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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - 1 Chronicles 4:24-43

We have here some of the genealogies of the tribe of Simeon (though it was not a tribe of great note), especially the princes of that tribe, 1 Chron. 4:38. Of this tribe it is said that they increased greatly, but not like the children of Judah, 1 Chron. 4:27. Those whom God increases ought to be thankful, though they see others that are more increased. Here observe, 1. The cities allotted them (1 Chron. 4:28), of which see Josh. 19:1-9 When it is said that they were theirs unto the reign of... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - 1 Chronicles 4:28-31

And they dwelt at Beersheba ,.... posterity of Simeon; and this and the other places of their habitation are mentioned in the same order, and with very little variation of names to the end of 1 Chronicles 4:31 , as in Joshua 19:2 and here, at 1 Chronicles 4:31 it is added: these were their cities unto the reign of David ; when, according to Kimchi, and other Jewish writers, he expelled them from thence, and restored them to the tribe of Judah. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 1 Chronicles 4:28-33

These "thirteen cities with their villages" and "five cities" are found, with some slight differences, in Joshua 19:1-9 (comp. Joshua 15:26-32 , Joshua 15:42 ). They were carved out of the "portion of Judah," which had been found dispropor tioned during the interval that elapsed between the first settlements, viz. of Judah and the sons of Joseph, and the completion of the settlements westward of Jordan ( Joshua 18:1-6 ; comp. 1:3 , 1:17 ). From the second of these groups, Tochen... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - 1 Chronicles 4:1-43

Descendants of Judah and Simeon (2:1-4:43)Having listed the children of Jacob (Israel) starting with the eldest son Reuben, the writer immediately turns his attention to the tribe of Judah, the tribe that produced the dynasty of David (2:1-17). He traces the line of David first, then goes back to deal with a number of other important people in Judah and lists their descendants (18-55). On completing this, he returns to list the family of David (3:1-9), the descendants of David who reigned after... read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - 1 Chronicles 4:1-40

B. The House of Israel chs. 4-7The writer’s next concern was to trace the line of people to whom and through whom God promised to bring blessing and salvation. That nation was Israel, the descendants of Jacob. The writer viewed Israel as consisting of 12 tribes, not just the tribes represented by the returnees from Babylonian exile. The nation as a whole would have a future. [Note: See Howard, pp. 253-56, for a discussion of the Chronicler’s concern to demonstrate the unity of all the... read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - 1 Chronicles 4:24-43

2. The family of Simeon 4:24-43The writer may have listed Simeon’s descendants next because the Simeonites shared the tribal territory God gave to Judah. The Judahites absorbed many of them through intermarriage shortly after settlement in the land. read more

John Dummelow

John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible - 1 Chronicles 4:1-43

Genealogies (continued)This chapter enumerates further descendants of Judah, and the descendants of Simeon.1. Sons] rather, ’descendants.’ Carmi] probably an accidental substitution (from 1 Chronicles 5:3) for Chelubai or Caleb: see 1 Chronicles 2:9, 1 Chronicles 2:18. 2. Reaiah] the Haroeh of 1 Chronicles 2:52, whence the posterity of Shobal is continued.9. And his mother.. sorrow] better,’ though his mother called his name Jabez, saying, Because I bare him with sorrow’ (Heb. ozeb). The sorrow... read more

Charles John Ellicott

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers - 1 Chronicles 4:28

II.—THE SEATS OF THE SIMEONITES UNTIL THE REIGN OF DAVID (1 Chronicles 4:28-33).This list is parallel to Joshua 19:2-8. There are some variations, partly accidental.(28) Beer-sheba, and Moladah, and Hazar-shual.—Joshua 19:2 adds Sheba after Beer-sheba—an obviously mistaken repetition, making fourteen towns in all, whereas 1 Chronicles 4:6 concludes, “thirteen cities and their villages.” Beer-sheba is Bir-esseba; Moladah, Tel-Milh, south of Hebron; Hazar-shual (fox-village) is unknown. read more

William Nicoll

Expositor's Dictionary of Texts - 1 Chronicles 4:1-43

The Prayer of Jabez. The Man 1 Chronicles 4:10 Here we have a very short biography of a very notable, character; there is no long preface to it, no long drawn-out description of what sort of man Jabez was, no flowery description of wonderful virtues and attainments, as are many biographies of Christian men which are too much shorn of the infirmities of the creature, and therefore too much dressed with human wisdom to be of very much use, although they seem to be very taking at times. I. His... read more

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