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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - 1 Chronicles 27:16-34

We have here an account, I. Of the princes of the tribes. Something of the ancient order instituted by Moses in the wilderness was still kept up, that every tribe should have its prince or chief. It is probable that it was kept up all along, either by election or by succession, in the same family; and those are here named who were found in that office when this account was taken. Elihu, or Eliab, who was prince of Judah, was the eldest son of Jesse, and descended in a right line from Nahshon... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - 1 Chronicles 27:16-22

Furthermore, over the cities of Israel ,.... Were the following rulers or princes; the captains over the militia before named were of David's appointment; but these ruled over their respective tribes in their own right, or by the choice of their tribes: the ruler of the tribe of Reuben was Eliezer, the son of Zichri: of the tribe of Simeon, Shephatiah the son of Maachah; whether this was his father's or mother's name is not certain, it being the name both of a man and woman: of the tribe of... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 1 Chronicles 27:16-22

These verses give the names of the rulers ( 1 Chronicles 27:16 ), or princes ( 1 Chronicles 27:22 ), of ten out of the twelve tribes of Israel. The tribes not mentioned are Gad and Asher, an omission which reminds of that of the two tribes Dan and Zebulon from the genealogies contained in 1 Chronicles 4:1-43 .-7; and equally unexplained. These designations ruler ( נָגִיד ) and prince ( שַׂר ) are the same as are found in the list of 1 Chronicles 4:1-15 —the former in 1... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 1 Chronicles 27:18

David's eldest brother Eliab is no doubt intended here by the name Elihu. The Septuagint gives Eliab. For Michael , see 1 Chronicles 7:3 . read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - 1 Chronicles 27:16-22

Gad and Asher are omitted from this list of the tribes. Similarly, Dan and Zebulon are omitted from the genealogical survey of the tribes 1 Chr. 4–8. We can only suppose that the lists, as they came down to the writer of Chronicles, were incomplete. The “rulers” or “princes” of the tribes appear to have been the oldest lineal descendants of the patriarchs according to the law of primogeniture. read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - 1 Chronicles 27:1-34

Military and civilian leaders (27:1-34)In contrast to the detail that the writer gives in the lists of the Levites, there is only a brief summary of David’s military and civil leaders. Each month 24,000 men were required to do one month’s military service. The twelve commanding officers (who took turns at commanding this fighting force, one month at a time) all belonged to David’s group of ‘mighty men’ (27:1-15; see 11:10-47). Three other lists name the leaders of Israel’s tribes (16-24), the... read more

E.W. Bullinger

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes - 1 Chronicles 27:18

Elihu. Probably Eliab (1 Chronicles 2:13 ), Jesse's eldest son (1 Samuel 16:6 ). read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - 1 Chronicles 27:1-34

Preparations for governmental order ch. 27David also organized his army (1 Chronicles 27:1-15), Israel’s tribal leaders (1 Chronicles 27:16-24), his administrators (1 Chronicles 27:25-31), and his counselors and advisers (1 Chronicles 27:32-34). He did all this to ensure future stability so what God had promised could happen without unnecessary opposition or confusion. Again the writer mentioned 12 tribes, but in this list these included Levi and the two halves of Manasseh. He omitted Gad and... read more

John Dummelow

John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible - 1 Chronicles 27:1-34

Particulars respecting various Military OfficersThis c., as distinguished from the four preceding chapters which describe David’s ecclesiastical officials, relates to his secular officers.1. Which came.. out] i.e. relieved each other in turn: cp. 2 Chronicles 23:8. For particulars concerning several of the officers mentioned in the following vv. see 1 Chronicles 11. 3. Of the children, etc.] Rv’He was of the children of Perez, the chief of,’ etc. 4. Dodai] The words ’Eleazar son of’ have been... read more

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