The Family of Issachar 7 1The sons of Issachar were Tola, Puah, Jashub, and Shimron—four sons. 2The sons of Tola were Uzzi, Rephaiah, Jeriel, Jahmai, Ibsam, and Samuel—the chiefs of their families. During David’s reign, the Tola family counted 22,600 warriors in their lineage. 3The son of Uzzi was Izrahiah; the sons of Izrahiah were Michael, Obadiah, Joel, and Isshiah—five sons and all of them chiefs. 4They counted 36,000 warriors in their lineage because they had more wives and sons than their brothers. 5The extended families of Issachar accounted for 87,000 warriors—all of them listed in the family tree. The Family of Benjamin 6Benjamin had three sons: Bela, Beker, and Jediael. 7Bela had five: Ezbon, Uzzi, Uzziel, Jerimoth, and Iri, all of them chiefs and warriors. They counted 22,034 names in their family tree. 8Beker’s sons were Zemirah, Joash, Eliezer, Elioenai, Omri, Jeremoth, Abijah, Anathoth, and Alemeth. 9Through these chiefs their family tree listed 20,200 warriors. 10Jediael’s son was Bilhan and the sons of Bilhan were Jeush, Benjamin, Ehud, Kenaanah, Zethan, Tarshish, and Ahishahar11—all sons of Jediael and family chiefs; they counted 17,200 combat–ready warriors. 12Shuppim and Huppim were the sons of Ir; Hushim were from the family of Aher. The Family of Naphtali 13The sons of Naphtali were Jahziel, Guni, Jezer, and Shallum; they are listed under the maternal line of Bilhah, their grandfather’s concubine. The Family of Manasseh 14Manasseh’s sons, born of his Aramean concubine, were Asriel and Makir the father of Gilead. 15Makir got his wife from the Huppites and Shuppites. His sister’s name was Maacah. Another son, Zelophehad, had only daughters. 16Makir’s wife Maacah bore a son whom she named Peresh; his brother’s name was Sheresh and his sons were Ulam and Rakem. 17Ulam’s son was Bedan. This accounts for the sons of Gilead son of Makir, the son of Manasseh. 18His sister Hammoleketh gave birth to Ishdod, Abiezer, and Mahlah. 19The sons of Shemida were Ahian, Shechem, Likhi, and Aniam. The Family of Ephraim 20The sons of Ephraim were Shuthelah, Bered his son, Tahath his son, Eleadah his son, Tahath his son, 21Zabad his son, Shuthelah his son, and Ezer and Elead, cattle–rustlers, killed on one of their raids by the natives of Gath. 22Their father Ephraim grieved a long time and his family gathered to give him comfort. 23Then he slept with his wife again. She conceived and produced a son. He named him Beriah (Unlucky), because of the bad luck that had come to his family. 24His daughter was Sheerah. She built Lower and Upper Beth Horon and Uzzen Sheerah. 25Rephah was Ephraim’s son and also Resheph; Telah was his son, Tahan his son, 26Ladan his son, Ammihud his son, Elishama his son, 27Nun his son, and Joshua his son. 28They occupied Bethel and the neighboring country from Naaran on the east to Gezer and its villages on the west, along with Shechem and its villages, and extending as far as Ayyah and its villages. 29Stretched along the borders of Manasseh were Beth Shan, Taanach, Megiddo, and Dor, together with their satellite villages. The families descended from Joseph son of Israel lived in all these places. The Family of Asher 30The sons of Asher were Imnah, Ishvah, Ishvi, and Beriah; Serah was their sister. 31The sons of Beriah were Heber and Malkiel, who had Birzaith. 32Heber had Japhlet, Shomer, Hotham, and Shua their sister. 33Japhlet had Pasach, Bimhal, and Ashvath. 34His brother Shomer had Rohgah, Hubbah, and Aram. 35His brother Helem had Zophah, Imna, Shelesh, and Amal. 36Zophah had Suah, Harnepher, Shual, Beri, Imrah, 37Bezer, Hod, Shamma, Shilshah, Ithran, and Beera. 38Jether had Jephunneh, Pispah, and Ara. 39Ulla had Arah, Hanniel, and Rizia. 40These were Asher’s sons, all of them responsible, excellent in character, and brave in battle—good leaders. They listed 26,000 combat–ready men in their family tree.
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