the Ahohite, who was one
of the three mighties.  He was with David in Phesdomim, when the
Philistines were gathered to that place to battle: and the field of
that country was full of barley, and the people fled from before the
Philistines.  But these men stood in the midst of the field, and
defended it: and they slew the Philistines, and the Lord gave a great
deliverance to his people.
 And three of the thirty captains went down to the rock, wherein
David was, to the cave of Odollam, when the Philistines encamped in the
valley of Raphaim.  And David was in a hold, and the garrison of
the Philistines in Bethlehem.  And David longed, and said:
O that some man would give me water of the cistern of Bethlehem, which
is in the gate.
 And these three broke through the midst of the camp of the
Philistines, and drew water out of the cistern of Bethlehem, which was
in the gate, and brought it to David to drink: and he would not drink
of it, but rather offered it to the Lord,  Saying:
God forbid that I should do this in the sight of my God, and should
drink the blood of these men: for with the danger of their lives they
have brought me the water.
And therefore he would not drink. These things did the three most
 And Abisai the brother of Joab, he was chief of three, and he
lifted up his spear against three hundred whom he slew, and he was
renowned among the three,  And illustrious among the second three,
and their captain: but yet he attained not to the first three.
 Banaias the son of Joiada, a most valiant man, of Cabseel, who had
done many acts: he slew the two ariels of Moab: and he went down, and
killed a lion in the midst of a pit in the time of snow.  And he
slew an Egyptian, whose stature was of five cubits, and who had a spear
like a weaver's beam: and he went down to him with a staff, and plucked
away the spear, that he held in his hand, and slew him with his own
spear.  These things did Banaias the son of Joiada, who was
renowned among the three valiant ones,  And the first among the
thirty, but yet to the three he attained not: and David made him of his
 Moreover the most valiant men of the army, were Asahel brother of
Joab, and Elchanan the son of his uncle of Bethlehem,
 Sammoth an Arorite, Helles a Phalonite,
 Ira the son of Acces a Thecuite, Abiezer an Anathothite,
 Sobbochai a Husathite, Ilai an Ahohite,
 Maharai a Netophathite, Heled the son of Baana a Netophathite,
 Ethai the son of Ribai of Gabaath of the sons of Benjamin, Banal a
Pharathonite,  Hurai of the torrent Gaas, Abiel an Arbathite,
Azmoth a Bauramite, Eliaba a Salabonite,  The sons of Assem a,
Gezonite, Jonathan the son of Sage an Ararite,  Ahiam the son of
Sachar an Ararite,  Eliphal the son of Ur,
 Hepher a Mecherathite, Ahia a Phelonite,
 Hesro a Carmelite, Naarai the son of Azbai,
 Joel the brother of Nathan, Mibahar the son of Agarai.
 Selec an Ammonite, Naharai a Berothite, the armourbearer of Joab
the son of Sarvia.
 Ira a Jethrite, Gareb a Jethrite,
 Urias a Hethite, Zabad the son of Oholi,
 Adina the son of Siza a Rubenite the prince of the Rubenites, and
thirty with him:
 Hanan the son of Maacha, and Josaphat a Mathanite,
 Ozia an Astarothite, Samma, and Jehiel the sons of Hotham an
 Jedihel the son of Zamri, and Jobs his brother a Thosaite,
 Eliel a Mithumite, and Jeribai, and Josaia the sons of Elnaim, and
Jethma a Moabite, Eliel, and Obed, and Jasiel of Masobia.
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 Now these are they that came to David to Siceleg, while he yet fled
from Saul the son of Cia, and they were most valiant and excellent
warriors,  Bending the bow, and using either hand in hurling stones
with slings, and shooting arrows: of the brethren of Saul of Benjamin.
 The chief was Ahiezer, and Joas, the sons of Samaa of Gabaath, and
Jaziel, and Phallet the sons of Azmoth, and Beracha, and Jehu an
Anathothite.  And Samaias of Gabaon, the stoutest amongst the thirty
and over the thirty; Jeremias, and Jeheziel, and Johanan, and Jezabad
of Gaderoth;  And Eluzai, and Jerimuth, and Baalia, and Samaria, and
Saphatia the Haruphite;  Elcana, and Jesia, and Azareel, and Joezer,
and Jesbaam of Carehim:  And Joela, and Zabadia the sons of Jeroham
of Gedor.  From Gaddi also there went over to David, when he lay hid
in the wilderness most valiant men, and excellent warriors, holding
shield and spear: whose faces were like the faces of a lion, and they
were swift like the roebucks on the mountains.
 Ezer the chief, Obdias the second, Eliab the third,  Masmana
the fourth, Jeremias the fifth.  Ethi the sixth, Eliel the seventh,
 Johanan the eighth, Elzebad the ninth,  Jerenias the tenth,
Machbani the eleventh,  These were of the sons of Gad, captains of
the army: the least of them was captain over a hundred soldiers, and
the greatest over a thousand.  These are they who passed over the
Jordan in the first month, when it is used to how over its banks: and
they put to flight all that dwelt in the valleys both toward the east
and toward the west.
 And there came also of the men of Benjamin, and of Juda to the
hold, in which David abode.  And David went out to meet them, and
If you are come peaceably to me to help me, let my heart be joined to
you: but if you plot against me for my enemies whereas I have no
iniquity in my hands, let the God of our fathers see, and judge.
 But the spirit came upon Amasai the chief among thirty, and he
We are thine, O David, and for thee, O son of Isai: peace, peace be to
thee, and peace to thy helpers. For thy God helpeth thee.
So David received them, and made them captains of the band.
 And there were some of Manasses that went over to David, when he
came with the Philistines against Saul to fight: but he did not fight
with them: because the lords of the Philistines taking counsel sent him
back, saying: With the danger of our heads he will return to his master
Saul.  So when he went back to Siceleg, there fled to him of
Manasses, Ednas and Jozabad, and Jedihel, and Michael, and Ednas, and
Jozabad, and Eliu, and Salathi, captains of thousands in Manasses. 
These helped David against the rovers: for they were all most valiant
men, and were made commanders in the army.
 Moreover day by day there came some to David to help him till they
became a great number, like the army of God.
 And this is the number of the chiefs of the army who came to
David, when he was in Hebron, to transfer to him the kingdom of Saul,
according to the word of the Lord.  The sons of Juda bearing shield
and spear, six thousand eight hundred well appointed to war.  Of
the sons of Simeon valiant men for war, seven thousand one hundred.
 Of the sons of Levi, four thousand six hundred.  And Joiada
prince of the race of Aaron, and with him three thousand seven hundred.
 Sadoc also a young man of excellent disposition, and the house of
his father, twenty-two principal men.  And of the sons of Benjamin
the brethren of Saul, three thousand: for hitherto a great part of them
followed the house of Saul.  And of the sons of Ephraim twenty
thousand eight hundred, men of great valour renowned in their kindreds.
 And of the half tribe of Manasses, eighteen thousand, every one by
their names, came to make David king.  Also of the sons of Issachar
men of understanding, that knew all times to order what Israel should
do, two hundred principal men: and all the rest of the tribe followed
their counsel.  And of Zabulon such as went forth to battle, and
stood in array well appointed with armour for war, there came fifty
thousand to his aid, with no double heart.  And of Nephtali, a
thousand leaders: and with them seven and thirty thousand, furnished
with shield and spear.  Of Dan also twenty-eight thousand six
hundred prepared for battle.  And of Aser forty thousand going
forth to fight, and challenging in battle.  And on the other side
of the Jordan of the sons of Ruben, and of Gad, and of the half of the
tribe of Manasses a hundred and twenty thousand, furnished with arms
 All these men of war well appointed to fight, came with a perfect
heart to Hebron, to make David king over all Israel: and all the rest
also of Israel, were of one heart to make David king.  And they
were there with David three days eating and drinking: for their
brethren had prepared for them.  Moreover they that were near them
even as far as Issachar, and Zabulon, and Nephtali, brought leaves on
asses, and on camels, and on mules, and on oxen, to eat: meal, figs,
raisins, wine, oil, and oxen, and sheep in abundance, for there was joy
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 And David consulted with the captains of thousands, and of
hundreds, and with all the commanders.  And he said to all the
assembly of Israel:
If it please you; and if the words which I speak come from the Lord our
God, let us send to the rest of our brethren into all the countries of
Israel, and to the priests, and the Levites, that dwell in the suburbs
of the cities, to gather themselves to us,  And let us bring again
the ark of our God to us: for we sought it not in the days of Saul.
 And all the multitude answered that it should be so: for the word
pleased all the people.  So David assembled all Israel from Sihor of
Egypt, even to the entering into Emath, to bring the ark of God from
Cariathiarim.  And David went up with all the men of Israel to the
hill of Cariathiarim which is in Juda, to bring thence the ark of the
Lord God sitting upon the cherubims, where his name is called upon.
 And they carried the ark of God upon a new cart, out of the house
of Abinadab. And Oza and his brother drove the cart.  And David and
all Israel played before God with all their might with hymns, and with
harps, and with psalteries, and timbrels, and cymbals, and trumpets,
 And when they came to the floor of Chidon, Oza put forth his hand,
to hold up the ark: for the ox being wanton had made it lean a little
on one side.  And the Lord was angry with Oza, and struck him,
because he had touched the ark; and he died there before the Lord. 
And David was troubled because the Lord had divided Oza: and he called
that place the Breach of Oza to this day.  And he feared God at
that time, saying:
How can I bring in the ark of God to me?
 And therefore he brought it not home to himself, that is, into the
city of David, but carried it aside into the house of Obededom the
Gethite.  And the ark of God remained in the house of Obededom
three months: and the Lord blessed his house, and all that he had.
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 And Hiram king of Tyre sent messengers to David, and cedar trees,
and masons, and carpenters, to build him a house.  And David
perceived that the Lord had confirmed him king over Israel, and that
his kingdom was exalted over his people Israel.
 And David took other wives in Jerusalem: and he beget sons, and
 Now these are the names of them that were born to him in Jerusalem:
Samua, and Sobad, Nathan, and Solomon,  Jebahar, and Elisua, and
Eliphalet,  And Noga, and Napheg, and Japhia,  Elisama. and
Baaliada, and Eliphalet.
 And the Philistines hearing that David was anointed king over all
Israel, went all up to seek him: and David heard of it, and went out
against them.  And the Philistines came and spread themselves in the
vale of Raphaim.  And David consulted the Lord, saying:
Shall I go up against the Philistines, and wilt thou deliver them into
And the Lord said to him:
Go up, and I will deliver them into thy hand.
 And when they were come to Baalpharasim, David defeated them
there, and he said:
God hath divided my enemies by my hand, as waters are divided: and
therefore the name of that place was called Baalpharasim.
 And they left there their gods, and David commanded that they
should be burnt.
 Another time also the Philistines made an irruption, and spread
themselves abroad in the valley.  And David consulted God again,
and God said to him:
Go not up after them, turn away from them, and come upon them over
against the pear trees.  And when thou shalt hear the sound of one
going in the tops of the pear trees, then shalt thou go out to battle.
For God is gone out before thee to strike the army of the Philistines.
 And David did as God had commanded him, and defeated the army of
the Philistines, slaying them from Gabaon to Gazera.  And the name
of David became famous in all countries, and the Lord made all nations
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 He made also houses for himself in the city of David: and built a
place for the ark of God, and pitched a tabernacle for it.  Then
No one ought to carry the ark of God, but the Levites, whom the Lord
hath chosen to carry it, and to minister unto himself for ever.
 Of the children of Caath, Uriel was the chief, and his brethren a
hundred and twenty.
 Of the sons of Merari, Asaia the chief, and his brethren two
hundred and twenty.  Of the sons of Gersom, Joel the chief, and his
brethren a hundred and thirty.  Of the sons of Elisaphan, Semeias
the chief: and his brethren two hundred.  Of the sons of Hebron,
Eliel the chief: and his brethren eighty.  Of the sons of Oziel,
Aminadab the chief: and his brethren a hundred and twelve.
 And David called Sadoc, and Abiathar the priests, and the Levites,
Uriel, Asaia, Joel, Semeia, Eliel, and Aminadab:  And he said to
You that are the heads of the Levitical families, be sanctified with
your brethren, and brine the ark of the Lord the God of Israel to the
place, which is prepared for it:  Lest as the Lord at first struck
us, because you were not present, the same should now also come to
pass, by our doing some thing against the law.
 So the priests and the Levites were sanctified, to carry the ark
of the Lord the God of Israel.
 And they appointed Levites, Hemam the son of Joel, and of his
brethren Asaph the son of Barachias: and of the sons of Merari, their
brethren: Ethan the son of Casaia.  And with them their brethren:
in the second rank, Zacharias, and Ben, and Jaziel, and Semiramoth, and
Jahiel, and Ani, and Eliab, and Banaias, and Maasias, and Mathathias,
and Eliphalu, and Macenias, and Obededom, and Jehiel, the porters.
 Now the singers, Heman, Asaph, and Ethan, sounded with cymbals of
brass.  And Zacharias, and Oziel, and Semiramoth, and Jehiel, and
Ani, and Eliab, and Maasias, and Banaias, sung mysteries upon
psalteries.  And Mathathias, and Eliphalu, and Macenias and
Obededom, and Jehiel and Ozaziu, sung a song of victory for the octave
upon harps.  And Chonenias chief of the Levites, presided over the
prophecy, to give out the tunes: for he was very skillful.  And
Barachias, and Elcana, were doorkeepers of the ark.  And Sebenias,
and Josaphat, and Nathanael, and Amasai, and Zacharias, and Banaias,
and Eliezer the priests, sounded with trumpets, before the ark of God:
and Obededom and Jehias were porters of the ark.
 So David and all the ancients of Israel, and the captains over
thousands, went to bring the ark of the covenant of the Lord out of the
house of Obededom with joy.  And when God had helped the Levites
who carried the ark of the covenant of the Lord, they offered in
sacrifice seven oxen, and seven rams.  And David was clothed with a
robe of fine linen, and all the Levites that carried the ark, and the
singing men, and Chonenias the ruler of the prophecy among the singers:
and David also had on him an ephod of linen.  And all Israel
brought the ark of the covenant of the Lord with joyful shouting, and
sounding with the sound of the comet, and with trumpets, and cymbals,
and psalteries, and harps.  And when the ark of the covenant of the
Lord was come to the city of David, Michol the daughter of Saul looking
out at a window, saw king David dancing and playing, and she despised
him in her heart.
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 So they brought the ark of God, and set it in the midst of the
tent, which David had pitched for it: and they offered holocausts, and
peace offerings before God.  And when David had made an end of
offering holocausts, and peace offerings, he blessed the people in the
name of the Lord.  And he divided to all and every one, both men and
women, a loaf of bread, and a piece of roasted beef, and flour fried
 And he appointed Levites to minister before the ark of the Lord,
and to remember his works, and to glorify, and praise the Lord God of
Israel.  Asaph the chief, and next after him Zacharias: moreover
Jahiel, and Semiramoth, and Jehiel, and Mathathias, and Eliab, and
Banaias, and Obededom: and Jehiel over the instruments of psaltery, and
harps: and Asaph sounded with cymbals:
 But Banaias, and Jaziel the priests, to sound the trumpet
continually before the ark of the covenant of the Lord.  In that day
David made Asaph the chief to give praise to the Lord with his brethren.
 Praise ye the Lord, and call upon his name: make known his doings
among the nations.
 Sing to him, yea, sing praises to him: and relate all his wondrous
 Praise ye his holy name: let the heart I of them rejoice, that
seek the Lord.
 Seek ye the Lord, and his power: seek ye his face evermore.
 Remember his wonderful works, which he hath done: his signs, and
the judgments of his mouth.
 O ye seed of Israel his servants, ye children of Jacob his chosen.
 He is the Lord our God: his judgments are in all the earth.
 Remember for ever his covenant: the word, which he commanded to a
 The covenant which he made with Abraham: and his oath to Isaac.
 And he appointed the same to Jacob for a precept: and to Israel
for an everlasting covenant:
 Saying: To thee will I give the land of Chanaan: the lot of your
 When they were but a small number: very few and sojourners in it.
 And they passed from nation to nation: and from a kingdom to
 He suffered no man to do them wrong: and reproved kings for their
 Touch not my anointed: and do no evil to my prophets.
 Sing ye to the Lord, all the earth: shew forth from day to day his
 Declare his glory among the Gentiles: his wonders among all people.
 For the Lord is great and exceedingly to be praised: and he is to
be feared above all gods.
 For all the gods of the nations are idols: but the Lord made the
 Praise and magnificence are before him: strength and joy in his
 Bring ye to the Lord, O ye families of the nations: bring ye to
the Lord glory and empire.
 Give to the Lord glory to his name, bring up sacrifice, and come
ye in his sight: and adore the Lord in holy becomingness.
 Let all the earth be moved at his presence: for he hath founded
the world immoveable.
 Let the heavens rejoice, and the earth be glad: and let them say
among the nations: The Lord hath reigned.
 Let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof: let the fields rejoice,
and all things that are in them.
 Then shall the trees of the wood give praise before the Lord:
because he is come to judge the earth.  Give ye glory to the Lord,
for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
 And say ye: Save us, O God our saviour: and gather us together,
and deliver us from the nations, that we may give glory to thy holy
name, and may rejoice in singing thy praises.
 Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel from eternity to eternity:
and let all the people say Amen, and a hymn to God.
 So he left there before the ark of the covenant of the Lord, Asaph
and his brethren to minister in the presence of the ark continually day
by day, and in their courses.  And Obededom, with his brethren
sixty-eight: and Obededom the son of Idithun, and Hosa he appointed to
be porters.  And Sadoc the priest, and his brethren priests, before
the tabernacle of the Lord in the high place, which was in Gabaon. 
That they should offer holocausts to the Lord upon the altar of
holocausts continually, morning and evening, according to all that is
written in the law of the Lord, which he commanded Israel.  And
after him Heman, and Idithun, and the rest that were chosen, every one
by his name to give praise to the Lord: because his mercy endureth for
ever.  And Heman and Idithun sounded the trumpet, and played on the
cymbals, and all kinds of musical instruments to sing praises to God:
and the sons of Idithun he made porters.
 And all the people returned to their houses: and David to bless
also his own house.
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 Now when David was dwelling in his house, he said to Nathan the
prophet: Behold I dwell in a house of cedar: and the ark of the
covenant of the Lord is under skins.
 And Nathan said to David:
Do all that is in thy heart: for God is with thee.
 Now that night the word of God came to Nathan, saying:
 Go, and speak to David my servant: Thus saith the Lord: Thou shalt
not build me a house to dwell in.  For I have not remained in a
house from the time that I brought up Israel, to this day: but I have
been always changing places in a tabernacle, and in a tent,  Abiding
with all Israel. Did I ever speak to any one, of all the judges of
Israel, whom I charged to feed my people, saying: Why have you not
built me a house of cedar?  Now therefore thus shalt thou say to my
servant David: Thus saith the Lord of hosts: I took thee from the
pastures, from following the flock, that thou shouldst be ruler of my
people Israel.  And I have been with thee whithersoever thou hast
gone: and have slain all thy enemies before thee, and have made thee a
name like that of one of the great ones that are renowned in the earth.
 And I have given a place to my people Israel: they shall be
planted, and shall dwell therein, and shall be moved no more, neither
shall the children of iniquity waste them, as at the beginning, 
Since the days that I gave judges to my people Israel, and have humbled
all thy enemies. And I declare to thee, that the Lord will build thee a
house.  And when thou shalt have ended thy days to go to thy
fathers, I will raise up thy seed after thee, which shall be of thy
sons: and I will establish his kingdom.  He shall build me a house,
and I will establish his throne for ever.  I will be to him a
father, and he shall be to me a son: and I will not take my mercy away
from him, as I took it from him that was before thee.  But I will
settle him in my house, and in my kingdom for ever: and his throne
shall be most firm for ever.
 According to all these words, and according to all this vision, so
did Nathan speak to David.  And king David came and sat before the
Lord, and said:
Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my house, that thou shouldst give
such things to me?  But even this hath seemed little in thy sight,
and therefore thou hast also spoken concerning the house of thy servant
for the time to come: and hast made me remarkable above all men, O Lord
God.  What can David add more, seeing thou hast thus glorified thy
servant, and known him?  O Lord, for thy servant's sake, according
to thy own heart, thou hast shewn all this magnificence, and wouldst
have all the great things to be known.  O Lord there is none like
thee: and there is no other God beside thee, of all whom we have heard
of with our ears.  For what other nation is there upon earth like
thy people Israel, whom God went to deliver, and make a people for
himself, and by his greatness and terrors cast out nations before their
face whom he had delivered out of Egypt?  And thou hast made thy
people Israel to be thy own people for ever, and thou, O Lord, art
become their God.  Now therefore, O Lord, let the word which thou
hast spoken to thy servant, and concerning his house, be established
for ever, and do as thou hast said.  And let thy name remain and be
magnified for ever: and let it be said: The Lord of hosts is God of
Israel, and the house of David his servant remaineth before him. 
For thou, O Lord my God, hast revealed to the ear of thy servant, that
thou wilt build him a house: and therefore thy servant hath found
confidence to pray before thee.  And now O Lord, thou art God: and
thou hast promised to thy servant such great benefits.  And thou
hast begun to bless the house of thy servant, that it may be always
before thee: for seeing thou blessest it, O Lord, it shall be blessed
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 And it came to pass after this, that David defeated the
Philistines, and humbled them, and took away Geth, and her daughters
out of the hands of the Philistines,  And he defeated Moab, and the
Moabites were made David's servants, and brought him gifts.  At that
time David defeated also Adarezer king of Soba of the land of Hemath,
when he went to extend his dominions as far as the river Euphrates. 
And David took from him a thousand chariots, and seven thousand
horsemen, and twenty thousand footmen, and he houghed all the chariot
horses, only a hundred chariots, which he reserved for himself.  And
the Syrians of Damascus came also to help Adarezer king of Soba: and
David slew of them likewise two and twenty thousand men.  And he put
a garrison in Damascus, that Syria also should serve him, and bring
gifts. And the Lord assisted him in all things to which he went. 
And David took the golden quivers which the servants of Adarezer had,
and he brought them to Jerusalem.  Likewise out of Thebath and Chun,
cities of Adarezer, he brought very much brass, of which Solomon made
the brazen sea, and the pillars, and the vessels of brass.
 Now when Thou king of Hemath heard that David had defeated all the
army of Adarezer king of Soba,  He sent Adoram his son to king
David, to desire peace of him, and to congratulate him that he had
defeated and overthrown Adarezer: for Thou was an enemy to Adarezer.
 And all the vessels of gold, and silver, and brass king David
consecrated to the Lord, with the silver and gold which he had taken
from all the nations, as well from Edom, and from Moab, and from the
sons of Ammon, as from the Philistines, and from Amalec.
 And Abisai the son of Sarvia slew of the Edomites in the vale of
the saltpits, eighteen thousand:  And he put a garrison in Edom,
that Edom should serve David:
and the Lord preserved David in all things to which he went.  So
David reigned over all Israel, and executed judgment and justice among
all his people.  And Joab the son of Sarvia was over the army, and
Josaphat the son of Ahilud recorder.  And Sadoc the son of Achitob,
and Achimelech the son of Abiathar, were the priests: and Susa, scribe.
 And Banaias the son of Joiada was over the bands of the Cerethi,
and the Phelethi: and the sons of David were chief about the king.
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 Now it came to pass that Naas the king of the children of Ammon
died, and his son reigned is his stead.  And David said:
I will shew kindness to Hanon the son of Naas: for his father did a
favour to me.
And David sent messengers to comfort him upon the death of his father.
But when they were come into the land of the children of Ammon, to
comfort Hanon,  The princes of the children of Ammon said to Hanon:
Thou thinkest perhaps that David to do honour to thy father hath sent
comforters to thee: and thou dost not take notice, that his servants
are come to thee to consider, and search, and spy out thy land.
 Wherefore Hanon shaved the heads and beards of the servants of
David, and cut away their garments from the buttocks to the feet, and
sent them away.  And when they were gone, they sent word to David,
who sent to meet them (for they had suffered a great affront) and
ordered them to stay at Jericho till their beards grew and then to
 And when the children of Ammon saw that they had done an injury to
David, Hanon and the rest of the people sent a thousand talents of
silver, to hire them chariots and horsemen out of Mesopotamia, and out
of Syria Maacha, and out of Soba.  And they hired two and thirty
thousand chariots, and the king of Maacha, with his people. And they
came and camped over against Medaba. And the children of Ammon gathered
themselves together out of their cities, and came to battle.  And
when David heard of it, he sent Joab, and all the army of valiant men:
 And the children of Ammon came out and put their army in array
before the gate of the city: and the kings, that were come to their
aid, stood apart in the field.
 Wherefore Joab understanding that the battle was set against him
before and behind, chose out the bravest men of all Israel, and marched
against the Syrians,  And the rest of the people he delivered into
the hand of Abisai his brother, and they went against the children of
Ammon.  And he said:
f the Syrians be too strong for me, then thou shalt help me: but if the
children of Ammon be too strong for thee, I will help thee.  Be of
good courage and let us behave ourselves manfully for our people, and
for the cities of our God: and the Lord will do that which is good in
 So Joab and the people that were with him, went against the
Syrians to the battle: and he put them to flight.  And the children
of Ammon seeing that the Syrians were fled, they likewise fled from
Abisai his brother, and went into the city: and Joab also returned to
Jerusalem.  But the Syrians seeing that they had fallen before
Israel, sent messengers, and brought to them the Syrians that were
beyond the river: and Sophach, general of the army of Adarezer, was
their leader.  And it was told David, and he gathered together all
Israel, and passed the Jordan, and came upon them, and put his army in
array against them, and they fought with him.  But the Syrian fled
before Israel: and David slew of the Syrians seven thousand chariots,
and forty thousand footmen, and Sophach the general of the army.
 And when the servants of Adarezer saw themselves overcome by
Israel, they went over to David, and served him: and Syria would not
help the children of Ammon any more.
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 And it came to pass after the course of a year, at the time that
kings go out to battle, Joab gathered together an army and the strength
of the troops, and wasted the land of the children of Ammon: and went
and besieged Rabba. But David stayed at Jerusalem, when Joab smote
Rabba, and destroyed it.  And David took the crown of Melchom from
his head, and found in it a talent weight of gold, and most precious
stones, and he made himself a diadem of it: he took also the spoils of
the city which were very great.  And the people that were therein he
brought out: and made harrows, and sleds, and chariots of iron to go
over them, so that they were cut and bruised to pieces: in this manner
David dealt with all the cities of the children of Ammon: and he
returned with alibis people to Jerusalem.
 After this there arose a war at Gazer against the Philistines: in
which Sabachai the Husathite slew Saphai of the race of Raphaim, and
humbled them.  Another battle also was fought against the
Philistines, in which Adeodatus the son of Saltus a Bethlehemite slew
the brother of Goliath the Gethite, the staff of whose spear was like a
weaver's beam.  There was another battle also in Geth, in which
there was a man of great stature, whose fingers and toes were four and
twenty, six on each hand and foot: who also was born of the stock of
Rapha.  He reviled Israel: but Jonathan the son of Samaa the brother
of David slew him. These were the sons of Rapha in Geth, who fell by
the hand of David and his servants.
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 And Satan rose up against Israel: and moved David to number Israel.
 And David said to Joab, and to the rulers of the people:
Go, and number Israel from Bersabee even to Dan, and bring me the
number of them that I may know it.
 And Joab answered: The Lord make his people a hundred times more
than they are: but, my lord the king, are they not all thy servants:
why doth my lord seek this thing, which may be imputed as a sin to
 But the king's word rather prevailed: and Joab departed, and went
through all Israel: and returned to Jerusalem.  And he gave David
the number of them, whom he had surveyed: and all the number of Israel
was found to be eleven hundred thousand men that drew the sword: and of
Juda four hundred and seventy thousand fighting men.  But Levi and
Benjamin he did not number: for Joab unwillingly executed the king's
orders.  And God was displeased with this thing that was commanded:
and he struck Israel.
 And David said to God:
I have sinned exceedingly in doing this: I beseech thee take away the
iniquity of thy servant, for I have done foolishly.
 And the Lord spoke to Gad the seer of David, saying:
 Go, and speak to David, and tell him: Thus saith the Lord: I give
thee the choice of three things: choose one which thou wilt, and I will
do it to thee.
 And when Gad was come to David, he said to him:
Thus saith the Lord: choose which thou wilt:  Either three years'
famine: or three months to flee from thy enemies, and not to be able to
escape their sword: or three days to have the sword of the Lord, and
pestilence in the land, and the angel of the Lord destroying in all the
coasts of Israel: now therefore see what I shall answer him who sent me.
 And David said to Gad:
I am on every side in a great strait: but it is better for me to fall
into the hands of the Lord, for his mercies are many, than into the
hands of men.
 So the Lord sent a pestilence upon Israel. And there fell of
Israel seventy thousand men.  And he sent an angel to Jerusalem, to
strike it: and as he was striking it, the Lord beheld, and took pity
for the greatness of the evil: and said to the angel that destroyed:
It is enough, now stop thy hand.
And the angel of the Lord stood by the thrashing floor of Ornan the
 And David lifting up his eyes, saw the angel of the Lord standing
between heaven and earth, with a drawn sword in his hand, turned
against Jerusalem: and both he and the ancients clothed in haircloth,
fell down flat on the ground.  And David said to God:
Am not I he that commanded the people to be numbered? It is I that have
sinned: it is I that have done the evil: but as for this flock, what
hath it deserved? O Lord my God, let thy hand be turned, I beseech
thee, upon me, and upon my father's house: and let not thy people be
 And the angel of the Lord commanded Gad to tell David, to go up,
and build an altar to the Lord God in the threshingfloor of Ornan the
Jebusite.  And David went up, according to the word of Gad, which
he spoke to him in the name of the Lord.  Now when Ornan looked up,
and saw the angel, he and his four sons hid themselves: for at that
time he was thrashing wheat in the floor.  And as David was coming
to Ornan, Ornan saw him, and went out of the threshingfloor to meet
him, and bowed down to him with his face to the ground.  And David
said to him:
Give me this place of thy threshingfloor, that I may build therein an
altar to the Lord: but thou shalt take of me as much money as it is
worth, that the plague may cease from the people.
 And Ornan said to David:
Take it, and let my lord the king do all that pleaseth him: and
moreover the oxen also I give for a holocaust, and the drays for wood,
and the wheat for the sacrifice: I will give it all willingly.
 And king David said to him:
It shall not be so, but I will give thee money as much as it is worth:
for I must not take it from thee, and so offer to the Lord holocausts
 So David gave to Ornan for the place, six hundred sicles of gold
of just weight.
 And he built there an altar to the Lord: and he offered
holocausts, and peace offerings, and he called upon the Lord, and he
heard him by sending fire from heaven upon the altar of the holocaust.
 And the Lord commanded the angel: and he put up his sword again
into the sheath.  And David seeing that the Lord had heard him in
the threshingfloor of Oman the Jebusite, forthwith offered victims
 But the tabernacle of the Lord, which Moses made in the desert,
and the altar of holocausts, was at that time in the high place of
Gabaon.  And David could not go to the altar there to pray to God:
for he was seized with an exceeding great fear, seeing the sword of the
angel of the Lord.
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 Then David said:
This is the house of God, and this is the altar for the holocaust of
 And he commanded to gather together all the proselytes of the land
of Israel, and out of them he appointed stonecutters to hew stones and
polish them, to build the house of God.  And David prepared in
abundance iron for the nails of the gates, and for the closures and
joinings: and of brass an immense weight.  And the cedar trees were
without number, which the Sidonians, and Tyrians brought to David. 
And David said: Solomon my son is very young and tender, and the house
which I would have to be built to the Lord, must be such as to be
renowned in all countries: therefore I will prepare him necessaries.
And therefore before his death he prepared all the charges.  And he
called for Solomon his son: and commanded him to build a house to the
Lord the God of Israel.  And David said to Solomon:
My son, it was my desire to have built a house to the name of the Lord
my God.  But the word of the Lord came to me, saying: Thou hast shed
much blood, and fought many battles, so thou canst not build a house to
my name, after shedding so much blood before me:  The son, that
shall be born to thee, shall be a most quiet man: for I will make him
rest from all his enemies round about: and therefore he shall be called
Peaceable: and I will give peace and quietness to Israel all his days.
 He shall build a house to my name, and he shall be a son to me,
and I will be a father to him: and I will establish the throne of his
kingdom over Israel for ever.  Now then, my son, the Lord be with
thee, and do thou prosper, and build the house to the Lord thy God, as
he hath spoken of thee.  The Lord also give thee wisdom and
understanding, that thou mayest be able to rule Israel, and to keep the
law of the Lord thy God.  For then thou shalt be able to prosper,
if thou keep the commandments, and judgments, which the Lord commanded
Moses to teach Israel: take courage and act manfully, fear not, nor be
dismayed.  Behold I in my poverty have prepared the charges of the
house of the Lord, of gold a hundred thousand talents, and of silver a
million of talents: but of brass, and of iron there is no weight, for
the abundance surpasseth all account: timber also and stones I have
prepared for all the charges.  Thou hast also workmen in abundance,
hewers of stones, and masons, and carpenters, and of all trades the
most skillful in their work,  In gold, and in silver, and in brass,
and in iron, whereof there is no number. Arise then, and be doing, and
the Lord will be with thee.
 David also charged all the princes of Israel, to help Solomon his
son,  Saying:
You see, that the Lord your God is with you, and hath given you rest
round about, and hath delivered all your enemies into your hands, and
the land is subdued before the Lord, and before his people.
 Give therefore your hearts and your souls, to seek the Lord your
God: and arise, and build a sanctuary to the Lord God, that the ark of
the covenant of the Lord, and the vessels consecrated to the Lord, may
be brought into the house, which is built to the name of the Lord.
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 And David being old and full of days, made Solomon his son king
over Israel.  And he gathered together all the princes of Israel,
and the priests and Levites.  And the Levites were numbered from the
age of thirty years, and upwards: and there were found of them
thirty-eight thousand men.  Of these twenty-four thousand were
chosen, and distributed unto the ministry of the house of the Lord: and
six thousand were the overseers and judges.  Moreover four thousand
were porters: and as many singers singing to the Lord with the
instruments, which he had made to sing with.  And David distributed
them into courses by the families of the sons of Levi, to wit, of
Gerson, and of Caath, and of Merari.
 The sons of Gerson were Leedan and Semei.  The sons of Leedan:
the chief Jahiel, and Zethan, and Joel, three.  The sons of Semei:
Salomith, and Hosiel, and Aran, three: these were the heads of the
families of Leedan.  And the sons of Semei were Leheth, and Ziza,
and Jaus, and Baria: these were the sons of Semei, four.  And
Leheth was the first, Ziza the second: but Jaus and Baria had not many
children, and therefore they were counted in one family, and in one
 The sons of Caath were Amram, and Isaar, Hebron, and Oziel, four.
 The sons of Amram, Aaron, and Moses. And Aaron was separated to
minister in the holy of holies, he and his sons for ever, and to burn
incense before the Lord, according to his ceremonies, and to bless his
name for ever.  The sons also of Moses, the man of God, were
numbered in the tribe of Levi.  The sons of Moses were Gersom and
Eliezer:  The sons of Gersom: Subuel the first.  And the sons
of Eliezer were: Rohobia the first: and Eliezer had no more sons. But
the sons of Rohobia were multiplied exceedingly.  The sons of
Isaar: Salomith the first.  The sons of Hebron: Jeriau the first,
Amarias the second, Jahaziel the third, Jecmaam the fourth.  The
sons of Oziel: Micha the first, Jesia the second.
 The sons of Merari: Moholi, and Musi. The sons of Moholi: Eleazar
and Cia.  And Eleazar died, and had no sons but daughters: and the
sons of Cis their brethren took them.  The sons of Musi: Moholi,
and Eder, and Jerimoth, three.
 These are the sons of Levi in their kindreds and families, princes
by their courses, and the number of every head that did the works of
the ministry of the house of the Lord from twenty years old and upward.
 For David said: The Lord the God of Israel hath given rest to his
people, and a habitation in Jerusalem for ever.  And it shall not
be the office of the Levites to carry any more the tabernacle, and all
the vessels for the service thereof.  So according to the last
precepts of David, the sons of Levi are to be numbered from twenty
years old and upward.  And they are to be under the hand of the
sons of Aaron for the service of the house of the Lord, in the porches,
and in the chambers, and in the place of purification, and in the
sanctuary, and in all the works of the ministry of the temple of the
Lord.  And the priests have the charge of the leaves of
proposition, and of the sacrifice of fine flour, and of the unleavened
cakes, and of the fryingpan, and of the roasting, and of every weight
and measure.  And the Levites are to stand in the morning to give
thanks, and to sing praises to the Lord: and in like manner in the
evening,  As well in the oblation of the holocausts of the Lord, as
in the sabbaths and in the new moons, and the rest of the solemnities,
according to the number and ceremonies prescribed for every thing,
continually before the Lord.  And let them keep the observances of
the tabernacle of the covenant, and the ceremonies of the sanctuary,
and the charge of the sons of Aaron their brethren, that they may
minister in the house of the Lord.
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 Now these were the divisions of the sons of Aaron: The sons of
Aaron: Nadab, and Abiu, and Eleazar, and Ithamar.  But Nadab and
Abiu died before their father, and had no children: so Eleazar, and
Ithamar did the office of the priesthood.  And David distributed
them, that is, Sadoc of the sons of Eleazar, and Ahimelech of the sons
of Ithamar, according to their courses and ministry.  And there were
found many more of the sons of Eleazar among the principal men, than of
the sons of Ithamar. And he divided them so, that there were of the
sons of Eleazar, sixteen chief men by their families: and of the sons
of Ithamar eight by their families and houses.  And he divided both
the families one with the other by lot: for there were princes of the
sanctuary, and princes of God, both of the sons of Eleazar, and of the
sons of Ithamar.  And Semeias the son of Nathanael the scribe a
Levite, wrote them down before the king and the princes, and Sadoc the
priest, and Ahimelech the son of Abiathar, and the princes also of the
priestly and Levitical families: one house, which was over the rest, of
Eleazar: and another house, which had the rest under it, of Ithamar.
 Now the first lot came forth to Joiarib, the second to Jedei, 
The third to Harim, the fourth to Seorim,  The fifth to Melchia, the
sixth to Maiman,  The seventh to Accos, the eighth to Abia, 
The ninth to Jesua, the tenth to Sechenia,  The eleventh to
Eliasib, the twelfth to Jacim,  The thirteenth to Hoppha, the
fourteenth to Isbaab,  The fifteenth to Belga, the sixteenth to
Emmer,  The seventeenth to Hezir, the eighteenth to Aphses, 
The nineteenth to Pheteia, the twentieth to Hezechiel,  The one and
twentieth to Jachin, the two and twentieth to Gamul,  The three and
twentieth to Dalaiau, the four and twentieth to Maaziau.
 These are their courses according to their ministries, to come
into the house of the Lord, and according to their manner under the
hand of Aaron their father: as the Lord the God of Israel had commanded.
 Now of the rest of the sons of Levi,
there was of the sons of Amram, Subael: and of the sons of Subael,
Jehedeia.  Also of the sons of Rohobia the chief Jesias.  And
the son of Isaar Salemoth, and the son of Salemoth Jahath:  And his
son Jeriau the first, Amarias the second, Jahaziel the third, Jecmaan
the fourth.  The son of Oziel, Micha: the son of Micha, Samir. 
The brother of Micha, Jesia: and the son of Jesia, Zacharias.
 The sons of Merari: Moholi and Musi: the son of Oziau: Benno. 
The son also of Merari: Oziau, and Seam, and Zacchur, and Hebri. 
And the son of Moholi: Eleazar, who had no sons.  And the son of
Cis, Jeramael.  The sons of Musi: Moholi, Eder, and Jerimoth. These
are the sons of Levi according to the houses of their families.
 And they also cast lots over against their brethren the sons of
Aaron before David the king, and Sadoc, and Ahimelech, and the princes
of the priestly and Levitical families, both the elder and the younger.
The lot divided all equally.
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 Moreover David and the chief. officers of the army separated for
the ministry the sons of Asaph, and of Heman, and of Idithun: to
prophesy with harps, and with psalteries, and with cymbals according to
their number serving in their appointed office.
 Of the sons of Asaph: Zacchur, and Joseph, and Nathania, and
Asarela, sons of Asaph: under the hand of Asaph prophesying near the
king.  And of Idithun: the sons of Idithun, Godolias, Serf, Jeseias,
and Hasabias, and Mathathias, six, under the hand of their father
Idithun, who prophesied with a harp to give thanks and to praise the
Lord.  Of Heman also: the sons of Heman, Bocciau, Mathaniau, Oziel,
Subuel, and Jerimoth, Hananias, Hanani, Eliatha, Geddelthi, and
Romemthiezer, and Jesbacassa, Mellothi, Othir, Mahazioth:  All these
were the sons of Heman the seer of the king in the words of God, to
lift up the horn: and God gave to Heman fourteen sons and three
daughters.  All these under their father's hand were distributed to
sing in the temple of the Lord, with cymbals, and psalteries and harps,
for the service of the house of the Lord near the king: to wit, Asaph,
and Idithun, and Heman.
 And the number of them with their brethren, that taught the song of
the Lord, all the teachers, were two hundred and eighty-eight,  And
they cast lots by their courses, the elder equally with the younger,
the learned and the unlearned together.
 And the first lot came forth to Joseph, who was of Asaph. The
second to Godolias, to him and his sons, and his brethren twelve. 
The third to Zachur, to his sons and his brethren twelve.  The
fourth to Isari, to his sons and his brethren twelve.  The fifth to
Nathania, to his sons and his brethren twelve.  The sixth to
Bocciau, to his sons and his brethren twelve.  The seventh to
Isreela, to his sons and his brethren twelve.  The eighth to
Jesaia, to his sons and his brethren twelve.  The ninth to
Mathanaias, to his sons and his brethren twelve.  The tenth to
Semeias, to his sons and his brethren twelve.  The eleventh to
Azareel, to his sons and his brethren twelve.  The twelfth to
Hasabia, to his sons and his brethren twelve.  The thirteenth to
Subael, to his sons and his brethren twelve.  The fourteenth to
Mathathias, to his sons and his brethren twelve.  The fifteenth to
Jerimoth, to his sons and his brethren twelve.  The sixteenth to
Hananias, to his sons and his brethren twelve.  The seventeenth to
Jesbacassa, to his sons and his brethren twelve.  The eighteenth to
Hanani, to his sons and his brethren twelve.  The nineteenth to
Mellothi, to his sons and his brethren twelve.  The twentieth to
Eliatha, to his sons and his brethren twelve.  The one and
twentieth to Othir, to his sons and his brethren twelve.  The two
and twentieth to Geddelthi, to his sons and his brethren twelve. 
The three and twentieth to Mahazioth, to his sons and his brethren
twelve.  The four and twentieth to Romemthiezer, to his sons and
his brethren twelve.
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 And the divisions of the porters: of the Corites Meselemia, the son
of Core, of the sons of Asaph.  The sons of Meselemia: Zacharias the
firstborn, Jadihel the second, Zabadias the third, Jathanael the
fourth,  Elam the fifth, Johanan the sixth, Elioenai the seventh.
 And the sons of Obededom, Semeias the firstborn, Jozabad the
second, Joaha the third, Sachar the fourth, Nathanael the fifth, 
Ammiel the sixth, Issachar the seventh, Phollathi the eighth: for the
Lord had blessed him.  And to Semei his son were born sons, herds of
their families: for they were men of great valour.  The sons then of
Semeias were Othni, and Raphael, and Obed, Elizabad, and his brethren
most valiant men: and Eliu, and Samachias.  All these of the sons of
Obededom: they, and their sons, and their brethren most able men for
service, sixty-two of Obededom.  And the sons of Meselemia, and
their brethren strong men, were eighteen.
 And of Hosa, that is, of the sons of Merari: Semri the chief, (for
he had not a firstborn, and therefore his father made him chief.) 
Helcias the second, Tabelias the third, Zacharias the fourth: all these
the sons, and the brethren of Hosa, were thirteen.  Among these
were the divisions of the porters, so that the chiefs of the wards, as
well as their brethren, always ministered in the house of the Lord.
 And they cast lots equally, both little and great, by their
families for every one of the gates.  And the lot of the east fell
to Selemias. But to his son Zacharias, a very wise and learned man, the
north gate fell by lot.  And to Obededom and his sons that towards
the south: in which part of the house was the council of the ancients.
 To Sephim, and Hosa towards the west, by the gate which leadeth to
the way of the ascent: ward against ward.  Now towards the east
were six Levites: and towards the north four a day: and towards the
south likewise four a day: and where the council was, two and two. 
In the cells also of the porters toward the west four in the way: and
two at every cell.
 These are the divisions of the porters of the sons of Core, and of
 Now Achias was over the treasures of the house of God, and the
 The sons of Ledan, the sons of Gersonni: of Ledan were heads of
the families, of Ledan, and Gersonni, Jehieli.  The sons of
Jehieli: Zathan and Joel, his brethren over the treasures of the house
of the Lord,
 With the Amramites, and Isaarites, and Hebronites, and Ozielites.
 And Subael the son of Gersom, the son of Moses, was chief over the
treasures.  His brethren also, Eliezer, whose son Rohobia, and his
son Isaias, and his son Joram, and his son Zechri, and his son
Selemith.  Which Selemith and his brethren were over the treasures
of the holy things, which king David, and the heads of families, and
the captains over thousands and over hundreds, and the captains of the
host had dedicated,  Out of the wars, and the spoils won in
battles, which they had consecrated to the building and furniture of
the temple of the Lord.  And all these things that Samuel the seer
and Saul the son of Cis, and Abner the son of Ner, and Joab the son of
Sarvia had sanctified: and whosoever had sanctified those things, they
were under the hand of Selemith and his brethren.
 But Chonenias and his sons were over the Isaarites, for the
business abroad over Israel to teach them and judge them.  And of
the Hebronites Hasabias, and his brethren most able men, a thousand
seven hundred had the charge over Israel beyond the Jordan westward, in
all the works of the Lord, and for the service of the king.  And
the chief of the Hebronites was Jeria according to their families and
kindreds. In the fortieth year of the reign of David they were
numbered, and there were found most valiant men in Jazer Galaad, 
And his brethren of stronger age, two thousand seven hundred chiefs of
families. And king David made them rulers over the Rubenites and the
Gadites, and the half tribe of Manasses, for all the service of God,
and the king.
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 Now the children of Israel according to their number, the heads of
families, captains of thousands and of hundreds, and officers, that
served the king according to their companies, who came in and went out
every month in the year, under every chief were four and twenty
 Over the first company the first month Jesboam, the son of Zabdiel
was chief, and under him were four and twenty thousand.  Of the sons
of Phares, the chief of all the captains in the host in the first
month.  The company of the second month was under Dudia, an Ahohite,
and after him was another named Macelloth, who commanded a part of the
army of four and twenty thousand.  And the captain of the third
company for the third month, was Banaias the son of Joiada the priest:
and in his division were four and twenty thousand.  This is that
Banaias the most valiant among the thirty, and above the thirty. And
Amizabad his son commanded his company.  The fourth, for the fourth
month, was Asahel the brother of Joab, and Zabadias his son after him:
and in his company were four and twenty thousand.  The fifth captain
for the fifth month, was Samaoth a Jezerite: and his company were four
and twenty thousand.  The sixth, for the sixth month, was Hira the
son of Acces a Thecuite: and in his company were four and twenty
thousand.  The seventh, for the seventh month, was Helles a
Phallonite of the sons of Ephraim: and in his company were four and
twenty thousand.  The eighth, for the eighth month, was Sobochai a
Husathite of the race of Zarahi: and in his company were four and
twenty thousand.  The ninth, for the ninth month, was Abiezer an
Anathothite of the sons of Jemini, and in His company were four and
twenty thousand.  The tenth, for the tenth month, was Marai, who
was a Netophathite of the race of Zarai: and in his company were four
and twenty thousand.  The eleventh, for the eleventh month, was
Banaias, a Pharathonite of the sons of Ephraim: and in his company were
four and twenty thousand.  The twelfth, for the twelfth month, was
Holdai a Netophathite, of the race of Gothoniel: and in his company
were four and twenty thousand.
 Now the chiefs over the tribes of Israel were these: over the
Rubenites, Eliezer the son of Zechri was ruler: over the Simeonites,
Saphatias the son of Maacha:  Over the Levites, Hasabias the son of
Camuel: over the Aaronites, Sadoc:  Over Juda, Eliu the brother of
David: over Issachar, Amri the son of Michael:  Over the
Zabulonites, Jesmaias the son of Adias: over the Nephtalites, Jerimoth
the son of Ozriel:  Over the sons of Ephraim, Osee the: son of
Ozaziu: over the half tribe of Manasses, Joel the son of Phadaia: 
And over the half tribe of Manasses: in Galaad, Jaddo the son of
Zacharias: and over Benjamin, Jasiel the son of Abner.  And over
Dan, Ezrihel the son of Jeroham: these were the princes of the children
 But David would not number them from twenty years old and under:
because the Lord had said that he would multiply Israel like the stars
of heaven.  Joab the son of Sarvia began to number, but he finished
not: because upon this there fell wrath upon Israel: and therefore the
number of them that were numbered, was not registered in the chronicles
of king David.
 And over the king's treasures was Azmoth the son of Adiel: and
over those stores which were in the cities, and is the villages, and in
the castles, was Jonathan the son of Ozias.  And over the tillage,
and the husbandmen, who tilled the ground, was Ezri the son of Chelub:
 And over the dressers of the vineyards, was Semeias a Romathite:
and over the wine cellars, Zabdias an Aphonite.  And over the
oliveyards and the fig groves, which were in the plains, was Balanam a
Gederite: and over the oil cellars, Joas.  And over the herds that
fed in Saron, was Setrai a Saronite: and over the. oxen in the valleys,
Saphat the son of Adli:  And over the camels, Ubil an Ishmahelite:
and over the asses, Jadias a Meronathite:  And over the sheep Jazia
an Agarene. All these were the rulers of the substance of king David.
 And Jonathan David's uncle, a counsellor, a wise and learned man:
he and Jahiel the son of Hachamoni were with the king's sons.  And
Achitophel was the king's counsellor, and Chusai the Arachite, the
king's friend.  And after Achitophel was Joiada the son of Banaias,
and Abiathar. And the general of the king's army was Joab.
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 And David assembled all the chief men of Israel, the princes of the
tribes, and the captains of the companies, who waited on the king: and
the captains over thousands, and over hundreds, and them who had the
charge over the substance and possessions of the king, and his sons
with the officers of the court, and the men of power, and all the
bravest of the army at Jerusalem.  And the king rising up, and
Hear me, my brethren and my people: I had a thought to have built a
house, in which the ark of the Lord, and the footstool of our God might
rest: and I prepared all things for the building.  And God said to
me: Thou shalt not build a house to my name: because thou art a man of
war, and hast shed blood.  But the Lord God of Israel chose me of
all the house of my father, to be king over Israel for ever: for of
Juda he chose the princes: and of the house of Juda, my father's house:
and among the sons of my father, it pleased him to choose me king over
all Israel.  And among my sons (for the Lord hath given me many
sons) he hath chosen Solomon my son, to sit upon the throne of the
kingdom of the Lord over Israel.  And he said to me: Solomon thy son
shall build my house, and my courts: for I have chosen him to be my
son, and I will be a father to him.  And I will establish his
kingdom for ever, if he continue to keep my commandments, and my
judgments, as at this day.  Now then before all the assembly of
Israel, in the hearing of our God, keep ye, and seek all the
commandments of the Lord our God: that you may possess the good land,
and may leave it to your children after you for ever.  And thou my
son Solomon, know the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect
heart, and a willing mind: for the Lord searcheth all hearts, and
understandeth all the thoughts of minds. If thou seek him, thou shalt
find him: but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever. 
Now therefore seeing the Lord hath chosen thee to build the house of
the sanctuary, take courage, and do it.
 And David gave to Solomon his son a description of the porch, and
of the temple, and of the treasures, and of the upper floor, and of the
inner chambers, and of the house for the mercy seat,  As also of
all the courts, which he had in his thought, and of the chambers round
about, for the treasures of the house of the Lord, and for the
treasures of the consecrated things,  And of the divisions of the
priests and of the Levites, for all the works of the house of the Lord,
and for all the vessels of the service of the temple of the Lord. 
Gold by weight for every vessel for the ministry. And silver by weight
according to the diversity of the vessels and uses.  He gave also
gold for the golden candlesticks, and their lamps, according to the
dimensions of every candlestick, and the lamps thereof. In like manner
also he gave silver by weight for the silver candlesticks, and for
their lamps according to the diversity of the dimensions of them. 
He gave also gold for the tables of proposition, according to the
diversity of the tables: in like manner also silver for other tables of
silver.  For fleshhooks also, and bowls, and censers of fine gold,
and for little lions of gold, according to the measure he gave by
weight, for every lion. In like manner also for lions of silver he set
aside a different weight of silver.  And for the altar of incense,
he gave the purest gold: and to make the likeness of the chariot of the
cherubims spreading their wings, and covering the ark of the covenant
of the Lord.  All these things, said he, came to me written by the
hand of the Lord that I might understand all the works of the pattern.
 And David said to Solomon his son: Act like a man, and take
courage, and do: fear not, and be not dismayed: for the Lord my God
will be with thee, and will not leave thee, nor forsake thee, till thou
hast finished all the work for the service of the house of the Lord.
 Behold the courses of the priests and the Levites, for every
ministry of the house of the Lord, stand by thee, and are ready, and
both the princes, and the people know how to execute all thy
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 And king David said to all the assembly:
Solomon my son, whom alone God hath chosen, is as yet young and tender:
and the work is great, for a house is prepared not for man, but for
God.  And I with all my ability have prepared the expenses for the
house of my God. Gold for vessels of gold, and silver for vessels of
silver, brass for things of brass, iron for things of iron, wood for
things of wood: and onyx stones, and stones like alabaster, and of
divers colours, and all manner of precious stones, and marble of Paros
in great abundance.  Now over and above the things which I have
offered into the house of my God I give of my own proper goods, gold
and silver for the temple of my God, beside what things I have prepared
for the holy house.  Three thousand talents of gold of the gold of
Ophir: and seven thousand talents of refined silver, to overlay the
walls of the temple.  And gold for wheresoever there is need of
gold: and silver for wheresoever there is need of silver, for the works
to be made by the hands of the artificers: now if any man is willing to
offer, let him fill his hand today, and offer what he pleaseth to the
 Then the heads of the families, and the princes of the tribes of
Israel, and the captains of thousands, and of hundreds, and the
overseers of the king's possessions promised,  And they gave for the
works of the house of the Lord, of gold, five thousand talents, and ten
thousand solids: of silver ten thousand talents: and of brass eighteen
thousand talents: and of iron a hundred thousand talents.  And all
they that had stones, gave them to the treasures of the house of the
Lord, by the hand of Jahiel the Gersonite.  And the people rejoiced,
when they promised their offerings willingly: because they offered them
to the Lord with all their heart: and David the king rejoiced also with
a great joy.
 And he blessed the Lord before all the multitude, and he said:
Blessed art thou, O Lord the God of Israel, our father from eternity to
eternity.  Thine, O Lord, is magnificence, and power, and glory,
and victory: and to thee is praise: for all that is in heaven, and in
earth, is thine: thine is the kingdom, O Lord, and thou art above all
princes.  Thine are riches, and thine is glory, thou hast dominion
over all, in thy hand is power and might: in thy hand greatness, and
the empire of all things.  Now therefore our God we give thanks to
thee, and we praise thy glorious name.  Who am I, and what is my
people, that we should be able to promise thee all these things? all
things are thine: and we have given thee what we received of thy hand.
 For we are sojourners before thee, and strangers, as were all our
fathers. Our days upon earth are as a shadow, and there is no stay.
 O Lord our God, all this store that we have prepared to build thee
a house for thy holy name, is from thy hand, and all things are thine.
 I know my God that thou provest hearts, and lovest simplicity,
wherefore I also in the simplicity of my heart, have joyfully offered
all these things: and I have seen with great joy thy people, which are
here present, offer thee their offerings.  O Lord God of Abraham,
and of Isaac, and of Israel our fathers, keep for ever this will of
their heart, and let this mind remain always for the worship of thee.
 And give to Solomon my son a perfect heart, that he may keep thy
commandments, thy testimonies, and thy ceremonies, and do all things:
and build the house, for which I have provided the charges.
 And David commanded all the assembly:
Bless ye the Lord our God.
And all the assembly blessed the Lord the God of their fathers: and
they bowed themselves and worshipped God, and then the king.
 And they sacrificed victims to the Lord: and they offered
holocausts the next day, a thousand bullocks, a thousand rams, a
thousand lambs, with their libations, and with every thing prescribed
most abundantly for all Israel.  And they ate, and drank before the
Lord that day with great joy. And they anointed the second time Solomon
the son of David. And they anointed him to the Lord to be prince, and
Sadoc to be high priest.
 And Solomon sat on the throne of the Lord as king instead of David
his father, and he pleased all: and all Israel obeyed him.  And all
the princes, and men of power, and all the sons of king David gave
their hand, and were subject to Solomon the king.  And the Lord
magnified Solomon over all Israel: and gave him the glory of a reign,
such as no king of Israel had before him.
 So David the son of Isai reigned over all Israel.  And the
days that he reigned over Israel, were forty years: in Hebron he
reigned seven years, and in Jerusalem three and thirty years.  And
he died in a good age, full of days, and riches, and glory. And Solomon
his son reigned in his stead.  Now the acts of king David first and
last are written in the book of Samuel the seer, and in the book of
Nathan the prophet, and in the book of Gad the seer:  And of all
his reign, and his valour, and of the times that passed under him,
either in Israel, or in all the kingdoms of the countries.
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Published on May 2015
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