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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 8:13

Beriah also, and Shema ,.... These were sons of Elpaal: who were heads of the fathers of the inhabitants of Aijalon ; which, though in the tribe of Dan, Joshua 19:42 might afterwards come into the possession of Benjamin; or this may be another place of the same name in Benjamin; or, however, might be inhabited by Benjaminites, upon the return from captivity, who descended from those men: who drove away the inhabitants of Gath ; dispossessed them of their city, in revenge for what... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 1 Chronicles 8:12-28

One of the sons of this last-named wife, Hushim, was named Elpaal. From 1 Chronicles 8:12 to 1 Chronicles 8:28 we have a numerous list of his descendants, evidently in different degrees of relationship, but with the thread picked up apparently several times, in the persons of the first-mentioned "sons," viz. the five, Eber , Misham , Shamed , Beriah , Shema (see 1 Chronicles 8:16 , 1 Chronicles 8:18 , 1 Chronicles 8:21 , 1 Chronicles 8:25 , 1 Chronicles 8:27 ). read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 1 Chronicles 8:13

Aijalon . A similar kind of history belongs to this place. It was assigned to Dan ( Joshua 19:40-48 ). Unsubdued by them ( 1:34-36 ), the Ephraimites possessed it awhile ( 1 Chronicles 6:47-49 ), until it came to be more like the common property or care of Benjamin and Judah, situated as it was on their boundary line ( 1 Samuel 14:31 ; 2 Chronicles 11:10 ; 2 Chronicles 28:18 ). read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - 1 Chronicles 8:1-40

Genealogies of the remaining tribes (7:1-8:40)Although the lists here are incomplete and in places difficult to follow, it seems that the tribes dealt with are Issachar (7:1-5), parts of Benjamin and Dan (6-12), Naphtali (13), the portion of Manasseh not listed earlier (14-19; cf. 5:23-24), Ephraim (20-29) and Asher (30-40).Benjamin is given in greater detail, possibly because it included Jerusalem in its tribal territory. Also this was the only tribe that joined Judah in the southern kingdom,... read more

E.W. Bullinger

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes - 1 Chronicles 8:13

Beriah. See notes on 1 Chronicles 7:23 , 1 Chronicles 7:30 . Aijalon. In Joshua 19:42 , it was in Dan. In Joshua 21:24 it was a Levitical city. In 2 Chronicles 28:18 it was occupied by Philistines, under Ahaz. But here occupied by Benjamites, because (1) of Dan's idolatry (see note on Genesis 49:17 ), and (2) of different distribution after the exile. drove away. A reprisal later than 1 Chronicles 7:21 . See notes on 1 Chronicles 7:23 , 1 Chronicles 7:30 . read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - 1 Chronicles 8:1-44

C. The Lineage of Saul chs. 8-9This list obviously parallels to some extent David’s genealogy (chs. 1-3). Saul came from the tribe of Benjamin, not from the tribe of Judah that God had promised leadership of the nation. One reason the writer had an interest in the tribe of Benjamin (ch. 8) was that it was the only tribe other than Judah to remain loyal to the Davidic line. The tribe of Benjamin "ranked second only to Judah in postexilic society." [Note: Payne, "1, 2 Chronicles," p. 360.]... read more

John Dummelow

John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible - 1 Chronicles 8:1-40

Genealogies (continued)This chapter contains a second account of the descendants of Benjamin, and traces the ancestors and descendants of Saul.1. Now Benjamin, etc.] The names of Benjamin’s descendants are repeated (with some variants) from 1 Chronicles 7:7., in order to lead up to the mention of Saul (1 Chronicles 8:33), the predecessor of David (1 Chronicles 10:14), whose history forms the chief subject of this book.3. And Abihud] perhaps to be corrected to ’father (Heb. Abi) of Ehud’: see 1... read more

Charles John Ellicott

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers - 1 Chronicles 8:13

(13) Beriah also, and Shema.—After these two names the Masoretic punctuators have put a stop. Thus 1 Chronicles 8:12-13 give five sons of Elpaal. Or 1 Chronicles 8:13 may be disconnected from 1 Chronicles 8:12, and Beriah and Shema regarded as beginning a new series of Benjamite clans.Who were heads of the fathers. . . .—Rather, “THEY were heads of the clans of the inhabitants of Aijalon; THEY put to flight the inhabitants of Gath.” The pronoun is emphatic in both cases. The clans of Beriah and... read more

Arno Clemens Gaebelein

Arno Gaebelein's Annotated Bible - 1 Chronicles 8:1-40

6. Benjamin CHAPTER 8 1. The genealogies of Benjamin (1 Chronicles 8:1-28 ) 2. The house of Saul (1 Chronicles 8:29-40 ) In comparing this list with Genesis 46:21 we find some differences. The names of Benjamites include many who were born in the captivity and who returned to the land and dwelt in Jerusalem. Twice we read “those dwelt in Jerusalem” (verses 28, 32). Some of the names are found in the list of restored exiles in Ezra (chapter 2). Benjamin being brought back from the exile,... read more

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