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5Ashhur, the father of Tekoa, had two wives, Helah and Naarah.6Naarah bore him Ahuzzam, Hepher, Temeni and Haahashtari. These were the sons of Naarah.7The sons of Helah were Zereth, Izhar and Ethnan.8Koz became the father of Anub and Zobebah, and the families of Aharhel the son of Harum.9Jabez was more honorable than his brothers, and his mother named him Jabez saying, “Because I bore him with pain.”10Now Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, “Oh that You would bless me indeed and enlarge my border, and that Your hand might be with me, and that You would keep me from harm that it may not pain me!” And God granted him what he requested.
11Chelub the brother of Shuhah became the father of Mehir, who was the father of Eshton.12Eshton became the father of Beth-rapha and Paseah, and Tehinnah the father of Ir-nahash. These are the men of Recah.
13Now the sons of Kenaz were Othniel and Seraiah. And the sons of Othniel were Hathath and Meonothai.14Meonothai became the father of Ophrah, and Seraiah became the father of Joab the father of Ge-harashim, for they were craftsmen.15The sons of Caleb the son of Jephunneh were Iru, Elah and Naam; and the son of Elah was Kenaz.16The sons of Jehallelel were Ziph and Ziphah, Tiria and Asarel.17The sons of Ezrah were Jether, Mered, Epher and Jalon. (And these are the sons of Bithia the daughter of Pharaoh, whom Mered took) and she conceived and bore Miriam, Shammai and Ishbah the father of Eshtemoa.18His Jewish wife bore Jered the father of Gedor, and Heber the father of Soco, and Jekuthiel the father of Zanoah.19The sons of the wife of Hodiah, the sister of Naham, were the fathers of Keilah the Garmite and Eshtemoa the Maacathite.20The sons of Shimon were Amnon and Rinnah, Benhanan and Tilon. And the sons of Ishi were Zoheth and Ben-zoheth.21The sons of Shelah the son of Judah were Er the father of Lecah and Laadah the father of Mareshah, and the families of the house of the linen workers at Beth-ashbea;22and Jokim, the men of Cozeba, Joash, Saraph, who ruled in Moab, and Jashubi-lehem. And the records are ancient.23These were the potters and the inhabitants of Netaim and Gederah; they lived there with the king for his work.
24The sons of Simeon were Nemuel and Jamin, Jarib, Zerah, Shaul;25Shallum his son, Mibsam his son, Mishma his son.26The sons of Mishma were Hammuel his son, Zaccur his son, Shimei his son.27Now Shimei had sixteen sons and six daughters; but his brothers did not have many sons, nor did all their family multiply like the sons of Judah.28They lived at Beersheba, Moladah and Hazar-shual,29at Bilhah, Ezem, Tolad,30Bethuel, Hormah, Ziklag,31Beth-marcaboth, Hazar-susim, Beth-biri and Shaaraim. These were their cities until the reign of David.32Their villages were Etam, Ain, Rimmon, Tochen and Ashan, five cities;33and all their villages that were around the same cities as far as Baal. These were their settlements, and they have their genealogy.
34Meshobab and Jamlech and Joshah the son of Amaziah,35and Joel and Jehu the son of Joshibiah, the son of Seraiah, the son of Asiel,36and Elioenai, Jaakobah, Jeshohaiah, Asaiah, Adiel, Jesimiel, Benaiah,37Ziza the son of Shiphi, the son of Allon, the son of Jedaiah, the son of Shimri, the son of Shemaiah;38these mentioned by name were leaders in their families; and their fathers’ houses increased greatly.39They went to the entrance of Gedor, even to the east side of the valley, to seek pasture for their flocks.40They found rich and good pasture, and the land was broad and quiet and peaceful; for those who lived there formerly were Hamites.41These, recorded by name, came in the days of Hezekiah king of Judah, and attacked their tents and the Meunites who were found there, and destroyed them utterly to this day, and lived in their place, because there was pasture there for their flocks.42From them, from the sons of Simeon, five hundred men went to Mount Seir, with Pelatiah, Neariah, Rephaiah and Uzziel, the sons of Ishi, as their leaders.43They destroyed the remnant of the Amalekites who escaped, and have lived there to this day.
1Now the sons of Reuben the firstborn of Israel (for he was the firstborn, but because he defiled his father’s bed, his birthright was given to the sons of Joseph the son of Israel; so that he is not enrolled in the genealogy according to the birthright.2Though Judah prevailed over his brothers, and from him came the leader, yet the birthright belonged to Joseph),3the sons of Reuben the firstborn of Israel were Hanoch and Pallu, Hezron and Carmi.4The sons of Joel were Shemaiah his son, Gog his son, Shimei his son,5Micah his son, Reaiah his son, Baal his son,6Beerah his son, whom Tilgath-pilneser king of Assyria carried away into exile; he was leader of the Reubenites.7His kinsmen by their families, in the genealogy of their generations, were Jeiel the chief, then Zechariah8and Bela the son of Azaz, the son of Shema, the son of Joel, who lived in Aroer, even to Nebo and Baal-meon.9To the east he settled as far as the entrance of the wilderness from the river Euphrates, because their cattle had increased in the land of Gilead.10In the days of Saul they made war with the Hagrites, who fell by their hand, so that they occupied their tents throughout all the land east of Gilead.
11Now the sons of Gad lived opposite them in the land of Bashan as far as Salecah.12Joel was the chief and Shapham the second, then Janai and Shaphat in Bashan.13Their kinsmen of their fathers’ households were Michael, Meshullam, Sheba, Jorai, Jacan, Zia and Eber, seven.14These were the sons of Abihail, the son of Huri, the son of Jaroah, the son of Gilead, the son of Michael, the son of Jeshishai, the son of Jahdo, the son of Buz;15Ahi the son of Abdiel, the son of Guni, was head of their fathers’ households.16They lived in Gilead, in Bashan and in its towns, and in all the pasture lands of Sharon, as far as their borders.17All of these were enrolled in the genealogies in the days of Jotham king of Judah and in the days of Jeroboam king of Israel.
1Festus then, having arrived in the province, three days later went up to Jerusalem from Caesarea.2And the chief priests and the leading men of the Jews brought charges against Paul, and they were urging him,3requesting a concession against Paul, that he might have him brought to Jerusalem (at the same time, setting an ambush to kill him on the way).4Festus then answered that Paul was being kept in custody at Caesarea and that he himself was about to leave shortly.5“Therefore,” he *said, “let the influential men among you go there with me, and if there is anything wrong about the man, let them prosecute him.”
6After he had spent not more than eight or ten days among them, he went down to Caesarea, and on the next day he took his seat on the tribunal and ordered Paul to be brought.7After Paul arrived, the Jews who had come down from Jerusalem stood around him, bringing many and serious charges against him which they could not prove,8while Paul said in his own defense, “I have committed no offense either against the Law of the Jews or against the temple or against Caesar.”9But Festus, wishing to do the Jews a favor, answered Paul and said, “Are you willing to go up to Jerusalem and stand trial before me on these charges?”10But Paul said, “I am standing before Caesar’s tribunal, where I ought to be tried. I have done no wrong to the Jews, as you also very well know.11“If, then, I am a wrongdoer and have committed anything worthy of death, I do not refuse to die; but if none of those things is true of which these men accuse me, no one can hand me over to them. I appeal to Caesar.”12Then when Festus had conferred with his council, he answered, “You have appealed to Caesar, to Caesar you shall go.”
13Now when several days had elapsed, King Agrippa and Bernice arrived at Caesarea and paid their respects to Festus.14While they were spending many days there, Festus laid Paul’s case before the king, saying, “There is a man who was left as a prisoner by Felix;15and when I was at Jerusalem, the chief priests and the elders of the Jews brought charges against him, asking for a sentence of condemnation against him.16“I answered them that it is not the custom of the Romans to hand over any man before the accused meets his accusers face to face and has an opportunity to make his defense against the charges.17“So after they had assembled here, I did not delay, but on the next day took my seat on the tribunal and ordered the man to be brought before me.18“When the accusers stood up, they began bringing charges against him not of such crimes as I was expecting,19but they simply had some points of disagreement with him about their own religion and about a dead man, Jesus, whom Paul asserted to be alive.20“Being at a loss how to investigate such matters, I asked whether he was willing to go to Jerusalem and there stand trial on these matters.21“But when Paul appealed to be held in custody for the Emperor’s decision, I ordered him to be kept in custody until I send him to Caesar.”22Then Agrippa said to Festus, “I also would like to hear the man myself.” “Tomorrow,” he *said, “you shall hear him.”
23So, on the next day when Agrippa came together with Bernice amid great pomp, and entered the auditorium accompanied by the commanders and the prominent men of the city, at the command of Festus, Paul was brought in.24Festus *said, “King Agrippa, and all you gentlemen here present with us, you see this man about whom all the people of the Jews appealed to me, both at Jerusalem and here, loudly declaring that he ought not to live any longer.25“But I found that he had committed nothing worthy of death; and since he himself appealed to the Emperor, I decided to send him.26“Yet I have nothing definite about him to write to my lord. Therefore I have brought him before you all and especially before you, King Agrippa, so that after the investigation has taken place, I may have something to write.27“For it seems absurd to me in sending a prisoner, not to indicate also the charges against him.”
19A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city,
And contentions are like the bars of a citadel.