I. Adam, Seth, Enos and Kainan, Malelecl, Jared, Enoch,

4 Mathusala, Lamech, Noe. The sons of Noe, Sem, Cham, Japheth.

5 The sons of Japheth Gamer, Magog, Madaim, Jovan, Elisa, Thobel, Mosoch and Thiras.

6 And the sons of Gamer, Aschanaz and Riphath and Thor- gama. And the sons of Jovan, Elisa and Tharsis, the Kitians and the Rhodians.

8 And the sons of Cham, Chus and Mesraim, Phud and Chanaan. And the sons of Chus ; Saba and Evila and Saba- tha and Regma and Sebethacha: and the sons of Regma, Saba and Dadan. Chus also begot Nebrod, who began to be a giant hunter on the earth.

17 The sons of Sem, Ailam and Assur and Arphaxad, Sala, Eber, Plialeg, Ragan, Seruch, Nachor, Tharra, Abraham.

28 And the sons of Abraham ; Isaak and Ismael. And these are their genealogies. Ismael the first born: Nabaioth and Kedar, Nabdeel, Massam, Masma, Iduma, Masse, Chondan, Thaiman, Jettur, Naphes, Kedma. These were the sons of Ismael.

32 . With regard to the children of Chettura the concubine of Abraham; she bore to him, Zembram, Jexan, Madiam, Madam, Sobak, Soe. And the children of Jexan were Dai- clan and Sabai. And the children of Madiam were Gopher and Opher and Enoch and Abida and Eldada. All these were children of Chettura.

34 Moreover Abraham begot Isaak. And the sons of Isaak

35 were Jacob and Esau. And the sons of Esau were, Eliphaz and Raguel and Jeul and Jeglom and Kore. And the sons of Eliphaz were Thaiman and Omar, Sophar and Gotham and

38 Kenez and Thamna and Amelek. And the sons of Raguel, were Naches, Zare, Some and Mose. The sons of Seir, Lo-

39 tan, Sobal, Sebegon, Ana, Deson, Osar and Dison. And the sons of Lotan were Chorri and Aiman and the sister of Lo-

40 tan, Thamna. The sons of Sobal were Alon, Machanath,

41 Taibel, Sophi and Onan. And the sons of Sebegon were Aith and Sonan ; the sons of Sonan, Daison ; and the sons of Dai-

42 son, Emeron and Asebon and Jethram and Charran. And

43 the sons of Osar, were Balaam and Zukam and Akan. The sons of Disan were Os and Aran. Now these were their kings:' Balak son of Beor, the name of whose city was Dennaba.

44 And when Balak died Jobab, son of Zara of Bosorra, reigned

45 in his stead. And when Jobab died, Asom of the land of the

46 Thaimanites reigned in his stead. And when Asom died, Adad son .of Barad who smote Madiam in the plain of Moab reigned in his stead; and the name of his city was Gethaim.

47 And when Adad died, Sebla of Masekka reigned in his stead.

48 And when Sebla died/ Saul of Roboth which is by the river,

49 reigned in his stead. And when Saul died, Balaennor son of

50 Achobar, reigned in his stead. And when Balaennor died, Adad son of Barad reigned in his stead ; and the name of his

51 city was Phogor. The emirs of Kdom were, emir Thamna, emir Golada, emir Jether, emir Elibamas, emir Elas, emir Phinon, emir Kenez, emir Thaiman, emir Babsar, emir Ma- gediel, emir Zaphoin. These were the emirs of Edom.

II. These are the names of die sons Israel, Reuben, Symeon, Levi, Juda, Issachar, Zabulon, Dan, Joseph, Benjamin, Neph-

2 thaleim, Gad, Aser.

3 The sons of Juda. Er, Aunan, Selom. These three he had by a daughter of Sava, the Chananite. Now Er the first born of Juda was wicked in the sight of the Lord, and he slew

4 liim. Then Thamar his daughter in law bore to him Pharea

5 and Zara. All the sons of Juda were five. The sons of Pha-

6 res, were Esrom and Jennie!. And the sons of Zara were Zambri and Ailham and Amuan and Chalchal and Darad, 7 five in all. And the sons of Charnji, Achar the troubler of

8 Israel, who transgressed so as to be anathematised. And the

9 sons of Aitham, Azarias. And the sons of Esrom who were

10 born to him were Jerameel and Aram and Chaleb. And Aram

11 begot Aminadab, and Aminadab begot Naasson, the chief

12 of the house of Juda; and Naasson begot Salmon and Sal-

13 mon begot Boaz ; and Boaz begot Obed; and Obed begot

14 Jessai, and Jessai begot Eliab his first born. Aminadab was

15 his second son; Samaa his third ; Nathanial his fourth; Zeb-

16 dai his fifth; Asam his sixth; David his seventh. And their sisters were Saruia and Abigaia. And the sons of Saruia were

17 Abisa and Joab and Asael, three. And Abigaia was the mother of Amessai; and the father of Amessai was Jothor, the Ismaelite.

18 And Chaleb son of Esrom took to wife Gazuba, in addition

19 to Jerioth, and these were her children, Jasar and Subab and

20 Ardon. And when Gazuba died Chaleb took to him Ephrath, who bore to him Or; and Or begot Ouri ; and Ouri begot

21 Beseleel. Andafterthat Esronwent in to the daughter of Machir

22 the father of Galaad and took her when he was sixty five years of age; and she bore -to him Seruch. And Seruch begot Jair.

23 He had twenty three cities in the land of Galaad, and he took Gedsour and Aram, the villages of Jair which belonged to them, Kanath and the villages thereof, sixty cities. All these belonged to the children of Machir, the father of Galaad.

24 And after Esron died Chaleb went to Ephratha, and Esron's

25 wife Abia bore to him Escho, the father of Thekoe. Now these were the sons of Jerameel, the first born of Esron, Ram his first born, and Baana and Aram, and Asan his brother.

26.And Jerameel had another wife whose name was Atara. She

27 was the mother of Ozom. And the sons of Ram, the first born

28 of Jeramcel were Maas and Jamin and Akor. And the sons

29 of Ozom were Samai and Jadae. And the sons of Samai, Na- dab and Abisur; and the name of Abisur's wife was Abichaia

SO and she bore to him Achabar and Moel. And the sons of Na- dab were Salad and Apphain ; and Salad died without issue.

31 And the sons of Apphain were Isemiel; and the sons of Ise-

32 miel, Sosan; and the sons of Sosan, Dadai; and the sons of Dadai, Achisamas, Jether, Jonathan; and Jether died without 33 issue. And the sons of Jonathan were Phaleth and Osam.

34 These were the Jerameelites. Now Sosan had no sons, but daughters only. And Sosan had an Egyptian servant whose

35 name was Jochal. To this Egyptian servant, Sosan gave his

36 daughter for a wife and she bore to him Ethi. And Ethi

37 begot Nathan; and Nathan begot Zabed; and Zabed begot

38 Aphamel; and Aphamel begot Obed ; and Obed begot Jehu;

39 and Jehu begot Azarias; and Azarias begot Chelles; and

40 Chelles begot Eleasa; and Eleasa begot Sosomai; and Soso-

41 mai begot Salum; and Salum begot Jechemias; and Jechemias begot Elisama; and Elisama begot Ismael.

42 And the sons of Chaleb the brother of Jeremeel were Ma-


risa his first born who was the father of Ziph. And the chil-

43 dren of father Marisa were Chebron. And the sons of Chebron were Kore and Thapphus and Rekom and Samaa. And Sa-

44 maa begot Raem the father of Jeklan; and Jeklan begot Sa-

45 mai: And Maon was his son; and Maon was the father of

46 Baithsur. Moreover Gaipha the concubine of Chaleb bore

47 Aram and Mosa and Gesue, from whom descended the sons of Addai, Ragem and Jotham and Sogar and Phalek and Gaipha

48 and Sagae. And Mocha another concubine of Chaleb bore

49 Saber and Tharam. She bore also Sagae the father of Mad- mena, and Saou the father of Machabena and the father of Gai-

50 bel. And Chaleb's daughter was Ascha. These were children of Chaleb—the children of Or his first born by Ephratha, So-

51 bal the father of Kariathiarim, Solomon the father of Baitha, Lammon the father of Baithalaem, and Arim the father of Beth-

52 gedor. And Sobal the father of Kariathiarim had other sons

53 namely Araa and Aisi and Ammanith and Oumasphae, Pole-' isjair, Aithalim, Miphithim and Hesamathim and Hcmasaraim, from whom branched out the Sarathaites and the Esthamites.

54 And the children of Solomon were Bethalaim the Netophatite,

55 Ataroth of the house of Joab and the half of the Malathites, the Esarites the families of the scribes who dwelt at Jabis; the Thargathites and Samathites and Socliathites. These comprehended under the name of Kinites were descended from Ai- math the father of the house of Rechab.

III. Now these are the sons of David who were born to hii^i at Chebron, Amnon his first born by Achinaam the Jezraelitess* vot. ii. x

2 Damniel his second son by Abigaia the Karmelitess; Abessa- lom his third by Macha a daughter of Tholmai king of Ged-

3 sur; Adonia his fourth by Aggith; his fifth, Saphatia the son

4 of Abital; his sixth, Jethraam by his wife Agla. These six sons were born to him in Chebron; for he reigned there seven years and six months. And in Jerusalem he reigned thirty three

5 years. Now these were the sons born to him in Jerusalem, Sa- maa, Sobab, Nathan and Solomon. (These four were by Bersa-

6 bee the daughter of Amiel,) and Ebaar and Elisa and Elipha-

7 leth and Nagai and Naphek and Japhie and Elisama and Eli-

8 ada and Eliphala, nine. All sons of David besides the sons of

9 the concubines and Themar their sister. The sons of Solomon, 10 Roboam; Abia his son, Asa his son, Josaphat his son, Joram

his son, Ochosias his son, Joas his son, Amasias his son, Aza- 12 riashisson; Joatham his son; Achazhisson; Ezekias his son;

14 Manasses his son; Amon his son; Josias his son; and the sons

15 of Josias were Joanan his first born, his second Joakim, his

16 third Sedekias, his fourth Salum; and the sons of Joakim were

17 Jechonias his son, Sedekias his son, and the sons of Jechonias

18 were Asir, Salathiel his son; Melchiram and Phadaias and Sanesar and Jekemia and Osamath and Nabadias: and the sons of Phadaias were Zorobabel and Semei. And the sons of Zorobabel were Mesollam and Anania and Salomethi their sis-

20 ter; and Asube and Ool and Barachia and Asadia and Aso»

21 bed, five. And the sons of Anania were Phalettia and Jesias

22 his son; Raphal his son; Orna his son; Abdia his son; Seche- nias his son; and the son of Secheniaswas Samaia; and the sons of Samaia, Chattus and Joel and Berri and Noadia and

23 Saphath, six. And the sons of Noadia were Elithenan and

24 Ezekias and Ezrikam, three. And the sons of Elithenan were Odolia and Eliasebon and Phadaia and Akub and Joanan and Dalaaia and Anan, seven.

IV. Now the sons of Juda were Phares and Esrom, Charmi

2 and Or, Soubal and Rada his son. And Soubal begot Jeth;

3 and Jeth begot Achimas and Laad. These are the families of the Arathites. And these are the sons of Aitam—Jezrael and Jesman and Jebdas, and the name of their sister was Eseleb-

4 bon; and Phanuel the father of Geddor; and Jaser the father of Osan. These were the sons of Or who was the first born of 5 Ephratha and the father of Baithalaem. Asur also the father of

6 Thekoe had two wives Aoda and Thoada; and Aoda bore to

7 him Ochaia and Ephal and Thaiman and Aasther. All these were the children of Aoda. And the children of Thoada were

8 Sereth and Saar and Esthanam. And Koe begot Enob and Sa- batha. And these are the families of brother Rechab son of

9 Jarin. Igabes indeed was the most honourable of his brethren. Now his mother had called his name Igabes, saying* I have

10 brought him forth Osgabes [with sorrow.] And Igabes called on the God of Israel, and said, If thou wilt bless me with blessings and enlarge my borders, let thy hand be with me, and give me knowledge that I may not debase myself. Accord-

] 1 ingly God gave him all that he asked. And Chaleb the father of Ascha begot Machir. He was the father of Assathon and

12 begot Bethraian and Bessea and Thaiman the father of Poleos-

13 naas the brother of Eselom the Kenezite. These were men of Rechab. And the sons of Kenez were Gothoniel and Sa-

14 raia. And the sons of Gothoniel, Athath. And Manathi begot Gophera. And Saraia begot Jobab the father of the Agead-

15 dairites, for they were carpenters. And the sons of Chaleb son

16 of Jephonne were, Er, Ada and Noom. And the sons of Ada, Kenez, and the sons of Aleel, Zib and Zepha andThiriaand

17 Eserel. And the sons of Esri, Jether, Morad and Apher and Jamon. And Jether begot Maron and Semei and Jesba the

18 father of Esthaimon. And his wife Adia bore Jared the father

19 of Gedor and Aber the father of Sochon and Chetiel the father of Zamon. And these were the sons of Betthia a daughter of Pharao whom Morad took, and the sons of his wife Iduia the sister of Nachaim the father of Keila, Garmi and Esthaimon,

20 Nochathi. And the sons of Semon were Amnon and Ana, son Phana and Inon. And the sons of Sei were Zoan and the Zoa- bites.

21 The sons of Selom son of Juda were Er, the father of Lechab, and Laada father of Marisa. And the genealogies of

22 the subordinate families of Ephrathabak, belonged to the house of Esoba, namely Joakim and the men of Chozeba, and

23 Joas and Saraph who dwelt in Moab. Now Abederim Athu- kiim led them away. These were potters who dwelt at Ataim and Gadira with the king, and having risen to eminence in his reign they settled there.'

24 The sons of Symeon were Namuel and Jamin, Jarib, Zares, Saul, Salem his son; Mabasam his son; Masma his son; Amu-

27 el his son; Zakehur his son; Semei his son. Semei had sixteen sons and six daughters; but their brethren had not many children; nor did all their families abound like the children of

28 Juda. Now they dwelt in Bersabee and Molada, and in Eser- saul and in Balaa, and in Aisem and in Tholad, and in Bathuel and in Erma, and in Sikelag, and in Baithmarimoth and He- misuseosin, and the house of Baruseorim. These were their

32 cities till the reign of king David. And the folds for their cattle were Aitan and En, Remnon and Thokka, and Aisar, five cities with all their folding places around these cities even to

33 Baal. This was their possession and this their distribution

34 into communities, including Mosabab and Jemoloch, and Josia.

35 son of Amassia, and Joel and Jehu, son Asabia, son Saran, son

36 Asiel; and Elionai and Jokaba, and Jasuia and Asaia, and Je-

37 diel and Ismael, and Banaias and Zuza son of Saphai, son of

38 Alon, son of Jedia, son of Semri, son of Samaias. These were they who having branched out under the names of chiefs in their families and in their patriarchal houses, were increased

39 to a multitude and spread themselves in search of pastures for

40 their cattle, till they came to Gerara to the east of Gai, where they found pastures, extensive and good, for the land before

41 them was spacious and there was peace and tranquillity. Be-1 cause they who dwelt there before them were of the children of Cham, therefore those above mentioned came in the days of Ezekias king of Juda, and smote their families, even the Minaians whom they found there, and utterly destroyed them even to this day, and dwelt in their stead, because there were

42 pastures there for their cattle. And from among these five hundred of the Symeonites with Phalaettia and Noadia, and Ra-

43 phaia and Oziel sons of Jessi, their chiefs, went to Mount Seir and smote the remains of Amelek who had been left even to this time.

V. And the sons of Reuben the first born of Israel—for he

was the first born, but when he went up to his father's bed,

his father gave his birth right to his son Joseph as the sqn of

Israel: yet in the genealogy he did not attain the right of primo-

2 geniture; for Juda being mighty in power prevailed over his brethren to have the Ruler appointed out of him, though the

3 blessing was Joseph's. Now the sons of Reuben, the first born

4 of Israel, were Enoch and Phallus, Asrom and Charmi. The sons of Joel, Semei and Bania, his son. And the sons of Goug son of Semei, Micha his son ; Recha his son; Joel his son;

7 Beel his son, whom Thalgathphallasar, king of Assyria, carried away captive. He was the chief of the Reubenites. And his brethren in his patriarchal family in their classes according to

8 their genealogies, were the chief Joel and Zacharias, and Balek, Son Azouz, Son Sama, Son Joel. Now the Reubenites dwelt at

9 Aroer, and at Nabau and Beelmasson, and eastward to the edge of the wilderness which bordereth on the river Euphrates;

10 for they had many cattle in the land of Galaad. And in the days of Saul they made war on their neighbours; and all those who dwelt in tents on the east of Galaad fell by their hands.

11 The children of Gad dwelt along side of them in the land

12 of Basan, even to Sela—Joel was the first born and Sapham

13 the second, and Janin the muster master in Basan. And their brethren according to the houses of their patriarchal families were, Michael, Mosollam and Sebe, and Joree and Joachan,

14 and Zue and Obed, seven. These were the sons of Abichaia son of Ouri, son of Idai, son of Galaad, son of Michael, son of Jesai, son of Jeddai, son of Buz, brother's son of Abdiel, son

15 of Gouni. He was the chief of the patriarchal house. They

16 dwelt in Galaad, in Basan and in their towns, and occupied all

17 the borders of Saron to the outlet. Of all these an account was taken in the days of Joatham king of Juda, and in the days of

18 Jeroboam king of Israel. The Reubenites and the Gadites, and the half of the tribe of Manasses who were fit for war, men wielding shields and swords and bending the bow and disci-

19 plined for battle, were forty four thousand seven hundred and sixty who marched out in array. When they were at war with

20 the Agarenians and the Itureans, and the Naphaisaians and the Nadabcans, they prevailed over them. And the Agarenians with all their tents, were delivered into their hands. For in the battle they cried to God and he hearkened to them, because

21 they trusted in him. So they took all their substance, five thousand camels, two hundred and fifty thousand sheep, two thousand asses, and a hundred thousand prisoners, and many were

22 slain; for the battle was from God. And they dwelt in their stead till the captivity.

23 Now the half of the tribe of Manasses inhabited, from Ba- san to Baal, Ermon and Sanir and Mount Aermon. And on

24 Libanus they were very numerous. And these were the leaders of the house of their families, Opher and Sei, and Eliel and Jeremia, and Oduia and Jediel, men mighty in power,

25 men of renown, chiefs of the houses of their families. But when they revolted from the God of their fathers and went a whoring after the gods of the people of the land, whom God

26 had removed from before them, the God of Israel stirred up the spirit of Phaloch king of Assur, and the spirit of Thagla- phalassar king of Assur, and he removed Reuben and Gad, and the half of the tribe of Manasses, and carried them to Chaach and Chabor, and to the river of Gozan, where they are to this day.

VI. The sons of Levi were Gerson, Kaath and Merari. And the sons of Kaath, Ambram and Issaar, Chebron and Oziel. And the children of Ambram were Aaron and Moses and Mariam. And the sons of Aaron, Nadab and Abiud, Eleazar 4 and Ithamar. Eleazar begot Phineas; and Phineas begot Abisu; Abisu begot Bokki, and Bokki begot Ozi; Ozi begot Zaraia ; and Zaraia begot Mariel; Mariel begot Amaria; and Amaria begot Achitob; Achitob begot Sadok; and Sadok begot Achimaas; Achimaas begot Azarias; and Azarias begot Joanan; Joanan begot Azarias who officiated as priest in

11 the house which Solomon built in Jerusalem. And Azarias begot Amaria, and Amaria begot Achitob; and Achitob begot Sadok; and Sadok begot Achimaas; and Achimaas begot Azarias; and Azarias begot Amarias; and Amarias begot Sadok ; and Sadok begot Salom; and Salom begot Chelkias; and Chelkias begot Azarias; and Azarias begot Saraias; and Saraias begot Josadak; and Josadak went into captivity with" Juda and Jerusalem by the hand of Nabuchodonosar.

16 The sons of Levi were Gerson, Kaath and Merari. Now these are the names of the sons of Gerson, Lobeni and Semei. The sons of Kaath were Ambram and Issaar, Chebron and

19 Oziel. The sons of Merari were Mooli and Musi. And these were the families of the Levites according to their families. To Gerson by Lobeni belonged Jeth his son, Zammath his son, Joab his son, Addi his son, Zara his son, Jethri his son.

22 The sons of Kaath were Aminadab his son, Kore his son, Aser his son, Elkanahis son, Abisaph his son, Aser his son, Thaath his son, Ouriel his son, Ozia his son, Saul his son. And the sons of Elkana, Amessi and Achimoth, Elkana his son, Suphi his son, Kainaath his son, Eliab his son, Jeroboam his son, Elkana his son, the sons of Samuel—the first born

29 Sani and Abia. The sons of Merari were Mooli, Lobeni his son, Semei his son, Oza his son, Samaa his son, Aggia his son, Asaias his son.

31 Now these are they whom David set over the bands of

singers in the house of the Lord, when the ark was at rest. And they ministered before the tabernacle of the testimony with musical instruments, until Solomon built the house of the Lord in Jerusalem, and they attended their service accord- ing to their order, and these are they who attended with their

34 sons—Of the sons of Kaath, Aiman, who sung to the psaltery, the son of Joel, son of Samuel, son of Elkana, son of Jeroboam, son of Eliel, son of Thou, son of Suph, son of Elkana, son of Maath, son of Amathi, son of Elkana, son of Joel, son of Azarias, son of Saphanias, son of Thaath, son of Aser, son of Abiasaph, son of Kore, son oflssaar, son of Kaath, son

39 of Levi, son of Israel; and his brother Asaph who stood on his

40 right—Asaph was the son of Barachias son of Samaa, son of Michael, son of Baasia, son of Melchia, son of Athani, son of Zaaras, son of Adai, son of Aitham, son of Zammam, son of

44 Semei, son of Jeth, son of Gersom, son of Levi. And the sons of Merari, their brethren who were on their left, were Aitliain son of Kis;i. son of Abai, son of Maloch, son of Asebi, son of Amessia, son of Bani, son of Semer, son of Mooli, son of Musi, son of Merari, son of Levi.

48 Now their brethren the Levites according to the houses of their families, were appointed to all the work of the service of

49 the tabernacle of the house of God. And Aaron and his sons, who were to burn incense on the altar of whole burnt offerings and on the altar of incense offerings, were for all the service of the Holy of Holies, and to make atonement for Israel, according to all that Moses the servant of God com-

50 manded. And these were the sons of Aaron, Eleazar his son, Phineas his son, Abisu his son, Bokki his son, Ozi his son, Saraia his son, Mariel his son, Amaria his son, Achitob his son, Sadok his son, Achimaas his son.

54 Now these were their dwelling places with their towns and their borders. To the sons of Aaron to their family as Kaath- ites, because the lot fell to them, therefore they gave them Che-

56 bron in the land of Juda with its suburbs round about. But the fields belonging to the city and the villages thereof had

57 been given to Chaleb son of Jephonne—to the sons of Aaron they gave these cities—ofthe refuge cities, Chebron and Lolma with its suburbs, and Salna with its suburbs, and Esthamo with its suburbs, and Jethar, with its suburbs, and Dabir with its suburbs, and Asan with its suburbs, and Baithsamus with its

60 suburbs ; arid from the tribe of Benjamin, Gabai with its suburbs, and Galemath with its suburbs, and Anathoth with its suburbs. All their cities were thirteen according to their

61 families. And to the rest of the Kaathites they gave by lot out of the tribe consisting of two communities, namely, out of

62 Ephraim and the half of the tribe of Manasses, ten cities. And to the Gersonites according to their families, they gave out of the tribe of Issachar, out of the tribe of Aser, out of the tribe of Nephthaleim, and out of the tribe of Manasses in Basan,

63 thirteen cities. And to the Merarites according to their families, out ofthe tribe of Reuben, out of the tribe of Gad, out of the

64 tribe of Zabulon, twelve cities by lot. Now when the Israelites gave the Levites the cities and their suburbs, and had given by lot out of the tribe of Juda and out of the tribe of Symeon and out of the, tribe of Benjamin, the cities which are mentioned byname, then the families of the sons of Kaath got these cities also of their borders. Out ofthe tribe of Ephraim they gave them of the cities of refuge, Sychem and its suburbs on mount Ephraim; and Gazer with its suburbs, and Jekman widi its suburbs, and Baithoron with its suburbs, and Ailon with its suburbs, and Gethremmon with its suburbs; and out of the half tribe of Manasses, Anar with its suburbs, and Jemblaan with its suburbs for the rest of the Kaathites according to

71 their families. And to the Gersonites they gave from the families of the half tribe of Manasses Golan of Basan with its suburbs. and Aseroth with its suburbs; and out of the tribe of Issa- char, Kedes with its suburbs, and Deberi with its suburbs, and Dabor with its suburbs, and Ramoth with its suburbs, and Ainan with its suburbs; and out of the tribe of Aser, Maasal with its suburbs, and Abdou with its suburbs, and Akak with

76 its suburbs, and Rohob with its suburbs. And out of the tribe of Nephthaleim, Kedes in Galilee with its suburbs, and Chamoth with its suburbs, and Kariathaim with its suburbs.

77 And to the Merarites, the remaining Levites, they gave out of the tribe of Zabulon, Remmon with its suburbs, and Tha- bor with its suburbs, and on the western bank of the Jordan, Jericho; and out of the tribe of Reuben, Bosor in the wilderness with its suburbs, and Jasa with its suburbs, and Kad-

' moth with its subwbs, and Maephla with its suburbs; and

out of the tribe ^of (gad, Rammoth Galaad with its suburbs,

and Manaim with hJTsuburbs, and Esebon with its suburbs,

and Jazer with its suburbs.

VII. The sons of Issachar were Thola and Phua and Jasub

2 and Semeron, four. And the sons of Thola were Ozi, Ruphaia, and Jeriel and Jamai and Jemason and Samuel, chiefs of the houses of the families of Thola, mighty in power in their, respective communities. Their number in the days of David

3 was twenty two thousand six hundred. And the sons of Ozi,

Jezraia; and the sons of Jezraia, Michael, Abdiu and Joel and

4 Jesia, five, all chiefs. And under them in their respective communities according to the houses of their families, the able bodied men fit for array in battle, were thirty six thousand; for

5 they had many wives and children. And their brethren, comprehending all the families of Issachar, the able bodied men fit for battle were eighty seven thousand. This was the number of them all.

6 The sons of Benjamin were Bale and Bachir and Jediel, three. And the sons of Bale were Esebon and Ozi and Oziel and Jerimuth and Ouri, five, chiefs of houses of families migh- ' ty in power, and their number was twenty two thousand and

8 thirty four. And the sons of Bachir were Zemira and Joas and Eliezar and Elithenan and Amaria and Jerimuth and Abiud and Anathoth and Eleemeth, all these were sons of Bachir, and their number according to their several communities, they being chiefs of the houses of their patriarchal families mighty in

10 power, were twenty thousand two hundred. And the sons of Jediel were Balaan, and the sons of Balaan, Jaus and Benjamin and Aoth and Chanana and Zaithan and Tharsi and Achisaar.

11 All these sons of Jediel being chiefs of their families mighty in power, were seventeen thousand two hundred who went out in the army to war, including Sapphin and Apphin and the sons of Or, Asom, and his son Aor.

13 And the sons of Nephthaleim were Jasiel, Goni and Aser and Sellum his son and Balam his son.

14 And the sons of Manasses were Esriel whom his concubine Syra bore to him. She bore to him also Machir the father of

15 Galaad. And Machir took to wife a sister of Apphin and a sister of Sapphin. The sister of the one was named Moocha, and the sister of the other Sapphaad. And to him by Sapphaad

16 daughters only were born; but Moocha the wife of Machir bore a son and called his name Phares, and his brother's name

17 was Sourus. His sons were Oulam and Rokon. And the sons of Oulam, Badam. These were of the house of Galaad son of

18 Machir son of Manasses. And his sister Malecheth bore Isud and Abiezer and Maela. And the sons of Semira were Aim ychem and Lakim and Anian.

And the sons of Ephraim were Sothalath and Barad his Thaath his son, Elada his son, Saath his son, and Zabad his son, Sothole his son ; and Aser and Elead whom the men of Geth who were born in this land slew, because they

23 went down to take their cattle. Whereupon Ephraim their father mourned many* days. But when his brethren came to comfort him, he went in unto his wife, and she conceived and bore him a son, and he called his name Beria, Because, said he,

24 he was born during the calamities in my house. And his daughter was Saraa, who formed a family among them, who

25 were left, audit built the upper and lower Baithoron. Andthe sons of Ozan were Seera and Raphe his son, Saraph and Tha- leas his sons, Thaen his son and by his son Laadon, son Ami-

28 ud, son Elisamai, son Nun, son Jesue were his sons. Now their possession and their dwelling was Baithel and its villages, eastward Nearan, and westward Gazer and its villages, and

29 Sychem with its villages even to Gaza, and the villages thereof, and in the borders of the children of Manasscs, Bethsau and its villages, Thanach and its villages, Mageddo and its villages, Dor and its villages. In this dwelt the children of Joseph son qf Israel.

30 The sons of Aser were Jemna and Suia and Isai and Be-

31 ria with Sore their sister. And the sons of Beria were Chaber

32 and Melchiel who was the father of Berthaith. And Chaber be-

33 got Japhlet and Samer and Chothan and Sola their sister. And the sons of Japhlet were Phasek and Bamaeland Asith. These

34 were sons of Japhlet. And the sons of Semmer were Achir

35 and Rooga and Jaba and Aram and Baneelam. His brother's

36 sons were Sopha and Imana and Selles and Amal. The sons of Sopha were Sue and Arnaphar and Suda and Barin and Im-

37 ram and Basan and Oa and Sama and Salisa and Jethra and

38 Bcera. And the sons of Jcther were Jephina and Phaspha and

39 Ara. And the sons of Ola, Orech, Anieland Rasia. All these were sons of Aser, all chiefs of families, chosen men mighty

40 in power, chief leaders. The number of them fit for the array of battle—their number was twenty six thousand men.

VIII. Now Benjamin begot Bale his first bom and Asbel his second son and Ara his third, Noa his fourth and Rapha his

2 fifth. And the sons of Bale were Adir and Gera and Abiud and Abessue and Noama and Achia and Gera and Sephupham and

6 Ouram. These are sons of Aod—these are the heads of the families who dwelt in Gabae, and who removed to Machanathi, namely Nooma and Achia and Gera who is called Jeglaam and

8 begot Aza and Jachicho. And Saarin begot in the plain of Moab (after he had put away Osin and Baada his wife, he had by his wife Ada) Jolab and Sabia and Misa and Melchas and

11 Jebus and Zabia and Manna. These were chiefs of families.

12 Now by Osin he had Abitol and Alphaal. And the sons of Al- phaal were Obed, Misaal, Stmmer (who built Onan and Lod

13 and the villages thereof) and Bcria and Sama. These were the chiefs of the families who inhabited Ailam after they had driven

14 out the inhabitants of Geth, namely his brother Sosek and Ari-

15 moth and Zabodia and Ored and Eder and Michael and Jes-

16 pha and Joda sons of Beria; and Zabadia and Mosollam and

17 Azaki and Abar and Isamari and Jezlias and Jobab sons of

18 Elphaal; and Jakim and Zachri and Zabdi and Elionai and Sa

19 lathi and Eleeli and Adaia and Baraia and Samarath sons of

20 Samath; and Jesphan and Obed and Eleel and Abdon and

21 Zechri and Anan and Anania and Ambri and Ailam and Ann. thoth and Jathin and Jephadias and Phanuel sons of Sosek.

26 And Samsari and Saarias and Gotholia and Jarasia and Eria

28 and Zechri son of Iroam. These were chiefs of their respec-

29 tive families. These chiefs dwelt in Jerusalem. And in Ga- baon dwelt father Gabaon, and his wife's name was Maacha,

30 and her first born son was Abdon, and Sur and Kis and Baal

31 and Nadab and Ner and Gedur and his brother and Zakchur

32 and Makeloth; and Makeloth begot Samaa. These also dwelt over against their brethren in Jerusalem, with their brethren.

33 And Ner begot Kis; and Kis begot Saul, and Saul begot

34 Jonathan and Melchisue and Aminadab and Asabal. And Meribaal was a son of Jonathan, and Meribaal begot Micha; and the sons of Micha, were Phithon and Melach and Tharach

36 and Achaz. And Achaz begot Jada, and Jada begot Salai- math and Asmoth and Zambri. And Zambri begot Maisa

37 and Maisa begot Baana. Raphaia was his son, Elasa his son,

38 Esel his son. And Esel had six sons, and these are their names, Ezrikam the first born, and Ismael and Saraia and Ab-

39 dia and Anan and Asa. All these were sons of Esel. And the sons of Asel his brother were Ailam his first born, and Jas his second, and Eliphalet, his third. And the sons of Ailam, mighty men for war; bending the bow, and abounding in sons and sons of sons, were a hundred and fifty. All these were of the sons of Benjamin.

IX. With respect to all Israel, this is a brief account of them. Now these are they who are enrolled in the book of the kings of Israel and Juda, with them who were carried away to Babylon, for their inquities, and who had formerly dwelt in their possessions in the cities of Israel, including the priests, the Levites and the persons given them, (for in Jerusalem there dwelt some of the children of Juda, and some of the children of Benjamin, and some of the children of Ephraim,

4 and Manasses;) Gnothi son of Samiud, son of Amri, son of Ambraim, son of Bouni, son of the children of Phares, son

5 of Juda; and of the Selonites, Asaia the first born and his sons; and of the sons of Zara, Jeel and their brethren, six 7 hundred and ninety. And of the sons of Benjamin, Salorn.

8 son of Mosollam, son of Oduia, son of Asinu ; and Jemnaa, son of Jeroboam, and Elo, who were sons of Osi, son of Ma-

9 chir; and Mosollam, son of Saphatia, son of Raguel, son of Jemnai, with their brethren, according to their respective families, nine hundred and fifty six. All these were heads of

10 families, according to the houses of their families. And of

11 the priests, Jodae and Joarim and Jachin and Azaria son of Chelkias, son of Mosollam, son of Sadok, son of Muraioth, son of Achitob, ruler of the house of God; and Adaia, son

12 of Iraam, son of Phaschor, son of Melchia ; and Maasia, son

13 of Adiel, son of Ezira, son of Mosollam, son of Maselmoth, son of Emmer, and their brethren, chiefs of houses of their families, a thousajsa seven hundred and sixty, mighty in power

14 for the worky»Kthe service of the house of God. And of the Levites, Sjg<£aia son of Asob, son of Ezrikam, son of Asa-

15 bia, of/the sons of Merari; and Bakbachar and Ares and Gabm and Matthanias, son of Micha, son of Zechri, son of

16 A^aph; and Abdia, son of Samia, son of Galaal son of Idi- thun ; and Barachia, son of Ossa, son of Elkana, who dwelt in the villages of Notephati; the keepers of the gates, Salom, Akum, Telmon and Diman and their brethren, Salom being

18 at this time, the chief at the king's gate, namely the eastern

19 gate, of the camp of the Levites; and Sellum son of Kore, son of Abiasaph, son of Kore. Now his brethren, for the house of his father, namely the Korites, were over the works of the service keeping the watches of the tabernacle, and their fathers

20 were over the camp of the Lord guarding the entrance. And Phincas son of Eleazar was the ruler over them, and these

21 were his assistants—Zacharias son of Mosollomi, keeper of the

22 door of the tabernacle of the testimony, all the chosen keepers of the gates, were two hundred and twelve. With respect to the distribution of these in their respective courts, David and

23 Samuel the seer appointed them to their office, and they and their sons had the charge of the gates in the house of the

24 Lord, and in the house of the tabernacle, to keep watch. The gates were according to the four winds, east, west, north, and

25 Mii i th. And their brethren in the villages were to relieve thein,

26 every seven days from time to time. Because the four chiefs had the charge of the gates, and the Levites who were over the store houses, and over the treasures of the house of God,

27 encamp near—because the watch rested on them, therefore they had the charge of the keys to open every morning, the doors of

28 the sanctuary. Now some of the Levites were over the implements of the service, for they were to be brought in and car-

29 ried out by tale. So some were over the implements, and over all the holy vessels, and over the fine flour, the wine

30 and the oil, the frankincense and the spices. And of the sons of the priests, some were confectioners and prepared the spices.

31 And of the Levites, Matthathias, who was the first born of Salom the Korite, he had the charge of the \vorks of the sacrifice prepared in the pan of the high priest, and Banaias

32 the Kaathite, who was of their brethren, was over the shew

33 bread, to set it in order every sabbath; and the singers, the chiefs of those families of the Levites, who were distributed

34 into daily classes ; because the chiefs of these families of the Levites were employed in this service day and night, therefore they dwelt in Jerusalem.

35 Now at Gabaon dwelt father Gabaon, Jeel, whose wife's

36 name was Mocha, and his son, the first born, Abdon; and

37 Sour and Kis and Baal and Ner and Nadab and Gedonr and a brother, and Zakchur and Makeloth : and Makeloth begot

38 Samaa. And these among their brethren dwelt at Jerusalem,

39 among their brethren. And Ner begot Kis, and Kis begot

40 Saul, and Saul begot Jonathan, and Melchisue and Aminadab

41 and Asabal; and the son of Jonathan, was Meribaal and Me-

42 ribaal begot Micha, and the sons of Micha, Phithon and Ma- lach and Tharach : and Achaz begot Jada, and Jada begot

43 Galemith and Gazmoth and Zambri, and Zambri begot Massa,

44 and Massa begot Baana, and Raphaia was his son, and Elasa his son, and as for Esel his son, Esel had six sons, and their names were Ezrikam, his first born, and Ismael and Saraia and Abdia, and Anan and Asa. These were sons of Esel.

X. When the Philistines fought against Israel and the Israelites fled before them, and fell down slain on mount Gelbue, the Philistines pursued close after Saul and after his sons; 2 and when they had slain Jonathan and Aminadab and Melchisue, the sons of Saul, the weight of the battle was directed 3 against Saul. And the archers assailed him with bows, and

4 darts, and wounded him with arrows. Whereupon Saul said to his armour bearer, Draw thy sword and run me through with it, lest the uncircumcised come and insult me. But his ar-

5 mour bearer would not; for he was greatly terrified. Thereupon Saul took the sword and fell on it. And when his armour

6 bearer saw that he was dead, he also fell on his sword. Thus

7 Saul died with his three sons that day. And all his house died together. And when the Israelites who dwelt in the plain, saw that Israel had fled and that Saul and his sons were dead they left their cities and fled, and the Philistines came and

8 dwelt therein. Now on the next day when the Philistines came to strip the dead, they found Saul and his sons fallen, on

9 mount Gelbue. And when they had stripped him, they took his head and his armour, and sent them to the land of the Philistines round about, to proclaim the good news to their

10 idols, and to the people. And having deposited his armour in the house of their god, they fixed up his head, in the house

11 of Dagon. But when all the inhabitants of Galaad heard all

12 that the Philistines had done to Saul and Israel, all the valiant men of Galaad arose and took the body of Saul and the bodies of his sons, and carried them to Jabis and buried their

13 bones under the oak at Jabis, and fasted seven days. Thus died Saul, for his transgressions, which he had committed against God, according to the word of the Lord. Because he

14 did not keep watch—because Saul sought to consult by a belly speaker, therefore Samuel the prophet answered him, though he sought not the Lord, and the Lord slew him, and transferred the kingdom to David, son of Jessai.

XI. Then all Israel came to David to Chebron, and said,

2 Behold we are thy bones and thy flesh. Even in time past when Saul was king, it was thou who didst lead out and bring in Israel, and the Lord said to thee, Thou shalt feed my peo-

3 pie Israel, and thou shalt be ruler over Israel. So when all the elders were come to the king at Chebron, king David made a covenant with them at Chebron before the Lord, and they anointed him to be king over Israel, according to the word of the Lord by the ministry of Samuel.

4, When the king and his men went to Jerusalem, which is Jebus, the inhabitants of the land, the Jebusites who were there said to David, Thou shalt not come here, yet he took

5 the fortress Sion which is now the city of David. He indeed

6 said, Whoever first smiteth the Jebusites, he shall be made

7 chief and general of the army. Upon which Joab son of Saruia

8 went up first and was made chief. And David made his abode in the fortress, for which cause he called it the city of David,

9 and built the city around it. And David proceeded on advancing in greatness, for the Lord Almighty was with him.

10 Now these are the chiefs of the mighty men who were with David, who with him prevailed with all Israel during his reign, that he should be, according to the word of the Lord, king

11 over Israel. And this is the number of David's worthies. Je- sebada son of Achaman, the first of thirty. He drew his sword once against three hundred men who were slain at one time.

12 And after him Eleazar son of Dodai the Achochite, who was

13 one of the three worthies. He was with David at Phasodamhi when the Philistines were assembled there for battle. And

14 there was a portion of a field full of barley. And when the people fled before the Philistines, he stood in the midst of the piece of ground and maintained it and smote the Philistines, and the

15 Lord gave a great victory. When three of the thirty chiefs went down to the rock to David, to the cave Odollam, at the time when the Philistines were encamped in the giant's vale,

16 and David was in the fortress and there was a garrison of the

17 Philistines at Bethlehem, David longed and said, O that some one would give me some water to drink out of the well of Beth-

18 lehem which is by the gate! Upon this the three broke through the camp of the Philistines, and having drawn some water out of the well of Bethlehem by the gate, they took it and came to David. But David would not drink it, but poured it out as a libation to the Lord, and said, God forbid that I should do such

19 a thing! Shall I drink the blood of these men who have jeoparded their lives? Because they had brought it at the hazard

20 of their lives he would not drink it. These things were done by these three worthies. And Abisa brother of Joab, who was chief of the three—he drew his sword against three hundred

21 who were slain at one time. He was renowned among the three. Of the three he was higher in rank than two and -was their

22 chief, but did not come up to the three. And Banaias son of Jodae, son of a worthy, whose works for Kabasael were many —he smote the two Ariels of Moab. He went down also and

23 smote a lion in the pit in a snowy day. He smote also the Egyptian, a noted man of five cubits high. Though the Egyptian had in his hand a spear like a weaver's beam, Banaias went against him with a staff, and wresting the spear out of the hand of the Egyptian, he slew him with his own spear.

24 These things Banaias son of Jodae did, and had a name among

25 the three worthies. He was higher in rank than the thirty but did not come up to the three, and David set him over his fe-

26 mily. And the commanders of the armies were Asael a brother

27 of Joab, Eleanan son of Dodoe of Bethlehem; Samaoth the

28 Arorite; Chelles the Phelonite; Or, a son of Ekkis the The-

29 koite; Abiezer the Anathothite; Sobochai the Ousathite; Eli

30 theAchonite; Marai the Netophathite; Chthaod son of Nooza

31 the Netophathite; Airi son of Rebie of Mount Benjamin; Ba-

32 naias the Phrathonite ; Ouri of Nachaligaas; Abiel the Gara-

33 baithite; Azbon the Baromite; Eliaba the Salabonite; Son

34 Asam the Gisonite; Jonathan son of Sola the Ararite; Achim

35 son of Achar the Ararite; Elphat son of Thurophar the Me-

36 chorathrite ; Achia the Phelonite; Esere the Charmadite;

37 Naarai son of Azobai; Joel son of Nathan; Mebaal son of

38 Agari; Sele the Ammonite; Nachor the Berothitethe armour

39 bearer of the son of Saruia; Ira the Jethrite; Gareb the Je-

40 thrite; Uria the Chettite; Zabet son of Achaia; Ad inn son of

41 Suiza the chief of Reuben, yet there were thirty above him;

42 Anan son of Moocha and Josaphat the Matthanite; Ozia the

43 Astarothite; Samatha and Jeiel sons of Chotham the Ararite;

44 Jediel son of Semeri, and Josae his brother the Thosite;

45 Eliel the Maoite; Jaribi and Josia his son ; Ellaam and

46 Jethama the Moabite; Daliel and Obeth, and Jessiel the

47 Messobiate.

XII. Now these were they who came to David to Sekelag,

while he kept himself close because of Saul son of Kis; and

2 these among the worthies assisted in battle, and used the bow, slung stones and hurled darts with both hands. Of the bre-

3 thren of Saul—of Benjamin, the chief Achiezer and Joas son

4 of Asma the Gabathite, and Joel and Jophalet sons of Asmotli



and Berchia and Jeul the Anathothite, and Samaias the Gabaon- ite, a commander among the thirty and over the thirty ; Jere-

5 mia and Jeziel and Joanan and Joazabath the Gadarathiite, Azai and Arimuth and Baalia and Samaraia and Saphatias the

6 Charaiphielite, Elkana and Jesuhi and Ozriel and Jozara and

7 Sobokam, who were Korites, and Jelia and Zabadia sons of

8 Irostm and who were Gedorites. And from the Gadites there withdrew to David from the wilderness, valiant men fit to command an army in battle array, wielding shields and spears. Their faces were the face of a lion, and they were swift as roes

9 on the mountains—Asa the chief, Abdia the second, Eliab

10 the third, Masmana the fourth, Jeremias the fifth, Jethi the

11 sixth, Eliab the seventh, Joanan the eighth, Eliazer the ninth,

13 Jeremia the tenth, Melchabanai the eleventh. These from

14 among the sons of Gad were officers of the army, the least of them commanded a hundred, and the greatest a thousand.

15 These were they who crossed the Jordan in the first month, when it overflowed all its banks, and put to flight all the inha-

16 bitants of the plains, from east to west. There came also some

17 from Benjamin and Juda to the assistance of David. And David went out to meet them, and said to them, If you are come to me with good intent, let my heart as it is disposed be knit to you: but if to betray me to my enemies, and not with sinceri-

18 ty, may the God of our fathers see and rebuke. Whereupon Amasai, a chief of the thirty, became inspired, and said, Advance, David son of Jessai! for they are thy people—Peace! peace to thee! and peace to them who assist thee, because thy God hath helped thee. So David received them, and made them

19 officers of the armies. There withdrew also to David some from Manasses, when the Philistines came against Saul to battle. He indeed did not assist them, for in a council of war held by the generals of the Philistines, they said, With the

20 heads of these men he will return to his master Saul. As David was returning to Sekelag there came to him from Manasses, Edna and Josabath and Rodiel and Michael and Josabaith and

21 Elimuth and Semathi. They were the leaders of the thousands of Manasses, and they assisted David in the battle against the roving horde; for they were all men of valour, and

22 for their valour commanders in the army. For there came men daily to David to form a great army like the host of God\

23 Now these were the rolls of the chiefs of the army who came to David to Chebron, to transfer the kingxlom of Saul

24 to him, according to the word of the Lord. The children of Juda armed with shields and spears, six thousand eight hun-

25 dred, fit for the array of baffle; of the Symeonites fit for the

26 array of battle, seven thousand one hundred; of the Levites, four thousand six hundred, and Joadas the leader of the house

27 of Aaron, and with him three thousand seven hundred, with

28 Sadok a young man of valour, and of his patriarchal family

29 twenty two chiefs ; and of the Benjaminites, Saul's brethren, three thousand; but still the greater part of them kept the

30 watch of Saul's house ; of the Ephraimites, twenty thousand eight hundred valiant men, the most renowned in the houses

31 of their respective families; and of the half of the tribe of Manasses, eighteen thousand, who were enrolled for the ex-

32 press purpose of making David king; and of the children of Issachar, men who had knowledge suitable for the times, who knew wliat Israel should do, two hundred chiefs, and all their

33 brethren with them; and from Zabulon there came ready for battle, with all the implements of war with them., fifty thousand,

34 to assist David effectually; and from Nephthaleim, a thousand chiefs, and with them thirty seven thousand, armed with

35 shields and spears; and from the Danites, twenty eight thou-

36 sand eight hundred, marshalled for battle; and from Aser they

37 who go forth for battle, forty thousand; and from beyond the Jordan—from Reuben and Gad, and from the half of the tribe of Manasses, with all the implements of war, a hundred and

3$ twenty thousand. All these warriors were arrayed for battle, with a peaceable intention. They came to Chebron to make David king over all Israel. And all the rest of Israel were .of

39 one mind that David should be king. And they were three

40 days eating and drinking. For their brethren made provision for them. And they who were nearest, as far as Zabulon and Issachar and Nephthaleim brought provisions for them on camels and asses and mules and oxen, namely, flour, fig cakes, dried grapes, wine and oil, with cattle and sheep in abundance;. for there was joy in Israel.

XIII. When David had consulted with the captains of thousands and captains of hundreds, under every leader, he said to

2 the whole congregation of Israel, If it seemeth good and be countenanced by the Lord our God, let us send to the rest of our brethren who are left in all the land of Israel, and with them let the priests, the Levites in the cities of their possession be

3 assembled with us; and let us bring the ark of our God to us.

4 For they had not sought it from the days of Saul. Thereupon the whole congregation gave orders to do so; for the proposal

5 was right in the eyes of all the people. Accordingly, David assembled all Israel from the border of Egypt to the bay of Emath, to bring the ark of God from the city larim, and David brought it up.

6 Now when all Israel came to the city larim which belonged to Juda, to bring up thence the ark of God the Lord, enthroned on cherubim whose name was invoked, they put the

7 ark of God on a new cart. And from the house of Aminadab,

8 Oza and his brothers guided the cart, while David and all Israel were playing with all their might before God, on psalteries and kinyras and nablas and tympanums and cymbals and

9 trumpets. But when they came to the threshing floor, Oza stretched forth his hand to take hold of the ark, because the

10 bullock caused it to lean: whereupon the anger of the Lord was kindled against Oza, and he smote him there, because he stretched forth his hand upon the ark, and he died there bell fore God. And David was disheartened because the Lord had made a breach on Oza, and called that place, Breach of Oza,

12 which is still its name. And David was that day afraid of God

13 and said, How can I bring the ark of God home to me? So David did not bring the ark of God home to himself, to the city of David, but caused it to turn aside to the house of Abeddara,

14 the Gethite. And the ark of God abode in the house of Abeddara three months, and God blessed Abeddara and all that belonged to him.

XIV. When Chiram king of Tyre sent messengers to David, with cedar timber, and masons and carpenters to build him a

2 house, and David knew that the Lord had prepared him to be king over Israel; for his kingdom was highly exalted for the

3 sake of his people Israel, David took still more wives in Jerusalem, and more sons and daughters were born to him.

4 Now these are the names of those who were born to him in

Jerusalem, Samoa, Sobab, Nathan and Solomon, and Baar and Elisa, and Eliphaleth and Nageth, and Naphath and Ja- phie, and Elisamae and Eliade, and Eliphala.

8 When the Philistines heard that David was anointed king over all Israel, they all came up to seek David. And when

9 David heard it he went out to meet them. Now the Philistines

10 had come and spread themselves in the giant's vale. And David inquired of God, saying, If I go up against the Philistines, wilt thou deliver them into my hands? And the Lord said to him, Go up and I will deliver them into thy hands.

11 So he went up to Baal Pharasin. And when he had smitten them there David said, God broke through my enemies by my hand, like the breaking out of water, therefore he called

12 the name of that place, Breach of Pharasin. And the Philistines having left their gods there, David ordered them to be burned. ,

13 Again the Philistines came up and spread themselves again

14 in the giant's vale. And when David again inquired of God, God said to him, Thou shalt not go up after them. Turn from

15 them and come upon them near the pear trees. And when thou shalt hear a sound of rustling in the tops of the pear trees, then thou shalt come to battle, for God is gone out be-

16 fore thee to smite the. camp of the Philistines. Accordingly he did as the Lord commanded him, and he smote the camp of

17 the Philistines from Gabaon to Gazera. And the fame of David spread through all the land, and the Lord brought the dread of him on all the nations.

XV. When David had built houses for himself in the city of David, and prepared the place for the ark of God, and made for it a tabernacle: then David said, None but the Levites ought to carry the ark of God; for the Lord hath chosen them to carry the ark of the Lord and to minister to him forever.

3 So when David assembled all Israel at Jerusalem, to bring the ark of the Lord to the place which he had prepared for it, he

4 assembled the sons of Aaron, the Levites; of the Kaathites,

5 Uriel the chief and his brethren, a hundred and twenty ; of the

6 Merarites, Asaia the chief and his brethren, two hundred and

7 twenty; of the Gersonites, Joel the chief and his brethren, a

8 hundred and thirty; of the sons of Elisaphat, Semei the chief 9 and his brethren, two hundred; of the sons of Chebron, Eliel

10 the chief and his brethren, eighty; of the sons of Oziel, Amina-

11 dab the chief and his brethren, a hundred and twelve. And David sent for Sadok and Abiathar the priests, and for the Levites, Uriel, Asaia and Joel, and Semaia and Eliel, and

12 Aminadab, and said to them, You chiefs of the families of the Levites, purify yourselves, both you. and your brethren, that you may carry up the ark of the God of Israel to the place

13 which I have prepared for it; for because you did not do this on the former occasion, our God made a breach among us, be-

14 cause we did not seek him with judgment. So when the priests and the Levites had purified themselves to carry the ark of the God of Israel, the Levites took up the ark of God, as

15 Moses had by the word of the Lord ordered in writing, with

16 the staves on their shoulders. Now David had said to the chiefs of the Levites, Appoint your brethren, such as play on musical instruments, on nablas and kinyras, and cymbals, that they

17 may make a loud sound with the voice of joy. And the Levites had appointed Aiman son of Joel and of his brethren, Asaph son of Barachia, and of the sons of Merari his brethren, Aithan

18 the son of Kisias and with them their brethren of the second rank, Zacharias and Oziel, and Semiramoth and Jeiel, and Elioel and Eliab, and Banaia and Maasaia, and Matthathia and Eliphena, and Makellia and Abdedom, and Jeiel and

19 Ozias, the keepers of the gates; and the musicians Aiman, Asaph and Aithan, sung and played on brass cymbals in the

20 highest key; and Zacharias and Oziel, Semiramoth, Jeiel; Oni,

21 Eliab, Maasias, Banias, on nablas in almmotfi; and Mattathias and Eliphalu, and Makenia and Abdtdom, and Jeiel and Ozias,

S2 on kinyras in Amasenith to give a strong sound. And Chono- nias, a chief of the Levites, was master of the odes, for he was

23 skilled therein. And Barachia and Elkana were door keepers

24 of the ark. And Somnia and Josaphat, and Nathaniel and Amasai, and Zacharia and Banaia, and Eliezer the priests, sounded the trumpets before the ark of God. And Abdedom

25 and Jeia were door keepers of the ark of God. And David with the elders of Israel and the captains of thousands, marched before when they were bringing up the ark of the covenant

26 from the house of Abdedom with joy. And because God

strengthened the Levites who carried the ark of the covenant of the Lord, therefore they sacrificed each seven bulls and

27 seven rams. Now David was girded in a cotton stole, as were all the Levites who carried the ark of the covenant of the Lord, and the musicians and Chonenias the chief of the singers,

28 And when David in his cotton stole, and all Israel were bringing up the ark of the covenant of the Lord with shouting and

29 the sound of clarions and trumpets, answered by nablas and kinyras, it happened that when the ark of the covenant of the Lord came to the city of David, Melchol the daughter of Saul looking out at a window saw king David dancing and playing, and she despised him in her heart.

XVI. And when they had brought in the ark of God and set it in the midst of the tabernacle, which David had erected for it, they offered whole burnt offerings and offerings of thanks.

2 giving before God. And when David had finished offering the whole burnt offerings and the offerings of thanksgiving,

3 he blessed the people in the name of the Lord, and distributed to all Israel both men and women, to every one a loaf of ba-

4 ker's bread, and a cake made with honey. Then he appointed some of the Levites to minister before the ark of the covenant of the Lord, and in responsive strains to thank and praise the

5 Lord the God of Israel. Asaph was the leader, and to him responded Zacharias, Jeiel, Semiramoth and Jeiel, Matthathias, Eliab and Banaias, Abdedom and Jeiel, with musical instruments, nablas and kinyras; but Asaph used the cymbal; and

6 Banaias and Oziel the priests, with trumpets, were to be con-

7 tinually before the ark of the covenant of God. On that day David gave orders for beginning the praises of the Lord by. the ministry of Asaph and his brethren, with this Ode:—

9 ' O give thanks to the Lord,

Invoke him by his name ;

Among peoples make known his designs. 9 Sing to him. Sing praises to him.

Proclaim to all the wonders which the Lord hath done.

10 Sing praises to his holy name.

Let the heart which seeketh his favour be glad.

11 Seek the Lord and persevere; Seek his face continually.

12 Remember the wonders which he hath done— The miracles and judgments of his mouth.

13 The seed of Israel are his servants— The sons of Jacob, his chosen ones.

14 He is the Lord our God—

In all this land are his judgments.

15 Let us ever remember his covenant—

His word which he enjoined for a thousand generations.

16 The covenant which he made with Abraham— And the oath which he sware to Isaak,

17 This he confirmed for a law to Jacob— To Israel as an everlasting covenant,

18 Saying, To thee I will give the land of Chanaau, To be the portion of your inheritance.

19 When they were very few in number; Of little account, and sojourned therein ;

20 When they were passing from nation to nation— And from one kingdom to another people ;

21 He suffered no man to oppress them— He rebuked kings for their sake—

22 Touch not these my anointed ones, And to these my prophets do no harm.

23 Sing to the Lord, all ye of this land, From day to day proclaim his salvation.

24 Declare his glory among the nations— Among all peoples his marvellous works;

25 That the Lord is great and greatly to be praised ; Above all the gods he is awful— .

26 That all the gods of the nations are idols ; But our God hath made the heavens.

27 Glory and honour are before him— Majesty and gladness in his abode.

28 Ascribe to the Lord, ye families of nations, Ascribe to the Lord glory and majesty—

29 Ascribe to the Lord, glory to his name.
Take gifts and bring them before him,
And worship the Lord in his holy courts.

30 Let all the earth be awed at his presence,
Let the earth be renovated and not dismayed.


31 Let heaven rejoice, and the earth exult with joy, Let them say among the nations, The Lord is king.

32 Let the sea roar and the fulness thereof— And the trees of the field and all therein ;

33 Let the trees of the forest also rejoice at the presence of

the Lord;
Because he is come to judge the earth.

34 O praise the Lord ; for it is good,
For to everlasting his mercy endureth.

35 And say, Save us, O God of our salvation ! Gather us and deliver us from our enemies; That we may praise thy holy name,

And in thy praises make our boast.

36 Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, - From everlasting to everlasting,

And let all the people say, Amen.

37 And when they had praised the Lord, they left there, be- fore the ark of the covenant of the Lord, Asaph and his brethren, that they might minister before the ark continually ag

38 each day's service required. And with regard to Abdedom and his brethren who were sixty eight, Abdedom son of Idi-

39 thun and Osa were to be door keepers. And they left Sadok the priest, and his brethren the priests, before the tabernacle of the Lord at the high place at Gabaon, that they might offer

40 whole burnt offerings to the Lord, on the altar of whole burnt offerings continually every morning and evening, according to all that is written in the law of the Lord, which he enjoined on the children of Israel by the ministry of Moses the servant

41 of God : and with him were Aiman and Idithun, and the rest who were chosen by name to praise the Lord, because his

42 mercy endureth forever. And they had with them trumpets and high sounding cymbals, and musical instruments, for the

43 songs of God. And the sons of Idithun were to be keepers of the gate. Then all the people returned every one to his home, and David returned to bless his household.

XVII. When David was settled in his house, he said to Nathan the prophet, Behold I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of the covenant of the Lord is beneath curtains of skin. 2 Thereupon Nathan said to David, Do whatever is in thy heart;


3 for God is with thee. But that very night there came to Na-

4 than a word of the Lord, Go, and say to David my servant, Thus saith the Lord, Thou shall not build me a house to dwell

5 in. Because I have not dwelt in a house from the day I brought up Israel even to this day, but have been in a tent and under

6 a curtain in all the places, through which I passed among Israel, did I ever speak to any tribe of Israel, whom I commanded to feed my people, and say, Why have you not built for

7 me a house of cedar ? But now, Thus shalt thou say to my servant David, Thus saith the Lord Almighty, I took thee from

8 the fold—from following the flocks, to be ruler over my people Israel, and have been with thee wherever thou hast gone, and have cut off all thy enemies from before thee, and made thee a name like the name of the great men on the earth ; and

9 I will fix a place for my people Israel, and plant them, and they shall dwell by themselves and no more be in trouble, nor shall

10 a son of iniquity any more humble them as at the first, even from the time I appointed judges over my people Israel. I have indeed subdued all thy enemies, and I will increase thee

11 and the Lord will build thee a house. And when thy days are fulfilled and thou shalt go to rest with thy fathers, I will raise up thy seed after thee who shall proceed from thy loins, and I

12 will prepare his kingdom. He shall build a house for me, and

13 I will establish his throne forever. I will be to him a father and he shall be to me a son; and I will not withdraw my mercy from him as I withdrew it from them who were before him;

14 but will confirm him in my house and in his kingdom,and his throne shall be established forever.

15 According to all these words and according to all this

16 vision, so did Nathan speak to David. Whereupon king David went and sat down before the Lord, and said,

Who am I, O Lord my God, and what is my house that

17 thou shouldst love me forever! Though these were very small before thee, O my God, yet thou hast spoken of thy servant's house for a great while to come, and hast looked upon me as

18 with the eyes of a man, and exalted me. O Lord my God, what more can David address to thee to express thy praise? Thou

19 knovvest thy servant, and according to thy own heart thou hast

20 made all this greatness. O Lord! there is none like thee, nor is there a god besides thee according to all that we have heard with our ears; nor is there another nation on the earth like thy people

21 Israel. How hath God led them to redeem a people for himself, to make himself a name great and glorious, by driving out nations from before thy people whom thou didst redeem out

22 of Egypt! As thou hast made thy people Israel a people for

23 thyself forever, and thou the Lord art become their God; now therefore, O Lord, let the word which thou hast spoken to thy servant, and touching his house be established forever, and do

24 as thou hast spoken; and let thy name be established and magnified forever by men, saying, O Lord, Lord Almighty, thou art the God of Israel, and the house of thy servant

25 David is established before thee. Because thou, O Lord my God, hast revealed to the ear of thy servant, that thou wilt build him a house; therefore thy servant hath found freedom

26 to make supplication before thee. And now, O Lord, thou art God. As thou hast spoken these good things, respecting thy

27 servant; now therefore begin to bless the house of thy servant that it may be before thee forever. Because thou hast blessed, therefore bless it forever.

XVIII. Now after these things, David smote the Philistines and subdued them, and took out of their hands Geth and the vil-

2 lages thereof. He smote Moab also, and they became vassals

3 to David and brought him gifts. David also smote Adraazar king of Suba Emath. As he was going to establish his domi-

4 nion over the river Euphrates; David intercepted a thousand of his chariots and seven thousand cavalry, and twenty thousand infantry. And David destroyed all the chariots, reserving only

5 a hundred of them. And when the Syrians of Damascus came to assist Adraazar king of Suba, David smote of the Syrians

6 twenty two thousand men. And David garrisoned that part of Syria which belonged to Damascus, and the inhabitants became David's vassals, and brought him gifts. And the Lord pre-

7 served David wherever he went. And David took the chains of gold which were on the servants of Adraazar, and brought

8 them to Jerusalem. And from Matabeth and from the chief cities which belonged to Adraazar, David took brass in great abundance, of which Solomon made the brasen sea and the pil-

9 lars and the vessels of brass. Now when Thoa king of Emath, heard that David had smitten all the army of Adraazar king of

10 Suba, he sent his son Aduram to king David, to sue for peace with him, and to congratulate him because he had fought Adraazar and defeated him; for Thoa was at war with Ad-

11 raazar. And all the vessels of gold and silver and brass, which he brought, these king David dedicated to the Lord, together with the silver and the gold which he took from all the nations from Idumea and Moab, and from the Ammonites and the Philistines and from Amelek.

12 When Abessa son of Saruia had smitten of the Idumeans

13 in the valley of salt, eighteen thousand, he put garrisons in the vale; and the Idumeans became David's vassals, and the

14 Lord preserved David wherever he went. And David reigned over all Israel, and continued to execute judgment and jus-

15 tice among all the people. And Joab son of Saruia was over

16 the army; and Josaphat son of Achilud was recorder; and Sa- dok son of Achitob and Achimelech son of Abiathar, were the

17 priests; and Sousa was secretary; and Banaias son of Jodae was over the Cherethites and the Phelethites, and David's sons were next in rank to the king.

XIX. Now after these things, when Naas king of the Ammon-

2 ites died and his son Anan reigned in his stead, David said, I will shew kindness to Anan son of Naas as his father shewed kindness to me. So David sent messengers to comfort him for his father. But when David's servants came to the country of the Ammonites to Anan to comfort him, the chiefs of the Am-

3 monites said to Anan, Is it to honour thy father in thy presence that David hath sent comforters to thee? Is it not that they may examine the city and spy the country that his servants are come

4 to thee? Thereupon Anan took David's servants and shaved them, and having cut off the half of their military robe even to

5 the under garment, he dismissed them. And when messengers came to inform David respecting his servants, David sent to meet them, because they had been greatly dishonoured; and the king said to them, Abide at Jericho till your beards grow

6 and then return. Now when the Ammonites saw that David's people were dishonoured, Anan and the children of Ammon sent a thousand talents of silver to hire for themselves chariots and cavalry from Syrian Mesopotamia, and from Syrian Maa-

7 cha and from Sobal. And they hired thirty two thousand of the chariot army, and the king of Maacha and his people. And when they arrived they encamped over against Medaba, and the Ammonites were drawn together out of their cities, and

8 came to commence war. When David heard this he sent Joab

9 with all the army of the worthies. And the Ammonites came out and drew up in array for battle before the gate of the city; but the kings who had come, encamped by themselves in the

10 plain. When Joab saw that they were arrayed for battle against him both in front and rear, he made a draught out of all the youth

11 of Israel and drew them up in array against the Syrians. And the rest of the people he put under the command of Abesai his brother, and they were drawn up in array against the Ammon-

12 ites. And Joab said, If the Syrians be too strong for me, thou must come to my assistance; and if the children of Ammbn

13 prove too strong for thee I will support thee. Be of good courage and let us act valiantly for our people and for the cities of

14 our God, and the Lord will do what is good in his sight. And when Joab and the people with him drew up in array for battle

15 over against the Syrians they fled from them. And soon as the Ammonites saw that the Syrians fled they also fled before Abesai and before Joab his brother, and entered the city. Upon which Joab returned to Jerusalem.

16 When the Syrian saw that Israel had defeated him, he despatched messengers and drew out the Syrians from beyond the river. And Sophath the general of Adraazar's army was at

17 their head. This being told David, he assembled all Israel and crossed the Jordan and came upon them, and drew up for battle against them. And while David was marshalling his army for battle against the Syrians, they attacked him; but the

18 Syrians fled before Israel, and David slew of the Syrians seven thousand of the chariot army, and forty thousand infantry.

19 He slew also Sophath the general of the army. And when the servants of Adraazar saw that they were defeated before Is. rael, they made peace with David and served him. And the

XX. Syrians would not help the Ammonites any more. And at the return of the year when kings take the field, Joab led out all the strength of the army, and having laid waste all the country of the Ammonites, he went and besieged Rabba while David abode at Jerusalem. And when Joab had smitten

2 Rabbit and demolished it, David took the crown of Molchom their king from his head, and the weight of it was found to be a talent of gold, and in it was a precious stone and it was on the

3 head of David. And having brought out the spoils of the city which were very great, he brought out the people who were in it, and put them to saws and iron mattocks and among quarry men. And when David had done in this manner to all the Ammonites, he and all the people returned to Jerusalem.

4 And after these things there was another battle at Gazer with the Philistines, in which Sobochai-sosathai smote Saphut a

5 descendant of the giants and subdued him. There was also another battle with the Philistines, when Eleanan son of Jair smote Lachmai a brother of Goliath the Gethite, the staff of

6 whose spear was like a weaver's beam. There was also another battle at Geth, and there was a man of great stature there, who had six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot, in all twenty four, and he also was a descendant of the giants, and

7 he defied Israel; but Jonathan son of Samaa, a brother of

8 David, smote him. These were the descendants of Rapha at Geth. They were all four giants, and they fell by the hand of David and by the hand of his servants.

XXI. Now when an adversary stood up in Israel and persuaded David to number Israel, and king David said to Joab and

2 the chiefs of the army, Go, number Israel from Dan to Bersa-

3 bee, and let me know the number of them, Joab replied, The Lord add to his people a hundred times as many as there are, and may the eyes of my lord the king see it. They are all

4 servants to my lord. Why doth my lord seek this? May it not be a cause of trespass to Israel ? But the king's determination prevailed against Joab, so he went forth, and having passed

5 through all Israel, and come to Jerusalem, he gave David an account of the review of the people, and the whole number of the men of Israel who drew a sword, was eleven hundred thousand, and the children of Juda were four hundred and

6 seventy thousand men who drew a sword. But he did not number Levi and Benjamin among them. Because the king's

7 word prevailed over Joab, and the thing was evil in the sight of God, therefore he smote Israel.

8 When David said to God, I have sinned greatly in doing this, now therefore take away, I beseech thee, this wickedness

9 of thy servant, for I have acted very foolishly, the Lord spoke to Gad, the seer, saying, Go, and speak to David, and say,

10 Thus saith the Lord, I offer thee three things, chuse for thy-

11 self one of them that I may do it to thee. So Gad went to Da-

12 vid and said to him, Thus saith the Lord, Chuse for thyself either three years of famine; or three months to flee before thy enemies while the sword of thy enemies is destroying thee; or the sword of the Lord and pestilence for three days throughout the land, while an angel of the Lord is making havock in all the inheritance of Israel. Now therefore consider.

13 What answer shall I make to him who sent me? Thereupon David said to Gad, Very hard indeed to me are all the three. Let me however fall into the hands of the Lord, for his tender mercies are exceeding great. But let me not fall into the hands

14 of men. So the Lord sent a pestilence through Israel, and

15 there fell of the Israelites seventy thousand men. And when God sent an angel to Jerusalem to destroy it, and he was making havock, the Lord looked and relented at the calamity, and said to the destroying angel, Let this suffice thee. Stay thy hand. Now the angel of the Lord was standing at the thresh-

16 ing floor of Orna, the Jebusite. And when David raised his eyes and saw the angel of the Lord standing between the earth and heaven, with a drawn sword in his hand stretched out over Jerusalem, he and all the elders being clad in sackcloth, fell on

.17 their faces, and David said to God, Was it not I who ordered the numbering of the people? I indeed am the sinner. It is I who committed the sin. But as for this flock, what have they done? O Lord my God, Let thy hand be upon me, and oa my father's house, and not on this thy people, O Lord, to de-

18 struction. Thereupon the angel of the Lord ordered Gad to tell David to go up and erect an altar to the Lord on the

19 threshing floor of Orna the Jebusite. So David went up according to the word which Gad spoke in the name of the Lord.

20 And when Orna turned and saw the king and his four sons with him, with attendants (now Orna was threshing wheat) upon Da-

21 vid's approach to Orna, Orna came out of his threshing floor and

22 made obeisance to David with his face to the ground. And David said to Orna, Grant me the place of this threshing floor of thine, that I may build thereon an altar to the Lord—grant it to me for its wo.th in money, that the plague may be stayed

23 from the people. And Ornasaidto David, Take it for thyself; and let my Lord the king do what is good in his sight. Behold I have given these young bulls for a whole burnt offering, and that plough for wood, and this corn for a sacrifice. Of all these

24 things I make a gift. And David said to Orna, By no means: for I must buy them for their worth in money. For I cannot take what are thine for the Lord, to offer a whole burnt offer-

25 ing to the Lord at free cost. So David gave Orna for the place

26 six hundred shekels of gold by weight. And having built there an altar to the Lord, he offered up the offerings of homage and thanksgiving, and cried to the Lord, and the Lord hearkened to him by fire from heaven upon the altar of the whole burnt

27 offering, which consumed the whole burnt offering. Then the

28 Lord spoke to the angel and he sheathed his sword. When David saw that the Lord hearkened to him at the threshing floor of

29 Orna the Jebusite, and that he had sacrificed there at that time, though the tabernacle of the Lord which Moses had made in the wilderness, and the altar for whole burnt offerings were at that time at the high place of Gabaon (now he could

30 not go before it to inquire of God, for that would not have been answerable to the haste in which he was, on account of

XXII. the sword of the angel of the Lord,) David said, This is the house of the Lord God, and this is the altar for whole burnt offerings for Israel.

' 2 Then David ordered the strangers in the land of Israel to be assembled, and appointed stone cutters to cut hewn

3 stones to build the house for God. He provided also iron in abundance for nails, for the doors and gates, and for hinges; and brass in abundance, without weight, and cedar beams innumer-

4 able; for the Sidonians and Tyrians, brought for David, cedar

5 timber in abundance. And David said, My son Solomon is young and tender, and the house to be built for the Lord is for extraordinary grandeur, for renown and glory, through every land, I will make provision for it. So David provided

6 materials in abundance before his death. And he called Solomon his son, and gave him a charge, to build the house for 7 the Lord God of Israel. And David said to Solomon, My son,

8 it was in my mind to build a house for the name of the Lord God, when there came to me a word from the Lord saying, Thou

9 hast shed much blood, and fought many battles, thou shall not build a house for my name, because thou hast shed much blood on the earth before me. Behold a son shall be born to thee. He shall be a man of rest. I will give him rest from all his enemies round about. For his name shall be Solomon ; and I will give Israel peace and rest in his days.

10 He shall build a house for my name. And he shall be to me a son ; and I will be to him a father. And I will establish the

11 throne of his kingdom in Israel forever. Now therefore, my son, the Lord will be with thee, and will prosper thee, and thou shall build a house for the Lord thy God, as he hath

12 spoken concerning thee. Let but the Lord grant thee wisdom" and understanding, and strengthen thee over Israel, that thou

13 mayst keep and perform the law of the Lord thy God; then will he prosper thee, if thou be watchful to execute the statutes, and judgments, which the Lord enjoined on Israel by

14 Moses. Quit thyself like a man, and be strong. Fear not nor be dismayed. Now behold according to my poor ability I have provided for the house of the Lord a hundred talents of gold, and ten hundred talents of silver, and brass and iron without

15 weight, because of their abundance. I have also provided timber and stones, but thou must add thereto. And thou must add to the number of workmen of whom there are with

16 thee artists, and masons and carpenters and men skilled in every kind of work, of gold and silver and brass and iron, an innumerable number. Up therefore ; and fall to work. And

17 the Lord be with thee. David also gave a charge to all the

18 chiefs of Israel to assist his son Solomon, saying, Hath not the Lord been with you, and given you rest all around ? For he hath delivered into your hands the inhabitants of this land, and the land is subdued before the Lord, and before his peo-

19 pie. Now therefore apply your hearts, and your souls to seek the Lord your God and arise and build a sanctuary for your God, that you may carry the ark of the covenant of the Lord, and the holy vessels of God, into the house to be built for the name of the Lord.

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XXIII. When David was old and full of days, and had made Solomon his son king over Israel in his stead, then he assem-

2 bled all the chiefs of Israel, and the priests and the Levites,

3 and the Levites were numbered, from thirty years old and upwards ; and the number of them by their poll, amounted to

4 thirty eight thousand men. Of these, twenty four thousand were for the works for the house of the Lord ; and six thousand were scribes and judges; and four thousand were guards

5 of the gates, and four thousand were to praise the Lord with musical instruments, which he had made for praising the Lord.

6 And David distributed them into daily classes, under the

7 heads of Gerson, Kaath and Merari, the sons of Levi. Now

8 to Gerson belonged Edan and Semei; the sons of Edan, were

9 chief Jeiel, and Zethan and Joel, three : the sons of Semei,

10 were Salomith, Jeiel and Dan, three. Those were the chiefs of the families of the Edanites; but the Semeites, had also

11 Jeth and Ziza, and Joas and Beria ; these four were sons of Semei, and Jeth was the chief and Ziza the second, and Joas and Beria not having many children were comprehended in

12 one muster, for a house of a family. And the sons of Kaatk

13 were Ambram, Issaar, Chebron, Oziel; four. The sons of Ambram were Aaron and Moses. Now Aaron was set apart for the sanctification of the most holy things, he and .-his sons, to burn incense before the Lord, to minister in the priest's

14 office, and to bless in his name forever. But as for Moses the

15 man of God, his sons were classed in the tribe of Levi. The sons of Moses, were Gersam and Eliezer. Of the Gersam- ites, Subael was chief, and of the Eliezerites, Rabia was chief. Now Eliezer had no other sons; but the sons of Rabia were

18 increased to a multitude. The sons of Issaar, were Salomith

19 the chief. The sons of Chebron, were Jeria the chief, Amaria

20 the second, Jeziel the third, Jekemias the fourth. The sons of Oziel, were Micha the chief and Isia the second.

21 The sons of Merari were Mooli and Mousi. The sons of

22 Mooli were Eleazar and Kis. Now Eleazar died, and left no sons, but only daughters. So the sons of Kis, their brethren,

23 took them. The sons of Mousi were Mouli and Eder and

24 Jerimoth, three. These are the sons of Levi, according to the houses of their patriarchal families. The chiefs of these families, according to the review of them, according to the num- ber of their names, were polled to perform the works of the service of the house of the Lord, from twenty years old and

25 upwards. For David said, The Lord God of Israel hath given

26 his-people rest and fixed his abode in Jerusalem forever. So the Levites not having to carry the tabernacle and all the uten-

27 sils thereof for its service ; for this cause by these last orders

28 of David, the Levites are numbered from twenty years old and upwards, for he set them under the superintendance of Aaron to serve in the house of the Lord, over the courts and over the store houses and over the purification of all the holy

29 things, and over the work of the service of the house of God, and for the shew bread, and for the fine flour of the sacrifice and for the unleavened cakes, and for the frying pan, and the mixed sacrifice, and for all kinds of measuring, and to stand

30 every morning to sing praises, and give thanks to the Lord,

31 and the same every evening: and to have charge of all the offerings of homage made to the Lord, on the sabbaths and at the new moons, and at the festivals according to the number, and according to the rule prescribed for them, continually for

32 the Lord. And they are to keep the watch of the tabernacle of the testimony, and to guard the sanctuary, and to guard the sons of Aaron, their brethren, that they may minister as priests, in the house of the Lord.

XXIV. Now with regard to the sons of Aaron in the line of

2 Nadab and of Abiud, and of Eleazar and of Ithamar.—As Nadab and Abiud died in the presence of their father and had no sons; and Eleazar and Ithamar had officiated as priests;

3 David classed Sadok at the head of the sons of Eleazar, and Achimelech at the head of the sons of Ithamar, according to the review of them according to their service, according to

4 the houses of their families. And as the Eleazarites were found to be more numerous for chiefs of mighty men than the sons of Ithamar, therefore he distributed them—for the sons of Eleazar sixteen chiefs for houses of families, and for the sons

5 of Ithamar chiefs for eight houses of families. These he distributed by lot, one with the other. Because there were chiefs of the holies, and chiefs of the Lord, among the sons of Eleazar and among the sons of Ithamar, therefore in the pressnce of the

king and the chiefs, Samaias son of Nathaniel, the muster master of the Levites, wrote down Sadok the priest and Achi- melech son of Abiathar, and the chiefs of the families of the priests and the Levites, a chief of a house of families alternate- Vy, one for Eleazar and one for Ithamar, and the first lot came 7 out for Joarim; the second for Jedia; the third for Charib; the fourth for Seorim; the fifth for Melchias; the sixth for Meia- min; the seventh for Kos; the eighth for Abia ; the ninth for Jesus ; the tenth for Sechenias ; the eleventh for Eliabi; the twelfth for Jakim ; the thirteenth for Oppha ; the fourteenth for Jesbaal; the fifteenth for Belga; the sixteenth for Emmer; the seventeenth for Chesin; the eighteenth for Aphese ; the nineteenth for Phetaia; the twentieth for Ezekel; the twenty first for Achim ; the twenty second for Gamul; the twenty

19 third for Adallai; the twenty fourth for Maasai. This was the review of them according to their service, to go into the house of the Lord according to the rule prescribed for them, under the inspection of Aaron their father, as the Lord God of Israel commanded Moses.

20 And for the rest of the Levites—for the Ambramites, So- bael; for the sons of Sobael, Jedia ; for the Rabiates, the chief.

22 For the Isaarites Salomoth, for the sons of Salomoth, Jath;

23 the sons of Ekdiu ; Amadia the second; Jaziel the third; Jek-

24 moam the fourth. For the Ozielites, Micha; for the sons of

25 Micha, Samer; the brother of Micha, Isia; the sons of Isia, 2f> Sachm-ia ; the Merarites Mooli and Mousi—the sons of Ozia,

27 to whom belonged the title Merarite; his sons Isoam; and

28 Sakchur, and Abai; for Mooli, Eleazar and Ithamar, now

29 Eleazar died and had no sons, for him Kis ; the sons of Kis,

30 Jerameel; the sons of Mousi, Mooli and Eder and Jerimoth,

31 these sons of the Levites according to the houses of their families—they also drew lots as their brethren the sons of Aaron did, in the presence of the king and of Sadok and Achimelech, the senior chiefs of the families both of the priests and the Levites submitting to the lot equally with their younger brethren.

XXV. Then David the king with the chiefs of this host, appointed to their services the sons of Asaph and Aiman and Idi- thun, who chanted with kinyras and with nablas and with cymbals, and an account was taken by poll of those employed in


2 these services. The «ons of Asaph were Zakchur and Joseph, and Nathanias and Erael. The sons of Asaph were near the

3 king. With Idithun were the sons of Idithun, Godolias and Suri, and Iseas and Asabias, and Matthathias, six after their father Idithun, chanting on kinyras thanksgiving and praise

4 to the Lord. With Aiman were the sons of Aiman, Bukias and Matthanias, and Oziel and Subael, and Jerimoth and Ananias, and Anan and Eliatha, and Godollathi and Romet- thiezer, and Jesbasaka and Melithi, and Otheri and Meazoth.

5 All these sons Aiman had with him when he commenced a psalm for the king in the words of God. To exalt the horn God indeed had given Aiman fourteen sons and three daugh-

6 ters. All these with their father, sung in the house of God to cymbals and nablas and kinyras, for the service of the house of

7 God near the king, with Asaph and Idithun and Aiman. And the number of them, including younger brethren, who were instructed to sing to the Lord, even all who were skilled, was

8 two hundred and eighty eight. And they cast lots for their daily courses, as well the younger as the senior, both teachers

9 and scholars. And the lot which came out the first of his sons and his brethren for Asaph was that of Joseph, namely Godo-

10 lias; the second Henia, his sons and brethren, twelve; the third Zakchur his sons and brethren, twelve ; the fourth Jesri, his sons and brethren, twelve; the fifth Nathan, his sons and brethren, twelve ; the sixth Bukias, his sons and brethren, twelve;

15 the seventh Iseriel, his sons and brethren, twelve ; the eighth Josia, his sons and brethren, twelve ; the ninth Matthanias, his sons and brethren, twelve; the tenth Semeia, his sons and brethren, twelve ; the eleventh Asriel, his sons and brethren, twelve; the twelfth Asabia, his sons and brethren, twelve; the

20 thirteenth Subael, his sons and brethren twelve; the fourteenth Matthathias his sons and brethren, twelve; the fifteenth Jerimoth, his sons and brethren, twelve; the sixteenth Anania, his sons and brethren, twelve; the seventeenth Jesbasaka, his

25 sons and brethren, twelve ; the eighteenth Ananias, his sons and brethren, twelve; the nineteenth Mellithi, his sons and brethren, twelve ; the twentieth Eliatha, his sons and brethren, twelve; the twenty first Otheri, his sons and brethren, twelve; the twenty second Godollathi, his sons and brethren, twelve;

30 the twenty third Meazoth, his sons and brethren, twelve; the twenty fourth Rometthiezer, his sons and brethren, twelve.

XXVI. And for the guards of the gates were the Korites, Mosellamia of the sons of Asaph; and for Mosellamia were Son Zacharias the first born, Jadiel the second, Zabadia the third, Jenuel the fourth, Jolam the fifth, Jonathan the sixth, 4 Elionai the seventh, Abdedom the eighth; and the sons of Abdedom were, Samaias the first born, Jozabath the second, Joath the third, Sachar the fourth, Nathaniel the fifth, Amiel 6 the sixth, Issachar the seventh, Philathi the eighth; because God had blessed him, therefore for Samia his son, there were born, sons of his first born, Rosai, to make his a patriarchal house, because the Samaites had heads of families, namely Othni and Raphael, and Obed and Elzabeth, and Achiud, mighty sons, Eliu and Sabachia, and Isbakom, all descendants of the sons of Abdedom, they and their sons and their brethren, acting as heads of families in the service. All the sons of Abdedom were sixty two. And the sons of Mosellamia with their

10 brethren, were eighteen heads of families. Osa, also of the children of Merari, had sons who kept up his chieftancy. Because he was not first born, therefore his father made him chief of the second branch. Chelkias was the second, Tablai the third, Zacharias the fourth. All the sons and brethren of Osa were thirteen.

12 Among these the gates were distributed, the heads of families having daily courses like their brethren, to do service

13 in the house of the Lord. And they cast lots, the junior as well as the senior, according to the houses of their families for

14 their respective gates. And the lot for the eastern gate fell to Selemia and Zacharias. The sons of Joaz having cast lots, the north gate fell to Melchia; and to Abdedom the south gate

15 over against the house of Esephim ; to Osa that to the west,

16 behind the gate of the chamber of ascent, guard being over

17 against guard. Eastward there were six a day, northward four a day, southward four a day, and two for Esephim to relieve

18 each other; and for Osa westward behind the gate of the chamber, three, a watch over against the watch of the ascent. On the east six a day, and on the north four, and on the south

19 four, and at Esephim two to relieve each other, and at the west

four, and for the causeway two to relieve each other. These distributions of the guards of the gates were among the Korites and the Merarites.

20 And with regard to the Levites their brethren, who were over the treasures of the house of the Lord and over the treasures of dedicated things, these were Ladanites, the sons of

21 Ladan the Gersonite—the heads of families belonging to La- dan. To Ladan the Gersonite belonged Jeiel, the sons of

22 Jeiel—Zethom and Joel. These brethren were over the treasures of the house of the Lord.

23 With respect to the Ambramites and Isaarites, Chebronites and Ozielites—Subael son of Gersam, son of Moses, was over the treasures. And to his brother Eliezer belonged Rabias a

26 son, and Josias and Joram, and Zechri and Salomoth. This Salomoth and his brethren were over the treasures of the dedicated things, which were dedicated by David the king and by the chiefs of families, the captains of thousands and captains of hundreds, and generals of the army, which they had taken

27 from the cities and from the spoils won in battle, and of which they had dedicated a part, that the building of the house of God

28 might not be delayed. They had the charge also of all the dedications made to God by Samuel the prophet, and by Saul son of Kis, and by Abenner son of Ner, and by Joab son of Saruia. All that they dedicated was under the care of Salo-

29 moth and his brethren. Of the Issaarites, Chonenia and sons had the charge of the business abroad over Israel, to act as

30 scribes and judges. And of the Chebronites, Asabias and his brethren, heads of subordinate families, amounting to seventeen hundred, had the oversight of Israel on the western bank of the Jordan, for every service of the Lord and every work of

31 the king. With regard to the Ozielites, Ourias was the chief of the Ozielites, according to their genealogies by families.

32 In the fortieth year of the king's reign they were reviewed, and the head man among them was found at Jazer of Galaaditis. And his brethren, the heads of subordinate families, were two thousand seven hundred. And king David set them over the Reubenites and the Gadites, and the half of the tribe of Ma- nasses, for every ordinance of the Lord and every affair of the king.

XXVII. With regard to the sons of Israel according to their number, the chiefs of the families, the captains of thousands and the captains of hundreds, and the muster masters—these attended the king, and were ready at every call of the king in divisions, coming in and going out, month after month, each 2 division consisting of twenty four thousand. And over the first division for the first month was Isboaz son of Zabdiel— .3 over his division of twenty four thousand. He being chief of the sons of Phares, was the chief of all the chiefs of the army

4 of the first month. And over the division of the second month was Dodia the Elchochite, and over this division of his was also Makelloth the leader of this division of his, which consisted of twenty four thousand; they were chiefs of the army.

5 The third foY the third month was Banaias son of Jodae, who, though a priest, was the chief over this division of his which

6 consisted of twenty four thousand. This Banaias was higher in rank than the thirty, and over the thirty. And over this di-

7 vision of his was Zabad his son. The fourth for the fourth month was Asael the brother of Joab. And Zabadias his son, and his brothers, were over this division of his which consisted

8 of twenty four thousand. The fifth for the fifth month was the leader Samaoth the Jesraite, he was over his division of twenty

9 four thousand. The sixth for the sixth month was Oduias of Ekkes the Thekoite, he was over his division of twenty

10 four thousand. The seventh for the seventh month was Chel- les of Phallus, of the sons of Ephraim, he was over his divi-

11 sion of twenty four thousand. The eighth for the eighth month was Sobochai the Ousathite, a house of the Zaraites ; he was

12 over his division of twenty four thousand. The ninth for the ninth month was Abiezer of Anathoth, of the land of Benja-

13 min, he was over his division of twenty four thousand. The tenth for the tenth month was Meera the Netophathite, a house of the Zaraites; he was over his division of twenty four thou-

14 sand. The eleventh for the eleventh month was Banaias die Pharathonite, of the sons of Ephraim ; he was over his divi-

15 sion of twenty four thousand. The twelfth for the twelfth month was Choldia the Netophathite, a house belonging to Gothoniel; he was over his division of twenty four thousand.

16 And over the tribes of Israel—Over Reuben, Eliezer the

son of Zechri was ruler; over Symeon, Saphatias the son of Maachi; over Levi, Asabias the son of Kamuel; over the Aaronites, Sadok; over Juda, Eliab, David's eldest brother; over Issachar, Ambri the son of Michael; over Zabulon, Sama- ias the son of Abdiu ; over Nephthaleim, Jerimoth the son of Oziel; over Ephraim, Ose the son of Oziu ; over the half of the tribe of Manasses, Joel the son of Phadaia ; over the half of the tribe of Manasses in the land of Galaad, Jadai the son of Zadaiu ; over the Benjaminites, Jasiel the son of Abenner; over Dan, Azariel the son of Iroab. These were the rulers of

23 the tribes of Israel. But David did not take the number of them from twenty years old and under, because the Lord said,

24 he would multiply Israel like the stars of heaven. When Joab the son of Saruia, began to number the peop|§ though he did not finish it, there was wrath for it on Israel, so that the number was not set down in the journal of king David.

25 And over the treasures of the king was ^Asmoth the son of Odiel. And over his stores in the country, and in the towns,

26 and in the villages, and in the castles, was Jonathan the son of Oziu; and over the husbandmen who tilled the ground was

27 Esdri the son of Chelub; and over the fields, Semei the Raelite ; and over the stores of wine in the vineyards Sabdi the

28 son of Sephni; and over the olive yards and sycamine orchards in the plains, Ballanan the Gedorite : and over the stores of oil,

29 Joas ; and over the herds which pastured at Sharon, Satrai the Saronite ; and over the cattle in the vales, Sophat the son of

30 Adli; and over the camels, Abias the Ismaelite; and over the asses, Jadias the Merathonite ; and over the flocks, Jaziz

31 the Agarite. All these were overseers of David's substance.

32 And Jonathan David's uncle was a counsellor, a wise man, and Jeel and the son of Achami were with the king's sons.

33 Achitophel was a counsellor of the king. Now Chusi the king's friend was the first, and after him Achitophel, next Jodae the son of Banaias, then Abiathar and Joab the king's captain general.

XXVIII. When David had assembled all the chiefs of Israel,

the chiefs of the judges, and all the chiefs of the divisions

which attended the king's person in courses, and the chiefs

over the thousands, and the chiefs over the hundreds, and the

vot. ii. c c treasurers, and them who were entrusted with the care of the king's substance, and of all his possessions, and of his children,

2 with the chamberlains and the worthies and the soldiers of the army at Jerusalem, he stood up in the midst of the assembly and said, Hear me, my brethren and my people, I had it on my mind to build a house of rest for the ark of the covenant of the Lord, and a place for the feet of our Lord, and had provided

3 what were" suitable ,for the building; but God said, Thou shall not build a house for me, to be called by my name; for

4 thou art a warrior and hast shed much blood. Now the Lord God of Israel chose me in preference to all my father's house to be king over Israel forever. As he chose the royalty in Ju- da, and my father's house out of the house of Juda and among the sons of» father, it was his pleasure that I should be king

5 over all Israel; so in preference to all my sons, for the Lord hath given me many sons, he hath made choice of my son Solomon, to set him on the throne of the Lord's kingdom, over

6 Israel. And God hath said to me, Thy son Solomon shall build my house, and my court; for I have chosen him to be my son,

7 and I will be to him a father ; and I will establish his kingdom forever, provided he exert his power to keep my command-

8 ments and my judgments as at this day. Now therefore, in the presence of all the congregation of the Lord, and in the audience of our God, I adjure you to keep and to seek all the commandments of the Lord our God, that you may possess this good land and leave it for an inheritance for your children after you forever.

9 And now, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy fathers, and serve him with a perfect heart and a willing mind ; for the Lord searcheth all hearts and knoweth every thought. If thou seek him, he will be found by thee; but if thou forsake

,10 him, he will at last forsake thee. Observe now, since the Lord . hath chosen thee to build a house for him for a sanctuary, be ^ strong and do it.

11 Then David gave his son Solomon the model of the temple, and its houses and its treasuries, and of the upper chambers and the inner depositories, and of the house for the propitiation;

12 and the plan which he had in his mind of the courts of the

house of the Lord, and of all the chambers round about

those for store houses for the house of the Lord; and of the

13 depositories for the holy things, and the lodging rooms; and of the daily courses of the priests and the Levites, for all the work of the service of the house of the Lord; and of the depositories for the vessels used in the service of the house of the

14 Lord; and the exact weight of these vessels, whether made

15 of gold or of silver. He gave him the \veight of the candle-

16 sticks and of the lamps. He gave him likewise the weight of the tables for the shew bread—of every table made of gold,

17 and likewise of diose to be made of silver; and of the flesh forks and the libation cups, and of the cups of gold—the weight both of those to be made of gold and of those to be made of silver; and of the censers, of each its several weight;

18 and pointed out to him the weight of the utensils of the altar of incense, which was to be of pure gold; and thfe model of the chariot of the cherubims with expanded wings, which over-

19 shadow the ark of the covenant of the Lord. All these David gave to Solomon in a drawing of the hand of the Lord, according to the knowledge given him of the workmanship of the

20 model. Then David said to his son Solomon, Be strong and of good courage and do the work. Fear not nor be dismayed; for the Lord my God is with thee. He will not leave thee nor forsake thee, till thou hast finished all the work for the service of the house of the Lord. And behold this is the model of the temple, and of his house and his treasury, and the upper rooms and the inner depositories, and the house of the propitiation—

21 even the model of the house of the Lord. And these are the courses of the priests and the Levites, for all the service of the house of the Lord. And there will be with thee for the work, every artist skilled in every art, and all the chiefs and all the people to execute all thy commands.

XXIX. Then king David said to all the congregation, My son Solomon whom the Lord hath chosen, is young and tender, and the work is great; for it is not for man but for the Lord

2 God. According to my utmost ability I have provided for the house of my God, gold, silver, brass, iron, wood, stones of Soam, and stones to be set, precious and variegated, every kind of precious stones, and Parian marble in abundance.

3 Moreover, because I have set my affection on the house of my God, the gold and silver which I kept for myself, behold this I have given for the house of my God, over and above what

4 I provided for the house of the Holies; three thousand talents of the gold of Souphir, and seven thousand talents of pure silver, for overlaying therewith the walls of the sanctuary, the gold for that to be done with gold, and the silver for that to be done with silver, and for every work to be made by

5 the hand of artists. Now let every one who is so inclined fill his hands this day for the Lord.

6 Thereupon the chiefs of families, and the chiefs of the sons of Israel, and the captains of thousands, and the captains of hundreds, and the overseers of the king's works and his builders,

7 were liberally disposed, and gave for the works of the house of the Lord five thousand talents and ten thousand pieces of gold, and ten thousand talents of silver, and eighteen thousand talents

8 of brass, and a hundred thousand talents of iron. And they who had precious stones gave them for the treasures of the house of the Lord which were under the care of Jeiel the Gersonite.

9 And the people were rejoiced at this readiness, for with a per-

10 feet heart they gave liberally to the Lord. And David the king was exceedingly rejoiced, and blessed the Lord in the presence of the assembly, saying, Blessed art thou O Lord God of Is-

11 rael, our Father, from everlasting to everlasting. To thee, O Lord, be ascribed greatness, and power, and exultation, and victory, and majesty; for thou liast dominion over all things in heaven and on earth. At thy presence every king and nation is

12 struck with awe. From thee come riches and glory. Thou, O Lord, rulest over all. Thou art the head of all dominion, and in thy hand is majesty and power. And by thy hand, O Al-

13 mighty Sovereign, all things are made great and strong. Now therefore, O Lord, to thee we render thanks; and we praise thy

14 glorious name. But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be enabled to shew such liberality to thee. For all things

15 are thine and of thine own we have given thee. For we before thee are strangers and sojourners as all our fathers were. Our days on earth are like a shadow and there is no fixed abiding.

16 O Lord our God, all this store which I have provided for building a house to thy holy name is from thy bounty, and be-

17 longeth all to thee. As I know, O Lord, that thou triest hearts and lovest righteousness, I have with singleness of heart freely offered all these things, and have now seen with joy all thy peO-

18 pie who are here present freely offering to thee. O Lord, the God of Abraham and I sank and Isfael our fathers, keep these things forever in the thoughts of the hearts of thy people and

19 direct their hearts to thee, and give to my son Solomon a good heart to execute all thy commandments, and thy testimonies, and thy statutes, and that he may finish completely the structure of thy house.

20 Then David said to all the congregation, Bless ye the Lord our God. And all the congregation blessed the Lord the God of their fathers, and with bended knees made a reverence to the

21 Lord and to the king. And on the morrow of the first day, when David had offered up whole burnt offerings to God, he sacrificed as thank offerings to the Lord a thousand young bulls, a thousand rams, a thousand lambs with their libations, and sacrifices

22 in abundance for all Israel. And having eaten and drunk that day with gladness before the Lord, they proclaimed Solomon son of David king a second time, and anointed him to be king

23 for the Lord, and Sadok to be priest. So Solomon sat on the throne of his father David and prospered, and all Israel obeyed

24 him. The chiefs, and the men-in authority, and all the sons of

25 king David his father were subject to him, and the Lord magnified Solomon over all Israel, and gave him royal glory, such as no king had before him.

26 When David son of Jessai had reigned over Israel forty

27 years—seven years at Chebron and thirty three at Jerusalem,

28 he died at a good old age, full of days, riches and glory. And1 Solomon his son reigned in his stead.

29 Now the rest of the acts of David, the first and the last, are written among the words of Samuel the seer, and in the words of Nathan the prophet, and in the words of Gad the seer, touching all his reign, and his mighty power, and the times which happened to him, and to Israel, and to all the kingdoms of the land,