1 Chronicles 26:12-27:34
12 These working groups of gatekeepers, corresponding to the chief men, had responsibilities like their brothers to serve in the house of Yahweh. 13 And they cast lots, small and great alike, by their fathers’ houses, for their gates.[a] 14 And the lot fell to the east to Shelemiah. As for Zechariah his son, a wise counselor,[b] they cast lots. And his lot came out for the north. 15 To Obed-Edom went out the south, and to his sons, the storehouses. 16 For Shuppim and Hosah it went out for the west, at the gate of Shalleketh, on the road that goes up, guard for guard. 17 To the east, six Levites; to the north, four daily; to the south, four daily; and at the storerooms, two by two. 18 For the court to the west, four at the road, two at the court. 19 These were the working groups of the gatekeepers among the sons of the Korahites and among the sons of Merari.
Treasurers and Other Officials
20 And of the Levites: Ahijah was over the treasuries of the house of God and over the treasuries of the sanctified objects. 21 The sons of Ladan: the sons of the Gershonites belonging to Ladan, the heads of the families[c] belonging to Ladan the Gershonite: Jehieli. 22 The sons of Jehieli, Zetham and Joel his brother, were over the treasuries of the house of Yahweh. 23 Of the Amramites, the Izharites, the Hebronites, and the Ozzielites: 24 Shebuel the son of Gershom, the son of Moses, was commander over the treasuries. 25 And his brothers: from Eliezer were Rehabiah his son, and Jeshaiah his son, and Joram his son, and Zikri his son, and Shelomoth his son. 26 That Shelomoth and his brothers were over all the treasuries of the sanctified objects that King David and the heads of the families[d] to the commanders of thousands and hundreds and the commanders of the army had dedicated. 27 From the battles and from the spoil they had dedicated these things to strengthen the house of Yahweh. 28 And all that Samuel the seer, and Saul the son of Kish, and Abner the son of Ner, and Joab the son of Zeruiah had dedicated—all the dedicated gifts were under the hand of Shelomith and his brothers. 29 For the Izharites: Kenaniah and his sons were appointed to the duties outside of Israel as officials and as judges. 30 For the Hebronites: Hashabiah and his brothers, one thousand seven hundred men of ability, were over the administration of Israel beyond the Jordan westward, for all the work of Yahweh and for the service of the king. 31 For the Hebronites: Jeriah the chief of the Hebronites for the genealogy for the families.[e] (In the fortieth year of the reign of David they were examined, and there was found among them mighty warriors of strength at Jazer in Gilead.) 32 And his brothers, sons of ability, were two thousand seven hundred heads of the families,[f] and King David appointed them over the Reubenites, the Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh, for every matter of God and matter of the king.
27 And as for the number of the Israelites,[g] the heads of families,[h] the commanders of thousands and hundreds, and their officials who serve the king in all matters of the working groups that came and went, month by month, throughout all the months of the year, each working group: twenty-four thousand.
2 Over the first working group for the first month: Jashobeam the son of Zabdiel. And he was over his working group of twenty-four thousand. 3 From the sons of Perez who was the chief of the commanders of the armies for the first month. 4 And over the working groups of the second month: Dodai the Ahohite and his working group, and Mikloth the commander. And he was over his working group of twenty-four thousand. 5 The third commander of the army for the third month was Benaiah son of Jehoiada the chief priest. And he was over his working group of twenty-four thousand. 6 This was Benaiah who was a mighty warrior of thirty, and over the thirty and his working group was Ammizabad his son. 7 The fourth, for the fourth month, was Asahel the brother of Joab and his son Zebadiah after him. And he was over his working group of twenty-four thousand. 8 The fifth, for the fifth month, the commander was Shamhuth the Izrahite. And he was over his working group of twenty-four thousand. 9 The sixth, for the sixth month, was Ira the son of Ikkesh the Tekoite. And he was over his working group of twenty-four thousand. 10 The seventh, for the seventh month, was Helez the Pelonite, from the sons of Ephraim. And he was over his working group of twenty-four thousand. 11 The eighth, for the eighth month, was Sibbecai the Hushathite of the Zerahites. And he was over his working group of twenty-four thousand. 12 The ninth, for the ninth month, was Abiezer the Anathothite of the Benjamites. And he was over his working group of twenty-four thousand. 13 The tenth, for the tenth month, was Maharai the Netophathite of the Zerahites. And he was over his working group of twenty-four thousand. 14 The eleventh, for the eleventh month, was Benaiah the Pirathonite from the sons of Ephraim. And he was over his working group of twenty-four thousand. 15 The twelfth, for the twelfth month, was Heldai the Netophathite, of Othniel. And he was over his working group of twenty-four thousand.
Leaders of the Tribes and Other High Ranking Officials
16 And over the tribes of Israel, for the Reubenites: the commander was Eliezer the son of Zikri. For the Simeonites: Shephatiah the son of Maacah. 17 For Levi: Hashabiah the son of Kemuel. For Aaron, Zadok. 18 For Judah: Elihu, from the brothers of David. For Issachar: Omri the son of Michael. 19 For Zebulun: Ishmaiah the son of Obadiah. For Naphtali: Jerimoth the son of Azriel. 20 For the Ephraimites: Hoshea the son of Azaziah. For the half-tribe of Manasseh: Joel the son of Pedaiah. 21 For the half-tribe of Manasseh in Gilead: Iddo the son of Zechariah. For Benjamin: Jaasiel son of Abner. 22 For Dan: Azarel the son of Jeroham. These were the commanders of the tribes of Israel. 23 And David did not take a census of those twenty years old or under[i] because Yahweh promised[j] to make Israel more numerous than the stars of heaven. 24 Joab the son of Zeruiah began to count, but he did not finish. But wrath came upon Israel concerning this, and the number was not included in the chronicles[k] of King David.
25 And over the treasury rooms of the king was Azmaveth the son of Adiel. And over the treasuries in the country, in the cities, in the unwalled villages, and in the towers was Jonathan the son of Uzziah. 26 And over those who did the work in the field to till the soil was Ezri the son of Kelub. 27 And over the vineyards was Shemei the Ramathite. And over the produce in the vineyards for the storehouses of the wine was Zabdi the Shiphmite. 28 And over the olive trees and the sycamore trees that were in the Shephelah was Baal-Hanan the Gederite. And over the treasury houses of olive oil was Joash. 29 And over the cattle pastured in the Sharon was Shitrai the Sharonite. And over the cattle in the valley was Shaphat the son of Adlai. 30 And over the camels was Obil the Ishmaelite. And over the female donkeys was Jehdeiah the Meronothite.[l] And over the sheep was Jaziz the Hagrite. 31 All of these were officials of the property of King David.
32 And Jehonathan the uncle of David was an adviser, a man of insight, and he was a scribe. And Jehiel the son of Hachmoni was with the sons of the king. 33 And Ahithophel was an adviser to the king, and Hushai the Arkite was a friend of the king.
34 And after Ahithophel came Jehoiada, the son of Benaiah, and Abiathar. And Joab was the commander of the king’s army.
- 1 Chronicles 26:13 Literally “for gate and gate”
- 1 Chronicles 26:14 Literally “giving counsel with understanding”
- 1 Chronicles 26:21 Literally “fathers”
- 1 Chronicles 26:26 Literally “fathers”
- 1 Chronicles 26:31 Literally “fathers”
- 1 Chronicles 26:32 Literally “fathers”
- 1 Chronicles 27:1 Literally “sons/children of Israel”
- 1 Chronicles 27:1 Literally “fathers”
- 1 Chronicles 27:23 Literally “take up their count from a son of twenty years and to less”
- 1 Chronicles 27:23 Or “said”
- 1 Chronicles 27:24 Literally “in the numbering of the words of the days”
- 1 Chronicles 27:30 1 Chronicles 27:31 begins here in the Hebrew Bible
The Promise to Abraham Secured through Faith
13 For the promise to Abraham or to his descendants, that he would be heir of the world, was not through the law, but through the righteousness by faith. 14 For if those of the law are heirs, faith is rendered void and the promise is nullified. 15 For the law produces wrath, but where there is no law, neither is there transgression. 16 Because of this, it is by faith, in order that it may be according to grace, so that the promise may be secure to all the descendants, not only to those of the law, but also to those of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all 17 (just as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations”)[a] before God, in whom he believed, the one who makes the dead alive and who calls the things that are not as though they are, 18 who against hope believed in hope, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was said, “so will your descendants be.”[b] 19 And not being weak in faith, he considered his own body as good as dead, [c] because he[d] was approximately a hundred years old, and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. 20 And he did not waver in unbelief at the promise of God, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God 21 and being fully convinced that what he had promised, he was also able to do. 22 Therefore[e] it was credited to him for righteousness. 23 But it was not written for the sake of him alone that it was credited to him, 24 but also for the sake of us to whom it is going to be credited, to those who believe in the one who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead, 25 who was handed over on account of our trespasses, and was raised up in the interest of our justification.[f]
Reconciliation with God through Faith in Christ
5 Therefore, because we[g] have been declared righteous by faith, we have[h] peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we boast in the hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only this, but we also boast in our afflictions, because we[i] know that affliction produces patient endurance, 4 and patient endurance, proven character, and proven character, hope, 5 and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
- Romans 4:17 A quotation from Gen 17:5
- Romans 4:18 A quotation from Gen 15:5
- Romans 4:19 Some manuscripts have “already as good as dead”
- Romans 4:19 Here “because” is supplied as a component of the participle (“was”) which is understood as causal
- Romans 4:22 Some manuscripts have “Therefore, indeed,”
- Romans 4:25 Or “vindication”; or “acquittal”
- Romans 5:1 Here “because” is supplied as a component of the participle (“have been declared righteous”) which is understood as causal
- Romans 5:1 Although a number of important manuscripts read the subjunctive mood here (“let us have”), almost all English versions prefer the indicative mood (“we have”) which is supported by many other manuscripts
- Romans 5:3 Here “because” is supplied as a component of the participle (“know”) which is understood as causal
The Folly of the Godless and God’s Final Triumph
For the music director. Of David.[a]
14 The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”
They are corrupt.
They do abominable deeds.
There is none who does good.
2 Yahweh looks down from heaven upon the children of humankind
to see whether there is one who has insight,
one who cares about God.
3 All have gone astray;
they are altogether corrupt.
There is not one who does good;
there is not even one.
4 All who do evil—do they not know,
they who eat my people as though they were eating bread?
They do not call on Yahweh.
5 There they are very fearful[b]
because God is with the generation of the righteous.
6 You would put to shame the plan of the poor,
because[c] Yahweh is his refuge.
7 Oh that from Zion[d] would come salvation for Israel!
When Yahweh returns the fortunes of his people,
Jacob will rejoice; Israel will be happy.
17 He who lends to Yahweh is he who is kind to the poor,
and his benefits he will repay to him.