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1 Chronicles 8


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1 Now Benjamin begat Bela his firstborn, Ashbel the second, and Aharah the third,

2 Nohah the fourth, and Rapha the fifth.

3 And the sons of Bela were, Addar, and Gera, and Abihud,

4 And Abishua, and Naaman, and Ahoah,

5 And Gera, and Shephuphan, and Huram.

6 And these are the sons of Ehud: these are the heads of the fathers of the inhabitants of Geba, and they removed them to Manahath:

7 And Naaman, and Ahiah, and Gera, he removed them, and begat Uzza, and Ahihud.

8 And Shaharaim begat children in the country of Moab, after he had sent them away; Hushim and Baara were his wives.

9 And he begat of Hodesh his wife, Jobab, and Zibia, and Mesha, and Malcham,

10 And Jeuz, and Shachia, and Mirma. These were his sons, heads of the fathers.

11 And of Hushim he begat Abitub, and Elpaal.

12 The sons of Elpaal; Eber, and Misham, and Shamed, who built Ono, and Lod, with the towns thereof:

13 Beriah also, and Shema, who were heads of the fathers of the inhabitants of Aijalon, who drove away the inhabitants of Gath:

14 And Ahio, Shashak, and Jeremoth,

15 And Zebadiah, and Arad, and Ader,

16 And Michael, and Ispah, and Joha, the sons of Beriah;

17 And Zebadiah, and Meshullam, and Hezeki, and Heber,

18 Ishmerai also, and Jezliah, and Jobab, the sons of Elpaal;

19 And Jakim, and Zichri, and Zabdi,

20 And Elienai, and Zilthai, and Eliel,

21 And Adaiah, and Beraiah, and Shimrath, the sons of Shimhi;

22 And Ishpan, and Heber, and Eliel,

23 And Abdon, and Zichri, and Hanan,

24 And Hananiah, and Elam, and Antothijah,

25 And Iphedeiah, and Penuel, the sons of Shashak;

26 And Shamsherai, and Shehariah, and Athaliah,

27 And Jaresiah, and Eliah, and Zichri, the sons of Jeroham.

28 These were heads of the fathers, by their generations, chief men. These dwelt in Jerusalem.

29 And at Gibeon dwelt the father of Gibeon; whose wife’s name was Maachah:

30 And his firstborn son Abdon, and Zur, and Kish, and Baal, and Nadab,

31 And Gedor, and Ahio, and Zacher.

32 And Mikloth begat Shimeah. And these also dwelt with their brethren in Jerusalem, over against them.

33 And Ner begat Kish, and Kish begat Saul, and Saul begat Jonathan, and Malchishua, and Abinadab, and Eshbaal.

34 And the son of Jonathan was Meribbaal; and Meribbaal begat Micah.

35 And the sons of Micah were, Pithon, and Melech, and Tarea, and Ahaz.

36 And Ahaz begat Jehoadah; and Jehoadah begat Alemeth, and Azmaveth, and Zimri; and Zimri begat Moza,

37 And Moza begat Binea: Rapha was his son, Eleasah his son, Azel his son:

38 And Azel had six sons, whose names are these, Azrikam, Bocheru, and Ishmael, and Sheariah, and Obadiah, and Hanan. All these were the sons of Azel.

39 And the sons of Eshek his brother were, Ulam his firstborn, Jehush the second, and Eliphelet the third.

40 And the sons of Ulam were mighty men of valour, archers, and had many sons, and sons’ sons, an hundred and fifty. All these are of the sons of Benjamin.

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G Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Ver. 1. Benjamin. Some farther particulars of his genealogy are given, for the honour of Saul; (C.) and many of these, who returned from captivity, are mentioned. 1 Esd. x. 11. Sanctius. — Bale, &c. are called Bela, (M. C. vii. 6.) Jadiel, and Ahiram, or Echi, Num. xxvi. 36. and Gen. xlvi.

Ver. 2. Nohaa is probably styled Bechor; and Rapha, Ros, in Genesis.

Ver. 3. Addar, Ared or Hered. C.

Ver. 6. Ahod, the judge. Judg. iii. 15. — Manahath; the Menuchat, in the tribe of Juda, (C. ii. 54.) after the captivity. C. — Abulensis thinks Manahath was in Moab, v. 8. M.

Ver. 7. And. Lit. “but,” autem. H. — The sentence is clearer without this particle. M. — Naaman was the first-born of Ahod; and Gera prevailed on his brethren to leave Gabaa, (T.) and was probably the father of Oza. C.

Ver. 8. Saharim. His father is not specified: but his was a Benjamite. M. — Some force the Heb. text to say that Ahod had three sons, whom he sent to form a colony at Manahath, and afterwards he had three others by his two wives, and at last, by Rodes, he had Jobab, &c. C. — Begot. Prot. “children in the country of Moab, after he had sent them away: Hushim and Baara were his wives.” But the Sept. intimate, that “Saharim begot…after he had sent away Osim, and his wife Baara, and he begot of Ada,” &c. H. — He had perhaps retired into Moab, at the same time as Elimelech. Ruth i. T. — Those who were sent away were men, (eos) according to the Hebrew, unless (H.) the word should be eas. D.

Ver. 11. Mehusim. Heb. and Sept. “of Husim (v. 8) he begot.”

Ver. 12. Ono was three miles from Lod, or Diospolis, (Lightfoot) built after the return from Babylon, (1 Esd. ii. 23. C.) in the territory of Benjamin. M.

Ver. 13. And Sama. They are supposed to have been sons of Elphaal. C. — Aialon belonged to Dan. Jos. xix. 42. But it was near Benjamin, (M.) and was probably occupied by people chiefly of that tribe. H. — Geth. We know not at what period.

Ver. 16. Baria, son of Elphaal. Whether the following were his brothers does not appear certain, as it seems more natural to have placed all his father’s children together, v. 12. and 18.

Ver. 21. Semei; perhaps Sama, v. 13. C. — Sept. read, Samai. H.

Ver. 25. Sesac, probably mentioned in v. 14. C. — Sept. have “Sosek,” in both places.

Ver. 28. Families. Heb. “These were heads of the fathers by their generations, chief men.“ Prot. H. — Jerusalem, probably after the captivity. We find none of these names from v. 14, in the days of Josue; and it was not easy for people to establish themselves at Jerusalem, till David had expelled the Jebusites. C. — Yet we find that the tribes of Juda and Benjamin had seized the lower city long before. Jos. xviii. 28. H.

Ver. 29. Dwelt. Lit. “they dwelt.” But Heb. and Sept. “in Gabaon, dwelt the father of Gaboan,” (H.) who was called Jehiel, (C. ix. 35.) or Abiel. 1 K. ix. 1. C. — The following verses are repeated in the next chapter, (H.) and seem to have been originally the same; though now many variations occur, which shew that “every Hebrew letter” has not been preserved. Kennicott.

Ver. 30. Baal. Add, “and Ner,” (v. 33. C. ix. 36.) as the Sept. have it here also.

Ver. 31. Zacher, or Zacharias. C. ix. Heb. omits the following name, as well as (H.) the end of the preceding one. Kennicott. — The Alex. Sept. has the same faults. But the Vatican retains Macelloth. H.

Ver. 32. Over-against, in the vicinity, while some remained at Gabaon. See Gen. xvi. 12. C. — The family of Cis resided at Gabaa. 1 K. x. 26. M.

Ver. 33. Ner, son of Abiel, or of Jeheil, prince of Gabaon, v. 29. H. — From Aphia sprung Bechorah, Seror, Abiel, (1 K. ix.) who is also called Ner and Jehiel. He had Ner, the father of Abner, and Cis, father of Saul. M. — Abinadab, or Jessui. 1 K. xiv. 49. C. — Esbaal, alias Isboseth. Ch. — The Hebrews avoid pronouncing the name of the idol, and substitute boseth, “confusion.” C. — Hence it is clear that many had two names. D.

Ver. 34. Meribbaal, alias Mephiboseth. 2 K. iv. 4. Ch. 2 K. ix. M.

Ver. 36. Joada, or Jara. C. ix. 42. C. — “Strange mistakes these!” Kennicott.

Ver. 40. Archers, particularly the natives of Gabaa. Judg. xx. 16. Jonathan is praised for his skill. 2 K. i. 22. M. — Benjamin. We might hence conclude that here ended the genealogy of that family. Yet we find it partly repeated in the following chapter, v. 35. H.