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New Living Translation
Descendants of Israel
1The sons of Israel were Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Zebulun,
2Dan, Joseph, Benjamin, Naphtali, Gad, and Asher.
Descendants of Judah
3Judah had three sons from Bathshua, a Canaanite woman. Their names were Er, Onan, and Shelah. But the Lord saw that the oldest son, Er, was a wicked man, so he killed him.
4Later Judah had twin sons from Tamar, his widowed daughter-in-law. Their names were Perez and Zerah. So Judah had five sons in all.
5The sons of Perez were Hezron and Hamul.
6The sons of Zerah were Zimri, Ethan, Heman, Calcol, and Darda—five in all.
7The son of Carmi (a descendant of Zimri) was Achan, who brought disaster on Israel by taking plunder that had been set apart for the Lord.
8The son of Ethan was Azariah.
From Judah’s Grandson Hezron to David
9The sons of Hezron were Jerahmeel, Ram, and Caleb.
10Ram was the father of Amminadab.
Amminadab was the father of Nahshon, a leader of Judah.
11Nahshon was the father of Salmon.
Salmon was the father of Boaz.
12Boaz was the father of Obed.
Obed was the father of Jesse.
13Jesse’s first son was Eliab, his second was Abinadab, his third was Shimea,
14his fourth was Nethanel, his fifth was Raddai,
15his sixth was Ozem, and his seventh was David.
16Their sisters were named Zeruiah and Abigail. Zeruiah had three sons named Abishai, Joab, and Asahel.
17Abigail married a man named Jether, an Ishmaelite, and they had a son named Amasa.
Other Descendants of Hezron
18Hezron’s son Caleb had sons from his wife Azubah and from Jerioth. Her sons were named Jesher, Shobab, and Ardon.
19After Azubah died, Caleb married Ephrathah, and they had a son named Hur.
20Hur was the father of Uri. Uri was the father of Bezalel.
21When Hezron was sixty years old, he married Gilead’s sister, the daughter of Makir. They had a son named Segub.
22Segub was the father of Jair, who ruled twenty-three towns in the land of Gilead.
23(But Geshur and Aram captured the Towns of Jair and also took Kenath and its sixty surrounding villages.) All these were descendants of Makir, the father of Gilead.
24Soon after Hezron died in the town of Caleb-ephrathah, his wife Abijah gave birth to a son named Ashhur (the father of Tekoa).
Descendants of Hezron’s Son Jerahmeel
25The sons of Jerahmeel, the oldest son of Hezron, were Ram (the firstborn), Bunah, Oren, Ozem, and Ahijah.
26Jerahmeel had a second wife named Atarah. She was the mother of Onam.
27The sons of Ram, the oldest son of Jerahmeel, were Maaz, Jamin, and Eker.
28The sons of Onam were Shammai and Jada.
The sons of Shammai were Nadab and Abishur.
29The sons of Abishur and his wife Abihail were Ahban and Molid.
30The sons of Nadab were Seled and Appaim. Seled died without children,
31but Appaim had a son named Ishi. The son of Ishi was Sheshan. Sheshan had a descendant named Ahlai.
32The sons of Jada, Shammai’s brother, were Jether and Jonathan. Jether died without children,
33but Jonathan had two sons named Peleth and Zaza.
These were all descendants of Jerahmeel.
34Sheshan had no sons, though he did have daughters. He also had an Egyptian servant named Jarha.
35Sheshan gave one of his daughters to be the wife of Jarha, and they had a son named Attai.
36Attai was the father of Nathan.
Nathan was the father of Zabad.
37Zabad was the father of Ephlal.
Ephlal was the father of Obed.
38Obed was the father of Jehu.
Jehu was the father of Azariah.
39Azariah was the father of Helez.
Helez was the father of Eleasah.
40Eleasah was the father of Sismai.
Sismai was the father of Shallum.
41Shallum was the father of Jekamiah.
Jekamiah was the father of Elishama.
Descendants of Hezron’s Son Caleb
42The descendants of Caleb, the brother of Jerahmeel, included Mesha (the firstborn), who became the father of Ziph. Caleb’s descendants also included the sons of Mareshah, the father of Hebron.
43The sons of Hebron were Korah, Tappuah, Rekem, and Shema.
44Shema was the father of Raham. Raham was the father of Jorkeam. Rekem was the father of Shammai.
45The son of Shammai was Maon. Maon was the father of Beth-zur.
46Caleb’s concubine Ephah gave birth to Haran, Moza, and Gazez. Haran was the father of Gazez.
47The sons of Jahdai were Regem, Jotham, Geshan, Pelet, Ephah, and Shaaph.
48Another of Caleb’s concubines, Maacah, gave birth to Sheber and Tirhanah.
49She also gave birth to Shaaph (the father of Madmannah) and Sheva (the father of Macbenah and Gibea). Caleb also had a daughter named Acsah.
50These were all descendants of Caleb.
Descendants of Caleb’s Son Hur
The sons of Hur, the oldest son of Caleb’s wife Ephrathah, were Shobal (the founder of Kiriath-jearim),
51Salma (the founder of Bethlehem), and Hareph (the founder of Beth-gader).
52The descendants of Shobal (the founder of Kiriath-jearim) were Haroeh, half the Manahathites,
53and the families of Kiriath-jearim—the Ithrites, Puthites, Shumathites, and Mishraites, from whom came the people of Zorah and Eshtaol.
54The descendants of Salma were the people of Bethlehem, the Netophathites, Atroth-beth-joab, the other half of the Manahathites, the Zorites,
55and the families of scribes living at Jabez—the Tirathites, Shimeathites, and Sucathites. All these were Kenites who descended from Hammath, the father of the family of Recab.
2:1 Israel is the name that God gave to Jacob.
2:6 As in many Hebrew manuscripts, some Greek manuscripts, and Syriac version (see also 1 Kgs 4:31); Hebrew reads Dara.
2:7a Hebrew Achar; compare Josh 7:1. Achar means “disaster.”
2:7b The Hebrew term used here refers to the complete consecration of things or people to the Lord, either by destroying them or by giving them as an offering.
2:9 Hebrew Kelubai, a variant spelling of Caleb; compare 2:18.
2:11 As in Greek version (see also Ruth 4:21); Hebrew reads Salma.
2:18 Or Caleb had a daughter named Jerioth from his wife, Azubah. The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain.
2:19 Hebrew Ephrath, a variant spelling of Ephrathah; compare 2:50 and 4:4.
2:23 Or captured Havvoth-jair.
2:24 Or the founder of; also in 2:42, 45, 49.
2:42 Or who founded Hebron. The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain.
2:55 Or the founder of Beth-recab.