1 Chronicles chapter 7

The descendants of Issachar, Benjamin, Naphtali, Manasseh, Ephraim, and Asher.





VERSE 1. Of the sons of Issachar: Tola, Puah, Jashub, and Shimron, four.

the sons of Issachar. The genealogy of this tribe is not fully mapped out. The verses that follow only feature the lineage of one of the four sons of Issachar.


VERSE 2. The sons of Tola: Uzzi, Rephaiah, Jeriel, Jahmai, Ibsam, and Shemuel, heads of their fathers’ houses, of Tola; mighty men of valor in their generations. Their number in the days of David was twenty-two thousand six hundred.


VERSE 3. The son of Uzzi: Izrahiah. The sons of Izrahiah: Michael, Obadiah, Joel, and Isshiah, five; all of them chief men.


VERSE 4. With them, by their generations, after their fathers’ houses, were bands of the army for war, thirty-six thousand; for they had many wives and sons.


VERSE 5. Their brothers among all the families of Issachar, mighty men of valor, listed in all by genealogy, were eighty-seven thousand.




VERSE 6. The sons of Benjamin: Bela, Becher, and Jediael, three.

This genealogy of Benjamin is greatly expanded in the next chapter.

In this chapter, the genealogy has three sons. But Genesis chapter 46 lists ten. And Numbers chapter 26 mentions five.

Genealogical lists are not always complete. The writers always include some names and omit others.


VERSE 7. The sons of Bela: Ezbon, Uzzi, Uzziel, Jerimoth, and Iri, five; heads of fathers’ houses, mighty men of valor; and they were listed by genealogy twenty-two thousand thirty-four.


VERSE 8. The sons of Becher: Zemirah, Joash, Eliezer, Elioenai, Omri, Jeremoth, Abijah, Anathoth, and Alemeth. All these were the sons of Becher.


VERSE 9. They were listed by genealogy, after their generations, heads of their fathers’ houses, mighty men of valor, twenty thousand two hundred.


VERSE 10. The son of Jediael: Bilhan. The sons of Bilhan: Jeush, Benjamin, Ehud, Chenaanah, Zethan, Tarshish, and Ahishahar.


VERSE 11. All these were sons of Jediael, according to the heads of their fathers’ households, mighty men of valor, seventeen thousand two hundred, who were able to go out in the army for war.


VERSE 12. So were Shuppim, Huppim, the sons of Ir, Hushim, and the sons of Aher.

the sons of Ir. Some translations say “the sons of Dan.”




VERSE 13. The sons of Naphtali: Jahziel, Guni, Jezer, Shallum, and the sons of Bilhah.

These four sons of Naphtali correspond with those in Genesis chapter 46 and Numbers chapter 26.




VERSE 14. The sons of Manasseh: Asriel, whom his concubine the Aramitess bore. She bore Machir the father of Gilead.


VERSE 15. Machir took a wife of Huppim and Shuppim, whose sister’s name was Maacah. The name of the second was Zelophehad; and Zelophehad had daughters.

sister’s name was Maacah. There seems to be two different women who are both named Maacah:

Presumably the sister and the wife are two different women. Unless Machir married his sister.


VERSE 16. Maacah the wife of Machir bore a son, and she named him Peresh. The name of his brother was Sheresh; and his sons were Ulam and Rakem.

Maacah the wife of Machir. There seems to be two different women who are both named Maacah:

Presumably the sister and the wife are two different women. Unless Machir married his sister.


VERSE 17. The sons of Ulam: Bedan. These were the sons of Gilead the son of Machir, the son of Manasseh.


VERSE 18. His sister Hammolecheth bore Ishhod, Abiezer, and Mahlah.


VERSE 19. The sons of Shemida were Ahian, Shechem, Likhi, and Aniam.




VERSE 20. The sons of Ephraim: Shuthelah, Bered his son, Tahath his son, Eleadah his son, Tahath his son,


VERSE 21. Zabad his son, Shuthelah his son, Ezer, and Elead, whom the men of Gath who were born in the land killed, because they came down to take away their livestock.


VERSE 22. Ephraim their father mourned many days, and his brothers came to comfort him.

his brothers. The Hebrew word is אָח (“ach”). It means relatives, brethren, another, alike, brother. Essentially, it means “extended family.”

The only true brother of Ephraim mentioned in the Bible is Manasseh.


VERSE 23. He went in to his wife, and she conceived and bore a son, and he named him Beriah, because there was trouble with his house.

Beriah. This word is similar to the Hebrew word for “misfortune.”


VERSE 24. His daughter was Sheerah, who built Beth Horon the lower and the upper, and Uzzen Sheerah.


VERSE 25. Rephah was his son, Resheph his son, Telah his son, Tahan his son,


VERSE 26. Ladan his son, Ammihud his son, Elishama his son,


VERSE 27. Nun his son, and Joshua his son.

Joshua his son. This is the great hero of the faith, Joshua son of Nun.

Between Ephraim and Joshua, there are eight generations.


VERSE 28. Their possessions and settlements were Bethel and its towns, and eastward Naaran, and westward Gezer with its towns; Shechem also and its towns, to Azzah and its towns;


VERSE 29. and by the borders of the children of Manasseh, Beth Shean and its towns, Taanach and its towns, Megiddo and its towns, and Dor and its towns. The children of Joseph the son of Israel lived in these.




VERSE 30. The sons of Asher: Imnah, Ishvah, Ishvi, and Beriah. Serah was their sister.


VERSE 31. The sons of Beriah: Heber and Malchiel, who was the father of Birzaith.

Birzaith. He is not mentioned in Genesis chapter 46 nor Numbers chapter 26.

Genealogical lists are not always complete. The writers always include some names and omit others.


VERSE 32. Heber became the father of Japhlet, Shomer, Hotham, and Shua their sister.


VERSE 33. The sons of Japhlet: Pasach, Bimhal, and Ashvath. These are the children of Japhlet.


VERSE 34. The sons of Shemer: Ahi, Rohgah, Jehubbah, and Aram.


VERSE 35. The sons of Helem his brother: Zophah, Imna, Shelesh, and Amal.


VERSE 36. The sons of Zophah: Suah, Harnepher, Shual, Beri, Imrah,


VERSE 37. Bezer, Hod, Shamma, Shilshah, Ithran, and Beera.


VERSE 38. The sons of Jether: Jephunneh, Pispa, and Ara.


VERSE 39. The sons of Ulla: Arah, Hanniel, and Rizia.


VERSE 40. All these were the children of Asher, heads of the fathers’ houses, choice and mighty men of valor, chief of the princes. The number of them listed by genealogy for service in war was twenty-six thousand men.


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