1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.2He was with God in the beginning.3Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.4In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.5The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.6There was a man sent from God whose name was John.7He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe.8He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.9The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.10He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him.11He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.12Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—13children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.14The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.15(John testified concerning him. He cried out, saying, “This is the one I spoke about when I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’ ”)16Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given.17For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.18No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.
1The sons of Reuben the firstborn of Israel (he was the firstborn, but when he defiled his father’s marriage bed, his rights as firstborn were given to the sons of Joseph son of Israel; so he could not be listed in the genealogical record in accordance with his birthright,2and though Judah was the strongest of his brothers and a ruler came from him, the rights of the firstborn belonged to Joseph)—3the sons of Reuben the firstborn of Israel: Hanok, Pallu, Hezron and Karmi.4The descendants of Joel: Shemaiah his son, Gog his son, Shimei his son,5Micah his son, Reaiah his son, Baal his son,6and Beerah his son, whom Tiglath-Pileser king of Assyria took into exile. Beerah was a leader of the Reubenites.7Their relatives by clans, listed according to their genealogical records: Jeiel the chief, Zechariah,8and Bela son of Azaz, the son of Shema, the son of Joel. They settled in the area from Aroer to Nebo and Baal Meon.9To the east they occupied the land up to the edge of the desert that extends to the Euphrates River, because their livestock had increased in Gilead.10During Saul’s reign they waged war against the Hagrites, who were defeated at their hands; they occupied the dwellings of the Hagrites throughout the entire region east of Gilead.
11The Gadites lived next to them in Bashan, as far as Salekah:12Joel was the chief, Shapham the second, then Janai and Shaphat, in Bashan.13Their relatives, by families, were: Michael, Meshullam, Sheba, Jorai, Jakan, Zia and Eber—seven in all.14These were the sons of Abihail son of Huri, the son of Jaroah, the son of Gilead, the son of Michael, the son of Jeshishai, the son of Jahdo, the son of Buz.15Ahi son of Abdiel, the son of Guni, was head of their family.16The Gadites lived in Gilead, in Bashan and its outlying villages, and on all the pasturelands of Sharon as far as they extended.17All these were entered in the genealogical records during the reigns of Jotham king of Judah and Jeroboam king of Israel.18The Reubenites, the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh had 44,760 men ready for military service—able-bodied men who could handle shield and sword, who could use a bow, and who were trained for battle.19They waged war against the Hagrites, Jetur, Naphish and Nodab.20They were helped in fighting them, and God delivered the Hagrites and all their allies into their hands, because they cried out to him during the battle. He answered their prayers, because they trusted in him.21They seized the livestock of the Hagrites—fifty thousand camels, two hundred fifty thousand sheep and two thousand donkeys. They also took one hundred thousand people captive,22and many others fell slain, because the battle was God’s. And they occupied the land until the exile.
23The people of the half-tribe of Manasseh were numerous; they settled in the land from Bashan to Baal Hermon, that is, to Senir (Mount Hermon).24These were the heads of their families: Epher, Ishi, Eliel, Azriel, Jeremiah, Hodaviah and Jahdiel. They were brave warriors, famous men, and heads of their families.25But they were unfaithful to the God of their ancestors and prostituted themselves to the gods of the peoples of the land, whom God had destroyed before them.26So the God of Israel stirred up the spirit of Pul king of Assyria (that is, Tiglath-Pileser king of Assyria), who took the Reubenites, the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh into exile. He took them to Halah, Habor, Hara and the river of Gozan, where they are to this day.
1The sons of Levi: Gershon, Kohath and Merari.2The sons of Kohath: Amram, Izhar, Hebron and Uzziel.3The children of Amram: Aaron, Moses and Miriam. The sons of Aaron: Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar.4Eleazar was the father of Phinehas, Phinehas the father of Abishua,5Abishua the father of Bukki, Bukki the father of Uzzi,6Uzzi the father of Zerahiah, Zerahiah the father of Meraioth,7Meraioth the father of Amariah, Amariah the father of Ahitub,8Ahitub the father of Zadok, Zadok the father of Ahimaaz,9Ahimaaz the father of Azariah, Azariah the father of Johanan,10Johanan the father of Azariah (it was he who served as priest in the temple Solomon built in Jerusalem),11Azariah the father of Amariah, Amariah the father of Ahitub,12Ahitub the father of Zadok, Zadok the father of Shallum,13Shallum the father of Hilkiah, Hilkiah the father of Azariah,14Azariah the father of Seraiah, and Seraiah the father of Jozadak.15Jozadak was deported when the LORD sent Judah and Jerusalem into exile by the hand of Nebuchadnezzar.16The sons of Levi: Gershon, Kohath and Merari.17These are the names of the sons of Gershon: Libni and Shimei.18The sons of Kohath: Amram, Izhar, Hebron and Uzziel.19The sons of Merari: Mahli and Mushi. These are the clans of the Levites listed according to their fathers:20Of Gershon: Libni his son, Jahath his son, Zimmah his son,21Joah his son, Iddo his son, Zerah his son and Jeatherai his son.22The descendants of Kohath: Amminadab his son, Korah his son, Assir his son,23Elkanah his son, Ebiasaph his son, Assir his son,24Tahath his son, Uriel his son, Uzziah his son and Shaul his son.25The descendants of Elkanah: Amasai, Ahimoth,26Elkanah his son, Zophai his son, Nahath his son,27Eliab his son, Jeroham his son, Elkanah his son and Samuel his son.28The sons of Samuel: Joel the firstborn and Abijah the second son.29The descendants of Merari: Mahli, Libni his son, Shimei his son, Uzzah his son,30Shimea his son, Haggiah his son and Asaiah his son.
31These are the men David put in charge of the music in the house of the LORD after the ark came to rest there.32They ministered with music before the tabernacle, the tent of meeting, until Solomon built the temple of the LORD in Jerusalem. They performed their duties according to the regulations laid down for them.33Here are the men who served, together with their sons: From the Kohathites: Heman, the musician, the son of Joel, the son of Samuel,34the son of Elkanah, the son of Jeroham, the son of Eliel, the son of Toah,35the son of Zuph, the son of Elkanah, the son of Mahath, the son of Amasai,36the son of Elkanah, the son of Joel, the son of Azariah, the son of Zephaniah,37the son of Tahath, the son of Assir, the son of Ebiasaph, the son of Korah,38the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, the son of Israel;39and Heman’s associate Asaph, who served at his right hand: Asaph son of Berekiah, the son of Shimea,40the son of Michael, the son of Baaseiah,the son of Malkijah,41the son of Ethni, the son of Zerah, the son of Adaiah,42the son of Ethan, the son of Zimmah, the son of Shimei,43the son of Jahath, the son of Gershon, the son of Levi;44and from their associates, the Merarites, at his left hand: Ethan son of Kishi, the son of Abdi, the son of Malluk,45the son of Hashabiah, the son of Amaziah, the son of Hilkiah,46the son of Amzi, the son of Bani, the son of Shemer,47the son of Mahli, the son of Mushi, the son of Merari, the son of Levi.48Their fellow Levites were assigned to all the other duties of the tabernacle, the house of God.49But Aaron and his descendants were the ones who presented offerings on the altar of burnt offering and on the altar of incense in connection with all that was done in the Most Holy Place, making atonement for Israel, in accordance with all that Moses the servant of God had commanded.50These were the descendants of Aaron: Eleazar his son, Phinehas his son, Abishua his son,51Bukki his son, Uzzi his son, Zerahiah his son,52Meraioth his son, Amariah his son, Ahitub his son,53Zadok his son and Ahimaaz his son.54These were the locations of their settlements allotted as their territory (they were assigned to the descendants of Aaron who were from the Kohathite clan, because the first lot was for them):55They were given Hebron in Judah with its surrounding pasturelands.56But the fields and villages around the city were given to Caleb son of Jephunneh.57So the descendants of Aaron were given Hebron (a city of refuge), and Libnah, Jattir, Eshtemoa,58Hilen, Debir,59Ashan, Juttah and Beth Shemesh, together with their pasturelands.60And from the tribe of Benjamin they were given Gibeon, Geba, Alemeth and Anathoth, together with their pasturelands. The total number of towns distributed among the Kohathite clans came to thirteen.61The rest of Kohath’s descendants were allotted ten towns from the clans of half the tribe of Manasseh.62The descendants of Gershon, clan by clan, were allotted thirteen towns from the tribes of Issachar, Asher and Naphtali, and from the part of the tribe of Manasseh that is in Bashan.63The descendants of Merari, clan by clan, were allotted twelve towns from the tribes of Reuben, Gad and Zebulun.64So the Israelites gave the Levites these towns and their pasturelands.65From the tribes of Judah, Simeon and Benjamin they allotted the previously named towns.66Some of the Kohathite clans were given as their territory towns from the tribe of Ephraim.67In the hill country of Ephraim they were given Shechem (a city of refuge), and Gezer,68Jokmeam, Beth Horon,69Aijalon and Gath Rimmon, together with their pasturelands.70And from half the tribe of Manasseh the Israelites gave Aner and Bileam, together with their pasturelands, to the rest of the Kohathite clans.71The Gershonites received the following: From the clan of the half-tribe of Manasseh they received Golan in Bashan and also Ashtaroth, together with their pasturelands;72from the tribe of Issachar they received Kedesh, Daberath,73Ramoth and Anem, together with their pasturelands;74from the tribe of Asher they received Mashal, Abdon,75Hukok and Rehob, together with their pasturelands;76and from the tribe of Naphtali they received Kedesh in Galilee, Hammon and Kiriathaim, together with their pasturelands.77The Merarites (the rest of the Levites) received the following: From the tribe of Zebulun they received Jokneam, Kartah, Rimmono and Tabor, together with their pasturelands;78from the tribe of Reuben across the Jordan east of Jericho they received Bezer in the wilderness, Jahzah,79Kedemoth and Mephaath, together with their pasturelands;80and from the tribe of Gad they received Ramoth in Gilead, Mahanaim,81Heshbon and Jazer, together with their pasturelands.
1Gather together, gather yourselves together, you shameful nation,2before the decree takes effect and that day passes like windblown chaff, before the LORD’s fierce anger comes upon you, before the day of the LORD’s wrath comes upon you.3Seek the LORD, all you humble of the land, you who do what he commands. Seek righteousness, seek humility; perhaps you will be sheltered on the day of the LORD’s anger.
4Gaza will be abandoned and Ashkelon left in ruins. At midday Ashdod will be emptied and Ekron uprooted.5Woe to you who live by the sea, you Kerethite people; the word of the LORD is against you, Canaan, land of the Philistines. He says, “I will destroy you, and none will be left.”6The land by the sea will become pastures having wells for shepherds and pens for flocks.7That land will belong to the remnant of the people of Judah; there they will find pasture. In the evening they will lie down in the houses of Ashkelon. The LORD their God will care for them; he will restore their fortunes.
8“I have heard the insults of Moab and the taunts of the Ammonites, who insulted my people and made threats against their land.9Therefore, as surely as I live,” declares the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, “surely Moab will become like Sodom, the Ammonites like Gomorrah— a place of weeds and salt pits, a wasteland forever. The remnant of my people will plunder them; the survivors of my nation will inherit their land.”10This is what they will get in return for their pride, for insulting and mocking the people of the LORD Almighty.11The LORD will be awesome to them when he destroys all the gods of the earth. Distant nations will bow down to him, all of them in their own lands.
13He will stretch out his hand against the north and destroy Assyria, leaving Nineveh utterly desolate and dry as the desert.14Flocks and herds will lie down there, creatures of every kind. The desert owl and the screech owl will roost on her columns. Their hooting will echo through the windows, rubble will fill the doorways, the beams of cedar will be exposed.15This is the city of revelry that lived in safety. She said to herself, “I am the one! And there is none besides me.” What a ruin she has become, a lair for wild beasts! All who pass by her scoff and shake their fists.