1 Chronicles Chapter 27

This chapter deals with the list of the People of Israel including the head of families, commanders and the officers who served the king. Each and every division was composed of 24,000 men.

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Army Divisions

The person of the first division for the first month was the son of Zabdiel called Jashobeam. He was a descendant of Perez and a chief of army officers for the first month. This division had 24,000 men. For the second month, the person in charge was Dodai the Ahohite. The third army commander for the third month was Benaiah, son of Jehoiada, who was a priest. Benaiah was a mighty warrior.

Divisions Four through 12

For the fourth division in the fourth month, Joab’s brother, Asahel, was in charge. The fifth army commander in charge of the fifth month was Shamhuth the Izrahite. The sixth person in charge of the sixth month was Ira, son of Ikkesh the Tekoite. The seventh army commander for the seventh month was Helez, who was an Ephraimite.

During the eighth month, the army commander was Abiezer, who was a Benjamite. The tenth division for the tenth month was under Maharai, a Zerahite. The eleventh division for the eleventh month was under Benaiah and the twelfth division was under Heldai, who was from the family of Othniel.

Leaders of the Tribes

1 Chronicles Chapter 27 provides a list of leaders of the tribes of Israel. The leader of the Reubenites was Eliezer and Shephatiah was over the Simeonites. Hashabiah was in charge of Levi, Elihu over Judah, Ishmaiah over Zebulum, Jerimoth over Naphtali, Hoshea over the Ephraimites, Iddo over Manasseh, Jaasiel over Benjamin, and Azarel over the tribe of Dan.

The King’s Overseers

Between the 25th and the last verse of this chapter is a list of the king’s overseers. The son of Adiel, Azmaveth, was in charge of royal storehouses. Ezri, son of Kelub, was in charge of the workers who worked in the land and Shimei was in charge of the vineyards.

The herds grazing in Sharon were watched by Shitrau the Sharonite while the camels were watched by Obil, who was an Ishmaelite. Jaziz was in charge of flocks. Jonathan, who was David’s uncle, was a counselor while Ahithophel was the king’s counselor. Joab was the commander of the royal army.

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1 Chronicles 27 (King James Version)

1 Now the children of Israel after their number, to wit, the chief fathers and captains of thousands and hundreds, and their officers that served the king in any matter of the courses, which came in and went out month by month throughout all the months of the year, of every course were twenty and four thousand.

2 Over the first course for the first month was Jashobeam the son of Zabdiel: and in his course were twenty and four thousand.

3 Of the children of Perez was the chief of all the captains of the host for the first month.

4 And over the course of the second month was Dodai an Ahohite, and of his course was Mikloth also the ruler: in his course likewise were twenty and four thousand.

5 The third captain of the host for the third month was Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, a chief priest: and in his course were twenty and four thousand.

6 This is that Benaiah, who was mighty among the thirty, and above the thirty: and in his course was Ammizabad his son.

7 The fourth captain for the fourth month was Asahel the brother of Joab, and Zebadiah his son after him: and in his course were twenty and four thousand.

8 The fifth captain for the fifth month was Shamhuth the Izrahite: and in his course were twenty and four thousand.

9 The sixth captain for the sixth month was Ira the son of Ikkesh the Tekoite: and in his course were twenty and four thousand.

10 The seventh captain for the seventh month was Helez the Pelonite, of the children of Ephraim: and in his course were twenty and four thousand.

11 The eighth captain for the eighth month was Sibbecai the Hushathite, of the Zarhites: and in his course were twenty and four thousand.

12 The ninth captain for the ninth month was Abiezer the Anetothite, of the Benjamites: and in his course were twenty and four thousand.

13 The tenth captain for the tenth month was Maharai the Netophathite, of the Zarhites: and in his course were twenty and four thousand.

14 The eleventh captain for the eleventh month was Benaiah the Pirathonite, of the children of Ephraim: and in his course were twenty and four thousand.

15 The twelfth captain for the twelfth month was Heldai the Netophathite, of Othniel: and in his course were twenty and four thousand.

16 Furthermore over the tribes of Israel: the ruler of the Reubenites was Eliezer the son of Zichri: of the Simeonites, Shephatiah the son of Maachah:

17 Of the Levites, Hashabiah the son of Kemuel: of the Aaronites, Zadok:

18 Of Judah, Elihu, one of the brethren of David: of Issachar, Omri the son of Michael:

19 Of Zebulun, Ishmaiah the son of Obadiah: of Naphtali, Jerimoth the son of Azriel:

20 Of the children of Ephraim, Hoshea the son of Azaziah: of the half tribe of Manasseh, Joel the son of Pedaiah:

21 Of the half tribe of Manasseh in Gilead, Iddo the son of Zechariah: of Benjamin, Jaasiel the son of Abner:

22 Of Dan, Azareel the son of Jeroham. These were the princes of the tribes of Israel.

23 But David took not the number of them from twenty years old and under: because the LORD had said he would increase Israel like to the stars of the heavens.

24 Joab the son of Zeruiah began to number, but he finished not, because there fell wrath for it against Israel; neither was the number put in the account of the chronicles of king David.

25 And over the king’s treasures was Azmaveth the son of Adiel: and over the storehouses in the fields, in the cities, and in the villages, and in the castles, was Jehonathan the son of Uzziah:

26 And over them that did the work of the field for tillage of the ground was Ezri the son of Chelub:

27 And over the vineyards was Shimei the Ramathite: over the increase of the vineyards for the wine cellars was Zabdi the Shiphmite:

28 And over the olive trees and the sycomore trees that were in the low plains was Baalhanan the Gederite: and over the cellars of oil was Joash:

29 And over the herds that fed in Sharon was Shitrai the Sharonite: and over the herds that were in the valleys was Shaphat the son of Adlai:

30 Over the camels also was Obil the Ishmaelite: and over the asses was Jehdeiah the Meronothite:

31 And over the flocks was Jaziz the Hagerite. All these were the rulers of the substance which was king David’s.

32 Also Jonathan David’s uncle was a counsellor, a wise man, and a scribe: and Jehiel the son of Hachmoni was with the king’s sons:

33 And Ahithophel was the king’s counsellor: and Hushai the Archite was the king’s companion:

34 And after Ahithophel was Jehoiada the son of Benaiah, and Abiathar: and the general of the king’s army was Joab.

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