The Holy Bible – Knox Translation
The First Book or Paralipomena
The whole people was registered, and the Annals of the kings of Israel and Juda shew what their numbers were, at the time when they were exiled to Babylon in expiation of their sins;
the names, too, of the leading men, with the lands and cities they dwelt in, temporal holders of land, priests, Levites and Nathinim.✻
Jerusalem had citizens belonging to Juda and Benjamin; some, too, from Ephraim and Manasses.
The line of Phares was headed by Othei, descended through Ammiud, Amri and Omrai from Bonni;
the Silonites by Asaia and his younger brethren,
the line of Zara by Jehuel and his brothers; this clan was six hundred and ninety strong.
Of the Benjamites, there were Salo, descended through Mosollam and Oduia from Asana,
Jobania son of Jeroham, Ela, son of Ozi, son of Mochori, and Mosollam, descended through Saphatias and Rahuel from Jebanias.
And brethren of theirs bore rule in their various clans, nine hundred and fifty-six heads of families.
And there were priests, Jedaia, Joiarib and Jachin;
Azarias, too, descended from Achitob through Helcias, Mosollam, Sadoc and Maraioth, the high priest of God’s temple;
Adaias, descended from Melchias through Jeroham and Phassur, and Maasai, descended from Emmer through Adiel, Jezra, Mosollam and Mosollamith.
And brethren of theirs bore rule in their various clans; seventeen hundred and sixty priests there were, well endowed with strength for all the service they did in the house of God.
There were Levites, too, of name; Semeia, descended through Hassub and Ezricam from Hasebias, of the race of Merari,
Bacbacar that was a craftsman in wood, and Galal, and Mathania, descended through Micha and Zechri from Asaph,
and Obdia, descended through Semeia and Galal from Idithun, and Barachia, son of Asa, son of Elcana, whose home was close to Netophat.
The chief men among the porters were Sellum, Accub, Telmon and Ahimam; but of all that brotherhood Sellum was the first in rank.
Up to that time,✻ it was the Levites who kept watch, by turns, at the royal gate to the east;
the Corites, Sellum son of Core son of Abiasaph son of Core and all his kindred, attended to the needs of public worship and also guarded the approaches to the tabernacle. It was their households that were in charge of the entry,
marshalled, in former times, by Phinees son of Eleazar, there in the Lord’s presence;✻
meanwhile Zacharias son of Mosellomia was porter at the tabernacle gate itself.
There were two hundred and twelve of these men chosen for the porter’s office, and registered in the villages where they dwelt. David, and Samuel the seer, had appointed them to their charge,
bidding them keep watch in their turn over the gates of the Lord’s house, in those days a tabernacle;
on every side, east, west, north and south, there were porters keeping watch.
Meanwhile their brethren stayed at home in their villages, waiting for the week when it should be their turn for duty.
The four Levites named were in charge of all the porters, and of the store-houses and treasuries of the Lord’s house;
all round the temple they kept watch, and opened the doors when morning came.
Others looked after the appurtenances of worship, that must be brought in and out in due order;
and others had the needs of the sanctuary itself entrusted to them, taking care of the flour, wine, oil, incense and spices,
(although the work of preparing the sacred ointment from the spices was done by priests).
It was a Levite, Mathathias, eldest son of Sellum the Corite, who had charge of all that was cooked in the pans;
and their kinsmen of the race of Caath must prepare the loaves that were set before the Lord, fresh every week ….
These were the chief singers, chosen out of the Levite families, to dwell ever in the temple precincts and perform their duties day and night.
The heads, too, of the Levite families had their dwelling at Jerusalem.
(Gabaon was the dwelling-place of Jehiel, its founder, whose wife was called Maacha,
and his eldest son Abdon. From him came Sur, Cis, Baal, Ner, Nadab,
Gedor, Ahio, Zacharias, and Macelloth
that was father of Samaa; these lived separate from their brethren but had their home, like their brethren, at Jerusalem.
Ner was the father of Cis, Cis of Saul; and Saul had four sons, Jonathan, Melchisua, Abinadab and Esbaal.
From Jonathan, through Meribbaal, came Micha,
who was father of Phithon, Melech, Tharaa and Ahaz;
from Ahaz Jara, who was father of Alamath, Azmoth and Zambri; from Zambri, through Mosa,
Banaa, Raphaia and Elasa, Asel,
who had six sons, Ezricam, Bocru, Ismahel, Saria, Obdia and Hanan. All these were sons of Asel.✻ )
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