Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

God helped the Reubenites, Gadites, and men of Manasseh when they waged war because they pleaded for His help in the midst of the battle. He answered their prayers "because they trusted in him."

In spiritual warfare you must remember two things. First, you need to pray constantly while the battle is raging. Assemble a group who will commit to pray continually until the battle turns and the victory is won. Second, remember that the Lord is fighting against the enemy (1 Chronicles 5:22). Recognize that it is really not your battle, but the Lord's.

God and Satan are irreconcilable enemies, and God is as interested in your victory as you are. When you realize that God is actually fighting your battle, you will say to the enemy as David did to Goliath, "The Lord does not need weapons to rescue his people. It is his battle, not ours. The Lord will give you to us!" (1 Samuel 17:47).

Many times you lose spiritual battles when you start complaining, whining, and muttering about your defeat. "Those who love to talk will experience the consequences, for the tongue can kill or nourish life" (Proverbs 18:21). Guard your tongue, and every day proclaim, "The battle is the Lord's." He will not let you be defeated!

1 Chronicles 5:18-6:81

18 The Reubenites, the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh had 44,760 men ready for military serviceS Nu 1:3—able-bodied men who could handle shield and sword, who could use a bow, and who were trained for battle.19 They waged war against the Hagrites, Jetur,Ge 25:15 Naphish and Nodab.20 They were helpedPs 37:40; 46:5; 54:4 in fighting them, and God delivered the Hagrites and all their allies into their hands, because they cried1Ki 8:44; 2Ch 6:34; 13:14; 14:11; Ps 20:7-9; 22:5; 107:6 out to him during the battle. He answered their prayers, because they trustedPs 26:1; Isa 26:3; Da 6:23 in him.21 They seized the livestock of the Hagrites—fifty thousand camels, two hundred fifty thousand sheep and two thousand donkeys. They also took one hundred thousand people captive,22 and many others fell slain, because the battleS Dt 20:4; 2Ch 32:8 was God’s. And they occupied the land until the exile.S ver 10; S 2Ki 15:29

The Half-Tribe of Manasseh

23 The people of the half-tribe of Manasseh1Ch 7:14 were numerous; they settled in the land from Bashan to Baal Hermon, that is, to Senir (Mount Hermon).S Dt 3:8, 9; SS 4:8

24 These were the heads of their families: Epher, Ishi, Eliel, Azriel, Jeremiah, Hodaviah and Jahdiel. They were brave warriors, famous men, and heads of their families.25 But they were unfaithfulDt 32:15-18; 1Ch 9:1; 10:13; 2Ch 12:2; 26:16; 28:19; 29:6; 30:7; 36:14 to the God of their ancestors and prostitutedS Ex 34:15; S Lev 18:3 themselves to the gods of the peoples of the land, whom God had destroyed before them.26 So the God of Israel stirred up the spiritIsa 37:7 of PulS 2Ki 15:19 king of Assyria (that is, Tiglath-PileserS ver 6; S 2Ki 15:29 king of Assyria), who took the Reubenites, the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh into exile. He took them to Halah,2Ki 17:6 Habor, Hara and the river of Gozan, where they are to this day.

Levi

In Hebrew texts 6:1-15 is numbered 5:27-41, and 6:16-81 is numbered 6:1-66.The sons of Levi:S Ge 29:34; S Nu 3:17

Gershon, Kohath and Merari.

The sons of Kohath:

Amram, Izhar, Hebron and Uzziel.S Ex 6:18

The children of Amram:

Aaron, Moses and Miriam.S Ex 15:20

The sons of Aaron:

Nadab, Abihu,S Lev 10:1; S 10:1-20:2 EleazarLev 10:6 and Ithamar.S Ex 6:23

Eleazar was the father of Phinehas,Ezr 7:5

Phinehas the father of Abishua,

Abishua the father of Bukki,

Bukki the father of Uzzi,

Uzzi the father of Zerahiah,

Zerahiah the father of Meraioth,

Meraioth the father of Amariah,

Amariah the father of Ahitub,

Ahitub the father of Zadok,S 2Sa 8:17; S 1Ch 12:28; S Ezr 7:2

Zadok the father of Ahimaaz,

Ahimaaz the father of Azariah,

Azariah the father of Johanan,

10 Johanan the father of AzariahS 1Ki 4:2 (it was he who served as priest in the temple Solomon built in Jerusalem),

11 Azariah the father of Amariah,

Amariah the father of Ahitub,

12 Ahitub the father of Zadok,

Zadok the father of Shallum,

13 Shallum the father of Hilkiah,2Ki 22:1-20; 2Ch 34:9; 35:8

Hilkiah the father of Azariah,

14 Azariah the father of Seraiah,S 2Ki 25:18; S Ezr 2:2

and Seraiah the father of Jozadak.Hebrew Jehozadak, a variant of Jozadak; also in verse 15

15 JozadakNe 12:1; Hag 1:1, 14; 2:2, 4; Zec 6:11 was deported when the Lord sent Judah and Jerusalem into exile by the hand of Nebuchadnezzar.

16 The sons of Levi:S Ge 29:34; S Nu 3:17-20

Gershon,Hebrew Gershom, a variant of Gershon; also in verses 17, 20, 43, 62 and 71 Kohath and Merari.S Nu 26:57

17 These are the names of the sons of Gershon:

Libni and Shimei.S Ex 6:17

18 The sons of Kohath:

Amram, Izhar, Hebron and Uzziel.S Ex 6:18

19 The sons of Merari:S Ge 46:11; 1Ch 23:21; 24:26

Mahli and Mushi.S Ex 6:19

These are the clans of the Levites listed according to their fathers:

20 Of Gershon:

Libni his son, Jahath his son,

Zimmah his son,21 Joah his son,

Iddo his son, Zerah his son

and Jeatherai his son.

22 The descendants of Kohath:

Amminadab his son, KorahS Ex 6:24 his son,

Assir his son,23 Elkanah his son,

Ebiasaph his son, Assir his son,

24 Tahath his son, Uriel1Ch 15:5 his son,

Uzziah his son and Shaul his son.

25 The descendants of Elkanah:

Amasai, Ahimoth,

26 Elkanah his son,Some Hebrew manuscripts, Septuagint and Syriac; most Hebrew manuscripts Ahimoth 26 and Elkanah. The sons of Elkanah: Zophai his son,

Nahath his son,27 Eliab his son,

Jeroham his son, ElkanahS 1Sa 1:1 his son

and SamuelS 1Sa 1:20 his son.Some Septuagint manuscripts (see also 1 Samuel 1:19,20 and 1 Chron. 6:33,34); Hebrew does not have and Samuel his son.

28 The sons of Samuel:

JoelSome Septuagint manuscripts and Syriac (see also 1 Samuel 8:2 and 1 Chron. 6:33); Hebrew does not have Joel.ver 33; 1Sa 8:2 the firstborn

and Abijah the second son.

29 The descendants of Merari:

Mahli, Libni his son,

Shimei his son, Uzzah his son,

30 Shimea his son, Haggiah his son

and Asaiah his son.

The Temple Musicians6:54-80pp — Jos 21:4-39

31 These are the men1Ch 25:1; 2Ch 29:25-26; Ne 12:45 David put in charge of the music1Ch 9:33; 15:19; Ezr 3:10; Ps 68:25 in the house of the Lord after the ark came to rest there.32 They ministered with music before the tabernacle, the tent of meeting, until Solomon built the temple of the Lord in Jerusalem. They performed their duties according to the regulations laid down for them.

33 Here are the men who served, together with their sons:

From the Kohathites:

Heman,1Ki 4:31; 1Ch 15:17; 25:1 the musician,

the son of Joel,S ver 28 the son of Samuel,

34 the son of Elkanah,S 1Sa 1:1 the son of Jeroham,

the son of Eliel, the son of Toah,

35 the son of Zuph, the son of Elkanah,

the son of Mahath, the son of Amasai,

36 the son of Elkanah, the son of Joel,

the son of Azariah, the son of Zephaniah,

37 the son of Tahath, the son of Assir,

the son of Ebiasaph, the son of Korah,S Ex 6:24

38 the son of Izhar,Ex 6:21 the son of Kohath,

the son of Levi, the son of Israel;

39 and Heman’s associate Asaph,1Ch 25:1, 9; 2Ch 29:13; Ne 11:17 who served at his right hand:

Asaph son of Berekiah, the son of Shimea,1Ch 15:17

40 the son of Michael, the son of Baaseiah,Most Hebrew manuscripts; some Hebrew manuscripts, one Septuagint manuscript and Syriac Maaseiah

the son of Malkijah,41 the son of Ethni,

the son of Zerah, the son of Adaiah,

42 the son of Ethan, the son of Zimmah,

the son of Shimei,43 the son of Jahath,

the son of Gershon, the son of Levi;

44 and from their associates, the Merarites,1Ch 15:17 at his left hand:

Ethan son of Kishi, the son of Abdi,

the son of Malluk,45 the son of Hashabiah,

the son of Amaziah, the son of Hilkiah,

46 the son of Amzi, the son of Bani,

the son of Shemer,47 the son of Mahli,

the son of Mushi, the son of Merari,

the son of Levi.

48 Their fellow Levites1Ch 23:32 were assigned to all the other duties of the tabernacle, the house of God.49 But Aaron and his descendants were the ones who presented offerings on the altarEx 27:1-8 of burnt offering and on the altar of incenseS Ex 30:1-7, 10; 2Ch 26:18 in connection with all that was done in the Most Holy Place, making atonement for Israel, in accordance with all that Moses the servant of God had commanded.

50 These were the descendants of Aaron:

Eleazar his son, Phinehas his son,

Abishua his son,51 Bukki his son,

Uzzi his son, Zerahiah his son,

52 Meraioth his son, Amariah his son,

Ahitub his son,53 ZadokS 2Sa 8:17 his son

and Ahimaaz his son.

54 These were the locations of their settlementsS Nu 31:10 allotted as their territory (they were assigned to the descendants of Aaron who were from the Kohathite clan, because the first lot was for them):

55 They were given Hebron in Judah with its surrounding pasturelands.56 But the fields and villages around the city were given to Caleb son of Jephunneh.S Jos 14:13; S 15:13

57 So the descendants of Aaron were given Hebron (a city of refuge), and Libnah,See Joshua 21:13; Hebrew given the cities of refuge: Hebron, Libnah.S Nu 33:20 Jattir,S Jos 15:48 Eshtemoa,58 Hilen, Debir,S Jos 10:359 Ashan,S Jos 15:42 JuttahSyriac (see also Septuagint and Joshua 21:16); Hebrew does not have Juttah. and Beth Shemesh, together with their pasturelands.60 And from the tribe of Benjamin they were given Gibeon,See Joshua 21:17; Hebrew does not have Gibeon. Geba, Alemeth and Anathoth,Jer 1:1 together with their pasturelands.

The total number of towns distributed among the Kohathite clans came to thirteen.

61 The rest of Kohath’s descendants were allotted ten towns from the clans of half the tribe of Manasseh.

62 The descendants of Gershon, clan by clan, were allotted thirteen towns from the tribes of Issachar, Asher and Naphtali, and from the part of the tribe of Manasseh that is in Bashan.

63 The descendants of Merari, clan by clan, were allotted twelve towns from the tribes of Reuben, Gad and Zebulun.

64 So the Israelites gave the Levites these townsNu 35:1-8 and their pasturelands.65 From the tribes of Judah, Simeon and Benjamin they allotted the previously named towns.

66 Some of the Kohathite clans were given as their territory towns from the tribe of Ephraim.

67 In the hill country of Ephraim they were given Shechem (a city of refuge), and Gezer,See Joshua 21:21; Hebrew given the cities of refuge: Shechem, Gezer.S Jos 10:3368 Jokmeam,1Ki 4:12 Beth Horon,S Jos 10:1069 AijalonS Jos 10:12 and Gath Rimmon,S Jos 19:45 together with their pasturelands.

70 And from half the tribe of Manasseh the Israelites gave Aner and Bileam, together with their pasturelands, to the rest of the Kohathite clans.

71 The Gershonites1Ch 23:7 received the following:

From the clan of the half-tribe of Manasseh

they received Golan in BashanS Jos 20:8 and also Ashtaroth, together with their pasturelands;

72 from the tribe of Issachar

they received Kedesh, Daberath,S Jos 19:1273 Ramoth and Anem, together with their pasturelands;

74 from the tribe of Asher

they received Mashal, Abdon,S Jos 19:2875 HukokJos 19:34 and Rehob,S Nu 13:21 together with their pasturelands;

76 and from the tribe of Naphtali

they received Kedesh in Galilee, HammonJos 19:28 and Kiriathaim,S Nu 32:37 together with their pasturelands.

77 The Merarites (the rest of the Levites) received the following:

From the tribe of Zebulun

they received Jokneam, Kartah,See Septuagint and Joshua 21:34; Hebrew does not have Jokneam, Kartah. Rimmono and Tabor, together with their pasturelands;

78 from the tribe of Reuben across the Jordan east of Jericho

they received BezerS Jos 20:8 in the wilderness, Jahzah,79 KedemothS Dt 2:26 and Mephaath, together with their pasturelands;

80 and from the tribe of Gad

they received Ramoth in Gilead,Jos 20:8 Mahanaim,S Ge 32:281 Heshbon and Jazer,S Nu 21:32 together with their pasturelands.2Ch 11:14

The Tribes East of the Jordan

18 There were 44,760 capable warriors in the armies of Reuben, Gad, and the half-tribe of Manasseh. They were all skilled in combat and armed with shields, swords, and bows.19 They waged war against the Hagrites, the Jeturites, the Naphishites, and the Nodabites.20 They cried out to God during the battle, and he answered their prayer because they trusted in him. So the Hagrites and all their allies were defeated.21 The plunder taken from the Hagrites included 50,000 camels, 250,000 sheep and goats, 2,000 donkeys, and 100,000 captives.22 Many of the Hagrites were killed in the battle because God was fighting against them. The people of Reuben, Gad, and Manasseh lived in their land until they were taken into exile.

23 The half-tribe of Manasseh was very large and spread through the land from Bashan to Baal-hermon, Senir, and Mount Hermon.24 These were the leaders of their clans: Epher,As in Greek version and Latin Vulgate; Hebrew reads and Epher. Ishi, Eliel, Azriel, Jeremiah, Hodaviah, and Jahdiel. These men had a great reputation as mighty warriors and leaders of their clans.

25 But these tribes were unfaithful to the God of their ancestors. They worshiped the gods of the nations that God had destroyed.26 So the God of Israel caused King Pul of Assyria (also known as Tiglath-pileser) to invade the land and take away the people of Reuben, Gad, and the half-tribe of Manasseh as captives. The Assyrians exiled them to Halah, Habor, Hara, and the Gozan River, where they remain to this day.

The Priestly Line

Verses 6:1-15 are numbered 5:27-41 in Hebrew text.The sons of Levi were Gershon, Kohath, and Merari.

The descendants of Kohath included Amram, Izhar, Hebron, and Uzziel.

The children of Amram were Aaron, Moses, and Miriam.

The sons of Aaron were Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar.

Eleazar was the father of Phinehas.

Phinehas was the father of Abishua.

Abishua was the father of Bukki.

Bukki was the father of Uzzi.

Uzzi was the father of Zerahiah.

Zerahiah was the father of Meraioth.

Meraioth was the father of Amariah.

Amariah was the father of Ahitub.

Ahitub was the father of Zadok.

Zadok was the father of Ahimaaz.

Ahimaaz was the father of Azariah.

Azariah was the father of Johanan.

10 Johanan was the father of Azariah, the high priest at the TempleHebrew the house. built by Solomon in Jerusalem.

11 Azariah was the father of Amariah.

Amariah was the father of Ahitub.

12 Ahitub was the father of Zadok.

Zadok was the father of Shallum.

13 Shallum was the father of Hilkiah.

Hilkiah was the father of Azariah.

14 Azariah was the father of Seraiah.

Seraiah was the father of Jehozadak,15 who went into exile when the Lord sent the people of Judah and Jerusalem into captivity under Nebuchadnezzar.

The Levite Clans

16 Verses 6:16-81 are numbered 6:1-66 in Hebrew text.The sons of Levi were Gershon,Hebrew Gershom, a variant spelling of Gershon (see 6:1); also in 6:17, 20, 43, 62, 71. Kohath, and Merari.

17 The descendants of Gershon included Libni and Shimei.

18 The descendants of Kohath included Amram, Izhar, Hebron, and Uzziel.

19 The descendants of Merari included Mahli and Mushi.

The following were the Levite clans, listed according to their ancestral descent:

20 The descendants of Gershon included Libni, Jahath, Zimmah,21 Joah, Iddo, Zerah, and Jeatherai.

22 The descendants of Kohath included Amminadab, Korah, Assir,23 Elkanah, Abiasaph,Hebrew Ebiasaph, a variant spelling of Abiasaph (also in 6:37); compare parallel text at Exod 6:24. Assir,24 Tahath, Uriel, Uzziah, and Shaul.

25 The descendants of Elkanah included Amasai, Ahimoth,26 Elkanah, Zophai, Nahath,27 Eliab, Jeroham, Elkanah, and Samuel.As in some Greek manuscripts (see also 6:33-34); Hebrew lacks and Samuel.

28 The sons of Samuel were JoelAs in some Greek manuscripts and the Syriac version (see also 6:33 and 1 Sam 8:2); Hebrew lacks Joel. (the older) and Abijah (the second).

29 The descendants of Merari included Mahli, Libni, Shimei, Uzzah,30 Shimea, Haggiah, and Asaiah.

The Temple Musicians

31 David assigned the following men to lead the music at the house of the Lord after the Ark was placed there.32 They ministered with music at the TabernacleHebrew the Tabernacle, the Tent of Meeting. until Solomon built the Temple of the Lord in Jerusalem. They carried out their work, following all the regulations handed down to them.33 These are the men who served, along with their sons:

Heman the musician was from the clan of Kohath. His genealogy was traced back through Joel, Samuel,34 Elkanah, Jeroham, Eliel, Toah,35 Zuph, Elkanah, Mahath, Amasai,36 Elkanah, Joel, Azariah, Zephaniah,37 Tahath, Assir, Abiasaph, Korah,38 Izhar, Kohath, Levi, and Israel.Israel is the name that God gave to Jacob.

39 Heman’s first assistant was Asaph from the clan of Gershon.Hebrew lacks from the clan of Gershon; see 6:43. Asaph’s genealogy was traced back through Berekiah, Shimea,40 Michael, Baaseiah, Malkijah,41 Ethni, Zerah, Adaiah,42 Ethan, Zimmah, Shimei,43 Jahath, Gershon, and Levi.

44 Heman’s second assistant was Ethan from the clan of Merari. Ethan’s genealogy was traced back through Kishi, Abdi, Malluch,45 Hashabiah, Amaziah, Hilkiah,46 Amzi, Bani, Shemer,47 Mahli, Mushi, Merari, and Levi.

48 Their fellow Levites were appointed to various other tasks in the Tabernacle, the house of God.

Aaron’s Descendants

49 Only Aaron and his descendants served as priests. They presented the offerings on the altar of burnt offering and the altar of incense, and they performed all the other duties related to the Most Holy Place. They made atonement for Israel by doing everything that Moses, the servant of God, had commanded them.

50 The descendants of Aaron were Eleazar, Phinehas, Abishua,51 Bukki, Uzzi, Zerahiah,52 Meraioth, Amariah, Ahitub,53 Zadok, and Ahimaaz.

Territory for the Levites

54 This is a record of the towns and territory assigned by means of sacred lots to the descendants of Aaron, who were from the clan of Kohath.55 This territory included Hebron and its surrounding pasturelands in Judah,56 but the fields and outlying areas belonging to the city were given to Caleb son of Jephunneh.57 So the descendants of Aaron were given the following towns, each with its pasturelands: Hebron (a city of refuge),As in parallel text at Josh 21:13; Hebrew reads were given the cities of refuge: Hebron, and the following towns, each with its pasturelands. Libnah, Jattir, Eshtemoa,58 Holon,As in parallel text at Josh 21:15; Masoretic Text reads Hilez; other manuscripts read Hilen. Debir,59 Ain,As in parallel text at Josh 21:16; Hebrew reads Ashan. Juttah,As in Syriac version (see also Josh 21:16); Hebrew lacks Juttah. and Beth-shemesh.60 And from the territory of Benjamin they were given Gibeon,As in parallel text at Josh 21:17; Hebrew lacks Gibeon. Geba, Alemeth, and Anathoth, each with its pasturelands. So thirteen towns were given to the descendants of Aaron.61 The remaining descendants of Kohath received ten towns from the territory of the half-tribe of Manasseh by means of sacred lots.

62 The descendants of Gershon received by sacred lots thirteen towns from the territories of Issachar, Asher, Naphtali, and from the Bashan area of Manasseh, east of the Jordan.

63 The descendants of Merari received by sacred lots twelve towns from the territories of Reuben, Gad, and Zebulun.

64 So the people of Israel assigned all these towns and pasturelands to the Levites.65 The towns in the territories of Judah, Simeon, and Benjamin, mentioned above, were assigned to them by means of sacred lots.

66 The descendants of Kohath were given the following towns from the territory of Ephraim, each with its pasturelands:67 Shechem (a city of refuge in the hill country of Ephraim),As in parallel text at Josh 21:21; Hebrew text reads were given the cities of refuge: Shechem in the hill country of Ephraim, and the following towns, each with its pasturelands. Gezer,68 Jokmeam, Beth-horon,69 Aijalon, and Gath-rimmon.70 The remaining descendants of Kohath were assigned the towns of Aner and Bileam from the territory of the half-tribe of Manasseh, each with its pasturelands.

71 The descendants of Gershon received the towns of Golan (in Bashan) and Ashtaroth from the territory of the half-tribe of Manasseh, each with its pasturelands.72 From the territory of Issachar, they were given Kedesh, Daberath,73 Ramoth, and Anem, each with its pasturelands.74 From the territory of Asher, they received Mashal, Abdon,75 Hukok, and Rehob, each with its pasturelands.76 From the territory of Naphtali, they were given Kedesh in Galilee, Hammon, and Kiriathaim, each with its pasturelands.

77 The remaining descendants of Merari received the towns of Jokneam, Kartah,As in Greek version (see also Josh 21:34); Hebrew lacks Jokneam, Kartah. Rimmon,As in Greek version (see also Josh 19:13); Hebrew reads Rimmono. and Tabor from the territory of Zebulun, each with its pasturelands.78 From the territory of Reuben, east of the Jordan River opposite Jericho, they received Bezer (a desert town), Jahaz,Hebrew Jahzah, a variant spelling of Jahaz.79 Kedemoth, and Mephaath, each with its pasturelands.80 And from the territory of Gad, they received Ramoth in Gilead, Mahanaim,81 Heshbon, and Jazer, each with its pasturelands.

18 The sons of Reuben, and the Gadites, and half the tribe of Manasseh, of valiant men, men able to bear buckler and sword, and to shoot with bow, and skilful in war, were four and forty thousand seven hundred and threescore, that went out to the war.

19 And they made war with the Hagarites, with Jetur, and Nephish, and Nodab.

20 And they were helped against them, and the Hagarites were delivered into their hand, and all that were with them: for they cried to God in the battle, and he was intreated of them; because they put their trust in him.

21 And they took away their cattle; of their camels fifty thousand, and of sheep two hundred and fifty thousand, and of asses two thousand, and of men an hundred thousand.

22 For there fell down many slain, because the war was of God. And they dwelt in their steads until the captivity.

23 And the children of the half tribe of Manasseh dwelt in the land: they increased from Bashan unto Baalhermon and Senir, and unto mount Hermon.

24 And these were the heads of the house of their fathers, even Epher, and Ishi, and Eliel, and Azriel, and Jeremiah, and Hodaviah, and Jahdiel, mighty men of valour, famous men, and heads of the house of their fathers.

25 And they transgressed against the God of their fathers, and went a whoring after the gods of the people of the land, whom God destroyed before them.

26 And the God of Israel stirred up the spirit of Pul king of Assyria, and the spirit of Tilgathpilneser king of Assyria, and he carried them away, even the Reubenites, and the Gadites, and the half tribe of Manasseh, and brought them unto Halah, and Habor, and Hara, and to the river Gozan, unto this day.

The sons of Levi; Gershon, Kohath, and Merari.

And the sons of Kohath; Amram, Izhar, and Hebron, and Uzziel.

And the children of Amram; Aaron, and Moses, and Miriam. The sons also of Aaron; Nadab, and Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar.

Eleazar begat Phinehas, Phinehas begat Abishua,

And Abishua begat Bukki, and Bukki begat Uzzi,

And Uzzi begat Zerahiah, and Zerahiah begat Meraioth,

Meraioth begat Amariah, and Amariah begat Ahitub,

And Ahitub begat Zadok, and Zadok begat Ahimaaz,

And Ahimaaz begat Azariah, and Azariah begat Johanan,

10 And Johanan begat Azariah, (he it is that executed the priest's office in the temple that Solomon built in Jerusalem:)

11 And Azariah begat Amariah, and Amariah begat Ahitub,

12 And Ahitub begat Zadok, and Zadok begat Shallum,

13 And Shallum begat Hilkiah, and Hilkiah begat Azariah,

14 And Azariah begat Seraiah, and Seraiah begat Jehozadak,

15 And Jehozadak went into captivity, when the Lord carried away Judah and Jerusalem by the hand of Nebuchadnezzar.

16 The sons of Levi; Gershom, Kohath, and Merari.

17 And these be the names of the sons of Gershom; Libni, and Shimei.

18 And the sons of Kohath were, Amram, and Izhar, and Hebron, and Uzziel.

19 The sons of Merari; Mahli, and Mushi. And these are the families of the Levites according to their fathers.

20 Of Gershom; Libni his son, Jahath his son, Zimmah his son,

21 Joah his son, Iddo his son, Zerah his son, Jeaterai his son.

22 The sons of Kohath; Amminadab his son, Korah his son, Assir his son,

23 Elkanah his son, and Ebiasaph his son, and Assir his son,

24 Tahath his son, Uriel his son, Uzziah his son, and Shaul his son.

25 And the sons of Elkanah; Amasai, and Ahimoth.

26 As for Elkanah: the sons of Elkanah; Zophai his son, and Nahath his son,

27 Eliab his son, Jeroham his son, Elkanah his son.

28 And the sons of Samuel; the firstborn Vashni, and Abiah.

29 The sons of Merari; Mahli, Libni his son, Shimei his son, Uzza his son,

30 Shimea his son, Haggiah his son, Asaiah his son.

31 And these are they whom David set over the service of song in the house of the Lord, after that the ark had rest.

32 And they ministered before the dwelling place of the tabernacle of the congregation with singing, until Solomon had built the house of the Lord in Jerusalem: and then they waited on their office according to their order.

33 And these are they that waited with their children. Of the sons of the Kohathites: Heman a singer, the son of Joel, the son of Shemuel,

34 The son of Elkanah, the son of Jeroham, the son of Eliel, the son of Toah,

35 The son of Zuph, the son of Elkanah, the son of Mahath, the son of Amasai,

36 The son of Elkanah, the son of Joel, the son of Azariah, the son of Zephaniah,

37 The son of Tahath, the son of Assir, the son of Ebiasaph, the son of Korah,

38 The son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, the son of Israel.

39 And his brother Asaph, who stood on his right hand, even Asaph the son of Berachiah, the son of Shimea,

40 The son of Michael, the son of Baaseiah, the son of Malchiah,

41 The son of Ethni, the son of Zerah, the son of Adaiah,

42 The son of Ethan, the son of Zimmah, the son of Shimei,

43 The son of Jahath, the son of Gershom, the son of Levi.

44 And their brethren the sons of Merari stood on the left hand: Ethan the son of Kishi, the son of Abdi, the son of Malluch,

45 The son of Hashabiah, the son of Amaziah, the son of Hilkiah,

46 The son of Amzi, the son of Bani, the son of Shamer,

47 The son of Mahli, the son of Mushi, the son of Merari, the son of Levi.

48 Their brethren also the Levites were appointed unto all manner of service of the tabernacle of the house of God.

49 But Aaron and his sons offered upon the altar of the burnt offering, and on the altar of incense, and were appointed for all the work of the place most holy, and to make an atonement for Israel, according to all that Moses the servant of God had commanded.

50 And these are the sons of Aaron; Eleazar his son, Phinehas his son, Abishua his son,

51 Bukki his son, Uzzi his son, Zerahiah his son,

52 Meraioth his son, Amariah his son, Ahitub his son,

53 Zadok his son, Ahimaaz his son.

54 Now these are their dwelling places throughout their castles in their coasts, of the sons of Aaron, of the families of the Kohathites: for theirs was the lot.

55 And they gave them Hebron in the land of Judah, and the suburbs thereof round about it.

56 But the fields of the city, and the villages thereof, they gave to Caleb the son of Jephunneh.

57 And to the sons of Aaron they gave the cities of Judah, namely, Hebron, the city of refuge, and Libnah with her suburbs, and Jattir, and Eshtemoa, with their suburbs,

58 And Hilen with her suburbs, Debir with her suburbs,

59 And Ashan with her suburbs, and Bethshemesh with her suburbs:

60 And out of the tribe of Benjamin; Geba with her suburbs, and Alemeth with her suburbs, and Anathoth with her suburbs. All their cities throughout their families were thirteen cities.

61 And unto the sons of Kohath, which were left of the family of that tribe, were cities given out of the half tribe, namely, out of the half tribe of Manasseh, by lot, ten cities.

62 And to the sons of Gershom throughout their families out of the tribe of Issachar, and out of the tribe of Asher, and out of the tribe of Naphtali, and out of the tribe of Manasseh in Bashan, thirteen cities.

63 Unto the sons of Merari were given by lot, throughout their families, out of the tribe of Reuben, and out of the tribe of Gad, and out of the tribe of Zebulun, twelve cities.

64 And the children of Israel gave to the Levites these cities with their suburbs.

65 And they gave by lot out of the tribe of the children of Judah, and out of the tribe of the children of Simeon, and out of the tribe of the children of Benjamin, these cities, which are called by their names.

66 And the residue of the families of the sons of Kohath had cities of their coasts out of the tribe of Ephraim.

67 And they gave unto them, of the cities of refuge, Shechem in mount Ephraim with her suburbs; they gave also Gezer with her suburbs,

68 And Jokmeam with her suburbs, and Bethhoron with her suburbs,

69 And Aijalon with her suburbs, and Gathrimmon with her suburbs:

70 And out of the half tribe of Manasseh; Aner with her suburbs, and Bileam with her suburbs, for the family of the remnant of the sons of Kohath.

71 Unto the sons of Gershom were given out of the family of the half tribe of Manasseh, Golan in Bashan with her suburbs, and Ashtaroth with her suburbs:

72 And out of the tribe of Issachar; Kedesh with her suburbs, Daberath with her suburbs,

73 And Ramoth with her suburbs, and Anem with her suburbs:

74 And out of the tribe of Asher; Mashal with her suburbs, and Abdon with her suburbs,

75 And Hukok with her suburbs, and Rehob with her suburbs:

76 And out of the tribe of Naphtali; Kedesh in Galilee with her suburbs, and Hammon with her suburbs, and Kirjathaim with her suburbs.

77 Unto the rest of the children of Merari were given out of the tribe of Zebulun, Rimmon with her suburbs, Tabor with her suburbs:

78 And on the other side Jordan by Jericho, on the east side of Jordan, were given them out of the tribe of Reuben, Bezer in the wilderness with her suburbs, and Jahzah with her suburbs,

79 Kedemoth also with her suburbs, and Mephaath with her suburbs:

80 And out of the tribe of Gad; Ramoth in Gilead with her suburbs, and Mahanaim with her suburbs,

81 And Heshbon with her suburbs, and Jazer with her suburbs.

Acts 26:1-32

26 Then Agrippa said to Paul, “You have permission to speak for yourself.”Ac 9:15; 25:22

So Paul motioned with his handS Ac 12:17 and began his defense:“King Agrippa, I consider myself fortunate to stand before youPs 119:46 today as I make my defense against all the accusations of the Jews,Ac 24:1, 5; 25:2, 7, 11and especially so because you are well acquainted with all the Jewish customsver 7; S Ac 6:14 and controversies.Ac 25:19 Therefore, I beg you to listen to me patiently.

“The Jewish people all know the way I have lived ever since I was a child,Gal 1:13, 14; Php 3:5 from the beginning of my life in my own country, and also in Jerusalem.They have known me for a long timeAc 22:3 and can testify, if they are willing, that I conformed to the strictest sectS Ac 24:5 of our religion, living as a Pharisee.Ac 23:6; Php 3:5And now it is because of my hopeAc 23:6; 24:15; 28:20 in what God has promised our ancestorsS Ac 13:32; Ro 15:8 that I am on trial today.This is the promise our twelve tribesJas 1:1 are hoping to see fulfilled as they earnestly serve God day and night.1Th 3:10; 1Ti 5:5 King Agrippa, it is because of this hope that these Jews are accusing me.ver 2Why should any of you consider it incredible that God raises the dead?Ac 23:6

“I too was convinced1Ti 1:13 that I ought to do all that was possible to opposeJn 16:2 the name of Jesus of Nazareth.S Jn 15:2110 And that is just what I did in Jerusalem. On the authority of the chief priests I put many of the Lord’s peopleS Ac 9:13 in prison,S Ac 8:3; 9:2, 14, 21 and when they were put to death, I cast my vote against them.Ac 22:2011 Many a time I went from one synagogue to another to have them punished,S Mt 10:17 and I tried to force them to blaspheme. I was so obsessed with persecuting them that I even hunted them down in foreign cities.

12 “On one of these journeys I was going to Damascus with the authority and commission of the chief priests.13 About noon, King Agrippa, as I was on the road, I saw a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, blazing around me and my companions.14 We all fell to the ground, and I heard a voiceAc 9:7 saying to me in Aramaic,Or HebrewS Jn 5:2 ‘Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.’

15 “Then I asked, ‘Who are you, Lord?’

‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,’ the Lord replied.16 ‘Now get up and stand on your feet.Eze 2:1; Da 10:11 I have appeared to you to appoint you as a servant and as a witness of what you have seen and will see of me.Ac 22:14, 1517 I will rescue youJer 1:8, 19 from your own people and from the Gentiles.S Ac 9:15; S 13:46 I am sending you to them18 to open their eyesIsa 35:5 and turn them from darkness to light,Ps 18:28; Isa 42:7, 16; Eph 5:8; Col 1:13; 1Pe 2:9 and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sinsLk 24:47; Ac 2:38 and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’S Ac 20:21, 32

19 “So then, King Agrippa, I was not disobedientIsa 50:5 to the vision from heaven.20 First to those in Damascus,Ac 9:19-25 then to those in JerusalemAc 9:26-29; 22:17-20 and in all Judea, and then to the Gentiles,S Ac 9:15; S 13:46 I preached that they should repentAc 3:19 and turn to God and demonstrate their repentance by their deeds.Jer 18:11; 35:15; Mt 3:8; Lk 3:821 That is why some Jews seized meAc 21:27, 30 in the temple courts and tried to kill me.Ac 21:3122 But God has helped me to this very day; so I stand here and testify to small and great alike. I am saying nothing beyond what the prophets and Moses said would happenS Lk 24:27, 44; Ac 10:43; 24:1423 that the Messiah would sufferS Mt 16:21 and, as the first to rise from the dead,1Co 15:20, 23; Col 1:18; Rev 1:5 would bring the message of light to his own people and to the Gentiles.”S Lk 2:32

24 At this point Festus interrupted Paul’s defense. “You are out of your mind,S Jn 10:20; S 1Co 4:10 Paul!” he shouted. “Your great learningJn 7:15 is driving you insane.”

25 “I am not insane, most excellentS Ac 23:26 Festus,” Paul replied. “What I am saying is true and reasonable.26 The king is familiar with these things,ver 3 and I can speak freely to him. I am convinced that none of this has escaped his notice, because it was not done in a corner.27 King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know you do.”

28 Then Agrippa said to Paul, “Do you think that in such a short time you can persuade me to be a Christian?”Ac 11:26

29 Paul replied, “Short time or long—I pray to God that not only you but all who are listening to me today may become what I am, except for these chains.”S Ac 21:33

30 The king rose, and with him the governor and BerniceAc 25:23 and those sitting with them.31 After they left the room, they began saying to one another, “This man is not doing anything that deserves death or imprisonment.”S Ac 23:9

32 Agrippa said to Festus, “This man could have been set freeAc 28:18 if he had not appealed to Caesar.”S Ac 25:11

26 Then Agrippa said to Paul, “You may speak in your defense.”

So Paul, gesturing with his hand, started his defense:“I am fortunate, King Agrippa, that you are the one hearing my defense today against all these accusations made by the Jewish leaders,for I know you are an expert on all Jewish customs and controversies. Now please listen to me patiently!

“As the Jewish leaders are well aware, I was given a thorough Jewish training from my earliest childhood among my own people and in Jerusalem.If they would admit it, they know that I have been a member of the Pharisees, the strictest sect of our religion.Now I am on trial because of my hope in the fulfillment of God’s promise made to our ancestors.In fact, that is why the twelve tribes of Israel zealously worship God night and day, and they share the same hope I have. Yet, Your Majesty, they accuse me for having this hope!Why does it seem incredible to any of you that God can raise the dead?

“I used to believe that I ought to do everything I could to oppose the very name of Jesus the Nazarene.Or Jesus of Nazareth.10 Indeed, I did just that in Jerusalem. Authorized by the leading priests, I caused many believersGreek many of God’s holy people. there to be sent to prison. And I cast my vote against them when they were condemned to death.11 Many times I had them punished in the synagogues to get them to curse Jesus.Greek to blaspheme. I was so violently opposed to them that I even chased them down in foreign cities.

12 “One day I was on such a mission to Damascus, armed with the authority and commission of the leading priests.13 About noon, Your Majesty, as I was on the road, a light from heaven brighter than the sun shone down on me and my companions.14 We all fell down, and I heard a voice saying to me in Aramaic,Or Hebrew. ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? It is useless for you to fight against my will.Greek It is hard for you to kick against the oxgoads.

15 “‘Who are you, lord?’ I asked.

“And the Lord replied, ‘I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting.16 Now get to your feet! For I have appeared to you to appoint you as my servant and witness. Tell people that you have seen me, and tell them what I will show you in the future.17 And I will rescue you from both your own people and the Gentiles. Yes, I am sending you to the Gentiles18 to open their eyes, so they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God. Then they will receive forgiveness for their sins and be given a place among God’s people, who are set apart by faith in me.’

19 “And so, King Agrippa, I obeyed that vision from heaven.20 I preached first to those in Damascus, then in Jerusalem and throughout all Judea, and also to the Gentiles, that all must repent of their sins and turn to God—and prove they have changed by the good things they do.21 Some Jews arrested me in the Temple for preaching this, and they tried to kill me.22 But God has protected me right up to this present time so I can testify to everyone, from the least to the greatest. I teach nothing except what the prophets and Moses said would happen—23 that the Messiah would suffer and be the first to rise from the dead, and in this way announce God’s light to Jews and Gentiles alike.”

24 Suddenly, Festus shouted, “Paul, you are insane. Too much study has made you crazy!”

25 But Paul replied, “I am not insane, Most Excellent Festus. What I am saying is the sober truth.26 And King Agrippa knows about these things. I speak boldly, for I am sure these events are all familiar to him, for they were not done in a corner!27 King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know you do—”

28 Agrippa interrupted him. “Do you think you can persuade me to become a Christian so quickly?”Or “A little more, and your arguments would make me a Christian.”

29 Paul replied, “Whether quickly or not, I pray to God that both you and everyone here in this audience might become the same as I am, except for these chains.”

30 Then the king, the governor, Bernice, and all the others stood and left.31 As they went out, they talked it over and agreed, “This man hasn’t done anything to deserve death or imprisonment.”

32 And Agrippa said to Festus, “He could have been set free if he hadn’t appealed to Caesar.”

26 Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Thou art permitted to speak for thyself. Then Paul stretched forth the hand, and answered for himself:

I think myself happy, king Agrippa, because I shall answer for myself this day before thee touching all the things whereof I am accused of the Jews:

Especially because I know thee to be expert in all customs and questions which are among the Jews: wherefore I beseech thee to hear me patiently.

My manner of life from my youth, which was at the first among mine own nation at Jerusalem, know all the Jews;

Which knew me from the beginning, if they would testify, that after the most straitest sect of our religion I lived a Pharisee.

And now I stand and am judged for the hope of the promise made of God, unto our fathers:

Unto which promise our twelve tribes, instantly serving God day and night, hope to come. For which hope's sake, king Agrippa, I am accused of the Jews.

Why should it be thought a thing incredible with you, that God should raise the dead?

I verily thought with myself, that I ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth.

10 Which thing I also did in Jerusalem: and many of the saints did I shut up in prison, having received authority from the chief priests; and when they were put to death, I gave my voice against them.

11 And I punished them oft in every synagogue, and compelled them to blaspheme; and being exceedingly mad against them, I persecuted them even unto strange cities.

12 Whereupon as I went to Damascus with authority and commission from the chief priests,

13 At midday, O king, I saw in the way a light from heaven, above the brightness of the sun, shining round about me and them which journeyed with me.

14 And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.

15 And I said, Who art thou, Lord? And he said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest.

16 But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee;

17 Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee,

18 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.

19 Whereupon, O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision:

20 But shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance.

21 For these causes the Jews caught me in the temple, and went about to kill me.

22 Having therefore obtained help of God, I continue unto this day, witnessing both to small and great, saying none other things than those which the prophets and Moses did say should come:

23 That Christ should suffer, and that he should be the first that should rise from the dead, and should shew light unto the people, and to the Gentiles.

24 And as he thus spake for himself, Festus said with a loud voice, Paul, thou art beside thyself; much learning doth make thee mad.

25 But he said, I am not mad, most noble Festus; but speak forth the words of truth and soberness.

26 For the king knoweth of these things, before whom also I speak freely: for I am persuaded that none of these things are hidden from him; for this thing was not done in a corner.

27 King Agrippa, believest thou the prophets? I know that thou believest.

28 Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.

29 And Paul said, I would to God, that not only thou, but also all that hear me this day, were both almost, and altogether such as I am, except these bonds.

30 And when he had thus spoken, the king rose up, and the governor, and Bernice, and they that sat with them:

31 And when they were gone aside, they talked between themselves, saying, This man doeth nothing worthy of death or of bonds.

32 Then said Agrippa unto Festus, This man might have been set at liberty, if he had not appealed unto Caesar.

Psalm 6:1-10

Psalm 6In Hebrew texts 6:1-10 is numbered 6:2-11.

For the director of music. With stringed instruments. According to sheminith.Title: Probably a musical term A psalm of David.

Lord, do not rebuke me in your angerS Ps 2:5

or discipline me in your wrath.

Have mercy on me,Ps 4:1; 26:11; Jer 3:12; 12:15; 31:20 Lord, for I am faint;Ps 61:2; 77:3; 142:3; Isa 40:31; Jer 8:18; Eze 21:7

heal me,S Nu 12:13 Lord, for my bones are in agony.Ps 22:14; 31:10; 32:3; 38:3; 42:10; 102:3

My soul is in deep anguish.S Job 7:11; Ps 31:7; 38:8; 55:4; S Jn 12:27; Ro 9:2; 2Co 2:4

How long,1Sa 1:14; 1Ki 18:21; Ps 4:2; 89:46; Isa 6:11; Jer 4:14; Hab 1:2; Zec 1:12 Lord, how long?

Turn,Ps 25:16; 31:2; 69:16; 71:2; 86:16; 88:2; 102:2; 119:132 Lord, and deliver me;

save me because of your unfailing love.Ps 13:5; 31:16; 77:8; 85:7; 119:41; Isa 54:8, 10

Among the dead no one proclaims your name.

Who praises you from the grave?Ps 30:9; 88:10-12; 115:17; Ecc 9:10; Isa 38:18

I am worn outS Jdg 8:5 from my groaning.S Job 3:24; S 23:2; Ps 12:5; 77:3; 102:5; La 1:8, 11, 21, 22

All night long I flood my bed with weepingS Job 16:16

and drench my couch with tears.S Job 7:3; Lk 7:38; Ac 20:19

My eyes grow weakS Job 16:8; Ps 31:9; 69:3; 119:82; Isa 38:14 with sorrow;

they fail because of all my foes.

Away from me,Ps 119:115; 139:19 all you who do evil,Ps 5:5; S Mt 7:23

for the Lord has heard my weeping.

The Lord has heard my cry for mercy;Ps 28:6; 116:1

the Lord accepts my prayer.

10 All my enemies will be overwhelmed with shame and anguish;S 2Ki 19:26

they will turn back and suddenly be put to shame.Ps 40:14

Psalm 6

For the choir director: A psalm of David, to be accompanied by an eight-stringed instrument.Hebrew with stringed instruments; according to the sheminith.

O Lord, don’t rebuke me in your anger

or discipline me in your rage.

Have compassion on me, Lord, for I am weak.

Heal me, Lord, for my bones are in agony.

I am sick at heart.

How long, O Lord, until you restore me?

Return, O Lord, and rescue me.

Save me because of your unfailing love.

For the dead do not remember you.

Who can praise you from the grave?Hebrew from Sheol?

I am worn out from sobbing.

All night I flood my bed with weeping,

drenching it with my tears.

My vision is blurred by grief;

my eyes are worn out because of all my enemies.

Go away, all you who do evil,

for the Lord has heard my weeping.

The Lord has heard my plea;

the Lord will answer my prayer.

10 May all my enemies be disgraced and terrified.

May they suddenly turn back in shame.

O Lord, rebuke me not in thine anger, neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure.

Have mercy upon me, O Lord; for I am weak: O Lord, heal me; for my bones are vexed.

My soul is also sore vexed: but thou, O Lord, how long?

Return, O Lord, deliver my soul: oh save me for thy mercies' sake.

For in death there is no remembrance of thee: in the grave who shall give thee thanks?

I am weary with my groaning; all the night make I my bed to swim; I water my couch with my tears.

Mine eye is consumed because of grief; it waxeth old because of all mine enemies.

Depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity; for the Lord hath heard the voice of my weeping.

The Lord hath heard my supplication; the Lord will receive my prayer.

10 Let all mine enemies be ashamed and sore vexed: let them return and be ashamed suddenly.

Proverbs 18:20-21

20 From the fruit of their mouth a person’s stomach is filled;

with the harvest of their lips they are satisfied.S Pr 12:14

21 The tongue has the power of life and death,S Ps 12:4

and those who love it will eat its fruit.Pr 13:2-3; S Mt 12:37

20 Wise words satisfy like a good meal;

the right words bring satisfaction.

21 The tongue can bring death or life;

those who love to talk will reap the consequences.

20 A man's belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled.

21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

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