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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - 1 Chronicles 12:1-22

We have here an account of those that appeared and acted as David's friends, upon the death of Saul, to bring about the revolution. All the forces he had, while he was persecuted, was but 600 men, who served for his guards; but, when the time had come that he must begin to act offensively, Providence brought in more to his assistance. Even while he kept himself close, because of Saul (1 Chron. 12:1), while he did not appear, to invite or encourage his friends and well-wishers to come in to him... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - 1 Chronicles 12:22

For at that time, day by day, there came to David to help him ,.... Particularly after the defeat of Saul by the Philistines, unto the time that David came to Hebron: until it was a great host, like the host of God ; the heavenly host, the angels; so the Targum. read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - 1 Chronicles 12:22

Like the host of God - "That is, a very numerous army; like the army of the angel of God." - T. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 1 Chronicles 12:22

The host of God . A forcible comment on the metaphorical use of this phrase is found in 1 Samuel 14:15 ; Authorized Version, " a very great trembling" is the translation of Hebrew "trembling of God." The for with which this verse commences probably explains the call there was for many and able "captains" for a host becoming daily larger. read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - 1 Chronicles 12:21-22

1 Chronicles 12:21-22. They helped David against the band, &c. Against the Amalekites, who had taken and burned Ziklag, and whom David and his six hundred men were now pursuing. Or, as in the margin, with a band, or troop of soldiers, which they brought along with them to David’s assistance. They were all mighty men of valour Therefore they readily came to David’s help. At that time, day by day While David was at Ziklag, and in his march to Hebron, and principally at Hebron. ... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - 1 Chronicles 12:1-40

David made king (11:1-12:40)It seems clear that the writer of Chronicles assumes that his readers have already read the books of Samuel and Kings. (In this commentary also it is assumed that the reader has read these books. For further details see notes and maps at the relevant places in Samuel and Kings, and the appendix at the end of Chronicles.)In view of his readers’ assumed knowledge, the Chronicler makes no attempt to record events that have little to do with his central purpose. For... read more

Robert Jamieson; A. R. Fausset; David Brown

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - 1 Chronicles 12:22

22. the host of God—that is, a great and powerful army. :-. THE ARMIES THAT CAME TO HIM AT HEBRON. read more

John Dummelow

John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible - 1 Chronicles 12:1-40

Various StatisticsThis chapter is entirely supplementary to what is related in 2 S, and gives particulars respecting certain companies that joined David at various times, and the numbers that came to crown David at Hebron.2. The right hand and the left] For this faculty in connexion with Benjamin cp. Judges 3:15; Judges 20:15, Judges 20:16. Saul’s brethren] i.e. fellow-tribesmen: cp. 1 Chronicles 12:29. 4. Among the thirty] not included in the lists of 2 Samuel 23:24. 1 Chronicles 11:26., and... read more

Charles John Ellicott

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers - 1 Chronicles 12:19-22

(19-22) The seven Manassite chieftains who went over to David on the eve of Saul’s last battle. read more

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