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1 Chronicles 8:1 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— And Benjamin begat Bela his first-born, Ashbel the second, and Aharah the third,
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Now Benjamin begat Bela his firstborn, Ashbel the second, and Aharah the third,
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— And Benjamin became the father of Bela his firstborn, Ashbel the second, Aharah the third,
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Now Benjamin begat Bela his first-born, Ashbel the second, and Aharah the third.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— And Benjamin begot Bela his firstborn, Ashbel the second, and Aharah the third,
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— And, Benjamin, begat Bela his firstborn,—Ashbel, the second, and Aharah, the third,—
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— And Benjamin begat Bela his first-born, Ashbel the second, and Aharah the third,
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Now Benjamin begot Bale his firstborn, Asbel the second, Ahara the third,
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Now Beniamin begate Bela his first borne, Ashbel the second, and Aharah the third,
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— Now Benjamin begot Bale his first-born, and Asbel his second [son], Aara the third, Noa the fourth,
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Now Binyamin begat Bela his firstborn, Ashbel the second, and Achrach the third,

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Now Binymn בִּניָמִין 1144
{1144} Prime
From H1121 and H3225; son of (the) right hand; Binjamin, youngest son of Jacob; also the tribe descended from him, and its territory.
begat 3205
{3205} Prime
A primitive root; to bear young; causatively to beget; medically to act as midwife; specifically to show lineage.
<8689> Grammar
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 2675
(0853) Complement
Apparently contracted from H0226 in the demonstrative sense of entity; properly self (but generally used to point out more definitely the object of a verb or preposition, even or namely).
Bela` בֶּלַע 1106
{1106} Prime
The same as H1105; Bela, the name of a place, also of an Edomite and of two Israelites.
his firstborn, 1060
{1060} Prime
From H1069; firstborn; hence chief.
Abl אַשׁבֵּל 788
{0788} Prime
Probably from the same as H7640; flowing; Ashbel, an Israelite.
the second, 8145
{8145} Prime
From H8138; properly double, that is, second; also adverbially again.
and Ara אַחרַח 315
{0315} Prime
From H0310 and H0251; after (his) brother; Achrach, an Israelite.
the third, 7992
{7992} Prime
Ordinal from H7969; third; feminine a third (part); by extension a third (day, year or time); specifically a third story cell).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

1 Chronicles 8:1

_ _ 1 Chronicles 8:1-32. Sons and chief men of Benjamin.

_ _ Now Benjamin begat, etc. — This chapter contains some supplementary particulars in addition to what has been already said regarding the tribe of Benjamin (see on 1 Chronicles 7:6). The names of many of the persons mentioned are different from those given by Moses — a diversity which may be accounted for in part on grounds formerly stated, namely, either that the persons had more than one name, or that the word “sons” is used in a loose sense for grandsons or descendants. But there are other circumstances to be taken into account in considering the details of this chapter; namely, first, that the genealogies of the Benjamites were disordered or destroyed by the almost total extermination of this tribe (Judges 20:11-48); secondly, that a great number of Benjamites, born in Assyria, are mentioned here, who returned from the long captivity in Babylon, and established themselves — some in Jerusalem, others in different parts of Judea. There were more returned from Babylon of the families belonging to this tribe than to any other except Judah; and hence many strange names are here introduced; some of which will be found in the list of the restored exiles (compare Ezra 2:1-70).

Matthew Henry's 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 (Ezra 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 historical remarks intermixed, others have not; some are shorter, others longer; some agree with other records, others differ; some, it is likely, were torn, erased, and blotted, others more legible. Those of Dan and Reuben were entirely lost. This holy man wrote as he was moved by the Holy Ghost; but there was no necessity for the making up of the defects, no, nor for the rectifying of the mistakes, of these genealogies by inspiration. It was sufficient that he copied them out as they came into his hand, or so much of them as was requisite to the present purpose, which was the directing of the returned captives to settle as nearly as they could with those of their own family, and in the places of their former residence. We may suppose that many things in these genealogies which to us seem intricate, abrupt, and perplexed, were plain and easy to them then (who knew how to fill up the deficiencies) and abundantly answered the intention of the publishing of them. 2. Many great and mighty nations there were now in being upon earth, and many illustrious men in them, whose names are buried in perpetual oblivion, while the names of multitudes of the Israel of God are here carefully preserved in everlasting remembrance. They are Jasher, Jeshurunjust ones, and the memory of the just is blessed. Many of these we have reason to fear, came short of everlasting honour (for even the wicked kings of Judah come into the genealogy), yet the perpetuating of their names here was a figure of the writing of the names of all God's spiritual Israel in the Lamb's book of life. 3. This tribe of Benjamin was once brought to a very low ebb, in the time of the judges, upon the occasion of the iniquity of Gibeah, when only 600 men escaped the sword of justice; and yet, in these genealogies, it makes as good a figure as almost any of the tribes: for it is the honour of God to help the weakest and raise up those that are most diminished and abased. 4. Here is mention of one Ehud (1 Chronicles 8:6), in the preceding verse of one Gera (1 Chronicles 8:5) and (1 Chronicles 8:8) of one that descended from him, that begat children in the country of Moab, which inclines me to think it was that Ehud who was the second of the judges of Israel; for he is said to be the son of Gera and a Benjamite (Judges 3:15), and he delivered Israel from the oppression of the Moabites by killing the king of Moab, which might give him a greater sway in the country of Moab than we find evidence of in his history and might occasion some of his posterity to settle there. 5. Here is mention of some of the Benjamites that drove away the inhabitants of Gath (1 Chronicles 8:13), perhaps those that had slain the Ephraimites (1 Chronicles 7:21) or their posterity, by way of reprisal: and one of those that did this piece of justice was named Beriah too, that name in which the memorial of that injury was preserved. 6. Particular notice is taken of those that dwelt in Jerusalem (1 Chronicles 8:28 and again 1 Chronicles 8:32), that those whose ancestors had had their residence there might thereby be induced, at their return from captivity, to settle there too, which, for aught that appears, few were willing to do, because it was the post of danger: and therefore we find (Nehemiah 11:2) the people blessed those that willingly offered themselves to dwell at Jerusalem, the greater part being inclined to prefer the cities of Judah. Those whose godly parents had their conversation in the new Jerusalem should thereby be engaged to set their faces thitherward and pursue the way thither, whatever it cost them.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

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Geneva Bible Translation Notes

1 Chronicles 8:1

Now Benjamin (a) begat Bela his firstborn, Ashbel the second, and Aharah the third,

(a) He continues in the description of the tribe of Benjamin, because his purpose is to set forth the genealogy of Saul.

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1 Chronicles 7:6-12 [The sons] of Benjamin; Bela, and Becher, and Jediael, three. ... Shuppim also, and Huppim, the children of Ir, [and] Hushim, the sons of Aher.
Genesis 46:21 And the sons of Benjamin [were] Belah, and Becher, and Ashbel, Gera, and Naaman, Ehi, and Rosh, Muppim, and Huppim, and Ard.


Numbers 26:38 The sons of Benjamin after their families: of Bela, the family of the Belaites: of Ashbel, the family of the Ashbelites: of Ahiram, the family of the Ahiramites:
, Ahiram
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