Chapter 27: David Divides Each Military Division into Twenty-Four Thousand Men
1 And the children of Ysrayl, according to their number, the heads of father’s houses, the captains of thousands and hundreds and their officers, served the king in every matter of the military divisions. These divisions came in and went out month by month throughout all the months of the year, each division having twenty-four thousand.
David Assigns Army Commanders
2 Over the first division for the first month was Yashobeam the son of Zabdiyah and in his division were twenty-four thousand. 3 He was of the children of Perez and the chief of all the captains of the army for the first month. 4 Over the division of the second month was Dodai (Hebrew Dodai, usually spelled Dodo, compare 2 Shemuyah 23:9) an Ahohite and of his division Mikloth also was the leader. In his division were twenty-four thousand. 5 The third captain of the army for the third month was Benaiyah, the son of Yahoiada the priest, who was chief. In his division was twenty-four thousand. 6 This was the Benaiyah who was mighty among the thirty and was over the thirty. In his division was Ammizabad his son. 7 The fourth captain for the fourth month was Asahyl the brother of Yoab and Zebadiyah his son after him. In his division were twenty-four thousand. 8 The fifth captain for the fifth month was Shamhuth (spelled Shammoth in 11:27 and Shammah in 2 Shemuyah 23:11) the Izrahite. In his division were twenty-four thousand. 9 The sixth captain for the sixth month was Ira the son of Iklesh the Tekoite. In his division were twenty-four thousand. 10 The seventh captain for the seventh month was Helez the Pelonite, of the children of Ephraim. In his division were twenty-four thousand. 11 The eighth captain for the eighth month was Sibbechai the Hushathite, of the Zarhites. In his division were twenty-four thousand. 12 The ninth captain for the ninth month was Abiezer the Anathothite, of the Benyaminites. In his division were twenty-four thousand. 13 The tenth captain for the tenth month was Maharai the Netophathite, of the Zarhites. In his division were twenty-four thousand. 14 The eleventh captain for the eleventh month was Benaiyah the Pirathonite, of the children of Ephraim. In his division were twenty-four thousand. 15 The twelfth captain for the twelfth month was Heldai (spelled Heled in 11:30 and Heleb in 2 Shemuyah 23:29) the Netophathite, of Othniyah. In his division were twenty-four thousand.
David Assigns Leaders of Tribes
16 Furthermore, over the tribes of Ysrayl: the officer over the Reubenites was Yliezer the son of Zichri. Over the Shimeonites, Shephatiyah the son of Maacah. 17 Over the Levites, Hashabiyah the son of Kemuyah. Over the Aharonites, Zadok. 18 Over Yahudah, Ylihu, one of David’s brothers. Over Issachar, Omri the son of Michayah. 19 Over Zebulon, Ishmaiyah the son of Obadiyah. Over Naphtali, Yerimoth the son of Azriyah. 20 Over the children of Ephraim, Hoshea the son of Azaziyah. Over the half-tribe of Manasseh, Yoyl the son of Pedaiyah. 21 Over the half-tribe of Manasseh in Gilead, Iddo the son of Zechariyah. Over Benyamin, Yaasiyah the son of Abner. 22 Over Dan, Azaryah the son of Yeroham. These were the leaders of the tribes of Ysrayl.
*Did you notice that David made Abner’s son a chief in Benyamin? Read verse 21.
Children Twenty and Under Not Counted: No Census Count was Recorded in the Book of the Chronicles as Commanded by Yah
23 But David did not take the number of those twenty years old and under, because Yah had said He would multiply Ysrayl like the stars of the heavens. 24 Yoab the son of Zeruiyah began a census but he did not finish, for the wrath came upon Ysrayl because of this census. Nor was the number recorded in the account of the chronicles of King David.
David Assigns Officials For His Property
25 And Azmaveth the son of Adiyah was over the king’s treasuries and Yahanathan the son of Uzziyah was over the storehouses in the field, in the cities, in the villages and in the fortresses. 26 Ezri the son of Chelub was over those who did the work of the field for tilling the ground. 27 And Shimei the Ramathite was over the vineyards and Zabdi the Shiphmite was over the produce of the vineyards for the supply of wine. 28 Baal-Hanan the Gederite was over the olive trees and the sycamore trees that were in the lowlands and Yoash was over the store of oyl. 29 And Shitrai the Sharonite was over the herds that fed in Sharon and Shaphat the son of Adlai was over the herds that were in the valleys. 30 Obil the Ishmaelite was over the camels, Yahdeiyah the Meronothites was over the donkeys–31 And Yaziz the Hagrite was over the flocks. All these were the officials over King David’s property.
David’s Personal Advisors
32 Also Yahanathan, David’s uncle was a counselor, a wise man and a scribe and Yahiyah the son of Hachmoni was with the king’s sons. 33 Ahithophyl was the king’s conselor and Hushai the Archite was the king’s companion. 34 After Ahithophyl was Yahoiada the son of Benaiyah, then Abiathar. And the general of the king’s army was Yoab.
Chapter 28: David Talks With the Leaders of Ysrayl About Why He Can’t Build the Temple and That Solomon Will Build the Temple
1 Now David assembled at Yahrushalom all the leaders of Ysrayl: the officers of the tribes and the captains of the divisions who served the king, the captains over thousands and captains over hundreds and the stewards over all the substance and possessions of the king and of his sons, with the officials, the valiant men and all the mighty men of valor. 2 Then King David rose to his feet and said, “Hear me, my brothers and my people. I had it in my heart to build a house of rest for the ark of the covenant of Yah and for the footstool of our Yah and had made preparations to build it. 3 But Yah said to me, ‘You shall not build a house for My name because you have been a man of war and have shed blood’. 4 However, Yah of Ysrayl chose me above all the house of my father to be king over Ysrayl forever, for He has chosen Yahudah to be the ruler. And of the house of Yahudah, the house of my father and among the sons of my father, He was pleased with me to make me king over all Ysrayl. 5 And of all my sons, for Yah has given me many sons, He has chosen my son Solomon to sit on the throne of the kingdom of Yah over Ysrayl. 6 Now He said to me, ‘It is your son Solomon who shall build My house and My courts, for I have chosen him to be My son and I will be his Father. 7 Moreover, I will establish his kingdom forever, if he is steadfast to observe My commandments and My judgments, as it is this day. 8 Now therefore, in the sight of all Ysrayl, the assembly of Yah and in the hearing of our Father, be careful to seek out all the commandments of Yah your Almighty, that you may possess this good land and leave it as an inheritance for your children after you forever’.”
David Talks to Solomon About Yah’s Ways
9 “As for you, my son Solomon, know the Almighty of your father and serve Him with a loyal heart and with a willing mind. For Yah searches all hearts and understands all the intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will be found by you but if you forsake Him, He will cast you off forever. 10 Consider now, for Yah has chosen you to build a house for the sanctuary. Be strong and do it.
David Gives Solomon the Plans to Build the Temple For the Ark of Yah: Yah Showed David the Plans of the Temple in Written Form
11 Then David gave his son Solomon the plans for the vestibule, its houses, its treasuries, its upper chambers, its inner chambers and the place of the mercy seat–12 And the plans for all that he had by the Spirit, of the courts of the house of Yah, of all the chambers all around, of the treasuries of the house of Yah and of the treasuries for the dedicated things. 13 Also for the division of the priests and the Levites, for all the work of the service of the house of Yah and for all the articles of service in the house of Yah. 14 He gave gold by weight for things of gold, for all articles used in every kind of service. Also silver for all articles of silver by weight, for all articles used in every kind of service. 15 The weight for the lamp stands of gold and their lamps of gold, by weight for each lamp stand and its lamps, for the lamp stands of silver by weight, for the lamp stand and its lamps, according to the use of each lamp stand. 16 And by weight he gave gold for the tables of the show bread, for each table and silver for the tables of silver. 17 Also pure gold for the forks, the basins, the pitchers of pure gold and the golden bowls. He gave gold by weight for every bowl and for the silver bowls, silver by weight for every bowl–18 And refined gold by weight for the altar of incense and for the construction of the chariot, that is, the gold cherubim that spread their wings and overshadowed the ark of the covenant of Yah. 19 “All this,” said David, “Yah made me understand in writing, by His hand upon me, all the words of these plans”.
David Encourages Solomon and Tells Him that the Leaders and Craftsmen Will Help Him: David Warns Solomon not to Forsake Yah
20 And David said to his son Solomon, “Be strong and of good courage and do it. Do not fear nor be dismayed, for Yah, my Father, will be with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you, until you have finished all the work for the service of the house of Yah. 21 “Here are the divisions of the priests and the Levites for all the service of the house of Yah and every willing craftsman will be with you for all manner of workmanship, for every king of service. Also, the leaders and all the people will be completely at your command”.