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Shuthelah, and Bered his son, these dwelt the children of Joand Tahath his son, and Eladah seph the son of Israel. his son, and Tabath his son, 30 The sons of Asher; Imnah,
21 And Zabad his son, and and Isuah, and Ishuai, and BeShuthelah his son, and Ezer, and riah, and Serah their sister. Elead, whom the men of Gath 31 And the sons of Beriah; that were born in that land slew, Heber, and Malchiel, who is because they came down to take the father of Birzavith. away their cattle.
32 And Heber begat Japhlet, 22 And Ephraim their father and Shomer, and Hotham, and mourned many days, and his Shua their sister. brethren came to comfort him. 33 And the sons of Japhlet;
23 And when he went in to his Pasach, and Bimhal, and Ashwife, she conceived, and bare a vath. These are the children of son, and he called his name Be- Japhlet. riah, because it went evil with 34 And the sons of Shamer; his house.
Ahi, and Rohgah, Jehubbah, 24 (And his daughter was She- and Aram. rah, who built Beth-horon the 35 And the sons of his brother nether, and the upper, and Uz- Helem; Zophah, and Imna, and zen-sherah.)
Shelesh, and Amal. 25 And Rephah was his son, 36 The sons of Zophah; Suah, also Resheph, and Telah his and Harnepher, and Shual, and son, and Tahan his son,
Beri, and Imrah, 26 Laadan his son, Ammihud 37 Bezer, and Hod, and Shamhis son, Elishama his son, ma, and Shilshah, and Ithran, 27 Non his son, Jehoshuah hisson. and Beera.
28 And their possessions and 38 And the sons of Jether; Jehabitations were, Beth-el and the phunneh, and Pispah, and Ara. towns thereof, and eastward Naa- 39 And the sons of Ulla; Arah, ran, and westward Gezer, with and Haniel, and Rezia. the towns thereof; Shechem al- 40 All these were the children so and the towns thereof, unto of Asher, heads of their father's Gaza and the towns thereof: house, choice and mighty men
29 And by the borders of the of valour, chief of the princes. children of Manasseh, Beth- And the number throughout the shean and her towns, Taanach genealogy of them that were apt and her towns, Megiddo and her to the war and to battle was twentowns, Dor and her towns. In ty and six thousand men.
The imperfectims of these genealogies. In these chapters there are no genealogies of the tribes of Simeon, Dan, and Zebulon. Probably they had been lost through carelessness. And as God has been pleased to use in his revelation man's imperfect language, so He vouchsafed, for the benefit of his chosen people, to incorporate into his book their imperfect records. This stamps them with infallible authority, as far as they extend. It does not render them of necessity complete.
The tribe of Benjamin. i Now Benjamin begat Bela 17 And Zebadiah, and Mehis firstborn, Ashbel the second, shullam, and Hezeki, and Heber, and Aharah the third,
18 Ishmerai also, and Jezliah, 2 Nohah the fourth, and Rapha and Jobab, the sons of Elpaal ; the fifth.
19 And Jakim, and Zichri, and 3 And the sons of Bela were, Zabdi, Addar, and Gera, and Abihud, 20 And Elienai, and Ziltbai,
4 And Abishua, and Naaman, and Eliel, and Ahoah,
21 And Adaiah, and Beraiah, 5 And Gera, and Shephuphan, and Shimrath, the sons of Shimand Huram.
hi; 6 And these are the sons of 22 And Ishpan, and Heber, Ehud: these are the heads of and Eliel, the fathers of the inhabitants of 23 And Abdon, and Zichri, Geba, and they removed them and Hanan, to Manahath:
24 And Hananiah, and Elam, 7 And Naaman, and Ahiah, and Antothijah, and Gera, he removed them, and 25 And Iphedeiah, and Penubegat Uzza, and Ahihud. el, the sons of Shashak ;
8 And Shaharaim begat chil- 26 And Shamsherai, and Shedren in the country of Moab, hariah, and Athaliah, after he had sent them away; 27 And Jaresiah, and Eliah, Hushim and Baara were his and Zichri, the sons of Jeroham. wives.
28 These were heads of the 9 And he begat of Hodesh his fathers, by their generations, wife, Jobab, and Zibia, and chief men. These dwelt in JeMesha, and Malcham,
rusalem. 10 And Jeuz, and Shachia, and 29 And at Gibeon dwelt the Mirma. These were his sons, father of Gibeon ; whose wife's heads of the fathers.
name was Maachah : 11 And of Hushim he begat 30 And his firstborn son AbAbitub, and Elpaal.
don, and Zur, and Kish, and 12 The sons of Elpaal; Eber, Baal, and Nadab, and Misham, and Shamed, who 31 And Gedor, and Abio, and built Ono, and Lod, with the Zacher. towns thereof:
32 And Mikloth begat Shi13 Berialı also, and Shema, meah. And these also dwelt who were heads of the fathers of with their brethren in Jerusathe inhabitants of Aijalon, who lem, over against them. drove away the inhabitants of 33 And Ner begat Kish, and Gath:
Kish begat Saul, and Saul begat 14 And Ahio, Shashak, and Jonathan, and Malchi-shua, and Jeremoth,
Abinadab, and Esh-baal. 15 And Zebadiah, and Arad, 34 And the son of Jonathan and Ader,
was Merib-baal; and Merib16 And Michael, and Ispah, baal begat Micah. and Joha, the sons of Beriah; 35 And the sons of Micah
were, Pithon, and Melech, and ariah, and Obadiah, and Hanan. Tarea, and Ahaz.
All these were the sons of Azel. 36 And A haz begat Jehoadah; 39 And the sons of Eshek his and Jehoadah begat Alemeth, brother were, Ulam his firstborn, and Azmaveth, and Zimri; and Jehush the second, and ElipheZimri begat Moza,
let the third. 37 And Moza begat Binea: 40 And the sons of Ulam were Rapha was his son, Eleasah his mighty men of valour, archers, soni, Azel his son:
and had many sons, and sons' 38 And Azel bad six sons, sons, an hundred and fifty. All whose names are these, Azrikam, these are of the sons of BenjaBocheru, and Ishmael, and She- min.
Of being edified by God's word. The tribe of Benjamin, which had been previously referred to, Ch. 7. 6, is here set forth at great length, for the purpose of introducing the lineage and posterity of Saul. For it is from the death of Saul that these two books of Chronicles enter more minutely into the history of the times; and besides supplying important lists of names, tell us of many interesting particulars not related in the two books of Kings. Indeed it is probable, that no minute record of events was regularly kept by the Israelites until the kingly government commenced. For the book of Judges relates only a few principal events that took place in the commonwealth of Israel, during the course of several hundred years. Whereas of Saul's reign and of David's reign we have much more full accounts preserved in the two books of Samuel. And we afterwards meet with frequent mention of chronicles of the kings of Judah and of Israel; which shews us, that events were carefully recorded in their kingdoms, though these full records have long since been lost. We doubt not that God in his goodness has provided for our knowing as much of all these histories
, as it would be really good for us to know. And in whatever form we find them, whether as brief notices, or as minute descriptions, whether as the bare record of facts, or as enriched with the reflexions of the writers, and with the characters of the chief parties whose acts are mentioned ; let us in each case pray God to help us in deriving from every portion of his word that edification, which it is designed by Him to yield to us.
Grant, heavenly Father, that whatsoever we might profitably learn from each part of thy most holy word may be brought home to our hearts with power by thy Holy Spirit teaching us, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
The first inhabitants who dwelt in their possessions. i So all Israel were reckoned the son of Adiel, the son of Jahby genealogies; and, behold, zerah, the son of Meshullam, the they were written in the book of son of Meshillemith, the son of the kings of Israel and Judah, Immer; who were carried away to Baby- 13 And their brethren, heads lon for their transgression. of the house of their fathers, a
2 Now the first inhabitants that thousand and seven hundred and dwelt in their possessions in their threescore; very able men for cities were, the Israelites, the the work of the service of the priests, Levites, and the Nethin house of God. nims.
14 And of the Levites; She3 And in Jerusalem dwelt of maiah the son of Hasshub, the the children of Judah, and of son of Azrikam, the son of Hasthe children of Benjamin, and habiah, of the sons of Merari ; of the children of Ephraim, and 15 And Bakbakkar, Heresh, Manasseh;
and Galal, and Mattaniah the 4 Uthai the son of Ammihud, son of Micah, the son of Zichri, the son of Omri, the son of Im- the son of Asaph; ri, the son of Bani, of the child- 16 And Obadiah the son of ren of Pharez the son of Judah. Shemaiah, the son of Galal, the
5 And of the Shilonites; Asa- son of Jeduthun, and Berechiah iah the firstborn, and his sons. the son of Asa, the son of El
6 And of the sons of Zerah; kanah, that dwelt in the villages Jeuel, and their brethren, six of the Netophathites. hundred and ninety.
17 And the porters were, Shal7 And of the sons of Benjamin; lum, and Akkub, and Talmon, Sallu the son of Meshullam, the and Ahiman, and their brethren: son of Hodaviah, the son of Ha- Shallum was the chief; senuah,
18 Who hitherto waited in the 8 And Ibneiah the son of Jero- king's gate eastward: they were ham, and Elah the son of Uzzi, porters in the companies of the the son of Michri, and Meshul- children of Levi. lam the son of Shephathiah, the 19 And Shallum the son of son of Reuel, the son of Ibnijah; Kore, the son of Ebiasaph, the
9 And their brethren, accord- son of Korah, and his brethren, ing to their generations, nine of the house of his father, the hundred and fifty and six. All Korabites, were over the work these men were chief of the fa- of the service, keepers of the thers in the house of their fathers. gates of the tabernacle: and congregation.
10 And of the priests; Jedai- their fathers, being over the host ah, and Jehoiarib, and Jachin, of the Lord, were keepers of the
ií And Azariah the son of entry. Hilkiah, the son of Meshullam, 20 And Phinehas the son of the son of Zadok, the son of Eleazar was the ruler over them Meraioth, the son of Ahitub, the in time past, and the LORD was ruler of the house of God; with him.
12 And Adaiah the son of Je- 21 And Zechariah the son of roham, the son of Pashur, the Meshelemiah was porter of the son of Malchijah, and Maasiai door of the tabernacle of the
32 And other of their brethren, 22 All these which were chosen of the sons of the Kohathites, to be porters in the gates were were over the shewbread, to pretwo hundred and twelve. These
every sabbath. were reckoned by their genea
33 And these are the singers, logy in their villages, whom Da- chief of the fathers of the Levid and Samuel the seer did or- vites, who remaining in the chamdain in their set office.
bers were free: for they were em23 So they and their children ployed in that work day and night. had the oversight of the gates 34 These chief fathers of the of the house of the Lord, Levites were chief throughout namely, the house of the taber- their generations; these dwelt nacle, by wards.
at Jerusalem. 24 In four quarters were the 35 And in Gibeon dwelt the porters, toward the east, west, father of Gibeon, Jehiel, whose north, and south.
wife's name was Maachah : 25 And their brethren, which 36 And his firstborn son Abwere in their villages, were to don, then Zur, and Kish, and come after seven days from time Baal, and Ner, and Nadab, to time with them.
37 And Gedor, and Ahio, and 26 For these Levites, the four Zechariah, and Mikloth. chief porters, were in their set 38 And Mikloth begat Shimeoffice, and were over the cham- am. And they also dwelt with bers and treasuries of the house their brethen at Jerusalem, over of God.
against their brethren. 27 And they lodged round 39 And Ner begat Kish; and about the house of God, because Kish begat Saul; and Saul bethe charge was upon them, and gat Jonathan, and Malchi-shua, the opening thereof every morn- and Abinadab, and Esh-baal. ing pertained to them.
40 And the son of Jonathan 28 And certain of them had the was Merib-baal: and Merib-baal charge of the ministering vessels, begat Micah. that they should bring them in 41 And the sons of Micah and out by tale.
Pithon, and Melech, and Tah29 Some of them also were ap- rea, and Ahaz. pointed to oversee the vessels, 42 And Ahaz begat Jarah; and and all the instruments of the Jarah begat Alemeth, and Azsanctuary, and the fine flour, maveth, and Zimri : and Zimri and the wine, and the oil, and begat Moza; the frankincense, and the spices. 43 And Moza begat Binea;
30 And some of the sons of the and Rephaiah his son, Eleasah priests made the ointment of the his son, Azel his son. spices.
44 And Azel had six sons, 31 And Mattithiah, one of the whose names are these, AzriLevites, who was the firstborn of kam, Bocheru, and Ishmael, and Shallum the Korabite, had the Sheariah, and Obadiah, and Haset office over the things that nan: these were the sons of were made in the pans.