Day 212 of the Holy Bible One Year CHALLENGE. People in Jerusalem. King Saul dies in battle. Romans 14: Don't criticize others.
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1 Chronicles 9
1 Chronicles 10:1-14
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1 Chronicles 9
All these men were descendants of Benjamin.
The names of all the Israelites were listed in their family histories. Those family histories were recorded in the
book, The History of the Kings of Israel.
The People in Jerusalem
The people of Judah were taken away as captives to Babylon. They were taken there because they were not faithful to God. 2 The first people to return and live in their own lands and towns were some Israelites, priests, Levites and Temple servants.
3 These are the people from the tribes of Judah, Benjamin, Ephraim and Manasseh who lived in Jerusalem:
4 Uthai was Ammihud’s son. Ammihud
was Omri’s son. Omri was Imri’s son.
Imri was Bani’s son. Bani was a de- scendant of Perez. Perez was Judah’s son.
5 The Shilonites who lived in Jerusalem
were Asaiah the oldest son and his sons.
6 The Zerahites who lived in Jerusalem
were Jeuel and his relatives. There were 690 of them in all.
7 These are the people from the tribe
of Benjamin who lived in Jerusalem: Sallu was Meshullam’s son. Meshullam was Hodaviah’s son. Hodaviah was Hassenuah’s son. 8 Ibneiah was Jeroham’s son. Elah was Uzzi’s son. Uzzi was Micri’s son. And Meshul- lam was Shephatiah’s son. Shephatiah was Reuel’s son. Reuel was Ibnijah’s son. 9 The family history of Benjamin shows there were 956 of them living in Jerusalem. All these men were leaders in their families.
10 These are the priests who lived in Jerusalem: Jedaiah, Jehoiarib, Jakin and 11 Azariah. Azariah was Hilkiah’s son. Hilkiah was Meshullam’s son. Meshullam was Zadok’s son. Zadok was Meraioth’s son. Meraioth was Ahi- tub’s son. Ahitub was the important official responsible for God’s Temple. 12 Also there was Jeroham’s son, Ada- iah. Jeroham was Pashhur’s son. Pashhur was Malkijah’s son. And there was Adiel’s son, Maasai. Adiel was Jahzerah’s son. Jahzerah was Meshullam’s son. Meshullam was Meshillemith’s son. Meshillemith was Immer’s son.
13 There were 1760 priests. They were
leaders of their families. They were responsible for the work of serving in God’s Temple.
14 These are the people from the tribe
of Levi who lived in Jerusalem: Hasshub’s son, Shemaiah. Hasshub was Azrikam’s son. Azrikam was Hashabiah’s son. Hashabiah was a descendant of Merari. 15 Also living in Jerusalem were Bakbakkar, Heresh, Galal and Mattaniah. Mattaniah was Mica’s son. Mica was Zicri’s son. Zicri was Asaph’s son. 16 Obadiah was Shemaiah’s son. Shemaiah was Galal’s son. Galal was Jeduthun’s son. Berekiah was Asa’s son. Asa was Elkanah’s son. Berekiah lived in the towns near the people of Netophah.
17 These are the gatekeepers who lived in
Jerusalem: Shallum, Akkub, Talmon, Ahiman and their relatives. Shallum was their leader. 18 These men once stood next to the King’s Gate on the east side. They were the gatekeepers from the tribe of Levi. 19 Shallum was Kore’s son. Kore was Ebiasaph’s son. Ebiasaph was Korah’s son. Shal- lum and his brothers from the family of Korah were gatekeepers. They had the job of guarding the entrance to the Holy Tent. They did this just as their ancestors had done before them. Their ancestors had the job of guard- ing the entrance to the area where the LORD lived among the people. 20 In the past Phinehas was in charge of the gatekeepers. Phinehas was Eleazar’s son. The LORD was with Phinehas. 21 Zechariah son of Meshelemiah was the gatekeeper at the entrance to the Holy Tent.
22 In all, there were 212 men who were chosen to guard the gates of the Holy Tent. Their names were recorded in their family histories in their towns. David and Samuel the seer chose these men because they could be trusted. 23 The gatekeepers and their descendants had the responsibility of guarding the gates of the LORD’s house, the Holy Tent. 24 There were gates on the four sides: east, west, north and south. 25 The gate-keepers’ relatives who lived in the small towns had to come and help them at certain times. They came and helped the gatekeepers for seven days each time.
26 There were four gatekeepers who were the leaders of all the gatekeepers. They were Levites. They had the job of caring for the rooms and treasures in God’s Temple. 27 They stayed up all night guarding God’s Temple, and they had the job of opening God’s Temple every morning.
28 Some of the gatekeepers had the job of caring for the dishes used in the Temple services. They counted them when they were brought in. They also counted these dishes when they were taken out. 29 Other gatekeepers were chosen to care for the furniture and the special dishes. They also took care of the flour, wine, oil, incense, and special oil. 30 But it was the priests who had the job of mixing the special oil.
31 There was a Levite named Mattithiah who had the job of baking the bread used for the offerings. Mattithiah was Shallum’s oldest son. Shallum was from the Korah family. 32 Some of the gatekeepers who were in the Korah family had the job of preparing the bread that was put on the table every Sabbath. 33 The Levites who were singers and
leaders of their families stayed in the rooms at the Temple. They did not have to do other work because they were responsible for the work in the Temple day and night.
34 All these Levites were leaders of their families. They were listed as leaders in their family histories. They lived in Jerusalem.
The Family History of King Saul
35 Jeiel first settled the town of Gibeon, where he lived with his wife Maacah. 36 Jeiel’s oldest son was Abdon. Other sons were Zur, Kish, Baal, Ner, Nadab, 37 Gedor, Ahio, Zechariah and Mik- loth. 38 Mikloth was Shimeam’s father. Jeiel’s family lived near their relatives in Jerusalem.
39 Ner was Kish’s father. Kish was Saul’s father. And Saul was the father of Jonathan, Malki Shua, Abinadab and Esh Baal.
40 Jonathan’s son was Merib Baal. Merib Baal was Micah’s father.
41 Micah’s sons were Pithon, Melech, Tahrea and Ahaz. 42 Ahaz was the fa- ther of Jadah.† Jadah was the father of Alemeth, Azmaveth and Zimri. Zimri was Moza’s father. 43 Moza was the fa- ther of Binea. Rephaiah was Binea’s son. Eleasah was Rephaiah’s son. And Azel was Eleasah’s son.
44 Azel had six sons. Their names were
Azrikam, Bokeru, Ishmael, Sheariah, Obadiah and Hanan. They were Azel’s children.
1 Chronicles 10:1-14
The Death of King Saul
The Philistines fought against the Israelites, and the Israelites ran
away from them. Many Israelites were killed on Mount Gilboa. 2 The Philistines continued chasing Saul and his sons. They caught them and killed them. The Philistines killed Saul’s sons Jonathan, Abinadab and Malki Shua. 3 The fight- ing grew fierce around Saul. The archers closed in and wounded him badly with their arrows. 4 Then Saul told the helper who carried his armour, “Pull out your sword and kill me with it or else these foreigners* will come and make fun of me and kill me!” But Saul’s helper was afraid and refused to kill him. So Saul used his own sword to kill himself by falling on it. 5 When the helper saw that Saul was dead, he also fell on his own sword and died. 6 So Saul and his three sons died together, and that was the end of his family.
7 The Israelites who lived in the valley saw that the Israelite army had run away. They also saw that Saul and his sons were dead. So they left their towns and ran away. Then the Philistines went into the towns and settled there.
8 The next day, the Philistines went to take things from the dead bodies. They found Saul’s body and the bodies of his sons on Mount Gilboa. 9 The Philistines stripped Saul’s body and took away his head and his armour. They sent messen- gers through all their country to tell the news to their false gods and to their peo- ple. 10 The Philistines put Saul’s armour in the temple of their false gods. They hung Saul’s head in the temple of Dagon. 11 All the people living in the town of
Jabesh Gilead heard everything that the Philistines had done to Saul. 12 All the brave men from Jabesh Gilead went to get the bodies of Saul and his sons. They brought them back to Jabesh Gilead. They buried the bones of Saul and his sons under the large tree in Jabesh. Then they mourned and fasted for seven days. 13 Saul died because he was not faithful to the LORD. He did not obey the LORD. He even tried to get advice by contacting a ghost 14 instead of asking the LORD. That is why the Lord killed
Saul and gave the kingdom to Jesse’s son David.
Don’t Criticize Others
Be willing to accept those who still have doubts about what believers can do. And don’t argue with them about their different ideas. 2 Some people believe they can eat any kind of food,§ but those who have doubts eat only vegetables. 3 Those who know they can eat any kind of food must not think that they are better than those who eat only vegetables. And those who eat only vegetables must not decide that those who eat all foods are wrong. God has accepted them. 4 You cannot judge the servants of someone else. It is for their own master to decide if they are accepted or not. And they will be accepted, because the Lord is able to make that happen.
5 Some people might believe that one
day is more important than another. And others might believe that every day is the same. Everyone should be sure about their beliefs in their own mind. 6 Those who think one day is more important than other days are doing that for the Lord. And those who eat all kinds of food are doing that for the Lord. Yes, they give thanks to God for that food. And those who refuse to eat some foods do that for the Lord. They also give thanks to God.
7 We don’t live or die just for ourselves. 8 If we live, we are living for the Lord. And if we die, we are dying for the Lord. So living or dying, we belong to the Lord. 9 That is why Christ died and rose from death to live again—so that he could be Lord over those who have died and those who are living.
10 So why do you judge your brother or sister in Christ? Or why do you think you are better than they are? We will all stand before God, and he will judge us all. 11 Yes, the Scriptures say,
“‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ‘everyone will bow before me; everyone will say that I am God.’”*
12 So each of us will have to explain to God about the things we do.
Don’t Cause Others to Sin
13 So we should stop judging each other. Let’s decide not to do anything that will cause a problem for a brother or sister or hurt their faith. 14 I know that there is no food that is wrong to eat. The Lord Jesus is the one who convinced me of that. But if someone believes that something is wrong, then it is wrong for that person.
15 If you hurt your brother or sister be-
cause of something you eat, you are not following the way of love. Christ died for them. So don’t destroy their faith by eating something they think is wrong. 16 Don’t allow what is good for you to become something they say is evil. 17 Life in God’s kingdom is not about what we eat and drink. It is about a right way of living, peace and joy—all from the Holy Spirit. 18 Whoever serves Christ by living this way is pleasing to God and has the respect of others.
17 The first person to speak always seems right
until someone comes and asks the right questions.
18 Use lots to settle arguments,
especially between two powerful people.
19 An insulted brother is harder to win back than a city with strong walls.
Arguments separate people like the strong bars of a palace gate.
20 Your words can be as satisfying as fruit,
as pleasing as the food that fills your stomach.
21 The tongue can speak words that bring
life or death.
Those who love to talk must be ready to accept what it brings.
22 If you find a wife, you have found
She is the LORD’s gift to you.
23 The poor are polite when they beg for help.
The rich are rude with their answer.
24 Some friends are fun to be with,†
but a true friend can be better than a brother.
It is better to be poor and honest than to be a liar and a fool.
2 Being excited about something is not enough.
You must also know what you are doing.
Don’t rush into something, or you might do it wrong.
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