When you look up 1 to the sky 2 and see the sun, moon, and stars – the whole heavenly creation 3 – you must not be seduced to worship and serve them, 4 for the Lord your God has assigned 5 them to all the people 6 of the world. 7
Your wives, children and cattle may stay in the land that Moses assigned to you east of the Jordan River. But all you warriors must cross over armed for battle ahead of your brothers. 1 You must help them
until the Lord gives your brothers a place like yours to settle and they conquer the land the Lord your God is ready to hand over to them. Then you may go back to your allotted land and occupy the land Moses the Lord’s servant assigned you east of the Jordan.” 1
They said to Joshua, “It was carefully reported to your subjects 1 how the Lord your God commanded Moses his servant to assign you the whole land and to destroy all who live in the land from before you. Because of you we were terrified 2 we would lose our lives, so we did this thing.
These are the kings of the land whom Joshua and the Israelites defeated on the west side of the Jordan, from Baal Gad in the Lebanon Valley to Mount Halak on up to Seir. Joshua assigned this territory to the Israelite tribes, 1
Now, assign me this hill country which the Lord promised me at that time! No doubt you heard at that time that the Anakites live there in large, fortified cities. 1 But, assuming the Lord is with me, I will conquer 2 them, as the Lord promised.”
Within Issachar’s and Asher’s territory Manasseh was assigned Beth Shean, Ibleam, the residents of Dor, En Dor, the residents of Taanach, the residents of Megiddo, 1 the three of Napheth, 2 and the towns surrounding all these cities. 3
But the Levites will not have an allotted portion among you, for their inheritance is to serve the Lord. 1 Gad, Reuben, and the half-tribe of Manasseh have already received their allotted land 2 east of the Jordan which Moses the Lord’s servant assigned them.”
Now the Lord your God has made your fellow Israelites secure, 1 just as he promised them. So now you may turn around and go to your homes 2 in your own land 3 which Moses the Lord’s servant assigned to you east of the Jordan.
I chose your ancestor 1 from all the tribes of Israel to be my priest, to offer sacrifice on my altar, to burn incense, and to bear the ephod before me. I gave to your ancestor’s house all the fire offerings made by the Israelites.
Now Saul’s son 1 had two men who were in charge of raiding units; one was named Baanah and the other Recab. They were sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, who was a Benjaminite. (Beeroth is regarded as belonging to Benjamin,
Do the job the Lord your God has assigned you 1 by following his instructions 2 and obeying 3 his rules, commandments, regulations, and laws as written in the law of Moses. Then you will succeed in all you do and seek to accomplish, 4
Shallum son of Kore, son of Ebiasaph, son of Korah, and his relatives from his family (the Korahites) were assigned to guard the entrance to the sanctuary. 1 Their ancestors had guarded the entrance to the Lord’s dwelling place. 2
The scribe Shemaiah son of Nethanel, a Levite, wrote down their names before the king, the officials, Zadok the priest, Ahimelech son of Abiathar, and the leaders of the priestly and Levite families. One family was drawn by lot from Eleazar, and then the next from Ithamar. 1
What follows is a list of Israelite family leaders and commanders of units of a thousand and a hundred, as well as their officers who served the king in various matters. Each division was assigned to serve for one month during the year; each consisted of 24,000 men. 1
The musicians, the descendants of Asaph, manned their posts, as prescribed by David, Asaph, Heman, and Jeduthun the king’s prophet. 1 The guards at the various gates did not need to leave their posts, for their fellow Levites made preparations for them.
I 1 said to them, “The gates of Jerusalem must not be opened in the early morning, 2 until those who are standing guard close the doors and lock them. 3 Position residents of Jerusalem as guards, some at their guard stations and some near their homes.”
For to the one who pleases him, 1 God gives wisdom, knowledge, and joy, but to the sinner, he gives the task of amassing 2 wealth 3 – only to give 4 it 5 to the one who pleases God. This 6 task of the wicked 7 is futile – like chasing the wind!
So I will assign him a portion with the multitudes, 1 he will divide the spoils of victory with the powerful, 2 because he willingly submitted 3 to death and was numbered with the rebels, when he lifted up the sin of many and intervened 4 on behalf of the rebels.”
They will attack 1 you with weapons, 2 chariots, wagons, and with a huge army; 3 they will array themselves against you on every side with large shields, small shields, and helmets. I will assign them the task of judgment; 4 they will punish you according to their laws.