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1Judah's descendants were Perez, Hezron, Carmi, Hur, and Shobal. 2Shobal's son Reaiah fathered Jahath, and Jahath fathered Ahumai and Lahad. These were the families of the Zorathites. 3These were the descendants of the ancestor of Etam: Jezreel, Ishma, and Idbash; and their sister's name was Hazzelelponi. 4Penuel fathered Gedor and Ezer fathered Hushah. These were the descendants of Hur, Ephrathah's firstborn, who fathered Bethlehem: 5Tekoa's father Ashhur had two wives, Helah and Naarah. 6Naarah bore him these sons: Ahuzzam, Hepher, Temeni, and Haahashtari. 7The sons of Helah were Zereth, Izhar, and Ethnan. 8Koz fathered Anub, Zobebah, and the families of Harum's son Aharhel. 9Jabez enjoyed more honor than his relatives—his mother named him Jabez, she said, "because I bore him in pain." 10Later on, Jabez called on the God of Israel, asking him, "—whether you would bless me again and again, enlarge my territory, keep your power with me, keep me from evil, and keep me from harm!" And God granted what he had requested.
11Chelub, Shuhah's brother, fathered Mehir, who fathered Eshton. 12Eshton fathered Beth-rapha, Paseah, and Tehinnah, who fathered Ir-nahash. These are the men of Recah.
13Kenaz's descendants were Othniel and Seraiah. Othniel's descendants were Hathath 14and Meonothai, who fathered Ophrah. Seraiah fathered Joab, who fathered the Ge-harashim, because they became artisans. 15The descendants of Jephunneh's son Caleb were Iru, Elah, and Naam. Elah's son was Kenaz. 16Jehallelel's descendants were Ziph, Ziphah, Tiria, and Asarel. 17Ezrah's descendants were Jether, Mered, Epher, and Jalon. Mered's wife conceived Miriam, Shammai, and Ishbah, who fathered Eshtemoa. 18Then his Judean wife bore Jered, who fathered Gedor and then Heber, who fathered Soco and Jekuthiel, who fathered Zanoah. These are the descendants of Bithiah, daughter of Pharaoh, whom Mered married. 19The descendants of Hodiah's wife, Naham's sister, fathered Keilah the Garmite and Eshtemoa the Maacathite. 20Shimon's descendants were Amnon, Rinnah, Ben-hanan, and Tilon. Ishi's descendants were Zoheth and Ben-zoheth.
21The descendants of Judah's son Shelah were Er, who fathered Lecah, Laadah (who fathered Mareshah and the families who belonged to the guild of linen workers at Beth-ashbea), 22Jokim, the men who lived in Cozeba, Joash, and Saraph (who married Moabite families), and Jashubi-lehem. (The records are ancient.) 23These people were potters who lived in Netaim and Gederah in service to their king, who lived there.
24Simeon's descendants were Nemuel, Jamin, Jarib, Zerah, Shaul,? 25his son Shallum, his son Mibsam, and his son Mishma. 26Mishma's descendants were his son Hammuel, his son Zaccur, and his son Shimei. 27Shimei had 16 sons and six daughters, but his relatives did not have many children, nor did their entire family multiply like the Judeans did. 28They lived in Beer-sheba, Moladah, Hazar-shual, 29Bilhah, Ezem, Tolad, 30Bethuel, Hormah, Ziklag, 31Beth-marcaboth, Hazar-susim, Beth-biri, and Shaaraim. These were their cities until David began to reign. 32Their cities were Etam, Ain, Rimmon, Tochen, and Ashan, for a total of five cities, 33along with all their settlements that surrounded these cities as far as Baal—this is their settlement history. They kept this genealogical record for themselves:
34Meshobab, Jamlech, Amaziah's son Joshah, 35Joel, Joshibiah's son Jehu (who was the grandson of Seraiah and great-grandson of Asiel), 36Elioenai, Jaakobah, Jeshohaiah, Asaiah, Adiel, Jesimiel, Benaiah, 37Shiphi's son Ziza (who was the grandson of Shiphi, who was fathered by Allon, who was fathered by Jedaiah, who was fathered by Shimri, who was fathered by Shemaiah)— 38these people, enumerated by name, were leaders in their respective families, and their clans grew to be very abundant.
39They journeyed as far as the entrance of Gedor on the east side of the valley in order to find pasture for their flocks. 40They discovered abundant and excellent grazing lands there, where the land was very broad, secure, and tranquil, because the former inhabitants there were descendants of Ham. 41Later on, during the reign of King Hezekiah of Judah, these people, enumerated by name, came and attacked both their homes and the Meunim who had settled there and who remain exterminated to this day. They settled down there, taking their place, because there was pasture there for their flocks. 42Some of them—that is, 500 Simeonite men—went to Mount Seir. Under the leadership of Ishi's sons Pelatiah, Neariah, Rephaiah, and Uzziel, 43they destroyed the survivors of the Amalekites who had escaped, and they have lived there to this day.