1 Chronicles 27: Administration of the army and the economy
Notes: Stepping aside from considerations in respect
of the temple, the recorder notes David's administration for his
army that is on duty, month by month throughout the year. He then
notes the leaders of the tribes, makes a brief mention of the
counting of the army and then records the chief administrators
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.
The monthly allocation
charge of the first division, for the first month,
was Jashobeam son of Zabdiel. There were 24,000 men in his division.
was a descendant of Perez and chief of all the army officers for
the first month.
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.
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.
was the Benaiah who was a mighty warrior among the Thirty and
was over the Thirty. His son Ammizabad was in charge of his division.
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.
fifth, for the fifth month, was the commander
Shamhuth the Izrahite. There were 24,000 men in his division.
sixth, for the sixth month , was Ira the son
of Ikkesh the Tekoite. There were 24,000 men in his division.
seventh, for the seventh month, was Helez the
Pelonite, an Ephraimite. There were 24,000 men in his division.
eighth, for the eighth month, was Sibbekai the
Hushathite, a Zerahite. There were 24,000 men in his division.
ninth, for the ninth month, was Abiezer the Anathothite,
a Benjaminite. There were 24,000 men in his division.
tenth, for the tenth month, was Maharai the Netophathite,
a Zerahite. There were 24,000 men in his division.
eleventh, for the eleventh month, was Benaiah
the Pirathonite, an Ephraimite. There were 24,000 men in his division.
twelfth, for the twelfth month, was Heldai the
Netophathite, from the family of Othniel. There were 24,000 men
in his division.
Leaders of the tribes
leaders of the tribes of Israel:
the Reubenites: Eliezer son of Zikri;
the Simeonites: Shephatiah son of Maakah;
Levi : Hashabiah son of Kemuel;
Judah: Elihu, a brother of David;
Issachar: Omri son of Michael;
Zebulun: Ishmaiah son of Obadiah;
Naphtali: Jerimoth son of Azriel;
the Ephraimites: Hoshea son of Azaziah;
half the tribe of Manasseh: Joel son of Pedaiah;
the half-tribe of Manasseh in Gilead: Iddo son
Benjamin: Jaasiel son of Abner;
Dan: Azarel son of Jeroham.
were the leaders of the tribes of Israel.
A wrong counting [see 21:1-]
did not take the number of the men twenty years old or less, because
had promised to make Israel as numerous as the stars in the sky.
son of Zeruiah began to count the men but did not finish. God's
wrath came on Israel on account of this numbering, and the number
was not entered in the book of the annals of King David.
The king's overseers
son of Adiel was in charge of the royal storehouses.
son of Uzziah was in charge of the storehouses in the
outlying districts, in the towns, the villages and the
son of Kelub was in charge of the workers who farmed the
the Ramathite was in charge of the vineyards.
the Shiphmite was in charge of the produce of the vineyards
for the wine vats.
the Gederite was in charge of the olive and sycamore-fig
trees in the western foothills.
was in charge of the supplies of olive oil.
the Sharonite was in charge of the herds grazing in Sharon.
son of Adlai was of in charge the herds in the valleys.
the Ishmaelite was in charge of the camels.
the Meronothite was in charge of the donkeys.
the Hagrite was in charge of the flocks.
these were the officials in charge of King David's property.
Other key roles
David's uncle, was a counsellor, a man of insight and
a scribe. Jehiel son of Hakmoni took care of
the king's sons.
was the king's counsellor.
the Arkite was the king's confidant.
was succeeded by Jehoiada son of Benaiah and by Abiathar.
was the commander of the royal army.