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1 Chronicles 8:1-2 -


This chapter carries us back to the tribe of Benjamin, partly dealt with already ( 1 Chronicles 7:6-12 ). The tribe is reverted to for the same kind of reason that called for our 1 Chronicles 3:1-24 . David was so important a character in the Judah tribe. And Saul, with whom the resume of Chronicle-history begins ( 1 Chronicles 8:33 ; 1 Chronicles 9:39 ; 1 Chronicles 10:1-14 .), belongs to the Benjamin tribe. Thus the genealogy of this tribe forms the perch to the history contained in this work, and the forty verses of this chapter rehearse the sons and chief men of Benjamin, with a view to bring into prominence the stock of Saul.

These verses give five sons to Benjamin . Of the non-appearance of Becher here ( 1 Chronicles 7:6 ) and the appearance of Ashbel in his place, also of the non-appearance here of Jediael ( 1 Chronicles 7:6 ) and the appearance of Aharah ( i.q. Ahiram, Numbers 26:38 ) in his place, notice has been taken on 1 Chronicles 7:6-12 . Of the two additions to the sons of Benjamin here, viz. Nohah and Rapha , nothing is known elsewhere; yet it may be possible to count five families from Numbers 26:38 , Numbers 26:39 .

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