The Simeon family tree: Nemuel, Jamin, Jarib, Zerah, and Shaul;
Shaul had Shallum, Shallum had Mibsam, and Mibsam had Mishma.
The sons of Mishma: Hammuel had Zaccur and Zaccur had Shimei.
Shimei had sixteen sons and six daughters, but his brothers were not nearly as prolific and never became a large family like Judah.
They lived in Beersheba, Moladah, Hazar Shual,
Bilhah, Ezem, Tolad,
Bethuel, Hormah, Ziklag,
Beth Marcaboth, Hazar Susim, Beth Biri, and Shaaraim. They lived in these towns until David became king.
Other settlements in the vicinity were the five towns of Etam, Ain, Rimmon, Token, and Ashan,
and all the villages around these towns as far as Baalath. These were their settlements. And they kept good family records.
Meshobab; Jamlech; Joshah the son of Amaziah;
Joel; Jehu the son of Joshibiah, the son of Seraiah, the son of Asiel;
Elioenai; Jaakobah; Jeshohaiah; Asaiah; Adiel; Jesimiel; Benaiah;
and Ziza the son of Shiphi, the son of Allon, the son of Jedaiah, the son of Shimri, the son of Shemaiah
- all these were the leaders in their families. They prospered and increased in numbers
so that they had to go as far as Gedor (Gerar) to the east of the valley looking for pasture for their flocks.
And they found it - lush pasture, lots of elbow room, peaceful and quiet.
But the men in these family trees came when Hezekiah was king of Judah and attacked the Hamites, tearing down their tents and houses. There was nothing left of them, as you can see today. Then they moved in and took over because of the great pastureland.
Five hundred of these Simeonites went on and invaded the hill country of Seir, led by Pelatiah, Neariah, Rephaiah, and Uzziel, the sons of Ishi.
They killed all the escaped Amalekites who were still around. And they still live there.
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