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Jehovah’s Witnesses


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1 Chronicles 4:1-43

4*  Judah’s sons were Peres, Hesron, and Carmi and Hur and Shobal. 2  And Shobal’s son Reajah begot Jahath, and Jahath begot Ahumai and Lahad; these are the clans of the Soreathites. 3*  And these are the father of ʽEtam, Jezreʽel and Ishma and Idbash (and their sister’s name was Haslelponi) 4  and Penuel the father of Gedor and ʽEzer the father of Hushah; these are the sons of Hur, eldest son of Ephrathah the father of Bethlehem. 5  And Ashhur the father of Tekoaʽ had two wives, Helah and Naʽarah; 6  and Naʽarah bore him Ahuzzam and Hepher and Temni and the Ahashtarite—these are Naʽarah’s sons; 7*  and Helah’s sons were Sereth and Sohar and Ethnan and Kos, 8  and Kos begot ʽAnub and Hassobebah and the clans of Aharhel the son of Harum. 9  And Jaʽbes came to outrank his brothers; and his mother had named him Jaʽbes “because I had a hard time bearing him,” 10  but Jaʽbes called on the God of Israel, saying “If you will bless me and increase my territory, and your hand be with me, and you make pasturage so that I do not have hard times,” and God brought to pass what he asked. 11  And Kelub the brother of Shuhah begot Mehir; he was the father of Eshton, 12  and Eshton begot Beth-Rapha and Paseah and Tehinnah the father of ʽIr-Nahash; these were Recah’s men. 13  And Kenaz’s sons were Ghothniel and Serajah; and Ghothniel’s sons were Hathath and Meʽonothai, 14  and Meʽonothai begot Ghophrah; and Serajah begot Joab the father of Carpenters’ Valley—for they were carpenters. 15*  And the sons of Caleb the son of Jephunneh were ʽIr and Elah and Naʽam; and Elah’s sons were Kenaz. 16  And Jehallelel’s sons were Ziph and Ziphah, Tirja and Asarel. 17*  And ʽEzrah’s sons were Jether and Mered and ʽEpher and Jalon; and she conceived Miriam and Shammai and Ishbah the father of Eshtemoaʽ. 18*  And his Judahite wife bore Jered the father of Gedor and Heber the father of Soco and Jekuthiel the father of Zanoah; and these are the sons of the Pharaoh’s daughter Bithiah, whom Mered married. 19  And the sons of Hodijah’s wife, the sister of Naham the father of Keʽilah, were the Garmite and Eshtemoaʽ the Maʽacathite. 20  And the sons of Shimon were Amnon and Rinnah, Ben-Hanan and Tilon; and the sons of Ishei were Zoheth, and Zoheth’s son. 21  And the sons of Judah’s son Shelah were ʽEr the father of Lecah and Laghdah the father of Mareshah, and the clans of the Beth-Ashbeaʽ linen factory, 22***  and Jokim and the men of Cozeba and Joash and Saraph who had Moab, and Jashubi-Lehem (the affairs are old-time ones). 23*  These are the potters and those who lived at Netaim and Gederah; they lived there with the king on his business. 24  Simeon’s sons were Nemuel and Jamin, Jarib, Zerah, Saul, 25  Shallum his son, Mibsam his son, Mishmaʽ his son; 26  and Mishmaʽ’s sons were Hammuel his son, Zaccur his son, Shimei his son; 27  and Shimei had sixteen sons and six daughters, but his brothers did not have many sons, and all their clans did not become numerous comparably to the sons of Judah. 28  And they lived at Beer-Shebaʽ and Moladah and Hasar-Shuʽal 29  and at Bilhah and at ʽEsem and at Tolad 30  and at Bethuel and at Hormah and at Siklag 31  and at Beth-Marcaboth and at Hasar-Susim and at Beth-Biri and at Shaʽaraim; these were their cities till David became king. 32  And their villages were ʽEtam and ʽAjin, Rimmon and Token and ʽAshan, five cities, 33  and all their villages around these cities up to Baʽal. This was their settlement, and they have their genealogies. 34  And Meshobab and Jamlec and Joshah the son of Amasiah 35  and Joel and Jehu the son of Joshibiah the son of Serajah the son of ʽAsiel 36  and Eljoʽenai and Jaʽakobah and Ishohajah and ʽAsajah and ʽAdiel and Isimiel and Benajah 37  and Ziza the son of Shiphei the son of Allon the son of Jedajah the son of Shimri the son of Shemaʽiah,— 38  these who come in by name were princes in their clans, and their families spread greatly. 39*  And they went at the entrance to Gerar to east of the valley looking for pasturage for their sheep and goats, 40  and found good fat pasturage, and the country spacious and quiet and prosperous (for those who used to live there were from Ham), 41  and these men who have been written down by name went in there in the days of King Hezekiah of Judah and made havoc of their tents and the Meʽunites who were found there, and destroyed them without quarter to remain a desolation to this day, and settled in their place, because there was pasturage there for their sheep and goats. 42  And of them, of the sons of Simeon, five hundred men went to the highland of Seʽir, with Pelatiah and Na’ariah and Rephajah and ʽUzziel the sons of Ishei at their head, 43  and struck down the surviving remnant of ʽAmalek, and are living there to this day.


4:1 Conj. Hesron, and Caleb and Hur
4:3 Conj. that after these are the words Hur’s sons: Elah (if not more than this) have been lost in copying
4:7 Var. and Ethnan, and Kos begot
4:15 Var. Elah’s sons and Kenaz. Conj. that words have been lost in copying
4:17 (and Jalon; and she conceived) Susp.; var. and Jether begot Conj. that the last half of verse 18 belongs before and she conceived
4:18 Or his wife Hajehudijah
4:22 (had) Susp.
4:22 (and Jashubi-Lehem) Conj. and came back to Bethlehem
4:22 (affairs) Or words
4:23 Conj. the potters who lived
4:39 (first half) Unc., susp.