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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - 1 Samuel 7:1-2

Here we must attend the ark to Kirjath-jearim, and then leave it there, to hear not a word more of it except once (1 Sam. 14:18), till David fetched it thence, about forty years after, 1 Chron. 13:6. I. We are very willing to attend it thither, for the men of Beth-shemesh have by their own folly made that a burden which might have been a blessing; and gladly would we see it among those to whom it will be a savour of life unto life, for in every place where it has been of late it has been a... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - 1 Samuel 7:1

And the men of Kirjathjearim came and fetched up the ark of the Lord ,.... From Bethshemesh, which was near unto them, as Josephus F7 Antiqu. l. 6. c. 1. sect. 4. says; they made no difficulty of fetching it, but gladly received it; for if they knew of what happened to the men of Bethshemesh, they knew it was not owing to the presence of the ark among them, but to their irreverent behaviour to it; and though Kirjathjearim was not a Levite city, and so the men of it could not bear the... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - 1 Samuel 7:1

Fetched up the ark - When these people received the message of the Beth-shemites, they probably consulted Samuel, with whom was the counsel of the Lord, and he had encouraged them to go and bring it up, else they might have expected such destruction as happened to the Beth-shemites. Sanctified Eleazar - Perhaps this sanctifying signifies no more than setting this man apart, simply to take care of the ark. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 1 Samuel 7:1

EXPOSITION At Kirjath-jearim the people reverently undertook the charge of the ark, and carried out their arrangements so carefully that no further calamity occurred. On its arrival they placed it in the house of Abinadab in the hill. More probably at Gibeah, as it is translated in 2 Samuel 6:3 , 2 Samuel 6:4 . In Joshua 15:57 a village of this name is mentioned in the tribe of Judah not far from Kirjath-jearim ( ibid. Joshua 15:60 ), and probably Abinadab, who lived... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 1 Samuel 7:1-2

Fitness for service. The facts are— 1 . At the request of the terrified men of Beth-shemesh the men of Kirjath-jearim bring the ark to their high place. 2 . Arrangements are made in the house of Abinadab for the due care of the ark. 3 . The time of the sojourn Of the ark in this place, up to the date of Samuel's test of repentance, was twenty years. 4 . Towards the close of this period the people long for the full restoration of the Divine favour. A new stage was being... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 1 Samuel 7:1-12

Steps of return to God. The whole interest of this passage is moral. No stress is laid on the forms, or even the authorised appurtenances, of religion. The ark, of which we have heard so much, and which had been treated with a singular mixture of superstition and profanity, plays no part in the history. It is left for years in a quiet retreat. Israel had backslidden from the Lord. The steps of their return have a meaning and a moral lesson for all generations. I. THE FEELING OF A... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - 1 Samuel 7:1

This verse belongs more properly to 1 Samuel 6:0. Abinadab and his sons were probably of the house of Levi. The catastrophe at Bethshemesh must inevitably have made the Israelites very careful to pay due honor to the ark in accordance with the Law: but to give the care of the ark to those who were not of the house of Levi would be a gross violation of the Law. read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - 1 Samuel 7:1

1 Samuel 7:1. The men of Kirjath-jearim fetched up the ark That is, by the priests appointed to that work. Into the house of Abinadab As the care of the ark belonged to the Levites, doubtless Abinadab was of that tribe, otherwise, indeed, he could not have consecrated, that is, set apart, or solemnly appointed his son to keep, or to attend it, and see that no rudeness was offered to it; to keep the place, where it was, clean, and to guard it that none might touch it but such as God... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - 1 Samuel 7:1

The ark returns (5:1-7:1)Although God used the Philistines to judge Israel, he would not allow them to dishonour him. He showed that the capture of the ark did not mean that he was inferior to the Philistine god Dagon (5:1-5). Wherever the ark went it brought trouble to the Philistine people. A plague of mice seems to have spread a painful and deadly disease throughout the country, bringing widespread suffering and death (6-12; cf. 6:5).The Philistines felt fairly certain that the ark was the... read more

E.W. Bullinger

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes - 1 Samuel 7:1

men. Hebrew. 'enosh. App-14 . the LORD. Hebrew. Jehovah . App-4 . Abinadab. Some codices, with one early printed edition, Aramaean, Septuagint, and Syriac, add "which is". in the hill. Or, in Gibeah. read more

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