1 Chronicles chapter 2

The genealogy of Judah.





VERSE 1. These are the sons of Israel: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Zebulun,

the sons of Israel. This genealogy starts with the twelve sons of Jacob, and traces each of their descendants.

The genealogies in the chapters that follow will leave out details for Zebulun and perhaps Dan.

It is a theological history of the people of Judah. It situates David and his dynasty.


VERSE 2. Dan, Joseph, Benjamin, Naphtali, Gad, and Asher.


VERSE 3. The sons of Judah: Er, Onan, and Shelah, which three were born to him of Shua’s daughter the Canaanitess. Er, Judah’s firstborn, was wicked in the LORD’s sight; and he killed him.

The sons. This often means descendants of later generations.

the LORD’s. When rendered in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS, “LORD” or “GOD” is the translation of God’s Proper Name.


VERSE 4. Tamar his daughter-in-law bore him Perez and Zerah. All the sons of Judah were five.


VERSE 5. The sons of Perez: Hezron and Hamul.


VERSE 6. The sons of Zerah: Zimri, Ethan, Heman, Calcol, and Dara—five of them in all.


VERSE 7. The son of Carmi: Achar, the troubler of Israel, who committed a trespass in the devoted thing.


VERSE 8. The son of Ethan: Azariah.


VERSE 9. The sons also of Hezron, who were born to him: Jerahmeel, Ram, and Chelubai.

The sons also of Hezron. He is son of Perez, son of Judah.


VERSE 10. Ram became the father of Amminadab, and Amminadab became the father of Nahshon, prince of the children of Judah;


VERSE 11. and Nahshon became the father of Salma, and Salma became the father of Boaz,


VERSE 12. and Boaz became the father of Obed, and Obed became the father of Jesse;

Ruth 4:21. and Salmon became the father of Boaz, and Boaz became the father of Obed,

Ruth 4:22. and Obed became the father of Jesse, and Jesse became the father of David..


VERSE 13. and Jesse became the father of his firstborn Eliab, Abinadab the second, Shimea the third,


VERSE 14. Nethanel the fourth, Raddai the fifth,


VERSE 15. Ozem the sixth, and David the seventh;


VERSE 16. and their sisters were Zeruiah and Abigail. The sons of Zeruiah: Abishai, Joab, and Asahel, three.


VERSE 17. Abigail bore Amasa; and the father of Amasa was Jether the Ishmaelite.


VERSE 18. Caleb the son of Hezron became the father of children by Azubah his wife, and by Jerioth; and these were her sons: Jesher, Shobab, and Ardon.

Caleb the son of Hezron. This is not the Caleb who was an associate of Joshua.


VERSE 19. Azubah died, and Caleb married Ephrath, who bore him Hur.


VERSE 20. Hur became the father of Uri, and Uri became the father of Bezalel.


VERSE 21. Afterward Hezron went in to the daughter of Machir the father of Gilead, whom he took as wife when he was sixty years old; and she bore him Segub.


VERSE 22. Segub became the father of Jair, who had twenty-three cities in the land of Gilead.


VERSE 23. Geshur and Aram took the towns of Jair from them, with Kenath, and its villages, even sixty cities. All these were the sons of Machir the father of Gilead.


VERSE 24. After Hezron died in Caleb Ephrathah, Abijah, Hezron’s wife, bore him Ashhur the father of Tekoa.


VERSE 25. The sons of Jerahmeel the firstborn of Hezron were Ram the firstborn, Bunah, Oren, Ozem, and Ahijah.

Jerahmeel the firstborn. He is the eldest son of Hezron. But he is the last to be listed.


VERSE 26. Jerahmeel had another wife, whose name was Atarah. She was the mother of Onam.


VERSE 27. The sons of Ram the firstborn of Jerahmeel were Maaz, Jamin, and Eker.


VERSE 28. The sons of Onam were Shammai and Jada. The sons of Shammai: Nadab and Abishur.


VERSE 29. The name of the wife of Abishur was Abihail; and she bore him Ahban and Molid.


VERSE 30. The sons of Nadab: Seled and Appaim; but Seled died without children.


VERSE 31. The son of Appaim: Ishi. The son of Ishi: Sheshan. The son of Sheshan: Ahlai.


VERSE 32. The sons of Jada the brother of Shammai: Jether and Jonathan; and Jether died without children.


VERSE 33. The sons of Jonathan: Peleth and Zaza. These were the sons of Jerahmeel.


VERSE 34. Now Sheshan had no sons, but only daughters. Sheshan had a servant, an Egyptian, whose name was Jarha.


VERSE 35. Sheshan gave his daughter to Jarha his servant as wife; and she bore him Attai.


VERSE 36. Attai became the father of Nathan, and Nathan became the father of Zabad,


VERSE 37. and Zabad became the father of Ephlal, and Ephlal became the father of Obed,


VERSE 38. and Obed became the father of Jehu, and Jehu became the father of Azariah,


VERSE 39. and Azariah became the father of Helez, and Helez became the father of Eleasah,


VERSE 40. and Eleasah became the father of Sismai, and Sismai became the father of Shallum,


VERSE 41. and Shallum became the father of Jekamiah, and Jekamiah became the father of Elishama.


VERSE 42. The sons of Caleb the brother of Jerahmeel were Mesha his firstborn, who was the father of Ziph, and the sons of Mareshah the father of Hebron.


VERSE 43. The sons of Hebron: Korah, Tappuah, Rekem, and Shema.


VERSE 44. Shema became the father of Raham, the father of Jorkeam; and Rekem became the father of Shammai.


VERSE 45. The son of Shammai was Maon; and Maon was the father of Beth Zur.


VERSE 46. Efah, Caleb’s concubine, bore Haran, Moza, and Gazez; and Haran became the father of Gazez.


VERSE 47. The sons of Jahdai: Regem, Jothan, Geshan, Pelet, Efah, and Shaaph.


VERSE 48. Maacah, Caleb’s concubine, bore Sheber and Tirhanah.


VERSE 49. She bore also Shaaph the father of Madmannah, Sheva the father of Machbena and the father of Gibea; and the daughter of Caleb was Achsah.


VERSE 50. These were the sons of Caleb, the son of Hur, the firstborn of Ephrathah: Shobal the father of Kiriath Jearim,


VERSE 51. Salma the father of Bethlehem, and Hareph the father of Beth Gader.

Bethlehem. This will be the birthplace of both David and Jesus.

It is sometimes referred to as Bethlehem Ephrathah. That is because it was founded by a descendent of Caleb’s wife Ephrathah.


VERSE 52. Shobal the father of Kiriath Jearim had sons: Haroeh, half of the Menuhoth.

Haroeh. He is probably also known as Reaiah the son of Shobal:

2 Chronicles 4:2. Reaiah the son of Shobal became the father of Jahath; and Jahath became the father of Ahumai and Lahad. These are the families of the Zorathites.


VERSE 53. The families of Kiriath Jearim: the Ithrites, the Puthites, the Shumathites, and the Mishraites; from them came the Zorathites and the Eshtaolites.


VERSE 54. The sons of Salma: Bethlehem, the Netophathites, Atroth Beth Joab, and half of the Manahathites, the Zorites.

Bethlehem. This will be the birthplace of both David and Jesus.

It is sometimes referred to as Bethlehem Ephrathah. That is because it was founded by a descendent of Caleb’s wife Ephrathah.


VERSE 55. The families of scribes who lived at Jabez: the Tirathites, the Shimeathites, and the Sucathites. These are the Kenites who came from Hammath, the father of the house of Rechab.


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