1 Chronicles 8

The tribe of Benjamin

1 Benjamin was the father of Bela, his first son. Ashbel was his second son and Aharah was his third son. 2 Nohah was his fourth son and Rapha was his fifth son. 3-5 Bela's sons were Addar, Gera, Abihud, Abishua, Naaman, Ahoah, Gera, Shephuphan and Huram.

6 Here is a list of the descendants of Ehud. They were the leaders of their clans. But they were still in Geba. They had to leave Geba. They had to go to Manahath. 7 Ehud's descendants were Naaman, Ahijah and Gera. Gera caused them to leave. He was the father of Uzza and Ahihud.

8-11 Shaharaim and his wife Hushim had sons called Abitub and Elpaal. In Moab, Shaharaim sent away his wives Hushim and Baara. After that, Shaharaim and his wife Hodesh had sons who were called Jobab, Zibia, Mesha, Malcam, Jeuz, Sachia and Mirmah. They were leaders of their clans.

12-13 Elpaal's sons were Eber, Misham, Shemed, Beriah and Shema. Shemed built the towns called Ono and Lod. He also built villages round them. Beriah and Shema were leaders of the clans who lived in Aijalon. They caused the people in Gath to leave their city. 14-16 Other sons of Elpaal were Ahio, Shashak and Jeremoth. And Zebadiah, Arad, Eder, Michael, Ishpah and Joha were sons of Beriah. 17-18 Elpaal's sons were Zebadiah, Meshullam, Hizki, Heber, Ishmerai, Izliah and Jobab. 19-21 Shimei's sons were Jakim, Zichri, Zabdi, Elienai, Zillethai, Eliel, Adaiah, Beraiah and Shimrath. 22-25 Shashak's sons were Ishpan, Eber, Eliel, Abdon, Zichri, Hanan, Hananiah, Elam, Anthothijah, Iphdeiah and Penuel. 26-27 Jeroham's sons were Shamsherai, Shehariah, Athaliah, Jaareshiah, Elijah and Zichri.

8:26-27We are not sure if this is Elijah the prophet. The Bible does not tell us his tribe.

28 The books show that all those men were leaders of their clans. They lived in Jerusalem.


29 The leader of Gibeon lived in the town called Gibeon. And his wife's name was Maacah. 30-32 His first son was Abdon. His other sons were Zur, Kish, Baal, Nadab, Gedor, Ahio, Zecher and Mikloth. Mikloth was the father of Shimeah. They lived with their relatives in Jerusalem, near other relatives. 33 Ner was the father of Kish and Kish was the father of Saul. And Saul was the father of Jonathan, Malchishua, Abinadab and Esh-Baal. 34 Jonathan's son was Merib-Baal and Merib-Baal was the father of Micah. 35 Micah's sons were Pithon, Melech, Tarea and Ahaz. 36 Ahaz was the father of Jehoaddah. Jehoaddah was the father of Alemeth, Azmaveth and Zimri. And Zimri was the father of Moza. 37 Moza was the father of Binea and Binea's son was Raphah. Raphah's son was Eleasah and Eleasah's son was Azel. 38 Azel had 6 sons. Those sons were called Azrikam, Bocheru, Ishmael, Sheariah, Obadiah and Hanan. All those were Azel's sons. 39 Azel's brother was Eshek. Eshek's first son was Ulam. His second son was Jeush and Eliphelet was his third son. 40 Ulam's sons were brave soldiers and they used their bows well. They had many sons and grandsons. There were 150 of them. All those men were descendants of Benjamin.

8:40Before the worship of the false god called Baal began in Israel, the word ‘Baal’ was an ordinary word for God. And people often used that word in the names of their children.