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1 Chronicles 2

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 1 These are the twelve sons of Israel: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah, Issachar, Zebulun,

 2 Dan, Joseph, and Benjamin, Naphtali, Gad, and Asher.

 3 The sons of Judah were Er, Onan, and Shelah; the three being born to him by the daughter of Shua, the Canaanitess. Er, the firstborn of Judah, was evil in the sight of the LORD; and the LORD slew him.

 4 Tamar his [widowed] daughter-in-law bore him Pharez and Zerah. So there were five sons of Judah in all.

 5 The sons of Pharez were: Hezron and Hamul.

 6 The sons of Zerah were: Zimri, Ethan, Heman, Calcol, and Dara; there were five of them in all.

 7 The sons of Carmi [the son of Zimri] was Achan, the troubler of Israel, who kept plundered treasure which the Lord had cursed and ordered by the Lord to be destroyed by fire.

 8 The son of Ethan was Azariah.

 9 Also the sons of Hezron, who were born to him wee Jerahmeel, and Ram, and Chelubai.

 10 And Ram begat Amminadab; and Amminadab begat Nahshon, prince of the children of Judah;

 11 And Nahshon begat Salma, and Salma begat Boaz,

 12 And Boaz begat Obed, and Obed begat Jesse,

 13 And Jesse begat his firstborn Eliab, and Abinadab the second, and Shimma the third,

 14 Nethaneel the fourth, Raddai the fifth,

 15 Ozem the sixth, David the seventh;

 16 Whose sisters were Zeruiah, and Abigail. And the three sons of Zeruiah were Abishai, Joab, and Asahel.

 17 And Abigail bore Amasa1 whose father was Jether the Ishmaelite.

 18 And Caleb, the son of Hezron, had children by his wife Azubah, and by Jerioth, whose sons were: Jesher, and Shobab, and Ardon.

 19 When Azubah died Caleb married Ephrath who bore him Hur.

 20 And Hur begat Uri, and Uri begat Bezaleel.

 21 And afterward Hezron went in to the daughter of Machir the father of Gilead, whom he married when he was sixty years old; and she bore him Segub.

 22 And Segub begat Jair, who had twenty three cities in the land of Gilead.

 23 And he took Geshur, and Aram, with the towns of Jair, from them, with Kenath, and its towns, a total of sixty cities. All these belonged to the sons of Machir, the father of Gilead.

 24 After Hezron had died in Calebephratah, his wife Abiah bore him Ashur, the father of Tekoa.

 25 The sons of Jerahmeel, the firstborn of Hezron were: Ram the firstborn, Bunah, Oren, Ozem, and Ahijah.

 26 Jerahmeel had also another wife, whose name was Atarah; she was the mother of Onam.

 27 The sons of Ram, the firstborn of Jerahmeel, were: Maaz, and Jamin, and Eker.

 28 The sons of Onam were, Shammai, and Jada. And the sons of Shammai; Nadab and Abishur.

 29 The name of the wife of Abishur was Abihail, and she bore him Ahban, and Molid.

 30 And the sons of Nadab were Seled, and Appaim; but Seled died without children.

 31 The son of Appaim was Ishi. And the son of Ishi was Sheshan. And the child of Sheshan was Ahlai.

 32 And the sons of Jada, the brother of Shammai were Jether, and Jonathan; and Jether died without children.

 33 The sons of Jonathan were Peleth, and Zaza. These were the descendants of Jerahmeel.

 34 Now Sheshan had no sons, but daughters. And Sheshan had a servant, an Egyptian, whose name was Jarha.

 35 And Sheshan gave his daughter to Jarha his servant to wife; and she bore him Attai.

 36 And Attai begat Nathan, and Nathan begat Zabad,

 37 And Zabad begat Ephlal, and Ephlal begat Obed,

 38 And Obed begat Jehu, and Jehu begat Azariah,

 39 And Azariah begat Helez, and Helez begat Eleasah,

 40 And Eleasah begat Sisamai, and Sisamai begat Shallum,

 41 And Shallum begat Jekamiah, and Jekamiah begat Elishama.

 42 Now the sons of Caleb the brother of Jerahmeel were, Mesha his firstborn, who was the father of Ziph; and the sons of Mareshah the father of Hebron.

 43 And the sons of Hebron; Korah, and Tappuah, and Rekem, and Shema.

 44 And Shema begat Raham, the father of Jorkoam: and Rekem begat Shammai.

 45 And the son of Shammai was Maon; and Maon was the father of Bethzur.

 46 And Ephah, Caleb's concubine, bore Haran, and Moza, and Gazez; and Haran begat Gazez.

 47 And the sons of Jahdai were Regem, Jotham, Gesham, Pelet, Ephah, Shaaph.

 48 Maachah, Caleb's concubine, bore Sheber, and Tirhanah.

 49 She bore also Shaaph the father of Madmannah, Sheva the father of Machbenah, and the father of Gibea; and the daughter of Caleb was Achsa.

 50 These were the sons of Caleb the son of Hur, the firstborn of Ephratah: Shobal the father of Kirjathjearim;

 51 Salma the father of Bethlehem; and Hareph the father of Bethgader.

 52 Shobal the father of Kirjathjearim had sons; Haroeh, and half of the Manahethites.

 53 And the families of Kirjathjearim; the Ithrites, and the Puhites, and the Shumathites, and the Mishraites; of them came the Zareathites, and the Eshtaulites,

 54 The sons of Salma; Bethlehem, and the Netophathites, Ataroth, the house of Joab, and half of the Manahethites, the Zorites.

 55 And the families of the scribes which dwelled at Jabez; the Tirathites, the Shimeathites, and Suchathites. These are the Kenites that came of Hemath, the father of the house of Rechab.


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1 David had six brothers and two sisters, Zeruiah, and Abigail. The sons of Zeruiah were Abishai, Joab, and Asahel; all mighty men of war. Joab was David's main general and was very loyal to him throughout David's reign. Even more amazing, Abigail was the mother of Amasa, another great general. Joab killed Amasa because Amasa had supported Absalom in his insurrection against David, which David had forgiven; but Joab did not trust him and therefore killed him. So two of the three greatest commanders of this time, (Abner, Joab, and Amasa) were David's first nephews. Joab killed Abner because Abner had killed Joab's brother, Asahel. David mourned Joab's killing of Abner and cursed Joab for later killing Amasa; and from his death bed David ordered Solomon to slay Joab, who had supported another son of David instead of Solomon to be David's successor.

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