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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Exodus 6:14-30

I. We have here a genealogy, not an endless one, such as the apostle condemns (1 Tim. 1:4), for it ends in those two great patriots Moses and Aaron, and comes in here to show that they were Israelites, bone of their bone and flesh of their flesh whom they were sent to deliver, raised up unto them of their brethren, as Christ also should be, who was to be the prophet and priest, the Redeemer and lawgiver, of the people of Israel, and whose genealogy also, like this, was to be carefully... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Exodus 6:14

These be the heads of their father's houses ,.... Not of the families of Moses and Aaron, but of the children of Israel, though only the heads of three tribes are mentioned; and some think that these three are taken notice of, to show that they were not rejected of God, though they seem to be rather cursed than blessed by Jacob; and that though they were guilty of very great crimes, as Reuben of incest, and Simeon and Levi of murder, yet they truly repented, and obtained mercy of God, and... read more

Adam Clarke

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

These be the heads - ראשי rashey , the chiefs or captains. The following genealogy was simply intended to show that Moses and Aaron came in a direct line from Abraham, and to ascertain the time of Israel's deliverance. The whole account from Exodus 6:14-26 ; inclusive, is a sort of parenthesis, and does not belong to the narration; and what follows from Exodus 6:28 ; is a recapitulation of what was spoken in the preceding chapters. read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Exodus 6:14

Verse 14 14.These be the heads. The object of Moses here is to testify to all ages the origin of his race, that none may doubt that, in the free departure of the people, the promise given to Abraham was completed. For if the Israelites had gone forth under any other leader, there might have been some question as to the chief author of it; now, since Moses was chosen from that family, and from the posterity of Abraham, it more dearly appears that the whole matter was effected under the guidance... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Exodus 6:9-30

Shaken faith, and an unshaken purpose. In these verses we have— I. A PAINFUL RESULT OF AFFLICTIVE PROVIDENCE . The children of Israel, hard-driven by their taskmasters, and sunk in misery, were so stupefied with sorrow, as to have no longer any heart for their cheering tidings brought to them by Moses. Their despair had its ground in unbelief. They judged Moses a deceiver. They had trusted him before, and they reflected that the only outcome of it had been this... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Exodus 6:13-27

At this point the narrative is interrupted The author, or the final compiler—perhaps Joshua—thought it desirable to insert here a genealogical section, taking up the fatuity history of Israel from the point at which it was left in Exodus 1:5 , where the sons of Jacob were enumerated. The whole political system of Israel was based upon the tribal relation; and it was of the last importance, politically, to hand down the divisions and subdivisions of families. The lists here given,... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Exodus 6:13-27

The historical character of real revelation. Among the religions of the world which are based on the contents of a written volume, none has such an historical character as the religion of Christians. Most nations have evolved their religion out of their internal consciousness, and have then, after a certain lapse of time, thrown into a narrative form the supposed revelations made to this or that individual secretly, and by him committed to writing. These revelations—to give them the... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Exodus 6:14

These be the heads of their fathers' houses . By "fathers' houses" are meant families (see 1 Chronicles 4:38 ; 1 Chronicles 5:13 ; 1 Chronicles 7:40 ; 1 Chronicles 9:9 , etc.); and "the heads of fathers' houses" are simply the acknowledged chiefs and founders of families. The main families of the tribe of Reuben were those of Hanoch, Pallu, Hezron, and Carrel, actual sons of the patriarch (See Genesis 46:9 ; and compare 1 Chronicles 5:3 .) read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Exodus 6:14

The genealogy of Moses and Aaron. Beside its direct interest as setting in an exact light the descent and relationship of the two principal figures in the succeeding history—Moses, the Lawgiver of Israel, and Aaron, the head of the priesthood—this genealogical register presents us with several points deserving of attention. We are taught by it— I. TO RECOGNISE THE DIVINE SOVEREIGNTY IS THE SELECTION OF ITS INSTRUMENTS . 1 . The men selected—Moses and Aaron (... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Exodus 6:14

These be the heads - We have in the following verses, not a complete genealogy, but a summary account of the family of the two brothers. Moses records for the satisfaction of Hebrew readers, to whom genealogical questions were always interesting, the descent and position of the designated leaders of the nation. See Exodus 6:26-27. read more

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