Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

How easily we can be blown off course from the will of God by listening to advice from others instead of listening to a word from the Lord! Paul tried to convince the centurion that he had heard from God concerning great danger to the ship if they set sail from Fair Havens. Nevertheless, the centurion followed the advice of the pilot and the owner of the ship (Acts 27:11).

Someone once said, "We don't need good advice. We need a word from the Lord!" God does not need decision makers-He needs hearers. In every circumstance, He has a planned way of escape (1 Corinthians 10:13), if we will take the time to listen to Him. The pilot and ship's owner thought they had made the right decision "when a light wind began blowing from the south" (Acts 27:13). How quickly, however, did the dreamy breeze turn into a nightmare storm!

Do not try to discern the right direction with your natural mind, but wait upon the Lord and listen to His counsel. In the end, you will save yourself much heartache, for "the Lord's purpose will prevail" (Proverbs 19:21). If you follow His counsel, you will discover that God is your shield, "saving those whose hearts are true and right" (Psalm 7:10).

1 Chronicles 7:1-8:40

Issachar

The sons of Issachar:S Ge 30:18

Tola, Puah,S Ge 46:13 Jashub and Shimron—four in all.

The sons of Tola:

Uzzi, Rephaiah, Jeriel, Jahmai, Ibsam and Samuel—heads of their families. During the reign of David, the descendants of Tola listed as fighting men in their genealogy numbered 22,600.

The son of Uzzi:

Izrahiah.

The sons of Izrahiah:

Michael, Obadiah, Joel and Ishiah. All five of them were chiefs.According to their family genealogy, they had 36,000 men ready for battle, for they had many wives and children.

The relatives who were fighting men belonging to all the clans of Issachar, as listed in their genealogy, were 87,000 in all.

Benjamin

Three sons of Benjamin:S Nu 26:38

Bela, Beker and Jediael.

The sons of Bela:

Ezbon, Uzzi, Uzziel, Jerimoth and Iri, heads of families—five in all. Their genealogical record listed 22,034 fighting men.

The sons of Beker:

Zemirah, Joash, Eliezer, Elioenai, Omri, Jeremoth, Abijah, Anathoth and Alemeth. All these were the sons of Beker.Their genealogical record listed the heads of families and 20,200 fighting men.

10 The son of Jediael:

Bilhan.

The sons of Bilhan:

Jeush, Benjamin, Ehud, Kenaanah, Zethan, Tarshish and Ahishahar.11 All these sons of Jediael were heads of families. There were 17,200 fighting men ready to go out to war.

12 The Shuppites and Huppites were the descendants of Ir, and the HushitesOr Ir. The sons of Dan: Hushim, (see Gen. 46:23); Hebrew does not have The sons of Dan. the descendants of Aher.

Naphtali

13 The sons of Naphtali:S Ge 30:8

Jahziel, Guni, Jezer and ShillemSome Hebrew and Septuagint manuscripts (see also Gen. 46:24 and Num. 26:49); most Hebrew manuscripts Shallum—the descendants of Bilhah.

Manasseh

14 The descendants of Manasseh:S Ge 41:51; S Jos 17:1; 1Ch 5:23

Asriel was his descendant through his Aramean concubine. She gave birth to Makir the father of Gilead.S Nu 26:3015 Makir took a wife from among the Huppites and Shuppites. His sister’s name was Maakah.

Another descendant was named Zelophehad,S Nu 26:33; 36:1-12 who had only daughters.

16 Makir’s wife Maakah gave birth to a son and named him Peresh. His brother was named Sheresh, and his sons were Ulam and Rakem.

17 The son of Ulam:

Bedan.

These were the sons of GileadS Nu 26:30 son of Makir, the son of Manasseh.18 His sister Hammoleketh gave birth to Ishhod, AbiezerS Jos 17:2 and Mahlah.

19 The sons of ShemidaJos 17:2 were:

Ahian, Shechem, Likhi and Aniam.

Ephraim

20 The descendants of Ephraim:S Ge 41:52; S Nu 1:33

Shuthelah, Bered his son,

Tahath his son, Eleadah his son,

Tahath his son,21 Zabad his son

and Shuthelah his son.

Ezer and Elead were killed by the native-born men of Gath, when they went down to seize their livestock.22 Their father Ephraim mourned for them many days, and his relatives came to comfort him.23 Then he made love to his wife again, and she became pregnant and gave birth to a son. He named him Beriah,Beriah sounds like the Hebrew for misfortune. because there had been misfortune in his family.24 His daughter was Sheerah, who built Lower and Upper Beth HoronS Jos 10:10 as well as Uzzen Sheerah.

25 Rephah was his son, Resheph his son,Some Septuagint manuscripts; Hebrew does not have his son.

Telah his son, Tahan his son,

26 Ladan his son, Ammihud his son,

Elishama his son,27 Nun his son

and Joshua his son.

28 Their lands and settlements included Bethel and its surrounding villages, Naaran to the east, GezerJos 10:33 and its villages to the west, and Shechem and its villages all the way to Ayyah and its villages.29 Along the borders of Manasseh were Beth Shan,S Jos 17:11 Taanach, Megiddo and Dor,S Jos 11:2 together with their villages. The descendants of Joseph son of Israel lived in these towns.

Asher

30 The sons of Asher:S Nu 1:40

Imnah, Ishvah, Ishvi and Beriah. Their sister was Serah.

31 The sons of Beriah:

Heber and Malkiel, who was the father of Birzaith.

32 Heber was the father of Japhlet, Shomer and Hotham and of their sister Shua.

33 The sons of Japhlet:

Pasak, Bimhal and Ashvath.

These were Japhlet’s sons.

34 The sons of Shomer:

Ahi, Rohgah,Or of his brother Shomer: Rohgah Hubbah and Aram.

35 The sons of his brother Helem:

Zophah, Imna, Shelesh and Amal.

36 The sons of Zophah:

Suah, Harnepher, Shual, Beri, Imrah,37 Bezer, Hod, Shamma, Shilshah, IthranPossibly a variant of Jether and Beera.

38 The sons of Jether:

Jephunneh, Pispah and Ara.

39 The sons of Ulla:

Arah, Hanniel and Rizia.

40 All these were descendants of Asher—heads of families, choice men, brave warriors and outstanding leaders. The number of men ready for battle, as listed in their genealogy, was 26,000.

The Genealogy of Saul the Benjamite8:28-38pp — 1Ch 9:34-44

BenjaminS Ge 46:21 was the father of Bela his firstborn,

Ashbel the second son, Aharah the third,

Nohah the fourth and Rapha the fifth.

The sons of Bela were:

Addar,S Ge 46:21 Gera, Abihud,Or Gera the father of EhudAbishua, Naaman, Ahoah,2Sa 23:9Gera, Shephuphan and Huram.

These were the descendants of Ehud,Jdg 3:12-30 who were heads of families of those living in Geba and were deported to Manahath:

Naaman, Ahijah, and Gera, who deported them and who was the father of Uzza and Ahihud.

Sons were born to Shaharaim in Moab after he had divorced his wives Hushim and Baara.By his wife Hodesh he had Jobab, Zibia, Mesha, Malkam,10 Jeuz, Sakia and Mirmah. These were his sons, heads of families.11 By Hushim he had Abitub and Elpaal.

12 The sons of Elpaal:

Eber, Misham, Shemed (who built OnoEzr 2:33; Ne 6:2; 7:37; 11:35 and Lod with its surrounding villages),13 and Beriah and Shema, who were heads of families of those living in AijalonS Jos 10:12 and who drove out the inhabitants of Gath.S Jos 11:22

14 Ahio, Shashak, Jeremoth,15 Zebadiah, Arad, Eder,16 Michael, Ishpah and Joha were the sons of Beriah.

17 Zebadiah, Meshullam, Hizki, Heber,18 Ishmerai, Izliah and Jobab were the sons of Elpaal.

19 Jakim, Zikri, Zabdi,20 Elienai, Zillethai, Eliel,21 Adaiah, Beraiah and Shimrath were the sons of Shimei.

22 Ishpan, Eber, Eliel,23 Abdon, Zikri, Hanan,24 Hananiah, Elam, Anthothijah,25 Iphdeiah and Penuel were the sons of Shashak.

26 Shamsherai, Shehariah, Athaliah,27 Jaareshiah, Elijah and Zikri were the sons of Jeroham.

28 All these were heads of families, chiefs as listed in their genealogy, and they lived in Jerusalem.

29 JeielSome Septuagint manuscripts (see also 9:35); Hebrew does not have Jeiel. the fatherFather may mean civic leader or military leader. of Gibeon lived in Gibeon.S Jos 9:3

His wife’s name was Maakah,30 and his firstborn son was Abdon, followed by Zur, Kish, Baal, Ner,Some Septuagint manuscripts (see also 9:36); Hebrew does not have Ner. Nadab,31 Gedor, Ahio, Zeker32 and Mikloth, who was the father of Shimeah. They too lived near their relatives in Jerusalem.

33 NerS 1Sa 28:19 was the father of Kish,S 1Sa 9:1 Kish the father of Saul1Sa 14:49, and Saul the father of Jonathan, Malki-Shua, Abinadab and Esh-Baal.Also known as Ish-BoshethS 2Sa 2:8

34 The son of Jonathan:S 2Sa 9:12

Merib-Baal,Also known as MephiboshethS 2Sa 4:4; S 21:7-14 who was the father of Micah.

35 The sons of Micah:

Pithon, Melek, Tarea and Ahaz.

36 Ahaz was the father of Jehoaddah, Jehoaddah was the father of Alemeth, Azmaveth and Zimri, and Zimri was the father of Moza.37 Moza was the father of Binea; Raphah was his son, Eleasah his son and Azel his son.

38 Azel had six sons, and these were their names:

Azrikam, Bokeru, Ishmael, Sheariah, Obadiah and Hanan. All these were the sons of Azel.

39 The sons of his brother Eshek:

Ulam his firstborn, Jeush the second son and Eliphelet the third.40 The sons of Ulam were brave warriors who could handle the bow. They had many sons and grandsons—150 in all.

All these were the descendants of Benjamin.S Nu 26:38

Descendants of Issachar

The four sons of Issachar were Tola, Puah, Jashub, and Shimron.

The sons of Tola were Uzzi, Rephaiah, Jeriel, Jahmai, Ibsam, and Shemuel. Each of them was the leader of an ancestral clan. At the time of King David, the total number of mighty warriors listed in the records of these clans was 22,600.

The son of Uzzi was Izrahiah. The sons of Izrahiah were Michael, Obadiah, Joel, and Isshiah. These five became the leaders of clans.All of them had many wives and many sons, so the total number of men available for military service among their descendants was 36,000.

The total number of mighty warriors from all the clans of the tribe of Issachar was 87,000. All of them were listed in their genealogical records.

Descendants of Benjamin

Three of Benjamin’s sons were Bela, Beker, and Jediael.

The five sons of Bela were Ezbon, Uzzi, Uzziel, Jerimoth, and Iri. Each of them was the leader of an ancestral clan. The total number of mighty warriors from these clans was 22,034, as listed in their genealogical records.

The sons of Beker were Zemirah, Joash, Eliezer, Elioenai, Omri, Jeremoth, Abijah, Anathoth, and Alemeth.Each of them was the leader of an ancestral clan. The total number of mighty warriors and leaders from these clans was 20,200, as listed in their genealogical records.

10 The son of Jediael was Bilhan. The sons of Bilhan were Jeush, Benjamin, Ehud, Kenaanah, Zethan, Tarshish, and Ahishahar.11 Each of them was the leader of an ancestral clan. From these clans the total number of mighty warriors ready for war was 17,200.

12 The sons of Ir were Shuppim and Huppim. Hushim was the son of Aher.

Descendants of Naphtali

13 The sons of Naphtali were Jahzeel,As in parallel text at Gen 46:24; Hebrew reads Jahziel, a variant spelling of Jahzeel. Guni, Jezer, and Shillem.As in some Hebrew and Greek manuscripts (see also Gen 46:24; Num 26:49); most Hebrew manuscripts read Shallum. They were all descendants of Jacob’s concubine Bilhah.

Descendants of Manasseh

14 The descendants of Manasseh through his Aramean concubine included Asriel. She also bore Makir, the father of Gilead.15 Makir found wives forOr Makir took a wife from. The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain. Huppim and Shuppim. Makir had a sister named Maacah. One of his descendants was Zelophehad, who had only daughters.

16 Makir’s wife, Maacah, gave birth to a son whom she named Peresh. His brother’s name was Sheresh. The sons of Peresh were Ulam and Rakem.17 The son of Ulam was Bedan. All these were considered Gileadites, descendants of Makir son of Manasseh.

18 Makir’s sister Hammoleketh gave birth to Ishhod, Abiezer, and Mahlah.

19 The sons of Shemida were Ahian, Shechem, Likhi, and Aniam.

Descendants of Ephraim

20 The descendants of Ephraim were Shuthelah, Bered, Tahath, Eleadah, Tahath,21 Zabad, Shuthelah, Ezer, and Elead. These two were killed trying to steal livestock from the local farmers near Gath.22 Their father, Ephraim, mourned for them a long time, and his relatives came to comfort him.23 Afterward Ephraim slept with his wife, and she became pregnant and gave birth to a son. Ephraim named him BeriahBeriah sounds like a Hebrew term meaning “tragedy” or “misfortune.” because of the tragedy his family had suffered.24 He had a daughter named Sheerah. She built the towns of Lower and Upper Beth-horon and Uzzen-sheerah.

25 The descendants of Ephraim included Rephah, Resheph, Telah, Tahan,26 Ladan, Ammihud, Elishama,27 Nun, and Joshua.

28 The descendants of Ephraim lived in the territory that included Bethel and its surrounding towns to the south, Naaran to the east, Gezer and its villages to the west, and Shechem and its surrounding villages to the north as far as Ayyah and its towns.29 Along the border of Manasseh were the towns of Beth-shan,Hebrew Beth-shean, a variant spelling of Beth-shan. Taanach, Megiddo, Dor, and their surrounding villages. The descendants of Joseph son of IsraelIsrael is the name that God gave to Jacob. lived in these towns.

Descendants of Asher

30 The sons of Asher were Imnah, Ishvah, Ishvi, and Beriah. They had a sister named Serah.

31 The sons of Beriah were Heber and Malkiel (the father of Birzaith).

32 The sons of Heber were Japhlet, Shomer, and Hotham. They had a sister named Shua.

33 The sons of Japhlet were Pasach, Bimhal, and Ashvath.

34 The sons of Shomer were Ahi,Or The sons of Shomer, his brother, were. Rohgah, Hubbah, and Aram.

35 The sons of his brother HelemPossibly another name for Hotham; compare 7:32. were Zophah, Imna, Shelesh, and Amal.

36 The sons of Zophah were Suah, Harnepher, Shual, Beri, Imrah,37 Bezer, Hod, Shamma, Shilshah, Ithran,Possibly another name for Jether; compare 7:38. and Beera.

38 The sons of Jether were Jephunneh, Pispah, and Ara.

39 The sons of Ulla were Arah, Hanniel, and Rizia.

40 Each of these descendants of Asher was the head of an ancestral clan. They were all select men—mighty warriors and outstanding leaders. The total number of men available for military service was 26,000, as listed in their genealogical records.

Descendants of Benjamin

Benjamin’s first son was Bela, the second was Ashbel, the third was Aharah,the fourth was Nohah, and the fifth was Rapha.

The sons of Bela were Addar, Gera, Abihud,Possibly Gera the father of Ehud; compare 8:6.Abishua, Naaman, Ahoah,Gera, Shephuphan, and Huram.

The sons of Ehud, leaders of the clans living at Geba, were exiled to Manahath.Ehud’s sons were Naaman, Ahijah, and Gera. Gera, who led them into exile, was the father of Uzza and Ahihud.Or Gera, that is Heglam, was the father of Uzza and Ahihud.

After Shaharaim divorced his wives Hushim and Baara, he had children in the land of Moab.His wife Hodesh gave birth to Jobab, Zibia, Mesha, Malcam,10 Jeuz, Sakia, and Mirmah. These sons all became the leaders of clans.

11 Shaharaim’s wife Hushim had already given birth to Abitub and Elpaal.12 The sons of Elpaal were Eber, Misham, Shemed (who built the towns of Ono and Lod and their nearby villages),13 Beriah, and Shema. They were the leaders of the clans living in Aijalon, and they drove out the inhabitants of Gath.

14 Ahio, Shashak, Jeremoth,15 Zebadiah, Arad, Eder,16 Michael, Ishpah, and Joha were the sons of Beriah.

17 Zebadiah, Meshullam, Hizki, Heber,18 Ishmerai, Izliah, and Jobab were the sons of Elpaal.

19 Jakim, Zicri, Zabdi,20 Elienai, Zillethai, Eliel,21 Adaiah, Beraiah, and Shimrath were the sons of Shimei.

22 Ishpan, Eber, Eliel,23 Abdon, Zicri, Hanan,24 Hananiah, Elam, Anthothijah,25 Iphdeiah, and Penuel were the sons of Shashak.

26 Shamsherai, Shehariah, Athaliah,27 Jaareshiah, Elijah, and Zicri were the sons of Jeroham.

28 These were the leaders of the ancestral clans; they were listed in their genealogical records, and they all lived in Jerusalem.

The Family of Saul

29 JeielAs in some Greek manuscripts (see also 9:35); Hebrew lacks Jeiel. (the father ofOr the founder of. Gibeon) lived in the town of Gibeon. His wife’s name was Maacah,30 and his oldest son was named Abdon. Jeiel’s other sons were Zur, Kish, Baal, Ner,As in some Greek manuscripts (see also 9:36); Hebrew lacks Ner. Nadab,31 Gedor, Ahio, Zechariah,As in parallel text at 9:37; Hebrew reads Zeker, a variant spelling of Zechariah.32 and Mikloth, who was the father of Shimeam.As in parallel text at 9:38; Hebrew reads Shimeah, a variant spelling of Shimeam. All these families lived near each other in Jerusalem.

33 Ner was the father of Kish.

Kish was the father of Saul.

Saul was the father of Jonathan, Malkishua, Abinadab, and Esh-baal.

34 Jonathan was the father of Merib-baal.

Merib-baal was the father of Micah.

35 Micah was the father of Pithon, Melech, Tahrea,As in parallel text at 9:41; Hebrew reads Tarea, a variant spelling of Tahrea. and Ahaz.

36 Ahaz was the father of Jadah.As in parallel text at 9:42; Hebrew reads Jehoaddah, a variant spelling of Jadah.

Jadah was the father of Alemeth, Azmaveth, and Zimri.

Zimri was the father of Moza.

37 Moza was the father of Binea.

Binea was the father of Rephaiah.As in parallel text at 9:43; Hebrew reads Raphah, a variant spelling of Rephaiah.

Rephaiah was the father of Eleasah.

Eleasah was the father of Azel.

38 Azel had six sons: Azrikam, Bokeru, Ishmael, Sheariah, Obadiah, and Hanan. These were the sons of Azel.

39 Azel’s brother Eshek had three sons: the first was Ulam, the second was Jeush, and the third was Eliphelet.40 Ulam’s sons were all mighty warriors and expert archers. They had many sons and grandsons—150 in all.

All these were descendants of Benjamin.

Now the sons of Issachar were, Tola, and Puah, Jashub, and Shimrom, four.

And the sons of Tola; Uzzi, and Rephaiah, and Jeriel, and Jahmai, and Jibsam, and Shemuel, heads of their father's house, to wit, of Tola: they were valiant men of might in their generations; whose number was in the days of David two and twenty thousand and six hundred.

And the sons of Uzzi; Izrahiah: and the sons of Izrahiah; Michael, and Obadiah, and Joel, Ishiah, five: all of them chief men.

And with them, by their generations, after the house of their fathers, were bands of soldiers for war, six and thirty thousand men: for they had many wives and sons.

And their brethren among all the families of Issachar were valiant men of might, reckoned in all by their genealogies fourscore and seven thousand.

The sons of Benjamin; Bela, and Becher, and Jediael, three.

And the sons of Bela; Ezbon, and Uzzi, and Uzziel, and Jerimoth, and Iri, five; heads of the house of their fathers, mighty men of valour; and were reckoned by their genealogies twenty and two thousand and thirty and four.

And the sons of Becher; Zemira, and Joash, and Eliezer, and Elioenai, and Omri, and Jerimoth, and Abiah, and Anathoth, and Alameth. All these are the sons of Becher.

And the number of them, after their genealogy by their generations, heads of the house of their fathers, mighty men of valour, was twenty thousand and two hundred.

10 The sons also of Jediael; Bilhan: and the sons of Bilhan; Jeush, and Benjamin, and Ehud, and Chenaanah, and Zethan, and Tharshish, and Ahishahar.

11 All these the sons of Jediael, by the heads of their fathers, mighty men of valour, were seventeen thousand and two hundred soldiers, fit to go out for war and battle.

12 Shuppim also, and Huppim, the children of Ir, and Hushim, the sons of Aher.

13 The sons of Naphtali; Jahziel, and Guni, and Jezer, and Shallum, the sons of Bilhah.

14 The sons of Manasseh; Ashriel, whom she bare: (but his concubine the Aramitess bare Machir the father of Gilead:

15 And Machir took to wife the sister of Huppim and Shuppim, whose sister's name was Maachah;) and the name of the second was Zelophehad: and Zelophehad had daughters.

16 And Maachah the wife of Machir bare a son, and she called his name Peresh; and the name of his brother was Sheresh; and his sons were Ulam and Rakem.

17 And the sons of Ulam; Bedan. These were the sons of Gilead, the son of Machir, the son of Manasseh.

18 And his sister Hammoleketh bare Ishod, and Abiezer, and Mahalah.

19 And the sons of Shemidah were, Ahian, and Shechem, and Likhi, and Aniam.

20 And the sons of Ephraim; Shuthelah, and Bered his son, and Tahath his son, and Eladah his son, and Tahath his son,

21 And Zabad his son, and Shuthelah his son, and Ezer, and Elead, whom the men of Gath that were born in that land slew, because they came down to take away their cattle.

22 And Ephraim their father mourned many days, and his brethren came to comfort him.

23 And when he went in to his wife, she conceived, and bare a son, and he called his name Beriah, because it went evil with his house.

24 (And his daughter was Sherah, who built Bethhoron the nether, and the upper, and Uzzensherah.)

25 And Rephah was his son, also Resheph, and Telah his son, and Tahan his son.

26 Laadan his son, Ammihud his son, Elishama his son.

27 Non his son, Jehoshuah his son.

28 And their possessions and habitations were, Bethel and the towns thereof, and eastward Naaran, and westward Gezer, with the towns thereof; Shechem also and the towns thereof, unto Gaza and the towns thereof:

29 And by the borders of the children of Manasseh, Bethshean and her towns, Taanach and her towns, Megiddo and her towns, Dor and her towns. In these dwelt the children of Joseph the son of Israel.

30 The sons of Asher; Imnah, and Isuah, and Ishuai, and Beriah, and Serah their sister.

31 And the sons of Beriah; Heber, and Malchiel, who is the father of Birzavith.

32 And Heber begat Japhlet, and Shomer, and Hotham, and Shua their sister.

33 And the sons of Japhlet; Pasach, and Bimhal, and Ashvath. These are the children of Japhlet.

34 And the sons of Shamer; Ahi, and Rohgah, Jehubbah, and Aram.

35 And the sons of his brother Helem; Zophah, and Imna, and Shelesh, and Amal.

36 The sons of Zophah; Suah, and Harnepher, and Shual, and Beri, and Imrah,

37 Bezer, and Hod, and Shamma, and Shilshah, and Ithran, and Beera.

38 And the sons of Jether; Jephunneh, and Pispah, and Ara.

39 And the sons of Ulla; Arah, and Haniel, and Rezia.

40 All these were the children of Asher, heads of their father's house, choice and mighty men of valour, chief of the princes. And the number throughout the genealogy of them that were apt to the war and to battle was twenty and six thousand men.

Now Benjamin begat Bela his firstborn, Ashbel the second, and Aharah the third,

Nohah the fourth, and Rapha the fifth.

And the sons of Bela were, Addar, and Gera, and Abihud,

And Abishua, and Naaman, and Ahoah,

And Gera, and Shephuphan, and Huram.

And these are the sons of Ehud: these are the heads of the fathers of the inhabitants of Geba, and they removed them to Manahath:

And Naaman, and Ahiah, and Gera, he removed them, and begat Uzza, and Ahihud.

And Shaharaim begat children in the country of Moab, after he had sent them away; Hushim and Baara were his wives.

And he begat of Hodesh his wife, Jobab, and Zibia, and Mesha, and Malcham,

10 And Jeuz, and Shachia, and Mirma. These were his sons, heads of the fathers.

11 And of Hushim he begat Abitub, and Elpaal.

12 The sons of Elpaal; Eber, and Misham, and Shamed, who built Ono, and Lod, with the towns thereof:

13 Beriah also, and Shema, who were heads of the fathers of the inhabitants of Aijalon, who drove away the inhabitants of Gath:

14 And Ahio, Shashak, and Jeremoth,

15 And Zebadiah, and Arad, and Ader,

16 And Michael, and Ispah, and Joha, the sons of Beriah;

17 And Zebadiah, and Meshullam, and Hezeki, and Heber,

18 Ishmerai also, and Jezliah, and Jobab, the sons of Elpaal;

19 And Jakim, and Zichri, and Zabdi,

20 And Elienai, and Zilthai, and Eliel,

21 And Adaiah, and Beraiah, and Shimrath, the sons of Shimhi;

22 And Ishpan, and Heber, and Eliel,

23 And Abdon, and Zichri, and Hanan,

24 And Hananiah, and Elam, and Antothijah,

25 And Iphedeiah, and Penuel, the sons of Shashak;

26 And Shamsherai, and Shehariah, and Athaliah,

27 And Jaresiah, and Eliah, and Zichri, the sons of Jeroham.

28 These were heads of the fathers, by their generations, chief men. These dwelt in Jerusalem.

29 And at Gibeon dwelt the father of Gibeon; whose wife's name was Maachah:

30 And his firstborn son Abdon, and Zur, and Kish, and Baal, and Nadab,

31 And Gedor, and Ahio, and Zacher.

32 And Mikloth begat Shimeah. And these also dwelt with their brethren in Jerusalem, over against them.

33 And Ner begat Kish, and Kish begat Saul, and Saul begat Jonathan, and Malchishua, and Abinadab, and Eshbaal.

34 And the son of Jonathan was Meribbaal; and Meribbaal begat Micah.

35 And the sons of Micah were, Pithon, and Melech, and Tarea, and Ahaz.

36 And Ahaz begat Jehoadah; and Jehoadah begat Alemeth, and Azmaveth, and Zimri; and Zimri begat Moza,

37 And Moza begat Binea: Rapha was his son, Eleasah his son, Azel his son:

38 And Azel had six sons, whose names are these, Azrikam, Bocheru, and Ishmael, and Sheariah, and Obadiah, and Hanan. All these were the sons of Azel.

39 And the sons of Eshek his brother were, Ulam his firstborn, Jehush the second, and Eliphelet the third.

40 And the sons of Ulam were mighty men of valour, archers, and had many sons, and sons' sons, an hundred and fifty. All these are of the sons of Benjamin.

Acts 27:1-20

Paul Sails for Rome

27 When it was decided that weS Ac 16:10 would sail for Italy,Ac 18:2; 25:12, 25 Paul and some other prisoners were handed over to a centurion named Julius, who belonged to the Imperial Regiment.Ac 10:1We boarded a ship from Adramyttium about to sail for ports along the coast of the province of Asia,S Ac 2:9 and we put out to sea. Aristarchus,S Ac 19:29 a MacedonianS Ac 16:9 from Thessalonica,S Ac 17:1 was with us.

The next day we landed at Sidon;Mt 11:21 and Julius, in kindness to Paul,ver 43 allowed him to go to his friends so they might provide for his needs.Ac 24:23; 28:16From there we put out to sea again and passed to the lee of Cyprus because the winds were against us.ver 7When we had sailed across the open sea off the coast of CiliciaS Ac 6:9 and Pamphylia,S Ac 2:10 we landed at Myra in Lycia.There the centurion found an Alexandrian shipAc 28:11 sailing for Italyver 1; Ac 18:2; 25:12, 25 and put us on board.We made slow headway for many days and had difficulty arriving off Cnidus. When the wind did not allow us to hold our course,ver 4 we sailed to the lee of Crete,ver 12, 13, 21; Tit 1:5 opposite Salmone.We moved along the coast with difficulty and came to a place called Fair Havens, near the town of Lasea.

Much time had been lost, and sailing had already become dangerous because by now it was after the Day of Atonement.That is, Yom KippurLev 16:29-31; 23:27-29; Nu 29:7 So Paul warned them,10 “Men, I can see that our voyage is going to be disastrous and bring great loss to ship and cargo, and to our own lives also.”ver 2111 But the centurion, instead of listening to what Paul said, followed the advice of the pilot and of the owner of the ship.12 Since the harbor was unsuitable to winter in, the majority decided that we should sail on, hoping to reach Phoenix and winter there. This was a harbor in Crete,S ver 7 facing both southwest and northwest.

The Storm

13 When a gentle south wind began to blow, they saw their opportunity; so they weighed anchor and sailed along the shore of Crete.14 Before very long, a wind of hurricane force,Mk 4:37 called the Northeaster, swept down from the island.15 The ship was caught by the storm and could not head into the wind; so we gave way to it and were driven along.16 As we passed to the lee of a small island called Cauda, we were hardly able to make the lifeboatver 30 secure,17 so the men hoisted it aboard. Then they passed ropes under the ship itself to hold it together. Because they were afraid they would run agroundver 26, 39 on the sandbars of Syrtis, they lowered the sea anchorOr the sails and let the ship be driven along.18 We took such a violent battering from the storm that the next day they began to throw the cargo overboard.ver 19, 38; Jnh 1:519 On the third day, they threw the ship’s tackle overboard with their own hands.20 When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days and the storm continued raging, we finally gave up all hope of being saved.

Paul Sails for Rome

27 When the time came, we set sail for Italy. Paul and several other prisoners were placed in the custody of a Roman officerGreek centurion; similarly in 27:6, 11, 31, 43. named Julius, a captain of the Imperial Regiment.Aristarchus, a Macedonian from Thessalonica, was also with us. We left on a ship whose home port was Adramyttium on the northwest coast of the province of Asia;Asia was a Roman province in what is now western Turkey. it was scheduled to make several stops at ports along the coast of the province.

The next day when we docked at Sidon, Julius was very kind to Paul and let him go ashore to visit with friends so they could provide for his needs.Putting out to sea from there, we encountered strong headwinds that made it difficult to keep the ship on course, so we sailed north of Cyprus between the island and the mainland.Keeping to the open sea, we passed along the coast of Cilicia and Pamphylia, landing at Myra, in the province of Lycia.There the commanding officer found an Egyptian ship from Alexandria that was bound for Italy, and he put us on board.

We had several days of slow sailing, and after great difficulty we finally neared Cnidus. But the wind was against us, so we sailed across to Crete and along the sheltered coast of the island, past the cape of Salmone.We struggled along the coast with great difficulty and finally arrived at Fair Havens, near the town of Lasea.We had lost a lot of time. The weather was becoming dangerous for sea travel because it was so late in the fall,Greek because the fast was now already gone by. This fast was associated with the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur), which occurred in late September or early October. and Paul spoke to the ship’s officers about it.

10 “Men,” he said, “I believe there is trouble ahead if we go on—shipwreck, loss of cargo, and danger to our lives as well.”11 But the officer in charge of the prisoners listened more to the ship’s captain and the owner than to Paul.12 And since Fair Havens was an exposed harbor—a poor place to spend the winter—most of the crew wanted to go on to Phoenix, farther up the coast of Crete, and spend the winter there. Phoenix was a good harbor with only a southwest and northwest exposure.

The Storm at Sea

13 When a light wind began blowing from the south, the sailors thought they could make it. So they pulled up anchor and sailed close to the shore of Crete.14 But the weather changed abruptly, and a wind of typhoon strength (called a “northeaster”) burst across the island and blew us out to sea.15 The sailors couldn’t turn the ship into the wind, so they gave up and let it run before the gale.

16 We sailed along the sheltered side of a small island named Cauda,Some manuscripts read Clauda. where with great difficulty we hoisted aboard the lifeboat being towed behind us.17 Then the sailors bound ropes around the hull of the ship to strengthen it. They were afraid of being driven across to the sandbars of Syrtis off the African coast, so they lowered the sea anchor to slow the ship and were driven before the wind.

18 The next day, as gale-force winds continued to batter the ship, the crew began throwing the cargo overboard.19 The following day they even took some of the ship’s gear and threw it overboard.20 The terrible storm raged for many days, blotting out the sun and the stars, until at last all hope was gone.

27 And when it was determined that we should sail into Italy, they delivered Paul and certain other prisoners unto one named Julius, a centurion of Augustus' band.

And entering into a ship of Adramyttium, we launched, meaning to sail by the coasts of Asia; one Aristarchus, a Macedonian of Thessalonica, being with us.

And the next day we touched at Sidon. And Julius courteously entreated Paul, and gave him liberty to go unto his friends to refresh himself.

And when we had launched from thence, we sailed under Cyprus, because the winds were contrary.

And when we had sailed over the sea of Cilicia and Pamphylia, we came to Myra, a city of Lycia.

And there the centurion found a ship of Alexandria sailing into Italy; and he put us therein.

And when we had sailed slowly many days, and scarce were come over against Cnidus, the wind not suffering us, we sailed under Crete, over against Salmone;

And, hardly passing it, came unto a place which is called The fair havens; nigh whereunto was the city of Lasea.

Now when much time was spent, and when sailing was now dangerous, because the fast was now already past, Paul admonished them,

10 And said unto them, Sirs, I perceive that this voyage will be with hurt and much damage, not only of the lading and ship, but also of our lives.

11 Nevertheless the centurion believed the master and the owner of the ship, more than those things which were spoken by Paul.

12 And because the haven was not commodious to winter in, the more part advised to depart thence also, if by any means they might attain to Phenice, and there to winter; which is an haven of Crete, and lieth toward the south west and north west.

13 And when the south wind blew softly, supposing that they had obtained their purpose, loosing thence, they sailed close by Crete.

14 But not long after there arose against it a tempestuous wind, called Euroclydon.

15 And when the ship was caught, and could not bear up into the wind, we let her drive.

16 And running under a certain island which is called Clauda, we had much work to come by the boat:

17 Which when they had taken up, they used helps, undergirding the ship; and, fearing lest they should fall into the quicksands, strake sail, and so were driven.

18 And we being exceedingly tossed with a tempest, the next day they lightened the ship;

19 And the third day we cast out with our own hands the tackling of the ship.

20 And when neither sun nor stars in many days appeared, and no small tempest lay on us, all hope that we should be saved was then taken away.

Psalm 7:1-17

Psalm 7In Hebrew texts 7:1-17 is numbered 7:2-18.

A shiggaionTitle: Probably a literary or musical termHab 3:1 of David, which he sang to the Lord concerning Cush, a Benjamite.

Lord my God, I take refugePs 2:12; 11:1; 31:1 in you;

save and deliver meS Ps 3:7 from all who pursue me,Ps 31:15; 119:86, 157, 161

or they will tear me apart like a lionS Ge 49:9; Rev 4:7

and rip me to pieces with no one to rescuePs 3:2; 71:11 me.

Lord my God, if I have done this

and there is guilt on my handsIsa 59:3

if I have repaid my ally with evil

or without causePs 35:7, 19; Pr 24:28 have robbed my foe—

then let my enemy pursue and overtakeS Ex 15:9 me;

let him trample my life to the groundS 2Sa 22:43; 2Ki 9:33; Isa 10:6; La 3:16

and make me sleep in the dust.The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here.S Job 7:21

Arise,S 2Ch 6:41 Lord, in your anger;

rise up against the rage of my enemies.Ps 138:7

Awake,Ps 35:23; 44:23 my God; decree justice.

Let the assembled peoples gather around you,

while you sit enthroned over them on high.Ps 68:18

Let the Lord judgeS 1Ch 16:33 the peoples.

Vindicate me, Lord, according to my righteousness,S 1Sa 26:23; Ps 18:20

according to my integrity,S Ge 20:5 O Most High.S Ge 3:5; S Nu 24:16; S Mk 5:7

Bring to an end the violence of the wicked

and make the righteous secure—Ps 37:23; 40:2

you, the righteous GodJer 11:20

who probes minds and hearts.S 1Ch 28:9; Ps 26:2; Rev 2:23

10 My shieldOr sovereignPs 3:3 is God Most High,

who saves the upright in heart.S Job 33:3

11 God is a righteous judge,S Ge 18:25; Ps 9:8; 67:4; 75:2; 96:13; 98:9; Isa 11:4; Jer 11:20

a God who displays his wrathS Dt 9:8 every day.

12 If he does not relent,Eze 3:19; 33:9

heOr If anyone does not repent, / God will sharpen his sword;S Dt 32:41

he will bend and string his bow.S 2Sa 22:35; Ps 21:12; Isa 5:28; 13:18

13 He has prepared his deadly weapons;

he makes ready his flaming arrows.Ps 11:2; 18:14; 64:3

14 Whoever is pregnant with evil

conceives trouble and gives birthIsa 59:4; Jas 1:15 to disillusionment.

15 Whoever digs a hole and scoops it out

falls into the pitPs 35:7, 8; 40:2; 94:13; Pr 26:27 they have made.S Job 4:8

16 The trouble they cause recoils on them;

their violence comes down on their own heads.

17 I will give thanks to the Lord because of his righteousness;Ps 5:8

I will sing the praisesS 2Ch 31:2; Ro 15:11; Heb 2:12 of the name of the Lord Most High.S Ge 14:18

Psalm 7

A psalmHebrew A shiggaion, probably indicating a musical setting for the psalm. of David, which he sang to the Lord concerning Cush of the tribe of Benjamin.

I come to you for protection, O Lord my God.

Save me from my persecutors—rescue me!

If you don’t, they will maul me like a lion,

tearing me to pieces with no one to rescue me.

O Lord my God, if I have done wrong

or am guilty of injustice,

if I have betrayed a friend

or plundered my enemy without cause,

then let my enemies capture me.

Let them trample me into the ground

and drag my honor in the dust. Interlude

Arise, O Lord, in anger!

Stand up against the fury of my enemies!

Wake up, my God, and bring justice!

Gather the nations before you.

Rule over them from on high.

The Lord judges the nations.

Declare me righteous, O Lord,

for I am innocent, O Most High!

End the evil of those who are wicked,

and defend the righteous.

For you look deep within the mind and heart,

O righteous God.

10 God is my shield,

saving those whose hearts are true and right.

11 God is an honest judge.

He is angry with the wicked every day.

12 If a person does not repent,

GodHebrew he. will sharpen his sword;

he will bend and string his bow.

13 He will prepare his deadly weapons

and shoot his flaming arrows.

14 The wicked conceive evil;

they are pregnant with trouble

and give birth to lies.

15 They dig a deep pit to trap others,

then fall into it themselves.

16 The trouble they make for others backfires on them.

The violence they plan falls on their own heads.

17 I will thank the Lord because he is just;

I will sing praise to the name of the Lord Most High.

O Lord my God, in thee do I put my trust: save me from all them that persecute me, and deliver me:

Lest he tear my soul like a lion, rending it in pieces, while there is none to deliver.

O Lord my God, If I have done this; if there be iniquity in my hands;

If I have rewarded evil unto him that was at peace with me; (yea, I have delivered him that without cause is mine enemy:)

Let the enemy persecute my soul, and take it; yea, let him tread down my life upon the earth, and lay mine honour in the dust. Selah.

Arise, O Lord, in thine anger, lift up thyself because of the rage of mine enemies: and awake for me to the judgment that thou hast commanded.

So shall the congregation of the people compass thee about: for their sakes therefore return thou on high.

The Lord shall judge the people: judge me, O Lord, according to my righteousness, and according to mine integrity that is in me.

Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end; but establish the just: for the righteous God trieth the hearts and reins.

10 My defence is of God, which saveth the upright in heart.

11 God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.

12 If he turn not, he will whet his sword; he hath bent his bow, and made it ready.

13 He hath also prepared for him the instruments of death; he ordaineth his arrows against the persecutors.

14 Behold, he travaileth with iniquity, and hath conceived mischief, and brought forth falsehood.

15 He made a pit, and digged it, and is fallen into the ditch which he made.

16 His mischief shall return upon his own head, and his violent dealing shall come down upon his own pate.

17 I will praise the Lord according to his righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the Lord most high.

Proverbs 18:22

22 He who finds a wife finds what is goodS Pr 12:4

and receives favor from the Lord.S Job 33:26; Pr 19:14; 31:10

22 The man who finds a wife finds a treasure,

and he receives favor from the Lord.

22 Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the Lord.

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