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1 Chronicles chapter 25

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David, together with the commanders of the army, set apart some of the sons of Asaph, Heman and Jeduthun for the ministry of prophesying, accompanied by harps, lyres and cymbals. Here is the list of the men who performed this service:
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From the sons of Asaph: Zaccur, Joseph, Nethaniah and Asarelah. The sons of Asaph were under the supervision of Asaph, who prophesied under the king's supervision.
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As for Jeduthun, from his sons: Gedaliah, Zeri, Jeshaiah, Shimei, Hashabiah and Mattithiah, six in all, under the supervision of their father Jeduthun, who prophesied, using the harp in thanking and praising the LORD.
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As for Heman, from his sons: Bukkiah, Mattaniah, Uzziel, Shubael and Jerimoth; Hananiah, Hanani, Eliathah, Giddalti and Romamti-Ezer; Joshbekashah, Mallothi, Hothir and Mahazioth.
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All these were sons of Heman the king's seer. They were given him through the promises of God to exalt him. God gave Heman fourteen sons and three daughters.
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All these men were under the supervision of their fathers for the music of the temple of the LORD, with cymbals, lyres and harps, for the ministry at the house of God. Asaph, Jeduthun and Heman were under the supervision of the king.
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Along with their relatives-- all of them trained and skilled in music for the LORD-- they numbered 288.
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Young and old alike, teacher as well as student, cast lots for their duties.
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The first lot, which was for Asaph, fell to Joseph, his sons and relatives, 12 the second to Gedaliah, he and his relatives and sons, 12
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the third to Zaccur, his sons and relatives, 12
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the fourth to Izri, his sons and relatives, 12
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the fifth to Nethaniah, his sons and relatives, 12
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the sixth to Bukkiah, his sons and relatives, 12
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the seventh to Jesarelah, his sons and relatives, 12
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the eighth to Jeshaiah, his sons and relatives, 12
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the ninth to Mattaniah, his sons and relatives, 12
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the tenth to Shimei, his sons and relatives, 12
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the eleventh to Azarel, his sons and relatives, 12
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the twelfth to Hashabiah, his sons and relatives, 12
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the thirteenth to Shubael, his sons and relatives, 12
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the fourteenth to Mattithiah, his sons and relatives, 12
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the fifteenth to Jerimoth, his sons and relatives, 12
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the sixteenth to Hananiah, his sons and relatives, 12
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the seventeenth to Joshbekashah, his sons and relatives, 12
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the eighteenth to Hanani, his sons and relatives, 12
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the nineteenth to Mallothi, his sons and relatives, 12
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the twentieth to Eliathah, his sons and relatives, 12
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the twenty-first to Hothir, his sons and relatives, 12
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the twenty-second to Giddalti, his sons and relatives, 12
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the twenty-third to Mahazioth, his sons and relatives, 12
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the twenty-fourth to Romamti-Ezer, his sons and relatives, 12

1 Chronicles chapter 26

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The divisions of the gatekeepers: From the Korahites: Meshelemiah son of Kore, one of the sons of Asaph.
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Meshelemiah had sons: Zechariah the firstborn, Jediael the second, Zebadiah the third, Jathniel the fourth,
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Elam the fifth, Jehohanan the sixth and Eliehoenai the seventh.
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Obed-Edom also had sons: Shemaiah the firstborn, Jehozabad the second, Joah the third, Sacar the fourth, Nethanel the fifth,
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Ammiel the sixth, Issachar the seventh and Peullethai the eighth. (For God had blessed Obed-Edom.)
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His son Shemaiah also had sons, who were leaders in their father's family because they were very capable men.
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The sons of Shemaiah: Othni, Rephael, Obed and Elzabad; his relatives Elihu and Semakiah were also able men.
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All these were descendants of Obed-Edom; they and their sons and their relatives were capable men with the strength to do the work-- descendants of Obed-Edom, 62 in all.
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Meshelemiah had sons and relatives, who were able men-- 18 in all.
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Hosah the Merarite had sons: Shimri the first (although he was not the firstborn, his father had appointed him the first),
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Hilkiah the second, Tabaliah the third and Zechariah the fourth. The sons and relatives of Hosah were 13 in all.
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These divisions of the gatekeepers, through their chief men, had duties for ministering in the temple of the LORD, just as their relatives had.
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Lots were cast for each gate, according to their families, young and old alike.
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The lot for the East Gate fell to Shelemiah. Then lots were cast for his son Zechariah, a wise counselor, and the lot for the North Gate fell to him.
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The lot for the South Gate fell to Obed-Edom, and the lot for the storehouse fell to his sons.
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The lots for the West Gate and the Shalleketh Gate on the upper road fell to Shuppim and Hosah. Guard was alongside of guard:
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There were six Levites a day on the east, four a day on the north, four a day on the south and two at a time at the storehouse.
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As for the court to the west, there were four at the road and two at the court itself.
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These were the divisions of the gatekeepers who were descendants of Korah and Merari.
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Their fellow Levites were in charge of the treasuries of the house of God and the treasuries for the dedicated things.
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The descendants of Ladan, who were Gershonites through Ladan and who were heads of families belonging to Ladan the Gershonite, were Jehieli,
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the sons of Jehieli, Zetham and his brother Joel. They were in charge of the treasuries of the temple of the LORD.
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From the Amramites, the Izharites, the Hebronites and the Uzzielites:
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Shubael, a descendant of Gershom son of Moses, was the officer in charge of the treasuries.
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His relatives through Eliezer: Rehabiah his son, Jeshaiah his son, Joram his son, Zicri his son and Shelomith his son.
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Shelomith and his relatives were in charge of all the treasuries for the things dedicated by King David, by the heads of families who were the commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds, and by the other army commanders.
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Some of the plunder taken in battle they dedicated for the repair of the temple of the LORD.
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And everything dedicated by Samuel the seer and by Saul son of Kish, Abner son of Ner and Joab son of Zeruiah, and all the other dedicated things were in the care of Shelomith and his relatives.
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From the Izharites: Kenaniah and his sons were assigned duties away from the temple, as officials and judges over Israel.
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From the Hebronites: Hashabiah and his relatives-- seventeen hundred able men-- were responsible in Israel west of the Jordan for all the work of the LORD and for the king's service.
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As for the Hebronites, Jeriah was their chief according to the genealogical records of their families. In the fortieth year of David's reign a search was made in the records, and capable men among the Hebronites were found at Jazer in Gilead.
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Jeriah had twenty-seven hundred relatives, who were able men and heads of families, and King David put them in charge of the Reubenites, the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh for every matter pertaining to God and for the affairs of the king.

1 Chronicles chapter 27

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This is the list of the Israelites-- heads of families, commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds, and their officers, who served the king in all that concerned the army divisions that were on duty month by month throughout the year. Each division consisted of 24,000 men.
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In charge of the first division, for the first month, was Jashobeam son of Zabdiel. There were 24,000 men in his division.
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He was a descendant of Perez and chief of all the army officers for the first month.
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In charge of the division for the second month was Dodai the Ahohite; Mikloth was the leader of his division. There were 24,000 men in his division.
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The third army commander, for the third month, was Benaiah son of Jehoiada the priest. He was chief and there were 24,000 men in his division.
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This was the Benaiah who was a mighty man among the Thirty and was over the Thirty. His son Ammizabad was in charge of his division.
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The fourth, for the fourth month, was Asahel the brother of Joab; his son Zebadiah was his successor. There were 24,000 men in his division.
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The fifth, for the fifth month, was the commander Shamhuth the Izrahite. There were 24,000 men in his division.
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The sixth, for the sixth month, was Ira the son of Ikkesh the Tekoite. There were 24,000 men in his division.
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The seventh, for the seventh month, was Helez the Pelonite, an Ephraimite. There were 24,000 men in his division.
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The eighth, for the eighth month, was Sibbecai the Hushathite, a Zerahite. There were 24,000 men in his division.
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The ninth, for the ninth month, was Abiezer the Anathothite, a Benjamite. There were 24,000 men in his division.
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The tenth, for the tenth month, was Maharai the Netophathite, a Zerahite. There were 24,000 men in his division.
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The eleventh, for the eleventh month, was Benaiah the Pirathonite, an Ephraimite. There were 24,000 men in his division.
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The twelfth, for the twelfth month, was Heldai the Netophathite, from the family of Othniel. There were 24,000 men in his division.
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The officers over the tribes of Israel: over the Reubenites: Eliezer son of Zicri; over the Simeonites: Shephatiah son of Maacah;
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over Levi: Hashabiah son of Kemuel; over Aaron: Zadok;
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over Judah: Elihu, a brother of David; over Issachar: Omri son of Michael;
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over Zebulun: Ishmaiah son of Obadiah; over Naphtali: Jerimoth son of Azriel;
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over the Ephraimites: Hoshea son of Azaziah; over half the tribe of Manasseh: Joel son of Pedaiah;
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over the half-tribe of Manasseh in Gilead: Iddo son of Zechariah; over Benjamin: Jaasiel son of Abner;
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over Dan: Azarel son of Jeroham. These were the officers over the tribes of Israel.
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David did not take the number of the men twenty years old or less, because the LORD had promised to make Israel as numerous as the stars in the sky.
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Joab son of Zeruiah began to count the men but did not finish. Wrath came on Israel on account of this numbering, and the number was not entered in the book of the annals of King David.
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Azmaveth son of Adiel was in charge of the royal storehouses. Jonathan son of Uzziah was in charge of the storehouses in the outlying districts, in the towns, the villages and the watchtowers.
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Ezri son of Kelub was in charge of the field workers who farmed the land.
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Shimei the Ramathite was in charge of the vineyards. Zabdi the Shiphmite was in charge of the produce of the vineyards for the wine vats.
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Baal-Hanan the Gederite was in charge of the olive and sycamore-fig trees in the western foothills. Joash was in charge of the supplies of olive oil.
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Shitrai the Sharonite was in charge of the herds grazing in Sharon. Shaphat son of Adlai was in charge of the herds in the valleys.
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Obil the Ishmaelite was in charge of the camels. Jehdeiah the Meronothite was in charge of the donkeys.
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Jaziz the Hagrite was in charge of the flocks. All these were the officials in charge of King David's property.
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Jonathan, David's uncle, was a counselor, a man of insight and a scribe. Jehiel son of Hacmoni took care of the king's sons.
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Ahithophel was the king's counselor. Hushai the Arkite was the king's friend.
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Ahithophel was succeeded by Jehoiada son of Benaiah and by Abiathar. Joab was the commander of the royal army.

1 Thessalonians chapter 4

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Finally, brothers, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more.
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For you know what instructions we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus.
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It is God's will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality;
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that each of you should learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honorable,
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not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God;
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and that in this matter no one should wrong his brother or take advantage of him. The Lord will punish men for all such sins, as we have already told you and warned you.
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For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life.
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Therefore, he who rejects this instruction does not reject man but God, who gives you his Holy Spirit.
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Now about brotherly love we do not need to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love each other.
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And in fact, you do love all the brothers throughout Macedonia. Yet we urge you, brothers, to do so more and more.
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Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you,
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so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.
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Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope.
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We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.
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According to the Lord's own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep.
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For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.
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After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.
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Therefore encourage each other with these words.
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