1 Chronicles 7

Issachar’s Descendants

1The sons of Issachar:

Tola, Puah, Jashub, and Shimron – four in all.

2 The sons of Tola:

Uzzi, Rephaiah, Jeriel, Jahmai, Jibsam,
Many English versions spell this name “Ibsam.”
and Samuel.
Many English versions retain a form of this name closer to the Hebrew, i.e., “Shemuel.”
They were leaders of their families.
Heb “heads of the house of their fathers.”
In the time of David there were 22,600 warriors listed in Tola’s genealogical records.
Heb “to Tola [there were] warriors by their generations, their number in the days of David [was] 22,600.”

3 The son
The Hebrew text has the plural “sons,” but only one son is listed.
of Uzzi:


The sons of Izrahiah:

Michael, Obadiah, Joel, and Isshiah. All five were leaders.

4 According to the genealogical records of their families, they had 36,000 warriors available for battle, for they had numerous wives and sons.
Heb “and unto them by their generations to the house of their fathers [were] troops of war of battle, 36,000, for they had many wives and sons.”
5Altogether the genealogical records of the clans of Issachar listed 87,000 warriors.
Heb “and their brothers, according to all the clans of Issachar, the warriors [were] 87,000 listed in the genealogical records for all.”

Benjamin’s Descendants

6 The sons of Benjamin:
The Hebrew text has simply “Benjamin,” but בְּנֵי (beney, “sons of”) has dropped out by haplography (בְּנֵי בִּנְיָמִן, beney binyamin).

Bela, Beker, and Jediael – three in all.

7 The sons of Bela:

Ezbon, Uzzi, Uzziel, Jerimoth, and Iri. The five of them were leaders of their families. There were 22,034 warriors listed in their genealogical records.

8 The sons of Beker:

Zemirah, Joash, Eliezer, Elioenai, Omri, Jeremoth, Abijah, Anathoth, and Alameth. All these were the sons of Beker.
9There were 20,200 family leaders and warriors listed in their genealogical records.

10 The son
The Hebrew text has the plural “sons,” but only one son is listed.
of Jediael:


The sons of Bilhan:

Jeush, Benjamin, Ehud, Kenaanah, Zethan, Tarshish, and Ahishahar.
11All these were the sons of Jediael. Listed in their genealogical records were 17,200 family leaders and warriors who were capable of marching out to battle.

12 The Shuppites and Huppites were descendants of Ir; the Hushites were descendants of Aher.
The name “Aher” appears as “Ahiram” in Num 26:38.

Naphtali’s Descendants

13 The sons of Naphtali:

The name “Jahziel” appears as “Jahzeel” in Gen 46:24.
Guni, Jezer, and Shallum
Most Hebrew mss read “Shallum”; some Hebrew mss and some LXX mss read “Shillem,” the form of the name that appears in Gen 46:24 and Num 26:49.
– sons of Bilhah.

Manasseh’s Descendants

14 The sons of Manasseh:

Asriel, who was born to Manasseh’s Aramean concubine.
See the note on the word “concubine” in 1:32.
She also gave birth to Makir the father of Gilead.
15Now Makir married a wife from the Huppites and Shuppites.
Some translations treat the terms שֻׁפִּים (shuppim) and חֻפִּים (khuppim) as proper names of individuals (“Huppim” and “Shuppim”), but others consider these forms to be plurals and refer to tribal or clan names.
(His sister’s name was Maacah.)

Zelophehad was Manasseh’s second son;
Heb “and the name of the second was Zelophehad.”
he had only daughters.

16 Maacah, Makir’s wife, gave birth to a son, whom she named Peresh. His brother was Sheresh, and his sons were Ulam and Rekem.

17 The son
The Hebrew text has the plural “sons,” but only one son is listed.
of Ulam:


These were the sons of Gilead, son of Makir, son of Manasseh.
18His sister Hammoleketh gave birth to Ishhod, Abiezer, and Mahlah.

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

Ephraim’s Descendants

20 The descendants of Ephraim:

Shuthelah, his son Bered, his son Tahath, his son Eleadah, his son Tahath,
21his son Zabad, his son Shuthelah

(Ezer and Elead were killed by the men of Gath, who were natives of the land, when they went down to steal their cattle.
22Their father Ephraim mourned for them many days and his brothers came to console him. 23He had sexual relations with his wife; she became pregnant and gave birth to a son. Ephraim
Heb “he”; the referent (Ephraim) has been specified in the translation for clarity.
named him Beriah because tragedy had come to his family.
Heb “because in tragedy there had come to his house.” The preposition prefixed to רָעָה (raah) should probably be omitted. The Hebrew noun רָעָה (“tragedy”) should be understood as the subject of the feminine verb form that follows.
24His daughter was Sheerah, who built Lower and Upper Beth Horon, as well as Uzzen Sheerah),

25 his
The antecedent of the pronoun “his” is not clear. The translation assumes that v. 25 resumes the list of Ephraim’s descendants (see vv. 20–21a) after a lengthy parenthesis (vv. 21b–24).
son Rephah, his son Resheph,
The Hebrew text has simply “Resheph,” but the phrase “his son” has probably been accidentally omitted, since the names before and after this one include the phrase.
his son Telah, his son Tahan,
26his son Ladan, his son Ammihud, his son Elishama, 27his son Nun,
Heb “Non” (so KJV, NASB; cf. Exod 33:11, where the more familiar spelling “Nun” occurs).
and his son Joshua.

28 Their property and settlements included Bethel
For location see Map4-G4; Map5-C1; Map6-E3; Map7-D1; Map8-G3.
and its surrounding towns, Naaran to the east, Gezer and its surrounding towns to the west, and Shechem and its surrounding towns as far as Ayyah and its surrounding towns.
29On the border of Manasseh’s territory were Beth-Shean
“Beth Shean” is a variant spelling of “Beth Shan.”
and its surrounding towns, Taanach and its surrounding towns, Megiddo
For location see Map1-D4; Map2-C1; Map4-C2; Map5-F2; Map7-B1.
and its surrounding towns, and Dor and its surrounding towns. The descendants of Joseph, Israel’s son, lived here.

Asher’s Descendants

30 The sons of Asher:

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

31 The sons of Beriah:

Heber and Malkiel, who was the father of Birzaith.

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

33 The sons of Japhlet:

Pasach, Bimhal, and Ashvath. These were Japhlet’s sons.

34 The sons of his brother
The Hebrew text has אֲחִי (’akhiy, “the brother of”), but this should probably be emended to אֲחִיו (’akhiyv, “his brother”). Cf. v. 35. Most English versions treat this Hebrew word as a proper name (“Ahi”) and list it before “Rohgah.”
Or “Shomer,” cf. v. 32.

Rohgah, Hubbah,
“Hubbah” is the marginal reading (Qere); the consonantal text (Kethib) has “Jachbah.”
and Aram.

35 The sons of his brother Helem:
Or “Hotham,” cf. v. 32.

Zophah, Imna, Shelesh, and Amal.

36 The sons of Zophah:

Suah, Harnepher, Shual, Beri, Imrah,
37Bezer, Hod, Shamma, Shilshah, Ithran,
The name “Ithran” is sometimes understood to be another name for “Jether” (v. 38).
and Beera.

38 The sons of Jether:

Jephunneh, Pispah, and Ara.

39 The sons of Ulla:

Arah, Hanniel, and Rizia.

40 All these were the descendants of Asher. They were the leaders of their families, the most capable men, who were warriors and served as head chiefs. There were 26,000 warriors listed in their genealogical records as capable of doing battle.
Heb “all these were the sons of Asher, heads of the house of the fathers, selected, warriors, heads of the leaders, and there was listed in the genealogical records in war, in battle, their number, men, 26,000.”

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