1 Chronicles 27

1This is the list of the Israelite people that served the king in the army. Each group was on duty one month each year. There were rulers of families, captains, generals, and the policemen that served the king. Each army group had 24,000 men. 2Jashobeam was in charge of the first group for the first month. Jashobeam was Zabdiel’s son. There were 24,000 men in Jashobeam’s group. 3Jashobeam was one of Perez’s descendants. Jashobeam was leader of all the army officers for the first month. 4Dodai was in charge of the army group for the second month. He was from Ahoah. There were 24,000 men in Dodai’s group. 5The third commander was Benaiah. Benaiah was the commander for the third month. Benaiah was Jehoiada’s son. Jehoiada was the leading priest. There were 24,000 men in Benaiah’s group. 6He was the same Benaiah that was a brave soldier from the Thirty Heroes. Benaiah led those men. Benaiah’s son Ammizabad was in charge of Banaiah’s group. 7The fourth commander was Asahel. Asahel was the commander for the fourth month. Asahel was Joab’s brother. Later, Asahel’s son Zebadiah took his place as commander. There were 24,000 men in Asahel’s group. 8The fifth commander was Shamhuth. Shamhuth was the commander for the fifth month. Shamhuth was from Zerah’s family. There were 24,000 men in Shamhuth’s group. 9The sixth commander was Ira. Ira was the commander for the sixth month. Ira was Ikkesh’s son. Ikkesh was from the town of Tekoa. There were 24,000 men in Ira’s group. 10The seventh commander was Helez. Helez was the commander for the seventh month. He was from the Pelonite people, and a descendant of Ephraim. There were 24,000 men in Helez’ group. 11The eighth commander was Sibbecai. Sibbecai was the commander for the eighth month. Sibbecai was from Hushah. Sibbecai was from Zerah’s family. There were 24,000 men in Sibbecai’s group. 12The ninth commander was Abiezer. Abiezer was the commander for the ninth month. Abiezer was from the town of Anathoth. Abiezer was from the family group of Benjamin. There were 24,000 men in Abiezer’s group. 13The tenth commander was Maharai. Maharai was the commander for the tenth month. Maharai was from Netophah. He was from Zerah’s family. There were 24,000 men in Maharai’s group. 14The eleventh commander was Benaiah. Benaiah was the commander for the eleventh month. Benaiah was from Pirathon. Benaiah was from the Ephraim family group. There were 24,000 men in Benaiah’s group. 15The twelfth commander was Heldai. Heldai was the commander for the twelfth month. Heldai was from Netophah. Heldai was from Othniel’s family. There were 24,000 men in Heldai’s group. 16The leaders of the family groups of Israel were: Reuben: Eliezer son of Zicri. Simeon: Shephatiah son of Maacah. 17Levi: Hashabiah son of Kemuel. Aaron: Zadok. 18Judah: Elihu. (Elihu was one of David’s brothers.) Issachar: Omri son of Michael. 19Zebulun: Ishmaiah son of Obadiah. Naphtali: Jeremoth son of Azriel. 20Ephraim: Hoshea son of Azaziah. West Manasseh: Joel son of Pedaiah. 21East Manasseh: Iddo son of Zechariah. Benjamin: Jaasiel son of Abner. 22Dan: Azarel son of Jeroham. Those were the leaders of the family groups of Israel. 23˻David decided to count the men in Israel.˼ There were very many people because God promised to make the people of Israel as many as the stars in the sky. So David only counted the men that were 20 years old and older. 24Joab son of Zeruiah began to count the people, but he did not finish. God became angry with the people of Israel. That is why the number of the people was not put in the book The History of King David. 25This is the list of men that were responsible for the king’s property: Azmaveth son of Adiel was in charge of the king’s storerooms. Jonathan son of Uzziah was in charge of the storerooms in the small towns, villages, fields, and towers. 26Ezri son of Kelub was in charge of the field workers. 27Shimei from Ramah was in charge of the fields of grapes. Zabdi from Shepham was in charge of the storage and care of the wine that came from the fields of grapes. 28Baal Hanan from Geder was in charge of the olive trees and sycamore trees in the western hill country. Joash was in charge of storing the olive oil. 29Shitrai from Sharon was in charge of the cattle around Sharon. Shaphat son of Adlai was in charge of the cattle in the valleys. 30Obil the Ishmaelite was in charge of the camels. Jehdeiah the Meronothite was in charge of the donkeys. 31Jaziz the Hagrite was in charge of the sheep. All these men were the leaders that took care of King David’s property. 32Jonathan was a wise counselor and a scribe. Jonathan was David’s uncle. Jehiel son of Hacmoni took care of the king’s sons. 33Ahithophel was the king’s counselor. Hushai was the king’s friend. Hushai was from the Arkite people. 34Jehoiada and Abiathar later took Ahithophel’s place as the king’s counselor. Jehoiada was Benaiah’s son. Joab was the commander of the king’s army.

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