1 Chronicles 25–27

1 Then David and the officers of the army also set apart for the service some of the sons of Asaph, and of Heman, and of Jeduthun, those who prophesied with lyres, harps, and cymbals. The number of those who did the work according to their service was:

2 From the sons of Asaph:

Zakkur, Joseph, Nethaniah, and Asarelah, the sons of Asaph under the guidance of Asaph, who prophesied according to the decree of the king.

3 For Jeduthun, the sons of Jeduthun:

Gedaliah, Zeri, Jeshaiah, Hashabiah, and Mattithiah, six, under the guidance of their father Jeduthun, who prophesied with the lyre in giving thanks and praise to the Lord.

4 For Heman, the sons of Heman:

Bukkiah, Mattaniah, Uzziel, Shubael and Jerimoth, Hananiah, Hanani, Eliathah, Giddalti, and Romamti-Ezer, Joshbekashah, Mallothi, Hothir, Mahazioth. 5 All these were the sons of Heman, the king’s seer, according to the words of God, to exalt him, for God gave fourteen sons and three daughters to Heman.

6 All these were under the direction of their father for the music in the house of the Lord with cymbals, harps, and lyres, for the service of the house of God by decree of the king: Asaph, Jeduthun, and Heman. 7 So the number of them, with their brothers, who were trained in singing to the Lord, all of whom were skillful, was two hundred and eighty-eight. 8 They cast lots for their duties, small and great, teacher and student alike.

9 The first lot fell for Asaph to Joseph;

the second to Gedaliah,

to him and his brothers and his sons, twelve;

10 the third to Zakkur,

his sons and his brothers, twelve;

11 the fourth to Izri,

his sons and his brothers, twelve;

12 the fifth to Nethaniah,

his sons and his brothers, twelve;

13 the sixth to Bukkiah,

his sons and his brothers, twelve;

14 the seventh to Jesarelah,

his sons and his brothers, twelve;

15 the eighth to Jeshaiah,

his sons and his brothers, twelve;

16 the ninth to Mattaniah,

his sons and his brothers, twelve;

17 the tenth to Shimei,

his sons and his brothers, twelve;

18 the eleventh to Azarel,

his sons and his brothers, twelve;

19 the twelfth to Hashabiah,

his sons and his brothers, twelve;

20 for the thirteenth to Shubael,

his sons and his brothers, twelve;

21 for the fourteenth to Mattithiah,

his sons and his brothers, twelve;

22 for the fifteenth to Jerimoth,

his sons and his brothers, twelve;

23 for the sixteenth to Hananiah,

his sons and his brothers, twelve;

24 for the seventeenth to Joshbekashah,

his sons and his brothers, twelve;

25 for the eighteenth to Hanani,

his sons and his brothers, twelve;

26 for the nineteenth to Mallothi,

his sons and his brothers, twelve;

27 for the twentieth to Eliathah,

his sons and his brothers, twelve;

28 for the twenty-first to Hothir,

his sons and his brothers, twelve;

29 for the twenty-second to Giddalti,

his sons and his brothers, twelve;

30 for the twenty-third to Mahazioth,

his sons and his brothers, twelve;

31 for the twenty-fourth to Romamti-Ezer,

his sons and his brothers, twelve.

Chapter 26

1 These were the divisions of the gatekeepers:

from the Korahites, Meshelemiah the son of Kore, one of the sons of Asaph.

2 Meshelemiah had sons:

Zechariah the firstborn,

Jediael the second,

Zebadiah the third,

Jathniel the fourth,

3 Elam the fifth,

Jehohanan the sixth,

and Eliehoenai the seventh.

4 Obed-Edom had sons:

Shemaiah the firstborn,

Jehozabad the second,

Joah the third,

Sakar the fourth,

Nethanel the fifth,

5 Ammiel the sixth,

Issachar the seventh,

and Peullethai the eighth

(for God blessed him).

6 Also to his son Shemaiah sons were born who ruled their fathers’ houses, for they were men of great ability. 7 The sons of Shemaiah were Othni, Rephael, Obed, and Elzabad, whose brothers were able men: namely Elihu and Semakiah. 8 All these were of the sons of Obed-Edom with their sons and their brothers, able men qualified for service, sixty-two of Obed-Edom.

9 Meshelemiah had sons and brothers, able men, eighteen in all.

10 Also Hosah, of the sons of Merari, had sons: Shimri the first (although he was not the firstborn, his father made him the first), 11 Hilkiah the second, Tabaliah the third, Zechariah the fourth: all the sons and brothers of Hosah, thirteen.

12 These divisions of the gatekeepers, for their chief men, had assignments to minister in the house of the Lord just as their brothers. 13 They cast lots, small and great alike, according to their fathers’ houses, gate by gate.

14 The lot for the East Gate fell to Shelemiah. Then they cast lots for Zechariah his son, a wise counselor, and his lot came out for the North Gate; 15 to Obed-Edom the South Gate, and to his sons was allotted the storehouse. 16 For Shuppim and Hosah the lot came out for the West Gate, at the Shalleketh Gate on the ascending road, guard corresponding to guard.

17 On the east there were six Levites each day, on the north four each day, on the south four each day, as well as two and two at the storehouse. 18 For the colonnade on the west, there were four at the highway, and two at the colonnade.

19 These were the divisions of the gatekeepers of the sons of Korah and of the sons of Merari.

20 And of the Levites, Ahijah was over the treasures of the house of God, and over the treasures of the dedicated offerings.

21 The sons of Ladan, the sons of the Gershonites, belonging to Ladan, the heads of the fathers’ houses belonging to Ladan the Gershonite: Jehieli. 22 The sons of Jehieli, Zetham, and Joel his brother, were in charge of the treasures of the house of the Lord.

23 From the Amramites, the Izharites, the Hebronites, and the Uzzielites:

24 Shubael the son of Gershom, the son of Moses, was ruler of the treasures. 25 His brothers by Eliezer were Rehabiah his son, Jeshaiah his son, Joram his son, Zikri his son, and Shelomith his son. 26 This Shelomith and his brothers were in charge of all the treasures of the dedicated offerings, which David the king, the heads of the fathers, the officers of the thousands and the hundreds, and the commanders of the army had dedicated. 27 Some of the spoils won in battles they dedicated for the maintenance of the house of the Lord. 28 Also all that Samuel the seer and Saul the son of Kish and Abner the son of Ner and Joab the son of Zeruiah had dedicated—all dedicated gifts were in the care of Shelomith and his brothers.

29 From the Izharites, Kenaniah and his sons were assigned the outside duties for Israel, as officers and judges.

30 From the Hebronites: Hashabiah and his brothers, one thousand seven hundred able men, were administrators of Israel on the west side of the Jordan for all the work of the Lord and for the service of the king. 31 Jeriah was chief of the Hebronites according to the genealogical records of his fathers. In the fortieth year of the reign of David, mighty men of valor were found in the records among the Hebronites at Jazer of Gilead, 32 and his brothers, able men, two thousand seven hundred heads of the fathers, to them King David entrusted all matters of God and of the king concerning the Reubenites, the Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh.

Chapter 27

1 Now these are the sons of Israel according to their number, the heads of fathers’ houses, the commanders of thousands and hundreds, and their officers who ministered to the king in all matters concerning the divisions, which came and went, month by month throughout all the months of the year, to each division of twenty-four thousand:

2 Jashobeam the son of Zabdiel led the first division for the first month; in his division, twenty-four thousand. 3 He was from the sons of Perez and was the leader of all the officers of the army for the first month.

4 Dodai the Ahohite and his division led the division of the second month with Mikloth as the ruler: in his division, twenty-four thousand.

5 The third commander of the army for the third month was Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, a chief priest: in his division, twenty-four thousand. 6 Benaiah himself was the mighty man of the thirty who led the thirty: Ammizabad his son led his division.

7 The fourth for the fourth month, Asahel the brother of Joab, and Zebadiah his son after him: in his division, twenty-four thousand.

8 The fifth for the fifth month, the leader Shamhuth the Izrahite: in his division, twenty-four thousand.

9 The sixth for the sixth month, Ira the son of Ikkesh the Tekoite: in his division, twenty-four thousand.

10 The seventh for the seventh month, Helez the Pelonite, from the sons of Ephraim: in his division, twenty-four thousand.

11 The eighth for the eighth month, Sibbekai the Hushathite, of the Zerahites: in his division, twenty-four thousand.

12 The ninth for the ninth month, Abiezer the Anathothite, of the Benjamites: in his division, twenty-four thousand.

13 The tenth for the tenth month, Maharai the Netophathite, of the Zerahites: in his division, twenty-four thousand.

14 The eleventh for the eleventh month, Benaiah the Pirathonite, from the sons of Ephraim: in his division, twenty-four thousand.

15 The twelfth for the twelfth month, Heldai the Netophathite, of Othniel: in his division, twenty-four thousand.

16 Over the tribes of Israel:

The chief officer over the Reubenites was Eliezer the son of Zikri;

over the Simeonites, Shephatiah the son of Maakah;

17 over the Levites, Hashabiah the son of Kemuel;

over the Aaronites, Zadok;

18 over Judah, Elihu, one of the brothers of David;

over Issachar, Omri the son of Michael;

19 over Zebulun, Ishmaiah the son of Obadiah;

over Naphtali, Jerimoth the son of Azriel;

20 over the sons of Ephraim, Hoshea the son of Azaziah;

over the half-tribe of Manasseh, Joel the son of Pedaiah;

21 over the half-tribe of Manasseh in Gilead, Iddo the son of Zechariah;

over Benjamin, Jaasiel the son of Abner;

22 over Dan, Azarel the son of Jeroham.

These were the leaders of the tribes of Israel.

23 But David did not take the number from twenty years old and under because the Lord had said He would multiply Israel as the stars of the heavens. 24 Joab the son of Zeruiah began to count them, but he did not finish. And because of this wrath came on Israel, and the number was not recorded in the account of the chronicles of King David.

25 Azmaveth the son of Adiel was over the king’s treasures, and Jonathan the son of Uzziah was over the storehouses in the fields, in the cities, and in the villages, and in the towers.

26 Ezri the son of Kelub was over those who did the work of the field to till the ground.

27 Shimei the Ramathite was over the vineyards, and Zabdi the Shiphmite was over what was in the vineyards for the stores of wine.

28 Baal-Hanan the Gederite was over the olive trees and the sycamore trees that were in the Shephelah, and Joash was over the stores of oil.

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

30 Obil the Ishmaelite was over the camels, and Jehdeiah the Meronothite was over the donkeys.

31 Jaziz the Hagrite was over the flocks.

All these were the overseers of King David’s property.

32 Also Jonathan, David’s uncle, was a counselor, a man of understanding, and a scribe; and Jehiel the son of Hakmoni was with the king’s sons.

33 Now Ahithophel was the king’s counselor, and Hushai the Arkite was the king’s friend. 34 Jehoiada the son of Benaiah and Abiathar came after Ahithophel, and Joab was the leader of the king’s army.

John 9:1–23

1 As Jesus passed by, He saw a man blind from birth. 2 His disciples asked Him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”

3 Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned. But it happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. 4 I must do the works of Him who sent Me while it is day. Night is coming when no one can work. 5 While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”

6 When He had said this, He spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva. He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay, 7 and said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means “Sent”). So he went away and washed, and returned seeing.

8 The neighbors and those who had previously seen that he was blind said, “Is this not he who sat and begged?” 9 Some said, “This is he.”

Others said, “He is like him.”

But he said, “I am he.”

10 So they said to him, “How were your eyes opened?”

11 He answered, “A Man called Jesus made clay, anointed my eyes, and said to me, ‘Go to the pool of Siloam and wash.’ So I went away and washed, and I received my sight.”

12 They said to him, “Where is He?”

He said, “I do not know.”

13 They brought the man who had been blind to the Pharisees. 14 Now it was a Sabbath day when Jesus made the clay and opened his eyes. 15 Therefore the Pharisees also asked him how he received his sight. He said to them, “He put clay on my eyes, and I washed, and I see.”

16 Some of the Pharisees said, “This Man is not from God, because He does not keep the Sabbath day.”

Others said, “How can a man who is a sinner do such signs?” So there was division among them.

17 Then they said to the blind man again, “What do you say about Him, since He opened your eyes?”

He said, “He is a prophet.”

18 But the Jews did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind and received his sight, until they called the parents of the one who had received his sight. 19 They asked them, “Is this your son, whom you say was born blind? How then does he now see?”

20 His parents answered them, “We know that this is our son and that he was born blind. 21 But how he now sees, we do not know, or who opened his eyes, we do not know. He is of age. Ask him. He will speak for himself.” 22 His parents said this, because they feared the Jews. For the Jews had already agreed that if anyone confessed that He was the Christ, he would be put out of the synagogue. 23 Therefore his parents said, “He is of age. Ask him.”