An Appendix to the Family of Judah 4 1Sons of Judah: Perez, Hezron, Carmi, Hur, and Shobal. 2Reaiah, Shobal’s son, had Jahath; and Jahath had Ahumai and Lahad. These made up the families of the Zorathites. 3Sons of Etam: Jezreel, Ishma, and Idbash. Their sister was named Hazzelelponi. 4Penuel had Gedor and Ezer had Hushah. These were the sons of Hur, firstborn son of Ephrathah, who was the father of Bethlehem. 5Ashhur the father of Tekoa had two wives, Helah and Naarah. 6Naarah gave birth to Ahuzzam, Hepher, Temeni, and Haahashtari—Naarah’s children. 7Helah’s sons were Zereth, Zohar, Ethnan, 8and Koz, who had Anub, Hazzobebah, and the families of Aharhel son of Harum. 9Jabez was a better man than his brothers, a man of honor. His mother had named him Jabez (Oh, the pain!), saying, “A painful birth! I bore him in great pain!” 10Jabez prayed to the God of Israel: “Bless me, O bless me! Give me land, large tracts of land. And provide your personal protection—don’t let evil hurt me.” God gave him what he asked. 11Kelub, Shuhah’s brother, had Mehir; Mehir had Eshton; 12Eshton had Beth Rapha, Paseah, and Tehinnah, who founded Ir Nahash (City of Smiths). These were known as the men of Recah. 13The sons of Kenaz: Othniel and Seraiah. The sons of Othniel: Hathath and Meonothai. 14Meonothai had Ophrah; Seraiah had Joab, the founder of Ge Harashim (Colony of Artisans). 15The sons of Caleb son of Jephunneh: Iru, Elah, and Naam. The son of Elah: Kenaz. 16The sons of Jehallelel: Ziph, Ziphah, Tiria, and Asarel. 17The sons of Ezrah: Jether, Mered, Epher, and Jalon. One of Mered’s wives, Pharaoh’s daughter Bithiah, gave birth to Miriam, Shammai, and Ishbah the father of Eshtemoa. 18His Judean wife gave birth to Jered father of Gedor, Heber father of Soco, and Jekuthiel father of Zanoah. 19The sons of Hodiah’s wife, Naham’s sister: the father of Keilah the Garmite, and Eshtemoa the Maacathite. 20The sons of Shimon: Amnon, Rinnah, Ben–Hanan, and Tilon. The sons of Ishi: Zoheth and Ben–Zoheth. 21The sons of Shelah son of Judah: Er the father of Lecah, Laadah the father of Mareshah and the family of linen workers at Beth Ashbea, 22Jokim, the men of Cozeba, and Joash and Saraph, who ruled in Moab and Jashubi Lehem. (These records are from very old traditions.)23They were the potters who lived at Netaim and Gederah, resident potters who worked for the king. The Family of Simeon 24The Simeon family tree: Nemuel, Jamin, Jarib, Zerah, and Shaul; 25Shaul had Shallum, Shallum had Mibsam, and Mibsam had Mishma. 26The sons of Mishma: Hammuel had Zaccur and Zaccur had Shimei. 27Shimei had sixteen sons and six daughters, but his brothers were not nearly as prolific and never became a large family like Judah. 28They lived in Beersheba, Moladah, Hazar Shual, 29Bilhah, Ezem, Tolad, 30Bethuel, Hormah, Ziklag, 31Beth Marcaboth, Hazar Susim, Beth Biri, and Shaaraim. They lived in these towns until David became king. 32Other settlements in the vicinity were the five towns of Etam, Ain, Rimmon, Token, and Ashan, 33and all the villages around these towns as far as Baalath. These were their settlements. And they kept good family records. 34Meshobab; Jamlech; Joshah the son of Amaziah; 35Joel; Jehu the son of Joshibiah, the son of Seraiah, the son of Asiel; 36Elioenai; Jaakobah; Jeshohaiah; Asaiah; Adiel; Jesimiel; Benaiah; 37and Ziza the son of Shiphi, the son of Allon, the son of Jedaiah, the son of Shimri, the son of Shemaiah38—all these were the leaders in their families. They prospered and increased in numbers 39so that they had to go as far as Gedor (Gerar) to the east of the valley looking for pasture for their flocks. 40And they found it—lush pasture, lots of elbow room, peaceful and quiet. Some Hamites had lived there in former times. 41But the men in these family trees came when Hezekiah was king of Judah and attacked the Hamites, tearing down their tents and houses. There was nothing left of them, as you can see today. Then they moved in and took over because of the great pastureland. 42Five hundred of these Simeonites went on and invaded the hill country of Seir, led by Pelatiah, Neariah, Rephaiah, and Uzziel, the sons of Ishi.43They killed all the escaped Amalekites who were still around. And they still live there.
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