1 Chronicles Chapter 17 and 18

Chapter 17: David Wants to Build a House For Yah

1 Now it came to pass, when David was dwelling in his house, that David said to Nathan the prophet, “See now, I dwell in a house of cedar but the ark of the covenant of Yah is under tent curtains”. 2 Then Nathan said to David, “Do all that is in your heart, for Yah is with you”.

Through the Prophet Nathan Yah Forbade David From Building the House For the Ark: Yah Tells David His Sons Shall Build the House of Yah

3 But it happened that night that the word of Yah came to Nathan saying: 4 “Go and tell My servant David, ‘Thus says Yah: You shall not build Me a house to dwell in. 5 For I have not dwelt in a house since the time that I brought up Ysrayl, even to this day but have gone from tent to tent and from one tabernacle to another. 6 Wherever I have moved about with all Ysrayl, have I ever spoken a word to any of the judges of Ysrayl, whom I commanded to shepherd My people saying, ‘Why have you not built Me a house of cedar’?” 7 “Now therefore, thus shall you say to My servant David, ‘Thus says Yah of hosts: “I took you from the sheepfold, from following the sheep, to be ruler over My people Ysrayl. 8 And I have been with you wherever yo have gone and I have cut off all your enemies from before you and I have made you a name like the name of the great men who are on the earth. 9 Moreover, I will appoint a place for My people Ysrayl and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own and move no more. Nor shall the sons of wickedness oppress them anymore, as previously–10 Since the time that I commanded judges to be over My people Ysrayl. Also, I will subdue all your enemies. Furthermore, I tell you that Yah will build you a house (that is, a royal dynasty). 11 And it shall be, when your days are fulfilled, when you must go to be with your fathers, that I will set up your seed after you, who will be of your sons and I will establish his kingdom. 12 He shall build Me a house and I will establish his throne forever. 13 I will be his Father and he shall be My son and I will not take My mercy away from him, as I took it from him who was before you. 14 And I will establish will establish him in My house and in My kingdom forever and his throne shall be established forever’.” 15 According to all these words and according to all this vision, so Nathan spoke to David.

*Yah said ‘your sons will establish’ in verse 11. Solomon built Yah’s first house and Yah’s house was rebuilt after the Babylonian captivity in the book of Ezra. But in verses 12-13, Yah is referring to Yahoshua rebuilding the temple, see Zechariyah 6:12-13.

David Sits and Talks to Yah

16 Then king David went in and sat before Yah and he said: “Who am I, O Yah? And what is my house, that You have brought me this far? 17 And yet this was a small thing in Your sight, O Yah and You have also spoken of Your servant’s house for a great while to come and have regarded me according to the rank of a man of high degree, O Yah Almighty. 18 What more can David say to You for the honor of Your servant? For You know Your servant. 19 O Yah, for Your servants sake and according to Your own heart, You have done all this greatness, in making known all these great things. 20 O Yah, there is none like You, nor is there any Power besides You, according to all that we have heard with our ears. 21 And who is like Your people, the one nation on the earth whom Yah went to redeem for Himself as a people, to make for Yourself a name by great and awesome deeds, by driving out nations from before Your people whom You redeem from Egypt? 22 For You have made Your people Ysrayl Your very own people forever and You, Yah, have become their Father”.

David Thanks Yah in Prayer

23 “And now, O Yah, the word which You have spoken concerning Your servant and concerning his house, let it be established forever and do as You have said. 24 So let it be established, that Your name may be magnified forever saying, ‘Yah of hosts, the Father of Ysrayl, is Ysrayl’s Power’. And let the house of Your servant David be established before You. 25 For You, O my Yah, have revealed to Your servant that You will build him a house. Therefore, Your servant has found it in his heart to pray before You. 26 And now, Yah, You are Almighty and have promised this goodness to Your servant. 27 Now You have been pleased to bless the house of Your servant, that it may continue before You forever, for You have blessed it, O Yah and it shall be blessed forever”.

A List of David’s Conquests in War

1 After this it came to pass that David attacked the Philistines, subdued them and took Gath and its towns from the hand of the Philistines. 2 Then he defeated Moab and the Moabites became David’s servants and brought tribute.

3 And David defeated Hadadezer (Hebrew Hadarezer) king of Zobah as far as Hamath, as he went to establish his power by the River Euphrates. 4 David took from him one thousand chariots, seven thousand (seven hundred, compare 2 Shemuyah 8:4) horsemen and twenty thousand foot soldiers. Also David hamstrung all the chariot horses, except that he spared enough of them for one hundred chariots.

5 When the Syrians of Damascus came to help Hadadezer king of Zobah, David killed twenty-two thousand of the Syrians. 6 Then David put garrisons in Syria of Damascus and the Syrians became David’s servants and brought tribute. So Yah preserved David wherever he went. 7 And David took the shields of gold that were on the servants of Hadadezer and brought them to Yahrushalom. 8 Also from Tibhath (spelled Betah in 2 Shemuyah 8:8) and from Chun, cities of hadadezer, David brought a large amount of bronze, with which Solomon made the bronze Sea, the pillars and the articles of bronze.

David Gives Yah Gold Silver and Bronze of All His Conquests

9 Now when Tou (spelled Toi in 2 Shemuyah 8:9-10) king of Hamath heard that David had defeated all the army of Hadadezer king of Zobah–10 He sent Hadoram (see 2 Shemuyah 8:10) his son to King David, to greet him and bless him because he had fought against Hadadezer and defeated him for Hadadezer had been at war with Tou and Hadoram brought with him all kinds of articles of gold, silver and bronze. 11 King David also dedicated these to Yah, along with the silver and gold that he had brought from all these nations–from Edom, from Moab, from the people of Ammon, from the Philistines and from Amalek.

Yah Preserved David Wherever He Went: Abishai Killed Thousands

12 Moreover Abishai the son of Zeruiyah killed eighteen thousand Edomites (or Syrians, compare 2 Shemuyah 8:13) in the Valley of Salt. 13 He also put garrisons in Edom and all the Edomites became David’s servants. And Yah preserved David wherever he went.

David’s Administration

14 So David reigned over all Ysrayl and administered judgment and justice to all his people. 15 Yoab the son of Zeruiyah was over the army. Yahoshaphat the son of Ahilud was recorder. 16 Zadok the son of Ahitub and Abimelech the son of Abiathar were the priests. Shavsha (spelled Seraiyah in 2 Shemuyah 8:17) was he scribe. 17 Benaiyah the son of Yahoiada was over the Cherethites and the Pelethites and David’s sons were chief ministers at the king’s side.

 

 

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Yah’s Voice

A few days ago, I made a post about seeing a shadowy figure and hearing a shofar blowing. I took the post down (I might post it again, it’s in the trash can but I can retrieve it). The shofar, I defiantly heard but I wondered if the shadow was my imagination. I thought maybe it was my neighbor’s tree. The evening I took the post down, I fell asleep and I heard my mother calling me so I got up to answer and go find her but there was no one there. My mother had gone to work. The voice only called me once because I immediately knew (after I went back to lay down) that it was Yah unlike Shemuyah who Yah called over and over again before he realized it was Yah. So I know now that Yah really was with me that day and He was reading my heart. A few days before this happened, I said to myself that I would stop doing this certain thing that I do (so I erased it from my computer and no its not porn you nasty, lol) and see if my walk with Yah gets closer. Yah had to be reading my heart…

1 Chronicles Chapters 15 and 16

Chapter 15: The Ark Brought to Yahrushalom

1 David built houses for himself in the City of David and he prepared a place for the ark of Yah and pitched a tent for it. 2 Then David said, “No one may carry the ark of Yah but the Levites, for Yah has chosen them to carry the ark of Yah and to minister before Him forever”. 3 And David gathered all Ysrayl together at Yahrushalom, to bring up the ark of Yah to its place, which he had prepared for it.

David Explains the Proper Order of Yah and Why Yah Struck Uzzayah Down For Touching the Ark

4 Then David assembled the children of Aharon and the Levites: 5 Of the sons of Kohath, Uriyah the chief and two hundred and twenty of his brothers. 6 Of the sons of Merari, Asaiyah the chief and two hundred and twenty of his brothers. 7 Of the sons of Gershom, Yoyl the chief and one hundred and thirty of his brothers. 9 Of the sons of Hebron, Yliyah the chief and eighty of his brothers. 10 Of the sons of Uzziyah, Amminadab the chief and one hundred and twelve of his brothers. 11 And David called for Zadok and Abiathar the priests and for the Levites: For Uriyah, Asaiyah, Yoyl, Shemaiyah, Yliyah and Amminadab. 12 He said to them, “You are the heads of the father’s houses of the Levites. Sanctify yourselves, you and your brothers, that you may bring up the ark of Yah of Ysrayl to the place I have prepared for it. 13 For because you did not do it the first time, Yah our Father broke out against us, because we did not consult Him about the proper order”. 14 So the priests and the Levites sanctified themselves to bring up the ark of Yah of Ysrayl. 15 And the children of the Levites bore the ark of Yah on their shoulders, by its poles, as Moshe had commanded according to the word of Yah.

David Appoints Singers and Musicians From the Levites to Make Joyful Music Unto Yah as the Ark Comes to Yahrushalom

16 Then David spoke to the leaders of the Levites to appoint their brothers to be singers accompanied by instruments of music, stringed instruments, harps and cymbals, by raising the voice with resounding joy. 17 So the Levites appointed Heman the son of Yoyl and of his brothers, Asaph the son of Berechiyah and of their brothers, the sons of Merari, Ethan the son of Kushaiyah–18 And with them their brothers of the second rank: Zechariyah, Ben, Yaaziyah, Shemiramoth, Yahiyah, Unniyah, Yliab, Benaiyah, Maaseiyah, Mattithiyah, Ylipheleh, Mikneiyah, Obed-Edom and Yahiyl, the gatekeepers. 19 The singers Heman, Asaph and Ethan were to sound the cymbals of bronze. 20 Zechariyah, Aziyah, Shemiramoth, Yahiyah, Unniyah, Yliab, Maaseiyah and Benaiyah, with strings according to Alamoth. 21 Mattithiyah, Ylipheleh, Mikneiyah, Obed-Edom, Yahiyl and Azariyah, to direct with harps on the Sheminith. 22 Chenaniyah, leader of the Levites was instructor in charge of the music because he was skillful. 23 Berechiyah and Ylkanah were doorkeepers of the ark. 24 Shebaniyah, Yahshaphat, Nethanyl, Amassai, Zechariyah, Benaiyah and Yliezer, the priests were to blow the trumpets before the ark of Yah and Obed-Edom and Yahiyah, doorkeepers for the ark.

*Kushaiyah means bow of Yah.

David was King and Dressed Like a Priest Wearing a Linen Robe and Ephod: David’s Wife Despises Him

25 So David, the zahkin of Ysrayl and the captains over thousands went to bring up the ark of the covenant of Yah from the house of Obed-Edom with joy. 26 And so it was, when Yah helped the Levites who bore the ark of the covenant of Yah, that they offered seven bulls and seven rams. 27 David was clothed with a robe of fine linen, as were all the Levites who bore the ark, the singers and Chenaniyah the music master with the singers. David also wore a linen ephod. 28 Thus all Ysrayl brought up the ark of the covenant of Yah with shouting and with the sound of the horn, with trumpets and with cymbals, making music with stringed instruments and harps. 29 And it happened, as the ark of the covenant of Yah came to the City of David, that Michal, Shaul’s daughter, looked through a window and saw King David whirling and playing music and she despised him in her heart.

Chapter 16: The Ark Placed in the Tabernacle: David Feeds the Children of Ysrayl: The Musicians of Yah: The Shofars Are Regularly Blown Before the Ark of Yah

1 So they brought the ark of Yah and set it in the midst of the tabernacle that David had erected for it. Then they offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before Yah. 2 And when David had finished offering the burnt offerings and the peace offerings, he blessed the people in the name of Yah. 3 Then he distributed to every one of Ysrayl, both man and woman, to everyone a loaf of bread, a piece of meat and a cake of raisins. 4 And he appointed some of the Levites to minister before the ark of Yah, to commemorate, to thank and to praise Yah of Ysrayl. 5 Asaph the chief and next to him Zechariyah, then Yahiyah, Shemiramoth, Yahiyl, Mattithiyah, Yliab, Benaiyah and Obed-Edom: Yahiyl with stringed instruments and harps but Asaph made music with cymbals. 6 Benaiyah and Yahaziyah the priests regularly blew the trumpets before the ark of the covenant of Yah.

David’s Song of Thanksgiving and Praise

7 On that day David first delivered this psalm into the hand of Asaph and his brothers, to thank Yah: 8 Oh, give thanks to Yah! Call upon His name. Make known His deeds, among the peoples! 9 Sing to Him, sing psalms to Him. Talk of all His wonderous works! 10 Esteem in His Qodesh name. Let the hearts of those rejoice who seek Yah! 11 Seek Yah and His strength. Seek His face evermore! 12 Remember His marvelous works which He had done, His wonders and the judgments of His mouth–13 O seed of Ysrayl His servant, you children of Yahqob, His chosen ones!

14 He is the Almighty our Power. His judgments are in all the earth. 15 Remember His covenant forever, the word which He commanded, for a thousand generations. 16 The covenant which He made with Abraham and His oath to Yitzshaq–17 And confirmed it to Yahqob for a statue, to Ysrayl for an everlasting covenant–18 Saying, “To you I will give the land of Canaan as the allotment of your inheritance”. 19 When you were few in number, indeed very few and strangers in it. 20 When they went from one nation to another and from one kingdom to another people–21 He permitted no man to do them wrong. Yes, He rebuked kings for their sakes–22 Saying, “Do not touch My anointed ones and do My prophets no harm” (Compare to Psalm 105:1-15).

23 Sing to Yah, all the earth. Proclaim the good news of His salvation from day-to-day. 24 Declare His esteem among the nations, His wonders among all peoples. 25 For Yah is great and greatly to be praised. He is also to be feared above the gods. 26 For the gods of the peoples are idols but Yah made the heavens. 27 Honor and majesty are before Him. Strength and gladness are in His place. 28 Give to Yah, O families of the peoples. Give to Yah esteem and strength. 29 Give to Yah the esteem due His name. Bring an offering and come before Him. Oh, worship Yah in beauty of set-apartness! 30 Tremble before Him, all the earth. The world also is firmly established. It shall not be moved. 31 Let the heavens rejoice and let the earth be glad and let them say among the nations, “Yah reigns”. 32 Let the sea roar and all its fullness. Let the field rejoice and all that is in it. 33 Then the trees of the woods shall rejoice before Yah, for He is coming to judge the earth (compare to 23-33 with Psalm 96: 1-13). 34 Oh, give thanks to Yah, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever (compare verse 34 with Psalm 106:1). 35 And say, “Save us, O Yah of our salvation. Gather us together and deliver us from the Gentiles, to give thanks to Your Qodesh name, to triumph in Your praise”. 36 Blessed be Yah of Ysrayl from everlasting to everlasting! (compare verses 35-36 with Psalm 106:47-48) And all the people said, “Amien”! And praised Yah.

David Appoints Worship Leaders at Yahrushalom and Gibeon to Worship Yah Regularly

37 So he left Asaph and his brothers there before the ark of the covenant of Yah to minister before the ark regularly, as every day’s work required. 38 And Obed-Edom with his sixty-eight brothers, including Obed-Edom the son of Yeduthun and Hosah, to be gatekeepers–39 And Zadok the priest and his brothers the priests, before the tabernacle of Yah at the high place that was at Gibeon–40 To offer burnt offerings to Yah on the altar of burnt offering regularly morning and evening and to do according to all that is written in the Torah (Law) of Yah which He commanded Ysrayl. 41 And with them Heman and Yeduthun and the rest who were chosen, who were designated by name, to give thanks to Yah because His mercy endures forever–42 And with them Heman and Yeduthun, to sound aloud with trumpets and cymbals and the musical instruments of Yah. Now the sons of Yeduthun were gatekeepers. 43 Then all the people departed, every man to his house and David returned to bless his house.

 

 

 

A Shofar Blowing

Its 9:35 am right now. About 30 minutes ago, I heard a shofar blowing! I went outside to mostly water the pole bean seeds that I planted a couple of days ago. As I went over to the hydrant to turn it on, I heard a shofar blowing. At first I thought, is that a shofar? Am I going “cray-cray”? I stood kindof still and listened. It sounded for about a minute and half.  I knew it was not a motorcycle. Motorcycles run amok down the highway that leads to my house all the time and I recognize their sound. This shofar sounded just like the ones people record in those youtube videos.

Oh and before I went outside, I was sitting on the couch watching an episode of Dr. Oz. I saw movement in my peripheral vision. I turned my head to the right where the sliding door is that leads to the backyard and there was a shadowy figure there but it did not look like a man so I was not alarmed. I thought, “Oh when this segment goes off I will get up to see what that is because I’m going outside anyway”. When I went outside, there was nothing there that could have made that shadow. That’s when I went over to turn on the water and heard the shofar.

*When I returned in the house there was no shadow.  The ironic thing is that when I go out to water the backyard, I usually sing Kumbayah. I sing five verses of Kumbayah…someone crying, someone praying, someone needs you, someone singing,someone loves you kumbayah are the verses I sing. And Yah came by today. HalleluYah.

1 Chronicles Chapters 13 and 14

Chapter 13: The Ark Brought From Kiryath Yearim

1 Then David consulted with the captains of thousands and hundreds and with every leader. 2 And David said to all the assembly of Ysrayl, “If it seems good to you and if it is of Yah our Almighty, let us send out to our brothers everywhere who are left in all the land of Ysrayl and with them to the priests and Levites who are in their cities and their common-lands, that they may gather together to us–3 And let us bring the ark of our Yah back to us, for we have not inquired at it since the days of Shaul”. 4 Then all the assembly said that they would do so, for the thing was right in the eyes of all the people.

5 So David gathered all Ysrayl together, from Shihor in Egypt to as far as the entrance of Hamath, to bring the ark of Yah from Kiryath Yearim. 6 And David and all Ysrayl went up to Baalah (called Baale Yahudah in 2 Shemuyah 6:2), to Kiryath Yearim, which belonged to Yahudah, to bring up from there the ark of Yah the Father, who dwells between the cherubim, where His name is proclaimed. 7 So they carried the ark of Yah on a new cart from the house of Abinadab and Uzzayah and Ahio drove the cart. 8 Then David and all Ysrayl played music before Yah with all their might, with singing, on harps, on stringed instruments, on tambourines, on cymbals and with trumpets.

9 And when they came to Chidon’s (called Nachon in 2 Shemuyah 6:6) threshing floor, Uzzayah put out his hand to hold the ark, for the oxen stumbled. 10 Then the anger of Yah was aroused against Uzzayah and He struck him because he put his hand to the ark and he died there before Yah. 11 And David became angry because of Yah’s outbreak against Uzzayah. Therefore, that place is called Perez Uzzayah (literally outburst against Uzzayah) to this day. 12 David was afraid of Yah that day saying, “How can I bring the ark of Yah to me”?

13 So David would not move the ark with him into the City of David but took it aside into the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite. 14 The ark of Yah remained with the family of Obed-Edom in his house three months. And Yah blessed the house of Obed-Edom and all that he had.

Chapter 14: David Established at Yahrushalom

1 Now Hiram King of Tyre sent messengers to David and cedar trees, with masons and carpenters, to build him a house. 2 So David knew that Yah had established him as king over Ysrayl, for his kingdom was highly exalted for the sake of His people Ysrayl.

3 Then David took more wives in Yahrushalom and David begot more sons and daughters. 4 And these are the names of his children whom he had in Yahrushalom: Shammua (spelled Shimea in 3:5), Shobab, Nathan, Solomon– 5 Ibhar, Ylishua, Ylpelet (spelled yliphelet in 3:6)–6 Nogah, Nepheg, Yaphia–7 Ylishama, Beeliada (spelled Yliada in 3:8) and Yliphelet.

The Philistines Defeated

8 Now when the Philistines heard that David had been anointed king over all Ysrayl, all the Philistines went up to search for David. And David heard of it and went out against them. 9 Then the Philistines went and made a raid on the Valley of Rephaim. 10 And David inquired of Yah saying, “Shall I go up against the Philistines? Will you deliver them into my hand?” Yah said to him, “Go up, for I will deliver them into your hand”. 11 So they went up to Baal Perazim and David defeated them there. Then David said, “Yah has broken through my enemies by my hand like a breakthrough of water”. Therefore they called the name of that place Baal Perazim (literally Master of Breakthroughs). 12 And when they left their gods there, David gave a commandment and they were burned with fire.

Yah Helps David: Yah Tells David How to Defeat the Philistines Again

13 Then the Philistines once again made a raid on the valley. 14 Therefore, David inquired again of Yah and Yah said to him, “You shall not go up after them. Circle around them and come upon them in front of the mulberry trees. 15 And it shall be, when you hear a sound of marching in the tops of the mulberry trees, then you shall go out to battle, for Yah has gone out before you to strike the camp of the Philistines”. 16  So David did as Yah commanded him and they drove back the army of the Philistines from Gibeon as far as Gezer. 17 Then the fame of David went out into all lands and Yah brought the fear of Him upon all nations.

 

1 Chronicles Chapters 11 and 12

Chapter 11: David Made King Over All Ysrayl

1 Then all Ysrayl came together to David at Hebron saying, “Indeed, we are your bone and your flesh. 2 Also, in time past, even Shaul was king, you were the one who led Ysrayl out and brought them in and Yah your Almighty said to you, ‘You shall shepherd My people Ysrayl and be ruler over My people Ysrayl’.” 3 Therefore, all the zahkin of Ysrayl came to the king at Hebron and David made a covenant with them at Hebron before Yah. And they anointed David king over Ysrayl, according to the word of Yah by Shemuyah.

Zion The City of David

4 And David and all Ysrayl went to Yahrushalom, which is Yebus, where the Yebusites were, the inhabitants of the land. 5 But the inhabitants of Yebus said to David, “You shall not come in here!” Nevertheless, David took the stronghold of Zion (that is, the City of David). 6 Now David said, “Whoever attacks the Yebusites first shall be chief and captain”. And Yoab the son of Zeruiyah went up first and became chief. (See 2 Shemuyah 5:8). 7 Then David dwelt in the stronghold. Therefore, they called it the City of David. 8 And he built the city around it, from the Millo (literally the landfill) to the surrounding area. Yoab repaired the rest of the city. 9 So David went on and became great and Yah of hosts was with him.

The Mighty Men of David: Yashobeam

10 Now these were the heads of the mighty men whom David had, who strengthened themselves with him in his kingdom, with all Ysrayl, to make him king, according to the word of Yah concerning Ysrayl. 11 And this is the number of the mighty men whom David had: Yashobeam the son of a Hachmonite, chief of the captains (compare to 2 Shemuyah 23:8), he had lifted up his spear against three hundred, killed by him at one time.

Yleazar

12 After him was Yleazar the son of Dodo, the Ahohite, who was one of the three mighty men. 13 He was with David at Pasdammim. Now there the Philistines were gathered for battle and there was a piece of ground full of barley. So the people fled from the Philistines. 14 But they stationed themselves in the middle of that field, defended it and killed the Philistines. So Yah brought about a great victory.

David Pours Water Out to Yah

15 Now three of the thirty chief men went down to the rock to David, into the cave of Adullam and the army of the Philistines encamped in the Valley of Rephaim. 16 David was then in the stronghold and the garrison of the Philistines was then in Bethlehem. 17 And David said with longing, “Oh, that someone would give me a drink of water from the well of Bethlehem, which is by the gate”! 18 So the three broke through the camp of the Philistines, drew water from the well of Bethlehem that was by the gate and took it and brought it to David. Nevertheless, David would not drink it but poured it out to Yah. 19 And he said, “Far be it from me, O my Yah, that I should do this! Shall I drink the blood of these men who have put their lives in jeopardy? for at the risk of their lives they brought it”. Therefore, he would not drink it. These things were done by the three mighty men.

Abishai Brother of Yoab

20 Abishai the brother of Yoab was chief of another three (thirty). He had lifted up his spear against three hundred men, killed them and won a name among these three. 21 Of the three he was more honored than the other two men. Therefore, he became their captain. However, he did not attain to the first three.

Benaiyah

22 Benaiyah was the son of Yahoiada, the son of a valiant man from Kabzeyl, who had done many deeds. He had killed two lion-like heroes of Moab. He also had gone down and killed a lion in the midst of a pit on a snowy day. 23 And he killed an Egyptian, a man of great height, five cubits tall. In the Egyptian’s hand there was a spear like a weaver’s beam and he went down to him with a staff, wrested the spear out of the Egyptian’s hand and killed him with his own spear. 24 These things Benaiyah the son of Yahoiada did and won a name among three mighty men. 25 Indeed, he was more honored than the thrity but he did not attain to the first three. And David appointed him over his guard.

Other Mighty Men of David

26 Also the mighty warriors were Asahyl the brother of Yoab, Ylhanan the son of Dodo of Bethlehem–27 Shammoth the Harorite (spelled Harodite in 2 Shemuyah 23:25) Helez the Pelonite (called Paltite in 2 Shemuyah 23:26)–28 Ira the son of Ikkesh the Tekoite, Abiezer the Anathothite–29 Sibbechai the Hushathite, Ilai the Ahohite–30 Maharai the Netophathite, Heled (spelled Heleb in 2 Shemuyah 23:29) the son of Baanah the Netophathite–31 Ithai (spelled Ittai in 2 Shemuyah 23:29) the son of Ribai of Gibeah, of the sons of Benyamin, Benaiyah the Pirathonite–32 Hurai (spelled Hiddai in 2 Shemuyah 23:30) of the brooks of Gaash, Abiyah the Arbathite–33 Azmaveth the Baharumite (spelled Barhumite in 2 Shemuyah 23:31)m Yliahba the Shaalbonite–34 The sons of Hashem the Gizonite, Yahanathan the son of Shageh the Hararite–35 Ahiam the son of Sacar the Hararite, Yliphal the son of Ur–36 Hepher the Mecherathite, Ahiyah the Pelonite–37 Hezro the Carmylite, Naarai the son of Ezbai–38 Yoyl the brother of Nathan, Mibhar the son of Hagri–39 Zelek the Ammonite, Naharai the Berothite (spelled Beerothite in 2 Shemuyah 23:37), the armorbearer of Yoab the son of Zeruiyah. 40 Ira the Ithrite, Gareb the Ithrite–41 Uriyah the Hittite, Zabad the son of Ahlai–42 Adina the son of Shiza the Reubenite, a chief of the Reubenites, and thirty with him– 43 Hanan the son of Maachah, Yahoshaphat the Mithnite–44 Uzziyah the Ashterathite, Shama and Yeiyah the sons of Hotham the Aroerite–45 Yediayah the son of Shimri and Yoha his brother, the Tizite–46 Yliyah the Mahavite, Yeribai and Yoshaviyah the sons of Ylnaam, Ithmah the Moabite–47 Yliyah, Obed and Yaasiyah the Mezobaite.

Chapter 12: The Growth of David’s Army: Some of David’s Mighty Men Could Throw Stones and Shoot Bows Both Right and Left Handed From the Tribe of Benyamin

1 Now these were the men who came to David at Ziklag while he was still a fugitive from Shaul the son of Kish and they were among the mighty men, helpers in the war–2 Armed with bows, using both the right hand and the left in hurling stones and shooting arrows with the bow. They were of Benyamin, Shaul’s brothers. 3 The chief was Ahiezer, then Yoash, the sons of Shemaah the Gibeathite, Yeziyah and Pelet the sons of Azmaveth, Berachah and Yahu the Anathothite–4 Ishmaiyah the Gibeonite, a mighty man among the thirty and over thirty, Yeremiyah, Yahaziyah, Yahanan and Yozabad the Gederathite–5 Yluzai, Yisshiyah, Azaryah, Yoezer and Yashobeam, the Korahites–7 and Yoylah and Zebadiyah the sons of Yeroham of Gedor.

David’s Mighty Men From the Tribe of Gad: The Men of Gad Cross the Overflowing Yarden River

8 Some Gadites joined David at the stronghold in the wilderness, mighty men of valor, men trained for battle, who could handle shield and spear, whose faces were like the faces of lions and were as swift as gazelles on the mountains: 9 Ezer the first, Obadiyah the second, Yliab the third–10 Mishmannah the fourth, Yeremiyah the fifth–11 Attai the sixth, Yliyah the seventh–12 Yahanan the eighth, Ylzabad the ninth–13 Yeremiyah the tenth and Machbanai the eleventh. 14 These were the sons of Gad, captains of the army, the least was over a hundred and the greatest was over a thousand. 15 These are the ones who crossed the Yarden in the first month, when it had overflowed all its banks and they put to flight all those in the valleys, to the east and to the west.

*How did they cross the Yarden when it was overflowing? Yah split those waters!

David’s Mighty Men From the Tribe of Benyamin and Yahudah: The Qodesh Spirit Comes Upon Amasai

16 Then some of the sons of Benyamin and Yahudah came to David at the stronghold. 17 And David went out to meet them and answered and said to them, “If you have come peaceably to me to help me, my heart will be united with you but if to betray me to my enemies, since there is no wrong in my hands, may Yah of our fathers look and bring judgment”. 18 Then the Spirit came upon Amasai, chief of the captains and he said: “We are yours, O David. We are on your side, O son of Yesse! Peace, Peace to you and Peace to your helpers! For your Almighty helps you”. So David received them and made them captains of the troop.

David’s Mighty Men From the Tribe of Manasseh: David Had a Very Great Army Like the Army of Yah

19 And some from Manasseh defeated to David when he was going with the Philistines to battle against Shaul but they did not help them, for the princes of the Philistines sent him away by agreement saying, “He may defect to his master Shaul and endanger our heads”. 20 When he went to Ziklag, those of Manasseh who defected to him were Adnah, Yozabad, Yediayah, Michayah, Yozabad, Ylihu and Zillethai, captains of the thousands who were from Manasseh. 21 And they helped David against the bands of raiders for they were all mighty men of valor and they were captains in the army. 22 For at that time, they came to David day by day to help him, until it was a great army, like the army of Yah.

*David had an army like Yah’s army!!

David’s Army at Hebron: Yahudah Shimeon Levi Benyamin Ephraim West Manasseh Issachar Zebulon Naphtali Dan Asher Reuben Gad East Manasseh

23 Now these were the numbers of the divisions that were equipped for war and came to David at Hebron to turn over the kingdom of Shaul to him, according to the word of Yah: 24 Of the sons of Yahudah bearing shield and spear, six thousand eight hundred armed for war. 25 Of the sons of Shimeon, mighty men of valor fit for war, seven thousand one hundred. 26 Of the sons of Levi four thousand six hundred–27 Yahoiada, the leader of the Aharonites and with him three thousand seven hundred–28 Zadok, a young man, a valiant warrior and from his father’s house twenty-two captains. 29 Of the sons of Benyamin, relatives of Shaul, three thousand, until then the greatest part of them had remained loyal to the house of Shaul. 30 Of the sons of Ephraim twenty thousand eight hundred, mighty men of valor, famous men throughout their father’s house. 31 Of the half-tribe of Manasseh eighteen thousand, who were designated by name to come and make David king. 32 Of the sons of Issachar who had understanding of the times, to know what Ysrayl ought to do, their chiefs were two hundred and all their brothers were at their command. 33 Of Zebulon there were fifty thousand who went out to battle, expert in war with all weapons of war, stouthearted (brave) men who could keep ranks. 34 Of Naphtali one thousand captains and with them thirty-seven thousand with shield and spear. 35 Of the Danites who could keep battle formation, twenty-eight thousand six hundred. 36 Of Asher, those who could go out to war, able to keep battle formation, forty thousand. 37 Of the Reubenites and the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh, from the other side of the Yarden, one hundred and twenty thousand armed for battle with every kind of weapon of war.

The Children of Ysrayl Celebrate David as King Three Days

38 All these men of war, who could keep ranks, came to Hebron with a loyal heart, to make David king over all Ysrayl and all the rest of Ysrayl were of one mind to make David king. 39 And they were there with David three days, eating and drinking, for their brothers had prepared for them. 40 Moreover, those who were near to them, from as far away as Issachar and Zebulon and Naphtali, were bringing food on donkeys and camels, on mules and oxen–provisions of flour and cakes of figs and cakes of raisins, wine and oyl and oxen and sheep abundantly, for there was joy in Ysrayl.

 

 

 

 

 

1 Chronicles Chapters 9 and 10

Chapter 9: Yahudah Taken Captive to Babylon: The Levites Return to Yahrushalom

1 So all Ysrayl was recorded by genealogies and indeed, they were inscribed in the book of the kings of Ysrayl. But Yahudah was carried away captive to Babylon because of their unfaithfulness. 2 And their first inhabitants who dwelt in their possessions in their cities were Israylites, priests, Levites and the Nethinim (Hebrew meaning ‘the given ones’, they were temple assistants).

The People who Returned from Babylon and Settled in Yahrushalom

3 Now in Yahrushalom the children of Yahudah dwelt and some of the children of Benyamin and of the children of Ephraim and Manasseh: 4 Uthai the son of Ammihud, the son of Omri, the son of Imri, the son of Bani, of the descendants of Perez, the son of Yahudah. 5 Of the Shilonites: Asaiyah, the firstborn and his sons. 6 Of the sons of Zerah: Yeuyah and their brothers, six hundred and ninety. 7 Of the sons of Benyamin: Sallu the son of Meshullam, the son of Hodaviyah, the son of Hassenuah–8 Ibeneiyah the son of Yeroham, Ylah the son of Uzziyah, the son of Michri, Meshullam the son of Shephatiyah, the son of Reuyl, the son of Ibniyah–9 And their brothers, according to their generations, nine hundred and fifty-six. All these men were heads of a father’s house in their father’s houses.

The Priests That Returned to Yahrushalom

10 Of the priests: Yedaiyah, Yahoiarib and Yahchin–11 Azariyah, the son of Hilikiyah, the son of Meshullam, the son of Zadok, the son of Meraioth, the son of Ahitub, the officer over the house of Yah: 12 Adaiyah, the son of Yeroham, the son of Pashur, the son of Malchiyah, Maasai the son of Adiyah, the son of Yahzerah, the son of Meshullam, the son of Meshillemith, the son of Immer–13 And their brothers, heads of their father’s houses, one thousand seven hundred and sixty. They were very able men for the work of the service of the house of Yah.

The Levites That Returned to Yahrushalom

14 Of the Levites: Shemaiyah the son of Hassub, the son of Azrikam, the son of Hashabiyah, of the sons of Merari–15 Bakbakkar, Heresh, Galal and Mattaniyah the son of Yahduthun and Berechiyah the son of Asayah, the son of Ylkanah, who lived in the villages of the Netophathites.

The Levite Gatekeepers

17 And the gatekeepers were Shallum, Akkub, Talmon, Ahiman and their brothers. Shallum was the chief. 18 Until then they had been gatekeepers for the camps of the children of Levi at the King’s Gate on the east. 19 Shallum the son of Kore, the son of Ebiasaph, the son of Korah and his brothers, from his father’s house, the Korahites, were in charge of the work of the service, gatekeepers of the tabernacle. Their fathers had been keepers of the entrance to the camp of Yah. 20 And Phinehas the son of Yleazar had been the officer over them in time past, Yah was with him. 21 Zechariyah the son of Meshelemiyah was keeper of the door of the tabernacle of meeting. 22 All those chosen as gatekeepers were two hundred and twelve. They were recorded by their genealogy, in their villages. David and Shemuyah the seer had appointed them to their trusted office. 23 So they and their children were in charge of the gates of the house of Yah, the house of the tabernacle, by assignment. 24 The gatekeepers were assigned to the four directions: the east, west, north and south. 25 And their brothers in their villages had to come with them from time to time for seven days. 26 For in this trusted office were four chiefs gatekeepers. They were Levites and they had charge over the chambers and treasuries of the hose of Yah. 27 And they lodged all around the house of Yah because they had the responsibility and they were in charge of opening it every morning.

Other Levite Responsibilities

28 Now some of them were in charge of the serving vessels, for they brought them in and took them out by count. 29 Some of them were appointed over the furnishings and over all the implements of the sanctuary and over the fine flour and the wine and the oyl and the incense and the spices. 30 And some of the sons of the priests made the ointment of the spices. 31 Mattihiyah of the Levites, the firstborn of Shallum the Korahite, had the trusted office over the things that were baked in the pans. 32 And some of their brothers of the sons of the Kohathites were in charge of preparing the showbread for every Shabbath. 33 These are the singers, heads of the father’s houses of the Levites, who lodged in the chambers and were free from other duties, for they were employed in that work day and night. 34 These heads of the father’s houses of the Levites were heads throughout their generations. They dwelt at Yahrushalom.

The Family of King Shaul

35 Yeiyl the father of Gibeon, whose wife’s name was Maacah, dwelt at Gibeon. 36 His firstborn son was Abdon, then Zur, Kish, Baal, Ner, Nadab–37 Gedor, Ahio, Zechariyah (called Zecher in 8:31) and Mikloth. 38 And Mikloth begot Shimeam (spelled Shimeah in 8:32). They also dwelt alongside their relatives in Yahrushalom, with their brothers. 39 Ner begot Kish, Kish begot Shaul and Shaul begot Yahanathan, Malchishua, Abinadab and Esh-Baal. 40 The son of Yahanathan was Merib-Baal and Merib-Baal begot Micah. 41 The sons of Micah were Pithon, Melech, Tahrea (spelled Tarea in 8:35) and Ahaz (compare to 8:35). 42 And Ahaz begot Yarah (spelled Yahoaddah in 8:36), Yarah begot Alemeth, Azmaveth and Zimri and Zimri begot Moza–43 Moza begot Binea, Rephaiyah his son, Yleasah his son and Azyl his son. 44 And Azyl had six sons whose names were these: Azrikam, Bocheru, Ishmayl, Sheariyah, Obadiyah and Hanan. These were the sons of Azyl.

Chapter 10: The Philistines Kill Three of Shaul’s Sons: Shaul’s Armorbearer Refuses to Kill Him with the Sword Because Shaul was Anointed of Yah: Shaul Kills Himself with His Own Sword

1 Now the Philistines fought against Ysrayl and the men of Ysrayl fled from before the Philistines and fell slain on Mount Gilboa. 2 Then the Philistines followed hard after Shaul and his sons. And the Philistines killed Yahanathan, Abinadab and Malchishua, Shaul’s sons. 3 The battle became fierce against Shaul. The archers hit him and he was wounded by the archers. 4 Then Shaul said to his armorbearer, “Draw your sword and thrust me through with it, lest these uncircumcised men come and abuse me”. But his armorbearer would not, for he was greatly afraid. Therefore, Shaul took a sword and fell on it. 5 And when his armorbearer saw that Shaul was dead, he also fell on his sword and died. 6 So Shaul and his three sons died and all his house died together. 7 And when all the men of Ysrayl who were in the valley saw that they had fled and that Shaul and his sons were dead, they forsook their cities and fled. Then the Philistines came and dwelt in them.

The Philistines Put Shaul’s Head and His Armor in the Temples of Their Gods

8 So it happened the next day, when the Philistines came to strip the slain, that they found Shaul and his sons fallen on Mount Gilboa. 9 And they stripped him and took his head and his armor and sent word throughout the land of the Philistines to proclaim the news in the temple of their idols and among the people. 10 Then they put his armor in the temple of their gods and fastened his head in the temple of Dagon.

The Men of Yabesh Gilead (Benyamin) Bury Shaul and His Sons Bodies After Hearing What Was Done To Shaul’s Head

11 And when all Yabesh Gilead heard all that the Philistines had done to Shaul–12 All the valiant men arose and took the body of Shaul and the bodies of his sons and they brought them to Yabesh and buried their bones under the tamarisk tree at Yabesh and fasted seven days.

Why Yah Rejected Shaul

13 So Shaul died for his unfaithfulness which he had committed against Yah, because he did not keep the word of Yah and also because he consulted a medium for guidance. 14 But he did not inquire of Yah therefore He killed him and turned the kingdom over to David the son of Yesse.

 

 

1 Chronicles Chapters 7 and 8

Chapter 7: The Family of Issachar

1 The sons of Issachar were Tola, Puah (spelled Puvah in Genesis 46:13), Yashub and Shimron, four in all. 2 The sons of Tola were Uzziyah, Rephaiyah, Yeriyah, Yahmai, Yibsam and Shemuyah, heads of their father’s house. The sons of Tola were mighty men of valor in their generations. Their number in the days of David was twenty-two thousand six hundred. 3 The son of Uzziyah was Izrahiyah and the sons of Izrahiyah were Michayah, Obadiyah, Yoyl and Ishiyah. All five of them were chief men. 4 And with them, by their generations, according to their father’s houses, were thirty-six thousand troops ready for war. For they had many wives and sons. 5 Now their brothers among all the families of Issachar were mighty men of valor, listed by their genealogies, eighty-seven thousand in all.

The Family of Benyamin

6 The sons of Benyamin were Bela, Becher and Yediayah, three in all. 7 The sons of Bela were Ezbon, Uzzi, Uzziyah, Yerimoth and Iri, five in all. They were heads of their father’s houses and they were listed by their genealogies, twenty-two thousand and thirty-four mighty men of valor. 8 The sons of Becher were Zemirah, Yoash, Yliezer, Ylioenai, Omri, Yerimoth, Abiyah, Anathoth and Alemeth. All these are the sons of Becher. 9 And they were recorded by genealogy according to their generations, heads of their father’s houses, twenty thousand two hundred mighty men of valor. 10 The son of Yediayah was Bilhan and the sons of Bilhan were Yeush, Benyamin, Ehud, Chenaanah, Zethan, Tharshish and Ahishahar. 11 All these sons of Yedaiyah were heads of their father’s houses: There were seventeen thousand two hundred mighty men of valor fit to go out for war and battle. 12 Shuppim and Huppim (called Hupham in Numbers 26:39) were the sons of Ir and Hushim was the son of Aher.

The Family of Naphtali

13 The sons of Naphtali were Yahziyah (or spelled Yahzeyl, Genesis 46:24), Guni, Yezer and Shallum (spelled Shillem in Genesis 46:24), the sons of Bilhah (Yahqob’s concubine).

The Family of Manasseh (West)

14 The descendants of Manasseh: His Syrian concubine bore him Machir the father of Gilead, the father of Asriyah (the son of Gilead compare Numbers 26:30,31). 15 Machir took as his wife the sister of Huppim and Shuppim (compare to v. 12), whose name was Maacah. The name of Gilead’s grandson (literally the second) was Zelophedad (compare Numbers 26:30-33), but Zelophedad begot only daughters. 16 Maacah the wife of Machir bore a son and she called his name Peresh. The name of his brother was Sheresh and his sons were Ulam and Rakem. 17 The son of Ulam was Bedan. These were the descendants of Gilead the son of Machir, the son of Manasseh. 18 His sister Hammoleketh bore Ishdod, Abiezer and Mahlah. 19 And the sons of Shemida were Ahian, Shechem, Likhi and Aniam.

The Family of Ephraim

20 The sons of Ephraim were Shuthelah, Bered his son, Tahath his son, Yladah his son, Tahath his son–21 Zabad his son, Shuthelah his son and Ezer and Ylead. the men of Gath who were born in that land killed them because they came down to take away their cattle. 22 Then Ephraim their father mourned many days and his brothers came to comfort him. 23 And when he went into his wife, she conceived and bore a son and he called his name Beriyah (literally in tragedy) because tragedy had come upon his house. 24 Now his daughter was Sheerah, who built Lower and Upper Beth Horon and Uzzen Sheerah. 25 And Rephah was his son, as well as Reshph and Telah his son, Tahan his son– 26 Laadan his son, Ammihud his son, Ylishama his son–27 Nun (Hebrew Non) his son and Yahoshua his son. 28 Now their possessions and dwelling places were Bethyl and its towns: to the east Naaran, to the west Gezer and its towns and Shechem and its towns, as far as Ayyah (Today called Gazza) and its towns. 29 And by the borders of the children of Manasseh were Beth Shean and its towns, Taanach and its towns, Megiddo and its towns, Dor and its towns. In these dwelt the children of Yoseph, the son of Ysrayl.

*Did you notice in v. 24 that a woman built cities? She may have been an engineer. I have never heard anyone talk about her, Sheerah. Also, did you notice that Megiddo is a part of Ephraim territory?

The Family of Asher

30 The sons of Asher were Imnah, Ishvah, Ishvi, Beriyah and their sister Serah. 31 The sons of Beriyah were Heber and Malchiyah, who was the father of Birzaith (or Birzaith or Birzoth). 32 And Heber begot Yaphlet, Shomer (spelled Shemer in v. 34), Hotham (spelled Helem in v. 35) and their sister Shua. 33 The sons of Yaphlet were Pasach, Bimhal and Ashvath. These were the children of Yaphlet. 34 The sons of Shemer were Ahi, Rohgah, Yehubbah and Aram. 35 The sons of his brother Helem were Zohah, Imna, Shelesh and Amal. 36 The sons of Zophah were Suah, Harnepher, Shual, Beri, Imrah–37 Bezer, Hod, Shamma, Shishah, Yithran (spelled Yether in v. 38) and Beera. 38 The sons of Yether were Yephunneh, Pispah and Ara. 39 The sons of Ulla were Arah, Haniyah and Riziyah. 40 All these were the children of Asher, heads of their father’s houses, choice men, mighty men of valor, chief leaders. And they were recorded by genealogies among the army fit for battle. Their number was twenty-six thousand.

Chapter 8: The Family Tree of King Shaul of Benyamin

1 Now Benyamin begot Bela his firstborn, Ashbyl the second, Aharah (spelled Ahiram in Numbers 26:38) the third–2 Nohah the fourth and Rapha the fifth. 3 The sons of Bela were Addar (called Ard in Numbers 26:40), Gera, Abihud–4 Abishua, Naaman, Ahoah–5 Gera, Shephuphan and Huram. 6 These are the sons of Ehud, who were the heads of the father’s houses of the inhabitants of Geba and who forced them to move to Manahath: 7 Naaman, Ahiyah and Gera who forced them tomove. He begot Uzza and Ahihud. 8 Also Shaharaim had children in the country of Moab, after he had sent away Hushim and Baara his wives. 9 By Hodesh his wife he begot Yobab, Zibiyah, Mesha, Malcam–10 Yeuz, Sachiyah and Mirmah. These were his sons, heads of their father’s houses. 11 And by Hushim he begot Abitub and Ylpaal. 12 The sons of Ylpaal were Eber, Misham and Shemed, who built Ono and Lod with its towns–13 And Beriyah and Shema, who were heads of their father’s houses of the inhabitants of Aiyalon, who drove out the inhabitants of Gath. 14 Ahio, Shashak, Yeremoth–15 Zebadiyah, Arad, Eder–16 Michayah, Ispah and Yoha were the sons of Beriyah. 17 Zebadiyah, Meshullam, Hizki (yah), Heber–18 Ishmerai, Yizliyah and Yobab were the sons of Ylpaal. 19 Yakim, Zichri, Hanan–20 Ylienai, Zillethai, Yliyah–21Adaiyah, Beraiyah and Shimrath were the sons of Shimei. 22 Ishpan, Eber, Yliyah–23 Abdon, Zichri, Hanan–24 Hananiyah, Ylam, Antothiyah–25 Iphdeiyah and Penuyah were the sons of Shashak. 26 Shamsherai, Shehariyah, Athaliyah–27 Yaareshiyah, Yliyah and Zichri were the sons of Yeroham. 28 These were heads of the father’s houses by their genealogies, chief men. These dwelt in Yahrushalom.

29 Now the father of Gibeon, whose wife’s name was Maacah, dwelt in Gibeon. 30 And his firstborn son was Abdon, then Zur, Kish, Baal, Nadab–31 Gedor, Ahio, Zecher–32 And Mikloth, who begot Shimeah (spelled Shimeam in 9:38). They also dwelt alongside their relatives in Yahrushalom with their brothers. 33 Ner (Also the son of Gibeon, compare 9:36,39) begot Kish, Kish begot Shaul and Shaul begot Yahanathan, Malchishua, Abinadab (called Yishui in 1 Shemuyah 14:49) and Esh-Baal (called Ishbosheth in 2 Shemuyah 2:8). 34 The son of Yahanathan was Merib-Baal (called Mephibosheth in 2 Shemuyah 4:4) and Merib-Baal begot Micah. 35 The sons of Micah were Pithon, Melech, Tarea and Ahaz. 36  And Ahaz begot Yahoaddah (spelled Yarah in 9:42), Yahoaddah begot Alemeth, Azmaveth and Zimri and Zimri begot Moza. 37 Moza begot Binea, Raphah (spelled Rephaiyah in 9:43) his son, Yleasah his son and Azyl his son. 38 Azyl had six sons whose names were these: Azikam, Bocheru, Ishmayl, Sheariyah, Obadiyah and Hanan. All these were the sons of Azyl.

39 And the sons of Eshek his brother were Ulam his firstborn, Yeush the second, and Yliphelet the third. 40 The sons of Ulam were mighty men of valor–archers. They had many sons and grandsons, one hundred and fifty in all. These were all sons of Benyamin.