I Chronicles 26-29


     26[1-11] For the divisions of the doorkeepers there were of the Korahites, Meshelemiah of Kore, of the descendants of Asaph. Meshelemiah had sons; Zechariah the 1st , Jediael the 2nd  Zebadiah the 3rd, Jathniel the 4th, Elam the 5th, Jehohanan the 6th, and Eliehoenai the 7th. Obed-Edom had sons; Shemaiah the 1st, Jehozabad the 2nd, Joah the 3rd, Sacar the 4th, Nethanel the 5th, Ammiel the 6th, Issachar the 7th, and Peullethai the 8th whom God blessed. Also to his son Shemaiah sons were born who ruled over the house of their father because they were strong experienced soldiers. The descendants of Shemaiah were Othni, Rephael, Obed, Elzabad, whose brothers were soldiers, Elihu and Semachiah. All these were of the descendants of Obed-Edom; they and their sons and their brothers, strong men for the service; Obed-Edom had 62 in all.  Meshelemiah had sons and brothers, 18 soldiers in all. Also Hosah, of the people of Merari, had sons; Shimri the 1st, (though he wasn’t the firstborn, still his father made him leader), Hilkiah the 2nd, Tebaliah the 3rd, Zechariah the 4th; the sons and brothers of Hosah were 13 in all.

     [12-19] Of these were the divisions of the doorkeepers, even of the leaders, having offices like their brothers, to minister in the Place of Worship of Yahweh. They threw judgment stones, from the least to the greatest, according to their ancestors’ houses, for every door. Shelemiah was chosen for the east. Then for Zechariah his son, a wise counselor, they threw judgment stones; and he was chosen for the north. Obed-Edom was chosen for the south; and to his sons the storehouse. Shuppim and Hosah were chosen for the west, by the gate of Shallecheth, at the highway that goes up, watch against watch. On the east were six Levites, on the north four a day, on the south four a day, and for the storehouse two and two. For the Parbar on the west, four at the highway, and two at Parbar. These were the divisions of the doorkeepers; of the descendants of the Korahites, and of the descendants of Merari.

     [20-28] Of the Levites, Ahijah was over the treasury of the house of God, and over the treasury of the dedicated things.      The descendants of Ladan, the descendants of the Gershonites belonging to Ladan were the heads of the ancestors’ houses belonging to Ladan the Gershonite, namely Jehieli. The descendants of Jehieli were Zetham and Joel his brother, over the treasury of the Place of Worship of Yahweh. Of the Amramites, of the Izharites, of the Hebronites, of the Uzzielites; and Shebuel of Gershom, of Moses, was ruler over the treasury. His family; of Eliezer came Rehabiah his son, Jeshaiah his son, Joram his son, Zichri his son, and Shelomoth his son. This Shelomoth and his family were over all the treasury of the dedicated things, which David the ruler, and the heads of the ancestors’ houses, the captains over thousands and hundreds, and the leaders of the troops, had dedicated. They dedicated some of the stuff won in battle to repair the Place of Worship of Yahweh. What Samuel the preacher, Saul of Kish, Abner of Ner, and Joab of Zeruiah, had dedicated, whoever had dedicated anything, it was placed under the control of Shelomoth, and his family members.

     [29-32] Of the Izharites, Chenaniah and his sons were for the outward business over Israel, for officers and judges. Of the Hebronites, Hashabiah and his family, 1,700 experienced soldiers, had the oversight of Israel across the Jordon westward, for all the business of Yahweh, and for the service of the ruler. Jerijah was the leader of the Hebronites, according to their generations by their ancestors’ houses. In the 40th year of the rule of David they were searched for, and there were found with them strong experienced soldiers at Jazer of Gilead. His family, 2,700 experienced soldiers, heads of ancestors’ houses, whom ruler David made overseers over the Reubenites, the Gadites, and the half the family of of the Manassites, for every matter pertaining to God, and for the affairs of the ruler.

 

     27[1 -15] Now the people of Israel after their number, the heads of ancestors’ houses and the captains of thousands and of hundreds, and their officers who served the ruler, in any matter of the divisions which came in and went out monthly, every month of the year of every division were 24,000. Over the division for the 1st month was Jashobeam of Zabdiel; and in his division were 24,000. He was of the people of Perez, the head of all the leaders of the troops for the 1st month. Over the division of the 2nd month was Dodai the Ahohite, and his division; and Mikloth the ruler; and in his division were 24,000. The captain of the troops for the 3rd month was Benaiah, of Jehoiada the preacher, leader; and in his division were 24,000. This is that Benaiah, who was the strongest of the 30, and over the 30; and of his division was Ammizabad. The captain for the 4th month was Asahel the brother of Joab, and Zebadiah his son after him; and in his division were 24,000. The captain for the 5th month was Shamhuth the Izrahite; and in his division were 24,000. The captain for the 6th month was Ira of Ikkesh the Tekoite; and in his division were 24,000. The captain for the 7th month (Tishri) was Helez the Pelonite, of the people of Ephraim; and in his division were 24,000. The captain for the 8th month was Sibbecai the Hushathite, of the Zerahites; and in his division were 24,000. The captain for the 9th month was Abiezer the Anathothite, of the Benjamites; and in his division were 24,000. The captain for the 10th month was Maharai the Netophathite, of the Zerahites; and in his division were 24,000. The captain for the 11th month was Benaiah the Pirathonite, of the people of Ephraim; and in his division were 24,000. The captain for the 12th month was Heldai the Netophathite, of Othniel; and in his division were 24,000.

     [16-24] Also over the family groups of Israel; the leader of the Reubenites was Eliezer of Zichri; of the Simeonites, Shephatiah who was of Maacah; of Levi, Hashabiah who was of Kemuel; of Aaron, Zadok; who was of Judah, Elihu, one of the brothers of David; of Issachar, Omri who was of Michael; of Zebulun, Ishmaiah who was of Obadiah; of Naphtali, Jeremoth who was of Azriel; of the people of Ephraim, Hoshea who was of Azaziah; of half the family of Manasseh, Joel who was of Pedaiah; of half the family of Manasseh in Gilead, Iddo who was of Zechariah; of Benjamin, Jaasiel who was of Abner; of Dan, Azarel who was of Jeroham. These were the leaders of the family groups of Israel. But David didn’t count those from 20 years old and under, because Yahweh had promised to increase Israel like the stars of the sky. Joab of Zeruiah began to count, but didn’t finish; and God’s anger came on Israel for this; neither was the number put into the account in the chronicles of the ruler David.

     [25-31] Over the ruler’s stores was Azmaveth of Adiel; and over all the stores in the fields, the cities,the towns, and the towers was Jonathan of Uzziah; Over those who did the work of the field tilling the ground was Ezri of Chelub; and over the vineyards was Shimei the Ramathite; and over the harvest of the vineyards for the winecellars was Zabdi the Shiphmite; and over the olive trees and the sycamore trees that were in the lowland was Baal Hanan the Gederite; and over the cellars of oil was Joash; and over the herds that fed in Sharon was Shitrai the Sharonite; and over the herds that were in the valleys was Shaphat who was of Adlai; and over the camels was Obil the Ishmaelite; and over the donkeys was Jehdeiah the Meronothite; and over the flocks was Jaziz the Hagrite. All these were the heads of everything which was David’s, the ruler.

     [32-34] Also Jonathan, David’s uncle was a counselor, one of understanding, and a secretary; and Jehiel of Hachmoni was with the ruler’s sons. Ahithophel was the ruler’s counselor; and Hushai the Archite was the ruler’s friend. After Ahithophel was Jehoiada of Benaiah, and Abiathar; and the captain of the ruler’s troops was Joab.

 

     28[1-5] David gathered all the leaders of Israel, the leaders of the family groups, and the leaders of the companies who served the ruler by division, and the captains of thousands, and the captains of hundreds, and the heads over all the things of the ruler and his family, along with the officers, and all the strong experienced soldiers, to Jerusalem. Then David, the ruler, stood up on his feet, saying, “Hear me, my brothers, and My people; as for me, it was in my heart to build a house of rest for the Chest of the promised agreement of Yahweh, and for the footstool of our God; and I had made ready for the building. But God said to me, You won’t build a house for My Name, because you’re a man of war, and have killed many people.     But Yahweh, the God of Israel, chose me out of all the house of my father to be ruler over Israel forever, who has chosen Judah to be head; and in the house of Judah, the house of my father; and among the descendants of my father, God was pleased to make me ruler over all Israel; of all my children (for Yahweh has given me many children), and has chosen Solomon, my child, to sit on the throne of the land of Yahweh over Israel.

     [6-10] God said to me, Solomon your son, will build my house and my courts because I’ve chosen him to be my child, and I’ll be like a parent to him. I’ll set up his countries forever, if he continues to do my words and my rules, as at today. So now, in the sight of all Israel, the assembly of Yahweh, and in the audience of our God, keep and search out all the words of Yahweh your God; that you may take this good land, and leave it for an inheritance to your children after you forever. You, Solomon my child, know the God of your father, and serve God with a perfect heart and with a willing mind because Yahweh searches all hearts, and understands all the imaginations of the thoughts; if you look for God, God will be found of you; but if you stop serving God, God will throw you away forever. Be careful now because Yahweh has chosen you to build a house for the sanctuary; be strong, and do it.”

     [11-19] Then David gave to Solomon his son the plan of the house of the Place of Worship, and of its rooms, and of its storerooms, and of its upper rooms, and of its inner rooms, and of the place of the mercy seat; and the plan of what he had designed by the Spirit, for the courts of the Place of Worship of Yahweh, and for all the surrounding rooms, for the treasuries of the house of God, and for the treasuries of the dedicated things; also for the divisions of the preachers and the Levites, and for all the work of the service of the Place of Worship of Yahweh, and for all the pots of service in the Place of Worship of Yahweh; of gold by weight for the pots of gold, for all the pots of every kind of service; of silver for all the pots of silver by weight, for all pots of every kind of service; by weight also for the lampstands of gold and its lamps, of gold, by weight for every lampstand and its lamps; and for the lampstands of silver, silver by weight for every lampstand and its lamps,  according to the use of every lampstand; and the gold by weight for the tables of showbread, for every table; and silver for the tables of silver; and the forks, and the bowls, and the cups, of pure gold; and for the golden bowls, by weight for every bowl; and for the silver bowls, by weight for every bowl; and for the altar of incense, refined gold by weight; and gold for the plan of the Chest, even the cherubim (angelic winged creatures), that spread out their wings, and covered the Chest of the promised agreement of Yahweh. “All this, I’ve been made to understand by writing with the hand of Yahweh on me, even all the design of this plan,” said David.

     [20-21] David said to Solomon his son, “Be strong and brave, and do it; don’t be scared, nor be troubled because Yahweh God, even my God, is with you; who won’t fail you, nor leave you, until all the work for the service of the Place of Worship of Yahweh is finished. See, there are the divisions of the preachers and the Levites, for all the service of the house of God; and there will be with you in all kinds of work every willing person who has skill, for any kind of service; also the captains and all the people will be entirely under your control.

 

      29[1-5] David the ruler said to all the assembly, Solomon, my child, whom alone God has chosen, is still young and immature, and the work is great because the palace isn’t for humans, but for Yahweh God. Now I’ve prepared with all my strength for the house of my God the gold for the things of gold, and the silver for the things of silver, and the brass for the things of brass, the iron for the things of iron, and wood for the things of wood; onyx stones, and stones to be set, stones for inlaid work, and of various colors, and all kinds of precious stones, and many marble stones. In addition, because I’ve set my affection on the house of my God, seeing that I have a treasure of my own of gold and silver, I give it to the house of my God, over and above what I’ve prepared for the holy house, even 225,000 lbs of gold, of the gold of Ophir, and 525,000 lbs of refined silver with which to overlay the walls of the houses; of gold for the things of gold, and of silver for the things of silver, and for all kinds of work to be made by the hands of the craftspeople. Who then offers willingly to dedicate themself today to Yahweh?”

     [6-9] Then the leaders of the ancestors’ houses, and the leaders of the family groups of Israel, and the captains of thousands and of hundreds with the heads over the ruler’s work, offered willingly; and they gave for the service of the house of God of gold 450,000 lbs and 10,000 gold coins, and of silver 750,000 lbs, and of brass 1,350,000 lbs, and of iron 7,500,000 lbs. They with whom precious stones were found gave them to the treasure of the Place of Worship of Yahweh, under the hand of Jehiel the Gershonite. Then the people were happy, because they offered willingly, because with a perfect heart they offered willingly to Yahweh; and David the ruler also had great happiness.

     [10-20] So David blessed Yahweh before all the assembly; and David said, “You’re blessed, Yahweh, the God of Israel our father, forever and ever. Yahweh, Yours is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the awesomeness because everything that’s in the heavens and in the earth is Yours. The earth is Yours, Yahweh, and you’re greater than all.            Both riches and honor come of You, and You rule over all; and in Your hand is power and strength; and it’s in your hand to make great, and to give strength to all. So now, our God, we thank You, and praise Your wonderful Name. But who am I, and what’s My people, that we should be able to offer so willingly as this? For all things come of You, and of Your own have we given You.            For we’re strangers before You, and foreigners, as all our ancestors were; our days on the earth are as a shadow, and there’s no living forever. Yahweh our God, all this store that we’ve prepared to build You a house for Your holy Name comes of Your hand, and is all Your own. I know also, my God, that You try the heart, and are pleased with goodness. As for me, in the goodness of my heart I’ve willingly offered all these things; and now I’ve seen with great happiness Your people, that are present here, offer willingly to You. Yahweh, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, our ancestors, keep this forever in the imagination of the thoughts of the heart of Your people, and lead their heart to You; and give to Solomon my child a perfect heart, to keep Your words, Your judgments, and your laws, and to do all these things, and to build the palace, for which I’ve gave.” David said to all the assembly, “Now bless Yahweh your God.” All the assembly blessed Yahweh, the God of their ancestors, and bowed down their heads and humbled themselves before Yahweh and the ruler.

     [21-25] They made sacrifices to Yahweh, and offered burnt offerings to Yahweh, on the next day after that day, even 1,000 bulls, 1,000 rams, and 1,000 lambs with their drink offerings, and sacrifices in wealth for all Israel, and ate and drank before Yahweh on that day with great happiness. They made Solomon, the child of David, ruler the second time, and anointed him to Yahweh to be head, and Zadok to be preacher. Then Solomon sat on the throne of Yahweh as ruler instead of David his father, and did well; and all Israel obeyed him. All the leaders, the soldiers, and also all of the descendants of ruler David pledged themselves to Solomon the ruler. Yahweh made Solomon very well known in the sight of all Israel, and put on him such royal awesomeness as hadn’t been on any ruler before him in Israel.

     [26-30] Now David of Jesse ruled over all Israel. The time that he ruled over Israel was 40 years; he ruled seven years in Hebron, and 33 years in Jerusalem. He died at a good old age, full of days, riches, and honor; and Solomon his son ruled in his place. Now the acts of David the ruler, first and last, are written in the history of Samuel, the preacher, and in the history of Nathan, the preacher, and in the history of Gad, the preacher, with all his rule and strength, and the circumstances that came over him, and over Israel, and over all the nations of the countries.

 

 

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I am a mother of eight wonderfully challenging children and nine grandkids, of whom I am very proud. I am also a bi-vocational ordained evangelical minister, and a Christian Counselor. I received my B.S. degree in 2004, studying primarily in the areas of Psychology, with minors in Religion and English. I received my Masters Degree in 2009 in Psychological Counseling with an emphasis in Christian Counseling. I have endeavored to paraphrase the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, for the last ten years or so and am working on a final edit, now. It is my hope that it will be of some use in the great commission of Christ. My ministry is primarily geared toward victims of sexual and domestic violence, including victims of childhood sexual abuse, whether currently or in the past. Since I have personally experienced the healing hand of God in overcoming many of the life issues that Christians may face, I feel qualified and compelled to discuss them in a truthful and open manner, as God’s word tells us that “We shall know the truth and the truth shall set us free.” God has brought me through such diverse tribulations as sexual, physical, and mental abuse, being a victim of a drunk driving accident, spousal pornography addiction, adultery, divorce, remarriage, a very brief, though unjust, incarceration, and having experienced multiple miscarriages and various other trials. I have been asked to leave two Southern Baptist Churches, due to my being a female, ordained as a minister, and fired from a SBC sponsored Christian School (mostly white) for speaking out against racial prejudice in the Family of God. Through God’s merciful forgiveness of my own sins and inadequacies and God’s grace given to me to forgive those who have been a stumbling block to me, I have overcome many of these adversities. God’s word tells us that “All things work together for good to those who love the Lord and are called according to the purposes of God." Since I have this hope, I believe that God has blessed me with the ability to confront and relate these issues to the Christian community around the world. I hope to be able to use my personal experiences as a ministry of God’s grace and in the comforting of the people of God with the truth of God's mercy. I claim II Corinthians 1: 3 & 4 as my calling, which states: “Blessed be God, the Origin of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Origin of mercies, and the God of comfort; who comforts us in all our troubles, that we may be able to comfort those who are in trouble, by the comfort we ourselves have been given by God.” As I have received the gift of God’s healing, I hope to be able to bring the peace beyond understanding to others with the message of God’s mercy and grace. My love for the Sovereign Lord of my life, Jesus Christ, along with my passion for writing has drawn me to explore these commonly experienced crisis issues from the perspective of my own experience in the hope that I may bring an empathetic and compassionate insight to God’s people. I am now a published author and have several books in publication, including my autobiography, "A Little Redneck Theology." The views expressed in my writings are strictly my own insights, acquired from personal experience and diligent study of the related topics and God’s word concerning them. Though I am an ordained minister, my views should not be considered authoritative. I believe that the Christian community’s ultimate authority is the guidance of the human heart by the Holy Spirit and the Word of God.
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