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1 Chronicles 6
Descendants of Levi
 The sons of Levi: Gershon, Kohath, and Merari.  The sons of Kohath: Amram, Izhar, Hebron, and Uzziel.  The children of Amram: Aaron, Moses, and Miriam. The sons of Aaron: Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar.  Eleazar fathered Phinehas, Phinehas fathered Abishua,  Abishua fathered Bukki, Bukki fathered Uzzi,  Uzzi fathered Zerahiah, Zerahiah fathered Meraioth,  Meraioth fathered Amariah, Amariah fathered Ahitub,  Ahitub fathered Zadok, Zadok fathered Ahimaaz,  Ahimaaz fathered Azariah, Azariah fathered Johanan,  and Johanan fathered Azariah (it was he who served as priest in the house that Solomon built in Jerusalem).  Azariah fathered Amariah, Amariah fathered Ahitub,  Ahitub fathered Zadok, Zadok fathered Shallum,  Shallum fathered Hilkiah, Hilkiah fathered Azariah,  Azariah fathered Seraiah, Seraiah fathered Jehozadak;  and Jehozadak went into exile when the LORD sent Judah and Jerusalem into exile by the hand of Nebuchadnezzar.
 The sons of Levi: Gershom, Kohath, and Merari.  And these are the names of the sons of Gershom: Libni and Shimei.  The sons of Kohath: Amram, Izhar, Hebron and Uzziel.  The sons of Merari: Mahli and Mushi. These are the clans of the Levites according to their fathers.  Of Gershom: Libni his son, Jahath his son, Zimmah his son,  Joah his son, Iddo his son, Zerah his son, Jeatherai his son.  The sons of Kohath: Amminadab his son, Korah his son, Assir his son,  Elkanah his son, Ebiasaph his son, Assir his son,  Tahath his son, Uriel his son, Uzziah his son, and Shaul his son.  The sons of Elkanah: Amasai and Ahimoth,  Elkanah his son, Zophai his son, Nahath his son,  Eliab his son, Jeroham his son, Elkanah his son.  The sons of Samuel: Joel his firstborn, the second Abijah.  The sons of Merari: Mahli, Libni his son, Shimei his son, Uzzah his son,  Shimea his son, Haggiah his son, and Asaiah his son.
 These are the men whom David put in charge of the service of song in the house of the LORD after the ark rested there.  They ministered with song before the tabernacle of the tent of meeting until Solomon built the house of the LORD in Jerusalem, and they performed their service according to their order.  These are the men who served and their sons. Of the sons of the Kohathites: Heman the singer the son of Joel, son of Samuel,  son of Elkanah, son of Jeroham, son of Eliel, son of Toah,  son of Zuph, son of Elkanah, son of Mahath, son of Amasai,  son of Elkanah, son of Joel, son of Azariah, son of Zephaniah,  son of Tahath, son of Assir, son of Ebiasaph, son of Korah,  son of Izhar, son of Kohath, son of Levi, son of Israel;  and his brother Asaph, who stood on his right hand, namely, Asaph the son of Berechiah, son of Shimea,  son of Michael, son of Baaseiah, son of Malchijah,  son of Ethni, son of Zerah, son of Adaiah,  son of Ethan, son of Zimmah, son of Shimei,  son of Jahath, son of Gershom, son of Levi.  On the left hand were their brothers, the sons of Merari: Ethan the son of Kishi, son of Abdi, son of Malluch,  son of Hashabiah, son of Amaziah, son of Hilkiah,  son of Amzi, son of Bani, son of Shemer,  son of Mahli, son of Mushi, son of Merari, son of Levi.  And their brothers the Levites were appointed for all the service of the tabernacle of the house of God.
 But Aaron and his sons made offerings on the altar of burnt offering and on the altar of incense for all the work of the Most Holy Place, and to make atonement for Israel, according to all that Moses the servant of God had commanded.  These are the sons of Aaron: Eleazar his son, Phinehas his son, Abishua his son,  Bukki his son, Uzzi his son, Zerahiah his son,  Meraioth his son, Amariah his son, Ahitub his son,  Zadok his son, Ahimaaz his son.
 These are their dwelling places according to their settlements within their borders: to the sons of Aaron of the clans of Kohathites, for theirs was the first lot,  to them they gave Hebron in the land of Judah and its surrounding pasturelands,  but the fields of the city and its villages they gave to Caleb the son of Jephunneh.  To the sons of Aaron they gave the cities of refuge: Hebron, Libnah with its pasturelands, Jattir, Eshtemoa with its pasturelands,  Hilen with its pasturelands, Debir with its pasturelands,  Ashan with its pasturelands, and Beth-shemesh with its pasturelands;  and from the tribe of Benjamin, Gibeon, Geba with its pasturelands, Alemeth with its pasturelands, and Anathoth with its pasturelands. All their cities throughout their clans were thirteen.
 To the rest of the Kohathites were given by lot out of the clan of the tribe, out of the half-tribe, the half of Manasseh, ten cities.  To the Gershomites according to their clans were allotted thirteen cities out of the tribes of Issachar, Asher, Naphtali and Manasseh in Bashan.  To the Merarites according to their clans were allotted twelve cities out of the tribes of Reuben, Gad, and Zebulun.  So the people of Israel gave the Levites the cities with their pasturelands.  They gave by lot out of the tribes of Judah, Simeon, and Benjamin these cities that are mentioned by name.
 And some of the clans of the sons of Kohath had cities of their territory out of the tribe of Ephraim.  They were given the cities of refuge: Shechem with its pasturelands in the hill country of Ephraim, Gezer with its pasturelands,  Jokmeam with its pasturelands, Beth-horon with its pasturelands,  Aijalon with its pasturelands, Gath-rimmon with its pasturelands,  and out of the half-tribe of Manasseh, Aner with its pasturelands, and Bileam with its pasturelands, for the rest of the clans of the Kohathites.
 To the Gershomites were given out of the clan of the half-tribe of Manasseh: Golan in Bashan with its pasturelands and Ashtaroth with its pasturelands;  and out of the tribe of Issachar: Kedesh with its pasturelands, Daberath with its pasturelands,  Ramoth with its pasturelands, and Anem with its pasturelands;  out of the tribe of Asher: Mashal with its pasturelands, Abdon with its pasturelands,  Hukok with its pasturelands, and Rehob with its pasturelands;  and out of the tribe of Naphtali: Kedesh in Galilee with its pasturelands, Hammon with its pasturelands, and Kiriathaim with its pasturelands.  To the rest of the Merarites were allotted out of the tribe of Zebulun: Rimmono with its pasturelands, Tabor with its pasturelands,  and beyond the Jordan at Jericho, on the east side of the Jordan, out of the tribe of Reuben: Bezer in the wilderness with its pasturelands, Jahzah with its pasturelands,  Kedemoth with its pasturelands, and Mephaath with its pasturelands;  and out of the tribe of Gad: Ramoth in Gilead with its pasturelands, Mahanaim with its pasturelands,  Heshbon with its pasturelands, and Jazer with its pasturelands.
1 Chronicles 7
Descendants of Issachar
 The sons of Issachar: Tola, Puah, Jashub, and Shimron, four.  The sons of Tola: Uzzi, Rephaiah, Jeriel, Jahmai, Ibsam, and Shemuel, heads of their fathers' houses, namely of Tola, mighty warriors of their generations, their number in the days of David being 22,600.  The son of Uzzi: Izrahiah. And the sons of Izrahiah: Michael, Obadiah, Joel, and Isshiah, all five of them were chief men.  And along with them, by their generations, according to their fathers' houses, were units of the army for war, 36,000, for they had many wives and sons.  Their kinsmen belonging to all the clans of Issachar were in all 87,000 mighty warriors, enrolled by genealogy.
Descendants of Benjamin
 The sons of Benjamin: Bela, Becher, and Jediael, three.  The sons of Bela: Ezbon, Uzzi, Uzziel, Jerimoth, and Iri, five, heads of fathers' houses, mighty warriors. And their enrollment by genealogies was 22,034.  The sons of Becher: Zemirah, Joash, Eliezer, Elioenai, Omri, Jeremoth, Abijah, Anathoth, and Alemeth. All these were the sons of Becher.  And their enrollment by genealogies, according to their generations, as heads of their fathers' houses, mighty warriors, was 20,200.  The son of Jediael: Bilhan. And the sons of Bilhan: Jeush, Benjamin, Ehud, Chenaanah, Zethan, Tarshish, and Ahishahar.  All these were the sons of Jediael according to the heads of their fathers' houses, mighty warriors, 17,200, able to go to war.  And Shuppim and Huppim were the sons of Ir, Hushim the son of Aher.
Descendants of Naphtali
 The sons of Naphtali: Jahziel, Guni, Jezer and Shallum, the descendants of Bilhah.
Descendants of Manasseh
 The sons of Manasseh: Asriel, whom his Aramean concubine bore; she bore Machir the father of Gilead.  And Machir took a wife for Huppim and for Shuppim. The name of his sister was Maacah. And the name of the second was Zelophehad, and Zelophehad had daughters.  And Maacah the wife of Machir bore a son, and she called his name Peresh; and the name of his brother was Sheresh; and his sons were Ulam and Rakem.  The son of Ulam: Bedan. These were the sons of Gilead the son of Machir, son of Manasseh.  And his sister Hammolecheth bore Ishhod, Abiezer, and Mahlah.  The sons of Shemida were Ahian, Shechem, Likhi, and Aniam.
Descendants of Ephraim
 The sons of Ephraim: Shuthelah, and Bered his son, Tahath his son, Eleadah his son, Tahath his son,  Zabad his son, Shuthelah his son, and Ezer and Elead, whom the men of Gath who were born in the land killed, because they came down to raid their livestock.  And Ephraim their father mourned many days, and his brothers came to comfort him.  And Ephraim went in to his wife, and she conceived and bore a son. And he called his name Beriah, because disaster had befallen his house.  His daughter was Sheerah, who built both Lower and Upper Beth-horon, and Uzzen-sheerah.  Rephah was his son, Resheph his son, Telah his son, Tahan his son,  Ladan his son, Ammihud his son, Elishama his son,  Nun his son, Joshua his son.  Their possessions and settlements were Bethel and its towns, and to the east Naaran, and to the west Gezer and its towns, Shechem and its towns, and Ayyah and its towns;  also in possession of the Manassites, Beth-shean and its towns, Taanach and its towns, Megiddo and its towns, Dor and its towns. In these lived the sons of Joseph the son of Israel.
Descendants of Asher
 The sons of Asher: Imnah, Ishvah, Ishvi, Beriah, and their sister Serah.  The sons of Beriah: Heber, and Malchiel, who fathered Birzaith.  Heber fathered Japhlet, Shomer, Hotham, and their sister Shua.  The sons of Japhlet: Pasach, Bimhal, and Ashvath. These are the sons of Japhlet.  The sons of Shemer his brother: Rohgah, Jehubbah, and Aram.  The sons of Helem his brother: Zophah, Imna, Shelesh, and Amal.  The sons of Zophah: Suah, Harnepher, Shual, Beri, Imrah.  Bezer, Hod, Shamma, Shilshah, Ithran, and Beera.  The sons of Jether: Jephunneh, Pispa, and Ara.  The sons of Ulla: Arah, Hanniel, and Rizia.  All of these were men of Asher, heads of fathers' houses, approved, mighty warriors, chiefs of the princes. Their number enrolled by genealogies, for service in war, was 26,000 men.
1 Chronicles 8
A Genealogy of Saul
 Benjamin fathered Bela his firstborn, Ashbel the second, Aharah the third,  Nohah the fourth, and Rapha the fifth.  And Bela had sons: Addar, Gera, Abihud,  Abishua, Naaman, Ahoah,  Gera, Shephuphan, and Huram.  These are the sons of Ehud (they were heads of fathers' houses of the inhabitants of Geba, and they were carried into exile to Manahath):  Naaman, Ahijah, and Gera, that is, Heglam, who fathered Uzza and Ahihud.  And Shaharaim fathered sons in the country of Moab after he had sent away Hushim and Baara his wives.  He fathered sons by Hodesh his wife: Jobab, Zibia, Mesha, Malcam,  Jeuz, Sachia, and Mirmah. These were his sons, heads of fathers' houses.  He also fathered sons by Hushim: Abitub and Elpaal.  The sons of Elpaal: Eber, Misham, and Shemed, who built Ono and Lod with its towns,  and Beriah and Shema (they were heads of fathers' houses of the inhabitants of Aijalon, who caused the inhabitants of Gath to flee);  and Ahio, Shashak, and Jeremoth.  Zebadiah, Arad, Eder,  Michael, Ishpah, and Joha were sons of Beriah.  Zebadiah, Meshullam, Hizki, Heber,  Ishmerai, Izliah, and Jobab were the sons of Elpaal.  Jakim, Zichri, Zabdi,  Elienai, Zillethai, Eliel,  Adaiah, Beraiah, and Shimrath were the sons of Shimei.  Ishpan, Eber, Eliel,  Abdon, Zichri, Hanan,  Hananiah, Elam, Anthothijah,  Iphdeiah, and Penuel were the sons of Shashak.  Shamsherai, Shehariah, Athaliah,  Jaareshiah, Elijah, and Zichri were the sons of Jeroham.  These were the heads of fathers' houses, according to their generations, chief men. These lived in Jerusalem.
 Jeiel the father of Gibeon lived in Gibeon, and the name of his wife was Maacah.  His firstborn son: Abdon, then Zur, Kish, Baal, Nadab,  Gedor, Ahio, Zecher,  and Mikloth (he fathered Shimeah). Now these also lived opposite their kinsmen in Jerusalem, with their kinsmen.  Ner was the father of Kish, Kish of Saul, Saul of Jonathan, Malchi-shua, Abinadab and Eshbaal;  and the son of Jonathan was Merib-baal; and Merib-baal was the father of Micah.  The sons of Micah: Pithon, Melech, Tarea, and Ahaz.  Ahaz fathered Jehoaddah, and Jehoaddah fathered Alemeth, Azmaveth, and Zimri. Zimri fathered Moza.  Moza fathered Binea; Raphah was his son, Eleasah his son, Azel his son.  Azel had six sons, and these are their names: Azrikam, Bocheru, Ishmael, Sheariah, Obadiah, and Hanan. All these were the sons of Azel.  The sons of Eshek his brother: Ulam his firstborn, Jeush the second, and Eliphelet the third.  The sons of Ulam were men who were mighty warriors, bowmen, having many sons and grandsons, 150. All these were Benjaminites.
1 Chronicles 9
A Genealogy of the Returned Exiles
 So all Israel was recorded in genealogies, and these are written in the Book of the Kings of Israel. And Judah was taken into exile in Babylon because of their breach of faith.  Now the first to dwell again in their possessions in their cities were Israel, the priests, the Levites, and the temple servants.  And some of the people of Judah, Benjamin, Ephraim, and Manasseh lived in Jerusalem:  Uthai the son of Ammihud, son of Omri, son of Imri, son of Bani, from the sons of Perez the son of Judah.  And of the Shilonites: Asaiah the firstborn, and his sons.  Of the sons of Zerah: Jeuel and their kinsmen, 690.  Of the Benjaminites: Sallu the son of Meshullam, son of Hodaviah, son of Hassenuah,  Ibneiah the son of Jeroham, Elah the son of Uzzi, son of Michri, and Meshullam the son of Shephatiah, son of Reuel, son of Ibnijah;  and their kinsmen according to their generations, 956. All these were heads of fathers' houses according to their fathers' houses.
 Of the priests: Jedaiah, Jehoiarib, Jachin,  and Azariah the son of Hilkiah, son of Meshullam, son of Zadok, son of Meraioth, son of Ahitub, the chief officer of the house of God;  and Adaiah the son of Jeroham, son of Pashhur, son of Malchijah, and Maasai the son of Adiel, son of Jahzerah, son of Meshullam, son of Meshillemith, son of Immer;  besides their kinsmen, heads of their fathers' houses, 1,760, mighty men for the work of the service of the house of God.
 Of the Levites: Shemaiah the son of Hasshub, son of Azrikam, son of Hashabiah, of the sons of Merari;  and Bakbakkar, Heresh, Galal and Mattaniah the son of Mica, son of Zichri, son of Asaph;  and Obadiah the son of Shemaiah, son of Galal, son of Jeduthun, and Berechiah the son of Asa, son of Elkanah, who lived in the villages of the Netophathites.
 The gatekeepers were Shallum, Akkub, Talmon, Ahiman, and their kinsmen (Shallum was the chief);  until then they were in the king's gate on the east side as the gatekeepers of the camps of the Levites.  Shallum the son of Kore, son of Ebiasaph, son of Korah, and his kinsmen of his fathers' house, the Korahites, were in charge of the work of the service, keepers of the thresholds of the tent, as their fathers had been in charge of the camp of the LORD, keepers of the entrance.  And Phinehas the son of Eleazar was the chief officer over them in time past; the LORD was with him.  Zechariah the son of Meshelemiah was gatekeeper at the entrance of the tent of meeting.  All these, who were chosen as gatekeepers at the thresholds, were 212. They were enrolled by genealogies in their villages. David and Samuel the seer established them in their office of trust.  So they and their sons were in charge of the gates of the house of the LORD, that is, the house of the tent, as guards.  The gatekeepers were on the four sides, east, west, north, and south.  And their kinsmen who were in their villages were obligated to come in every seven days, in turn, to be with these,  for the four chief gatekeepers, who were Levites, were entrusted to be over the chambers and the treasures of the house of God.  And they lodged around the house of God, for on them lay the duty of watching, and they had charge of opening it every morning.
 Some of them had charge of the utensils of service, for they were required to count them when they were brought in and taken out.  Others of them were appointed over the furniture and over all the holy utensils, also over the fine flour, the wine, the oil, the incense, and the spices.  Others, of the sons of the priests, prepared the mixing of the spices,  and Mattithiah, one of the Levites, the firstborn of Shallum the Korahite, was entrusted with making the flat cakes.  Also some of their kinsmen of the Kohathites had charge of the showbread, to prepare it every Sabbath.
 Now these, the singers, the heads of fathers' houses of the Levites, were in the chambers of the temple free from other service, for they were on duty day and night.  These were heads of fathers' houses of the Levites, according to their generations, leaders. These lived in Jerusalem.
Saul's Genealogy Repeated
 In Gibeon lived the father of Gibeon, Jeiel, and the name of his wife was Maacah,  and his firstborn son Abdon, then Zur, Kish, Baal, Ner, Nadab,  Gedor, Ahio, Zechariah, and Mikloth;  and Mikloth was the father of Shimeam; and these also lived opposite their kinsmen in Jerusalem, with their kinsmen.  Ner fathered Kish, Kish fathered Saul, Saul fathered Jonathan, Malchi-shua, Abinadab, and Eshbaal.  And the son of Jonathan was Merib-baal, and Merib-baal fathered Micah.  The sons of Micah: Pithon, Melech, Tahrea, and Ahaz.  And Ahaz fathered Jarah, and Jarah fathered Alemeth, Azmaveth, and Zimri. And Zimri fathered Moza.  Moza fathered Binea, and Rephaiah was his son, Eleasah his son, Azel his son.  Azel had six sons and these are their names: Azrikam, Bocheru, Ishmael, Sheariah, Obadiah, and Hanan; these were the sons of Azel.
1 Chronicles 10
The Death of Saul and His Sons
 Now the Philistines fought against Israel, and the men of Israel fled before the Philistines and fell slain on Mount Gilboa.  And the Philistines overtook Saul and his sons, and the Philistines struck down Jonathan and Abinadab and Malchi-shua, the sons of Saul.  The battle pressed hard against Saul, and the archers found him, and he was wounded by the archers.  Then Saul said to his armor-bearer, “Draw your sword and thrust me through with it, lest these uncircumcised come and mistreat me.” But his armor-bearer would not, for he feared greatly. Therefore Saul took his own sword and fell upon it.  And when his armor-bearer saw that Saul was dead, he also fell upon his sword and died.  Thus Saul died; he and his three sons and all his house died together.  And when all the men of Israel who were in the valley saw that the army had fled and that Saul and his sons were dead, they abandoned their cities and fled, and the Philistines came and lived in them.
 The next day, when the Philistines came to strip the slain, they found Saul and his sons fallen on Mount Gilboa.  And they stripped him and took his head and his armor, and sent messengers throughout the land of the Philistines to carry the good news to their idols and to the people.  And they put his armor in the temple of their gods and fastened his head in the temple of Dagon.  But when all Jabesh-gilead heard all that the Philistines had done to Saul,  all the valiant men arose and took away the body of Saul and the bodies of his sons, and brought them to Jabesh. And they buried their bones under the oak in Jabesh and fasted seven days.
 So Saul died for his breach of faith. He broke faith with the LORD in that he did not keep the command of the LORD, and also consulted a medium, seeking guidance.  He did not seek guidance from the LORD. Therefore the LORD put him to death and turned the kingdom over to David the son of Jesse.
1 Chronicles 11
David Anointed King
 Then all Israel gathered together to David at Hebron and said, “Behold, we are your bone and flesh.  In times past, even when Saul was king, it was you who led out and brought in Israel. And the LORD your God said to you, ‘You shall be shepherd of my people Israel, and you shall be prince over my people Israel.’”  So all the elders of Israel came to the king at Hebron, and David made a covenant with them at Hebron before the LORD. And they anointed David king over Israel, according to the word of the LORD by Samuel.
David Takes Jerusalem
 And David and all Israel went to Jerusalem, that is, Jebus, where the Jebusites were, the inhabitants of the land.  The inhabitants of Jebus said to David, “You will not come in here.” Nevertheless, David took the stronghold of Zion, that is, the city of David.  David said, “Whoever strikes the Jebusites first shall be chief and commander.” And Joab the son of Zeruiah went up first, so he became chief.  And David lived in the stronghold; therefore it was called the city of David.  And he built the city all around from the Millo in complete circuit, and Joab repaired the rest of the city.  And David became greater and greater, for the LORD of hosts was with him.
David's Mighty Men
 Now these are the chiefs of David's mighty men, who gave him strong support in his kingdom, together with all Israel, to make him king, according to the word of the LORD concerning Israel.  This is an account of David's mighty men: Jashobeam, a Hachmonite, was chief of the three. He wielded his spear against 300 whom he killed at one time.
 And next to him among the three mighty men was Eleazar the son of Dodo, the Ahohite.  He was with David at Pas-dammim when the Philistines were gathered there for battle. There was a plot of ground full of barley, and the men fled from the Philistines.  But he took his stand in the midst of the plot and defended it and killed the Philistines. And the LORD saved them by a great victory.
 Three of the thirty chief men went down to the rock to David at the cave of Adullam, when the army of Philistines was encamped in the Valley of Rephaim.  David was then in the stronghold, and the garrison of the Philistines was then at Bethlehem.  And David said longingly, “Oh that someone would give me water to drink from the well of Bethlehem that is by the gate!”  Then the three mighty men broke through the camp of the Philistines and drew water out of the well of Bethlehem that was by the gate and took it and brought it to David. But David would not drink it. He poured it out to the LORD  and said, “Far be it from me before my God that I should do this. Shall I drink the lifeblood of these men? For at the risk of their lives they brought it.” Therefore he would not drink it. These things did the three mighty men.
 Now Abishai, the brother of Joab, was chief of the thirty. And he wielded his spear against 300 men and killed them and won a name beside the three.  He was the most renowned of the thirty and became their commander, but he did not attain to the three.
 And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was a valiant man of Kabzeel, a doer of great deeds. He struck down two heroes of Moab. He also went down and struck down a lion in a pit on a day when snow had fallen.  And he struck down an Egyptian, a man of great stature, five cubits tall. The Egyptian had in his hand a spear like a weaver's beam, but Benaiah went down to him with a staff and snatched the spear out of the Egyptian's hand and killed him with his own spear.  These things did Benaiah the son of Jehoiada and won a name beside the three mighty men.  He was renowned among the thirty, but he did not attain to the three. And David set him over his bodyguard.
 The mighty men were Asahel the brother of Joab, Elhanan the son of Dodo of Bethlehem,  Shammoth of Harod, Helez the Pelonite,  Ira the son of Ikkesh of Tekoa, Abiezer of Anathoth,  Sibbecai the Hushathite, Ilai the Ahohite,  Maharai of Netophah, Heled the son of Baanah of Netophah,  Ithai the son of Ribai of Gibeah of the people of Benjamin, Benaiah of Pirathon,  Hurai of the brooks of Gaash, Abiel the Arbathite,  Azmaveth of Baharum, Eliahba the Shaalbonite,  Hashem the Gizonite, Jonathan the son of Shagee the Hararite,  Ahiam the son of Sachar the Hararite, Eliphal the son of Ur,  Hepher the Mecherathite, Ahijah the Pelonite,  Hezro of Carmel, Naarai the son of Ezbai,  Joel the brother of Nathan, Mibhar the son of Hagri,  Zelek the Ammonite, Naharai of Beeroth, the armor-bearer of Joab the son of Zeruiah,  Ira the Ithrite, Gareb the Ithrite,  Uriah the Hittite, Zabad the son of Ahlai,  Adina the son of Shiza the Reubenite, a leader of the Reubenites, and thirty with him,  Hanan the son of Maacah, and Joshaphat the Mithnite,  Uzzia the Ashterathite, Shama and Jeiel the sons of Hotham the Aroerite,  Jediael the son of Shimri, and Joha his brother, the Tizite,  Eliel the Mahavite, and Jeribai, and Joshaviah, the sons of Elnaam, and Ithmah the Moabite,  Eliel, and Obed, and Jaasiel the Mezobaite.
The Truth Will Set You Free
 So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples,  and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”  They answered him, “We are offspring of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that you say, ‘You will become free’?”
 Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin.  The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever.  So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.  I know that you are offspring of Abraham; yet you seek to kill me because my word finds no place in you.  I speak of what I have seen with my Father, and you do what you have heard from your father.”
You Are of Your Father the Devil
 They answered him, “Abraham is our father.” Jesus said to them, “If you were Abraham's children, you would be doing the works Abraham did,  but now you seek to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God. This is not what Abraham did.  You are doing the works your father did.” They said to him, “We were not born of sexual immorality. We have one Father—even God.”  Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and I am here. I came not of my own accord, but he sent me.  Why do you not understand what I say? It is because you cannot bear to hear my word.  You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father's desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.  But because I tell the truth, you do not believe me.  Which one of you convicts me of sin? If I tell the truth, why do you not believe me?  Whoever is of God hears the words of God. The reason why you do not hear them is that you are not of God.”
Before Abraham Was, I Am
 The Jews answered him, “Are we not right in saying that you are a Samaritan and have a demon?”  Jesus answered, “I do not have a demon, but I honor my Father, and you dishonor me.  Yet I do not seek my own glory; there is One who seeks it, and he is the judge.  Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death.”  The Jews said to him, “Now we know that you have a demon! Abraham died, as did the prophets, yet you say, ‘If anyone keeps my word, he will never taste death.’  Are you greater than our father Abraham, who died? And the prophets died! Who do you make yourself out to be?”  Jesus answered, “If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing. It is my Father who glorifies me, of whom you say, ‘He is our God.’  But you have not known him. I know him. If I were to say that I do not know him, I would be a liar like you, but I do know him and I keep his word.  Your father Abraham rejoiced that he would see my day. He saw it and was glad.”  So the Jews said to him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?”  Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.”  So they picked up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple.
Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind
 As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth.  And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”  Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him.  We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work.  As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”  Having said these things, he spit on the ground and made mud with the saliva. Then he anointed the man's eyes with the mud  and said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means Sent). So he went and washed and came back seeing.
 The neighbors and those who had seen him before as a beggar were saying, “Is this not the man who used to sit and beg?”  Some said, “It is he.” Others said, “No, but he is like him.” He kept saying, “I am the man.”  So they said to him, “Then how were your eyes opened?”  He answered, “The man called Jesus made mud and anointed my eyes and said to me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash.’ So I went and washed and received my sight.”  They said to him, “Where is he?” He said, “I do not know.”
 They brought to the Pharisees the man who had formerly been blind.  Now it was a Sabbath day when Jesus made the mud and opened his eyes.  So the Pharisees again asked him how he had received his sight. And he said to them, “He put mud on my eyes, and I washed, and I see.”  Some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, for he does not keep the Sabbath.” But others said, “How can a man who is a sinner do such signs?” And there was a division among them.  So they said again to the blind man, “What do you say about him, since he has opened your eyes?” He said, “He is a prophet.”
 The Jews did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight, until they called the parents of the man who had received his sight  and asked them, “Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How then does he now see?”  His parents answered, “We know that this is our son and that he was born blind.  But how he now sees we do not know, nor do we know who opened his eyes. Ask him; he is of age. He will speak for himself.”  (His parents said these things because they feared the Jews, for the Jews had already agreed that if anyone should confess Jesus to be Christ, he was to be put out of the synagogue.)  Therefore his parents said, “He is of age; ask him.”
 So for the second time they called the man who had been blind and said to him, “Give glory to God. We know that this man is a sinner.”  He answered, “Whether he is a sinner I do not know. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.”  They said to him, “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?”  He answered them, “I have told you already, and you would not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become his disciples?”  And they reviled him, saying, “You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses.  We know that God has spoken to Moses, but as for this man, we do not know where he comes from.”  The man answered, “Why, this is an amazing thing! You do not know where he comes from, and yet he opened my eyes.  We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does his will, God listens to him.  Never since the world began has it been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a man born blind.  If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.”  They answered him, “You were born in utter sin, and would you teach us?” And they cast him out.
 Jesus heard that they had cast him out, and having found him he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”  He answered, “And who is he, sir, that I may believe in him?”  Jesus said to him, “You have seen him, and it is he who is speaking to you.”  He said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him.  Jesus said, “For judgment I came into this world, that those who do not see may see, and those who see may become blind.”  Some of the Pharisees near him heard these things, and said to him, “Are we also blind?”  Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no guilt; but now that you say, ‘We see,’ your guilt remains.