1 Chronicles 4:1-23

Other descendants of Judah

1 Judah's descendants were: Perez, Hezron, Carmi, Hur and Shobal. 2 Shobal's son Reaiah became the father of Jahath. Jahath became the father of Ahumai and Lahad. Those were the ancestors of the Zorathite clans.

3-4 Caleb's wife Ephrathah gave birth to their firstborn son, Hur. Hur was the ancestor of the people of Bethlehem. His three sons were Etam, Penuel and Ezer.

Etam's sons were: Jezreel, Ishma and Idbash. Their sister was Hazzelelponi. Penuel became the father of Gedor. Ezer became the father of Hushah.

5 Tekoa's father Ashhur had two wives called Helah and Naarah. 6 The sons of Ashhur and his wife Naarah were: Ahuzzam, Hepher, Temeni and Haahashtari. 7 The sons of Ashhur and his wife Helah were: Zereth, Izhar, Ethnan 8 and Koz. Koz became the father of Anub, Hazzobebah and the clans of Harum's son, Aharhel.

9 Another of Judah's descendants was called Jabez. People respected him more than his brothers. His mother called him Jabez, because she said, ‘I had a lot of pain at his birth.’ 10 Jabez prayed to Israel's God for help. He said, ‘Please bless me very much and give me more land. Please take care of me so that nothing hurts me and I do not have pain.’ God did what Jabez had prayed for.

4:9‘Jabez’ sounds like a Hebrew word that means ‘pain’.

11 Kelub, Shuhah's brother, became the father of Mehir. Mehir became the father of Eshton. 12 Eshton became the father of Beth-Rapha, Paseah and Tehinnah. Tehinnah became the father of Ir-Nahash. Those people lived at Recah.

13 The sons of Kenaz were: Othniel and Seraiah.

Othniel's sons were: Hathath and Meonothai. 14 Meonothai became the father of Ophrah.

Seraiah became the father of Joab. Joab was the ancestor of the people who live in Ge-Harashim. Those people had special skills to make things.

4:14‘Ge-Harashim’ means ‘The valley of people with special skills’.

15 The sons of Jephunneh's son Caleb were: Iru, Elah and Naam. 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 became the father of Eshtemoa.

Mered had another wife who belonged to Judah's tribe. 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. She gave birth to two sons. One of them became the father of Keilah, the ancestor of the Garmites. The other son became the father of Eshtemoa, the ancestor of the Maakathites.

20 Shimon's sons were: Amnon, Rinnah, Ben-Hanan and Tilon.

Ishi's descendants were Zoheth and Ben-Zoheth.

21-22 These were the sons of Judah's son, Shelah: Er, Laadah, Jokim, Joash, Saraph and Jashubi-Lehem. Er became the father of Lecah. Laadah became the father of Mareshah. Joash and Saraph both married women from Moab and they returned to live in Lehem. Other clans that were descendants of Shelah worked with linen at Beth-Ashbea, and some lived in Cozeba. (These lists are from old history books.) 23 Those people made pots. They lived in Netaim and Gederah. They lived there and they worked for the king.