David said, “My son Solomon is just an inexperienced young man, 1 and the temple to be built for the Lord must be especially magnificent so it will become famous and be considered splendid by all the nations. 2 Therefore I will make preparations for its construction.” So David made extensive preparations before he died.
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
These days were to be remembered and to be celebrated in every generation and in every family, every province, and every city. The Jews were not to fail to observe these days of Purim; the remembrance of them was not to cease among their descendants.
Throughout your generations every male among you who is eight days old 1 must be circumcised, whether born in your house or bought with money from any foreigner who is not one of your descendants.
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Extend your hand toward the sky 1 that there may be 2 hail in all the land of Egypt, on people and on animals, 3 and on everything that grows 4 in the field in the land of Egypt.”
Outside the veil-canopy 1 of the congregation in the Meeting Tent Aaron 2 must arrange it from evening until morning before the Lord continually. This is a perpetual statute throughout your generations. 3
and he said to them, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘Each man fasten 1 his sword on his side, and go back and forth 2 from entrance to entrance throughout the camp, and each one kill his brother, his friend, and his neighbor.’” 3
Say to them, ‘Throughout your generations, 1 if any man from all your descendants approaches the holy offerings which the Israelites consecrate 2 to the Lord while he is impure, 3 that person must be cut off from before me. 4 I am the Lord.
So you must consecrate the fiftieth year, 1 and you must proclaim a release 2 in the land for all its inhabitants. That year will be your jubilee; 3 each one of you must return 4 to his property and each one of you must return to his clan.
We will take ten of every group of a hundred men from all the tribes of Israel (and a hundred of every group of a thousand, and a thousand of every group of ten thousand) to get supplies for the army. 1 When they arrive in Gibeah of Benjamin they will punish them for the atrocity which they committed in Israel.” 2
The king of Assyria marched through 1 the whole land. He attacked Samaria and besieged it for three years.
These were the family leaders of the Levites, as listed in their genealogical records. They lived in Jerusalem.
From Ephraim there were 20,800 warriors, who had brought fame to their families. 1
three 1 years of famine, or three months being chased by your enemies and struck down by their swords, 2 or three days being struck down by the Lord, during which a plague will invade the land and the Lord’s messenger will destroy throughout Israel’s territory.’ 3 Now, decide what I should tell the one who sent me.”
The priests and Levites who lived throughout Israel supported him, no matter where they resided. 1
Jehoshaphat’s power kept increasing. He built fortresses and storage cities throughout Judah.