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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - 1 Chronicles 6:1-30

The priests and Levites were more concerned than any other Israelites to preserve their pedigree clear and to be able to prove it, because all the honours and privileges of their office depended upon their descent. And we read of those who, though perhaps they really were children of the priests, yet, because they could not find the register of their genealogies, nor make out their descent by any authentic record, were, as polluted, put from the priesthood, and forbidden to eat of the holy... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - 1 Chronicles 6:1

The sons of Levi ,.... After an account of the chief of the tribes of Judah and Simeon, of Reuben, Gad, and the half tribe of Manasseh, follows that of Levi, and his posterity; the kingdom being given to Judah, the birthright to Joseph, and the priesthood to Levi: the immediate sons of Levi were Gershon, Kohath, and Merari ; as in Genesis 46:11 , from these sprung the three families of the Levites. read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - 1 Chronicles 6:2

And the sons of Kohath; Amram, Izhar, and Hebron, and Uzziel ,.... Given in the same order as in Exodus 6:18 ; see Gill on Exodus 6:18 . read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - 1 Chronicles 6:3-15

And the children of Amram, Aaron, and Moses, and Miriam ,.... Very memorable persons: Aaron was the high priest, Moses the prophet and lawgiver, and Miriam a prophetess, see Micah 6:4 , the sons also of Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar ; the two first were destroyed by fire from heaven for offering strange fire, Leviticus 10:1 and the third succeeded his father in the high priesthood; the line of which is drawn from Aaron through him unto the Babylonish captivity, from... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - 1 Chronicles 6:1

The sons of Levi - It has been well remarked that the genealogy of Levi is given here more ample and correct than that of any of the others. And this is perhaps an additional proof that the author was a priest, felt much for the priesthood, and took care to give the genealogy of the Levitical and sacerdotal families, from the most correct tables; for with such tables we may presume he was intimately acquainted. read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - 1 Chronicles 6:4

Eleazar begat Phinehas - As the high priesthood continued in this family for a long time, the sacred historian confines himself to this chiefly, omitting Nadab and Abihu, and even the family of Ithamar. read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - 1 Chronicles 6:8

Ahitub begat Zadok - Through this person the high priesthood came again into the family of Eleazar. read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - 1 Chronicles 6:10

Johanan - Supposed to be the same as Jehoiada. Executed the priest ' s office - Probably this refers to the dignified manner in which Azariah opposed King Uzziah, who wished to invade the priest's office, and offer incense in the temple. See 2 Chronicles 26:17 , 2 Chronicles 26:18 . read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - 1 Chronicles 6:14

Seraiah - He was put to death by Nebuchadnezzar, 2 Kings 25:18 , 2 Kings 25:21 . read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 1 Chronicles 6:1

This verse gives the three branches of Levi,and is in agreement with the enumeration of them in Genesis 46:11 and Exodus 6:16 , viz. Gershon, Kohath , and Merari . We have not the third parallel passage in the place of mention of the other tribes ( Numbers 1:47-54 ), but it is compensated for somewhat later ( Numbers 3:14-20 ). read more

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