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1 Chronicles 27

The Israelite armies

1 Each month, a group of 24,000 men were the king's servants. They worked for him in everything that was about the army. Among these men were leaders of clans, officers over groups of 1000 or 100 men. Among them, there were also other men who worked for the king. Each group worked for one month each year. This is a list of their names.

2 Zabdiel's son, Jashobeam was the leader of the first group of 24,000 soldiers in the first month. 3 He was a descendant of Perez. He was over all the army officers for the first month.

4 Dodai was from the town called Ahoah. He was the leader of the group of 24,000 men for the second month. Mikloth was his most important helper.

5 Benaiah, the son of the priest Jehoiada, was the leader of the third group for the third month. He was the most important officer and there were 24,000 men in his group. 6 This Benaiah was a great soldier. He was the leader of the special soldiers who were called ‘The 30.’ His son Ammizabad was the leader of his group.

7 Asahel, Joab's brother, was the leader of the 4th group of 24,000 men for the 4th month. His son Zebadiah was the leader of the group after him.

8 Shamhuth from Izrah's clan was the leader of the 5th group of 24,000 men for the 5th month.

9 Ira was the leader of the 6th group of 24,000 men for the 6th month. He was the son of Ikkesh from Tekoa.

10 Helez was the leader of the 7th group of 24,000 men for the 7th month. He was from the people called Pelonites in Ephraim

11 Sibbecai from Hushah was the leader of the 8th group of 24,000 men for the 8th month. He was from Zerah's clan.

12 Abiezer from Anathoth in Benjamin was the leader of the 9th group of 24,000 men for the 9th month.

13 Maharai from Netophah was the leader of the 10th group of 24,000 men for the 10th month. He was from Zerah's clan.

14 Benaiah from Pirathon in Ephraim was the leader of the 11th group of 24,000 men for the 11th month.

15 Heldai from Netophah was the leader of the 12th group of 24,000 men for the 12th month. He was from Othniel's clan.

Officers over the tribes of Israel

16 And over the tribes of Israel, the ruler of the tribe of Reuben was Eliezer, the son of Zichri. Over Simeon was Maacah's son, Shephatiah.

17 Over Levi was Kemuel's son, Hashabiah. Zadok was over Aaron's clan.

27:17Aaron was a Levite, but his family were priests.

18 Over Judah was David's brother, Elihu. Over Issachar was Michael's son, Omri.

19 Over Zebulun was Obadiah's son, Ishmaiah. Over Naphtali was Azriel's son, Jerimoth.

20 Over Ephraim was Hoshea's son, Azaziah. Over half the tribe of Manasseh was Pedaiah's son, Joel.

21 Over the half tribe of Manasseh in Gilead was Zechariah's son, Iddo. Over Benjamin was Abner's son, Jaasiel.

22 Over Dan was Jeroham's son, Azarel. Those were the officers over the tribes of Israel.

David counts the number of men in Israel

23 The LORD had promised to make Israel a nation with as many people as there are stars in the sky. So David did not count the men who were only 20 years old or less. 24 Zeruiah's son, Joab had begun to count the men but he did not finish. The LORD was angry with Israel because David had started to count them. So nobody wrote the number in the book about King David's life.

Men who kept the king's things safe

25 Adiel's son, Azmaveth was over all the places where the king stored his valuable things. He stored some valuable things outside the city. Uzziah's son, Jonathan was over those things. They were in towns, villages and strong buildings where soldiers watched for enemies.

26 Chelub's son, Ezri was over the men who were digging in the fields.

27 Shimei from Ramah was over the men who worked in the vineyards. Zabdi from Shepham was over the men who stored wine from the vineyards.

28 Baal-Hanan from Geder was over the trees in the lower hills in the west. They were olive and sycamore-fig trees. Joash kept the olive oil.

29 Shitrai from Sharon was over the men who kept the king's animals in Sharon. Adlai's son, Shaphat was over the men who kept his animals in the valleys.

30 Obil, a descendant of Ishmael, kept the camels. Jehdeiah from Meronoth kept the donkeys.

31 Jaziz kept the sheep and goats. He belonged to the people called Hagrites. All those men kept King David's things safe.

32 David's uncle, Jonathan had a good mind. And he helped David to decide what he should do. And he was a writer. Hachmoni's son, Jehiel stayed with the king's sons. 33 Ahithophel helped the king to decide the best things to do. And Hushai, who was born at Archi, was the king's friend. 34 After Ahithophel died, Abiathar and Benaiah's son, Jehoiada helped the king. They helped him to decide what he should do. And Joab was the leader of the king's army.