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1 Chronicles 9

The people who lived in Jerusalem

1 All the Israelites were in the lists of ancestors. And those lists are in the Book about Israel's Kings. The people in Judah had to leave it. Their enemies took them away to Babylon. That happened because they did not continue to obey God. 2 The first people who returned after that were Israelites, priests, Levites, and servants in the temple. They lived on their own land, in their own towns.

3-4 And people were living in Jerusalem again. They were from the tribes of Judah, Benjamin, Ephraim and Manasseh. This is a list of those people. There was Uthai son of Ammihud. Ammihud was Omri's son. Omri was Imri's son and Imri was Bani's son. Bani was a descendant of Perez and Perez was Judah's son. 5 From Shelah's clan, there were Asaiah and his sons. Asaiah was the oldest son in his family. 6 From Zerah's clan, there was Jeuel. There were 690 people from Judah's tribe.

7 From the tribe of Benjamin, there was Sallu. Sallu was the son of Meshullam. Meshullam was Hodaviah's son and Hodaviah was Hassenuah's son. 8 There was also Ibneiah son of Jeroham. And there was Elah son of Uzzi. Uzzi was Michri's son. And there was Meshullam son of Shephatiah. Shephatiah was Reuel's son and Reuel was Ibnijah's son. 9 There were 956 people from Benjamin's tribe. There are lists in their books of ancestors. All those men were leaders of their clans.

The priests' clans

10-11 From the priests, there were Jedaiah, Jehoiarib, Jachin and Azariah. Azariah was a son of Hilkiah and Hilkiah was Meshullam's son. Meshullam was Zadok's son and Zadok was Meraioth's son. Meraioth was Ahitub's son and Ahitub was the most important officer in God's house. 12 Also there was Adaiah son of Jeroham. Jeroham was Pashhur's son and Pashhur was Malchijah's son. And there was Maasai son of Adiel. Adiel was Jahzerah's son and Jahzerah was Meshullam's son. Meshullam was Meshillemith's son and Meshillemith was Immer's son. 13 There were 1760 priests. They were leaders of their clans. They were men who could work very well. And they worked in the house of God.

9:13Azariah was the ruler of the LORD's house. Nehemiah called him Seraiah (Nehemiah 11:11).

The Levites' clans

14 From the Levites, there was Shemaiah. Shemaiah was the son of Hasshub and Hasshub was Azrikam's son. Azrikam was Hashabiah's son and Hashabiah was from Merari's clan. 15 There were also Bakbakkar, Heresh, Galal and Mattaniah. Mattaniah was a son of Mica. Mica was Zichri's son and Zichri was Asaph's son. 16 Also there was Obadiah, son of Shemaiah. Shemaiah was Galal's son and Galal was Jeduthun's son. And there was Berechiah, son of Asa. Asa was the son of Elkanah. Elkanah lived in the villages of the people called Netophathites.

Some Levites were guards

17 Some men were guards of the temple's gates. Among them, there were Shallum, Akkub, Talmon and Ahiman. Their relatives were with them and Shallum was their leader. 18 All those guards were from Levi's tribe. And they stood next to the King's Gate. That gate is on the east side. 19 Shallum was Kore's son and Kore was Ebiasaph's son. Ebiasaph was Korah's son. Other men from Korah's clan helped Shallum. They were guards at the gates of the tent. That was their work. Their ancestors were also guards at the door of the LORD's tent. 20 Their ancestors included Phinehas. Phinehas was the leader of the guards. He was Eleazar's son. The LORD was with Phinehas. 21 Zechariah, son of Meshelemiah worked outside the LORD's tent. He was the guard. And the LORD met the people there.

22 There were 212 guards for the gates. The books include a list of their names. And the books show their villages. David and the prophet Samuel chose those men to be guards. They were men that they could trust. And that is why they chose them. 23 Those men and their descendants had to work at the gates. They were the guards of the LORD's house. The LORD's house was called the holy tent. 24 The guards were on the 4 sides of the LORD's house. They were on the east, west, south and north sides. 25 Their relatives still lived in their villages. They had to come and help the guards. Each time they came, they worked for seven days. 26 But there were four guards who were more important than the other guards. That was because the leaders trusted them. They kept safe the rooms and the valuable things in God's house. All those men were Levites. 27 They stayed round God's house during the night because they had to keep it safe. And they had to open it each morning.

28 The priests used valuable tools in the temple. And some guards kept those things safe. The priests brought those things in and then the guards counted them. And the guards counted them again when the priests took them out. 29 There were many valuable things in the holy place. Also some guards kept the flour, wine, oil, oils with sweet smells and the spices safe. 30 But some of the priests mixed the spices. 31 Mattithiah was a Levite. He was the first son of Shallum. Shallum was from Korah's clan. Mattithiah was the baker who made the flat bread. 32 Other men who belonged to the Kohath clan prepared the special bread. The priests put this bread on the holy table. They did that each Sabbath day.

Other Levites made music

33 There were clans of Levites who made music in the temple. The leaders of those clans lived in the temple and they had their own rooms there. They had duties during the day. Also, they had duties at night. So they did not do other work in the temple. 34 Those men were the leaders of those Levite clans. Their names were in their clans' books. And they lived in Jerusalem.

Saul

35 The leader of Gibeon lived in the town called Gibeon. He was called Jeiel and his wife's name was Maacah. 36-37 His first son was Abdon. His other sons were Zur, Kish, Baal, Ner, Nadab, Gedor, Ahio, Zechariah and Mikloth. 38 Mikloth was the father of Shimeam. They lived with their relatives in Jerusalem, near other relatives. 39 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. 40 Jonathan's son was Merib-Baal and Merib-Baal was the father of Micah. 41 Micah's sons were Pithon, Melech, Tahrea and Ahaz. 42 Ahaz was the father of Jarah. Jarah was the father of Alemeth, Azmaveth and Zimri. Zimri was the father of Moza. 43 Moza was the father of Binea and Binea's son was Rephaiah. Rephaiah's son was Eleasah and Eleasah's son was Azel. 44 Azel had 6 sons. Those sons were called Azrikam, Bocheru, Ishmael, Sheariah, Obadiah and Hanan. That is the list of Azel's sons.