7 Issachar’s sons: Tola, Puah, Jashub, and Shimron—four. 2 Tola’s sons: Uzzi, Rephaiah, Jeriel, Jahmai, Ibsam, and Shemuel, the heads of their ancestral families.[a] During David’s reign, 22,600 descendants of Tola were recorded as valiant warriors in their family records. 3 Uzzi’s son: Izrahiah.Izrahiah’s sons: Michael, Obadiah, Joel, Isshiah. All five of them were chiefs. 4 Along with them, they had 36,000 troops for battle according to the family records of their ancestral families, for they had many wives and children. 5 Their tribesmen who were valiant warriors belonging to all the families of Issachar totaled 87,000 in their genealogies.
6 Three of Benjamin’s sons: Bela, Becher, and Jediael. 7 Bela’s sons: Ezbon, Uzzi, Uzziel, Jerimoth, and Iri—five. They were valiant warriors and heads of their ancestral families; 22,034 were listed in their genealogies. 8 Becher’s sons: Zemirah, Joash, Eliezer, Elioenai, Omri, Jeremoth, Abijah, Anathoth, and Alemeth; all these were Becher’s sons. 9 Their family records were recorded according to the heads of their ancestral families—20,200 valiant warriors. 10 Jediael’s son: Bilhan.Bilhan’s sons: Jeush, Benjamin, Ehud, Chenaanah, Zethan, Tarshish, and Ahishahar. 11 All these sons of Jediael listed by family heads were valiant warriors; there were 17,200 who could serve in the army. 12 Shuppim and Huppim were sons of Ir, and the Hushim were the sons of Aher.
13 Naphtali’s sons: Jahziel, Guni, Jezer, and Shallum—Bilhah’s sons.
14 Manasseh’s sons through his Aramean concubine: Asriel and Machir the father of Gilead. 15 Machir took wives from Huppim and Shuppim. The name of his sister was Maacah. Another descendant was named Zelophehad, but he had only daughters. 16 Machir’s wife Maacah gave birth to a son, and she named him Peresh. His brother was named Sheresh, and his sons were Ulam and Rekem. 17 Ulam’s son: Bedan. These were the sons of Gilead son of Machir, son of Manasseh. 18 His sister Hammolecheth gave birth to Ishhod, Abiezer, and Mahlah. 19 Shemida’s sons: Ahian, Shechem, Likhi, and Aniam.
20 Ephraim’s sons: Shuthelah, and his son Bered,his son Tahath, his son Eleadah,his son Tahath, 21 his son Zabad,his son Shuthelah, also Ezer, and Elead.The men of Gath, born in the land, killed them because they went down to raid their cattle. 22 Their father Ephraim mourned a long time, and his relatives[b] came to comfort him. 23 He slept with his wife, and she conceived and gave birth to a son. So he named him Beriah, because there had been misfortune in his home.[c] 24 His daughter was Sheerah, who built Lower and Upper Beth-horon and Uzzen-sheerah, 25 his son Rephah,[d] his son Resheph,his son Telah, his son Tahan, 26 his son Ladan, his son Ammihud,his son Elishama, 27 his son Nun,and his son Joshua. 28 Their holdings and settlements were Bethel and its surrounding villages; Naaran to the east, Gezer and its villages to the west, and Shechem and its villages as far as Ayyah and its villages, 29 and along the borders of the descendants of Manasseh, Beth-shean, Taanach, Megiddo, and Dor with their surrounding villages. The sons of Joseph son of Israel lived in these towns.
30 Asher’s sons: Imnah, Ishvah, Ishvi, and Beriah, with their sister Serah. 31 Beriah’s sons: Heber, and Malchiel, who fathered Birzaith. 32 Heber fathered Japhlet, Shomer, and Hotham, with their sister Shua. 33 Japhlet’s sons: Pasach, Bimhal, and Ashvath. These were Japhlet’s sons. 34 Shemer’s sons: Ahi, Rohgah, Hubbah, and Aram. 35 His brother Helem’s sons: Zophah, Imna, Shelesh, and Amal. 36 Zophah’s sons: Suah, Harnepher, Shual, Beri, Imrah, 37 Bezer, Hod, Shamma, Shilshah, Ithran, and Beera. 38 Jether’s sons: Jephunneh, Pispa, and Ara. 39 Ulla’s sons: Arah, Hanniel, and Rizia. 40 All these were Asher’s descendants. They were the heads of their ancestral families, chosen men, valiant warriors, and chiefs among the leaders. The number of men listed in their genealogies for military service was 26,000.
8 Benjamin fathered Bela, his firstborn; Ashbel was born second, Aharah third, 2 Nohah fourth, and Rapha fifth. 3 Bela’s sons: Addar, Gera, Abihud,[e] 4 Abishua, Naaman, Ahoah, 5 Gera, Shephuphan, and Huram. 6 These were Ehud’s sons, who were the heads of the families living in Geba and who were deported to Manahath: 7 Naaman, Ahijah, and Gera. Gera deported them and was the father of Uzza and Ahihud.8 Shaharaim had sons in the territory of Moab after he had divorced his wives Hushim and Baara. 9 His sons by his wife Hodesh: Jobab, Zibia, Mesha, Malcam, 10 Jeuz, Sachia, and Mirmah. These were his sons, family heads. 11 He also had sons by Hushim: Abitub and Elpaal. 12 Elpaal’s sons: Eber, Misham, and Shemed who built Ono and Lod and its surrounding villages, 13 Beriah and Shema, who were the family heads of Aijalon’s residents and who drove out the residents of Gath, 14 Ahio,[f] Shashak, and Jeremoth. 15 Zebadiah, Arad, Eder, 16 Michael, Ishpah, and Joha were Beriah’s sons. 17 Zebadiah, Meshullam, Hizki, Heber, 18 Ishmerai, Izliah, and Jobab were Elpaal’s sons. 19 Jakim, Zichri, Zabdi, 20 Elienai, Zillethai, Eliel, 21 Adaiah, Beraiah, and Shimrath were Shimei’s sons. 22 Ishpan, Eber, Eliel, 23 Abdon, Zichri, Hanan, 24 Hananiah, Elam, Anthothijah, 25 Iphdeiah, and Penuel were Shashak’s sons. 26 Shamsherai, Shehariah, Athaliah, 27 Jaareshiah, Elijah, and Zichri were Jeroham’s sons. 28 These were family heads, chiefs according to their family records; they lived in Jerusalem. 29 Jeiel[g] fathered Gibeon and lived in Gibeon. His wife’s name was Maacah. 30 Abdon was his firstborn son, then Zur, Kish, Baal, Nadab, 31 Gedor, Ahio, Zecher, 32 and Mikloth who fathered Shimeah. These also lived opposite their relatives in Jerusalem, with their other relatives. 33 Ner fathered Kish, Kish fathered Saul, and Saul fathered Jonathan, Malchishua, Abinadab, and Esh-baal.[h] 34 Jonathan’s son was Merib-baal,[i] and Merib-baal fathered Micah. 35 Micah’s sons: Pithon, Melech, Tarea, and Ahaz. 36 Ahaz fathered Jehoaddah, Jehoaddah fathered Alemeth, Azmaveth, and Zimri, and Zimri fathered Moza. 37 Moza fathered Binea. His son was Raphah, his son Elasah, and his son Azel. 38 Azel had six sons, and these were their names: Azrikam, Bocheru, Ishmael, Sheariah, Obadiah, and Hanan. All these were Azel’s sons. 39 His brother Eshek’s sons: Ulam was his firstborn, Jeush second, and Eliphelet third. 40 Ulam’s sons were valiant warriors and archers.[j] They had many sons and grandsons—150 of them.All these were among Benjamin’s sons.
After the Exile
9 All Israel was registered in the genealogies that are written in the Book of the Kings of Israel. But Judah was exiled to Babylon because of their unfaithfulness. 2 The first to live in their towns on their own property again were Israelites, priests, Levites, and temple servants. 3 These people from the descendants of Judah, Benjamin, Ephraim, and Manasseh settled in Jerusalem: 4 Uthai son of Ammihud, son of Omri, son of Imri, son of Bani, a descendant[k] of Perez son of Judah; 5 from the Shilonites:Asaiah the firstborn and his sons; 6 and from the descendants of Zerah:Jeuel and their relatives—690 in all. 7 The Benjaminites: Sallu son of Meshullam, son of Hodaviah, son of Hassenuah; 8 Ibneiah son of Jeroham;Elah son of Uzzi, son of Michri;Meshullam son of Shephatiah, son of Reuel, son of Ibnijah; 9 and their relatives according to their family records—956 in all. All these men were heads of their ancestral families.[l] 10 The priests: Jedaiah; Jehoiarib; Jachin; 11 Azariah son of Hilkiah, son of Meshullam, son of Zadok, son of Meraioth, son of Ahitub, the chief official of God’s temple; 12 Adaiah son of Jeroham, son of Pashhur, son of Malchijah;Maasai son of Adiel, son of Jahzerah, son of Meshullam, son of Meshillemith, son of Immer; 13 and their relatives, the heads of their ancestral families—1,760 in all. They were capable men employed in the ministry of God’s temple. 14 The Levites: Shemaiah son of Hasshub, son of Azrikam, son of Hashabiah of the Merarites; 15 Bakbakkar, Heresh, Galal, and Mattaniah, son of Mica, son of Zichri, son of Asaph; 16 Obadiah son of Shemaiah, son of Galal, son of Jeduthun;and Berechiah son of Asa, son of Elkanah who lived in the settlements of the Netophathites. 17 The gatekeepers: Shallum, Akkub, Talmon, Ahiman, and their relatives.Shallum was their chief; 18 he was previously stationed at the King’s Gate on the east side. These were the gatekeepers from the camp of the Levites. 19 Shallum son of Kore, son of Ebiasaph, son of Korah and his relatives from his ancestral family, the Korahites, were assigned to guard the thresholds of the tent.[m] Their ancestors had been assigned to the Lord’s camp as guardians of the entrance. 20 In earlier times Phinehas son of Eleazar had been their leader, and the Lord was with him. 21 Zechariah son of Meshelemiah was the gatekeeper at the entrance to the tent of meeting. 22 The total number of those chosen to be gatekeepers at the thresholds was 212. They were registered by genealogy in their settlements. David and the seer Samuel had appointed them to their trusted positions. 23 So they and their sons were assigned as guards to the gates of the Lord’s temple, which had been the tent-temple. 24 The gatekeepers were on the four sides: east, west, north, and south. 25 Their relatives came from their settlements at fixed times to be with them seven days, 26 but the four chief gatekeepers, who were Levites, were entrusted with the rooms and the treasuries of God’s temple. 27 They spent the night in the vicinity of God’s temple, because they had guard duty and were in charge of opening it every morning. 28 Some of them were in charge of the utensils used in worship. They would count them when they brought them in and when they took them out. 29 Others were put in charge of the furnishings and all the utensils of the sanctuary, as well as the fine flour, wine, oil, incense, and spices. 30 Some of the priests’ sons mixed the spices. 31 A Levite called Mattithiah, the firstborn of Shallum the Korahite, was entrusted with baking the bread.[n] 32 Some of the Kohathites’ relatives were responsible for preparing the rows of the Bread of the Presence every Sabbath. 33 The singers, the heads of the Levite families, stayed in the temple chambers and were exempt from other tasks because they were on duty day and night. 34 These were the heads of the Levite families, chiefs according to their family records; they lived in Jerusalem.
35 Jeiel fathered Gibeon and lived in Gibeon. His wife’s name was Maacah. 36 Abdon was his firstborn son, then Zur, Kish, Baal, Ner, Nadab, 37 Gedor, Ahio, Zechariah, and Mikloth. 38 Mikloth fathered Shimeam. These also lived opposite their relatives in Jerusalem with their other relatives. 39 Ner fathered Kish, Kish fathered Saul, and Saul fathered Jonathan, Malchishua, Abinadab, and Esh-baal. 40 Jonathan’s son was Merib-baal, and Merib-baal fathered Micah. 41 Micah’s sons: Pithon, Melech, Tahrea, and Ahaz.[o]42 Ahaz fathered Jarah;Jarah fathered Alemeth, Azmaveth, and Zimri;Zimri fathered Moza. 43 Moza fathered Binea.His son was Rephaiah, his son Elasah, and his son Azel. 44 Azel had six sons, and these were their names: Azrikam, Bocheru, Ishmael, Sheariah, Obadiah, and Hanan. These were Azel’s sons.
The Death of Saul and His Sons
10 The Philistines fought against Israel, and Israel’s men fled from them. Many were killed on Mount Gilboa. 2 The Philistines pursued Saul and his sons and killed his sons Jonathan, Abinadab, and Malchishua. 3 When the battle intensified against Saul, the archers spotted him and severely wounded him. 4 Then Saul said to his armor-bearer, “Draw your sword and run me through with it, or these uncircumcised men will come and torture me.” But his armor-bearer would not do it because he was terrified. Then Saul took his sword and fell on it. 5 When his armor-bearer saw that Saul was dead, he also fell on his own sword and died. 6 So Saul and his three sons died—his whole house died together. 7 When all the men of Israel in the valley saw that the army had fled and that Saul and his sons were dead, they abandoned their cities and fled. So the Philistines came and settled in them. 8 The next day when the Philistines came to strip the slain, they found Saul and his sons dead on Mount Gilboa. 9 They stripped Saul, cut off his head, took his armor, and sent messengers throughout the land of the Philistines to spread the good news to their idols and the people. 10 Then they put his armor in the temple of their gods and hung his skull in the temple of Dagon. 11 When all Jabesh-gilead heard of everything the Philistines had done to Saul, 12 all their brave men set out and retrieved the body of Saul and the bodies of his sons and brought them to Jabesh. They buried their bones under the oak[p] in Jabesh and fasted seven days. 13 Saul died for his unfaithfulness to the Lord because he did not keep the Lord’s word. He even consulted a medium for guidance, 14 but he did not inquire of the Lord. So the Lord put him to death and turned the kingdom over to David son of Jesse.
Chapter 8 is the genealogy of Benjamin, Saul being a Benjamite. Do you remember reading the sinfulness of Benjamin in Judges and Samuel? They were so sinful that the rest of Israel waged war against it and almost wiped them out? They were even sinful in their disobedience to King Saul.
Yet here, we see the 3rd longest genealogy given to the tribe of Benjamin, giving them prominence and honor. It should remind us that our God is faithful to forgive us and restore us to himself.