The descendants of Simeon:1 Nemuel, Jamin, Jarib,2 Zerah and Shaul;
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Shallum was Shaul's son, Mibsam his son and Mishma his son.
The descendants of Mishma: Hammuel his son, Zaccur his son and Shimei his son.
Shimei had sixteen sons and six daughters, but his brothers did not have many children; so their entire clan did not become as numerous as the people of Judah.
They lived in Beersheba,3 Moladah,4 Hazar Shual,
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Bilhah, Ezem,5 Tolad,
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Bethuel, Hormah,6 Ziklag,7
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Beth Marcaboth, Hazar Susim, Beth Biri and Shaaraim.8 These were their towns until the reign of David.
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Their surrounding villages were Etam, Ain,9 Rimmon, Token and Ashan10--five towns--
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and all the villages around these towns as far as Baalath. These were their settlements. And they kept a genealogical record.
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Meshobab, Jamlech, Joshah son of Amaziah,
Joel, Jehu son of Joshibiah, the son of Seraiah, the son of Asiel,
also Elioenai, Jaakobah, Jeshohaiah, Asaiah, Adiel, Jesimiel, Benaiah,
and Ziza son of Shiphi, the son of Allon, the son of Jedaiah, the son of Shimri, the son of Shemaiah.
The men listed above by name were leaders of their clans. Their families increased greatly,
and they went to the outskirts of Gedor11 to the east of the valley in search of pasture for their flocks.
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They found rich, good pasture, and the land was spacious, peaceful and quiet.12 Some Hamites had lived there formerly.
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The men whose names were listed came in the days of Hezekiah king of Judah. They attacked the Hamites in their dwellings and also the Meunites13 who were there and completely destroyed them, as is evident to this day. Then they settled in their place, because there was pasture for their flocks.
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And five hundred of these Simeonites, led by Pelatiah, Neariah, Rephaiah and Uzziel, the sons of Ishi, invaded the hill country of Seir.14
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They killed the remaining Amalekites15 who had escaped, and they have lived there to this day.
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