The genealogy of Benjamin.
Benjamin. Benjamin and his descendants were briefly introduced in the previous chapter. But now a full genealogy is given.
The purpose is to trace the lineage of Saul.
VERSE 2. Nohah the fourth, and Rapha the fifth.
sons. In biblical genealogies, the word “son” often means “male descendent of.”
VERSE 4. Abishua, Naaman, Ahoah,
Shephuphan. This name is also spelled “Shupham.”
Huram. This name is also spelled “Hupham.”
VERSE 6. These are the sons of Ehud. These are the heads of fathers’ households of the inhabitants of Geba, who were carried captive to Manahath:
Ehud. He is a grandson of Jediael.
VERSE 7. Naaman, Ahijah, and Gera, who carried them captive; and he became the father of Uzza and Ahihud.
VERSE 8. Shaharaim became the father of children in the field of Moab, after he had sent them away. Hushim and Baara were his wives.
he had sent them away. Shaharaim divorced his wives Hushim and Baara.
VERSE 9. By Hodesh his wife, he became the father of Jobab, Zibia, Mesha, Malcam,
VERSE 10. Jeuz, Shachia, and Mirmah. These were his sons, heads of fathers’ households.
VERSE 11. By Hushim, he became the father of Abitub and Elpaal.
VERSE 12. The sons of Elpaal: Eber, Misham, and Shemed, who built Ono and Lod, with its towns;
VERSE 13. and Beriah and Shema, who were heads of fathers’ households of the inhabitants of Aijalon, who put to flight the inhabitants of Gath;
VERSE 14. and Ahio, Shashak, Jeremoth,
VERSE 15. Zebadiah, Arad, Eder,
VERSE 16. Michael, Ishpah, Joha, the sons of Beriah,
VERSE 17. Zebadiah, Meshullam, Hizki, Heber,
VERSE 18. Ishmerai, Izliah, Jobab, the sons of Elpaal,
VERSE 19. Jakim, Zichri, Zabdi,
VERSE 20. Elienai, Zillethai, Eliel,
VERSE 21. Adaiah, Beraiah, Shimrath, the sons of Shimei,
VERSE 22. Ishpan, Eber, Eliel,
VERSE 23. Abdon, Zichri, Hanan,
VERSE 24. Hananiah, Elam, Anthothijah,
VERSE 25. Iphdeiah, Penuel, the sons of Shashak,
VERSE 26. Shamsherai, Shehariah, Athaliah,
VERSE 27. Jaareshiah, Elijah, Zichri, and the sons of Jeroham.
VERSE 28. These were heads of fathers’ households throughout their generations, chief men. These lived in Jerusalem.
These lived in Jerusalem. All these descendants of Benjamin lived in Jerusalem.
This was possible only after David took Jerusalem and made it the capital of Israel.
ESV translation. Jeiel the father of Gibeon lived in Gibeon, and the name of his wife was Maacah.
The father of Gibeon. His name is Jeiel. He is the great-grandfather of Saul.
lived in Gibeon. Gebeon is the second major city of the tribe of Benjamin.
These Benjamites in Gibeon are related to Saul.
VERSE 30. with his firstborn son Abdon, Zur, Kish, Baal, Nadab,
VERSE 31. Gedor, Ahio, Zecher,
VERSE 32. and Mikloth, who became the father of Shimeah. They also lived with their families in Jerusalem, near their relatives.
VERSE 33. Ner became the father of Kish. Kish became the father of Saul. Saul became the father of Jonathan, Malchishua, Abinadab, and Eshbaal.
VERSE 34. The son of Jonathan was Merib-baal. Merib-baal became the father of Micah.
VERSE 35. The sons of Micah: Pithon, Melech, Tarea, and Ahaz.
VERSE 36. Ahaz became the father of Jehoaddah. Jehoaddah became the father of Alemeth, Azmaveth, and Zimri. Zimri became the father of Moza.
VERSE 37. Moza became the father of Binea. Raphah was his son, Eleasah his son, and Azel his son.
VERSE 38. Azel had six sons, whose names are these: Azrikam, Bocheru, Ishmael, Sheariah, Obadiah, and Hanan. All these were the sons of Azel.
VERSE 39. The sons of Eshek his brother: Ulam his firstborn, Jeush the second, and Eliphelet the third.
VERSE 40. The sons of Ulam were mighty men of valor, archers, and had many sons, and grandsons, one hundred fifty. All these were of the sons of Benjamin.
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