1 Chronicles 25; 1 Chronicles 26; 1 Chronicles 27; John 9:1-23

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1 Chronicles 25

1 David and the army commanders appointed the sons of Asaph, Heman, and Jeduthun to serve as prophets with lyres, harps, and cymbals. This is the list of the men who performed this service:
2 From the sons of Asaph were Zaccur, Joseph, Nethaniah, and Asharelah. (They were directed by Asaph, who served as a prophet under the king's direction.)
3 From the sons of Jeduthun were Gedaliah, Zeri, Jeshaiah, Shimei, Hashabiah, Mattithiah. (The six brothers were directed by their father, the prophet Jeduthun. They thanked and praised the LORD as they played lyres.)
4 From the sons of Heman were Bukkiah, Mattaniah, Uzziel, Shebuel, Jerimoth, Hananiah, Hanani, Eliathah, Giddalti, Romamti Ezer, Joshbekashah, Mallothi, Hothir, and Mahazioth.
5 (All of them were the sons of the king's seer Heman. They were given to him to make him prominent, as God had promised. So God gave Heman 14 sons and 3 daughters.)
6 All these [Levites] sang at the LORD's temple under the direction of their fathers Asaph, Jeduthun, and Heman. They played cymbals, lyres, and harps for worship in God's temple under the direction of the king.
7 They, along with their relatives, were trained, skilled musicians for the LORD. There were 288 of them.
8 They drew lots for their assignment of duties, the youngest as well as the oldest, the skilled [musicians] along with the students.
9 The first lot drawn chose Joseph, the son of Asaph. The second chose Gedaliah, his sons, and his relatives--12 men.
10 The third chose Zaccur, his sons, and his relatives--12 men.
11 The fourth chose Izri, his sons, and his relatives--12 men.
12 The fifth chose Nethaniah, his sons, and his relatives--12 men.
13 The sixth chose Bukkiah, his sons, and his relatives--12 men.
14 The seventh chose Jesarelah, his sons, and his relatives--12 men.
15 The eighth chose Jeshaiah, his sons, and his relatives--12 men.
16 The ninth chose Mattaniah, his sons, and his relatives--12 men.
17 The tenth chose Shimei, his sons, and his relatives--12 men.
18 The eleventh chose Azarel, his sons, and his relatives--12 men.
19 The twelfth chose Hashabiah, his sons, and his relatives--12 men.
20 The thirteenth chose Shubael, his sons, and his relatives--12 men.
21 The fourteenth chose Mattithiah, his sons, and his relatives--12 men.
22 The fifteenth chose Jeremoth, his sons, and his relatives--12 men.
23 The sixteenth chose Hananiah, his sons, and his relatives--12 men.
24 The seventeenth chose Joshbekashah, his sons, and his relatives--12 men.
25 The eighteenth chose Hanani, his sons, and his relatives--12 men.
26 The nineteenth chose Mallothi, his sons, and his relatives--12 men.
27 The twentieth chose Eliathah, his sons, and his relatives--12 men.
28 The twenty-first chose Hothir, his sons, and his relatives--12 men.
29 The twenty-second chose Giddalti, his sons, and his relatives--12 men.
30 The twenty-third chose Mahazioth, his sons, and his relatives--12 men.
31 The twenty-fourth chose Romamti Ezer, his sons, and his relatives--12 men.

1 Chronicles 26

1 The following were the divisions of the gatekeepers: For Korah's descendants there was Meshelemiah, the son of Kore, from the descendants of Asaph.
2 Meshelemiah's sons were Zechariah (the firstborn), Jediael (the second), Zebadiah (the third), Jathniel (the fourth),
3 Elam (the fifth), Jehohanan (the sixth), and Eliehoenai (the seventh).
4 [Also for Korah's descendants] there were Obed Edom's sons Shemaiah (the firstborn), Jehozabad (the second), Joah (the third), Sachar (the fourth), Nethanel (the fifth),
5 Ammiel (the sixth), Issachar (the seventh), and Peullethai (the eighth). God had blessed Obed Edom.
6 His son Shemaiah had sons who ruled their families because they were soldiers.
7 Shemaiah's sons were Othni, and Othni's skilled brothers Rephael, Obed, Elzabad, as well as Elihu and Semachiah.
8 All of these people were Obed Edom's descendants. They, their sons, and their relatives were skilled and had the ability to perform the service. Obed Edom's family included 62 men.
9 Meshelemiah's sons and relatives were 18 skilled men.
10 From the descendants of Merari there were Hosah's sons. Shimri was the head, although he was not the firstborn. His father appointed him head.
11 Hosah's other sons were Hilkiah (the second), Tebaliah (the third), and Zechariah (the fourth). There were 13 sons and relatives of Hosah.
12 These divisions of gatekeepers through their head men were assigned duties with their relatives to serve in the LORD's temple.
13 They drew lots by families, youngest and oldest alike, for every gate.
14 Shelemiah was chosen for the east side. His son Zechariah, a counselor who displayed insight, was chosen for the north side.
15 Obed Edom was chosen for the south side, and his sons were chosen for the storerooms.
16 Shuppim and Hosah were chosen for the west side with Shallecheth Gate at the gateway that goes to the palace. One squad of guards served its watch after another.
17 On the east side there were six Levites. On the north there were four every day. On the south there were four every day. At the storerooms there were four, two at each entrance.
18 At the courtyard on the west there were four Levites at the gateway to the palace and two at the courtyard itself.
19 These were the divisions of the gatekeepers among Korah's and Merari's descendants.
20 Ahijah, a Levite, was in charge of the treasuries in God's temple and the treasuries of the gifts dedicated to God.
21 [There were also] the descendants of Ladan, who was descended from Gershon. [Those who served] for Ladan, the descendant of Gershon, were the heads of Ladan's families: Jehiel
22 [and] Jehiel's sons Zetham and Joel. They were in charge of the treasuries in the LORD's temple.
23 For the descendants of Amram, Izhar, Hebron, and Uzziel,
24 there was Shebuel, a descendant of Moses' son Gershom. He was the highest-ranking official in charge of the treasuries.
25 From his relatives on Eliezer's side of the family was Shelomith. (Eliezer's son was Rehabiah; his grandson was Jeshaiah; his great-grandson was Joram. Joram's son was Zichri; his grandson was Shelomith.)
26 He and his relatives were in charge of all the treasuries of the gifts dedicated to God that King David, the heads of families, the commanders of regiments and battalions, and the commanders of the army had donated.
27 (They had donated some of the loot taken in battle to support the LORD's temple.)
28 Everything that Samuel the seer, Saul (son of Kish), Abner (son of Ner), and Joab (son of Zeruiah) had donated--everything that had been donated--was under the supervision of Shelomith and his relatives.
29 From Izhar's descendants Chenaniah and his sons were assigned duties. They served as officials and judges outside [the temple] in Israel.
30 From Hebron's descendants Hashabiah and his 1,700 skilled, male relatives were appointed to serve Israel west of the Jordan River. They did everything the LORD wanted them to do, and they served the king.
31 Jeriah was the head of Hebron's descendants. In the fortieth year of David's reign, the ancestry of Hebron's descendants was researched family by family. Warriors from these families were found at Jazer in Gilead.
32 Jeriah's relatives were 2,700 skilled men, who were heads of families. King David appointed them to be overseers in every matter involving God or the king for the tribes of Reuben, Gad, and half of the tribe of Manasseh.

1 Chronicles 27

1 This is a list of Israelite family heads, regiment and battalion commanders, and officers who were serving the king in all the army's units. Throughout each year they came for a month at a time and then left. Each unit consisted of 24,000 men.
2 Jashobeam, son of Zabdiel, was in charge of the first unit, the one during the first month. In his unit there were 24,000.
3 He was a descendant of Perez, and he was head of all of the army's officers for the first month.
4 Dodai, Ahoh's descendant, was in charge of the unit during the second month. It was his unit. (Mikloth was one of its leaders.) In Dodai's unit there were 24,000.
5 The third commander of the army during the third month was Benaiah, son of the priest Jehoiada. He was the head, and in his unit there were 24,000.
6 This Benaiah was one of the thirty fighting men and commander of the thirty as well as his own unit. His son was Ammizabad.
7 Asahel, Joab's brother, was in charge of the fourth unit during the fourth month, and after him was his son Zebadiah. In his unit there were 24,000.
8 Shamhuth, Izrah's descendant, was commander of the fifth unit during the fifth month. In his unit there were 24,000.
9 Ira, the son of Ikkesh from Tekoa, was in charge of the sixth unit during the sixth month. In his unit there were 24,000.
10 Helez, a Pelonite from the descendants of Ephraim, was in charge of the seventh unit during the seventh month. In his unit there were 24,000.
11 Sibbecai, a descendant of Zerah from Hushah, was in charge of the eighth unit during the eighth month. In his unit there were 24,000.
12 Abiezer, a member of the tribe of Benjamin from Anathoth, was in charge of the ninth unit during the ninth month. In his unit there were 24,000.
13 Mahrai, a descendant of Zerah from Netophah, was in charge of the tenth unit during the tenth month. In his unit there were 24,000.
14 Benaiah, a member of the tribe of Ephraim from Pirathon, was in charge of the eleventh unit during the eleventh month. In his unit there were 24,000.
15 During the twelfth month, the twelfth unit was commanded by Heldai from Netophah. He was Othniel's descendant. In his unit there were 24,000.
16 The following officers were in charge of the tribes of Israel: for the tribe of Reuben Eliezer, son of Zichri for the tribe of Simeon Shephatiah, son of Maacah
17 for the tribe of Levi Hashabiah, son of Kemuel for the family of Aaron Zadok
18 for the tribe of Judah Elihu, one of David's brothers for the tribe of Issachar Omri, son of Michael
19 for the tribe of Zebulun Ishmaiah, son of Obadiah for the tribe of Naphtali Jerimoth, son of Azriel
20 for the tribe of Ephraim Hoshea, son of Azaziah for half of the tribe of Manasseh Joel, son of Pedaiah
21 for the half of Manasseh in Gilead Iddo, son of Zechariah for the tribe of Benjamin Jaasiel, son of Abner
22 for the tribe of Dan Azarel, son of Jeroham These were the commanders of Israel's tribes.
23 David didn't count those under 20 years old, because the LORD had promised that the people of Israel would be as numerous as the stars in the sky.
24 Joab, son of Zeruiah, started to count them but didn't finish. God was angry with Israel because of this, and the report from it was never included in the official records of King David.
25 These were all the commanders in charge of King David's property: for the royal treasuries Azmaveth, son of Adiel for the goods in the fields, cities, villages, and watchtowers Jonathan, son of Uzziah
26 for the farm workers in the fields Ezri, son of Chelub
27 for the vineyards Shimei from Ramah for storing wine that came from the vineyards Zabdi from Shepham
28 for the olive and fig trees in the foothills Baal Hanan from Gedor for storing olive oil Joash
29 for the herds grazing in Sharon Shitrai from Sharon for the herds in the valleys Shaphat, son of Adlai
30 for the camels Obil, a descendant of Ishmael for the donkeys Jehdeiah from Meronoth
31 for the flocks Jaziz from Hagar
32 David's uncle Jonathan, an educated man who possessed insight, was David's adviser. Jonathan and Jehiel, son of Hachmoni, were in charge of the king's sons.
33 Ahithophel was the king's adviser. Hushai, a descendant of Archi, was the king's friend.
34 Jehoiada (son of Benaiah) and Abiathar succeeded Ahithophel. Joab was the commander of the royal army.

John 9:1-23

1 As Jesus walked along, he saw a man who had been born blind.
2 His disciples asked him, "Rabbi, why was this man born blind? Did he or his parents sin?"
3 Jesus answered, "Neither this man nor his parents sinned. Instead, he was born blind so that God could show what he can do for him.
4 We must do what the one who sent me wants us to do while it is day. The night when no one can do anything is coming.
5 As long as I'm in the world, I'm light for the world."
6 After Jesus said this, he spit on the ground and mixed the spit with dirt. Then he smeared it on the man's eyes
7 and told him, "Wash it off in the pool of Siloam." (Siloam means "sent.") The blind man washed it off and returned. He was able to see.
8 His neighbors and those who had previously seen him begging asked, "Isn't this the man who used to sit and beg?"
9 Some of them said, "He's the one." Others said, "No, he isn't, but he looks like him." But the man himself said, "I am the one."
10 So they asked him, "How did you receive your sight?"
11 He replied, "The man people call Jesus mixed some spit with dirt, smeared it on my eyes, and told me, 'Go to Siloam, and wash it off.' So I went there, washed it off, and received my sight."
12 They asked him, "Where is that man?" The man answered, "I don't know."
13 Some people brought the man who had been blind to the Pharisees.
14 The day when Jesus mixed the spit and dirt and gave the man sight was a day of worship.
15 So the Pharisees asked the man again how he received his sight. The man told the Pharisees, "He put a mixture of spit and dirt on my eyes. I washed it off, and now I can see."
16 Some of the Pharisees said, "The man who did this is not from God because he doesn't follow the traditions for the day of worship." Other Pharisees asked, "How can a man who is a sinner perform miracles like these?" So the Pharisees were divided in their opinions.
17 They asked the man who had been born blind another question: "What do you say about the man who gave you sight?" The man answered, "He's a prophet."
18 Until they talked to the man's parents, the Jews didn't believe that the man had been blind and had been given sight.
19 They asked his parents, "Is this your son, the one you say was born blind? Why can he see now?"
20 His parents replied, "We know that he's our son and that he was born blind.
21 But we don't know how he got his sight or who gave it to him. You'll have to ask him. He's old enough to answer for himself."
22 (His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jews. The Jews had already agreed to put anyone who acknowledged that Jesus was the Christ out of the synagogue.
23 That's why his parents said, "You'll have to ask him. He's old enough.")