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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - 1 Chronicles 8:1-32

There is little or nothing of history in all these verses; we have not therefore much to observe. 1. As to the difficulties that occur in this and the foregoing genealogies we need not perplex ourselves. I presume Ezra took them as he found them in the books of the kings of Israel and Judah (1 Chron. 9:1), according as they were given in by the several tribes, each observing what method they thought fit. Hence some ascend, others desecnd; some have numbers affixed, others places; some have... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - 1 Chronicles 8:1

Now Benjamin begat Bela his firstborn ,.... See 1 Chronicles 7:6 . The genealogy of the tribe of Benjamin is reviewed, because it joined and kept close with Judah in the worship of God, went into captivity, and returned out of it with it; and this review is made chiefly for the sake of Saul, and his posterity, the first king of Israel, who was of it, and in whose posterity this genealogy ends: Ashbel the second ; supposed to be the same with Jediael, 1 Chronicles 7:6 , see Genesis... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - 1 Chronicles 8:2

Nohah the fourth, and Rapha the fifth. Nohah is supposed by some to be the same with Becher, 1 Chronicles 7:6 and by others with Naaman, Genesis 46:21 , as Rapha, the same with Rosh there. read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - 1 Chronicles 8:3

The sons of Bela were Addar, and Gera, and Abihud. The first of these is thought to be the same with Ard, mentioned among the sons of Benjamin, Genesis 46:21 but was one of his grandsons, see Numbers 26:40 as Gera also was. read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - 1 Chronicles 8:4-5

And Abishua, and Naaman, and Ahoah, and Gera, and Shephuphan, and Huram. These were all the sons of Bela; one of the name of Naaman is reckoned among the sons of Benjamin, Genesis 46:21 and from this grandson the family of the Naamanites are named, Numbers 26:40 , and Ahoah is by some thought to be the same with Ehi, mentioned in Genesis 46:21 as one of Benjamin's sons. Some take the three last to be the sons of Ehud, spoken of in the next verse; but Shephuphan and Huram seem to be the... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - 1 Chronicles 8:6

And these are the sons of Ehud ,.... Not he that was a judge in Israel, Judges 3:15 but perhaps a son of Huram the last mentioned; for not the three last are his sons, as some think, but the three following in the next verse; what follows being to be read in a parenthesis: (these are the heads of the fathers of the inhabitants of Geba;) a city in the tribe of Benjamin, Joshua 18:24 namely, those sons of Ehud, after mentioned, were principal men in that tribe, and chief of the... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - 1 Chronicles 8:7

And Naaman, and Ahiah, and Gera ,.... Or, to wit, Naaman, &c.; so the words are to be connected with these are the sons or Ehud , in the preceding verse: he removed them ; to the above place, that is, either Gera, or rather Ehud, he advised them, directed and enjoined them to go thither, as being most convenient for them: and he begat Uzza and Ahihud ; after he had removed his other sons. read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - 1 Chronicles 8:8

And Shaharaim ,.... Who was either a son of Ahihud, or rather a brother of his, another son of Ehud: begat children in the country of Moab ; whither he might go on account of the famine, as Elimelech did, 1:1 , after he had sent them away; which some understand of those that were removed from Geba to Manahath, 1 Chronicles 8:6 , but a different word is here used; and besides Shaharaim seems to be one of those that were removed. Kimchi takes Shilhootham, we render "had sent them... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - 1 Chronicles 8:9

And he begat of Hodesh his wife ,.... That is, he, I say, begat, namely, Shaharaim; the Targum makes this Hodesh to be the same with Baara, called so because she was newly espoused; but wrongly: the sons begotten of her were the seven following; Jobab, Zibia, Mesha, Malcham, Jeuz, Shachia, and Mirma. These were his sons ; the sons of Shaharaim by his wife Hodesh: heads of the fathers ; of the houses or families of their father. read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - 1 Chronicles 8:10-11

And of Hushim he begat Abitub, and Elpaal. Before he sent her away, or divorced her, 1 Chronicles 8:8 . read more

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