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Judah’s Descendants

1The sons of Judah: Perez, Hezron and Carmi, and Hur, and Shobal.
  2Reaiah the son of Shobal fathered Jahath, and Jahath fathered Ahumai and Lahad. These are the families of the Zorathites.
  3These were the sons of the father of Etam: Jezreel, and Ishma, and Idbash, and the name of their sister was Hazzelelponi.
  4And Penuel fathered Gedor, and Ezer fathered Hushah. These are the sons of Hur, the firstborn of Ephrathah, a father of Bethlehem.
  5Ashhur the father of Tekoa had two wives, Helah and Naarah.
  6Naarah bore him Ahuzzam, and Hepher, and Temeni, and Haahashtari. These were the sons of Naarah.
  7The sons of Helah were Zereth, Izhar and Ethnan.
  8Hakkoz fathered Anub and Zobebah and the families of Aharhel the son of Harum.

9Jabez was more honorable than his brothers, and his mother named him Jabez, saying, “Because I bore him with sorrow.”

10Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, “Oh that you would bless, yes, bless me, and enlarge my border, and that your hand might be with me and that you would keep me from evil, that it not be to my sorrow!” God granted him what he requested.

11Chelub the brother of Shuhah fathered Mehir, who fathered Eshton.
  12Eshton fathered Beth-rapha, and Paseah, and Tehinnah, the father of Ir-nahash. These are the men of Recah.
  13The sons of Kenaz: Othniel, and Seraiah. The sons of Othniel: Hathath.
  14Meonothai fathered Ophrah and Seraiah fathered Joab the father of Ge-harashim,a for they were craftsmen.
  15The sons of Caleb the son of Jephunneh: Iru, Elah, and Naam; and the sons of Elah; and Kenaz.
  16The sons of Jehallelel: Ziph, and Ziphah, Tiria, and Asarel.
  17The sons of Ezrah: Jether, and Mered, and Epher, and Jalon, and she bore Miriam, and Shammai, and Ishbah the father of Eshtemoa.
  18His wife, from Judah, bore Jered the father of Gedor and Heber the father of Soco and Jekuthiel the father of Zanoah. These are the sons of Bithiah the daughter of Pharaoh whom Mered took.
  19The sons of the wife of Hodiah, the sister of Naham, were the father of Keilah the Garmite and Eshtemoa the Maacathite.
  20The sons of Shimon: Amnon and Rinnah, Ben-hanan and Tilon. The sons of Ishi: Zoheth, and Ben-zoheth.

21The sons of Shelah the son of Judah: Er the father of Lecah and Laadah the father of Mareshah and the families of the house of fine linen workers at Beth-ashbea.
  22and Jokim, and the men of Cozeba, and Joash, and Saraph who ruled in Moab, and Jashubi-lehem (now the records are ancient).
  23These were the potters and the inhabitants of Netaim and Gederah; they lived there doing the king’s work.

Simeon’s Descendants

24The sons of Simeon: Nemuel and Jamin, Jarib, Zerah, Shaul.
  25Shallum his son, Mibsam his son, Mishma his son.
  26The sons of Mishma: Hammuel his son, Zaccur his son, Shimei his son.

27Shimei had 16 sons and six daughters, but his brothers did not have many children, nor did all their family multiply like the children of Judah.
  28They lived at Beer-sheba, and Moladah and Hazar-shual,
  29and at Bilhah, and at Ezem, and at Tolad,
  30and at Bethuel, and at Hormah, and at Ziklag,
  31and at Beth-marcaboth, and Hazar-susim, and at Beth-biri, and at Shaaraim. These were their cities until the reign of David.
  32Their villages were Etam, and Ain, Rimmon, and Tochen, and Ashan; five cities;
  33and all their villages that were around the same cities, as far as the city of Baal. These were their habitations, and they kept their own genealogical records.

34Meshobab, and Jamlech, and Joshah the son of Amaziah,
  35and Joel, and Jehu the son of Joshibiah, the son of Seraiah, the son of Asiel,
  36and Elioenai, and Jaakobah, and Jeshohaiah, and Asaiah, and Adiel, and Jesimiel, and Benaiah,
  37and Ziza the son of Shiphi, the son of Allon, the son of Jedaiah, the son of Shimri, the son of Shemaiah—

38these mentioned by name were leaders in their families, and their fathers’ houses increased greatly.
  39They went to the entrance of Gedor, as far as the east side of the valley, to seek pasture for their flocks.
  40They found rich, good pasture, and the land was wide and quiet and peaceful. Those who lived there before were descended from Ham,
  41but these written by name came in the days of Hezekiah king of Judah, and struck down their tents and the Meunites who were present there, and they devoted them to destruction to this day. And they lived in their place because there was pasture there for their flocks.
  42Some of them, even of the sons of Simeon, 500 men, went to Mount Seir, having for their commanders Pelatiah, and Neariah, and Rephaiah, and Uzziel, the sons of Ishi.
  43They struck down the remnant of the Amalekites who escaped, and then they lived there to this day.

Lit. “the Valley of Craftsmen”

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