1 Chronicles 4

Other descendants of Judah

1 Judah's descendants were Perez, Hezron, Carmi, Hur and Shobal. 2 Reaiah was Shobal's son and Reaiah was the father of Jahath. Jahath was the father of Ahumai and Lahad. Those were the clans of the people called Zorathites. 3 And these are the sons of the leader of Etam: They were Jezreel, Ishma and Idbash. And they had a sister called Hazzelelponi. 4 And Penuel was the father of Gedor, and Ezer was the father of Hushah. Those were the sons of Hur, who was the oldest son of Ephrathah. And Hur was the leader of Bethlehem. 5 Tekoa's father was Ashhur. And Ashhur had two wives called Helah and Naarah. 6 The sons of Ashhur and Naarah were Ahuzzam, Hepher, Temeni and Haahashtari. They were the sons of Naarah. 7-8 Helah's sons were Zereth, Izhar and Ethnan. Koz was the father of Anub, Zobebah and the clans of Aharhel. Aharhel was the son of Harum.

9 There was a man called Jabez. He was a great man and he was better than his brothers. His mother called him Jabez, which means ‘pain’. She said, ‘I had a lot of pain at his birth.’ That is why she chose that name. 10 Jabez prayed to Israel's God. He said, ‘Please do very good things for me. Make my borders larger and help me. Save me from danger and do not let anything hurt me.’ And God did what Jabez had asked.

11 Chelub, Shuhah's brother, was the father of Mehir and Mehir was the father of Eshton. 12 Eshton was the father of Beth-Rapha, Paseah and Tehinnah. Tehinnah was the father of Irnahash. Those people lived at Recah.

13 The sons of Kenaz were Othniel and Seraiah. Othniel's sons were Hathath and Meonothai. 14 Meonothai was the father of Ophrah and Seraiah was the father of Joab. Joab was the ancestor of the people from Ge-Harashim. That name means, ‘The valley where people make things.’ The valley had that name because of the jobs of the people there. They made things. 15 Caleb was Jephunneh's son. Caleb's sons were Iru, Elah and Naam. And Elah's son was Kenaz. 16 Jehallelel's sons were Ziph, Ziphah, Tiria and Asarel. 17-18 Ezrah's sons were Jether, Mered, Epher and Jalon. Mered married Bithiah. Her father was the king of Egypt. The children of Mered and Bithiah were Miriam, Shammai and Ishbah. Ishbah was the father of Eshtemoa. Mered also had a wife who was an Israelite. Her sons were Jered, Heber and Jekuthiel. Jered became the father of Gedor. Heber became the father of Soco. And Jekuthiel became the father of Zanoah. 19 Hodiah's wife was Naham's sister. The sons of Hodiah's wife were the fathers of Keilah and Eshtemoa. Keilah's descendants were called Garmites and Eshtemoa's descendants were called Maacathites. 20 Shimon's sons were Amnon, Rinnah, Ben-Hanan and Tilon. Ishi's sons were Zoheth and Ben-Zoheth. 21-22 Shelah was the son of Judah. Shelah's sons were Er, Laadah, Jokim, Joash, Saraph who ruled Moab and Jashubi-Lehem. Er was the father of Lecah and Laadah was the father of Mareshah. Other clans that were descendants of Shelah worked with linen at Beth-Ashbea. And other descendants of Shelah lived in Cozeba. (These lists are from old books.) 23 Those people made pots. They lived in Netaim and Gederah. They lived there with the king and they worked for him.

The tribe of Simeon

24 Simeon's sons were Nemuel, Jamin, Jarib, Zerah and Shaul. 25 Shaul's son was Shallum and Shallum's son was Mibsam. Mibsam's son was Mishma. 26 Mishma's son was Hammuel and Hammuel's son was Zaccur. Zaccur's son was Shimei. 27 Shimei had 16 sons and 6 daughters. But his brothers did not have many children. So, their clan did not become as large as Judah's clan did. 28-31 Shimei's descendants lived in cities called Beersheba, Moladah, Hazar-Shual, Bilhah, Ezem, Tolad, Bethuel, Hormah, Ziklag, Beth-Marcaboth, Hazar-Susim, Beth-Biri and Shaaraim. They lived in them until David became king. 32 The 5 villages near those cities were Etam, Ain, Rimmon, Tochen and Ashan. 33 There were also other villages round the same cities all the way to Baal. That is where they lived. And they wrote down the names of their ancestors.

34-38 Each clan had a leader. The leaders were Meshobab, Jamlech, Joshah, Joel, Jehu, Elioenai, Jaakobah, Jeshohaiah, Asaiah, Adiel, Jesimiel, Benaiah and Ziza. Joshah was a son of Amaziah and Jehu was a son of Joshibiah. Joshibiah was the son of Seraiah and Seraiah was the son of Asiel. Ziza was the son of Shiphi and Shiphi was the son of Allon. Allon was the son of Jedaiah and Jedaiah was the son of Shimri. Shimri was the son of Shemaiah. And these clans became very large. 39 They travelled to the east side of the valley. They went as far as Gedor. They wanted land so that their sheep would have grass to eat. 40 They found good fields that had plenty of grass. The place was large and there were no troubles in that place. Some people had lived there before these clans came. The people who were living there were descendants of Ham.

41 These clans came to Gedor when Hezekiah was the king of Judah. Then they attacked the people who lived there. Those people were the descendants of the people called Meunites. The men in these clans destroyed their tents and they killed all the people. So now there are none of those people there. Then they lived there instead because there was good grass there for their animals. 42 Then 500 men from Simeon's clan went to the mountain called Seir. Their leaders were Pelatiah, Neariah, Rephaiah and Uzziel. They were Ishi's sons. 43 They killed all the descendants of Amalek who were still there. They lived there instead and they still live there now.